Preparatory student Brandon Woody was named one of five 2016-2017 Brubeck Fellows by The Brubeck Institute. The Brubeck Institute’s Fellowship Program is a one or two-year full-scholarship program in jazz performance for up to five musicians who have just graduated from high school who comprise the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet. The fellows study with institute faculty, visiting jazz educators, artists, clinicians, and Bay Area professionals. They perform extensively throughout the U.S. and abroad in universities, high schools, civic centers, on concert series, in clubs, and on jazz festivals.
“New Music with Guitar, Vol. 10,” a new CD by David Starobin (BM ’73, Guitar), was released on Tuesday, April 12. The album features Mr. Starobin, William Bland (BM ’69, MM ’70, DMA ’73, Composition), Patrick Mason (BM ’72, Voice), Becky Starobin (BM ’73, Violin), former viola faculty member Paul Coletti, and former choral faculty member Gregg Smith. The CD is available on iTunes and Spotify.
Aspen String Trio – comprised of faculty artist Victoria Chiang, viola, Michael Mermagen (BM ’84, Cello), and David Perry, violin – will perform works by Strauss, Klein, Mozart, Beethoven, and Rossini with Eugenia Moliner, flute, in Oakridge, Tennessee on Saturday, May 7 at 7:30 pm in Pollard Auditorium. The trio will also perform forks by Brahms at Bargemusic’s Masterworks Series concerts with Rita Sloan, piano, in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday, May 21 at 8:00 pm and on Sunday, May 22 at 4:00 pm.
Cello faculty artist Amit Peled was interviewed on Tel Aviv TLV1 Radio. The interview with TLV1’s Laragh Widdess also includes a concert at the Ein Harod Museum of Art in Israel. Mr. Peled performed a free concert at the Ra’anana Music Center on Wednesday, April 27.
Mezzo-soprano and voice faculty member Jennifer Blades (MM ’97, GPD ’98, Voice) and pianist Diane Kinsley will perform Lee Hoiby’s Bon Appetit on Sunday, May 8 at 2:00 pm at Germano’s Piattini in Baltimore. Ms. Blades will perform as Julia Child. Doors open at 1:00 pm for pre-show dining. There is a $15 cover charge.