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March 10, 2011
Cheryl Reitan, Director, UMD Public Relations and Marketing 218 726-8996
Jeanne Doty, Associate Professor, UMD Department of Music 218 724-1630
Tracy D. Lipke-Perry, Assistant Professor, UMD Department of Music 218 726-8208

UMD Premieres Work by Composer Libby Larsen

March 24, Weber Music Hall

Libby Larsen, one of America's most performed living composers, will visit UMD for a two-day residency. She has written a new work for two pianos, which will premiere in the Weber Music Hall at 7:30 p.m. on March 24. Pianists Jeanne Doty and Tracy Lipke-Perry, faculty members in UMD's Department of Music, will present the world premiere of "79 Fossil Gestures of Antonio Alberto de Biedma."

Several other works written by Larsen will be performed at the recital and a "Meet the Composer" reception follows the concert.

Larsen will spend March 24 and 25 at UMD teaching and lecturing. While in residency, she will present the following free events in the Weber Music Hall:

  • March 24, noon – 1 p.m., Composer Lecture: "NOW – Work, Creativity, and Life as an Independent Artist"
  • March 24, 2 – 4:30 p.m., Master-class with UMD faculty and guests
  • March 25, 10 – 11 a.m., Composer Lecture: "Composing for Cowboys, Stockbrokers, and Everyone In-Between"
  • March 25, 11 a.m. – noon, Composer Forum
  • March 24, 1 – 3:30 p.m., Youth Workshop

UMD Chair of Music Theory and Composition, Dr. Justin Rubin, states that "in an era that has witnessed the reemergence of the composer as communicator, Libby Larsen stands at the forefront as a vital expressive force who responds to her audience's need for something new, something interesting, and yet always something that connects with one's intuition for what just seems plain wondrous."

Except for the March 24 recital, all events are free and the public is invited to attend.

For a complete schedule of events:
For recital tickets:
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