Dean Fred Bronstein and alumnus Zuill Bailey (BM ’94, Cello), who received the Peabody Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014, were named as two of the top 30 innovators in the performing arts industry in Musical America’s Professionals of the Year special report. The publication mentions Dean Bronstein’s emphasis on the need for change in classical music education and Mr. Bailey’s performances in neo-natal units, hospices, oncology centers, and homeless shelters as reasons for their selection. Alumni Ed Harsh (BM ’86, Composition), president and CEO of New Music USA, and Paola Prestini (’95, Composition), executive/creative director of National Sawdust, were also named. Last year, Faculty artist Amit Peled, cello, was selected for Musical America’s 30 Professionals of the Year featuring key industry influencers. For the full list and to read more about the innovators, download the special report.
A Baltimore Sun article titled The origin of the Navy’s ‘Anchors Aweigh’ by Paul McCardell features the famous rally song by Peabody alumnus and U.S. Naval Academy bandmaster, Lt. Charles A. “Zimmy” Zimmermann. Anchors Aweigh was composed by Mr. Zimmerman, with text by Midshipman Alfred A. “Monk” Miles, in 1906 in efforts to inspire the Navy football team to defeat the Army after a 6 year losing streak, which resulted in the Navy defeating the Army 10-0. Anchors Aweigh has been a staple of the U.S. Navy for 110 years.
This free concert series on the Walters’ Sculpture Court features a different group of Peabody faculty and student performers each month. This month featured the Early Music department with “Holiday Music for Voices and Lute.”
Shadow of Sirius, a CD featuring music theory faculty member Joel Puckett’s flute concerto by the same title, performed by University of Texas Wind Ensemble with Jerry Junkin as conductor, has been nominated for the Best Engineered Album, Classical category of the 2017 Grammy Awards. Shadow of Sirius was engineered by Silas Brown, produced by David Frost, and published under Naxos Records.
Complete list of classical Grammy nominees here.
Purchase Shadow of Sirius here.
Faculty artist Manuel Barrueco (BM ’75, Guitar) was featured in an article by Blair Jackson of Classical Guitar titled Manuel Barrueco’s School Days: The Long Road from ‘Difficult Student’ to Master Teacher. The article features an interview with Mr. Barrueco regarding his experiences as a student at Peabody and his early career .