Mezzo-soprano Diana Cantrelle, master’s candidate in voice and minor in composition, will be making her Canadian debut on Dec. 11 and 12 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She will be the alto soloist in The Messiah by Handel with the North Grenville Concert Choir and Orchestra – conducted by Gordon Slater. A DVD and CD will be made from these performances.
Mezzo soprano Yun Kyong Lee (BM ’09, MM ’10), soprano Jennifer Edwards (MM ’09), and guitarist Mark Edwards (MM ’09, Guitar), along with voice faculty member Vera Danchenko Stern, piano, represented Peabody at the Tenth International Conservatory Week Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The singers performed with composer and pianist Lori Laitman, a Peabody National Advisory Council member who was the festival’s Distinguished Guest Composer. The festival, held from October 22-29, also included performances by the Morgan State University Choir led by Eric Conway (BM ’85, MM ’87, DMA ’95, Piano).
Following the festival, Lee and Danchenko-Stern presented Laitman’s music in joint recitals at the Moscow Conservatory and the Gnessin Academy of Music.
Danya Katok (MM ’09) and Andrew Sauvageau (GPD ’10, MM ’08) will be making their New York City Opera debuts on April 9, 2011, in a semi-staged performance of Oliver Knussen’s opera Where the Wild Things Are.
Curtis Bannister (GPD ’10) has been named an apprentice artist with Sarasota Opera in Fla., for its Winter Festival season, which begins in January. At Peabody he studied with Steven Rainbolt.
BSO-Peabody Conducting Fellow Ilyich Rivas will make his Baltimore Symphony Orchestra debut in a subscription concert at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, on Friday, Oct. 14, and Saturday, Oct. 15, and at the Music Center at Strathmore, on Sunday, Oct. 16. Rivas appeared on WAMU’s The Kojo Nnamdi Show to speak about the concert.
The concert was reviewed by Tim Smith of The Baltimore Sun:
Teenage conductor Ilyich Rivas makes impressive subscription concert debut with BSO, Clef Notes, 10/17/10
and Alfred Thigpen in The Washington Post:
At 17, Ilyich Rivas conducts the BSO with a seasoned flair,
The Washington Post, 10/18/10