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Water Music  |  Art Song in Recital

Daniel Neer, baritone and Suzanne Newcomb, piano

with Peter Gooch, trombone

March 13, 2021   |   8pm

Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center

Otterbein University

170 W. Park Street, Westerville, OH

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Water Music focuses on the hypnotic and dramatic effect of oceans, lakes, rivers, streams and the impact of water on our lives, featuring old and new songs by British and American composers. Baritone Daniel Neer and pianist Suzanne Newcomb will present heartwarming ocean songs, violent storm ballads, shimmering fountain music, placid folk songs and rollicking sea shanties that illustrate the wildly diverse nature of water’s movement on our planet.

In addition to song settings by John Ireland, Gilda Lyons, John Duke, Mildred Lund Tyson, Kurt Weill and Celius Dougherty, Water Music will feature two exciting world premieres: Sandy Songs by Linda Kernohan, a song set for voice and piano; and POLAR BEAR, a chamber music work for voice and trombone by Sara Graef; both set to texts by Daniel Neer.

*Admission is FREE. Stay tuned for more information on how to watch a virtual performance of this program.





Kontaken Records (KR109) And Here We Are, a shadow puppet opera Music by Matthew Welch, Libretto by Daniel NeerRecorded Live at National Sawdust, May 6, 2018.  Available now at Kontaken Records.  Also available soon on iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify, Google Play and YouTube

Centaur (CRC 3723) The Persistence of Song – songs of Jonathan David


“Gitchee Gumee”, a song cycle with text by Daniel Neer, with Trudy Chan on piano

“The Persistence of Song”, a song cycle with texts by Muriel Rukeyser, Howard Moss, Bonnie Phelps, and Thomas Merton, with Trudy Chan on Piano and Elizabeth Derham on violin.

Available now at Centaur Records


CLOCLO – Operetta in Three Acts by Franz Lehár

Stage Direction by Steven A. Daigle  |  Musical Direction by Steven Byess

Recorded Live at the 2018 Ohio Light Opera Summer Festival. Available now at Operetta Foundation






Vocal Chamber Music Work for Voice and Trombone on Themes of Global Warming

Music by Sara Graef  |  Lyrics by Daniel Neer

Made possible with grants from The Ohio Arts Council and Puffin Foundation West

Premiere: March 13, 2021

Battelle Fine Arts Center (see information above for more details)


Sandy Songs

A Song Set for Baritone and Piano

Music by Linda Kernohan  |  Lyrics by Daniel Neer

Premiere: March 13, 2021

Battelle Fine Arts Center (see Water Music information above for more details)





EMET (truth)

New Opera in One Act

Music by Ronnie Reshef  |  Libretto by Daniel Neer

Commissioned by Oded Zehavi and the Israeli Music Festival

Projected premiere: Spring/Summer 2020


Hopper Haiku

Twenty-One Songs for Voice and Piano

Inspired by America’s Premiere Realist Painter

Music by Ellen Mandel, Haiku by Daniel Neer