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Gregory Berg of The Journal of Singing reviews 2 new CDs with Laitman songs

Gregory Berg of The Journal of Singing recently reviewed two new CDs that feature songs by Lori.

First is Over the Fence: Songs of Elsa Respighi, Lori Laitman and Modesta Bor, performed by soprano Tanya Kruse Ruck and pianist Elena Abend.

"Last [on the CD] but certainly not least is a song cycle by Lori Laitman, one of the finest song composers before the public today. Days and Nights is her second song cycle and was written to texts by several different poets, including Robert Browning, Christina Rossetti and Emily Dickinson….The first song, a setting of the famous words "Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be," by Robert Browning, is vintage Laitman, with lush, warm lines that elevate this already beautiful poetry to even more powerful expressiveness. On the other hand, the saucy fun of "Over the Fence," "They Might Not Need Me," and "Wild Nights" is also vintage Laitman, thanks especially to her trademark mastery of playful rhythmic interplay and her fearless flair for flamboyant melodic gestures and climaxes."

Berg then reviews Experience: Songs by Lori Laitman & Richard Pearson Thomas, the new CD by soprano Natalie Mann and pianist Jeffrey Panko.

"Lori Laitman is the main headliner in Experience, a stunning new release…every song here seems to suit these two musicians perfectly…"The Metropolitan Tower," [a] gentle gem, belongs on any list of the finest art songs of the last thirty years. "A Winter Night," which follows it, paints a haunting picture…both in the stark phrases of the singer's melody and the pungent accompaniment against which it is laid…Her music here, as in so many of her other songs, is not an intruder, but rather a welcome partner that helps an already beautiful text take wing…Sunflowers was commissioned by Dr. Adelaide Whitaker…Laitman responds with an exceptionally wide palette of colors and textures…In This Short Life consists of three songs…there is a staggering amount of beauty and profundity in these sublime miniatures, each of which features the incomparable poetry of Emily Dickinson…As is so often the case, Laitman has an unfailing ability to grasp the central essence of each of these poems and to express that essence in musical terms that seem fully authentic and perfectly true to Dickinson's unique voice and vision. Art song composition does not get much better than this."


I Never Saw Another Butterfly to be performed by members of the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra

Lori's I Never Saw Another Butterfly will be performed by soprano Loralee Songer and principal Sioux City Symphony Orchestra clarinetist Holly Haddad on April 22, 2015 at 7:30 PM at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City, IA. The program is in honor of Tolerance Week. Other composers on the program are Steve Reich, Ilse Weber, Viktor Ullmann and Ernest Bloch.


Lori to participate in Morris Arts' GREAT CONVERSATIONS

Morris Arts'seventh GREAT CONVERSATIONS is a unique evening of dinner and dialogue with celebrated hosts from the arts, sciences, healthcare, public service, sports, industry and more. Lori will be hosting a table on April 30, 2015. The event starts at 6 pm, and it is held at The Madison Hotel, 1 Convent Road in Morristown, NJ.

To purchase a ticket online, please click here.


Masterclass for New England Conservatory School of Continuing Education/Vocal Division

New England Conservatory's School of Continuing Education/Vocal Division has rescheduled Lori's master class for March 15, 2015 from 7-9 pm in Pierce Hall. D'Anna Fortunato will give a special introduction, and speak on "Women Song Composers and their Times." Lori will also give insights into her compositional process and the evening will end with a Q and A session.


Gramophone Review of Holocaust 1944

Gramophone Magazine has published a wonderful review of the Holocaust 1944 CD recorded by baritone Dashon Burton and bassist Logan Coale. The CD was produced by Geoffrey Silver and released in 2014 on the Acis label. Please click here to read the review.