Jake Runestad (MM ’11, Composition; MM ’12, Music Theory Pedagogy) will release an album of his music to be recorded by Grammy-winning professional choir, Conspirare, which is directed by Craig Hella Johnson. They gave two performances of the music to be recorded and then proceeded to record the album. The performances, on Friday, January 18, and Saturday, January 19, both at 8:00 pm were held at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas. The album, when it is released, will be the first full album of Runestad’s music.
Peabody master’s candidate Maxime Daigneault, composition, was the recipient of a Dean’s Incentive Grant in 2018. His project, Seeing the Voice, Hearing the Body, will have its premiere performance on Saturday, February 9, at 2:00 pm, at Baltimore Theatre Project. The project began last semester and involved singers and dancers from the Conservatory, who explored how the voice and body work together to express our most profound emotions. The performance will be a multidisciplinary work that demonstrates how movement, voice, and improvisation can develop into meaningful scenes and ideas. Tickets are $10 or $5 for students and seniors.
Faculty artist Manuel Barrueco (BM ’75, Guitar) will perform at 92Y in the Kaufmann Concert Hall at the 92nd Street Y. He will present works from Cuba and Spain, the two most important sources of music for the guitar. Works by Milán, Angulo, Cervates, Orbón, Granados, and Abléniz will be played. there will be a pre-concert talk one hour before the concert by Benjamin Verdery. The concert will take place on Saturday, February 9, at 8:00 pm.
Amy Beth Kirsten (DMA ’10, Composition) joins the composition faculty of the 10th anniversary iteration of the highSCORE Festival in Pavia, Italy. The program runs August 5-17, 2019, and offers composers two options for their study. The full composition program includes individual lessons, lectures, performances of their compositions, and a number of other opportunities to share and learn.
After a new year of performing and recording Frances Pollock’s (MM ’15, Voice) opera Stinney: An American Execution, Rob McGinness (MM ’17, Voice) will join Arizona Opera as a member of the Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio in their 2019-20 season. McGinness will perform several roles, including Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos, Schaunard in La Bohème, and Frank Lloyd Wright in Shining Brow. Before moving, McGinness will appear in Washington National Opera’s Eugene Onegin and other performances around Baltimore.