Browse below for videos and links to external content from the Peabody Magazine.
A New Dean, A New Day
from page 19– In a candid and wide-ranging conversation with Peabody faculty artist Michael Kannen, the new dean talks about the path that led him to Peabody, his passion for new music, and the importance of providing a holistic education for today’s music students.
Meeting in the Middle
from page 20– Since the debut of his hit single “She Blinded Me with Science” in 1982, Thomas Dolby has been at the forefront of digital music, pioneering ways to merge the music with film, technology, and science. Johns Hopkins first Homewood Professor of the Arts, Dolby will be teaching “Sound on Film,” a collaboration between Homewood’s Film and Media Studies program and Peabody’s Recording Arts and Sciences program, in which students create soundtracks for films. Dolby will also serve as the artistic director of the Program in Sound on Film at Station North, helping to lead the university’s efforts in Baltimore’s blossoming arts and entertainment district.
from page 4– Faculty artist Michael Hersch (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition) premiered his first work for the stage, On the Threshold of Winter, an opera in two acts, on June 25 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. The work was directed by Roger Brunyate, former artistic director of the Peabody Opera Theatre, and featured faculty artist Ah Young Hong (BM ’98, MM ’01, Voice). Scored for soprano and ensemble of eight, the piece follows the trajectory of Marin Sorescu’s wrenching final work, The Bridge, in English translation from the original Romanian. The New York Times hailed the music’s “dark and fragile beauty” and Hong’s “soul-baring, courageous performance.”
Zuill Bailey (BM ’94, Cello) will be presented with the Johns Hopkins University Distinguished Alumnus Award at a concert on Saturday, October 25, when he will perform the Dvořák Cello Concerto in B minor with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra. His recording of the work with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra was listed in the new Penguin Guide to the 1,000 Finest Classical Recordings: The Must-Have CDs. The publication states, “Until now we have strongly recommended the DG [Deutsche Grammophon] recording by Rostropovich and Karajan. … But this new version by Zuill Bailey and Jun Markl and the excellent Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra … grips the listener from the very opening bars.”
Listen to Bailey perform J.S. Bach Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major on WQXR’s Café Concert Series from this July.
from page 12– This video interview of faculty artist Joel Puckett was posted on NewMusicBox as a part of their March profile on the composer. Several of his pieces are featured throughout, including Concerto Duo performed by fellow Peabody faculty artist Anthony McGill, clarinet, and his brother Demarre, flute.
In Memoriam: John Shirley-Quirk
from page 9– This past April the musical community was met with the loss of beloved pedagogue and Britten specialist John Shirley-Quirk, a cornerstone of the Peabody vocal department for two decades. Below are just a few of his many memorable performances.