Ariadne’s Love by DMA candidate Chen Zhangyi (MM ’11, Composition) was one of the winning pieces in the worldwide Abbey Road Studios Anthem Competition. The work was broadcast by BBC Radio 3 and recorded by the Eric Whitacre Singers and the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Eric Whitacre.
Ka Nyoung Yoo (MM ’10, Vocal Accompanying) was presented with the Peabody Preparatory’s accompanying award for her vocal and cello accompanying. Yoo has accepted a position at Towson University as staff accompanist and as their master class pianist. She was recently invited to perform with several members of the Towson voice faculty in their operatic recital program, Viva L’Opera!, and will be coaching for the Towson Opera Department next fall.
Pianist Patrick Merrill, a junior in the studio of Yong Hi Moon, won first place in the Young Artist division of the Maryland State Music Teachers Association Competition, held in Columbia, Md. John Wilson, a master’s student of Marian Hahn, took second place.
Tim Smith, classical music critic at The Baltimore Sun, previewed Peabody Opera Theatre’s upcoming production of The Rake’s Progress at the Modell Center at the Lyric.
Peabody Opera Theatre makes ‘Progress’, The Baltimore Sun, 11/17/11
A new opera scored by Peabody faculty composer Kevin Puts was recently premiered by Minnesota Opera. Silent Night tells the tale of the Christmas truce of 1914. The Minneapolis StarTribune commented “Grimly beautiful, the piece is a significant addition to the repertoire and heralds the emergence of composer Kevin Puts as a force in American opera.”
Review: Silent Night derives a universal harmony from our shared humanity, Minneapolis Examiner, 11/14/11
Opera review: Powerful, dazzling ‘Silent Night’ debuts, St. Paul Pioneer Press, 11/14/11
Opera evokes grim beauty in break in the battle, StarTribune, 11/14/11