Dorian Variations, by Brian Israel (1951-1986)
Conducted by Max Hellermann
Max Hellermann, originally from Milwaukee, has called Chicago home for the past seven years after completing his bachelor’s degree in Jazz guitar at Oberlin Conservatory. In addition to pursuing his master’s of music education with certification degree, he composes, arranges, teaches, and plays in several Chicago-based bands. From the rote music tradition of classical violin, to the aural improvisational styles of Jazz and Blues guitar, his musicianship imbues his love for this ancient art form. Over the years Max has shared the stage with legendary musicians such as Gary Bartz, Jimmy Heath, Victor Campbell, Al Johnson, Clyde Stubblefield, Bill Martin, Billy Hart, Joey DeFrancesco, The Platters, Randy Sabien, and many others.
Born in New York City, Brian Israel was an organist, teacher, composer, and conductor. He wrote Dorian Variations in 1983 for his composition student and friend Augusta Cecconi-Bates. Some of the sections employ historical compositional techniques such as cannons, and chorales. Israel’s fondness of Gregorian chants is evident in certain sections, while other sections have a more modern sound. Each instrument is featured in at least one variation and the form is divided into a theme and eleven variations.