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Crossings: Facing the Boundaries of Gender, Culture, and Family with Carla Lucero

Join us for a lecture by opera composer Carla Lucero, accompanied by recorded musical highlights. Lucero is originally from Los Angeles; she graduated from CalArts in 1986, where she studied with Rand Steiger, Morton Subotnick, and the late, legendary film composer Leonard Rosenman. In Los Angeles, she spent five years as a composer in residence at Collage Dance Theater. Lucero’s love of opera and classical music drew her to San Francisco, where her first opera,
 Wuornos, was produced and premiered at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Her second opera, Juana, will premiere at UCLA as a capstone project to commemorate the university’s centennial in November 2019. She is currently in the early development stages of her third opera, Touch, based on the life and love affair of Helen Keller. An excerpt from the opera was produced and performed by West Edge Opera in 2016.

In the last twenty years, Lucero has had her operas, chamber, symphonic, and piano/vocal work performed in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Mexico City, Madrid, Havana, Santiago, and Alberta, among other locales. She is the US director of ComuArte International, an international arts organization, and is on the faculty of Academy of Art University, teaching composition and orchestration in the Music for Visual Media department. Lucero has received awards and commissions from San Francisco Arts Commission, la Festival Contemporania de Habana (Contemporary Music Festival of Havana, Cuba), California Arts Council, Creative Work Fund, Zellerbach Foundation, Getty Foundation, Meet the Composer, Charles Schwab, Wells Fargo, Out Magazine, the Advocate, ComuArte International, Theater Bay Area, the Mexico City Philharmonic, Earplay, West Edge Opera, Orquesta del Instituto Politécnico, and many others.

This talk will be hosted by Kathryn Roszak.