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Breaking Down Walls

A discussion and arts exhibition on Conflict and Resolution in Stockton

The Stockton Symphony will be holding a discussion in conjunction with an arts presentation by the Artista’s del Valle today, March 5, 2012 at 5:00 PM with the Symphony’s Composer-In-Residence Avner Dorman on Conflict and Resolution at the Mexican Heritage Center & Gallery located at 111 North Sutter Street in downtown Stockton.

Dorman will begin the evening with a discussion on the background—and a sneak preview—of his new work, based on Ephraim Sidon’s Uzu and Muzu from Kakaruzu, a story of two brothers who are very close until they quarrel and build a wall down the middle of their home. It takes four generations before the wall of prejudice is finally demolished. In the musical work, two percussionists on opposite sides of the stage will represent the warring brothers.

Following Mr. Dorman’s presentation, guests will be invited to join a discussion on types of conflict that are encountered at work, school, or in their neighborhood, and possible solutions to those issues.

“The Symphony is extremely pleased to present a major new symphonic work from Avner, the Symphony’s Composer-in-Residence, during its 85th Anniversary season. The story, and hence the commissioned composition, has a universal message for the community at many different levels,”said the Stockton Symphony‘s Maestro Peter Jaffe.

“The Stockton Symphony purposely commissioned a musical work that will speak to the conflicts in the Stockton community. Besides launching a new compelling orchestral drama, this residency helps to create a community-wide discussion relating to the theme of conflict and resolution,” explained Jan Stanley Marketing Coordinator of the Stockton Symphony.

Mr. Dorman’s residency in Stockton included a week in the fall of 2011 when he visited local schools and shared with elementary, high school and college students the process of writing his composition. He has now returned for a variety of discussions and forums at churches, synagogues, schools and cultural centers, culminating in nine premiere performances of the new work.

Tonight’s event at Stockton’s Mexican Heritage is located at 111 N. Sutter Street and is free and open to the public. Dorman’s full composition will be performed at the Symphony’s Classics IV: Conflict and Resolution concert on March 8 and 10 at Atherton Auditorium at San Joaquin Delta College. Tickets can be purchased online at www.stocktonsymphony.org or call (209) 951-0196. Tickets begin at $22; tickets for children and students with an ID are half price.

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One thought on “Breaking Down Walls

  1. Conflict without resolution at University of California Berkeley campus. It is past time for University of California Regent Chairwoman Lansing to deal with the economic realities that the Board of Regents cannot escape. UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau picks the pockets of Californian students and their parents clean. Public Cal. now more expensive than Harvard and Yale. (The author has 35 years’ consulting, has taught at Cal where he observed the culture & ways of senior management & was not fired)

    UC Berkeley Birgeneau ($450,000 salary) has forgotten he is a public servant, steward of the public money, not overseer of his own fiefdom. Tuition fee increases exceed national average rate of increase; On an all-in-cost Cal. ranked # 1 most expensive public university; Recruits (using California tax $) out of state & foreign affluent $50,600 tuition students who displace qualified instate Cal applicants; Spends $7,000,000 + for consultants to do the work of his management team (prominent East Coast university accomplishing same at 0 cost).
    In tough economic times, unpleasant decisions must be made. UC Board of Regents Chair Lansing must oust Chancellor Birgeneau
    Email opinion to marsha.kelman@ucop.edu

    Posted by Milan Moravec | March 5, 2012, 1:49 pm

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