Lori is currently composing a one-act children's opera with librettist Dana Gioia (past chairman of The National Endowment for the Arts). This work has been commissioned by the Center for the Arts at VA Tech, in conjunction with VA Tech and Opera Roanoke — to celebrate the opening of the Center. The opera is based on a Grimm's fairy tale, The Three Feathers, and the work will premiere in the fall of 2014, with director Beth Greenberg.
The Earth and I, an a cappella choral song cycle to three poems by Emily Dickinson, was commissioned by the Washington Master Chorale and premiered by them on December 18, 2011.
In April 2013, the group recorded this and other works for inclusion on their debut CD. Thomas Colohan is Washington Master Chorale's Artistic Director and I am thrilled to be working with him and the chorus on this project. For more information about Washington Master Chorale, please visit: http://www.washingtonmasterchorale.org/
The wonderful young Dutch baritone, Hans Pieter Herman, along with collaborative pianist Jason Wirth, will perform songs by Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Poulenc, and Laitman on the evening of April 5, 2013 at Symphony Space in NYC. Men with Small Heads cycle (poems by Thomas Lux) will be on the program.
On March 19, 2013, Lori Laitman and soprano Jennifer Check performed Lori's "Building A House." The work was one of 47 songs commissioned by Opera America to celebrate the opening of the National Opera Center. Lori chose to set a poem by Joyce Sutphen, the current Poet Laureate of Minnesota.
10 selections were performed on March 19. The other works on the recital were by composers David Carlson, Christopher Cerrone, Paula Kimper, Robert Xavier Rodriguez, Gregory Spears, David T. Little, Erling Wold, Richard Danielpour, and Lewis Spratlan.
The recital can be viewed at this link. Lori and Jennifer close the program, beginning at 53:40. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WBsrDhj3RY&feature=youtu.be
Gregory Berg of The Journal of Singing recently reviewed the Opera America Songbook CD set. He wrote: "Space does not permit comment on all forty-seven songs, but several deserve at least a brief mention. Lori Laitman's contribution to the collection is an exquisite setting of a text by Joyce Sutphen titled "Building a House," which Jennifer Check sings divinely."
Reach Out Kansas, Inc (ROKI) commissions new cycle for soprano Julia Broxholm and pianist Russell Miller
Thanks to funding from Reach Out Kansas, Inc. (ROKI), Smithyman and Zakoura Chartered and the Zakoura Family Foundation, a new work has been commissioned for soprano Julia Broxholm of Kansas University's School of Music, and pianist Russell Miller of The Eastman School of Music.
The work will be the centerpiece of a new CD of American song literature. The cycle is entitled "The Soul Fox" and uses the poetry of David Mason, current Poet Laureate of Colorado. Mason is the librettist for Lori's The Scarlet Letter, Ludlow and Vedem.
The Soul Fox will premiere on September 22, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at Kansas University and on October 2, 2013 at 8 pm at Eastman School of Music. Lori will be in attendance for both performances.