David “Buddy” Deshler (MM ’17, Trumpet) has won a position in Dallas Brass, one of the nation’s leading brass quintets. Dallas Brass was founded by Michael Levine, and they have played in numerous high-profile halls, released many albums, and been featured on television. Deshler received high praise for his playing from the quintet’s founder, and says he is excited to join the group.
Junior Junhong Kuang, a student of Manuel Barrueco, tied for the highest prize awarded for guitar in the 66th ARD International Music Competition in Munich. The jury did not award a first prize; Kuang tied for second and won the Audience Prize. He will perform with the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra) on Friday, September 15 at 8:00 pm, at Philharmonie Gasteig. The concert will be broadcast live online and on BR-KLASSIK radio, the public-service radio broadcaster in Munich. See the video of his performance in the finals. The competition included over 40 participants from all over the world, many of them winners of past international competitions. The ARD International Music Competition is held by the German public broadcasting consortium.
Faculty artist Lura Johnson (‘01, Piano) will open the Chamber Music Society of Maryland‘s concert season with concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Jonathan Carney in a recital of LeClair, Beethoven, and Brahms on Sunday, September 17, at 3:00 pm. Their season continues with Xiaohui Yang, piano, the winner of the 2018 Yale Gordon Peabody Competition, on November 5; faculty artist Amit Peled, cello, with his students in a Cellobration on March 25; and Zane Forshee (MM ’01, GPD ’03, DMA ’11, Guitar) and Max Zuckerman (BM ’07, GPD ’09, Guitar), Duo Guitars, on April 22. DMA candidate Michael Repper is the artistic director of CMSMD.
Today the box office at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University opens for its 2017-18 season and, for the second year, all concerts at Peabody are free. This is the debut season of Peabody’s recently appointed Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Artistic Director of Ensembles Joseph Young, whose first performance of the season will be with the Peabody Chamber Orchestra in a performance of Dvořák’s Othello Overture and works by Handel and Schubert on Tuesday, September 19.
On Friday, September 8, at 7:00 pm, Two Cities, a vocal duo with soprano Melissa Wimbish (GPD ’11, Voice; GPD ’14, Chamber Ensemble) and mezzo-soprano Elspeth Davis (MM ’06, Voice) will perform with Hui-Chuan Chen (MM ’06, DMA ’14, Piano), as part of season two of Thrive Music Live. Two Cities was created to take a new look at early and traditional music, as well as expand the repertoire of contemporary music written for two female voices.