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    Heiss, David H.

    Cellist from Binghamton, New York, who acquired his Bachelor’s degree at Binghamton University and his Master’s at Juilliard, and studied under Leonard Rose.

     

    On 10th November 1981, he and pianist Warren Jones teamed up for a recital at the Norton Gallery that included Cesar Franck’s “Sonata in A major” and Robert Schumann’s “Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70” and “Fantasy Piece, Op. 73”.

     

    In 1982, he became a member of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.  Other groups with whom he has worked with include the Arizona Musicfest Festival Orchestra, the Eos Ensemble, the Met Chamber Ensemble, the New York Piano Quartet, the New York Pops, the Octavarium Orchestra, the Omni Piano Quartet, Ottocento Opera, the Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra, and the Windham Trio.

     

    The Metropolitan Opera offered up its 289th performance of Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, with libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte, on 27th September 1991. 

     

    On 14th May 2002, David and John Churchwell gave the world premiere of Robert Manno’s “Sonata for Cello and Piano”, which David commissioned.

     

    The Windham Trio participated in the Windham Chamber Music Festival on 21st August 2004.  Their program comprised Cecile Chaminade’s “Piano Trio” and Robert Manno’s “Sonata for Cello and Piano” and “Three Poems for Two Violins and Piano”.

     

    In the autumn of 2007, he was back in the orchestra pit for a mounting of Le Nozze di Figaro at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.

     

    He and John were joined by violinist Laura Hamilton and violist Ariel Rudiakov for music of Ludwig van Beethoven, Frank Bridge and Robert Schumann in Bruno Walter Auditorium on 5th March 2009.

     

    On 3rd December 2011, the Met presented Rodelinda by George Frideric Handel, starring Renee Fleming in the titular role.

     

    They performed The Enchanted Island by Jeremy Sams on 21st January 2012.  The unusual work questions what would happen if characters from A Midsummer Night’s Dream were shipwrecked on an island from The Tempest.  Not only are Shakespeare’s plays amalgamated:  Sams’ invention features music by Andre Campra, Giovanni Battista Ferrandini, Handel, Jean-Marie Leclair, Henry Purcell, Jean-Philippe Rameau, and Jean-Fery Rebel.

     

    Recordings on which David appears include:  but one day… by Ute Lemper; Christmastide by Michele Capalbo; He Leadeth Me by Cissy Houston; It’s Me By Abbey Lincoln; Livin’ La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin; Music for Merce with the Eos Ensemble; Noel!  Noel!  Noel!  By Michel Legrand; One Day, Forever by Benny Golson; Reflections by Bernadette Speech; Songs I Heard by Harry Connick, Jr.; and, Unpack Your Dreams by Lynda Jamison.

     

    Sources:

    1. http://www.metoperafamily.org/metopera/season/bio.aspx?id=4517&type=1
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    3. http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0073122130/student_view0/concert_goer_s_guide.html
    4. http://www.azmusicfest.org/html/festival_orchestra.html
    5. http://www.robertmanno.com/commissions.shtml
    6. http://www.windhammusic.com/2004/August_21.html
    7. http://www.donizettisociety.com/Pastproductions/NewYorkMercadantePacini2007/articleNewYorkMercadantePacini2007.htm
    8. http://www.simonkeenlyside.info/index.php/performances/performances-opera/nozze-di-figaro-mozart-count-almaviva/2007-11-met-new-york-nozze-de-figaro/
    9. http://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2009/03/05/laura-hamilton-violin-ariel-rudiakov-viola-david-heiss-cello-john-churchw
    10. http://shop.vendio.com/blackivory28/item/2099702845/index.html
    11. http://www.metoperafamily.org/uploadedFiles/MetOpera/season_and_tickets/Playbill/Enchanted_Island/Jan%2021%20The%20Enchanted%20Island.pdf
    12. http://www.examiner.com/article/met-opera-s-the-enchanted-island-screens-locally-21-january-2012
    13. http://tickets.tarrytownmusichall.org/eventperformances.asp?evt=734&c=47&pg=
    14. http://www.newyorkpops.org/musicians
    15. http://images.mitrasites.com/photo/david-heiss.html
    16. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/david-heiss-mn0002308589
    17. http://www.peterscherer.com/producer.html
    18. http://www.discogs.com/Ricky-Martin-Livin-La-Vida-Loca/release/2993385
    19. http://www.discogs.com/Eos-Ensemble-Jonathan-Sheffer-Music-For-Merce/release/1841116
    20. http://www.discogs.com/search?type=all&q=Melissa+Meell+%28cello%29

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



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