Rhymes with Opera, a New York based opera company founded by Peabody alumni, will present a new fully staged improvisation opera by Bonnie Lander (MM ’07, GPD ’08, Voice; GPD ’08, Computer Music) titled Coping Mechanisms at New York Opera Fest on Friday and Saturday, May 19-20 at 8:00 pm at Bank Street Theatre in New York City. Featured performers include Ms. Lander, Elisabeth Halliday (KSAS BA ’07, German; ’07, Voice), and Robert Maril (MM ’04, Voice). Coping Mechanisms explores how individuals create personal spaces while simultaneously longing for community and connection, which can potentially threaten the sanctity of these very spaces.
Faculty artist Katherine Needleman and former preparatory faculty Hanchien Lee will present a benefit concert for Baltimore School of the Arts on Sunday, May 21 at 3:30 pm at An Die Musik in Baltimore. The concert program will include Schumann’s Three Romances, Silvestrini’s Six Etudes, Hindemith’s Sonata for Oboe and Piano, Schumann’s Faschingsschwank aus Wien, and Chia-Yu Hsu’s Contrast for Oboe and Piano. Ms. Needleman is a graduate of the School for the Arts and is donating all the proceeds from this recital and CD sales from her recent debut CD Duos for Oboe and Piano to the Baltimore School for the Arts Foundation.
Megan Ihnen (MM ’09, Voice) presented Placemaking with New Music: It takes a village to make music; it takes music to make a village at the New Music Gathering 2017 conference on Thursday, May 11 in Bowling Green, Ohio. Ms. Ihnen’s workshop and presentation seeks to help participants identify ways in which they actively contribute to the community through their art practices and how their communities can come to see their work as part of the collective identity.
DUO Stephanie and Saar, featuring Stephanie Ho (GPD ’03, Piano) and Saar Ahuvia (MM ’04, GPD ’04, Piano), will present a CD release party for their newest CD The Art of Fugue under New Focus Records on Saturday, May 20 at 2:00 pm at An Die Musik in Baltimore. The release of The Art of Fugue marks the first ever complete piano duo recording of Johann Sebastian Bach’s enigmatic final work. Find tickets and more information here.
Internationally renowned opera pedagogue Samuel Mungo has been appointed managing director of the Peabody Opera Theatre following an extensive search. Beginning in fall 2017, he will shape the Peabody Conservatory’s opera curriculum, lead student recruitment efforts, and oversee the program’s two mainstage productions and other performances each academic year. More…