Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Building on the success of recent years, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra received a prestigious invitation to perform in Carnegie Hall in New York City as part of the second annual Spring for Music Festival in May 2012. The ASO is one of only six orchestras invited from a field of more than 65. The ASO will be performing the New York premiere of pieces commissioned from Paul Lansky (Shapeshifters) and Avner Dorman (Astrolatry) as well as showcasing the orchestra's spirited interpretation of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7.
British conductor Justin Brown enjoys an international reputation in both the symphonic and operatic fields and is the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, as well as the General Music Director of the Badisches Staatstheater, Karlsruhe.
In his four seasons with the Alabama Symphony, Brown has won recognition for the ASO across the country, in particular as a vibrant destination for contemporary music, for which it received a first-place ASCAP award in 2010. In addition to commissioning many new works, he has conducted major works by distinguished composers such as Elliott Carter, George Crumb, John Adams and Peter Lieberson. Maestro Brown and the ASO have also collaborated with highly-esteemed soloists including Yo-Yo Ma, Leon Fleischer, Leila Josefowicz, Yefim Bronfman and Joshua Bell.
Dorman is a rising star. At the age of 25, he became the youngest composer to win Israel's prestigious Prime Minister's Award. He holds a doctorate of musical arts in composition from the Julliard School in New York. Champions of his work include internationally renowned conductor Zubin Mehta, who has conducted premieres and performances of Dorman's music by the New York Philharmonic and Israel Philharmonic orchestras.
Dorman is a professor of theory and composition at Gettysburg College's Sunderman Conservatory. In the midst of his duties at the Conservatory, he focused on a symphonic poem about ancient people's ritual worship of the stars. "Astrolatry" is one of six compositions by Dorman that have had world premieres in the past year, with orchestras like the Israel Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony.
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