MBS Performing Arts Department Chair David Gold will perform viola with The Discovery Orchestra on Sunday, September 18 as part of a concert that will be taped for national broadcasts on public television. All members of the community are invited to attend “Discover Saint-Saëns’ ‘Organ’ Symphony” and be part of the TV audience.
The concert will be held on Sunday, September 18 from 2:45 – 4:30 p.m. at The Pingry School’s Hauser Auditorium, 131 Martinsville Road in Basking Ridge. You may reserve your free tickets here or call 973-379-2200. Only ages 8 and up will be admitted.
The featured piece is an exhilarating, accessible work that will be even more exciting through Discovery Orchestra’s interactive format. Last fall, Gold played viola with The Discovery Orchestra on Discover The Firebird, a concert that aired on public television stations across the U.S. last spring. He has performed with the orchestra for many years, and serves as the musician’s representative on their newly-formed Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) task force.
In addition to teaching classes at MBS, Gold has had quite a distinguished and varied background as a musician, and recently played three sold-out concerts with The Eagles at Madison Square Garden. He has also 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.
He has recorded with Tony Bennett, Norah Jones, David Byrne, and Sheryl Crow; performed with Hall & Oates, Lou Reed, Johnny Mathis, Cassandra Wilson, and Burt Bacharach; and subbed on many Broadway shows, including Wicked, Miss Saigon, Sunset Boulevard, Fiddler on the Roof, Les Miz, On the Town, An American in Paris, Finding Neverland, South Pacific, Gypsy, Spamalot, Into the Woods, Kiss Me Kate, and The Lion King. In 2017, he played the First National Tour of Bright Star, a bluegrass-infused musical written and composed by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell.
This summer, Gold performed at Lincoln Center as part of the New York City debut of the international musical spectacular, Notre Dame de Paris.