COMPOSER • PIANIST • AUTHOR • LECTURER
Nov. 6, 2016--A music salon to honor the 80th birthdate of David Ward-Steinman was hosted by his widow, Patrice, at their home in Bloomington, Indiana. "When You Come into a Room," "Muse," and "Maple" from ...And Waken Green were sung by Joseph Mace, accompanied by Patrice Madura Ward-Steinman on piano; Vespers for Piano was performed by Emile Naoumoff; "To Ward Off a Scandal," "Gossipers' Refrain," "Though Sired by the Irish," and "Was It Ever Me?" from Sheridan!--A Musical in Two Acts were sung by Voces Novae (Susan Swaney, director; Ruth Cord, piano), Daniel Lentz and Margaret Blackburn (P.M. Ward-Steinman, piano); My Dawn and Jamaica Dawn, performed by PMW-S, piano, and Steve Houghton, drums; "Du, Du, Liegst mir im Herzen" from Love-Spiel: A Comic Opera in One Act, sung by Voces Novae, S. Swaney, director, PMW-S, piano; "Happy Birthday to You" from Improvisation on Children's Songs performed by Don Freund, piano; and Derry Airs: Rondo for Two Jazz Pianists performed by Don Freund and PMW-S, and John Porter, trumpet. All compositions were by David Ward-Steinman.
Nov. 11, 2014—"Raga for Winds" was performed by the Indiana University Wind Ensemble under the direction of Stephen Pratt, also in the Musical Arts Center, Bloomington. Both performances will feature Nitish Kulkarni on tabla drums.
Oct. 29, 2014—"Taj Mahal" was performed by the Indiana University Concert Orchestra under the direction of David Effron, Music Arts Center, Bloomington.
Oct. 26, 2014—"Jazz Concerto for Two Pianos and Drumset" was performed at Alma College Music Dept. Benefit Concert at 4:00 pm; and at Central Michigan University, Staples Family Concert Hall Oct. 28 at 8:00 pm by Casey Robards and Anthony Patterson, pianos, and Dave Zerbe, drumset.
July 30, 2014—"Jazz Concerto for Two Pianos and Rhythm Section" performed by Casey Robards and Anthony Patterson, pianists, with Charisse Tietjen, acoustic bass, and Fred Marderness, Drums. Bay View Music Festival, Festival Concert Series; Hall Auditorium, Bay View, Michigan, 8:00 pm.
Dec. 1, 2013—Singapore: The Philharmonic Winds of Singapore gave the world premiere of Singapore Sonorama, commissioned by Leonard Tan, the Director, in Esplanade Concert Hall.
The American premiere of Singapore Sonorama was given by the Indiana University Wind Ensemble under the direction of Stephen Pratt, Nov. 5, Bloomington IN, Mac Auditorium.
Oct. 5, 2013—"Will and George" duet from the comic opera Love-Spiel was sung by Jordan Goodmon and Jocelyn Goodmon Hanson accompanied by Kyle Hanson, piano; Indiana University, Bloomington.
Sept. 28, 2013--A faculty recital of music by David Ward-Steinman at Indiana University included Night Winds for Woodwind Quintet performed by the Category Five Wind Quintet (Katie Morton, Natasha Wallin, Erik Franklin, Burke Anderson, and Matt Capone—all doubling on "exotic" instruments in addition to standard woodwind quintet instrumentation); Incantation and Dance for Alto Flute (Kathryn Lukas) and Fortified Piano (David Ward-Steinman), premiere; Skyline Dance for tabla drums (Nitish Kulkarni), piano (DW-S), and dancers (Maura Bell, Ellie Edwards, Grace Koury, Matthew Rusk, choreographed by Tyler Rhoads), premiere with tabla and dance.
Five excerpts from Sheridan!, a new musical with book and lyrics by Robert S. Hatten, were presented for the first time by Anna Buck (sop.), James Reynolds (ten.), Daniel Lentz (bar.), and Julian Morris (bass-bar.) with narration by Robert Hatten and accompaniment by David Ward-Steinman. The program concluded with an "Improvisation on Five Notes From the Audience" (DW-S, piano) and Lullaby for Iluka performed by Michael Linert (cello) and Kyle Hanson (piano).
Sept. 14, 2013—Nashville, IN. Patrice Madura Ward-Steinman and David Ward-Steinman played solo piano and piano duets at a fundraiser for the Brown County Art Guild.
July 19 and Oct. 11, 2013--David Ward-Steinman played piano jazz and originals at Chapman's Restaurant in Bloomington IN, 6:30-9:00 pm.
July 20—David and Patrice performed solo keyboard and duets at Bloomington Airport hangar party, 6:00-8:00 PM.
June 19—Scene-1 Duet from Love-Spiel, bilingual comic opera with libretto by Beaumont Glass. Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Summer Opera Workshop directed by Patricia Stiles. Emily Klink and Renée Albrecht, sopranos; Marcello Cormio, conductor.
April 22, 2013--And Waken Green, song cycle for baritone and piano to poems by Douglas Worth; Joseph Mace, baritone, David Ward-Steinman, piano. North-South Consonance concert, St. Stephen's Church, New York.
Feb. 25-Mar. 1, 2013—in residence at Monash University, Melbourne Australia (lecture, master class, curriculum consultant).
David was a composer, pianist, and university lecturer. CD recordings as composer, pianist, or poly-stylistic improviser currently appear on over ten albums on eight different labels in the U.S., Canada, and Australia, many of them available from Amazon.com or other sources.
Dr. Ward-Steinman most recently served as is an adjunct professor of music at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. He was a Distinguished Professor of Music, emeritus, at San Diego State University.
Read David's full obituary here.