Composer, Conductor, Theater Artist, Scholar, Performer ⎥ Lawrence Siegel

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Lawrence Siegel is a composer, theater artist, traditional musician, and creator of a wide range of music through collaboration and innovation. For over 25 years, leading his own unique Verbatim Project, he has facilitated and empowered groups to create original music-theater performances with their own voice: from the quirks of life in small New England towns, to the painful telling of the Holocaust story through his acclaimed oratorio, Kaddish.

Larry’s Verbatim project began with simple conversations – snippets picked up at the Village Store in Westmoreland, New Hampshire.  There’s wisdom to be found in the everyday dialogs of people as they go about their lives. What fun it might be to put these conversations into a musical context, to create a theatrical experience which would enrich both the participants in the project, and the community they represented.

Village Store Verbatim turned out to be the beginning of a series of projects, each one unique, but each one based on a common process: using the words that people have spoken, the stories they have told, setting them to music, and presenting them to the public.

One of his most acclaimed works, Kaddish, is an oratorio with a libretto drawn from the testimonies of survivors of the Holocaust.  Kaddish was commissioned by the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College in New Hampshire, where it debuted in 2008.  Following its world premiere by VocalEssence in Minnesota in 2008, Kaddish was performed by the Houston Symphony in 2010, and by the Jerusalem Symphony at Yad Vashem, on the Mount of Remembrance in Jerusalem in 2011, as well as on college campuses nationally.  His musical works have won awards from the McKnight Foundation, the New England Foundation for the Arts, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and many others. A three-time recipient of a Performing Arts Fellowship from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, he was inducted as a Lifetime Fellow in 2013.

Siegel was a fellow in composition at the Tanglewood Music Center and three times a fellow at the MacDowell Colony.  From 1999-2010, he was composer-in-residence at the Eugene O’Neill National Puppetry Conference in Waterford, Connecticut.  In 2000, he was Millennium Artist in the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Artists and Communities Program, working with the community of Harts, West Virginia. A musician at heart, Larry has performed nationally with several traditional bands.

We’ll be recording Larry in late 2015.

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