Symphony Number One, founded and directed by DMA conducting student Jordan Randall Smith, will present their season finale concert on Friday, April 28 at 8:00 pm and Saturday, April 29 at 8:00 pm at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Baltimore. The program will feature the world premiere of Approaching Eternity by Nicholas Bentz, a senior studying composition with Kevin Puts and violin with Herbert Greenberg. The new work will set the record for the largest new world premiere in Baltimore in the past three seasons. The season finale concert will also feature Charles Ives’ Symphony No. 3, a family sing-along with orchestra and organ, and an announcement for the SNO season opener for the 2017-18 season.
Voices Rise: A Baltimore Choir of Hope, a community ensemble under the direction of Douglas Buchanan (MM ’08, Composition, Theory Pedagogy; DMA ’13, Composition), will give its debut performance at Paul’s Place Outreach Center in Baltimore on Saturday, April 29 at 1:30 pm as a part of the Paul’s Place Spring Health Fair. The ensemble is based on a street choir model, welcoming all who wish to make music regardless of experience and catering particularly towards those experiencing homelessness or poverty. Voices Rise is an outreach partnership between the Peabody Conservatory, St. David’s Episcopal Church, and Paul’s Place.
The Preparatory Pre-Conservatory Violin program, including Connor Chaikowsky, Nicholas Kim, Megan Rabe, and Luka Stefanovic, will join the Lark Quartet in a side-by-side performance of Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20 on Saturday, April 29 at 8:00 pm at the Smith Theatre, Horowitz Center in Columbia, Md. Additionally, the Preparatory Pre-Conservatory Violin program will present a pre-concert at 7:00 pm. Additional pieces on the Lark Quartet’s program include Wolf’s Serenade, Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor, and the world premiere of Harbison’s String Quartet No. 6.
GPD student Julien Xuereb (MM ’15, Guitar; Pedagogy) will perform on the Union Square Chamber Music Society concert on Friday, April 28. The concert will be held in conjunction with the Sowebo Arts Spring Members Show in the home of Chuck and Linda Callahan at 100 South Stricker Street in Baltimore. The Arts Show will begin at 6:00 pm and the salon concert will begin at 8:30 pm. Mr. Xuereb will perform pieces by Robert de Visée, Napoléon Coste, Erik Satie, and his own original compositions. Find more information and make a reservation to attend here.