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Friday
Feb082013

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.

Thursday
Nov292012

OPERA COLORADO receives NEA Artistic Excellence Grant for The Scarlet Letter

Opera Colorado was awarded a $30,000 grant by The National Endowment for the Arts to support the professional world premiere of my opera The Scarlet Letter. For more information, please visit:

http://www.nea.gov/grants/recent/13grants/13aae.php?CAT=Art%20Works&DIS=Opera

Thursday
Nov292012

The Opera America Songbook 

Laitman’s Building A House, to a poem by Minnesota Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen, is one of the 47 songs commissioned by Opera America for the opening of the National Opera Center in NYC in September of 2012. The Opera America Songbook is available in print from Schott Music New York, and the songs are available in a 3 CD set as well as digital downloads. Laitman recorded her song with soprano Jennifer Check, and they will perform it on March 19, 2013 at The National Opera Center. To purchase the sheet music or audio, please click here: http://www.operaamerica.org/content/publications/songbook/index.aspx

Thursday
Nov292012

Vedem featured on WETA’s Choral Showcase

On November 4, 2012, WETA (90.9 FM, www.weta.org) featured Lori’s Vedem on their Choral Showcase program. The wonderful Vedem libretto is by David Mason, who wraps his touching narrative around six poems by the imprisoned teenage boys who contributed to the Vedem magazine.

To hear and view excerpts from Vedem, or to purchase the CD, please click here:

http://web11.streamhoster.com/naxosusa/ecards/vedem/index.html

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