Joseph Young (AD ’09) has been selected by the League of American Orchestras as one of six conductors to be showcased in the 2011 Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, scheduled for February 17 and hosted by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. The six winners were chosen from a pool of 150 applicants, and were selected for their experience, talent, and potential to assume a greater leadership role with an American orchestra. Young was the first Peabody-BSO Conducting Fellow.
Andrew Arceci (BM ’08, Double Bass) has won a fellowship with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, one of the world’s leading period-instrument orchestras. He will move to London and perform with the orchestra for a year.
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.