Tim Smith of The Baltimore Sun reviews Peabody’s season opener – “rocking with a crisp, jazzy little curtain raiser” with Shafer Mahoney’s Sparkle. He also says that Marianna Prjevalskaya’s piano solo in Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1, “proved especially impressive in the athletic finale, negotiating the music with technique to spare and a great sense of spontaneity.”
The Aspen String Trio, of which faculty artist Victoria Chiang, viola, and Michael Mermagen (BM ’84, Cello) are members, will be featured on Music in Maryland on WBJC, 91.5 FM, Maryland’s Classical Music Station on September 27 at 6 pm. The program will include Brahms Trio in A minor, Op. 114 for Viola, Cello and Piano, Brahms Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25 and Beethoven Cello Sonata No. 5 in D Major, Op. 102, No.2 with members of the Aspen String Trio and Rita Sloan, piano.
The fifth season of the Baltimore Lieder Weekend will occur at An die Musik Live, October 17-19. The focus will be “le chant wagnerien,” and will feature Peabody alumni Daniel Schlosberg (BM ’00, MM ’01, Piano), Andrea Edith Moore, Ryan De Ryke, Kimberly Christie, and Andrew Stewart, as well as guest scholar Susan Bernstein of Brown University. There will be a masterclass featuring Peabody students at 11:30 am on Saturday, October 18. All events are free (donations encouraged), with support from Free Fall Baltimore and the Hampsong Foundation. Program details can be found at baltimoreliederweekend.com.
Opera faculty member Garnett Bruce directed a production of Turandot at the Michigan Opera Theatre, which won a 2014 Wilde Award for Best Opera. It was awarded by EncoreMichigan.com, a web-based publication focused on Michigan’s professional theater industry.