Music of the War of 1812 Reply

Musicology faculty member David Hildebrand is working on a new CD/music book set, tentatively entitled Music of the War of 1812 in America, which involves ballads, patriotic songs, marches, and dance tunes, many directly related to Baltimore and the greater Chesapeake region. This project carefully conveys the true story of the many parodies of To Anacreon in Heaven. Some people still think Francis Scott Key wrote a “poem” later set to music, but Hildebrand proves otherwise; he maintains that Key wrote lyrics to a melody used and re-used for patriotic purposes for decades preceding the bombardment of Ft. McHenry.

Alumni summer performances Reply

Caleb Jones (PC ’06, Violoncello) served as assistant artistic director of the 2010 Juilliard International Jazz Camp and the Teen Arts Performance Camp in Scotland, Md. He also performed at Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Fort Dupont Summer Music Series, and the Safeway BBQ Festival. Jones appeared on WEAA 88.9 FM Baltimore on June 21 in an interview discussing the jazz camp and performed live along Russell Kirk (BM ’05, Jazz Saxophone), Noble Jolley (BM ’09, Jazz Piano), Nathan Jolley (BM ’09, Jazz Drums), and musicians on the camp’s faculty.

Peabody Jazz in Singapore Reply

A group of Peabody jazz students and alumni—Sophomore Jonathan Baez, drums; senior Amanda Bloom, vocals; junior Kevin Clark, guitar; Blake Meister (BM ’08), bass; and Jacob Silver (GPD ’10), piano—played at the National University of Singapore last month. The group performed in the “Ones to Watch” concert, an annual performance that aims to inspire youth by introducing them to young, vibrant performers, and a concert for the university’s 5- and 15-year class reunions. Peabody is connected to the National University of Singapore through its sister conservatory, the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.

Falletta Concerto Competition Reply

Two alumni featured in this year’s JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition in Buffalo, N.Y. Ben Beirs (BM ’06, MM ’07, GPD ’09) and Mark Edwards (MM ’09, Guitar) were two of nine semi-finalists in the competition. The two guitarists also performed outreach concerts at several local schools and hospitals in Buffalo.