Crossings: Facing the Boundaries of Gender, Culture, and Family with Carla Lucero
Thu Nov 15, 2018
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Join us for a lecture and recorded musical highlights with opera-composer Carla Lucero. Lucero is originally from Los Angeles, graduating from CalArts in 1986, where she studied with Rand Steiger, Morton Subotnick and the late, legendary film composer, Leonard Rosenman. In LA, she spent 5 years as a composer in residence at Collage Dance Theater. Carla's love of opera and classical music drew her to San Francisco, where her first opera, "Wuornos" was produced and then premiered at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Her second opera, "Juana" will premiere at UCLA as a capstone project to commemorate the Universitys Centennial in November 2019. In 2015, Lucero was commissioned by Earplay to write a chamber work, "Castillo Interior: Interior Castle," for Male Soprano, Bass Clarinet and Piano, to commemorate their 30th anniversary. 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 20 years, Carla 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 cities in the US and around the world. Carla is the US Director of ComuArte International, an international arts organization. She is also on the faculty of Academy of Art University, teaching composition and orchestration in the Music for Visual Media Department. Carla 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, the Zellerbach Foundation, the 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.