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  • Lori’s “The Seed of Dream” cycle in new documentary by Independent Opera Company

    Independent Opera Company has produced a short documentary about Lori’s 2004 song cycle, The Seed of Dream. The work was commissioned by Music of Remembrance, and is scored for baritone (or mezzo-soprano), cello and piano. The five poems by pre-eminent Yiddish poet  Abraham Sutzkever, (four in translation by Pulitzer Prize winner C.K. Williams and one…

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  • Independent Opera Company documentary about “The Seed of Dream”

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  • March 10, 2021 lecture for The Academy of Music at The University of Ljubljana in Slovenia

    On March 10, 2021 I will presenting an online lecture for the composition students at the University of Ljubljana, Academy of Music in Slovenia. I will be speaking about the path that led me to compose for the voice, as well as my artistic process. I am thankful to Professor Theresa Plut for inviting me.     

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  • Solmaaz Adeli & Friends present International Women’s Day: Livestream Concert March 8, 2021

    In honor of International Women’s Day, Solmaaz Adeli and Friends will present a concert featuring music by living female composers, followed by a question and answer session with the composers.  The concert will air on March 8, 2021 at 3 pm EST (12 pm PST/21:00 CET) on Facebook live here.  Composers featured are Juhi Bansal,…

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  • Musica Vitale — Recital and Dialogue with Lori Laitman on February 20 -21, 2021

    It was my distinct pleasure to recently conduct a virtual master class with the very talented local voice students associated with Musica Vitale, a San Diego based professional choral ensemble led by Elena Vizuet. Also wonderful was the opportunity to be interviewed by my amazingly talented first cousin, Dr. William Propp, who is a member of…

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  • Musica Vitale to present “Recital and Dialogue with Lori Laitman” Feb. 20, 2021 7 pm PST

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  • Chicago Tribune names Let Evening Come: American Songs Old & New one of 2020’s best classical recordings

    Let Evening Come: American Songs Old & New (Albany Records) has been named as one of the best classical recordings of 2020 by The Chicago Tribune. Emily Martin and Richard Masters perform two of Hester Prynne’s arias from The Scarlet Letter — Beyond All Price (Hester’s Lullaby) and This Canopy of Trees.  In the Sept/Oct 2020 issue of Fanfare Magazine, Colin Clarke…

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  • 2021 Grammy® Nomination for Stephen Powell’s “American Composers at Play”

    Baritone Stephen Powell‘s debut CD American Composers at Play: William Bolcom, Ricky Ian Gordon, Lori Laitman, John Musto — has been nominated for a 2021 Grammy ® nomination. In his notes to the CD, Powell says “For decades I’ve wanted to perform the work of living composers with the composers themselves playing their compositions…these four…

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  • Bellingham Symphony Orchestra presents soprano Ashley Becker in “Women’s Voices”

    On November 8, 2020, a concert entitiled “Women’s Voices” under the auspices of the the Bellingham Symphony will be presented online, with soprano Ashley Becker and pianist Keith Chambers. The concert celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, will feature works by Frances Pollock, Willetta Parker, Florence Price, Undine Smith Moore, Gwenyth Walker, Alexandra Gardner,…

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  • London Song Festival’s Emily Dickinson program Nov. 6, 2020

    I am thrilled that 2 of my Four Dickinson Songs – Will There Really Be A Morning? and She Died are included in London Song Festival’s Emily Dickinson program on November 6, 2020. Streaming in the States will be on November 7, 2020. The wonderful artists are soprano Anna Patalong, pianist Nigel Foster (who is…

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  • “The Imaginary Photo Album” premiere October 25, 2020 and BBC interview

    The Imaginary Photo Album is a song cycle about childhood co-commissioned by the BBC and The Royal Philharmonic Society for BBC New Generation Artist soprano Katharina Konradi. There are four songs, setting the poetry of A.E. Stallings, Eugene Field and Joyce Sutphen. The premiere will take place at Wigmore Hall in London on October 25,…

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  • The Hampsong Foundation: Song and Beyond – with Thomas Hampson, Christie Finn, Lori Laitman and B.E. Boykin

    On September 15, 2020 at 1 pm ET, Thomas Hampson and Christie Finn, Managing Director of The Hampsong Foundation, will chat with me and composer B.E. Boykinabout creativity and music on the Idagio platform. Song of America’s program “There Is No Gender in Music” will be used as a starting point. For more information and to view the program, please click here.

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  • Eastman Opera Theatre to present Our Voices: Immersive Composer Collaborations

    I am delighted to be participating in the Eastman Opera Theatre’s Our Voices: Immersive Composer Collaborations. This project will feature one on one musical collaborations between students and six composers: Anthony Davis, Ricky Ian Gordon, myself, Missy Mazzoli, Ben Moore and Errollyn Wallen. Each of us will be curating a program of our vocal music. My…

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  • The Imaginary Photo Album to premiere at Wigmore Hall October 25, 2020

    The Imaginary Photo Album, a cycle about childhood that sets the poetry of A.E. Stallings, Eugene Field and Joyce Sutphen, was co-commissioned by The BBC and The Royal Philharmonic Society for soprano Katharina Konradi. It will now premiere on October 25, 2020 at Wigmore Hall in England with Katharina Konradi and pianist Joseph Middleton, and…

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  • Oxford Lieder to stream “From The Pens of Women” recital on October 15, 2020

    Mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately and pianist Simon Lepper will reprise their wonderful recital From The Pens of Women on October 15, 2020 from 19:30 – 21:30 GMT (7:30 – 9:30 pm ET). The event will be streamed live and will feature the following songs, all setting the poetry by women:   PROGRAMME Vaughan Williams (1872 – 1958)…

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  • The Ocean of Eternity cycle at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival — Reimagined!

    On August 20, 2020 at 18:30 GMT, my song cycle The Ocean of Eternity (poems by Anne Ranasinghe), adapted for soprano, clarinet and piano, will be performed at reimagined Edinburgh Fringe Festival, with soprano Sally Carr, clarinetist Calum Robertson and pianist Juliette Philogène. A program is below, and for more information about the festival, please…

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  • The 2020 London Song Festival

    I am delighted that my music is included on The 2020 London Song Festival’s Roads to Solace series. All the concerts this season will be live streamed (and there is a possibility that some of the concerts might take place with appropriate social distancing). The Dickinson concert, Will There Really Be A Morning, is scheduled…

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  • NEW ERA VOICE FESTIVAL

    M Institute for the Arts has created an exciting new online offering for July 2020 — The New Era Voice Festival. The festival includes masterclasses, workshops and livestreams and features such artists as Tracy Cox, James Valenti, Angel Blue, Jennifer Johnson Cano, among others. I am delighted that on July 31, 2020 at 7 pm…

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  • Seattle Opera’s Songs of Summer virtual recital — with Margaret Gawrysiak and Jeremy Reger

    Mezzo-soprano Margaret Gawrysiak (so memorable as Mistress Hibbons in my opera The Scarlet Letter) and pianist Jeremy Reger will be presenting a virtual recital Tuesday June 30, 2020 at 7:00 pm PT, available on Facebook and YouTube. The recital will feature works by Francis Poulenc, Vaughan Williams, Kurt Weill, Errolyn Wallen, Stephen Sondheim and yours…

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  • Fourth Coast Ensemble’s “The Art Song Hour” — June 21, 2020 at 7 pm EDT

    The wonderful Chicago-based vocal quartet, Fourth Coast Ensemble, has a new online series: The Art Song Hour.  On Season 1, Episode 4, entitled Composers and Commissions, composer Andrea Clearfield and I will chat with the quartet, discussing the matter of commissioning. The program will include some of my music recorded by the ensemble (including my setting…

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  • Dimmesdale’s aria “Our Nights” selected for new Anthology of Tenor Arias

    Our Nights, one of Dimmesdale’s major arias from The Scarlet Letter, has been selected for inclusion in “Arias for Young Voices — Tenor Edition,” published by Gehrmans Musikförlag, Scandanavia’s best music publisher. The anthology is edited by Barbro Marklund, mezzo-soprano and Professor of Singing at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway. The beautiful…

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  • OmniARTS Foundation to present Lean on Me – a virtual concert series

    My wonderful colleague Tom Cipullo and I will co-host the inaugural American Art Song Concert for the OmniARTS Foundation’s Lean on Me Virtual Concert Series for Covid-19 Relief. The concert will take place on May 23, 2020 at 4 pm EDT and will feature performers from across the globe performing American art songs that have been…

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  • Sonoma County Philharmonic Premiere of Becoming a Redwood for soprano with orchestra

    Becoming a Redwood, my cycle, to poems of Dana Gioia, was composed in 2003 as a 50th birthday gift for my husband Bruce Rosenblum. The cycle premiered at The Phillips Collection in Washington DC on May 5, 2004, with soprano Barbara Quintiliani and myself at the piano.  While I had created a version for soprano…

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  • Lean On Me — a virtual concert of American Song – hosted by Tom Cipullo and Lori Laitman

    Please join us on May 23, 2020 at 4 pm EDT, for the first of 3 virtual concerts presented by the OmniARTS Foundation. Tom Cipullo and I will be co-hosting this event, which will feature performances of American songs requested by essential workers. Half of the funds raised by this concert will benefit The New…

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  • Composers and Cocktails

    The Cincinnati Song Initiative, founded by Samuel Martin, has started a new online series entitled Composers and Cocktails. Please tune in each Thursday night at 5:30 pm ET (via Facebook Live), as Sam Martin interviews living song composers about their work, their lives and their favorite cocktail. Be sure to watch the entertaining cocktail instructional…

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