Eastern Music Festival presents the premiere of Avner Dorman
Based in Greensboro, North Carolina, the oriental music festival (EMF) celebrates its 61st season with its classical music festival and summer educational program for all orchestral instruments.
Led by EMF Music Director Gerard Schwarz, the Eastern Festival Orchestra will perform in the “Joseph M. Bryan Festival Orchestra Series: New Perspectives” concert on July 23, 2022.
The program will include a world premiere of the American guitarist Jason Vieax of How to love, written by the Israeli composer and 2018 Azrieli Prize for Jewish Music winner, Avner Dorman.
Named after a book called “How to Love” by a Zen Buddhist teacher, Thich Nhat HanhDorman’s How to love was originally written for guitar and string quartet or string orchestra. The four movements of the piece are titled after the six mantras that Hanh writes at the end of the book: “I’m here for you, I know you’re here, and I’m happy, it’s a happy time, and you are partly right.”
“How to love talks about the essentials of mindfulness and how to love,” Dorman explained. “How to love each other, how to listen and understand, be happy and even disagree.”
Jason Dorman holds a doctorate from The Juilliard School and studied composition with John Corigliano and Josef Bardanashvili. Based in the United States, he is currently Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College.
Vieaux is co-founder of Curtis Institute of Musicof the guitar department and taught at Cleveland Institute of Music since 25 years. GRAMMY-winning artist, he plays a 2013 Gernot Wagner guitar, made in Frankfurt.
The July 23 concert will also feature Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 in E Minor and Dawn by a living composer, Juilliard and NYU graduate, Paul Fruitto honor the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting.
by Frucht Dawn was inspired by his love for one of his teachers who died in the Sandy Hook shootings. “Dawn Hochsprung was an amazing person that I had the good fortune to meet when I was a student at Rogers Park Middle School,” Frucht wrote.
“When the tragic events occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, like everyone in the Danbury area, I was shocked and deeply saddened…I immediately felt compelled to write something in memory of him and the other twenty-five people who lost their lives that day.
“I titled the piece ‘Dawn’ not only because it is dedicated to her, but because the nature of Dawn’s actions on the day of filming is the inspiration for the character in this piece,” he said. for follow-up. “When she realized her school was in danger, her immediate reaction was to protect the children in the school. She put herself in harm’s way in an entirely selfless act in an effort to save the lives of her students. His legacy is one of selflessness, positivity and extraordinary courage. This piece celebrates that heritage.
Tickets for this concert are available here.
This summer, EMF returns to regular in-person programming for the first time since their 2020 live season was canceled due to the pandemic and their need to operate at limited capacities in 2021. Their five-week 2022 season began June 25 and will run through June 30 July 2022.