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A PHILLY MIKADO!  |  The role of Ko Ko  |  By W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan


Produced by: Aurora Classical in conjunction with Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia

October 1, 2022

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THE FINAL WALTZ:  Viennese Operetta and the Anschluss

Beyond the Notes lecture recital series of Temple University Libraries

Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University

Charles Library of Temple University  |  Wednesday, November 9  |  12noon

Assisted by:

Marta Zaliznyak, soprano

Ariana Grace, soprano

Gabriel Rebolla, piano

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FABLES, MYTHS, AND LEGENDS  |  Art Song in Recital

Daniel Neer, baritone and Suzanne Newcomb, piano

Spring 2023 – Dates Coming Soon!

Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center

Otterbein University

170 W. Park Street, Westerville, OH

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Fables, Myths, and Legends celebrates the art of storytelling by exploring some well-known, (and not so well-known), stories from a diverse array of our rich literature landscape. From Orpheus to Sleeping Beauty, Peer Gynt to the Lorelei, the fascinating stories of brave knights, beautiful princesses, mischievous cowboys, and courageous outlaws will be told through some of the world’s best songs.


Featuring music of Claude Debussy, Franz Schubert, Clara Schumann, Edvard Grieg, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and central Ohio’s own famed 19th-century abolitionist Benjamin Hanby, the program will also include the world premiere of Tin and Meat by composer Francis Kayali with text by The Wonderful Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum: a story of the Tin Woodsman that needs to be heard to be believed! Rounding out the program will be traditional favorites from America’s cowboy genre, a Tall Tale ballad, an Aesop Fable, and a seldom heard chestnut by the wonderful Cole Porter.


*Admission is FREE. Great for ALL AGES.









Songs for Voice and Piano by Composer Ellen Mandel and Lyricist Daniel Neer

Inspired by Paintings of Edward Hopper

Made possible with grants from The Ohio Arts Council and The Johnstone Fund for New Music

Special arrangement with Heirs of Josephine N. Hopper / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS)

Premiere: February 26, 2022

Battelle Fine Arts Center  |  Otterbein University  |  Westerville, Ohio



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

Music by Sara Carina 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  |  Otterbein University  |  Westerville, Ohio


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  |  Otterbein University  |  Westerville, Ohio






A New Opera in Two Acts  |  Inspired by the play by Leonid Andreyev

Music by Alex Burtzos |  Libretto by Daniel Neer

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A New Operetta inspired by the life of Austrian composer & conductor Robert Stolz

Music by Robert Stolz  |  Book, Libretto, and Lyrics by Daniel Neer

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And Here We Are, a shadow puppet opera Kontaken Records (KR109)|  Music by Matthew Welch, Libretto by Daniel Neer  |  Recorded 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


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


“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  |  Role of Severin

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