The work of Sam Davis, a young composer who won a 1999 Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award, will be heard in a concert at the Greenwich House Music School in Manhattan 8 PM June 25.
The program consists mainly of his recent theatre songs, including songs from a new show, Cloudland. The evening is organized and directed by Justin Schuster.
Among lyricists represented are Randy Buck, Sam Holtzapple, Philip Littell and Ron Nyren. The performers include Kate Baldwin, Gavin Creel, David Eggers, Gavin Kenny, Andy McKim, Bryan Perri, Dan Reichard, Amanda Satchell, Paul Schaefer and Michael Winther. The pianists are Mary Mitchell Campbell and Joel Fram.
Davis is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan's School of Music. With lyricist Ron Nyren, he wrote Mina and Colossus, produced in Ann Arbor, MI. His other works include a version of Rumpelstiltskin, as well as two pieces for children written for the Aspen Music Festival. Davis has appeared as piano soloist, performing Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" with the Michigan Pops Opera, and was the assistant conductor for Ricky Ian Gordon and Tina Landau's Dream True, Off-Broadway.
His compositions include original dance music for Chet Walker's Seduction (a dance piece that played Marymount Manhattan Theatre) and several songs with opera librettist Phillip Littell. Current works in progress include a musical version of "Madame Bovary" set in 1950s suburbia, a fairy-tale operetta and a dance piece in collaboration with choreographer John Carrafa. Greenwich House Music School is at 46 Barrow Street, off Seventh Avenue. For more information, (212) 501-4689.
— By Kenneth Jones