Poulenc Trio concert review Reply

The Poulenc Trio- Bryan Young (BM ’96, Bassoon), bassoon; Preparatory faculty Irina Kaplan Lande, piano; and Vladimir Lande, oboe- won recent praise in The Washington Post for an “urbane, agile and consistently beautiful” concert at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. The concert featured a multimedia work by Pulitzer-prize nominated composer Laura Kaminsky and a guest appearance by violinist Anton Lande (BM ’12, Violin). poulenctrio

Jake Runestad- Award and World Premieres Reply

Jake RunestadThe Louisiana Philharmonic’s performance of “Dreams of the Fallen,” Jake Runestad’s (MM ’11, Composition) work for solo piano, chorus, & orchestra, was awarded Best Performance of New Classical Music at the Tribute to the Classical Arts in New Orleans. Performed at the National WWII Museum in November, “Dreams of the Fallen” is a setting of poems by Iraq War veteran and award-winning poet Brian Turner.

The Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble and conductor Craig Hella Johnson will give the world premiere of Runestad’s “Why The Caged Bird Sings” on May 2. A setting of “Sympathy” by Paul Laurence Dunbar, this work was commissioned as a part of Johnson’s first season as artistic director.

Dr. James Bass and the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay will give the world premiere of Runestad’s “We Can Mend the Sky” – a setting of poetry by 14-year-old Warda Mohamed, which explores her experience leaving war-torn Somalia and moving to Minnesota. Using Mohamed’s poem and two Somali proverbs, “We Can Mend the Sky” is a musical depiction of one’s journey as an immigrant and an affirmation of hope as we all embrace the diversity around us.


Jennifer Blades news Reply

jennifer bladesFaculty opera director Jennifer Blades (MM ’97, GPD ’98, Voice) has received a 2014 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award for Solo Classical Performance.

She will be joined by John Bowen to perform their original cabaret show, Here in the Dark, at the Cabaret at Germano’s on May 9, and Davenport’s Piano Bar and Cabaret in Chicago on May 23. Other upcoming engagements include performing as a soloist in the Bach Concert Series performance of Bach’s Magnificat on June 1, as well as singing the role of the Duchess of Plaza Toro in Young Vic’s production of The Gondoliers in July.