Music theory faculty member Joshua Fishbein, who studied piano at the Preparatory with Carol Prochazka, and Chorus Austin are this year’s winner of the Dale Warland Singers Commission Award. In conjunction with this award, Dr. Fishbein will receive a $5,000 commission to compose a new choral work for Chorus Austin, under the direction of Ryan Heller. The Dale Warland Singers Commission Award is presented by Chorus America in partnership with the American Composers Forum and recognizes a chorus entering into a meaningful and mutually beneficial partnership with a composer of their choice to contribute a new work to the choral repertoire.
On Wednesday, April 19, faculty artist Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition) led an evening of words and music titled RiseBmore in honor of Freddie Gray on the anniversary of his death. Artists Sharea Harris, Love the Poet, Brittani McNeill (GPD ’15, Voice), and Hannah Sawyerr lead a conversation titled “Writing in the Margins of Baltimore” beginning at 7:00 pm. The 8:00 pm concert featured music by Mr. Adashi, Tariq Al-Sabir (BM ’15, Voice), Ruby Fulton (DMA ’09, Composition), Lafayette Gilchrist, Brooks Long, and Martina Lynch, poetry by Tariq Toure, and images by J.M. Giordano. The event was sponsored in part by the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.
The Woodbridge Flute Choir, featuring Tara Nadel (BM ’04, Flute), will present a free concert on Sunday, May 7, at the Haymarket Gainesville Community Library in Haymarket, Va., at 3:00 pm. The performance will celebrate the culmination of the WFC’s 20th anniversary season and the 10th anniversary of their Artistic Director Debbie Gilbert. The program will feature many of Ms. Gilbert’s favorite works, including the title piece from their most recent album Butterfly, featuring piccolo solo performed by Ms. Nadel.
Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, led by Jed Gaylin (DMA ’95, Conducting), will present their season finale concert on Saturday, April 29, at 8:00 pm, at Johns Hopkins Shriver Hall Auditorium in Baltimore. The concert program features Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture, Schnittke’s Concerto for Piano and Strings, and Schumann’s Symphony No. 4. The concert includes a pre-concert talk with HSO member Max Derrickson (MM ’88, Percussion). Find tickets and more information here.
Dvorak Vol. 1, a CD featuring Dvořák’s Piano Trios No. 3 and No. 4 “Dumky” recorded by the Tempest Trio– Ilya Kaler, violin; faculty artist Amit Peled, cello; and Alan Goldstein (GPD ’95, MM ’96, Piano)– has been selected for Naxos’ 30th anniversary CD collection. The 30 CD collection features releases from 1987 to 2016 and a host of exceptional artists, each selected CD has received critical acclaim and has contributed towards the huge success of Naxos: the world’s largest independent classical record label.