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Each year, the Millikin University Chamber Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Brian Justison, professor of music, commissions one or more works to be premiered during its concert season. These works are performed and recorded by the percussion ensemble and are later distributed by Millikin's record label, First Step Records.

This season, Brian Justison and the percussion ensemble are pooling their resources with the Israeli Percussion Center, under the direction of Tomer Yariv, to co-commission a work from one of the rising stars of classical music, Avner Dorman. The Israeli Percussion Center is the country's leading educational institution of its kind, focusing solely on percussion instruments and their repertoire. Its director, Tomer Yariv, is also a member of the internationally renowned percussion duo, PercaDu.

Despite the excitement surrounding this intercontinental collaboration, it is the music of Avner Dorman that will provide Millikin students with the incomparable, enduring experience of bringing a new piece of music to life. Under Brian Justison's direction, the ensemble has premiered more than 20 new works to date.

Avner Dorman has quickly risen to become one of the leading composers of his generation. Dorman's unique approach to rhythm and timbre has attracted some of the world's most notable conductors, including Zubin Mehta, Christoph Eschenbach, Riccardo Chailly, and David Robertson, to bring his music to international audiences through the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony, and many others. Dorman's work explores a diverse range of genre and stylistic parameters including works for dance and film. Specific details about the work that he will compose for the Millikin ensemble will be forthcoming.

Donations are being accepted to help support this project. Send a check made payable to Millikin University to the Millikin University Alumni & Development Office, 1184 W. Main St., Decatur, IL 62522. Please indicate "Percussion Music Commissions" in the memo area of your check. Credit card donations may be made online at bit.ly/MU-Percussion or by calling Millikin University's Alumni & Development Office at 217.424.6383.

For further information about the Millikin University Percussion Commission, contact Professor Justison at 217.424.3980 or via email at bjustison@millikin.edu. For more information on Millikin University's Percussion Ensembles, visit www.millikin.edu/percussion.
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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL