Viacheslav Dinerchtein (MM ’99, GPD ’01, Viola; GPD ’02, Chamber Ensemble) recorded a 2-CD set of the complete viola sonatas by Mieczysław Weinberg. This is a major three-year project, about to be released worldwide by Sony Music in a special centenary edition – that is, with rare photos, texts by personalities such as Gidon Kremer. Dinerchtein also contributed to the booklet with a mini-essay, The Butterfly Effect: An attempt to understand why I recorded the Four Viola Solo Sonatas by Mieczysław Weinberg, which he hopes to share via several journals in form of an article.
Faculty artist Serap Bastepe-Gray (BM ’96, MM ’99, Guitar) and her SmartGuitar group at Hopkins led by Dr. Nathan Scott, Associate Teaching Professor, Whiting School of Engineering won first place in the Whiting School of Engineering Design Day on May 7 presented by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers judges. Peabody junior Liam Ashwill, guitar, gave the demo performance during their pitch. This project involved a wide range of people and was truly interdisciplinary. Others involved include Dr. Iulian Iordachita, Associate Research Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Dr. Garrett Lee, luthier; Peabody faculty member Melissa Hullman (MM ’99, Violin); Dr. Jing Xu, Assistant Research Scientist in the Malone Center of Engineering in Healthcare and a member of the Brain, Learning, Animation and Movement (BLAM) Lab; and engineering students Allen Ren, Daniel Hsu, Can Kocabalkanli and Khanh Nguyen.
Timothy Nelson (BM ’04, Composition), Janna Critz (MM ’13, GPD ’14, Voice), Cara Gonzalez (BM ’06, Voice; A&S BA ‘06, Latin American Studies), and Madelyn Wanner Salazar (BM ’09, Voice) will all be involved in the In Series’ upcoming production of The Tale of Serse, to be performed at the Theatre Project June 14-16. This production marks the premiere of the In Series own orchestra Innovatio that will perform on period instruments.
Emily Noël (MM ’06, Voice) and Andrew Arceci (BM ’08, Double Bass, Viola da Gamba) are just two members of the folk group Floyds Row, which just released a video on Facebook called “Jackaroe.”
The Arthur Friedheim Library is a co-publisher of the Public Domain Song Anthology, alongside the University of Michigan and University of Virginia. The anthology consists of songs in the public domain that have been arranged for a modern performer. As more and more songs get released, the anthology will grow.