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Dual premieres for Partial Lunar Eclipse, SATB and piano

I have been jointly commissioned by the Alexandria Choral Society with Brian Isaac, Artistic Director and Virginia Choral Society with Sarah Gallo, Artistic Director, to re-envision my song Partial Lunar Eclipse (poem by Anne Ranasinghe) from the cycle And Music Will Not End. Two premieres are scheduled: The Virginia Choral Society will premiere the work on May 4, 2019 at 4 pm at the Hampton Roads Academy in Hampton, VA, as part of their program called The Pale Blue Dot. On May 18, 2019 at 7:30 pm at the Convergence Arts Initiative in Alexandria, VA, the Alexandria Choral Society will premiere the work on their program entitled An Infinite Universe. 






City Lyric Opera presents music of Lori Laitman on their Salon Series, March 6, 2019 


The Ocean of Eternity premiere now online

The Ocean of Eternity, my song cycle to the poetry of Anne Ranasinghe, premiered February 9, 2019 at the National Opera Center, with soprano Yungee Rhie, saxophonist Michael Couper and pianist ChoEun Lee (all of whom commissioned the work).

Video of the premiere is available by clicking here. I say a few words about the piece at 50:40 and the performance starts at 54:54.

songSLAM in Chicago April 14, 2019 - Hosted by Lori Laitman

songSLAM is an art song composition competition created by Sparks & Wiry Cries. 

The Fourth Coast Ensemble will be presenting this event at The Promontory in Chicago at 6 pm, with Lori as the EmCee. Ten composer/singer/pianist teams will present a new art song to compete to win $2000 in prize money.

During the deliberations, the Ensemble will perform a selection of Lori's songs, accompanied by pianists Lori Laitman and Shane McFadden. Tickets are $15 and $25, and are available for purchase here.


Journey for violin and piano now available on MusicaNeo

Journey started out as a song with words — and the original poem was about a slave mother's harsh reality as she traveled on a slave boat from Africa. Due to a misunderstanding with the poet, permission to set the poem was withdrawn. I first reworked the song as a solo for saxophone with piano - and later created a new version for violin and piano. Violinist Tarn Travers and pianist Amanda Hopson premiered the new arrangement on November 8, 2018 on the Faculty Select Series at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. 
PDFs are available through my MusicaNeo site and can be purchased by clicking here