Lori Laitman is recognized today as one of the America’s most successful and creative living composers. She has composed three operas, an oratorio, and other choral works. In more than 250 songs, she is revitalizing the fusion of poetry and music in song, and helping to continue the tradition of of American art song in the twenty-first century.
For our recent AMERICAN PILGRIMAGE concert, soprano Katie Elizabeth Martin offered Laitman’s tender Dickinson setting “If I…”
EMILY DICKINSON (American, 1830-86)
If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
View Katie’s performance by clicking here. Mark Salters is at the piano.
(Photo courtesy of Taso Papadakis)
Soprano KATIE ELIZABETH MARTIN is a native of Montana. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Montana, Missoula. In 2010, she graduated with the Master of Music in Vocal Arts degree from the USC Thornton School of Music, where she is currently pursuing doctoral level studies.
Katie has received an Encouragement Award at the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions, and she was also a finalist in the 2007 Music Teacher’s National Association competition in Toronto. She has also received first place in several other regional competitions.
Katie’s operatic appearances have included Drusilla in Monverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea for USC Thornton Opera, the Countess in the Montana Lyric Opera’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro, Mrs. Coyle in USC’s West Coast premiere of Britten’s Owen Wingrave, Miss Wordsworth in Britten’s Albert Herring, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, and Frasquita in Carmen. She has also participated in the Songfest 2010 Professional program in Malibu, CA.
Katie will be sharing songs to texts by Emily Dickinson, composed by Aaron Copland and Lori Laitman, as well Samuel Barber’s radiant Hermit Songs, which were first premiered by the operatic legend Leontyne Price.
We have recently confirmed the program and roster of performers for our upcoming concert at the Brand Library Arts Center on June 27 at 7:30 p.m. (1601 W. Mountain St, Glendale, CA 91201).
Our singers will include Katie Elizabeth Martin, Arnold Livingston Geis and Gerald Seminatore, along with pianist Mark Salters. The program “Pilgrimage” will include American songs by Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, Richard Hundley, Charles Ives, and Lori Laitman.
This is a free concert, sponsored by the City of Glendale. We are grateful to be included on the 2014 series of concerts in this intimate and welcoming venue.