Hello and welcome to the official website of Don Freund, a world-renowned composer, lecturer, pianist, educator, and conductor who has been teaching composition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music since 1992.
Are you are here to see & listen to Don’s latest release, his Bach DVD/CD complete with performance and analysis from a unique “composer’s eye”? Or perhaps you are looking for Passion with Tropes, an immersive theater-oratorio that synthesizes a collage of various music, theater, and musical theater mediums to create a piece about life as defined by suffering, death, and love.
Whatever your aim, feel free to take a look around, and please feel free to contact us for important questions or information!
Freund’s Work “Mixed Blood” sees world premiere at Utah Arts Festival Weekend
Touching Lives, Spreading Music
Don returns to South America
From Pirenopolis to Goiania to Fortaleza, Don has been busy performing and lecturing in May in Brazil. Coming up next is a premiere of the piece “Mixed Blood” by the Utah Festival Arts Ensemble, and then we’ll head back to Bloomington for a performance of Summersongs by the IU String Academy Faculty String Quartet at Auer Hall!
IU STRINGS GROUP BRINGS FREUND’S MUSIC TO CARNEGIE HALL
Gilles Apap and the Indiana University String Academy Virtuosi performed Don Freund’s Seven Duos for Two Violins on March 11 at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The group was comprised of a gifted group of violinists,violists, and cellists, ages 12–18, from the pre-college program at the Jacobs School of Music. Joining them was renowned French violinist Gilles Apap, who also performed with them last summer in Bloomington.
Freund’s “Flute Concert in Three Reels” sees Brazilian Debut
In November, Don’s “Flute Concert in Three Reels” saw it’s Brazilian premiere with the São Pedro Theater Chamber Orchestra based in Porto Alegre, Brazil. This performance was conducted by prolific Brazilian conductor Antônio Carlos Borges Cunha and featured IU Alumni Alexandre Eisenberg as the flute soloist, who is currently teaching at the Federal University in Santa Maria, Brazil.
This piece utilizes a unique “movie reel” design, developing themes through a unique use of pauses, (see 6:32 and 10:59), and features thematic work building around the idea of the old analog movie reels.
Read the Composer’s thoughts on the piece here
Find out more about IU Alumni Alexandre Eisenberg in this interview
4/26/13 Viola Concerto, Hannah Martineau, viola, Don Freund, piano, Ford Hall IU JsoM Bloomington, IN
5/4/13 Sonatina—“Spring 1967”, Rachel Krautsack, vln, Jason Aquila, pno, Baldwin-Wallace Cons. Beria, OH
5/12/13 Louder Than Words, Kyle Hutchins, Alexander Richards, saxophones University of Minnesota —Minneapolis, MN
5/23/13 Crunch Time, MAVerick Ensemble, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art —Chicago, IL
5/25/13 Crunch Time, MAVerick Ensemble, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art — Chicago, IL
6/13/13 Seven Violin Duets, IU Violin Virtuosi, Auditorio Juan Victoria — San Juan, Argentina
6/22/13 Mixed Blood, premiere, Utah Arts Fesitval Ensemble, Andrew Rindfleisch, cond. — Salt Lake City, UT
6/28/13 Summersongs, IU String Academy String Quartet, Auer Hall, Indiana University — Bloomington, IN
8/14/13 Seven Piano Preludes, Don Freund, piano, University of Costa Rica — San Pedro, Costa Rica
8/14/13 Spur of the Moment, Gabriel Goñi, fl, Don Freund, pno, Univ Costa Rica — San Pedro, Costa Rica
8/15/13 Louder than Words, Post-Haste Reed Duo, Blodgett Series, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp — Twin Lake, MI