Goldstein to premiere Dorman’s “Lost Souls” at Kansas City Symphony

Posted on: November 16, 2009

In Sunday’s (11/15) Kansas City Star, Steve Paul writes, “Two years ago, in Memphis, Tenn., rising-star pianist Alon Goldstein played a brawny, contemporary sonata he’d been making his own. It was a calculated move, because [Music Director] Michael Stern was in hearing range, and Goldstein wanted him to tune into the work of the young composer, Avner Dorman, who, like Goldstein, is a native of Israel now living and making music in the U.S. Well, one thing led to another, and this week all three musicians will align again on the proverbial and literal same page when Stern and the Kansas City Symphony present the world premiere of Dorman’s new work, a piano concerto featuring Goldstein at the keyboard. Called ‘Lost Souls,’ the piece is so new that Dorman has yet to hear Goldstein play it. … It’s part of Stern’s effort as music director to both broaden the repertoire and champion new music.” Dorman’s music “reflects not only the foundation of Western classicism but also the Middle Eastern cauldron from which he hails and his youthful enthusiasm for rock (Led Zeppelin and Prince among his early favorites).”

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Posted November 16, 2009