Voices Rise: A Baltimore Choir of Hope, a community ensemble under the direction of Douglas Buchanan (MM ’08, Composition, Theory Pedagogy; DMA ’13, Composition), will give its debut performance at Paul’s Place Outreach Center in Baltimore on Saturday, April 29 at 1:30 pm as a part of the Paul’s Place Spring Health Fair. The ensemble is based on a street choir model, welcoming all who wish to make music regardless of experience and catering particularly towards those experiencing homelessness or poverty. Voices Rise is an outreach partnership between the Peabody Conservatory, St. David’s Episcopal Church, and Paul’s Place.
GPD student Julien Xuereb (MM ’15, Guitar; Pedagogy) will perform on the Union Square Chamber Music Society concert on Friday, April 28. The concert will be held in conjunction with the Sowebo Arts Spring Members Show in the home of Chuck and Linda Callahan at 100 South Stricker Street in Baltimore. The Arts Show will begin at 6:00 pm and the salon concert will begin at 8:30 pm. Mr. Xuereb will perform pieces by Robert de Visée, Napoléon Coste, Erik Satie, and his own original compositions. Find more information and make a reservation to attend here.
Music theory faculty member Joshua Fishbein, who studied piano at the Preparatory with Carol Prochazka, and Chorus Austin are this year’s winner of the Dale Warland Singers Commission Award. In conjunction with this award, Dr. Fishbein will receive a $5,000 commission to compose a new choral work for Chorus Austin, under the direction of Ryan Heller. The Dale Warland Singers Commission Award is presented by Chorus America in partnership with the American Composers Forum and recognizes a chorus entering into a meaningful and mutually beneficial partnership with a composer of their choice to contribute a new work to the choral repertoire.
On Wednesday, April 19, faculty artist Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition) led an evening of words and music titled RiseBmore in honor of Freddie Gray on the anniversary of his death. Artists Sharea Harris, Love the Poet, Brittani McNeill (GPD ’15, Voice), and Hannah Sawyerr lead a conversation titled “Writing in the Margins of Baltimore” beginning at 7:00 pm. The 8:00 pm concert featured music by Mr. Adashi, Tariq Al-Sabir (BM ’15, Voice), Ruby Fulton (DMA ’09, Composition), Lafayette Gilchrist, Brooks Long, and Martina Lynch, poetry by Tariq Toure, and images by J.M. Giordano. The event was sponsored in part by the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.