Preparatory students win top prizes in string competition Reply

Peabody students Nicholas Kim and Elizabeth Gange won first place in both divisions of the Potters-Hood String Competition that took place at Catholic University in Washington, DC on December 14.  Kim, a member of the Pre-Conservatory Violin Program and student of Matthew Horowitz-Lee, took top prize  of the senior division. Gange, a member of the Performance Academy for Strings and student of Rebecca Henry, won the junior division.

Aspen String Trio performs in Palm Beach Reply

Aspen String TrioVictoria Chiang, faculty artist and member of the Aspen String Trio will be performing at the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida on January 20, 2015. She will be playing with her trio, which consists of David Perry, violin, and Michael Mermagen (BM ’84, Cello). Their concert is part of the Flagler Museum Music Series, which is devoted to chamber music as it was intended, in the gracious and intimate setting of the Museum’s West Room.

Paul Jan Zdunek hired as Chief Capital Development Officer Reply

PJZ PicturePaul Jan Zdunek (BM ’91, Composition) was hired as the Chief Capital Development Officer for Singpoli Capital Corporation- a company within the Singpoli Group dedicated to commercial real estate investing. He is charged with creating and developing the US investor segment.  He is also involved in reviewing new commercial real estate investment opportunities for the investors and partners of Singpoli Capital Corporation. This position comes after over twelve years as a turn-around specialist and consultant, working with organizations including the Pasadena Symphony Association (CA), the Modesto Symphony Association (CA), the State Theatre of Modesto, Inc (George Lucas’ childhood movie theatre); as well as consultant work with the Harmony Project (Los Angeles); Leadership Burbank (CA); and the Association of California Symphony Orchestras’ State Conference.

Joel Puckett commissioned to write opera for Minnesota Reply

puckettFaculty artist Joel Puckett was commissioned to write an opera for the Minnesota Opera as part of its New Works Initiative. The Black Sox Scandal will premiere as part of the opera company’s 2018-2019 season.

One of the most notorious scandals in American history comes to life in this world premiere opera by celebrated composer Joel Puckett. The 1919 Chicago White Sox were arguably the best team in the history of the game – they were also the most poorly paid, always at odds with their penny- pinching owner. Resentment, revenge, and ambition gone awry were the motivating factors that led eight players to conspire with gamblers and throw the World Series to the Cincinnatti Reds. Rich with characters such as Shoeless Joe Jackson, Ring Lardner, and Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, The Black Sox Scandal is a tragic tale of mythic proportions, ripe with greed, power, romance, and redemption, all set against the backdrop of America’s favorite pastime.

Named as one of National Public Radio’s favorite composers under the age of 40 by their listeners, Joel Puckett is a composer who is dedicated to the belief that music can bring consolation, hope, and joy to all who need it. The Washington Post has hailed him as both “visionary” and “gifted” and the Baltimore Sun proclaimed his work for the Washington Chorus and Orchestra, This Mourning, as “being of comparable expressive weight” to John Adams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning work.

In addition to Puckett’s world premiere, the National Endowment for the Arts grants $75,000 to support the world premiere of The Manchurian Candidate by faculty artist Kevin Puts in March 2015.