Santa Barbara Symphony to give West Coast premiere of Dorman’s “Lost Souls”

Posted on: May 12, 2011

In Thursday’s (5/12) Santa Barbara Independent (California), Tom Jacobs writes, “Lost Souls is an evocative name for a piece of music. It conjures up thoughts of those who have gone before us, and suggests that the past continues to haunt the present, often in unexpected ways. That makes it a perfect title for the piano concerto of Avner Dorman, which will receive its West Coast premiere during this weekend’s season-finale concerts of the Santa Barbara Symphony. Alon Goldstein, who gave the work its premiere in Kansas City in 2009, will be at the keyboard.” On frequently being labeled a “multi-cultural” composer, Dorman says, “Growing up in Israel was certainly a multicultural experience. It’s interesting, though, that in Israel, my music is characterized as less multicultural, because in many ways it reflects the local culture. Pianist Orli Shaham just premiered my Third Violin Sonata with her brother Gil Shaham, and she said that playing the piece feels a lot like driving in a car in Israel and changing the channels on the radio receiver. It’s just that the stations there play different things than what most Americans or Europeans usually listen to.”

Posted May 12, 2011