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Sinatra 100 – An All-Star GRAMMY Concert

Dave arranged and adapted music for “Sinatra 100″, a television special airing December 6th on CBS, celebrating 100 years of the icon Frank Sinatra. Working alongside Music Director Don Was, Dave adapted original Sinatra arrangements for an all-star cast including Garth Brooks, Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, Harry Connick Jr, Usher, Carrie Underwood, John Legend, Nick Jonas, Zac Brown and Adam Levine.  Performing newly created arrangements by Dave were Alicia Keys and Tricia Yearwood. The orchestra was formed from some of the finest Los Angeles and Las Vegas musicians.

“A Jann Arden Christmas”

Dave arranged and conducted the orchestra on Jann Arden’s latest album “A Jann Arden Christmas”.  The recording sessions in Toronto, Canada featured some of the great Canadian musicians that Dave has worked with over the last two decades including Mike Herriott (brass), Pat Kilbride (bass), Pat Steward and Mark McLean (drums), Rob Piltch (guitar), as well as many Toronto string players.  The album was produced by Bob Rock.

Robbie Williams “Swings Both Ways”

Dave wrote arrangements for Robbie Williams’ multi-platinum album “Swings Both Ways”.  The session was recorded by Al Schmidt at Capitol in Hollywood, and Dave conducted the orchestra on his arrangements.  The album was produced by Guy Chambers.  Michael Bublé stopped by the studio to sing a duet on “Soda Pop”.

NBC’s “Michael Bublé Home For The Holidays”

Michael Bublé’s newest NBC television special “Home For The Holidays” featured an on-stage live orchestra under the musical direction of Dave Pierce. Bublé, the multi-Grammy Award winning singer, was joined by guest stars Rod Stewart, Blake Shelton, Carly Rae Jepson, Elmo, and a special musical arrangement by Pierce featuring a duet with iconic crooner Bing Crosby. Pierce created musical arrangements and orchestrations for the special, as well as appearing on-screen conducting the 34 piece orchestra. “Michael Bublé: Home for the Holidays” is produced by Brad Lachman Productions (“Christmas in Rockefeller Center,” “The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade”) and Electus (“Fashion Star,” “Mob Wives”).

DP’s Emmy: One More Gold for Canada!

…and the Emmy goes to DAVE PIERCE for his Outstanding Music Direction on the 2010 Olympics. Dave was nominated alongside musical heroes Marc Shaiman and fellow Canadian David Foster.

Calgary Stampede Centennial Celebration

Dave is the Music Director for The Calgary Stampede’s Centennial Celebration in Canada. The 10 day event features music composed and produced by Dave Pierce including a 75 minute Evening Show that will play to audiences of twenty-five thousand. Calgary, Canada hosts this monumental event July 6-15, 2012. In addition to special music Pierce has produced for the Calgary Stampede, a city wide fireworks spectacular synchronized in multiple venues will also feature Pierce’s music. Five venues across the city will simultaneously present fireworks to Pierce’s music in addition to a nightly broadcast on radio.

Dave in the studio with Michael Bublé

Internationally renowned singer Michael Bublé gives a glimpse into the studio recording session for his new album. Dave conducted his arrangements live-off-the-floor featuring strings, a big band, rhythm section, background singers and none other than Michael’s live vocals. This technique of all-at-once live recording is seldom attempted these days, and the energy of sessions evident.

Moscow, Russia

Dave Pierce was the Music Director for the 846th Annual Federal City Day in Moscow, Russia. The production featured the largest 3D video-mapping show ever attempted. Celebrating Alfa Bank’s 20th anniversary and Moscow’s 864th birthday the show set a Guinness World Record by integrating unique 4D elements.  Live performance (Russian opera diva Anna Polovinkina sang an arrangement by Dave Pierce and Waren Tse), scenic and special effects into the 3D video mapping, and set a new benchmark in live event performance.  The 30-minute show—created and directed by David Atkins, CEO of DAE—was watched live by 300,000 people, and culminated in a square-wide celebration with musical group B2.

Sinatra/Tharp in Japan

Dave is the Music Supervisor and Musical Arranger for Come Fly Away. Following successful runs on Broadway, at The Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas and a year long National Tour, the show is now heading to Japan. Come Fly Away features choreography by Twyla Tharp and vocals by Frank Sinatra. The show tours with a 14 piece Big Band performing Dave’s orchestrations live on stage.

Pierce wins 2 Global Music Awards

Dave Pierce was recently awarded two Global Music Awards for his compositions created for the 12th Arab Games Opening Ceremony, a live spectacle from Doha, Qatar, broadcast to a television audience of 1.1 billion viewers. Under the music direction of Pierce, the Arab Games Opening Ceremony featured a musical hybrid presentation of Arabic music performed with traditional instruments performed by the Middle East’s finest musicians, a 90 piece symphonic orchestra, a 40 voice choir, and a contemporary rhythm section. Pierce’s composition“Cauldron Lighting” won an Award of Excellence in the show music category, and “Arab Games Opening Segment” won and Award of Merit in the creativity/originality category.

K-OS featuring Drake

Dave’s string arrangement for the song “Faith” is featured on the newest release from Canadian hip-hop artist K-OS, and features megastar artist Drake. This production marks a reunion for Dave and K-OS, who first collaborated on a special hip-hop number for the Closing Ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Dave’s Orchestrations Opening the Pantages Season

Dave’s musical orchestrations will be featured in “Come Fly Away” opening the 2011-2012 Season at the Pantages.

“Come Fly Away” follows four couples as they fall in and out of love during one song and dance filled evening at a crowded nightclub. Blending the legendary vocals of Frank Sinatra with a live on-stage big band and 15 of the world’s finest dancers, “Come Fly Away” weaves an unparalleled hit parade of classics, including “Fly Me To The Moon,” “My Way,” and “That’s Life,” into a soaring musical fantasy of romance and seduction. The show’s score combines classic and newly discovered vocal performances from the Sinatra archives along with signature arrangements (Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Quincy Jones) as well as brand new charts for this fresh innovative musical.

So You Think You Can Dance

Dave’s orchestration and musical adaptation of Frank Sinatra’s “That’s Life” was presented on So You Think You Can Dance. Cast members from Broadway’s hit show “Come Fly Away” (orchestrations by Dave Pierce) presented the show’s highlight production number.

Jumaane Smith Recording Session

Dave composed the strings for Jumaane Smith’s upcoming album at Capitol Records.
Watch the exclusive behind the scenes footage of his scoring session below.

Dave Dances With Sinatra in Vegas

Dave reunited with the classic talents of  “Ole Blue Eyes” to bring SINATRA Dance With Me to Wynn Las Vegas. Dave lent his music arranging and supervising talents to the new 80-minute show, along with the creative team from Twyla Tharp’s celebrated Broadway hit Come Fly With Me.

SINATRA Dance With Me follows four couples who fall in and out of love in a music-filled nightclub. Conceived, choreographed and directed by Tharp, 14 dancers express Sinatra’s music via recorded masters (by special arrangement with Frank Sinatra Enterprises and The Sinatra Family) backed by a 17-piece on-stage big band. In addition to the beloved classic standards, Dave added his original orchestrations to the show.   For ticket information click HERE.