Composer Morton Lauridsen (left) is shown accepting the National Medal of Arts from former President Bush in 2007. Lauridsen will be on the Hayward campus Thursday.

Composer Morton Lauridsen (left) is shown accepting the National Medal of Arts from former President Bush in 2007. Lauridsen will be on the Hayward campus Thursday.

Free concert, discussion Thursday to feature renowned composer Morton Lauridsen

  • May 14, 2014 12:00am

Composer Morten Lauridsen, winner of the National Medal of Arts from the National Endowment for the Arts, will be visiting Cal State East Bay's Hayward campus on Thursday, May 15. Lauridsen's music will be performed by CSUEB students and faculty members beginning at noon in the Recital Hall (room 1055 of the Music Building).

The performance will be followed by a discussion with the composer, who has been composer-in-residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale (1994-2001) and a professor of composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music for more than 40 years. Admission to both the performance session and disucssion period are free and the public is invited.

Lauridsen was named an "American Choral Master" in 2006 and was presented with the National Medal of Arts by former President George W. Bush in a 2007 White House ceremony "for his composition of radiant choral works combining musical beauty, power and spiritual depth that have thrilled audiences worldwide."

The composer's works have been recorded on more than 200 CDs, five of which have received Grammy Award nominations, including O Magnum Mysterium by the Tiffany Consort.

--Barry Zepel

California State University, East Bay is the San Francisco East Bay Area's high-access public university of choice. CSUEB serves the region with campuses in Hayward and Concord, a professional development center in Oakland, and an innovative online campus. With an enrollment of more than 14,000, the University offers a nationally recognized freshman year experience, award-winning curriculum, personalized instruction, and expert faculty. Students choose from among more than 100 professionally focused fields of study for which the University confers bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as an Ed.D. in education. Named a "Best in the West" college, as well as a Best Business School, by the influential Princeton Review, Cal State East Bay is among the region's foremost producers of teachers, business professionals and entrepreneurs, public administrators, health professionals, literary and performing artists, and science and math graduates.

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