Composer to Speak at Library of Congress

Posted September 16, 2003 at 2:53pm

Libby Larsen, the Library of Congress’ Harissios Papamarkou Scholar in Education and Technology, will address the effect of transportation and technology on music at a lecture at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the James Madison Building’s Mumford Room.

During her lecture, “The Concert Hall That Fell Asleep and Woke up as a Car Radio,” Larsen will examine music education in America, the effect of the United States’ Westward expansion and globalization on listeners’ relationship to music, as well as the future trajectory of musical expression, among other issues.

Larsen, the first woman to serve as resident composer with a major orchestra, is credited with composing more than 200 works ranging from chamber music to operas and orchestral scores. Among her many awards is a 1994 Grammy for her work as producer of the CD “The Art of Arleen Augér.”

Sponsored by the Library’s John W. Kluge Center and the Music Division, the event is free and open to the public.

— Bree Hocking