Liberal arts faculty member Dr. Jelena Runić conducted a guest workshop at the Faculty of Philology, University of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, on July 3. On that occasion, she gave a training titled “Abstract Writing: English as a Foreign Language Workshop,“ aimed at researchers of all levels and disciplines from the University of Banja Luka.
Carlos Bandera (MM ’17, Composition) was awarded the 2018 Underwood Commission from the American Composers Orchestra (ACO). This is a $15,000 commission for a work to be premiered by ACO in a future season. Bandera won the top prize with his work Lux in Tenebris. He was also recently interviewed by the Maryland News Network about the many things happening in his career.
José Manuel Lezcano (BM ’81, Guitar) performed a solo recital on June 29, 2018 of Iberoamerican works for guitar, at Convento de San Agusti, by invitation of the Barcelona Festival of Song. He also rehearsed and performed with student and professional singers at the festival, which is dedicated to the performance and dissemination of art-songs in Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, and indigenous American languages. Dr. Lezcano was also invited to give a lecture recital at the international Animamusic Congresso de Organologia, in Caldas de Reinha, Portugal, July 7, 2018; “The Guitar in Spain: Musical Reflections of a Turbulent History.” He performed complete works and excerpts from 500 years of Spanish guitar repertory, contextualizing the guitar as an instrument that reflects the main currents of Spain’s turbulent history, including the Inquisition, the Peninsular Wars, the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), and how composers were affected, exiled, or silenced.
Jisu Jung (BM ’16, GPD ’17, Percussion) won the Grace Woodson Memorial Award and the audience prize which led to $26,000 in prizes at the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition.
Peabody faculty artist Michael Hersch (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition) was mentioned in The New Yorker. Following the Ojai Music Festival, which took place in June, Hersch’s new piece was reviewed in the July 2 issue.