MBS Performing Arts Department Chair David Gold performed with The Discovery Orchestra on Discover The Firebird last fall, a concert that will have its world television premiere on Wednesday, April 29 at 8:00 p.m. on New Jersey public television’s NJTV. The program will also air on public television stations across the U.S. beginning in May.
Taped last September, Discover The Firebird begins with a complete performance of Kastchei’s Infernal Dance by 85 members of The Discovery Orchestra including David Gold on viola. Maestro George Marriner Maull then launches into a fun exploration of musical details to notice in this electrifying movement.
The live audience and viewers are cajoled to take part in a deconstruction process that is both engaging and at times humorous. This Discovery Concert format uses a printed listening guide for the live audience that is displayed on screen for television viewers. It presents “listening problems” to solve. How many times was this melody played? Which instrument dominates the sound in this passage? At other times the audience is asked to physically respond; i.e. to sing a melody, clap a rhythm or slowly stand as they sense a crescendo in progress.
For more information about the interactive performance, please click here: https://discoveryorchestra.org/firebird/
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.