Lyceum Series Presents Famed Composer Libby Larsen

March 5, 2004

by Richard Veit

American composer Libby Larsen, one of the country's most prolific and most performed living composers, will be in attendance as faculty members of the Baylor University School of Music perform a Lyceum Series concert of her chamber works at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, in Roxy Grove Hall.

Larsen has created a catalogue of more than 200 works, spanning virtually every genre from intimate vocal and chamber music to orchestral and choral scores. Her music has been praised for its dynamic, inspired and vigorously contemporary American spirit. Much in demand for commissions and premieres by major artists, ensembles and orchestras around the world, Larsen has established a permanent place for her works in the concert repertory.

Since her appointment last June, Larsen has served the Library of Congress as the first holder of the Harissios Papamarkou Chair in Education and Technology in the John W. Kluge Center. She also has received numerous other honors, including a 1994 Grammy Award.

The Baylor program will include Holy Roller with saxophonist Michael Jacobson and pianist Doug Claybrook; Concert Piece for Tuba and Piano with tubist David Graves and pianist Brian Marks; three selections from Songs and Letters: Calamity Jane to Her Daughter Janey, 1880-1902 with soprano Deborah Williamson and pianist Elvia Puccinelli; Barn Dances with flutist Helen Ann Shanley, clarinetist Richard Shanley and pianist Brian Marks; Sonata for Viola and Piano with violist Kathryn Steely and pianist Elvia Puccinelli; and Four on the Floor with violinist Eka Gogichashvili, cellist Gary Hardie, bassist Christopher Buddo and pianist Elvia Puccinelli.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor School of Music at 710-3991. The Lyceum Series is funded annually through the generosity of the Meadows Foundation of Dallas.

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