3 recent CDs featuring Lori’s music

Soprano Laura Strickling’s 40@40 CD was released on the Bright Shiny Things label on August 18, 2023. Accompanied by pianist Daniel Schlosberg, the CD features the first 20 of the 40 compositions Laura commissioned for her 40th birthday. Lori’s song, Thanks a Latte, to a poem by Caitlin Vincent, is included.

Lori Laitman sets Caitlin Vincent’s “Thanks a Latte” in an arioso that adroitly moves through various sections and tempos that respond to the poem with skilful text-painting. Laitman gives Strickling ample opportunity to explore drama and humor. The soprano has fun with the song, providing a welcome diversion from the moodier pieces.— Sequenza 21

Mezzo-soprano Kathryn Leemhuis’s debut CD Before She Became Fire, was released on September 14, 2023 on the BCM&D Records label. The recording features Lori’s And Music Will Not End, a short cycle with poems by Anne Ranasinghe and John Wood — here recorded for the first time in the mezzo-soprano version. The CD also includes the premiere of Lori’s Presence, to a poem by Marcia Menter. This haunting poem was written in memory of poet Susan de Sola.

The Decho Ensemble, comprised of soprano Katherine Petersen and saxophonist Jacob Swanson, released their debut CD (entitled Decho Ensemble) on September 14, 2023. This is the second recording of Living in the Body — to poems by Joyce Sutphen.

All recordings are available on all streaming platforms.