Peabody Conservatory and Preparatory students will come together on Saturday, December 2 to premiere a string quartet as a part of the Dean’s Incentive Grant program. The piece, as prescribed by the guidelines of the grant, is a four movement string quartet for intermediate players. Written by master’s candidate Ledah Finck (BM ’16, Violin), and performed by a Preparatory quartet coached by Andréa Picard Boecker (MM ’08, Violin), the piece was commissioned by faculty artist and current master’s candidate Molly Wilkens-Reed. The piece is also pedagogically-appropriate, which fills a need in the repertoire for intermediate students.
Eric Cha-Beach (BM ’04, GPD ’05, Percussion) will perform with his ensemble Sō Percussion on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at 7:00 pm. The concert will take place at the Smith Theatre, Horowitz Performing Arts Center, in Columbia, Md. The program will feature works by Paul Lansky, Caroline Shaw, John Cage, and Bryce Dessner. The evening is presented by the Candlelight Concert Society.
Jacqueline Pollauf’s (BM ’06, Harp; MM ’07, Harp Pedagogy) arrangement of five songs by Gabriel Fauré has just been published through Vanderbilt Music. Originally written for voice and piano, Clair de Lune, Adieu, Les Berceaux, Serenade Toscane, and Après une Réve are here arranged for harp and voice. Both print and digital versions are available through vanderbiltmusic.com.
Soprano Rachel Blaustein (MM ’15, Voice) was recently named a winner of the Wisconsin District Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. In Wisconsin, she is in residence with the Florentine Opera, singing the roles of Sylviane in The Merry Widow, Second Woman in Dido & Aeneas, Shepherdess in Venus and Adonis, and Papagena in The Magic Flute. Last spring, she sang in Fort Worth Opera’s Frontier’s Showcase which aims to showcase new opera through selected excerpts sung by professional singers. Blaustein also participated in the Opera America Conference, and just before that sang Peep-Bo in Kentucky Opera’s production of The Mikado.
Stephen Mulligan (MM ’13, Conducting) was featured in Atlanta Arts on November 3. The article, written by Mark Gresham, gives a brief biography of Mulligan before showcasing an interview with the conductor. Mulligan is the newly appointed conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, which opened its season on Sunday, November 5. Mulligan is also the understudy for Robert Spano, the conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.