Daily Titan, February 26, 2017 by Sarah El-Mahmoud
‘CSUF New Music Festival’ explores traditional and unconventional instruments to find the ‘California sound’
"The first EUREKA! conference in 2015 at UC Santa Cruz was received well, and it has created new collaborations and connections for graduate music students across California each year. “It’s changing the way in which graduate institutions in music are thinking now,” Leslie La Barre said. Celeste Oram from UC San Diego was among a small audience of music graduate students. She gave a talk at the conference about the history of amateur radio in New Zealand. “I think it’s a really illuminating reminder that California is an enormous state, and there is an unfathomable depth of music making,” Oram said. “Here is one snapshot in one day.”
The Register-Guard, June 27, 2014
British conductor Matthew Halls opens the 45th season of the Oregon Bach Festival with a performance of Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine in the Silva Concert Hall at Eugene’s Hult Center on Thursday. The event also marks the opening of Halls' tenure as Oregon Bach Festival artistic director. The festival runs through July 13.
Santa Clara Magazine: Shine A Light, Summer 2012 by Jon Teel
On the evening of May 10th, the Mission Church hosted a special musical tribute to Clare, featuring both 200-year-old music written for the Mission and the world premiere of the St. Clare Vespers Concert, composed by Leslie La Barre '10.
Perspectives. Spring 2012 by Dr. Jean Molesky-Poz
On the evening of May 10th, bells of our Mission Church rang out. In the sanctuary, alumna Elisse La Barre, '09, stepped to the conductor's stand, and with the gesture of her baton, brought her sister's premiere work, St. Clare's Vespers Concert: Correspondence, to life.
Leslie La Barre '10, had composed music inspired by Saint Clare's Letters to Agnes of Prague, and wove antiphons and the hymn dedicated to Saint Clare from the Santa Clara Mission Choral Book, not heard for over 200 years, into the concert. Alumna, guest, and faculty soloists with SCU chamber musicians performed the stunning Correspondence in candlelight before an audience of over a hundred to celebrate the 800th anniversary of St. Clare of Assisi.
"Correspondence was an amazing experience, drawing influences from the relevant 800 year-old text of St. Clare, transcribing 200-year-old music written for her from the Mission, and being a graduate from Santa Clara University, writing music specifically for the Mission Church," Leslie said. "I found sheer joy in and timelessness of Clare's letters."
Elisse found reflections of light too. "It was about connections, soloists and the musicians with texts, ancient, in an avant-garde composition, and about connections with one another as musicians."
Indeed, the ensemble emulated an irrepressible joy playing off one another. It was a great exchange.
Pianist Emily Tian interprets Leslie La Barre’s lyric sonata.
San Francisco Classical Voice: Contemporary Music, Pluralism as One, July 26, 2014 by Jessica Balik
Closing the concert was a piano sonata by Leslie La Barre, a California native who is currently a D.M.A. candidate at Claremont [University]. Her sonata is in three movements, each associated with a Roman deity. Musically, all three seem to experiment with open-fifth intervals. Emily Tian performed the piece with the same concentrated energy that also characterized her earlier collaborative performances with Andrew White
ACF-LA's Composition Competition Concert, 2014
Claremont Graduate University: New and Noteworthy, May 29, 2014
Composition doctoral student, Leslie La Barre, had the honor of representing California at two Society of Composers, Inc. regional and national conferences this past March. Bay Area contemporary pianist, Emily Tian, performed La Barre's solo piano work, Piano Sonata, at the 2014 SCI National Conference at the Ball State University, IN. The 2014 SCI Region 8 Conference at the University of Puget Sound, WA performed, Annabel Lee for mezzo-soprano and piano, by Dawn Padula, mezzo-soprano and Tanya Stambuk, piano.
Known for his wry humor and his dedication to his students, the Glasow’s memorial concert features works by CSUEB alumni, faculty and students. This year’s program ill feature Leslie La Barre's Shibui & Noh for violin, clarinet, and piano (world premiere) (Glenn Glasow Graduate Fellowship Commission)