Sep 23, 2011Musicians often perform works by well-known composers from ages past such as Mozart and Beethoven, but rarely do musicians get the opportunity to interact with a prolific composer.
Dr. Libby Larsen, one of America's most performed living composers, will be visiting campus Sept. 26-27. Her ties to Minnesota run deep. She completed her degree at the University of Minnesota and now calls the Twin Cities home.
"She's a composer, respected nationally and internationally, right here in our backyard," says assistant professor of music Dr. Holly Janz, who helped arrange her residency on-campus.
Larsen won the George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America, a high honor for any musician.
"That puts her in the company of Bobby McFerrin, Leonard Bernstein and Ella Fitzgerald," Janz says.
At the concluding event, the audience will be able to hear Larsen talk about her work and listen to the same music performed by Concordia music faculty. Larsen writes for virtually every genre, says Janz, so there is something almost any listener could enjoy.
The discussion and performance will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the Centrum, Knutson Campus Center. The event is free and open to the public.