Tekeeyah Concerto for Shofar/Trombone and Orchestra World Premiere

Haim Avitsur World Premiere Performances of Meira Warshauer’s Concerto for
Shofar/Trombone and Orchestra
on November 15 in Brevard, NC and November
17 in Columbia, SC

Composer Meira Warshauer’s Tekeeyah (a call) – Concerto for
Shofar/Trombone and Orchestra
, will be given Premiere performances with
the Brevard Philharmonic on November 15 –
3 PM at
Porter Center for the Performing Arts of Brevard College,
1 Brevard College Dr. in Brevard, North Carolina

with the University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra
on November 17 –
7:30 PM at
the Koger Center for the Arts
1051 Greene St. in
Columbia, South Carolina.

Shofar/trombone virtuoso Haim Avitsur will be soloist at both performances.

The November 15 Brevard Philharmonic will be led by their Conductor and
Artistic Director Donald Portnoy in a program that also includes works
by Brahms and Borodin. More about the concert and the Philharmonic at

The November 17 University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra will
again be led by their Conductor and Artistic Director Donald Portnoy in
a program that also includes works by Berlioz, Schubert and Tchaikovsky.
More about this concert and the USC Symphony at

Tekeeyah (a call) is the first concerto written for shofar/trombone
soloist and orchestra and was commissioned by a consortium of orchestras
that includes the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Steven Errante,
Conductor, Brevard Philharmonic, University of South Carolina Symphony
Orchestra, Donald Portnoy, Conductor and Artistic Director, Western
Piedmont Symphony (Hickory, NC), John Gordon Ross, Music Director and
Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Neal Gittleman, Music Director along with
Lilly Stern and Bruce Filler, and Linda and Bill Stern in loving memory
of their parents, Jadzia and Ben Stern.

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 her
complete program notes at
Read an online article about the new work at

Israeli trombonist Haim Avitsur has premiered over 60 new pieces
encompassing a broad range of styles from solo trombone to chamber music
and orchestra. Mr. Avitsur is Trombone Professor at West Chester
University School of Music (PA) and at the Aaron Copland School of
Music, Queens College, NY. From 2004-2007 Haim Avitsur was on the
faculty of the University of Virginia as well as the Principal
Trombonist of the Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra. In 2005 he founded
the Summer Trombone Workshop, which has a U.S. residency at Temple
University. Much more about him at http://www.haimavitsur.com/.

Meira Warshauer’s music, performed internationally to critical acclaim,
reflects her personal spiritual journey and communicates directly to the
heart and soul of the listener. She has received many important awards
and is the Nancy A. Smith Distinguished Visitor in Residence at Coastal
Carolina University, Conway, SC.

Ms. Warshauer has devoted much of her creative output to Jewish themes
and their universal message. Bracha for violin and piano was recorded
for the Feminissimo CD on Albany Records, which has also released her
acclaimed Streams in the Desert disk of Torah-based choral/orchestral
works. Her work also reflects a love and concern for the earth. A
profile of her Symphony No.1: Living, Breathing Earth was featured on
the nationally broadcast PRI radio show Living on Earth in Spring, 2007,
during the symphony’s premiere season with commissioning orchestras
Dayton Philharmonic, South Carolina Philharmonic, and Western Piedmont

Warshauer’s music is published by Oxford University Press, Hildegard,
Lauren Keiser Music, World Music Press and Kol Meira Publications. Her
website is at http://www.meirawarshauer.com and press photos are
available at http://www.meirawarshauer.com/NEW/pages/presskit.html. Her
Like Streams in the Desert video is on YouTube at