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IU Jacobs School of Music presents composer Libby Larsen as part of 'Five Friends Master Class Series'

Dec. 2, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music welcomes renowned composer Libby Larsen, in residence Dec. 4-5 as part of the "Five Friends Master Class Series."

Larsen will present a lecture at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, in Ford-Crawford Hall. She will be guest composer as her works are featured when the New Music Ensemble, directed by David Dzubay, performs at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, in Auer Hall.

Both events are free and open to the public.

In addition, Larsen will give lessons to Jacobs composition students during her visit.

The series honoring the lives of five talented Jacobs School students – Chris Carducci, Garth Eppley, Georgina Joshi, Zachary Novak and Robert Samels  was established last year with a gift of $1 million from the Georgina Joshi Foundation Inc.

Larsen's events are in honor of Samels.

This annual series of lectures, master classes and residencies by a number of the world's leading musicians and teachers focuses on areas of interest most relevant to the lives of the five friends – voice performance, choral conducting, early music, music theory, composition and opera.

Larsen, born on Dec. 24, 1950, in Wilmington, Del., is one of America’s most performed living composers. She has created a catalogue of over 400 works spanning virtually every genre from intimate vocal and chamber music to massive orchestral works and over 12 operas.

Grammy Award-winning and widely recorded, including over 50 CDs of her work, she is constantly sought after for commissions and premieres by major artists, ensembles and orchestras around the world and has established a permanent place for her works in the concert repertory.

As a vigorous, articulate advocate for the music and musicians of our time, in 1973, Larsen co-founded the Minnesota Composers Forum, now the American Composers Forum, which has become an invaluable aid for composers in a transitional time for American arts.

A former holder of the Papamarkou Chair at John W. Kluge Center of the Library of Congress, Larsen has held residencies with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony and the Colorado Symphony.

The Georgina Joshi Foundation was established in 2007 as the vision of Georgina Joshi's mother, Louise Addicott-Joshi, to provide educational and career development opportunities for young musicians and to encourage and support public performance of music.

The gift to the school establishes a permanent way for the world to learn about each of the five friends, their musical talents and passions, and to encourage the development of similar talents and passions in current and future music students.

The establishment of this endowment by the families is administered by the IU Foundation.