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Monday
Mar052012

Dark Spring Premiere

The premiere of Dark Spring will take place on April 21 Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm at the Salone of the Galleria Nazionale Palazzo Spinola di Pelliceria in the Centro Storico of Genoa, Italy. Fondazione Spinola will host the concert, which features British tenor Chris Elliott and Austrian pianist Bernadette Bartos. The cycle is comprised of four songs setting the Motets of Eugenio Montale, as translated by Dana Gioia.

The theme of the concert is "Il Golfo dei Poeti"/"The Gulf of Poets" — with songs by Strauss, Wolf, Mendelssohn, Quilter, Britten, Ireland, Sibelius, Respighi, Parry, Tosti, and Laitman. The concert examines the influence of Liguria upon poetry and composition and thus all the poets of the song texts all have links to this famous region of Liguria.

Thursday
Mar012012

Lori's music featured on Thomas Hampson's Song of America Radio Series

Song of America is a 13-week radio series, developed by Thomas Hampson. The series showcases American song, and each hour long program focuses on a particular topic. Lori's songs are featured on two of the shows: "There Is No Gender in Music" and "Emily Dickinson: Letter to the World".

For more information, please visit: http://www.songofamerica.net/cgi-bin/iowa/radio/index.html

Sunday
Feb122012

Lori Laitman Recital at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

On Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm, I presented a recital of my music on The Shenson Series at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC.

I accompanied three wonderful vocalists: soprano Megan Monaghan, tenor Vale Rideout and baritone Randall Scarlata. Together, we presented a selection of artsongs as well as excerpts from my operas — The Scarlet Letter and a preview from Ludlow. Pianist Andrew Rosenblum made a special appearance in my very miniature opera, The Act. The theatre works were directed by Beth Greenberg.

Monday
Feb062012

Wolfgang Holzmair premieres Todesfuge in NYC and DC

Tuesday, February 21, 9:00 PM at the Austrian Cultural Forum in NYC, the acclaimed Austrian baritone Wolfgang Holzmair, along with French cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton, will premiere my Todesfuge Songs as part of the recital. This concert is part of the ACFNY's ongoing series, Lied: The Art of Song.

The recital will also be performed in Washington, at The Austrian Embassy, on Thursday, February 23 at 7:30pm.

Click here for more information about the NYC performance.

Click here for more information about the DC performance.

Tuesday
Jan312012

ACT I of Ludlow is Completed

I have just completed the piano/vocal score to Act I of my new opera, Ludlow. I am thrilled that The University of Colorado’s New Opera Works Program, run by Leigh Holman, will present Ludlow in workshop this summer. Director Beth Greenberg and Librettist David Mason (currently Poet Laureate of Colorado) will be in attendance with me. For more information, please click here.