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Renowned American composer to present concerts with local groups

Morten Lauridsen will visit in November


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The renowned American composer Morten Lauridsen will visit Portland for a residency Nov. 6 through 9, culminating in a major concert of Lux Aeterna and other significant choral repertoire by Lauridsen on Nov. 9 at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.

The concert will combine the choirs of Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, Lewis & Clark College and Marylhurst University, along with members of the Oregon Symphony and the composer at the piano.

Lauridsen will rehearse with the choirs in advance and give master classes for composers, performers and students at both schools.

Events that are open to the public include:

n A concert with a question and answer session at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 in Agnes Flanagan Chapel on the Lewis & Clark College campus. The concert features Lewis & Clark’s Cappella Nova, Women’s Chorus and combined choirs. Tickets are available at the door for $10 general admission, $5 students and seniors and free for Lewis & Clark students. Call 503-768-7460 for more information.

n An interview between Justin Smith, director of choral activities at Marylhurst University, and Lauridsen at 1 p.m. Nov. 8 in Flavia Hall on the Marylhurst campus. Admission is free. Call 503-699-6263 for more information.

n A concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. The performance includes Lake Grove Presbyterian Sanctuary Choir, Lewis & Clark Cappella Nova and Community Chorale and the Marylhurst Chorale and Choral Union. Tickets for this concert are available at shiningnight.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, call the Marylhurst University Department of Music at 503-699-6263.

Lauridsen, a National Medal of Arts recipient in 2007, was composer-in-residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale from 1994 through 2001 and has been a professor of composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music for more than 40 years.

In 2006, Lauridsen was named an American Choral Master by the National Endowment for the Arts. His works have been recorded on more than 200 CDs, five of which have received Grammy Award nominations.



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