Music, Mind, Meaning conference Reply

On January 30-31, the Peabody Institute will host a two-day Music, Mind, Meaning conference, supported by the Brain Science Institute at the School of Medicine.  Cost is $100; free for JHU faculty, staff, and students.  More information can be found at  The conference is featured in a Baltimore Beacon article, “Conference explores music’s effect on brain,” and in a segment on WYPR Maryland Morning.

Baltimore premiere of work by David Smooke Reply

smookeOn February 6, pianist Karl Larson will perform the Baltimore premiere of David Smooke’s (MM ’95, Composition) Transgenic Fields, dusk, as well as Morton Feldman’s Triadic Memories.  The concert will be held at An Die Musik, 409 North Charles Street, at 8 pm.  Price: $15; $10 for students.

OrchKids received $1 million gift Reply

thumb.phpOrchKids recently received a million dollar gift from Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker, which will enable the program to increase the number of participating schools from 5 to 8, as well as boost enrollment from 750 to 1600 students.  The program also received a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program award at the White House in November.  An article in the Baltimore Brew, “OrchKids reap the rewards of practice, practice, practice,” announces the gift, as well as spotlights instructor Russell Kirk (BM ’05, Jazz Saxophone).

Young Ik Jang will compete in Schadt String Competition Reply

Senior Young Ik Jang, guitar, has been selected to participate in the Schadt String Competition for Classical Guitar sponsored by the Allentown Symphony. The competition is one of several prestigious guitar concerto competitions in the US and regularly has some of the best young international talent competing for this prize.  The semifinals will be held on February 28, with the finals on March 1.hqdefault

Thumbscrew, with Michael Formanek, releases debut album Reply

Thumbscrew-Thumbscrew-cover-350On January 21, Thumbscrew, a New York jazz trio, released its debut album with Cuneiform Records.  Members of the group include Peabody faculty artist Michael Formanek, bass, Mary Halvorson, guitar, and Tomas Fujiwara, drums.  The album and a sound clip of its opening track, “Cheap Knock Off,” is featured in the Chicago Reader.  The album can be purchased on Amazon.