Wednesday January 5, 2011

Resident Composer

Libby Larsen, one of America's most successful, widely performed composers, will spend Feb. 9-12 at the University of Dayton performing and teaching.

One of America's most successful living composers will serve a residency at the University of Dayton in February.

Libby Larsen, a Grammy Award-winning artist who has written more than 400 works in genres ranging from vocal and chamber music to massive orchestral works and operas, is scheduled to be in Dayton Feb. 9-12. Her residency at the University coincides with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra's performance of one of her compositions Feb. 10 and 12 at the Schuster Center for the Performing Arts.

Larsen's residency includes three public performances on campus, open rehearsals, a public lecture and pre-concert talk and opportunities for dialogue and coaching with the composer. To culminate Larsen's residency, faculty and student soloists and chamber ensembles, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, University Chorale and University Opera Workshop will also perform some of her works.

All campus events are free and open to the public. Scheduled events include:

Feb. 9: Lecture, 7 p.m., Sears Recital Hall
Feb. 11: Student Recital, 1 p.m., Sears Recital Hall
Feb. 11: Faculty Artist Series, 5 p.m., Sears Recital Hall
Feb. 12: Grand Finale Concert, 3 p.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom

Larsen is one of America’s most performed living composers and the first woman to serve as a resident composer with a major orchestra. As an advocate for contemporary music and musicians, Larsen co-founded in 1973 the Minnesota Composers Forum, now the American Composers Forum. She once held the Papamarkou Chair at John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, and in May she was awarded a George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America.

The University's music department, the University of Dayton Arts Series, College of Arts and Sciences, English department, women and gender studies program, the Graul Chair in the Arts and Languages, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra are sponsoring Larsen's residency.

For more information about arts events at the University of Dayton, visit http://arts.udayton.edu.

For more information, contact residency coordinator Linda Snyder at 937-229-3906 or Linda.Snyder@notes.udayton.edu.