Laura Kaminsky, New York-based composer of contemporary chamber, vocal, and orchestral music, with social-political topics like environment and war

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As One 14th Most Produced Opera in U.S., Canada in 2016-17, Surpassing Turandot and Barber of Seville

As One is the most frequently produced contemporary opera with two dozen productions scheduled since premiere at BAM in 2014. Laura Kaminsky, Mark Campbell, and Kimberly Reed’s chamber opera As One was the 14th most-performed

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The Chicago Tribune’s Best of 2017 includes Fringe Opera’s Production of As One

John von Rhein, Contact Reporter, Chicago Tribune December 26, 2016 Here in Chicago there were things to regret, of course, but classical music lovers had much else to be grateful for, good things that perhaps

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Opera Parallèle receives $150K from William + Flora Hewlett Foundation to Commission Kaminsky to Compose Music for “Today It Rains”

MENLO PARK, Calif. (November 14, 2017) – The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation announced today the first 10 recipients of its Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions, an $8 million commissioning initiative that is the largest of

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Female Composers are Making Great Strides. The Classical Music World Isn’t Helping Them.

by Anne Midgette in The Washington Post | Nov 3, 2017 The headline looks like a spoof: “There’s a good reason there are no great female composers.” The article beneath it eviscerates the outputs of

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Opera America Magazine’s “My First Opera” Column Features Kaminsky and Treemonisha

“I’ve always found the making of art to be fascinating. When I was a kid, growing up in Manhattan, my younger sisters and I would incorporate what we were learning at out various lessons — piano,

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Ursula Oppens Offers New York Premiere of Kaminsky’s “Fantasy” for Solo Piano at Bargemusic

“… an extensive Fantasy for solo piano by Laura Kaminsky (N.Y. premiere) explored, in episodic fashion, piano sonorities from Debussyesque gongs and watery burbles to jazzy dialogue between the hands … with its moderation of

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Anne Midgette of Washington Post Names Kaminsky Among Top 35 Female Composers

By Anne Midgette | August 4, 2017 “Kaminsky has an extensive background in teaching and administration in addition to a long catalogue of chamber and orchestral works. The success of her first chamber opera, “As One” (2014),

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Opera Parallèle Receives Major Grant from Opera America to Support Commissioning of Kaminsky for “Today It Rains”

Opera Parallèle is delighted to announce OPERA America’s Grants for Female Composers has awarded $21,000 to Opera Parallèle to support the commission of composer Laura Kaminsky to create and premiere “Today It Rains”, in collaboration

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Santa Fe Opera and San Francisco Opera Leads Consortium to Commission New Opera by Kaminsky, Reed

A new initiative bringing stories with purpose to all audiences Santa Fe Opera announces the launch of Opera for All Voices: Stories of our Time, a new initiative committed to telling wide-ranging stories that resonate with

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Creative Arts Initiative at SUNY At Buffalo Present Kaminsky, Allan in Artist’s Residency at Burchfield Penney

The Inspiration Between Music and Art with Laura Kaminsky and Rebecca Allan The Burchfield Penney Art Center is pleased to announce a multi-media artists-in-residence program. Composer Laura Kaminsky and visual artist Rebecca Allan will discuss

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Houston Grand Opera shines “Light” on Rothko Chapel

A review from the Houston Chronicle, following the premiere of the new Kaminsky-Campbell-Reed opera, writes: “Some Light Emerges, the new opera commissioned by Houston Grand Opera through its community collaborative initiative, dives right into Rothko

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“Some Light Emerges” is a Pronunciation of American Ideals

[In “Some Light Emerges”] Kaminsky has a knack for making characters sound real even while singing operatic lines. Director Robin Guarino’s fluent staging helped all (the characters’) human traits come across. Conductor Bradley Moore and

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Houston Grand Opera Presents World Premiere of Kaminsky’s “Some Light Emerges”

Houston Grand Opera (HGO) will present the world premiere of “Some Light Emerges,” a chamber opera created by the acclaimed team of composer Laura Kaminsky and librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed, on March 16

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Selected Reviews of Kaminsky’s Works

The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly Laura Kaminsky’s “Homage to Havel,” a tribute to the Czech Republic’s first president, Václav Havel. Kaminsky is a skilled composer who fully understands the capabilities and strengths of

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Kaminsky commissioned by Five Boroughs Music Festival for Five Borough Songbook, Vol II

Since its earliest days, 5BMF’s artistic programming has maintained a particular focus on the emergence of new music in New York City, regardless of genre. This dedication, coupled with our mission to celebrate the city

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Kaminsky Decorated with the Złoty Krzyż Zasługi (Gold Cross of Merit) of the Republic of Poland

AOP Composer-in-Residence Laura Kaminsky receives gold medal of honor from the President of Poland NEW YORK – On Wednesday, May 4th, our beloved Composer-in-Residence Laura Kaminsky was decorated with the Złoty Krzyż Zasługi (Gold Cross of Merit)

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New Music for Flute on Bridge Records

“The Way Things Go” Tara Helen O’Connor, flute, and Margaret Kampmeier, piano, play new pieces by Laura Kaminsky, Randall Woolf, Steven Mackey, John Halle, Eric Moe, Belinda Reynolds, Richard Festinger. Buy CD

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Opera Parallèle Co-Commissions “Today It Rains”

San Francisco, CA, December 18, 2015 – San Francisco’s Opera Parallèle (OP) has announced its first main stage opera commission, the creation of a new opera by American composer Laura Kaminsky inspired by the life

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Kaminsky Completes Two New Commissions: Dreaming Absinthe and undercurrent for upcoming premieres

Dreaming Absinthe, commissioned by Cygnus Ensemble with support from the Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music for a premiere at the Morgan Library & Museum on December 8, 2015 in conjunction with the exhibition “Ernest Hemingway:

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“As One” Librettist Kimberly Reed Featured in Video for The New York Times

As One co-librettist and transgender filmmaker Kimberly Reed has created a video for The New York Times showing a day in her life – specifically April 7, when the American Opera Projects-commissioned opera opened at Utah State University. In the video, Reed

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Kaminsky to be Guest Artist in Beirut at Two Leading Universities, LAU and AUB

Laura Kaminsky will be a guest artist at LAU (Lebanese American University) and AUB (American University of Beirut). She will speak on Music with a Message: Narratives of Gender, AIDS, Climate Change, and War and Peace and Listening to the

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Seal Bay Festival names Laura Kaminsky as Artistic Administrator

The thirteenth Seal Bay Festival of American Chamber Music, with resident ensemble, the Cassatt Quartet, has named composer Laura Kaminsky as artistic administrator. She  will moderate conversations with guest composers John Corigliano and Joan Tower after each concert,

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Laura Kaminsky Named Composer in Residence at American Opera Projects

By ALLAN KOZINN of the New York Times, August 22, 2014  American Opera Projects, the adventurous Brooklyn company that has been commissioning, developing and staging new operas for a quarter century, has appointed Laura Kaminsky as its composer-in-residence,

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Kaminsky’s “Oboe Concerto” premieres with Orchestra of St. Luke’s and soloist John Snow

Saturday Evening Gala Event August 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm Skirball Center Orchestra of St Luke’s Gordon Hunt and Milan Turkovic, conductors Program John Snow, oboe – Laura Kaminsky Oboe Concerto – World Premiere Pascal

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Kaminsky One of Eight Recipients of Opera America’s Grant for Female Composers

New York, NY — OPERA America, the national service organization for opera, is pleased to announce the first round of recipients of its new program: Opera Grants for Female Composers, made possible through the generosity

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