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Ben-Amots' Work to be Nationally Broadcast

A performance of “The Odessa Trio,” a work by Colorado College Music Professor Ofer Ben-Amots, will be nationally broadcast at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13 by “Performance Today.” The program, hosted by Fred Child, is America’s most popular classical radio program, reaching more than 3 million listeners each week. The performance also can be heard on American Public Media.

The four-movement piece, composed during 2008-13, will be performed at the Grand Teton Music Festival, now in its 53rd year, in Jackson Hole, Wyo.

“The Odessa Trio” is dedicated to the memory of Ben-Amots’ mentor and close friend Joseph Dorfman, who passed away in June 2006 during a piano recital in Los Angeles. “It has been a Russian musical tradition to compose a piano trio in memory of a great artist, a mentor, or a deceased dear friend,” Ben-Amots said. “Dorfman was born in 1940 in Odessa, the birthplace and important center of the Zionist movement and the revival of modern Jewish culture. For that reason I chose to title this work ‘The Odessa Trio.’ The main motive that ties the musical material together is the musical cryptogram of Dorfman’s name, namely the conversion of his name letter into musical notation: Do-Re-Fa-Mi-La.”

Two movements were performed in Dorfman’s memory in Odessa by a renowned Ukrainian piano trio in 2008. The same year, the piece also won the Colorado State Music Teachers Association Commissioned Composer Award.

The Grand Teton performance will feature the two most recently composed movements, the first and third. Performances of the complete work are scheduled for Oct. 30 in Denver and Nov. 2 in Dillon, Colo. The third movement of the trio, “Tango Dorfman,” premiered last year at the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. It was performed by Susan Grace, piano; Mark Fewer, violin; and Bion Tsang, cello.