Last week, MBS Performing Arts Department Chair David Gold played a sold-out concert at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium with The Choral Society and Orchestra of Grace Church in New York. For more than 25 years, Gold has served as principal violist for the group, which performed English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams’ majestic A Sea Symphony (1910), which combines the poetry of Walt Whitman with stirring and heartfelt writing for chorus, orchestra and soloists.
“This was probably the biggest concert I’ve played in the past 10 years in terms of the scale of the piece and my responsibilities as a performer, including some very exposed solos in the last movement,” said Gold. “It was special, too, in that the piece was originally scheduled to be performed in May 2020, but had to be canceled due to the pandemic. Every performer on the stage last Friday night had been waiting three years for that moment.”
Earlier this month, Gold played viola as part of a 40-piece string section for The Eagles’ “Hotel California” Tour at The Prudential Center in Newark. He first accompanied the group for three sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden just a month before the pandemic began, and later supported the legendary band for three shows at Madison Square Garden and the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC, in 2021, and two shows at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, and the USB Arena on Long Island, in 2022.
At Morristown Beard School, Gold teaches a number of performance-based and arts literacy classes. Outside the classroom, he has had quite a distinguished and varied background as a musician. He has performed with members of R.E.M. on The Late Show with David Letterman, with Sinead O’Connor on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, with Christina Aguilera on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, with Ray LaMontagne on Saturday Night Live, and with John Mayer on Sesame Street.