Next month, CCM welcomes award-winning composer Libby Larsen for a special residency as part of the art song festival SongFest.
SongFest: American Composers Series of Cincinnati will take place April 1 – 4 and will include private coaching sessions and other activities at CCM as well as the Nativity School, St. Francis de Sales Elementary School and Northern Kentucky University (NKU).
The residency will culminate at CCM on Wednesday, April 4 with an 11 a.m. master class and an 8 p.m. concert. Both events take place in CCM’s Robert J. Werner Recital Hall and are free and open to the general public.
NKU will also host a concert on Tuesday, April 3 in the Griffin Hall Digitorium. This concert will also be open to the public.
Performers for the concerts will include faculty and students of CCM and NKU, SongFest alumni and members of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.
About Libby Larsen
Libby 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 over twelve operas. Grammy Award winning and widely recorded, including over fifty CD’s of her work, she is constantly sought after for commissions and premieres by major artists, ensembles, and orchestras around the world, and has established a permanent place for her works in the concert repertory.
In 2010, Libby Larsen, along with conductor James Levine, received the George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America.
As a vigorous, articulate advocate for the music and musicians of our time, in 1973 Larsen co-founded the Minnesota Composers Forum, now the American Composer’s Forum, which has become an invaluable aid for composers in a transitional time for American arts. A former holder of the Papamarkou Chair at John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, Larsen has also held residencies with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony and the Colorado Symphony. In 2011, Larsen joined the faculty of SongFest, which commissioned three new works by Larsen: Donal Oge, Stone Soup, and Three Love Songs of Pablo Neruda.