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Water Music  |  Art Song in Recital

March 29 & 30, 2020

Daniel Neer, baritone and Suzanne Newcomb, piano

Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center

Otterbein University, OH

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The hypnotic and dramatic effect of oceans, lakes, rivers and streams is the theme of this program of 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.


Water Music will feature songs by John Ireland, Gilda Lyons, John Duke, Kurt Weill, Karen Tanaka, and Charles Ives. Also featuring the song cycle Gitchee Gumee by Jonathan David with text by Daniel Neer, based on the 1975 sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior; and the World Premiere of Sandy Songs with music by Linda Kernohan and text by Daniel Neer, inspired by the impact of Hurricane Sandy on New York City in 2015.


Performance Details:

Sunday, March 29m 2pm  |  FREE

St. Stephens Episcopal Church

30 W Woodruff Avenue, Columbus Ohio


Monday, March 30, 8pm | FREE

Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center
Otterbein University
170 W. Park Street
Westerville, Ohio


Lucky Dragon Number Five  | Chamber work for baritone and percussion ensemble


April 18, 2020

Spencer Stern, composer

Daniel Neer, lyricist and performer

Riley Auditorium at Battelle Fine Arts Center

Otterbein University  |  Westerville, Ohio

more information coming soon!


THE SOURCE  | A play in two acts by Jack Canfora

September 2020, dates TBD

Arcturus Theater Company  |  Washington, D.C.

more information coming soon!


Centaur CRC 3723The 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 soon 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 soon at Operetta Foundation




A Reading of Two One-Act Plays in Development

February 12, 2020  |  7:30pm

Workshop reading of Trope Topaz and The Interview

The Dramatists Guild, Baltimore Chapter

DG FOOTLIGHTS Reading Series

St. Marks Evangelical Lutheran Church (2nd Floor)


Lucky Dragon Number Five

April 18, 2020     (anticipated premiere date)

A Chamber Work for Lyric Baritone and Percussion Ensemble

Music by Spencer Stern, Libretto by Daniel Neer

Otterbein University  |  Westerville, Ohio

(for more information, see performance calendar above)





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


Dona nobis pacem

An American Oratorio for Men’s Chorus

Music by Jonathan David, Lyrics by Daniel Neer



Chamber Work for Baritone and Trombone

On Themes of Global Warming

Music by Sara Graef, Poetry by Daniel Neer