Sunday, August 21, 2016, 3:15 PM
Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
Mark Hayes (b. 1953)
Ennio Morricone (b. 1928), arr. Langham
Milos Sokola (1913-1972)
Passacaglia Quasi Toccata on BACH
Justin Langham (b. 1990)
from Grove Divine
arr. Noel Gemanne (1926-2010)
Lord of the Dance
Founded and based in Houston,
Deux Voix represents one of the most cherished and historical combinations of musical sounds, and has transformed it to appeal to a wide range of audiences. You can follow Deux Voix on Facebook and at DeuxVoixMusic.com for more information.
Stephen Distad, currently the Music Associate and Organist at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, is a nationally-recognized organist and church musician. Before coming to Houston, he served as Minister of Music at First Baptist Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Director of Music at Christ United Methodist Church in Rochester, Minnesota, and Organist at First United Methodist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana. Stephen has performed in numerous notable and historical locations such as St. Thomas Church in New York, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, and Notre-Dame in Paris. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Drake University and his Master’s from Baylor University, as well as post-graduate studies at the Eastman School of Music. Stephen also studied under Marie-Claire Alain at the Conservaoire de Rueill-Malmasison in Paris, which was the main influence for their French name of
Deux Voix (translating to “Two Voices”). He is an active concert organ soloist as well, performing programs of various styles around the country.
Justin Langham is an active performer, composer, arranger, and teacher around the greater Houston area. Originally from Mobile, Alabma, Justin earned a double degree in Trumpet Performance and Composition from the University of Alabama, and a Masters in Trumpet Performance at the University of Houston, while acting as the staff arranger for the band program. He is currently is a member of the Houston Civic Symphony and has performed with the Houston Ballet Orchestra and Houston Heights Orchestra. Justin is also the Director of Music Ministries at Grace United Methodist Church in Houston.
As a composer, Justin has written for a broad spectrum of instrumentations, including works for small chamber ensembles, solo works for winds, and full orchestra and choir. Some notable works include his Concertino for Euphonium was premiered by Kyohei Ando in Tokyo, Japan, in 2013, and Grove Divine, a three-movement organ suite composed for Mr. Distad.
Although the formation of
Deux Voix is relatively new, Stephen and Justin have amassed a significant amount of success and a rapidly growing reputation and following around their home city of Houston, as well as across the country. They have performed in Georgetown, Houston, and Missouri City, Texas, as well as at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, Myers Park United Methodist in Charlotte, North Carolina, in Philadelphia, Lancaster, and Port Angeles, Washington, for the Washington Music Festical. They also presented a wildly successful headlining concert in May 2015 for the
L’Organo Series at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, where they performed the formal dedication concert for the new organ at The Citadel and set a new record for the largest crowd for an organ concert in the thirty-year history of the series. A recent tour took them to present and concert and lecture in Duluth, Minnesota, sponsored by the American Guild of Organists.
The program today features the premiere of a commissioned piece by
Deux Voix, composed by Mark Hayes, a nationally renowned concert pianist, composer, and arranger of sacred music.