A sampling of David Schildkret's work as a performer, conductor, director, and clinician.
The culmination of the Mount Desert Summer Chorale’s fiftieth anniversary celebration was a gala performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Pictured here are most of the ASU guests who took part. From left to right: Schildkret, students RJ Morin and David Nelson, Gordon Hawkins, who sang the title role, student Julia Laird, soprano soloist Carole FitzPatrick, mezzo soloist Robyn Rocklein, and student Stephanie Sadownik.
Onstage at Carnegie Hall—a dream of a lifetime. And yes, it took a lot of practice. :o)
With conductor Kayoko Dan, music director of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, and the piano soloists, Alan Nichols and Jason Duroy. Douglas Hedwig of the Chattanooga Times Free Press described Schildkret's poems as "delightfully witty" and the performance as "hilariously funny." Read more about the narration here, or visit the Editions page.
Final curtain call from the ASU School of Music performance of The Creation. A chorus of over 300 singers from the ASU choirs joined the ASU Symphony Orchestra and student soloists to present the culminating concert of The Creation Project a semester-long series of lectures, concerts, symposia, and exhibitions related to Haydn's music. The performance included dazzling visuals created by a team from ASU's School of Film, Dance and Theatre. Schildkret organized The Creation Project, participated in several of the events, and conducted the final performance from his new edition (or visit the Editions page).
Schildkret has served as music director for the Mount Desert Summer Chorale since 1999, conducting his first concerts in 2000. The group performs in Bar Harbor, Maine, outside Acadia National Park.
Schildkret addressing the audience in Merida's Aula Magna during a performance of works by Bach (Cantata 51), Brahms (Haydn Variations), and Mendelssohn ("Scottish" Symphony). The Orquesta Sinfonico del Estado Merida is part of Venezuela's celebrated El Sistema.
Schildkret served as Interim Artistic Director of the Piedmont Chamber Singers in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, during the 2009-10 season. He premiered his edition of the Charpentier Midnight Mass (also available on the Editions page) during that year's holiday program. He is pictured here with two of the group's members, Joni Hanna, and John Burchette, who was one of the organization's founders. The edition of the Charpentier was later performed by Ensemble Phoenix in Israel.
"In altri siti..." Doctor Dulcamara introduces himself and his magical elixir. ASU Lyric Opera Theatre (Photo: Tim Trumble)
Ben meets Mary Lennox for the first time. ASU Lyric Opera Theatre (Photo: Tim Trumble)
"Where would a hero rather be then? ...At home in bed!" The Viceroy explains that not all military men are interested in conquest on the field of battle. ASU Lyric Opera Theatre (Photo: Tim Trumble)
Schildkret was stage director and conductor for the Venezuela premiere of "Charlie Brown" in June, 2013. The production honored the twenty-fifth anniversary of CEVAM Merida, a bi-national center for the teaching of the English language and United States culture.
"...the night Frank Gotch and Strangular Lewis lay on the mat for three-and-a-half hours without moving a muscle." Mayor Shinn addressing the school board. ASU Lyric Opera Theatre (Photo: Tim Trumble)
The witches (from left, Melissa Solomon, Melissa Walker Glenn, and Katy Kondrat) in Dido, from a production directed and conducted by Schildkret.