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Friday
Oct312014

The cast of "The Three Feathers" with VA Tech President Dr. Timothy Sands

The cast of The Three Feathers - with the new President of VA Tech, Dr. Timothy Sands!

Friday
Oct312014

Huffington Post feature on "The Three Feathers"

On October 14, 2014, Susan Dormady Eisenberg's feature on "The Three Feathers" appeared on the front page of The Huffington Post. Click here to read the article. Susan Dormady Eisenberg is such a terrific writer!

Friday
Oct312014

Elizabeth Futral and Myra Huang in recital November 14, 2014

Elizabeth Futral and Myra Huang will be giving a recital of traditional and contemporary music on November 14, 2014. In addition to the public premiere of Theo Morrison songs, Elizabeth and Myra will be performing two of Lori's earliest songs: A Winter Night from The Metropolitan Tower and Other Songs, and Over The Fence, from Days and Nights. The concert is at 8 pm at Wilson Concert Hall, Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA. For more information, please click here.

Monday
Oct132014

This, And My Heart — A Portrait of Emily Dickinson

This, And My Heart is a theatrical work that presents a portrait of the great American poet Emily Dickinson. Recitations of Dickinson's poems and letters are interspersed with songs by Lori Laitman, Tom Cipullo and Aaron Copland, and the show examines some of the recurring themes of Dickinson's work: nature, love, religion and death.

Actress Linda Kelsey, soprano Anne-Marie Ketchum De La Vega and pianist Victoria Kirsch will be performing This, And My Heart on the following dates:

October 16, 2014 at 7 pm at the Rancho Mirage Public Library, 71100 California 111 in Rancho Mirage, CA

For more info on this performance, please click here.

October 19, 2014 at 3 pm at Westerbeck Recital Hall at Pasadena City College, 1570 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA

For more information on this performance, please click here.

and October 22, 2014 at 7 pm at the Fisher Museum of Art, University of Southern California.

For more information about this performance, please click here.

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.