Don York

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We are very proud to have worked with the very talented, Don York. He approached us after hearing our Nutcracker Musical CD and asked to join our team. Working with Don to produce In a Nutshell - The Concert was exhilarating. We were very sad when he passed away - too soon to lose this talented, talented man.

Composer/conductor/pianist Don York showed his prodigious musical talent early, playing piano at age three, composing and improvising by age seven. After graduating from The Julliard School of Music in 1969 with a degree in music composition, Don's fluency at the piano landed him pop gigs with Hall & Oates, Maureen McGovern, July Collins and Esther Phillips, Jax gigs with Elvin Jones, Clark Terry, Nick Brignola and Lee Konitz. He became Bette Midler's Musical Director in 1975. York is recognized worldwide for his scores for legendary choreographer, Paul Taylor. He served as Musical Director of The Paul Taylor Dance Company from 1976 to 1992. York conducted sixteen yearly New York seasons as well as engagements with the Paris Opera Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic, Montreal Symphony, Danish Radio Orchestra, Sadler's Wells Orchestra, and many, many more. Two of his seven Taylor scores are represented on PBS' Dance in America. On Broadway, York conducted or arranged I Love My Wife, Little Me, Can-Can, 5-6-7-8 Dance!, Merlin, Sunset, The Marriage of Gigaro, Sweet Charity and Beggar's Holiday.