featuredcomposer: LauraKaminskyCited in The Washington Post as “one of the top 35 female composers in classical music,” LAURA KAMINSKY’s works are “masterful” San Francisco Classical Voice) and “full of fire as well as ice, contrasting dissonance and violence with tonal beauty and meditative reflection. It is strong stuff.” (American Record Guide). Her opera As One (2014; co-librettists Mark Campbell & Kimberly Reed) is the most widely-produced contemporary opera in the U.S. since the 2016-17 season. Hometown to the World (libretto by Reed; Santa Fe & San Francisco Operas: Opera For All Voices Consortium) premieres in 2020. Currently Composer Mentor for Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative, she is head of composition at the Conservatory of Music Purchase College/SUNY. Kaminsky serves on the boards of Opera America and the Hermitage Artist Retreat.
The German novelist and poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) once said that architecture is “frozen music.” In architecture, a frieze refers to a horizontal band of decorative images found [...]
This cello concerto began with a friendship. Josh Roman is beloved by just about everyone who meets him, and I am no exception. Immediately apparent is his unusual combination of [...]
Muzak For Four Cellos is a set of five short individual movements written for cello quartet. They can be performed as a set or individually. The parts are written so [...]
These two books of "Thought Crimes," both contain 4 works for solo cello. They can be performed individually or as a set. Each one is like a character study on [...]
Moon Over Appalachia is a four-movement suite for solo cello inspired by the folk music of Appalachia, an enchanting musical tradition of lyrical melodies, foot-tapping rhythms, heart-wrenching lullabies, and above [...]
A work I wrote for my cellist friend Claassen Gretchen. Was first premiered at San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2008.
Danzas Latinoamericanas (Latin American Dances) is a 10-minute suite in three movements. Its movements can be performed independently. It was originally commissioned by Mexican cellist Carlos Prieto. It is based [...]
Princesa de hadas (Fairy Tale Princess) was commissioned by Argentine poet Patricio Méndez. The title of this piece refers to a verse from a poem by Méndez, where he describes [...]
Written for the Radius Ensemble.
Written for Rhonda Rider for her Grand Canyon Residency. Recording available September 2013.