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Thursday
Nov292012

Naxos Releases Binders Full of Women Composers CD

Naxos has issued a new CD, Binders Full of Women Composers, (inspired, of course, by Mitt Romney’s 2012 debate remark) – and the CD includes an excerpt from Lori’s Holocaust oratorio, Vedem — Home Number One, to poetry by David Mason. This particular excerpt features the Northwest Boychoir, under the direction of Joseph Crnko, and pianist Mina Miller.

For details, please visit:

http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/Naxos/900149

Thursday
Nov292012

Andrew Garland’s American Portraits CD

Baritone Andrew Garland’s latest CD, American Portraits, with collaborative pianist Donna Loewy, features a new recording of Lori’s Men with Small Heads, as well as songs by Jake Heggie, Stephen Paulus and Tom Cipullo. To order, please click here:

http://www.gprrecords.com/andrew-garland-american-portraits/

Thursday
Sep132012

Lori to present a Master Class at West Chester University

Lori will present a master class on her songs on September 27, 2012 at West Chester University in West Chester, PA.

Saturday
Jun232012

1st Act of LUDLOW at University of Colorado's New Opera Works

The University of Colorado's New Opera Works Program, run by Leigh Holman, presented Act I of my newest opera Ludlow in three workshop performances from June 1- 3, 2012, with director Beth Greenberg and music director Robert Spillman. 

Ludlow is based on the verse novel by David Mason. The action takes place in the early American West, during the 1914 coal-mining wars of southern Colorado. In protest of brutal working conditions, scores of miners went on strike and erected a tent colony in Ludlow. The colony was burned by The Colorado National Guard and more than a dozen innocent people, mostly women and children perished in the Ludlow Massacre. 

In the opera Ludlow, a contemporary Poet tells the tale of the Greek immigrant Louis Tikas. Like others, Tikas arrives in southern Colorado and finds work in the dangerous coal mines. He falls in love with Luisa Mole, an orphan of Mexican-Welsh descent. As Tikas discovers the harsh realities of mining work in America, he becomes a reluctant union organizer.

Events unfold, as we see that the opera's storyteller — the Poet — is also searching for his identity in the vast American landscape. The opera weaves in-and-out of the historical events at Ludlow while revealing the Poet's similar quest for identity and roots.

Librettist David Mason has said, "we are all hyphenated-Americans." Whether poet young girl or coal miner, how does one become anchored to the land? How does one find fulfillment?

Due to unforeseen circumstances, I was unable to attend as planned, but I was able to Skype into several rehearsals. I had no worries, as the show was in great hands with the talented students, Beth Greenberg and Robert Spillman. Librettist David Mason was also in attendance. This workshop was a wonderful opportunity for me — it was so exciting to see the characters come to life off the page — and I was absolutely thrilled with the results. I wish to thank everyone who was involved, but I am especially grateful to Leigh Holman, for allowing me this wonderful opportunity.

Here are a few excerpts from the production, and here is a link to an article from The Daily Camera

I also wish to thank the University of Colorado music faculty for presenting a  beautiful recital of my songs on May 25, 2012. 

Friday
Mar162012

David Mason's The Scarlet Libretto now available

The Scarlet Libretto is the libretto for my opera The Scarlet Letter. Award-winning poet and librettist David Mason, author of Ludlow and other books, gives new life in verse to Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel. By distilling the book’s narrative line and adding a charged lyricism of his own, Mason has created another magnificent work in his ongoing poetic portrait of America.

Click here to purchase at Amazon or here to purchase at Barnes & Noble.