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New Cds - "Nine Visions for Harp And Flute" and "Early Songs" by Award Winning Contemporary Composer Laurie Conrad


Cds of classical American composer Laurie Conrad's “Early Songs” and “Visions for Harp & Flute” are now available to the public, reviewers & radio stations. Laurie Conrad is a pianist and composer living in Ithaca, NY. Some of her honors include: Who’s Who in American Music, The International Who’s Who in Music (Cambridge), The International Encyclopedia of Women Composers, The Dictionary of International Biography and Marquis’ Who’s Who in America.

(PRWEB) January 6, 2005 -- Laurie Conrad is a pianist and classical American composer living in Ithaca, NY. Some of her honors include: Who’s Who in American Music, The International Who’s Who in Music (Cambridge), The International Encyclopedia of Women Composers, The Dictionary of International Biography and Marquis’ Who’s Who in America.

New CD #1: "Nine Visions for Flute & Harp" (Written in July, 2001):
Contents:
I. Sunlight on the Falls
II. Echoes in the Cliffs
III. A Light Rain at the Falls
IV. Winter Birds
V. Cathedrals of Light
VI. Children Play in the Sand and Waves
VII. Sprites
VIII. Music of the Spheres (solo harp)
IX. The Lighthouse

"Elegie" - Written during the U.S. invasion of Iraq for the innocent victims of the Iraqi war. Originally written during the Iraqi invasion, for string quintet, in March, 2003.

Review:
by harpist Ruth Wickersham Papalia (Over the past twenty years she has served the American Harp Society in various leadership positions):

The playing of harpist Myra Kovary and flautist Laura Campbell on the new CD "Visions for Flute and Harp" written by Laurie Conrad is superb. The music is well-adapted to the two instruments and captures visual images of nine scenes familiar to the Ithaca area. It is soothing and healing to listen to, as one would expect from such titles as "Sunlight on the Falls" and "Echoes on the Cliffs." Ms. Conrad uses interesting effects in rhythm at times by overlapping tempos (having one instrument play at a faster tempo than the other) and does not over-do special effects on the harp. The ensemble of the two mature performers is excellent. Ms. Kovary, to whom the piece is dedicated, is very interpretive in the technically demanding harp solo "The Music of the Spheres." An additional piece by Ms. Conrad, "Elegie," dedicated to the innocent victims of the Iraqi war, provides pleasant contrast to round out this recording.

New Cd #2: "Early Songs"
With Louise McConnell soprano & Graham Stewart Baritone.
Contact information: Laurie Conrad http://www.figarobooks.com


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