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 Premiere 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 http://www.wpsymphony.org/.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.