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Alabama Symphony Orchestra Performs Carnegie Concert in Gettysburg

Written by Cary Burkett, Arts & Culture Desk and WITF Host | Apr 23, 2012 1:46 PM

 The Alabama Symphony Orchestra is one of six orchestras invited to perform a concert at Carnegie Hall as part of a program called Spring For Music. The orchestra, under the direction of music director Justin Brown, will also perform the same concert in Gettysburg just a couple of days before their Carnegie Hall debut.

The concert will be May 8 at 8pm at the Majestic Theatre, presented by the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College.  On the program will be a work by Israeli-born composer Avner Dorman, who is currently a professor of composition at the Sunderman Conservatory. The piece, titled Astrolatry, was commissioned by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra during the composer's 2010-2011 residency with the orchestra.  The work is based on the idea of the ancient worship of the stars, and was inspired by the composer's time in Gettysburg.

Avner Dorman's music recently received national attention with the world premiere of a piece called Uzu and Muzu from Kakaruzu in Stockton, California. Inspired by the urban decline in Stockton, the work is based on themes of conflict and resolution from a children's fairy tale by Israeli author Ephraim Sidon.

The Carnegie/Gettysburg concert by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra also includes a work by American composer Paul Lansky recently recorded by the orchestra entltled Shapeshifters, and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. Tickets for the May 8 concert in Gettysburg are available at the Majestic Theatre box office at 717-337-8200 or online.

               Below you can hear our Creative Zone feature with Maestro Justin Brown and composer Avner Dorman:



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