Friday, February 12, 2016
11am in Ramo Recital Hall
Portrayed in The New Yorker as “an admired West Coast experimentalist, who is an innovative performer on the harp as well as an unusually inventive composer,” Anne LeBaron’s compositions have been performed around the globe, most recently at venues in Sydney, Vienna, Sweden, Kazakhstan, New York, and Los Angeles.
Her operas celebrate legendary figures such as Pope Joan, Eurydice, Marie Laveau, and the American Housewife. Her current project, LSD: The Opera, won a development grant from Opera America, and was selected for inclusion in The Industry’s 2015 First Take showcase at the Wallis Annenberg Theater in Beverly Hills. Five staged scenes were subsequently performed, with instruments built by Harry Partch, at REDCAT, located in Disney Hall.
This year, LeBaron was awarded both a Copland House Residency and a Djerassi Program residency. Radiant Depth Unfolded: Settings of Rumi, commissioned by The Sorel Organization and SongFest, premiered on June 21, 2015 in Zipper Hall at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. The LA Library Foundation commissioned her to compose a new work inspired by the Oxford English Dictionary, premiering at the Hammer Museum on March 8, 2016.
A recording of the live performance of her sixth opera, Crescent City is now available on Innova Records. An accomplished harpist, LeBaron is renowned for pioneering methods of extended harp techniques, electronic enhancements, and notation in compositional and improvisational contexts. She holds the Roy E. Disney Family Chair in Musical Composition in the School of Music at CalArts, is Co-chair of the Composition Program, and serves on the boards of the American Composers Forum and the Corporation of Yaddo.
March 8, 2016, 7:30pm
"Strange Sounds from the Bookshelf"
Premiere of new work by Anne LeBaron
Presented by the Hammer Museum and WasteLAnd Music