Faculty artist Michael Hersch’s (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition) Images from a Closed Ward was chosen by violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja as one of the top five recordings she “can’t live without.” She was interviewed by the Violin Channel, and named the FLUX Quartet’s recording of Herch’s music, which was released March 2, in her list.
Shu-Ting Yao (MM ’06, Violin) will perform at An Die Musik in Baltimore on Saturday, March 31, at 2:00 pm. She will appear with her trio, the Yao-Honigberg-Yungen Trio. Together, they will play music by Schubert and Mendelssohn.
Amy Beth Kirsten (DMA ’10, Composition) will be premiering a new work Savior, which is about Joan of Arc. The premiere will be on Monday, April 2, at 7:00 pm, at the Harris Theater in Chicago, Ill. This event is presented as part of the MusicNOW series and is a collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and HOWL ensemble. This premiere is a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the series.
In 2014, Kitty Yang (MM ’90, DMA ’98, Organ) initiated a concert “United Methodist Choirs Sing for UMCOR Concert.” UMCOR stands for United Methodist Committee On Relief and is now rated number one in charity organizations. Choirs from Springfield, Va., and the surrounding area have presented the concerts in February each year since then. Three music directors lead the combined choirs, and all three music directors are Peabody alumni, Linda Apple Monson (BM ’79, Music Education; MM ’81, DMA ’86, Piano); Louise Wilson (DMA ’95, Organ) and Kitty Yang. This year’s fund was for Puerto Rico hurricane victims. The concert took place on Sunday, February 11, at the Springfield United Methodist Church.
Evelyn Petcher (MM ‘12, Violin) will perform in recital with pianist Hannah Mindeman at An Die Musik Live! on Saturday, March 24, at 2:00 pm. Petcher and Mindeman have been friends and frequent collaborators for 15 years and recently launched their professional duo, Colibri, which with this concert makes its Baltimore debut. The concert will include works by Beethoven, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and Arvo Pärt. Colibri will also give a creative interactive presentation based on their current repertoire at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s ORCHKids program.