Legendary folk singer and songwriter Pete Seeger will speak at Peabody’s graduation ceremony tonight, where he will receive the Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music. Baynard Woods from the Baltimore City Paper, interviewed Seeger.
Master of Music candidate Norman Huynh has been appointed assistant conductor of the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Huynh will conduct various concert cycles for the symphony, including the new Discovery concerts for family, the Pops series and the orchestra’s educational outreach concerts. He will serve as community ambassador for the orchestra, assist Music Director Robert Moody with programming decisions and the rehearsal process, and cover for him when Moody is unable to conduct the orchestra. Huynh formally begins his duties on August 1.
Peabody faculty artist Joe Burgstaller, trumpet, previews his new CD, License to Thrill, on SiriusXM Pops. The CD features Peabody alumni and students in works by Vivaldi-Bach, Piazzolla, and Jennifer Higdon. Burgstaller will lead also the radio audience in the first ever “SiriusXM Pops National Sing-Along” with his original composition Within. The show will be aired on Saturday, May 25, at 6:00 pm, and Sunday, May 26 at 9:00 pm on the Classical Pops Channel 75. To get a free 30-day trial to Sirius/XM, visit http://www.siriusxm.com/freetrial#.
The Peabody Honors Ensembles, select chamber groups, have received several accolades. The Kubrick Quartet was selected to participate in the Robert Mann String Quartet Institute, Juilliard String Quartet Seminar, and Norfolk Music Festival, and invited to the Aldeburgh Festival in England. The Centre Street Quartet was selected to participate in the Juilliard String Quartet Seminar and Madeleine Island Music Festival.
Dariusz Skoraczewski (BM ’94, GPD ’96, Cello), principal cellist of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, won the 2013 Mary Sawyers Baker Prize. The award is designed to encourage local talent and to foster Baltimore’s creative community. It’s given annually to up to three regional artists across a range of disciplines. Each winner receives an award of $25,000 and will showcase their work in February at an exhibition and performance at the Baltimore Museum of Art.