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Shining Light: The Music of Morten Lauridsen

with Morten Lauridsen, composer-in-residence

Culminating Concert: Shining Light: The Music of Morten Lauridsen
Conversation with Composer Morten Lauridsen
Documentary Showing: Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen
Lecture: The Sacred Music of Morten Lauridsen
About Morten Lauridsen

Shining Light: The Music of Morten Lauridsen
November 9, 2013
Saturday, 7:30 pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
147 NW 19th Ave, Portland
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Tickets:
General Admission: $15.00
Seniors and Students: $7.50
Tickets may be purchased online here.
NOTE:  Since we expect this concert to sell out, we highly suggest ordering tickets online.  There may not be tickets available at the door.

In collaboration with the Lewis and Clark Choirs, Kathy FitzGibbon, director, and the Lake Grove Presbyterian Church Choir, Wendy Bamonte, director.

America's most renowned living choral composer Morten Lauridsen comes to Marylhurst for a week-long residency celebrating his music. Featuring his Mid-Winter Songs, O Magnum Mysterium, and the combined choirs singing his masterful Lux Aeterna with members of the Oregon Symphony accompanying, conducted by Marylhurst Director of Choral Activities Dr. Justin Smith.

(Lauridsen is) the only American composer in history who can be called a mystic, (whose) probing, serene work contains an elusive and indefinable ingredient which leaves the impression that all the questions have been answered ...
- Nick Strimple

Morten Lauridsen Interview
November 8, 2013
Friday, 1 pm
Salon, Flavia Hall
Free and open to the public.
The Department of Music invites all interested persons to attend an interview of Composer in Residence Morten Lauridsen by Justin Smith, Director of Choral Activities at Marylhurst University.

Documentary Showing: Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen
November 6, 2013
Wednesday, noon
St. Catherine Hall, Room 107
Free and open to the public.
View the acclaimed documentary about composer Morten Lauridsen.

Lecture: The Sacred Music of Morten Lauridsen
November 3, 2013
Sunday, 9 am
Stearns Library, Trinity Episcopal Church, Portland
Free and open to the public.
Dr. Justin Smith, Director of Choral Activities discusses spiritual, mystical and sacred aspects of Morten Lauridsen's choral music.

About Morten Lauridsen
Morten Lauridsen is an American composer. A National Medal of Arts recipient (2007), he was composer-in-residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale (1994–2001) and has been a professor of composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music for more than 40 years.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Lauridsen worked as a Forest Service firefighter and lookout (on an isolated tower near Mt. St. Helens) and attended Whitman College before traveling south to study composition at the University of Southern California with Ingolf Dahl, Halsey Stevens, Robert Linn, and Harold Owen. He began teaching at USC in 1967 and has been on their faculty ever since.

In 2006, Lauridsen was named an "American Choral Master" by the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2007 he received the National Medal of Arts from the President in a White House ceremony, "for his composition of radiant choral works combining musical beauty, power and spiritual depth that have thrilled audiences worldwide."

His works have been recorded on more than 200 CDs, five of which have received Grammy Award nominations, including O Magnum Mysterium by the Tiffany Consort, A Company of Voices by Conspirare, Sound The Bells by The Bay Brass and two all-Lauridsen discs entitled Lux Aeterna by the Los Angeles Master Chorale led by Paul Salamunovich and Polyphony with the Britten Sinfonia conducted by Stephen Layton. His principal publishers are Peermusic (New York/Hamburg) and Faber Music (London).

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