Friday, 8 June 2012, 7:30 P.M.
David J. Hughes, organ
Sound Games : Ludus Tonalis
works by Bach and Hindemith
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Johann Sebastian Bach:
Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele (BWV 654)
Trio super Allein Gott in der Höh sei her (BWV 664)
An Wasserflüssen Babylon (BWV 653)
transcription for organ by David Hughes
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David J. Hughes is a composer, organist, and conductor whose work is shaped by a fascination with the rôle of plainchant in the sacred liturgy. He is Organist & Choirmaster at St. Mary Church in Norwalk, Connecticut, where he directs a professional choir for a weekly Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Missal of 1962), a volunteer choir for the Latin Mass according to the Roman Missal of 2002, and several children's choirs. Prior to his arrival at St. Mary's in 2006, he served for three years as Organist & Choirmaster at St. Catharine's Church in Pelham, New York. Mr. Hughes founded and directed for seven years the semiprofessional Sleepy Hollow Schola Cantorum, which sings for the Latin Mass (Missal of 1962) at Immaculate Conception Church in Sleepy Hollow, New York. He directed for several years the Midtown Schola, a lay group that sings at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, and for which he conducted weekly classes in Gregorian chant at St. Patrick's. He led the St. Mary's Student Schola to sing chant and Renaissance polyphony for the primary English-speaking Masses in August 2011 at World Youth Day in Madrid; the students also sang for Masses at the Cathedral of Toledo, Carmelite monasteries in Avila and Madrid, and for the Latin Masses sponsored by Juventutem.
Recent choral compositions include Pascha jucundissimum, a motet premiered on Easter Vigil 2012 at St. Mary's, and the Missa de Beata Maria, premiered on Candlemas 2011. Film scoring credits include Navis Pictures' St. Bernadette of Lourdes and several documentaries.
Mr. Hughes is a member of the board of the Church Music Association of America, and serves as a chant instructor and the director of new music at the CMAA's annual Summer Music Colloquium. He is director of music for the annual Roman Forum Summer Symposium at Lake Garda in the north of Italy.
Mr. Hughes' composition teachers have included Ruth Schonthal and John Halle, and he has studied organ with Paul Jacobs and Daniel Sullivan. A native of Stamford, Connecticut, Mr. Hughes is a graduate of Yale College.