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Chicago recorder player Laura Ostjerna Klehr

Reviews of "Richard the Lionheart" (Opera Theatre of Saint Louis - June 7th, 11th, 13th, 20th, 24th, and 26th, 2015)


The St. Louis Post-Dispatch - June 8th, 2015

KDHX - June 8th, 2015

OperaChaser - June 9th, 2015
Ladue News - June 9th, 2015

St. Louis Public Radio - June 12th, 2015

The Chicago Tribune - June 16th, 2015
The Dallas Morning News - June 19th, 2015

On STL - June 21st, 2015

The Belleville News-Democrat - June 21st, 2015
The Wall Street Journal - June 22nd, 2015
Opera Today - June 22nd, 2015
Musical Toronto - June 29th, 2015


Reviews of Charpentier's Medea (Chicago Opera Theater - April 23rd, 27th, 29th, and May 1st, 2011)

The Chicago Tribune - April 20th, 2011

WFMT - April 25th, 2011
Chicago Theater Beat - April 25th, 2015
Chicago Classical Review - April 25th, 2015
Baroque Band - April 26th, 2011

Chicago Stage Review - April 27th, 2011

Review of "Baroque Invention" (Music of the Baroque - February 22nd and 23rd, 2015)


Chicago Classical Review - February 24th, 2015


Preview for "La Belle Danse" (Keiskamma Music Academy - March 31st, 2014)

The Announcer - February 4th, 2014


P r e s s  &  R e v i e w s


"The textbook definition of 'early music' is all I’ve ever known, just a blip in a music appreciation class in college. . . . But Laura Osterlund, for whom early music has been a lifelong passion, explained how dry definitions can’t capture the real spirit of the music." - Daily Hampshire Gazette

"Biller's bright soprano exhibited both fullness and delicacy, crowned by sweet, zinging top notes which reached their most delightful in Costanza's final aria as she played a charade of bird-catching to the faultlessly fluttering sopranino recorder of Laura Osterlund." - OperaChaser


"Their playing is perfection, with shout-outs due to Laura Osterlund on sopranino recorder for her wonderful work on Costanza's 'sparrow' aria . . ." - On STL

"Costanza’s ‘mad scene’ also captivated the audience. Biller once again sang with remarkable beauty and control and the obbligato sopranino recorder part was played with stunning virtuosity by Laura Osterlund." - Musical Toronto


"Laura just returned from the impoverished township of Hamburg, in East Cape, where she spent nine months teaching junior high and high school students the recorder and other instruments. As if the experience weren't life-changing enough, Laura was in South Africa when Nelson Mandela died." - The Forest Park Review


". . . 'busking' (street performing) is not just a way of supplementing Osterlund's income. She sees it as a public service." - The Wednesday Journal


"Attracted by the opportunity to share her love of early recorder music throughout the world, Laura came to Hamburg in September 2013 . . ." - The Announcer


"Conductor Grant Llewellyn led with idiomatic period style with special contributions from Laura Osterlund on sopranino recorder (a very effective bird in Costanza’s final aria)." - The Saint Louis Post-Dispatch


". . . Grant Llewellyn excels in coaxing a spirited reading of Handel’s moving composition from the OTSL orchestra, which includes Laura Osterlund on the sopranino recorder, Simon Martyn-Ellis playing an archlute, Damien Francoeur-Krzyzek playing the harpsichord and violoncellist Melissa Brooks." - Ladue News


"Ensemble Musica Humana, a Boston-based early music ensemble, opens the seventh annual Carolan Festival . . . Ensemble members include Lidia Chang (flute), Laura Osterlund (recorder), Sheila Heady (percussion), and Corrine Byrne (voice)." - The Times Argus


Articles about Laura Osterlund


"Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Early music: the 15th-century Led Zeppelin" - Daily Hampshire Gazette
"Street music leads to a life-changing experience" - The Forest Park Review

"Oak Park busker performs in a wide range of venues" - The Wednesday Journal
(Original article: "Taking music to the streets in Forest Park" - The Forest Park Review)


Interview with Tina Chancey for Nell Gwynn at Chicago Shakespeare Theater


An Interview with Laura Osterlund


Interview by the Bach + Beethoven Ensemble 


Laura's Chicago Story

Interview by The Video Catalyst Project

Street Musician Playing a Medieval Vielle

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