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Lawrence Siegel, Tricinium Artistic Director & Music Composer

Lawrence Siegel is a music composer, theater artist, scholar and performer with a national reputation in several interrelated fields. As artistic director and founder of Tricinium, Limited (a 501(c)(3) organization) and director of The Verbatim Project, he has facilitated participatory, interdisciplinary residencies in the creation and performance of original works of music-theater for more than twelve years. These have included such diverse contexts as junior high and high school meditations on society; a celebration of The New Hampshire Character for the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation's Fortieth Anniversary; college courses; workshops for teachers; and community residencies, sponsored by ad hoc groups of local citizens.
In 2000, Larry was a Millennium Artist in the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation's Artists and Communities Program, working with the community of Harts, West Virginia. Place-based and site-specific art has also been the central preoccupation of the work he creates directly and in collaboration.
The People's House, (Lawrence Siegel, music composer) an original musical set in the New Hampshire State Legislature, premiered at the Capitol Center for the Arts, New Hampshire's most prominent and largest theater space, in November 2000.
Monadnock Tales, (Lawrence Siegel, music composer) a large-scale symphonic work with a narrated text premiered in May 2002 at Keene, New Hampshire's Colonial Theater in a performance by the Keene Chamber Orchestra under Eric Stumacher, with Lewis Feldstein, President of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, as narrator. The concert was repeated in March 2003. A chamber version with Thomas Putnam narrating and Siegel conducting premiered in November 2005.
Larry received a doctorate in Music Theory and Composition from Brandeis University in 1988. During the 1980's, he was an active part of Boston's thriving New Music scene: a "Guest Sneaker" of the Composers in Red Sneakers, three times a Fellow at The MacDowell Colony, a Fellow in Composition at Tanglewood in 1987.

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Moving to the Monadnock Region of south-western New Hampshire in 1987, Larry continued to explore a vision of collaborative art making, blending the craft acquired in his study of composition with a passion for a wide range of musical styles, and interests in theater, dance and traditional music.
Among other music composer awards he has received three New Works Grants (1993, 1995, 2003) and an Artist Fellowship in Composition (1990) from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts; two Meet the Composer Awards and a New Forms Award from the New England Foundation for the Arts; and a McKnight Fellowship in composition (1998). In 1990, with writer/director Valeria Vasilevski, he won a "Tapping the Source" Grant, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts through the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, which led to the creation of The Village Store Verbatim. This "folk opera" has been produced in four separate series of performances. In 1994 it was produced by New Hampshire Public Television and aired around the country. In 1998 it was restaged by the Opera Workshop program of the University of New Hampshire under the direction of David Ripley.
Recently, Larry completed a Verbatim Project with the Town of Peterborough, NH; taught a high school drama class at Fall Mountain Regional High School as part of The Connecticut River Verbatim Project; and created the musical score to Beowulf , for a production at Andy's Summer Playhouse in Wilton, NH. He also performs nationally with his traditional band, Guys Can Talk, and since 1999 has been Resident Composer at the Eugene O'Neill Puppetry Conference in Waterford, Connecticut.

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