On Saturday, March 4 at 4:00pm, at Baltimore’s First and Franklin Presbyterian Church (210 W. Madison Street), composition department faculty member Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition) will have a new work premiered by the Yale Whiffenpoofs, the oldest collegiate a cappella group in the country. Dr. Adashi is an alumnus of the group, currently directed by one of his former Preparatory composition students, Solon Snider. Dr. Adashi’s new composition, entitled For Martin, sets a Martin Luther King, Jr.-inspired text by Keith Snipes, a Baltimore-based actor, and narrator. Tickets are available here.
Composition faculty artist Amy Beth Kirsten (DMA ’10, Composition) and director Mark DeChiazza will premiere Quixote, a new evening-length theatrical work, as the culmination of their appointment as the inaugural artists for PeARL, Performing Arts Research Lab, on March 23-26 at the Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J. Sandbox Percussion – Jonathan Allen, Victor Caccese (BM ’11, Percussion), Terry Sweeney (BM ’13, Percussion), and Ian Rosenbaum (BM ’08, Percussion) – in collaboration with the HOWL ensemble, will perform the piece. Show times include: More…
An article by Gary Sampsell (MM ’16, Musicology) titled, “Popular Music in the Time of J. S. Bach: The Leipzig Mandora Manuscript,” was recently accepted for publication in BACH: The Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute and it will appear in the Spring 2017 Vol. 48, No. 1 issue. Mr. Sampsell was advised by Andrew Talle and studied with Zane Forshee.
Sybaritic Singer, a blog by mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen (MM ’09, Voice), will present the fifth season of 29 Days to Diva, a month-long series highlighting the micro-actions that classical musicians can make to systematically move their careers forward. An extension of 29 Days to Diva can be found on the Sybaritic Singer’s podcast series, Studio Class.
A trailer for On the Threshold of Winter, a live opera film by Composition Department Chair Michael Hersch (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition) featuring Ah Young Hong (BM ’98, MM ’01, Voice), conducted by Tito Muñoz, directed by James Matthew Daniel, and filmed at the Peabody Institute, is available on YouTube. On the Threshold of Winter is set to be released this fall and has been praised as “a work of great originality, daring, and disturbing power” by The Baltimore Sun and “searing” by The New York Times. Watch the trailer here.