Dorman, Raphel to give presentation

WHEELING – Maestro Andre Raphel and composer Avner Dorman of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra will give a presentation at noon March 13 at Lunch With Books at the Ohio County Public Library located at 52 16th St.

Dorman has re-written a piece, originally for two quartets, for double string orchestra that will have its U.S. premier March 14 at the symphony concert at the Capitol Theatre.

His works have been conducted by Zubin Mehta, Christoph Eschenbach, Riccardo Chailly and David Robertson at the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra at the Musikverein, the Salzburg Festival and the Lucerne Festival

“In the summer of 2004, a group of Chechen terrorists overran a school in Beslan, Russia, and held its pupils and teachers hostage for a number of days, culminating in the murder of at least 150 pupils,” said Dorman.

“Thereafter, the Russian Archbishop eulogized them in a prayer he called ‘Prayer for the Innocents.’ The eulogy, and its circumstances, affected me deeply, and prompted me to dedicate the middle movement of my second string quartet to the memory of the children. When Keshet Eilon asked me to compose a work for its summer 2009 Mastercourse, I decided to base it partly on that movement, expanding it for two string quartets.”

At Lunch With Books, Raphel and Dorman will offer a panel discussion about this and other subjects.

The program is free an open to the public. Call the library at (304) 232-0244 or visit the library’s web site at www.ohiocountylibrary.org for information.