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Sunday
Sep142014

The Three Feathers Premiere, October 17, 2014

The Three Feathers, my first children's opera, was commissioned by the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech. The premiere is scheduled for October 17, 2014 at 7:30 pm with additional performances on October 18 and 19, 2014, at the Moss Arts Center in Blacksburg, VA. Please click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

The story is based on a Grimm's fairy tale, and is brilliantly retold by librettist Dana Gioia. The opera takes place in two worlds, each a reflection of the other. Dana writes: "The upper world is a kingdom of daylight, reason and reality. The underworld is a kingdom of shadows, dreams and magic. Each world has its king. Each king is surrounded by a court that challenges his rule — rather ruthlessly in the upper world, quite comically in the underworld. Each world has a lead character — Princess Dora in the upper world (since she will bring in the new rule as her father prepares for his own departure), and the Frog King in the underworld. The opera explores how these two kingdoms, which is to say reality and dream, meet and influence one another."

I started composing the opera in April 2013 and completed the orchestrations in June 2014. Scored for a chamber orchestra of 16 players, the music follows the dramatic arc of the libretto and is thus tuneful, dramatic and appropriately spooky.

Director Beth Greenberg will bring these mysterious and fanciful worlds to life, and Scott Williamson, of Opera Roanoke, will conduct. The production is a collaboration with Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts, Opera Roanoke and the Blacksburg Children's Chorale.

Sunday
Aug102014

New version of "If I..." to be recorded for "An AIDS Quilt Songbook: Sing for Hope"

I have created a new version of my Dickinson song "If I..." -- for baritone, clarinet and piano. At the end of August 2014, I will be recording this new version along with baritone Randall Scarlata and clarinetist Anthony McGill, for inclusion on the CD produced by Sing for Hope in conjunction with Herschel Garfein and Glen Roven of GPR Records.

Sing for Hope is a wonderful organization with a mission of transforming lives throughout New York City by making the arts accessible to all. For more information, please click here.

Sunday
May252014

Grammy-award winning baritone Dashon Burton and bassist Logan Coale release a new recording of Lori's Holocaust 1944

I am thrilled that Grammy-award winning baritone Dashon Burton and bassist Logan Coale have released a new CD of my Holocaust 1944 on the Acis Productions label.

For more information as well as video clips, please click here.

Friday
Apr112014

The Love Poems of Marichiko 

Cellist Michal Schmidt and soprano Shannon Coulter will perform Lori's The Love Poems of Marichiko in recital on April 12, 2014 at 8 p.m. at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia, 1906 Rittenhouse Square. Collaborative pianist Debra Lew Harder joins for compositions by Philip Maneval, Heidi Jacob, Juke Carlson, Mats Lidstrom and Jacob Clue. Tickets available at the door.

http://www.michalschmidt.com/calendar.php

Thursday
Apr102014

Phillips Collection/Vocal Arts DC Recital 

Vocal Arts DC, in partnership with The Phillips Collection, will present a recital on April 17, 2014 at The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St., NW, Washington, DC at 6:30 pm. Soprano Natalie Conte, baritone Matthew Morris and collaborative pianist Dr. R. Timothy McReynolds will perform works inspired by The Phillips Collection's exhibit, Made in the U.S.A.: American Masters from The Phillips Collection, 1850-1970.

Both Natalie and Matthew are co-winners of Vocal Arts DC's 2013 "Art Song Discovery Competition for emerging area singers. Natalie Conte will be singing my song, The Silver Swan.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.