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Laura Kaminsky Wins Visionary Composer Award

Composition Professor Laura Kaminsky is a winner of the 2019 Composers Now Festival Visionary Award.

This award recognizes members of the arts community who, through their own creative practice and advocacy for others, have made a profound, positive and lasting impact in our culture.

Laura Kaminsky frequently addresses issues of sustainability, war, and human rights in her work.  “Full of fire as well as ice, [she writes] in an idiom that contrasts dissonance and violence with tonal beauty and meditative reflection.  It is strong stuff.” (American Record Guide)

With co-librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed she has created the most widely-produced contemporary opera in the U.S., As One (2014), Some Light Emerges (Houston Grand Opera 2017), and the forthcoming Today It Rains (Opera Paralléle/American Opera Projects 2019).  

Upcoming: a Piano Quintet for Ursula Oppens and the Cassatt String Quartet; and with Reed, Postville, inspired by the unprecedented and devastating immigration raid there in 2008, for a consortium led by Santa Fe and San Francisco Operas.