A performance by Finbarr Malafronte (BM ’08, MM ’09, Guitar) in the Grand Court Theatre on the Queen Mary 2 ocean liner was reviewed by Rick Perdian in Seen and Heard International, MusicWeb International’s live review section. He will perform on the Queen Victoria Cruise Ship on Saturday, December 2, at 7:00 pm.
Jacques-Pierre Malan (GPD ’12, MM ’16, Cello; GPD ’13, Chamber Music) will perform on Thursday October 19, at 7:30 pm, at the Embassy of South Africa, his home country, as part of the Embassy Series in Washington, D.C.
Symphony Number One will release its fourth album on November 3, centered around Approaching Eternity by Nicholas Bentz (BM ’17, Composition, Violin), a large-scale new work for chamber orchestra which premiered in April. The release will be coordinated with an Album Drop Party on November 3 at The Upper Room at 514 Cathedral St. Featured guest performers at the event will include Michael Sheppard (BM ’98, MM ’00, GPD ’03, Piano).
Baltimore School of Music Director James Lowe (MM ’09, GPD ’12, Guitar), a classical guitarist by training, was among the 59 business owners who graduated August 2, 2017, from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program in Baltimore. The graduates participated in more than 100 hours of in-class training held at Johns Hopkins University. “People often overlook the economic impact of the arts,” Lowe said. “We often hear how the arts are dying because of technology and cultural changes, but that simply isn’t true – it’s evolving and we need to evolve with it. The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program has given me the tools to prove just how much of a powerhouse arts entrepreneurship can be.”
Matthew Bengtson (MM ’97, DMA ’01, Piano) has released a three-CD set titled Karol Szymanowski: Works for Violin and Piano; piano solo on the Musica Omnia label, a collaboration with violinist Blanka Bednarz. Bengtson has also co-authored a new book, The Alexander Scriabin Companion: History, Performance, and Lore, with Lincoln Ballard. Published by Rowman and Littlefield Press, the book has contribution from John Bell Young and a foreword by Stephen Hough. Bengtson is an assistant professor of piano literature at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.