Composer Lori Laitman is scheduled to visit the University of Oklahoma’s Normandy campus Tuesday through Friday to participate in the School of Music’s composition symposium with composition students, conduct a masterclass on her songs with vocal students and serve as a judge for the Benton-Schmidt Vocal Competition.
His opera production “The Scarlet Letter” is scheduled to perform at the University Theater from February 10-13.
Described by Fanfare Magazine as “one of the most talented and intriguing living composers”, Laitman has composed several operas and choral works, as well as hundreds of songs featuring texts by classical and contemporary poets, including those who perished in the Holocaust. His music is widely performed across the world and has garnered substantial critical acclaim.
Opera Colorado presented the world premiere of Laitman’s opera “The Scarlet Letter”, with libretto by David Mason, in May 2016. It was named a Critic’s Choice by Opera News and one of the top five CDs of 2018 by Fanfare Magazine.
Laitman continues to receive prestigious commissions from the BBC, Royal Philharmonic Society, Opera America, Opera Colorado, Seattle Opera, Grant Park Music Festival, Washington Master Chorale, Music of Remembrance and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
His works have been featured in Thomas Hampson’s Song of America radio and internet series and The Grove Dictionary of American Music. Laitman’s discography is extensive, with two upcoming CDs on “Are Women People?” of Acis Productions. and “The Ocean of Eternity”.
A magna cum laude graduate of Yale College, Laitman received her Masters of Music from the Yale School of Music, which later presented her with the Ian Mininberg Alumni Award for Distinguished Service in May 2018. For more information, visit artsongs.com/news.
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