Professor Is Soloist at National Cathedral Festival

Posted: June 28, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Hope J Smith

Laura Mann, an adjunct professor in the Music Department, performs In a Woman’s Voice–Music for the New Millennium as a featured soloist at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., on Friday, June 30, at 7:30 p.m. The performance is part of the music festival “Soaring Sounds in Sacred Spaces.” Mann recently was awarded the prestigious Virginia Commission for the Arts grant to tour with the program during the 2000-2001 season. Grants are awarded to assist performers and the institutions interested in having them perform in joining together to bring the arts to Virginia communities.

An international vocal performer and recording artist, Mann’s program is a celebration of women composers. She has spent two years researching the pieces featured in her program, which was first presented at George Mason in 1998 as a part of the celebration of Women’s History Month. In her program, Mann, who also has received a Martha Rockefeller Grant to Artists and a Fulbright grant to study music, weaves together her primary role as an artist with her intellectual interests. The first half of the program consists of European song literature from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, and the second half consists of new works by living American women composers.

All of the festival’s performances, which run through July 18, are free and open to the public. The festival is a part of the cathedral’s ongoing effort to “extend music and ministry to as many people as possible,” according to its website. For more information, visit the Washington National Cathedral website or call the cathedral at (202) 537-5757.

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