David Fetter’s tenor trombone piece to premiere in Massachusetts Reply

davidfetterRon Barron will give the world premiere of “Situation Update,” a new work by Peabody trombone faculty member David Fetter for tenor trombone and piano, in a recital of American music on March 8 in Hamilton, Massachusetts, with pianist Larry Wallach.  The program will feature “Songs of the Sun” by Eric Ewazen, with Ewazen at the piano, and classics by Alec Wilder, Leonard Bernstein and Herbert Clarke.  Cornetist Alan Dean will also perform.  Barron is retired Principal Trombone of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The concert is at 3:00 p.m. in the Richmond Congregational Church, 1515 State Road-Route 41, in Richmond, Massachusetts.  Donations will be accepted for the local Emergency Fuel Assistance Fund.


“Situation Update” is in three movements.  In the first, the Devil dances.  His work is done for him, as humanity self-destructs on its own.  The melancholy second movement offers deceptive comfort.  The third is a spirited march off the cliff.  An art song fills a lull, but it is trampled by more humans.

Eric Zuber places fourth in Ninth National Chopin Piano Competition Reply

ZuberEric Zuber (BM ’05, AD ’09, Piano), current DMA student of Boris Slutsky,  placed fourth in the Ninth National Chopin Piano Competition. A recipient of a $10,000 cash prize, he will also be flown for an all-expense-paid trip to Warsaw, Poland to attend the Preliminary Round of the XVII International Chopin Piano Competition in April 2015. Peabody students Rieko Tsuchida and Sungpil Kim also competed.

Michael Hersch’s new composition premiered at Vanderbilt Reply

MichaelHerschViolinist Carolyn Huebl and pianist Mark Wait premiered faculty artist Michael Hersch’s (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition) wischen Leben und Tod (“Between Life and Death”): Twenty-two Pieces After Images by Peter Weiss on February 26 at Turner Recital Hall at the Martha Rivers Ingram Center for the Performing Arts in Nashville, Tenn.The piece was commissioned by Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music and dedicated to Huebl and Wait. In an interview with the Nashville Scene, Hersch comments, “I was flattered by the offer, but I was also intimated by it, it’s difficult to write for the combination of violin and piano — everything is so exposed — so I took some time to come up with a conception. I was thrilled that they liked my idea for a big piece.” Read the full article here.


Read a review of the performance by the Nashville Scene here. “Hersch was absolutely merciless in the demands he made on the performers. Huebl and Wait were more than equal to these challenges, though, and they played every note with power, precision and emotional conviction.”

Marianna Prjevalskaya will perform for Towson concert series Reply

Marianna PrjevalskayaMarianna Prjevalskaya, a student of Boris Slutsky, will be performing at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church on Sunday, April 12 at 2:00 pm, where she will be playing Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata no. 6 in A Major and Schubert’s Piano Sonata D. 959 in A Major.  This is part of Music in the Great Hall, a chamber music series that offers exceptional performances in a unique and intimate setting. Complimentary light refreshments, along with an opportunity to meet and speak with the artists, follow every concert. Tickets are $25 for Adults, $20 for Seniors, $10 for Students.

Aspen String Trio performs at UB March 10 at 7:00 pm Reply

AspenStringTrio_2The Aspen String Trio will hold it’s residency at the University of Baltimore on Tuesday, March 10 at 7 pm performing a program of dance music, entitled, “Shall We Dance?” The trio is made up of David Perry, violin, artist faculty Victoria Chiang, viola, and Michael Mermagen (BM ’84, cello). Once again, radio personality Jonathan Palevsky (MM ’86, Guitar) will frame the music with hilarious historical context. Tickets are $5 student/alumni, $10 staff/senior and $15 general and are available an hour pre show in the lobby and online. All events are held in the Wright Theater on the fifth floor of the UB Student Center, 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave.

The trio is performing a week prior  at the Community Concert Series in Bryan, Texas on March 3, 2015. Find out more information on that performance here.

Additionally, Chiang will join Glenn Dicterow, violin and Marcy Rosen, cello to judge the 2015 Johansen International Competition for Young String Players, which will take place March 18-21, 2015 in Washington, D.C.