MeiraWarshauer1009AComposer Meira Warshauer’s Tekeeyah (a call) – Concerto for Shofar/Trombone and Orchestra, will be performed by the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Neal Gittleman, Music Director, as part of its The Awakening concerts on Thursday, January 10 and Saturday, January 12, 8 PM each evening at the Mead Theatre of the Schuster Center, 1 West 2nd St. in Dayton, Ohio.

Soloist will be shofar/trombone virtuoso Haim Avitsur. These concerts will also feature von Weber’s Oberon Overture and Copland’s Symphony No. 3.

The composer, who began work on Tekeeyah (a call) during a residency at the MacDowell Colony in Spring of 2008, has written this about the piece, “I believe this is a time which calls for awakening to our true essence as human beings. Our planet needs us, and we need each other, to care for and heal our suffering world. The shofar (ram’s horn), with its natural power and centuries of service in calling Jews to awaken, can be an important instrument in this collective renewal of purpose…” Read Ms. Warshauer’s complete program notes and other articles about the piece at http://meirawarshauer.com/NEW/pages/compositions.html. Excerpts can be heard online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMpafcGqufg.

Tekeeyah (a call) is the first concerto ever written for shofar/trombone soloist and orchestra and was commissioned by a consortium of orchestras that includes the Dayton Philharmonic, along with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, Brevard Philharmonic, University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra and Western Piedmont Symphony (Hickory, NC), and with support from Lilly Stern and Bruce Filler, and Linda and Bill Stern in loving memory of their parents, Jadzia and Ben Stern.

Tickets range from $16 to $63, and can be ordered by calling 937-228-3630 or by visiting http://daytonperformingarts.org/philharmonic.

Much more about Haim Avitsur at http://www.haimavitsur.com/.

Meira Warshauer’s website is at http://www.meirawarshauer.com.

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