Founder, Theatre & Song
[summer theater workshop for teens]
The Thing [children's theater workshop at Catholic University]
University of Maryland
Anna Larson (1940-2007) was a composer, lyricist and
playwright from the Washington, D.C. area with an undergraduate degree in music
from Sarah Lawrence College, a Masters from Virginia Commonwealth University,
and a doctorate in composition from the University of Maryland. Her
School of Ballet in London and her performances with the Washington Ballet
deeply influenced her music.
Larson's principal solo vocal works are The Listeners, a gift to
her father setting a poem by Walter de la Mare, and Nora for
voice and cello that is an extended scene based on Ibsen's Doll's House.
Both Nora and The Listeners are published by Arsis Press.
A humorous piece for voice and piano is her Golden Wedding that sets
a hilarious newspaper account from 1900 of a 50th anniversary celebration
even including the gift list. Her choral
music, includes O Come Emmanuel, Alleluia, A Christmas
Round, and Hosanna for Palm Sunday.
theatre projects with Joe Martin are: incidental music for the 1988 production
of Strindberg's Ghost
Sonata at American Showcase theater in Alexandria, Virginia, and The
Match Girl's Snow Queen, produced in 1993 at American University in Washington,
D.C. by Open Theatre, of which she was a founding member. Another collaborative
work is her Seven
that explores the stages of grief.
Two of her orchestral works are recorded: Dance for Orchestra on
the MMC label recorded by the Czech Radio Symphony, and Adagio for Trumpet
and Strings, also on the MMC label and recorded by the Moravian Philharmonic
Orchestra. The Adagio, which may be performed by trumpet with either
string orchestra or string trio, is published by Arsis Press. In addition,
is Matrix for orchestra and a partically completed Concerto
for Piano and Orchestra that was written during some of her many residencies
at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Dr. Larson was the author and composer of TheYoufoe Trilogy (1981-1995).
which has been the centerpiece of Play's the Thing!, a series of summer musical
theatre workshops for children at The Catholic University of America, of which
she was musical director beginning in 1994. She was also founding president
of Theatre & Song, launched in 1999 to produce Sky's the Limit, a workshop
series for teens for which she wrote
new music. For both of these workshops she received grants from the American
Composers Forum's Community Partners Program.