Timeline

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1927 · Born in Chicago October 5th.

1940-1952 · Private tutor of theory and piano in Chicago.

1945 · Graduated from De LaSalle High School in Chicago.  Played with jazz groups throughout high school and advanced to DePaul University on a full scholarship.

1946 · Studied piano with Sergei Tarnowsky and Theory & Composition with Leon Stein and Herman Shapiro while at DePaul University.

1948 · Wrote his first two compositions, Inclusions and I Love, which were premiered at DePaul University by Herman Baldasare on bass and Downey on piano.

1949 · Wrote Piano Sonata #1, which Downey premiered at DePaul University. Recipient of a $50 Vollmer Award from the Chicago Women’s Musical Club for Piano Sonata #2. Performed Piano Sonata #2 at Chicago Artists Association. Earned Bachelor of Music from DePaul University with a Major in Piano and Minor in Composition.

1950 · Performed on monthly Young Artists program while at the Chicago Musical College. Performed Masters degree recital under Rudolph Ganz.

1950-1951 · Taught harmony, counterpoint, fugues and keyboard harmony at the Metropolitan School of Music in Chicago.

1951-1952 · Taught piano, composition, orchestration, form and analysis at Chicago Musical College.

1951 · Performed Piano Sonata #2 at DePaul Composition Forum. Performed Piano Sonata #1 and Toccata at Philadelphia Church in Chicago. Married Irusha Czuskak at St. Nicholas Church in Chicago on July 28th.

1952 · Performed several works, including Piano Sonata #2, in a concert of Young Chicago Composers at the Institute of Design. Performed Piano Sonata #2 for Sigma Alpha Iota Annual American Musicale at Chicago Musical College. Performed Chicago premiere of Vittorio Rieti’s Theme and Variations in D Minor. Received Masters of Music degree from Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University with a Major in Piano and Minors in Musicology and Composition (on full scholarship). Taught summer classes in theory, ear training and sight singing through Chicago Musical College Adult Education Department. Received Fulbright grant for composition studies in Europe. Wrote Piano Suite for the Young, which premiered in Duncan Studio in Paris. Began six years of studies in Europe on a scholarship.

1953 · Wrote Adagio Lyrico for two pianos, which was dedicated to his brother James who had been killed while a medic in WWII. Adagio Lyrico was premiered by Rudolph and Felix Ganz in Chicago. Received second Fulbright Award for extra year of study in composition and musicology in Paris. Wrote String Trio.

1954 · Paris premiere of Adagio Lyrico with his wife Irusha at the Raymond Duncan Studio. Conceived Octet for Winds in Paris, putting it aside until 1958. String Trio performed by Le Trio a’ Cordes Pasquier at Ecole Normal in Paris. String Trio performed on Paris Radio by Le Trio a’ Cordes Pasquier. Downey performed Piano Sonata #2 for Ukrainian community in Paris. Downey performed Piano Sonata #2 at program honoring Darius Milhaud.

1955 · Received scholarship from Conservatoire National de Musique in Paris. Received teaching Fellowship from French Government.  Taught American Novelists and Poets at Lyce Janson de Sailley Jr. College in Paris. String Trio was broadcast over Paris National Radio, as performed by Le Trio a’ Cordes Pasquier. Participated in a “Conference on Young Composers Today” in Paris. Wrote Two Violin Preludes (later incorporated into Irish Sonata for Violin) which premiered at the American Embassy in Paris, as performed by Jean Verdier and Downey. Received scholarship from Conservatoire National de Musique in Paris.

1956 · Joy of Peace – La Joie de la Paix was broadcast over Paris Radio, as performed by the Paris Radio Symphony-conducted by Eugen Bigot. Piano Sonata #2 performed by Jean Pierre Marty at Ecole Normal in Paris. Sonata for Violin performed at American Embassy in Paris. Earned second Prix de Composition from Paris National Conservatory of Music. Defended his dissertation on Le Musique Populaire dans l’Ouvre de Bela Bartok – earned Docteur des Lettres, PhD from University of Paris – Sorbonne. Received teaching Fellowship from the West German Government – taught American Novelists and Poets at Gymnasium Emil-Fischer Junior College in Euskirchen, Germany. Received scholarship from Conservatoire National de Musique in Paris.

1957 · Offered teaching position at Sorbonne but opted to return to Chicago to be with family. Began teaching in the Humanitied Department of Chicago City College – Amundsen campus. Radio Symphony Orchestra performed Le Joiede la Paix at Salle Erard.

1958 · Delivered a paper entitled Folklore and Music of Bela Bartok at the Spring Meeting of the Midwest Chapter of the American Musicological Society. Received Copley Foundation grant for summer composition in Aspen. Completed Octet for Winds, the first draft of which was completed in 1954. Octet for Winds premiered at the Aspen Music Festival – conducted by Albert Tipton – received Copley Award. Received Aspen Composers’ Festival Award and award from the Fromm Music Foundation for performance of Chant to Michelangelo at the Aspen Amphitheater – conducted by Norman Chapman Rudolph and Felix Ganz performed Adagio Lyrico at Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University.

1958-1960 · Taught Humanities, French and Music at Wright Junior College in Chicago.

1958-1964 · Served as Associate Professor and Chair of Department of Humanities at Chicago City College – Amundsen campus.

1959 · Received Copley Foundation grant for summer composition in Aspen. Wife Irusha taught Russian on WTTW-TV and Language at University of Chicago and Wright Junior College. Wrote Eastlake Terrace for piano and performed it at an Illinois Society of Contemporary Music concert in Chicago. Performed a program of works at Wright College in Chicago with wife Irusha (both Piano Sonatas, Piano Suite for the Young, Adagio Lyrico). Taught summer session of Harmony, Ear Training and Keyboard at DePaul University in Chicago. Taught summer orchestration session at Musical College of Roosevelt University in Chicago. Received Fromm Award to attend Princeton Seminars in Advanced Musical Techniques. Performed Adagio Lyrico with wife Irusha at the University Composers Exchange 8th Annual Festival at Valparaiso University. Performed Bartok, Chopin and Mozart at Wright Junior College Christmas Concert.

irusha1959chicago-suntimes1959  · Fashion Article on Mrs. Irusha Downey appears in The Chicago Sun Times. A must read!

1960-1964 · Part-time instructor in Theory at DePaul University.

1960-1965 · John and Irusha Downey teach French 101 on WTW-TV in Chicago.

1960 · Octet for Winds performed by Faculty Quintet of Southern Illinois University. Octet for Winds and Eastlake Terrace performed at Society for Contemporary Music, Roosevelt University. Concert of works performed at DePaul University:  Piano Sonata 32, Eastlake Terrace, Toccata, Octet for Winds, Piano Suite for the Young, Adagio Lyrico. Received Copley Foundation grant for summer composition. Composed Edges for Piano in the Rocky Mountains – premiered in Chicago that year. Won second Fromm award to attend Princeton University Composer Seminar. Sonata for Violin performed at International Society for Contemporary Music.

1961 · Wrote Pyramids for Piano. Adagio Lyrico for Two Pianos aired on Chicago’s WSBC. Three Address Pieces performed at Southern Illinois University. Octet for Winds performed by Chicago Chamber Orchestra at Art Institute. Sonata for Violin performed by Francois D’Albert of Montreal. Octet for Winds performed at the University of Illinois Composers’ Exchange concert.

1962 · String Quartet #1 written and performed at Indiana University.

 

1962-1963 · Instructor of Theory at Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University.

1963 · Book on Bela Bartok published in France.

1964 · Toccata performed at DePaul University. Wrote first version of Harp Concerto, which premiered in 1969 and was later revised in 1993. Appointed to position of Assistant Professor of Theory, Composition and Theory at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. String Quartet 31 premiered. Chant to Michelangelo performed in Indianapolis, Isler Solomon conductor.

1965 · Won UWM research grant. I Love performed at Chicago Musical College. Joy of Peace premiered. 

1966 · Address Pieces performed at UWM. Cello Sonata at UWM’s Fine Art Festival. Eastlake Terrace performed at UWM. String Quartet #1 performed at UWM by Fine Arts Quartet. Taught “one theory course” for Music for Youth which led to teaching position through 2002. Wrote Tabu for Tuba commissioned by Daniel Neesley.

1967 · Tabu for Tuba premiered by Daniel Neesley at UWM. Cello Sonata commissioned by George Sopkin and performed at Chicago Museum of Modern Art. Modern Dances Forms and Aegistics Ballet premiered at UWM. Quintet for Winds performed by Woodwinds Arts Quintet. Tabu for Tuba performed by Val Hayworth. Conducted premiere of Modern Dance Forms SuiteGaudeamus Igitur performed on Milwaukee’s Channel 4 TV with UWM choir under Don Craig. Pyramids premiered at Town Hall, NY, by pianist Armand Basile. Pianist Jon Olson won Mu Phi Alpha scholarship with performance of Eastlake Terrace.

1968 · Eastlake Terrace performed at UWM by Jon Olson. Cello Sonata performed by Sopkin and Basile at UWM. Chant to Michelangelo performed by UWM Symphony. Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Commission Jingalodeon premiered at MSO Kinderconcert.

1969 · Come Away Death premiered by Florence Packard-Vacano at the Wisconsin College Conservatory. Tabu for Tuba performed by Ray Weisling and Robert Koopman at UWM. Harp Concerto premiered at UWM by Gayle Gibson. Gaudeamus Igitur performed by UW Concert Choir under Don Craig. String Quartet #1 performed at Carbondale for Illinois Composers’ Exchange Concert.

1970 · Formation of Wisconsin Contemporary Music Forum with Barney Childs, Vincent McDermott and Gregoria Suchy, to foster the performance of new works and an effort to merge creative activities of various schools in the city and state. Became Wisconsin Composers Alliance in early 1980s. Premiere of Prospectations III-II-I for Milwaukee’s Music for Youth Symphony. Delta Omicron commission What If? performed at UWM. A Dolphin premiered by UWM. Twelfth Night with Downey’s music performed by UWM Theater Company. 

1971 · Almost Twelve premiered at UWM under Yehuda Yannay. Organizer of UWM’s Aaron Copland Festival. Premiere of Channel 10 TV collaboration EarthplaceAlmost Twelve performed at Alverno College. First visit to MacDowell Colony. Premiere of Agort (Woodwind Quintet revision) at Carnegie Hall. Afternoon’s Purple premiered by Music for Youth in Milwaukee’s Vogel Hall. Afternoon’s Purple took 3rd place in competition at College Kinetic Theater in Oregon. Afternoon’s Purple performed at University of Minnesota by UW-River Falls Ensemble under Conrad DeJong.

1972 · Premiere of Afternoon’s Purple at Wisconsin Conservatory. Jingalodeon performed by Milwaukee Symphony at UWM. Eastlake Terrace performed by Anita Hankewitz at Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee. Cello Sonata aired on WNYC in New York. Interviewed on WFMR in Milwaukee regarding Symphonic Modules FiveCome Away Death and Lake Isle of Innisfree performed by Wisconsin Conservatory. Featured on Chicago radio with interview surrounding Symphonic Modules Five and Cello SonataAgort performed at Chicago’s Ganz Hall Woodwinds Arts Quintet. Featured on Chicago’s WEFM with interview regarding Symphonic Modules Five and excerpts from Cello Sonata, Woodwind Quintet, Almost Twelve and Pyramids. Premiere of Symphonic Modules Five by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra under Kenneth Schermerhorn. Cello Sonata recorded by George Sopkin. Ambivalencies II, Afternoon’s Purple and Earthplace featured at Milwaukee’s Summerfest with light show by Scott Marshall. WCMF concert featured Come Away Death and Lake Isle of Innisfree

1973 · Symphony Modules Five nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by MSO conductor Kenneth Schermerhorn. What If? premiere. Milwaukee premiere of Adagio Lyrico performed by James Tocco and Robert Silverman. Milwaukee performance of Meni Odnakovo for Milwaukee Ukrainian community. Was honored by Wisconsin Federation of Music Clubs in Green Bay along with Edna F. Pietsch and Greg Suchy. Pyramids premiered by James Tocco at Milwaukee Performing Arts Center. Tabu for Tuba recorded by Harvey Phillips.

1974 · Received first ASCAP award. A Dolphin premiered at UWM. Second visit to MacDowell Colony; wrote Lydian Suite for Solo Cello. UWM Graduate School Research Award received. 

1975 · Third visit to MacDowell Colony; wrote String Quartet #2, which was commissioned by Fine Arts Quartet for Chicago premiere. Adagio Lyrico performed by the Paratore Brothers at UW-Eau Claire. WFMR aired recording of Cello Sonata by Sopkin. John Downey Album recorded with Ford Foundation Grant in Los Angeles, CA. Ukrainian Folk Suite for Small Orchestra performed at Milwaukee’s International Folk Fair by the Steve Swedish Orchestra. Chant to Michelangelo aired on WFMR. Almost Twelve aired on WFMR.

1976 · Earthplace aired on WFMR. Octet for Winds performed by UW Wind Symphony under Stan DeRusha in Indiana. Octet for Winds official premiere at Performing Arts Center in Milwaukee. Three Symphonic Modules performed by Baltimore Symphony. Lake Isle of Innisfree and Come Away Death performed by Yolanda Marculescu. Cello Sonata aired on WFMR. Program at Alverno College featuring Romantic Variations on a Ukrainian Theme performed by Vera Pawlak, Lake Isle of Innisfree and Come Away Death (Elaine Linstedt), Meni Odnakovo (Daniel barry) and Octet for Winds (UW Ensemble). Tabu for Tuba performed by Barton Cummings at the University of California San Diego. Second String Quartet premiered by Fine Arts Quartet. Named Fine Art Quartet’s “Man of the Year”. A Dolphin first performed in French at the Milwaukee Art Museum by Marlee Sabo. Cello Sonata performed by Janos Starker in NY’s Metropolitan Museum. Received Norlin Foundation Award to work at MacDowell Colony. Jingalodeon performed by Stanford Symphony. Crescendo performed by Bauer Dance Group and UWM Percussion Ensemble.

1977 · High Clouds and Soft Rain premiered with Whitewater Flute Ensemble at the MENC in Kansas City. Received Norlin Foundation Award as a Distinguished Fellow in Composition. High Clouds and Soft Rain had Milwaukee premiere with Whitewater Flute Ensemble At UWM. Fourth visit to MacDowell Colony – wrote The Edge of Space / Fantasy for Bassoon and Orchestra. Received National Endowment for the Arts grant.

1978 · A Dolphin performed with Daniel Nelson at UWM. Fine Arts Quartet took Second String Quartet on European Tour. The Edge of Space / Fantasy recorded by Robert Thompson, Geoffrey Simon and English Chamber Orchestra. Participated in Brazil Music Festival. The Edge of Space / Fantasy for Bassoon and Orchestra premiered by Milwaukee Orchestra with Steve Basson.  Supported by grant from NEA and UWM Research Grant. Received 3rd ASCAP award. Was UNESCO rep in Budapest conference on Folk Influences in Contemporary Society. Spent time at University of Toronto and MIT creating Processions. 

1979 · Received Fulbright-Hayes Grant to work at IRCAM institute de Recherche et de Coordination Acoutique Musicale. A Dolphin featured on French radio. Lectured in French at University of Paris on American music and own works. Gave seminars at Trent Polytechnic in Nottingham, England. Interviewed on BBC with performance of A DolphinJingalodeon was performed by Nouvel Orchestre de Paris under Gilbert Army. Processions I and II premiered with Milwaukee Music for Youth. Jingalodeon recorded under Gilbert Army and the Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique. What If? broadcast on WFMR with tenor Daniel Nelson. Received fourth ASCAP Award. Come Away Death sung by Elain Linstedt for the Civic Music Association at War Memorial. Adagio Lyrico performed at UW-Parkside by August Wegner and Carolyn Bell. Adagio Lyrico performed at Wisconsin Conservatory by Alice Goldberg and Elaine Bliss. Jingalodeon performed by Milwaukee Symphony under James Paul. A Dolphin was performed by the University of Nevada’s Contemporary Music Ensemble under Virko Baley.

1980 · Silhouette for solo-double bass premiered by Roger Ruggieri at the Wisconsin Conservatory. Received fifth ASCAP Award. Hey Ho, the Wind & the Rain premiered by Elaine Linstedt at UWM. Knighted by French Government with title Chevalier de l’Order des Arts et des Lettres by French Counsel Georges Fleschi. Attended music festival in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Processions, What If?, Adagio Lyrico, and Octet for Winds performed in Santos, Brazil.

1981 · The Edge of Space / Fantasy for Bassoon and Orchestra recorded by Robert Thompson and Geoffrey Simon with the London Symphony Orchestra. Tangents premiered in Milwaukee under Pavel Burda. Composed Duo for Oboe and Haprsichord – premiered by Bedford Duo at UW-Parkside in Racine. Spoke at Royal College of Music in London. Received sixth ASCAP Award. A Dolphin was programmed in Milwaukee by Susie Bauer Dance Group at Lincoln Center for the Arts.

1982 · Milwaukee debut of Duo for Oboe and Harpsichord at Milwaukee Art Museum by Pro Music Nova. The Edge of Space / Fantasy recommended to the High Fidelity for the Koussevitsky Award by Lawrence B. Johnson. Wrote Declamations for Albany Symphony. Participated in the 18th Festival of New Music in Santos and Sao Paulo, Brazil.  Portrait #1 written there for Gilberto Mendes. Received seventh ASCAP Award.

1983 · Portrait #2 premiered at Wigmore Hall in London by bassoonist Robert Thompson and Thea King in clarinet. Sponsored Otto Luening concert at UW-Parkside. Received eighth ASCAP Award.

1984 · Milwaukee premiere of Portrait #2 by Robert Thompson and Jack Snavely at UWM. Sixth visit to MacDowell Colony where Discourse was written. Participated in 20th Festival de Musica Nova in Santos, Sao Paulo Brazil. Prayer for String Trio performed in Vermont. Portrait #3 for Flute and Piano performed in St. Louis. Received ninth ASCAP Award. Prayer for String Trio won New Music for Young Ensembles Competition in New York.

1985 · Awarded Moebius Creativity Award for outstanding achievement in the Arts. Featured composer at UW-Eau Claire’s 17th Annual Contemporary Music Symposium. Wrote Declamations while a Fellow at MacDowell Colony. Received 10th ASCAP Award. Declamations for orchestra premiered by Albany Symphony under Geoffrey Simon.

1986 · New York premiere of Prayer at Carnegie Hall by the Adironack Chamber Players. Named Distinguished Professor of Music at UWM. Declamations performed in Paris by l’Orchestre Symphonique de la Garde Republicaine.

1987 · Eastlake Terrace performed by Anita Kasten in Milwaukee. Discourse for Oboe, Harpsichord and String Orchestra premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music under Lukas Foss (Henry Schuman-oboe, Kenneth Bowen, harpsichord). Discourse for Oboe, Harpsichord and String Orchestra performed at Queens College under Lukas Foss. High Clouds and Soft Rain was aired live over French Radio from a concert at Paris Radio Hall. Received Extraordinary Musical Achievement Award from Sigma Alpha Iota of Milwaukee. Portrait #3 performed at Milwaukee MacDowell Club by Karen Fietler and Sharon Goodram. 7th visit to MacDowell Colony – began Concerto for Double Bass which was commissioned by Gary Karr. Concerto for Double Bass for Gary Karr premiered with the Sydney Symphony under Geoffrey Simon and also by the Queensland Symphony under Patrick Thomas. Toured Europe with Music for Youth with performances of Declamations. Participated in 23rd Festival de Musica Nova in Santos, Brazil. Received tenth ASCAP Award. Arrangement of the Star Spangled Banner performed by the Milwaukee Symphony.

1988 · Lydian Suite performed by cellist David Cowley in Oshkosh and Eau Claire. Portrait #2 performed in Oshkosh by Jack Snavely and Robert Thompson. Tabu for Tuba performed by Mario Felalli and Frank Winkler at Chicago Harper College. Lydian Suite performed by cellist David Cowley in Milwaukee. Lydian Suite performed by cellist David Cowley in Eau Claire. Psalm 98 and Suite of Psalms performed in Santos and Sao Paulo, Brazil by Ars Viva. Pyramids and Portrait #1 performed by John Downey in Brazil. Eastlake Terrace performed by Yi Gong Shen in Vermont. Cello Sonata performed by David Cowley and Bruce Wise in Appleton. Pyramids performed by Milton Pekarsky in Milwaukee.

1989 · Cello Sonata performed by Paul Gmeinder and Ruth Marshall at MacDowell Club and Jewish Community Center in Milwaukee. String Quartet #2 performed in San Francisco by the Alexander String Quartet. Suite of Psalms premiered under Margaret Hawkins Vocal Arts Consortium. Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra had US premiere with Gary Karr and Albany Symphony under Geoffrey Simon. 

1990 · Three-day Downey Festival of Music at Hartt College. UK premiere of Discourse – performed in the London Royal Academy Annual International Composer Festival. String Quartet #1 performed by Chamber Music Society of Baltimore. Received Walter Heinrichen Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters NYC. Premiere of Meni Odnavako and Discourse with the Lviv Orchestra. Made eighth visit to MacDowell Colony – wrote Call for Freedom at Hartt College. Discourse performed in Israel. Received $5,000 Wisconsin Arts Board Music Fellowship.

1991 · Concerto for Double Bass performed by MYSO with Roger Ruggieri under Zdenek Macal. Milwaukee premiere of Fanfare for Freedom by MSYO under Margery Deutsch. Fanfare for Freedom performed by UWM Symphonic Band in Vogel Hall under Thomas Dvorak. Pyramids performed by pianist William Black at Milwaukee Piano Gallery. Octet for Winds performed by Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra under Steven Colburn. 

1992 · Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra performed by Roger Rugerri with MYSO under Margery Deutsch. Crescendo performed by Ohio State University Percussion Ensemble under John Downey. High Clouds and Soft Rain, and Call for Freedom performed at Ohio State University under John Downey. Memories and For Those Who Suffered-Yad Vashem performed by John Downey at UWM. Discourse performed by Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra with Steven Colburn, John Downey and Lukas Foss, conducting. High Clouds and Soft Rain performed by University of California in San Jose. Ninth visit to MacDowell Colony – wrote Symphony in Two Movements commissioned by Harper Symphony in Chicago. Milwaukee Symphony takes Ode to Freedom on tour to Japan. For Those Who Suffered-Yad Vashem performed at the Milwaukee Piano Gallery. Named Musician of the Year by Milwaukee Sentinel.

1993 · Symphony #1 premiered by Harper Symphony in Chicago, Frank Winkler conductor. Channel 10/36 presented The Life, Music and Philosophy of Composer John Downey, Professor and Composer in Residence at UWM, produced by dear family friend Rudy Valentino. Symphony #1 recommended by Conductor Frank Winkler for a Pulitzer Prize. Premiere of revision of Harp Concerto under Monte Perkins. Agort performed on tour through Michigan by Northern Lights Chamber Orchestra. Guest composer at Bowling Green University. Symphony in Two Movements performed by the Butler Symphony in Indiana under Stanley DeRusha. Received Composer of the Year recognition by Milwaukee Sentinel.

1994 · Declamations performed by Detroit Metropolitan Youth Symphony. Made tenth visit to MacDowell Colony, wrote For Those Who Suffered-Yad Vashem commissioned by beloved Sheldon and Danni family.  Also wrote Rough Road for Guitar and Flute, commissioned by Jeffrey Kust in Chicago. Concerto for Double Bass performed by the Sacramento Symphony with Gary Karr. For Those Who Suffered-Yad Vashem was premiered at 47th International Cantors Assembly, with John Downey conducting. Composed Angel Talk for Eight Cellos.  Premiered at Appleton University. Chosen as the Commissioned Composer of the Year by the Wisconsin Music Teachers Association.

1995 · Prayer performed at the Elvehjim Musicem in Madison by the Lawrence Faculty group. Angel Talk for Eight Cellos premiered at McPhail in Minneapolis by the Lawrence University Cello Ensemble, for whom it was written. Piano Trio performed for MacDowell Club concert by JoAnn Hasler, Paul Gmeinder and Florabela Diaz. Conducted the Warsaw Philharmonic in a recording of his Harp Concerto with John Senior III. Conducted the Czech Radio Symphony in Prague in a recording of his Chant to Michelangelo. Nohee Lee wrote dissertation on Downey piano music at UW-Madison. Three songs premiered Erie Mills and Jeffrey Peterson at UWM Vocal Arts Series. Call for Freedom performed by Northwestern University under Don Owens. Composed Ode to Freedom for Wind Ensemble.

1996 · Ghost (Scary Pieces for Violin Ensembles) written for Wisconsin String Academy and was taken on European Tour by Mimi Zweig’s Violin Virtuosos. For Those Who Suffered-Yad Vashem premiered by the Dayton Philharmonic under Neal Gittleman. Composed Soliloquy for English Horn, Cello and Clarinet. European Premiere of Ode to Freedom by the Czech Radio Orchestra under Vladimir Valek. 

1997 · Portrait #3 performed by Marilyn Nonken and Taimur Sullivan at UWM. Psalm 90 for Choir, Organ, Brass, and Timpani was premiered, commissioned for the 150th Anniversary of the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Milwaukee. Milwaukee McDowell Club honored Mr. Downey on his 70th birthday with a program of his music at the Broadway Theater Center.

1998 · Downey Music Festival in Milwaukee.

1999 · Irish Sonata premiered at Charles Allis Library in Milwaukee by Erin Aldridge and Leslie Cook. Composed Mountains and Valleys for Piano, premiered by Justin Kolb in Santa Barbara. London Downey Festival.

2000 · Tribute Concert to Irusha Downey at UWM.

2001 · Irish Sonata performed in Madison, WI, by Erin Aldrich and Avedis Manoogian. Composed Quintet for Basso0n and String QuartetRough Road performed at UWM by Tania Guarnieri on violin and Marco Pisoni on guitar.

 

2002 · Quintet for Basso0n and String Quartet premiered at Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall in New York by Robert Thompson on the bassoon and the Fine Arts Quartet. For Those Who Suffered-Yad Vashem performed in Madison by the UW-Symphony under David Becker. Prayer performed at Present Music concert. Quintet for Bassoon and String Quartet received its Milwaukee premiere by Robert Thompson on bassoon and the Fine Arts Quartet. Suite of Psalms performed by the Ad Hoc Vocal Ensemble at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee under Kathleen Matts.