The Music of Dan Forrest at the Lincoln Center

This Memorial Day, Distinguished Concerts International presents “Of Faith and Freedom” at the Lincoln Center here in NYC. The program features the works of two composers: Joseph Martin and Dan Forrest.

Dan and I went to college together back in the nineties. Since then he has distinguished himself as one of the finest composers today. From DCINY:

Dan Forrest’s works have won numerous contests and awards, including the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer’s Award, the ACDA Raymond Brock Competition, the Donald Sutherland Endowment Composition Contest, the ALCM Raabe Prize, the John Ness Beck Foundation Awards, and the ASCAP Standard awards. Dan has published music in various genres and styles with numerous publishers. He has his own choral series with Hinshaw Music, The Music of Dan Forrest. Both his church and concert works have received several favorable reviews in the ACDA Choral Journal.

Dan’s recent commissions include pieces for the 2011 ACDA National Convention Children’s Honors Choir, the Greenville (SC) Chorale and Symphony, the Columbus (IN) Philharmonic, the Williamsburg (VA) Choral Guild, the University of Utah (for the 2011 World Choral Symposium in Argentina), the North Carolina MEA (for their 2012 convention) and the Cy Woods High School Choir (for the 2011 Texas MEA convention). Dan’s music has been heard on NPR’s Performance Today and has been performed in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center by Vanguard University’s Concert Choir, and the Kennedy Center. Dan is the editor for Beckenhorst Press. More information about Dan and his music can be found on his website.

Just last week I heard two of Dan’s arrangements at the Commencement Ceremony for Baptist Bible College and Seminary in Clarks Summit, PA. Simply stunning work.

Among the choirs performing is the Bob Jones University Choir under the direction of Warren Cook. Warren also serves as Pastor of Worship for my former congregation, Heritage Bible Church in Greer, SC.

Tickets may be purchased online. Prices range from $20 to $100. This would be well worth your attendance if you live in or near the city.

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