Evolutionary Hymn

Soprano - Diana Newman
Clarinet - Eric Jacobs
Piano - Vivian Fan
Music - David Newman
set to a text by C.S. Lewis
April 5, 2014 - Newman Hall - USC

Yoko and the Tooth Fairy

This is a small melodrama (essentially a play with music) based on an original story that I composed for the Annual Children’s concert at Crossroads School (2008) where my daughter was attending at the time. This is the end of the show. The orchestra at Crossroads, directed by Alex Treger is truly incredible . The Crossroads Chamber Orchestra rehearses every Tuesday and Friday afternoon for the entire school year. My daughter Diana was lucky enough to play in that Orchestra from 8th through 12th grade. It was a wonderful experience for her.


I composed this score for the silent film SUNRISE that for the opening of the US Film Festival (early name for the Sundance Film Festival). This was performed with the Utah Symphony in their gorgeous hall (Abravanel Hall) in Salt Lake City.

More videos from this performance can be found here.

1001 Nights (excerpt)

In 1998 I composed a score to the first in a proposed series of original films with live orchestral accompaniment with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The Series was called “Filmharmonic” for obvious reasons. The film was called “1001 Nights,” and was based on the legendary group of short stories. Yoshitaka Amano's illustrations were the basis for the film and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, performed it on four successive nights. The Piece has 4 Synth players each changing patches around 15 times during the piece. This excerpt is right at the end of the 1st part of the piece (I broke it into 3 Sections

UCLA Camarades - Cilluffo - The Land to Life Again

UCLA Camarades String Ensemble and UCLA String Faculty Members perform Cilluffo - The Land to Life Again (2012) a song cycle based on the writing of Iris Origo, for soprano, cello and string ensemble Conductor: David Newman Soprano: Diana Newman Cello: Antonio Lysy

Sundance Entertainment Tonight

1989 - This is just a fun news program (with a review by Leonard Maltin) about my score for the silent film SUNRISE that I composed for the opening of the US Film Festival (early name for the Sundance Film Festival). This was performed with the Utah Symphony in their gorgeous hall (Abravanel Hall) in Salt Lake City.

NBC News

News clip about the Royce Hall Concert that we did for Sundance in 1988 – The coolest part of this is when we did the Main Title from SPARTACUS and Alex North was in the audience. When the Main Title finished there was an ovation like I have never heard and as incapacitated as he was, he stood up for a bow. Of course Royce Hall was PACKED!!!! Here is the LA Times blurb about the concert - March 22, 1988 - Veteran film music composers Miklos Rosza, Henry Mancini, John Barry, Maurice Jarre, David Raksin, Alex North and Georges Delerue will be on hand tonight in UCLA'S Royce Hall to celebrate and be celebrated in a fund-raising benefit titled "A Night of Great Movie Music" for the Sundance Institute.The composers themselves (and conductor David Newman) will lead the 90-piece orchestra in excerpts from their scores from such films as "Madame Bovary," "Spartacus," "Marnie," "Touch of Evil," "All About Eve" and "The Natural." Clips from some of the films will also be shown.


More ET Leonard Maltin news clip about the Music Preservation Program at Sundance, our concerts, and the program in the late 80’s at Sundance. 

Richard Kirk Award  - 2009

The clip of my friends talking about “me”….it’s painful for me to watch all the nice things that people say, but it might be interesting to you. 


For more videos and audio, look at my YouTube and SoundCloud.