Ohana Arts co-founder and mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin serves as Associate Artistic Director and Ohana Arts Festival Manager, as well as resident voice teacher for the Ohana Arts School. She received high praise from The New York Times chief classical music critic Anthony Tommasini who wrote she possesses “compelling artistry,” “communicative power,” and that her voice displays “earthy, rich, and poignant qualities.” The Los Angeles Times special critic Josef Woodard wrote Laurie gives a “charismatic, multi-textured performance,” and “Rubin seems to have an especially acute intuition about the power and subtleties of sound and she was a compelling force at the center of the music.”
Recent career highlights include her United Kingdom solo recital debut performance at Wigmore Hall in London as well as her solo recital debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She has performed Berlioz’ Les Nuit d’ete with the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra; Yale Symphony soloing in the Mozart Mass in C Minor; Oakland/ East Bay Symphony soloing in Haydn’s Harmonie Mass; a benefit concert of duets with opera star Frederica von Stade; performing Barber’s Knoxville Summer of 1915 under the baton of John Williams; a benefit performance with Marvin Hamlisch; concerts in both the Terrace Theater and The Millennium Stage at The John F. Kennedy Center and The White House in Washington, DC.
Ms. Rubin has performed a number of roles including the title role in Rossini’s “La Cenerentola,” the lead role of Karen in Gordon Beeferman’s “The Rat Land” with New York City Opera, and Penelope in Monteverdi’s “The Return of Ulysses” in the Greenwich Music Festival. Ms. Rubin has also performed concerts of new music with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She has collaborated with and premiered works by composer’s John Harbison, Gabriela Lena Frank, Bruce Adolphe, Keeril Makan, Noam Sivan and Gordon Beeferman.
Ms. Rubin is a co-founder and co-artistic director of Musique A La Mode Chamber Music Ensemble which has a concert series in the East Village of Manhattan. She is also one of the founding members of Callisto Ascending Baroque Ensemble which has performed concerts at Lincoln Center.
Ms. Rubin has recorded a CD of art songs by Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven, Brahms, Hahn, Bizet, Copland, Rorem, Harbison, and some beloved Yiddish songs with renowned pianist Graham Johnson and David Wilkinson on the Opera Omnia label. Her second recording, “Do You Dream In Color” will be released on the Bridge Records label in the Fall of 2011. She is also a featured artist on a recording of works by composer Keeril Makan to be released on the Starkland label.