Harmonious Blacksmith—an early music ensemble featuring Voice faculty artist Ah Young Hong (BM ’98, MM ’01) and fellow alumni Joseph Gascho (MM ’01, Harpsichord), Justin Godoy (BM ’02, Composition), and William Simms (MM ’91, Guitar)—has released its debut CD, Sentirete una Canzonetta.
Inspired by Peabody National Advisory Council member Lori Laitman’s I Never Saw Another Butterfly, a setting of poetry written by children during the Holocaust, Elisabeth Halliday (’07, Voice) and Zach Herchen (BM ’06, MM ’09, Saxophone; BM ’07, Recording Arts) have created the Emerging Voices Project to commission, perform, and record music for voice and saxophone. Composers Kathleen Bader, Adam Knauss (MM ’08, Composition), and George Lam (MM ’05, Composition and Music Theory) were chosen to write pieces on the themes of childhood and loss of innocence.
Four of the Top 10 classical music events of 2010 in Baltimore and Washington, according to The Baltimore Sun critic Tim Smith, were performed and/or organized by Peabody musicians: the Jan. 17 recital by Hans Kristian Goldstein (BM ’10, Cello), part of the Music in the Great Hall series; the May 12 performance at Metro Gallery of Darryl Brenzel’s jazz band version of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring with Peabody student musicians, part of the Contemporary Museum’s Mobtown Modern series, curated by Brian Sacawa (GPD ’04, Saxophone); Peabody Opera Theatre’s Nov. 18-21 production of Massenet’s Manon, which Smith called “one of the best Peabody productions in my 10 years here;” and the Dec. 6 performance by Peabody alumni singers of David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion at An die Musik, conducted by faculty member Judah Adashi (MM ’02, Composition), part of his Evolution Contemporary Music Series.
Pianist Sungpil Kim, a senior studying with Yong Hi Moon, tied for fourth prize in 2010 Isang Yun International Music Competition in Tongyeong, Korea. A total of 28 young men and women from 12 countries vied for prizes in the three-part elimination process. As part of the prize, he will perform concerts in Korea.
Graduate students Yi Wang and Evan Combs will each have a composition performed at the SEAMUS 2011 conference in Miami, Fla this January. Wang’s piece is entitled Talking Ocean, and Combs’ piece is entitled A Short Stop for vibraphone and electronics.