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Luna Composition Lab Alumni Celebration (Live and in-person)

Presented by WQXR

Originally Aired: Monday, April 25, 2022

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In-person event

Overview

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Luna Composition Lab is “changing the playing field” for young artists (The New Yorker). Launched in 2016 by composers Missy Mazzoli and Ellen Reid with the Kaufman Music Center, Luna Lab elevates underrepresented voices in the world of classical music by providing mentorship and resources for young female, non-binary, and gender nonconforming composers across the country. The impact of Luna Lab is reverberating through concert halls and classrooms throughout the U.S. Its alumni are making their mark in the composition field, with numerous awards and honors as well as commissions from professional ensembles. Luna Lab celebrates its talented alumni in the first ever Alumni Showcase, featuring musicians from the International Contemporary Ensemble. Nia Franklin hosts the event.

Concert program TBA.

Composer Missy Mazzoli has been called “Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart!” Mazzoli has had her music performed by the Kronos Quartet, LA Opera, eighth blackbird, the BBC Symphony, Scottish Opera and many others. In 2018 she became one of the first two women, along with Jeanine Tesori, to receive a main stage commission from the Metropolitan Opera, and was nominated for a Grammy award. She is Composer-in-Residence at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Missy Mazzoli has had her music performed by the Kronos Quartet, LA Opera, eighth blackbird, the BBC Symphony, Scottish Opera and many others. In 2018 she became one of the first two women, along with Jeanine Tesori, to receive a main stage commission from the Metropolitan Opera, and was nominated for a Grammy award. She is Composer-in-Residence at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and from 2012-2015 was Composer-in-Residence with Opera Philadelphia. Upcoming commissions include works for Opera Philadelphia, Chicago Lyric Opera and the Norwegian National Opera. Missy teaches at the Mannes School of Music .

Ellen Reid is one of the most innovative artists of her generation. A composer and sound artist whose breadth of work spans opera, sound design, film scoring, ensemble and choral writing, she was awarded the the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her opera, p r i s m. Reid is the first composer to have been commissioned by all of Los Angeles’s four major classical music institutions: Los Angeles Opera at REDCAT, Los Angeles Philharmonic, L.A. Master Chorale and L.A. Chamber Orchestra. Ellen received her BFA from Columbia University and her MA from California Institute of the Arts.

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