Congrats to Lara on her selection.

The Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism has appointed Lara Herscovitch of Durham as Connecticut’s State Troubadour for 2009 and 2010.

Lara is a charismatic singer-songwriter whose original music is a skillful blend of acoustic/folk, pop, Latin, jazz, and blues. Most of her songs are written in English, but some are in Spanish, and one is in Luganda (one of the languages spoken in Uganda). She has traveled extensively (Latin America, Asia and Africa) and has a deep appreciation for and understanding of the importance of cultural diversity and global issues. Herscovitch has released four solo CDs. Her third CD Juror Number 13, is “among the best folk releases of the year and possibly many years past” (Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange). She has performed in a variety of settings in Connecticut and throughout the Northeast including schools, universities, libraries, community centers, coffee houses, hospitals, senior centers, folk festivals, songwriting contests, and others.

Lara Herscovitch was recommended by a panel of music professionals including Pierce Campbell, 2007 and 2008 State Troubadour, and Aubrey Atwater Donnelley, a Rhode Island-based award-winning folk musician. Applicants were reviewed based on their musical and songwriting ability, professional accomplishment in the field of music, and experience with diverse audiences.

About the State Troubadour

The State Troubadour, established in 1991, functions as an ambassador of music and song to encourage cultural literacy and promote the State of Connecticut. Duties include a minimum of three events each year at the request of CCT to promote Connecticut in song. As a member of CCT’s Directory of Performing Artists, the State Troubadour can be booked for concerts and school appearances through the Arts Presentation program.