The work of composer Libby Larsen is some of the most performed in American history. She created more than 500 pieces of music -- and more than fifty CDs -- spanning every major genre, from opera and chorus, to orchestral and classical. USA Today referred to her as "the only English-speaking composer since Benjamin Britten who matches great verse with fine music so intelligently and expressively."
This weekend, Larsen will make her way to Boulder to present the first act of her operatic adaption of the timeless classic, A Wrinkle in Time. Shows will take place tonight and Saturday, June 15, at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, June 16, at 2 p.m.
Larsen's appearance is part of the CU College of Music's effort to showcase the processes that composers and writers go through before their work, operas in particular, makes it to the big stage. Many people spend years on a single performance. "CU Now" gives the public an opportunity to observe that development and to share their suggestions with the composers. The idea is to get a deep feeling for the creative process.
After the workshop, Larsen will continue working on her Opera until it premieres in Fort Worth in 2014. Larsen originally premiered a one-act Children's play on the same book in 1991. The story is about a teenage girl, her younger brother, and their search for their father, a government scientist who went missing while working on a top secret project. The book was written by by Madeleine L'Engle in 1961.
"We're really excited to have our students working with a composer of her caliber," says CU Opera Director Leigh Holman. "What we offer is different than what most people think of when they hear 'workshop,'" Holman says. "This offers the chance for real-time creation and feedback from the performance."
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All tickets to the program are $15. It will be held at the Atlas Black Box Theater on the University of Colorado campus in Boulder.