Friday, March 7, 2008

Charles Darden Bio

Charles Darden is Director of Music of the Anglican Church, and Director of La Chorale De Bons Choeurs, on the island of St. Barts in the Caribbean French West Indies. He is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He grew up in California and was the founder and conductor of the Berkeley Free Orchestra. In 1970, Seiji Ozawa appointed him Apprentice Conductor to the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Later, he was twice a Conducting Fellow at Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra where he studied with Leonard Bernstein. In 1975, Lorin Maazel appointed him Conducting Assistant to the Cleveland Orchestra. He was later appointed Musical Director of the Ballet Rambert in London and later Principal Conductor of the Dance Theater of Harlem in New York. He was a frequent guest conductor in Europe, primarily in Norway, where he was a regular conductor with the Den Norske Opera. He is an accomplished pianist and has appeared as Jasbo Brown in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Porgy and Bess. Mr. Darden is an authority on the life and music of the ragtime composer Scott Joplin. He wrote the one-man show Great Scott! outlining the life of the ragtime composer Scott Joplin. In 1999, he produced L'Hymne à St. Barthélemy, the island's own national anthem. Mr. Darden presently divides his time between St. Barts and New York. He has appeared as pianist/singer in a number of first class hotels around the world before coming to St. Barts. These include the Noga Hilton in Cannes, France, the Renaissance Hotel in Hong Kong, and the Colombo Hilton in Sri Lanka.


Mark said...

Dear Charles - great to hear you are in the Caribbean and hope you remember me. I am in Dominica running a small hotel called Beau Rive. Please get in touch if you can. Regards

Mark Steele

Chet said...

Dear Charles- I up in the middle of the night listening to Ray Talifero obn KGO- going down memory lane- he mentioned Dr. Dennis DeCouteau- I thought of you when we knew each other at the US Navy School of Music and back in San Francisco in the early 70's- just wanted to say "hello" and good to read about you and know you are still conducting.
Best regards
Chet Fitzell