Zuill Bailey Performs with Natasha Paremski at the Ravinia Festival Reply

Zuill BaileyZuill Bailey (BM ’94, Cello), who received the Peabody Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014, will perform an All Russian Evening on Tuesday, August 23, at 6:00 pm with Natasha Paremski, piano, at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, Ill. The program includes works by Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Rachmaninoff.

Matthew Odell Gave a Recital in Paris and Received a Research Grant Reply

Matthew OdellOn July 8, Matthew Odell (MM ’03, GPD, ’05, Piano) gave a recital in Paris for the European American Music Alliance at the Schola Cantorum. He also received a grant from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation to conduct research on Messiaen, Boulez, and Tippett in France and England.

Trent Johnson Commissioned to Write Opera “Kenyatta” Reply

Trent JohnsonOrganist and composer Trent Johnson (BM ’89, GPD ’91, Organ) was recently commissioned by Trilogy: An Opera Company to write the opera Kenyatta, based upon the life of Jomo Kenyatta, freedom fighter and the first president of Kenya. In August, selected scenes were staged with soloists, the TAOC chorus, the Newark City Ballet and chamber orchestra, led by conductor Julius P. Williams, at the Science Theater in Newark, N.J. The world premiere of the complete work is scheduled to take place in the fall of 2017 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.