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February 13, 2009

Grammy Award winner visits ULM; concerts scheduled for Feb. 16-18

The University of Louisiana at Monroe welcomes Libby Larsen, Distinguished Composer-in-Residence for ULM’s School of Visual and Performing Arts. Larsen will oversee ULM faculty and students who will perform her work during three evening concerts Feb. 16,17, and 18. All concerts are free and open to the public.

As a record producer, she won a 1994 Grammy Award for a recording with Arlene Augér including her Sonnets from the Portuguese. She will visit ULM and preside over the below three concerts:

Monday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m., Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall: The ULM Division of Music will present her solo and chamber music. This program will include ULM faculty members Claire Vangelisti, soprano; pianist Richard Seiler; clarinetist Scot Humes, and percussionist Mel Mobley. The concert will also include an excerpt from one of Larsen’s operas performed by student members of Opera@ULM.

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church: The ULM Choirs, under the direction of Deborah Chandler, will perform Larsen’s choral music. The concert will also feature “Trio for Brass and Organ” and “Barn Dances” for flute, clarinet, and piano. Audiences will enjoy a world premiere of a piece expressly commissioned for this performance. Larsen wrote “Downwind of roses in Maine” for ULM faculty members Sandra Lunte, Scot Humes, and Mel Mobley. Faculty members appearing in this program include James Boldin, horn; Marilynn Gibson, trumpet; Micah Everett, trombone; organist James Reifinger.

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m., Brown Auditorium: The ULM Wind Ensemble and ULM Orchestra will perform Larsen’s “Invitation to the Moon” and “Short Symphony for Wind Ensemble, with Fanfare for Humanity and Firebrand for Orchestra.” Derle Long and Jason Rinehart will conduct. A reception will follow the concert in Biedenharn 134.

More about Larsen:
Larsen is one of America’s most performed living composers. She has created a catalogue of over 400 works spanning virtually every genre, from intimate vocal and chamber music to massive orchestral works and more than 12 operas. She is constantly sought after for commissions and premieres by major artists, ensembles, and orchestras around the world.

All of the above concerts are free admission and open to the public. For more information, call 318-342-3248.

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