World Premiere Performance of Meira Warshauer Symphony No. 1 Living,
Breathing Earth by Western Piedmont Symphony of North Carolina on
The World Premiere performance of Meira Warshauer's Symphony No. 1 -
'Living, Breathing Earth' will be given by the Western Piedmont Symphony,
John Gordon Ross, Conductor, on Saturday, February 3, 2007 as part of
their Masterworks III concert at the First Baptist Church, 339 Second
Avenue NW in Hickory, North Carolina.
This new work, commissioned by the Western Piedmont Symphony, the South
Carolina Philharmonic (their Premeire performance will be on March 24)
and the Dayton Philharmonic (their Premiere performances will be given
on April 26 and 28), has been described by the composer: 'the title,
Living, Breathing Earth, came to me in contemplating the image of the
rainforests as lungs of the earth. I felt our planet, alive with all
variety of creatures and plants living in symbiosis with each other,
breathing in and out, and the planet as a whole, pulsing with breath.'
Other works on the program include Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream
Overture, Op. 21 and Ferdinand David's Concertino #4 in E-flat Major
for Trombone and Orchestra, Op. 4, with guest soloist Haim Avitsur.
Tickets for the February 3 concert are $12, $25, and $35. For tickets
and more concert information, please call the Western Piedmont Symphony
office at 828-324-8603.
The Western Piedmont Symphony's mission is to provide musical
performances of distinction that enrich and enliven the community's
classical music experience and to nourish new audiences through school
concerts and family outreach programs. Visit them online at
Meira Warshauer's compositions have been performed and recorded to
critical acclaim throughout the United States and in Israel, Europe,
and Asia. A graduate of Harvard, New England Conservatory of Music,
and the University of South Carolina, Dr. Warshauer studied composition
with Mario Davidovsky, Jacob Druckman, William Thomas McKinley, and
Gordon Goodwin. She has received numerous awards from ASCAP as well as
the America Music Center, Meet the Composer, and the South Carolina Arts
Commission. In 2000, she received the first Art and Cultural Achievement
Award from the Jewish Historical Society of S. Carolina.
Dr. Warshauer is a Visiting Lecturer at Columbia College, Columbia,
South Carolina. Her CDs include the soundtrack to the documentary Land
of Promise: The Jews of South Carolina and Spirals of Light, chamber
music and poetry (by Ani Tuzman) on themes of enlightenment, on the Kol
Meira label and "Revelation" for orchestra, included on the MMC CD Robert
Black Conducts. Her music is published by Oxford University Press, MMB
Music, World Music Press and Kol Meira Publications. Her latest Bracha
Newsletter, containing full program notes for Symphony No. 1, is online
at http://www.jamesarts.com/releases/jan07/MW_nws_010907.htm. You can
find much more about her at http://home.sc.rr.com/meirawarshauer/.
Masterworks III is sponsored by The All New Hickory Auto Group and guest
artist Haim Avitsur is sponsored by Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Hicks. Residency
support for Ms. Warshauer has been provided by the Project Pools/Grassroot
Arts Program of the United Arts Council of Catawba County with the N.C.
Arts Council (a state agency), the National Endowment for the Arts,
Temple Beth Shalom and Lenoir Rhyne College.
For more information about Meira Warshauer, please contact Jeffrey James
Arts Consulting at 516-586-3433 or [log in to unmask]
Jeffrey James Arts Consulting