Composer Laura Kaminsky, Dean of the Conservatory of Music in the Purchase College School of the Arts, will be sharing her recent compositions with students and audiences in the United States, Canada and Armenia during the next several weeks.
On Sunday, October 29, she will give a master class on her own compositions to students in the chamber music program at New York City’s Lucy Moses School of the Elaine Kaufmann Cultural Center/Abraham Goodman House. She has been engaged as composer-in-residence for the chamber music program to compose two new works. The Lucy Moses School is one of the country's most respected community schools for the arts and provides a multi-faceted arts education for children and adults.
On October 31, Ms. Kaminsky will be in Toronto, Canada, for two performances of her award-winning composition for voice, string quartet and percussion, Twilight Settings, with the Talisker Players. The composition is a half-hour long setting of Indonesian folk texts dealing with life at dusk, from the animal world to the spirit world.
On November 4 she flies to Yerevan, Armenia, where she is collaborating with artistic director-composer-pianist Artur Avanesov in the presentation of a weeklong festival of contemporary American and Armenian music. The trip is funded by a grant from CEC ArtsLink.
Four of her works will be offered in a series of concerts, including the world premiere of Music for Artur for solo piano that Mr. Avanesov will perform. Other works by Ms. Kaminsky included in the festival are Rise, My Love for voice and piano, Duo for Cello and Piano, and Transformations II: Music for a Changing World, for string quartet, the latter composed in the aftermath of 9/11. During her stay in Armenia, Ms. Kaminsky will conduct a national press conference hosted by the United States Embassy.
Upon her return to the United States, she will begin rehearsals for the November 16 Purchase College Faculty Composers Concert. Professor Julia Lichten, chair of the string department, will perform several movements of Ms. Kaminsky’s recent work for solo cello, Isole. The piece was commissioned two years ago by cellist Susan Salm with support from the Austrian Cultural Forum, where the work received its New York premiere.
In addition to completing the two short chamber works for the Lucy Moses School Chamber Music Program, Ms. Kaminsky will soon begin work on her next composition, Terra Terribilis, a concerto for three percussionists and orchestra commissioned by the Westchester Philharmonic in celebration of its 25th anniversary season in 2007-08.
Ms. Kaminsky is an educator and music composer of mostly chamber and vocal works that have been performed throughout the world. She is the founder and director of Musicians Accord, an acclaimed music ensemble which has been in residence at the City College of New York since 1984. Her works have been recorded on the Mode and CRI labels and she is an active producer of recordings. She received her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio and her master’s degree from the City College of New York. Ms. Kaminsky lives in the Bronx, N.Y.