GPD student Gonzalo Farias, conducting, has been appointed the new assistant conductor of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
DMA candidate Brandon Cave, trumpet, has won an audition and a position with the Navy Fleet Band.
Faculty artist Kevin Puts, composition, will make his Santa Fe Opera debut alongside soprano Renée Fleming with his work, Letters from Georgia. The song cycle was written for Fleming and premiered in 2016. The performance will be on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at 8:00 pm during Santa Fe’s regular season. Also on the program will be Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder.
Festival Baltimore will return June 3-17, and will feature a number of Peabody alumni and faculty. Svet Stoyanov (BM ‘03, GPD ‘05, Percussion) will play on Friday, June 8, at 7:30 pm. He will perform music by Bartok and Crum for two pianos and percussion. Faculty artist Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet, will perform on Saturday, June 9, at 7:30 pm. He will play on a program featuring the complete works for viola, clarinet, and piano by Robert Schumann. Netanel Draiblate (MM ’07, GPD ’09, Violin) will play on Sunday, June 17, at 7:30 pm, in the final concert of the festival, which will feature Mendelssohn’s piano trios and a sextet.
Peter Bay (MM ’80, Conducting) has organized and will conduct a production of Bernstein’s MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers. The production, in his home of Austin, Texas, will include 300 cast and crew members, the involvement of all of the major performing arts organizations in Austin, and an opening night Gala event featuring the families of Leonard Bernstein and John F. Kennedy. This collaboration of all the major performing arts organizations in Austin is unprecedented. A project of this magnitude has been a lifelong dream of Bay, and comes at a particularly poignant time, the 100th birthday of Bernstein. This production is presented as a part of Bernstein100Austin, and will take place on June 29 and 30 at the Long Center in Austin.