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Performance Programs

Laura’s programs weave together music, story and images into engaging experiences for audiences of all ages. The following performances are perfect for community arts events, colleges, or school assembly programs.  Programs tailored to fit the needs of the presenter and the audience!

Heart and Place: Music of the Westward Expansion

A look at the Westward Expansion through the lens of music. This compelling musical program weaves together first hand accounts and songs of the 1800s American West. The musical lineup includes Northern Cheyenne courtship flute improvisations, Spanish Fandangos, French fiddle tunes, old time hymns, Stephen Foster favorites, cowboy songs, selections from Thunderbird Suite by Charles Wakefield Cadman, American Ballads by Roy Harris, and more!




Memories of Cuba

Inspired by Laura’s 2016  trip to Cuba, she takes you on a  journey through Havana and the Cuban countryside with music, video clips, photographs, and personal narrative. The program includes percussion and singing demonstrations along with solo piano music.  Program features Louis Gottschalk, Oyos Criollos, Ernesto Lecuona’s Suite Andalucia  (Selections), Ignacio Cervantes: 6 Cuban Dances, Manuel M. Ponce: Suite Cubano, and piano arrangements of traditional Cuban songs and dances including cha-cha, rumba, and boleros.

Women with a Past

A tribute to the  colorful lives and inspired music of four pioneering women composers: Amy Beach, Dana Suesse, Teresa Carreño, and Cécile Chaminade, and other exceptional women composers.  





Manuel M. Ponce (1882-1948)

Warm your soul with the spirit and romance of Mexico as we travel south of the border on this musical journey highlighting the life and music of Mexico’s beloved  Manuel M. Ponce.


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