Who knew that by 2012 the world of classical music would be so wonderfully eclectic, unpredictable, and adventurous? Who knew that composers would freely borrow from folk and popular styles, as well as ancient traditions? Listeners are welcoming this trend with relish, turning toward this “new” music for inspiration, soul nourishment, and a connection to ancient roots.

The term “classical” is far more inclusive than a generation ago. Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven are only part of the rich musical palette of today’s concert music. Composers who would once have been considered fringe for their political, social, or religious concerns are now embraced by orchestras across the country. Meira Warshauer, a composer with many commissions and works to her credit, exemplifies these new developments and speaks authentically from her Jewish identity and deeply felt spirituality. Her works reflect her fascination with Jewish, classical, and...

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