Soprano Sara MacKimmie (MM ’11, Voice) and lutenist Brian Kay, a junior studying with Richard Stone, have been chosen to participate in Baroque music master classes by L’Arpeggiata, a European early music group led by Christina Pluhar, at Carnegie Hall on March 17 and 18.
Kristen Dubenion-Smith (MM ’05, Voice) released her first CD with her ensemble Concerto delle Donne featuring the sacred Music of Chiara Margarita Cozzolani. Other alumni on this recording are Sara MacKimmie, Nola Richardson, and Lizzi Merrill and Heaven’s Noyse members Kevin Payne, John Armato, and Jeffrey Grabelle.
André Watts (AD ’72, Piano) was awarded a 2011 National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists and art patrons by the United States government. President Barack Obama bestowed the medal during a ceremony on Feb. 13, in the East Room of the White House, though Watts was unable to attend.
Three works by Peabody Composition Chair Michael Hersch (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition) will be premiered in the next few months. On Mar. 15 and 17, the Cleveland Orchestra will present Hersch’s Night Pieces for trumpet and orchestra, commissioned by the Cleveland Orchestra. On Apr. 5, the Blair String Quartet will perform the New York premiere, at Carnegie Recital Hall, of Images From a Closed Ward, which they commissioned. The Seattle Symphony Orchestra with Shai Wosner, piano, will perform “along the ravines” Piano Concerto No. 2, which was commissioned by Shai Wosner and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.
Master of Music candidate Nathan Wyatt, (BM ’10, Voice) baritone, was recipient of the SongFest Commission Award to perform the world premiere of a new song composition by Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-winning composer William Bolcom at the SongFest vocal program in Los Angeles, CA this summer, June 3-28. The song will be set to a poem by Jane Kenyon entitled Gettysburg: July 1, 1863. Wyatt will be working with the composer this spring in preparation for the premiere.