Charles D. Osborne and Son


Osborne Accepts New Cantorial Position

Beginning this July, Charles Osborne will be assuming the duties of Senior Cantor at Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, Ontario, a major Reform congregation. Osborne will be joining his dear friend Ben Steinberg, who is the composer-in-residence at Temple Sinai. Accordingly, he will be leaving, after 5 years, his position as Spiritual leader of the Jewish Fellowship of Hemlock Farms, Lords Valley, PA, and after 21 years his position as faculty member of Hebrew College of Boston. He is very much looking forward to making music with his many friends in Toronto, and making new friends as well.

Osborne participates in Top Ten Jewish Composers Series

Charles David Osborne is part of the Top Ten Jewish composers series sponsored by Hebrew College of Boston. On April 1st, he joined in the taping of a podcast as part of an expert panel exploring "20th Century Cantors and Composers/Conductors." Other members of the panel included noted composers Yehudi Wyner and Samuel Adler. Professor Joshua Jacobson acted as moderator. On May 17th, he will be a featured performer in a concert culminating the Top Ten Jewish Composers series, in which he will be performing his arrangement of Yossele Rosenblatt's "V'lirushalim Ircho."

Osborne commissioned by the Cantors Assembly

For its upcoming international convention in Germany and Israel in June 2012, the Cantors Assembly has commissioned Charles David Osborne to compose a piece scheduled to be premiered at a memorial to be held at site of the Dachau Concentration Camp. Entitled "I Didn't Speak Out," it is based on the famous poem of the same name by Martin Niemoeller, a Lutheran minister imprisoned at Dachau during World War II.

Ongoing Production: "Mr. Whitman's War"

Plans are being finalized for a New York production of Charles David Osborne's "Mr. Whitman's War," a theater piece scored for soprano, mezzo soprano and baritone soloists, narrator, mixed chorus and chamber orchestra. The piece is approximately one hour in length. On board so far is one of New York's leading choral ensembles Khorikos, directed by Jesse Peckham. The firm of D.J. Greene is spearheading the production.

Upcoming Concert Appearances

Saturday evening, June 16th: American Songbook II at the Jewish Fellowship of Hemlock Farms, 7:30 p.m. Special guest Helene Williams.
Call 579-775-7497 for information.

Saturday evening, July 14th: Men in Concert IV--The 60s, featuring the music of the 1960s. Jewish Fellowship of Hemlock Farms, 7:30 p.m.
Call 570-775-7497 for information.

Charles D. Osborne

In 1997, composer Charles Osborne asked his friend and colleague, Aryeh Finklestein, to write a libretto for his new oratorio, Souls on Fire, a work based on the book by Nobel Prize Laureate, Elie Weisel. The oratorio premiered in Boston in 1998 to critical acclaim, and was soon recorded by the Bulgarian National Symphony and Chorus, with narration by Leonard Nimoy. Since that time, Mr. Osborne's numerous vocal, instrumental and orchestral pieces have brought him national attention. In July, 2001, his composition, Proclaim Liberty, was premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in celebration of Independence Day. Souls on Fire, performed in Detroit and Philadelphia in 2003, will be performed in Boston and New York in 2004, and Los Angeles in 2005, all narrated by Leonard Nimoy. Newly commissioned works, including his latest collaboration with Mr. Finklestein, This Flower, are scheduled to premiere in Boston and at Lincoln Center, New York in Spring, 2004.

Among Mr. Osborne's works scheduled for production and recording in 2004-2005 are his Concerti for Guitar and Orchestra, Flute and Orchestra, and Viola and Chamber Orchestra, as well as his cantata, Golden Liberty, and his oratorio, Kings and Fishermen.

The long and distinguished musical career of Charles David Osborne began at the age of five, when he commenced his piano studies, and by the time he was 12, he had already enjoyed his first singing engagement as a boy alto. After receiving a Voice Performance degree from the Hartt College of Music in 1972, Mr. Osborne, a tenor, enjoyed an international singing career, appearing in Europe and Israel, and at major concert venues in the U.S., including Avery Fisher and Carnegie Halls in New York, and Symphony Hall, Boston.

In 1983 Mr. Osborne entered the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. There, through his study with two leading 20th century composers, Miriam Gideon and Hugo Weisgall, he discovered his passion for composition, graduating with honors in both Musical Composition and Conducting. Upon graduating in 1987, Mr. Osborne accepted the position of cantor at Temple Emanuel, Newton Centre, Massachusetts, the largest Conservative congregation in New England. He has since established himself as one of the most prominent cantors in North America.

Through his dedicated devotion to composition, Charles Osborne has won a reputation as a gifted creator of compelling, lyrical music. With progressive recognition for his work, he receives numerous offers for commissions, both liturgical and non-liturgical. His catalogue, which initially included many sacred choral works, has grown to encompass a broad range of Classical, secular pieces which have received widespread praise. His Symphony in A Flat, the sister composition to Souls on Fire, continues to receive favorable reviews in the international Classical community.

Mr. Osborne lives in Lords Valley, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Kathryn, and his cat, Clementine.


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