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Meira Warshauer

Columbia, SC   

Meira Warshauer’s music has been performed to critical acclaim throughout North America and Europe, as well as in South America, the Middle East, and Asia. Her works are regularly heard on radio and have recently been featured by Public Radio International’s Living on Earth, and American Public Media’s Performance Today, the most listened-to classical music radio program in the US. Meira’s musical palette is wide, ranging from traditional Jewish prayer modes to minimalist textures with rich melodic contours, and from joyful jazz-influenced rhythms to imaginative orchestrations of the natural world. At its core, it expresses her personal spiritual journey. As Ina Esther Joost, principal cellist with Jerusalem Symphony, observes,

Meira’s music comes from a place which is beyond music. It is like a prayer … from deep within the soul … it always evokes deep responses from the listeners.

WARSHAUER HAS DEVOTED MUCH OF HER CREATIVE OUTPUT TO JEWISH THEMES AND THEIR UNIVERSAL MESSAGE.

Streams in the Desert, an all-Warshauer CD of music for orchestra and chorus inspired by the Torah, was released by Albany Records (Troy 973) in fall 2007. Tekeeyah (a call), the first concerto ever written for shofar, trombone, and orchestra, was performed with soloist Haim Avitsur and commissioning orchestras  Wilmington Symphony (NC), Brevard Philharmonic (NC), University of South Carolina Symphony. Western Piedmont Symphony, and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra,  during 2009-2013.

HER WORK ALSO REFLECTS A LOVE AND CONCERN FOR THE EARTH.

Her Symphony No.1: Living, Breathing Earth, commissioned by Dayton Philharmonic, South Carolina Philharmonic, and Western Piedmont Symphony, was profiled by Aileen LeBlanc for PRI’s “Living on Earth” during the symphony’s premiere season in 2007, and again in 2011. Symphony No. 1 and Tekeeyah were recorded by the Moravian Philharmonic for Navona Records’ 2011 release, Living Breathing Earth (NV5842). In addition to her compositions, Meira’s concern for the earth is also demonstrated by her active involvement in environmental issues. (To view the “Living on Earth” profile, visit http://meirawarshauer.com/works/call-of-the-cicadas/

OTHER RECORDINGS INCLUDE..

YES!, recorded by Richard Stoltzman and the Warsaw Philharmonic, on Perspectives (MMC2162); Bati l’Gani (I entered My garden), commissioned and recorded by Paula Robison and Cyro Baptista, on Places of the Spirit, (Pucker Gallery); Shevet Achim (Brothers Dwell) for two bass clarinets, commissioned and recorded by Richard Nunemaker, on The Louisville Project (AUR3127); Bracha (Blessing) for violin and piano, recorded by the Kobayashi-Grey duo, on Feminissisimo (Troy1081); Revelation, recorded by the Silesian State Philharmonic, on Robert Black Conducts (MMC2008); and Jerusalem, Open Your Gates (third movement), performed live by Neil Casey and the University of South Carolina Symphony, on Musicscapes, Vol 1 (MMC2170D). Other all-Warshauer CDs are: the soundtrack to the documentary Land of Promise: The Jews of South Carolina (Kol Meira 2002) and Spirals of Light: Chamber Music and Poetry on Themes of Enlightenment (Kol Meira 2001).

WARSHAUER HAS RECEIVED AWARDS FROM…

ASCAP, Meet the Composer, and the American Music Center; and Residency Fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Hambidge Center. She was twice awarded the Artist Fellowship in Music by the S.C. Arts Commission, and received the first Art and Cultural Achievement Award from the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina. Her composition, Yishakeyni (Sweeter than Wine) received the Miriam Gideon Award from the International Association of Women in Music. She has served on the faculties of Columbia College, University of South Carolina Honors College, and as the Nancy A. Smith Distinguished Visitor at Coastal Carolina University. Meira has also presented several lectures, including presentations on The Healing Art of Music, a semester long course which she developed.

Meira Maxine Warshauer graduated from Harvard University (B.A. magna com laude), New England Conservatory of Music (M.M. with honors), and the University of South Carolina (D.M.A.), and studied composition with Mario Davidovsky, Jacob Druckman, William Thomas McKinley, and Gordon Goodwin. Her music is published by Lauren Keiser Music Publishing, Hildegard Music Publishing, World Music Press, and Kol Meira Publications. A native of Wilmington, North Carolina, she resides in Columbia, South Carolina with her husband, Sam Baker.

Symphony No. 1 Living Breathing Earth (profile by Aileen Leblanc for PRI’s Living on Earth)

The title Living, Breathing Earth came to me in contemplating the image of the rainforests as lungs of the earth. I felt our planet, alive with all variety of creatures and plants living in symbiosis with each other, breathing in and out, and the planet as a whole, pulsing with breath. I also contemplated the earth rotating through space, a spinning orb of blue and green, at just the right distance from the sun to support life, and our protective blanket of air, the atmosphere of the earth, providing the medium for our breath.

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TEKEEYAH (A CALL) CONCERTO FOR SHOFAR/TROMBONE AND ORCHESTRA 1ST MOVT. HAIM AVISTSUR AND THE MORAVIAN PHILHARMONIC

Tekeeyah is the Hebrew word for sounding a long tone on the shofar (horn of a ram or other kosher animal). In the Jewish tradition, the shofar, the horn of a ram or other kosher animal, is sounded to wake up the soul. The raw animal sound reaches inside, rousing us from our slumber of complacency and breaking walls of separation. In this concerto, the shofar calls to all of humanity. How do we wake up to who we really are, to our deepest truth?

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Shacharit (Morning Service)

Shacharit (Morning Service), a concert interpretation of the Jewish Service. Performed by Colla Voce, Larry Wyatt, director, with Serena Hill, soprano, Aaron Cates, tenor, Elena Martinez-Vidal, narrator, Kenneth Miller organ, and Alissa Castro, Cory High, Bailey Seabury and Shane Velsor, percussion. Organ transcription by Thomas Sheehan. More at https://meirawarshauer.com/works/shacharit-morning-service/
Originally for full orchestra: https://meirawarshauer.com/works/shacharit-an-interpretation-of-the-sabbath-morning-service/

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