From the Orchestra Library

Rest in Peace

Posted in DSO Colleagues by kschnack on September 5, 2009

Today we lost our friend and colleague, the Dallas Symphony’s chorus director, David Davidson.  He has been ferociously fighting cancer for more than two years now, all the while continuing to live his life actively and fully and without complaint, no matter whether he was in pain or feeling ill from his treatments.  He never gave up and never gave in.  Just this past Monday he went to work at Highland Park United Methodist Church where he was also choral director, and then led the DSO’s Monday night chorus rehearsal of Beethoven Symphony No. 9.

As his condition suddenly worsened this week, it was hard to focus really well on other things.  David has been with us for 15 seasons, preparing the chorus for all the major works they performed with the DSO both at home and on tour, and also planning and conducting the popular annual holiday concerts.  He built the chorus into what it is today, and it has never sounded better.  Many of us have played at his church over the years – everything from patriotic concerts to requiems — and we’ve shared sad times and celebrated happy ones.

David was a kind of larger-than-life person.  Tall and distinguished, he was a gentleman who loved a good laugh, a good red wine, a good vacation abroad.  He adored his family and his beloved chorus, and he always stayed true to what he thought was profound and meaningful about the great choral repertoire, and his chosen life in sacred music.

We are really going to miss David striding into the library and cracking up with his big laugh at a bad joke.  We are going to miss working with him, especially for this year’s Beethoven 9, Alexander Nevsky, and Christmas performances.  We are going to miss him for the kind of person he was, and the example he set in the way he lived and died.  May he now rest in peace and sing with the angels.

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  1. Joe Vetter said,

    On behalf of the Dallas Symphony Chorus, thank you for sharing your thoughts. We will probably never really know how many lives David may have touched.

  2. Sharon Sproat said,

    Very nicely put…..I know what striding into the library is all about and I also know about the bad jokes. We will all miss him. He pushed his musicians to be more than they thought they could be. How do you measure the joy a person brings to others when they share their music…..

  3. kschnack said,

    Sharon! It’s great to hear from you. Thank you for writing. Yes, you do know all the bad library jokes — and oh how David would laugh. I got a real kick out of finding something to say that I hoped he would find funny so we could see his face brighten and hear that laugh.

    I don’t think you can measure that joy you mention. As Joe said, David touched so many people with his own infectious happiness about the music. He truly loved what he did, and he didn’t get caught up in complaining about the negative as so many of us do. He always found the positive.

    Be well, k

  4. Amy said,

    Very nice Karen. I still can’t believe he is really gone…we’ll miss him together.

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