Baltimore School of Music Director James Lowe (MM ’09, GPD ’12, Guitar), a classical guitarist by training, was among the 59 business owners who graduated August 2, 2017, from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program in Baltimore. The graduates participated in more than 100 hours of in-class training held at Johns Hopkins University. “People often overlook the economic impact of the arts,” Lowe said. “We often hear how the arts are dying because of technology and cultural changes, but that simply isn’t true – it’s evolving and we need to evolve with it. The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program has given me the tools to prove just how much of a powerhouse arts entrepreneurship can be.”
Matthew Bengtson (MM ’97, DMA ’01, Piano) has released a three-CD set titled Karol Szymanowski: Works for Violin and Piano; piano solo on the Musica Omnia label, a collaboration with violinist Blanka Bednarz. Bengtson has also co-authored a new book, The Alexander Scriabin Companion: History, Performance, and Lore, with Lincoln Ballard. Published by Rowman and Littlefield Press, the book has contribution from John Bell Young and a foreword by Stephen Hough. Bengtson is an assistant professor of piano literature at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.
Chilean conductor Paolo Bortolameolli (GPD ’15, Conducting) has been appointed the assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the 2017-18 season. Bortolameolli is a former Dudamel Conducting Fellow and will serve as cover conductor to Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel and will be invited to guest conduct a number of performances throughout the season.
Tariq Al-Sabir (BM ’15, Voice) performed in an original arrangement at Schubertiade Remix hosted by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) as a part of Lincoln Center’s, Mostly Mozart Festival on Monday, August 7, at 7:30 pm. The musicians “remixed” Schubert’s “Winterreise.” The event was featured in The New York Times.
Rise Bmore, an annual event founded and directed by faculty composer Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition), won Best Concert in Baltimore Magazine’s 2017 Best of Baltimore issue. The citation reads: “This yearly performance, which recognizes the anniversary of Freddie Gray’s death, gathers artists — from Peabody professors to hip-hop ingénues — who represent a cross section of our city.” Rise Bmore is sponsored in part by the Peabody Institute. Peabody was also recognized in list of Killer Concerts in the Best of Baltimore issue for its free concerts. “The storied music conservatory’s recent season came with a bonus for music lovers: All concerts would be free. Talk about breaking down barriers to access – Peabody, we applaud you.”