Avner Dorman, professor in the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College, was featured in a Feb. 16 article by the Anchorage Daily News for his composition of a cello concerto.
From the Daily News:
The audience exploded in a rousing ovation at the performance of Avner Dorman's "Spices! Perfumes! Toxins!" by the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra in 2009. The response may have been triggered primarily by the "Stomp"-like energy of the featured artists, a percussion duet known as PercaDu, but it was loud and genuine.
Dorman himself will be in town this week for the world premiere of his latest work, a cello concerto. The soloist for the first-ever performance will be Inbal Segev, noted for her attention to modern repertoire and a musician for whom several other composers have written pieces.
In a phone call last week, Dorman said the new concerto is "very personal" in that his first instrument was the cello, though composing quickly eclipsed practicing scales.