Josh Diaz (MM ’13, Voice; GPD ’15, Opera) will sing Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Minnesota Philharmonic Orchestra. Nomally sung by a soprano, Diaz will be joining the nation’s oldest LGBTQA orchestra as a tenor. The concert will take place November 18, in Saint Paul, Minn.
Faculty artist Amit Peled will release a new album on Friday, October 27. The Amit Peled Peabody Cello Gang will feature pieces by Handel, David Popper, and the debut of an arrangement of the Schubert Arpeggione Sonata by Tom Zebovitz. The cello gang consists of Peled’s students. Peled and the group tour around the country and perform cello concerti. This is a great way for his students to learn, and Peled comments that similar experiences when he was a student has shaped his view of teaching and performing. Peled plays the Pablo Casals’ 1733 Goffriller cello on this album and other upcoming concerts this season. The group was featured on HQR Classical Radio and the CD was reviewed by Midwest Record.
The Poulenc Trio – Bryan Young (BM ’96, Bassoon); Preparatory faculty artist Irina Kaplan Lande, piano; and Liang Wang, oboe – has upcoming concerts. On Monday, October 23, they will open the Lyric Chamber Music Society of New York’s 20th anniversary season. The concert will be at the Kosciuszko Foundation at 7:30 pm. On November 4, they will perform at Christ Church United Methodist with the Charleston Chamber Music Society in Charleston, W. Va., at 7:30 pm. For their full schedule, visit their website.
Faculty artist Alan Stepansky, cello, will be participating in a workshop with the New York Youth Symphony, “How to Audition Like a Boss.” The workshop includes mock auditions and master classes, and other opportunities. Stepansky will offer a master class on Thursday, October 19.
Alexandra Razskazoff (BM ‘14, Voice) tied for first place at the Academy of Vocal Arts 2017 Giargiari Bel Canto Competition this past weekend in Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center. Razskazoff studied with Stanley Cornett, and has had a busy schedule recently, singing Musetta in La Boheme at Minnesota Opera and participating in the young artist program at San Francisco Opera Center in Merola.