CAMP SPRINGS, MD – Renowned pianist Brandon Felder brings his “Mosaic Intersections of Sound” to the Davies Concert Series’ 50th Anniversary Season on Saturday, February 26 at 5pm, filling the acoustically rich Davies sanctuary with a musical story of hope and possibility.
Felder has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra and collaborated with artists ranging from Shania Twain to Marvin Hamlisch, as well as Washington Performing Arts’s Men, Women, and Children of the Gospel choirs. This year he was named one of YAMAHA’s 40 under 40 Music Educators, an award that recognizes outstanding music educators who are making a difference by growing and strengthening their music programs.
In keeping with the Series’ emphasis on accessibility, all tickets are Pay What You Can. They can be reserved on EventBrite in advance HERE, or obtained onsite beginning 30 minutes prior to performance. Masking and proof of vaccination are required for admittance. All Davies Concert Series events take place at the Davies Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 7400 Temple Hill Road, Camp Springs, MD 20748.
Concert Series Music Director Natalie Groom commented, “Brandon’s ‘Mosaic Intersections of Sound’ speaks to the healing potential of music, how music can completely define and shape your personal destiny, and how some of the most painful moments in life yield the most beautiful art. It’s a message of realism, individual spirituality, and hope, and I think it’s what many of us need right now.”
A musician, producer, composer and educator, Felder transforms the traditional notion of a visual mosaic of many tiles to create a unique aural experience. “Mosaic Intersections of Sound” layers the spoken word of sermons over well-known Christian music (hymns, anthems, spirituals, and gospel) to create a new musical form. These “Sermonic Songversations” present a merging of spoken word and music to facilitate meditative and centering moments that might bring together the disparate pieces of the listener’s life.
Felder earned his undergraduate degree from Howard University and his master’s from University of Maryland, College Park, both in Music Education. His passion for teaching serves him well as Fine Arts Co-Director at the SHABACH! Christian Academy (Landover MD), and previously as Performing Arts Department Chair at Largo High School, where the program earned distinctions such as 2015 GRAMMY® Signature School Award Semifinalist, 2016 GRAMMY® Grant Recipient, and 2017 NAMM® Music Merit School Awardee. Felder was also executive producer for the Largo High School Choir album project “Rejoice!” (November 2017) and made history as the first high school to reach #7 on Billboard Gospel Music Charts.
In addition to his work in education, Felder has brought his musical gifts to many churches in the DMV. He has collaborated with artists Richard Smallwood, Walter and Edwin Hawkins, Stephen Hurd, Kurt Carr, and Donald Lawrence, and performed for presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.
Mark your calendars for the Concert Series finale:
April 3, 2022 – Syneva Colle, cello – Nature-inspired music for strings.
For further information on the Davies Concert Series and regular updates, visit https://www.daviesconcertseries.com. Davies Concert Series, a tax-exempt 501(c) (3) charitable trust, is committed to presenting classical music concerts, offering educational opportunities for young audiences and performers, and providing a venue for new music. The Series is supported in part by grants from the Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council (PGAHC) and the Cynipid Fund.