Alexandra Razskazoff (BM ‘14, Voice) tied for first place at the Academy of Vocal Arts 2017 Giargiari Bel Canto Competition this past weekend in Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center. Razskazoff studied with Stanley Cornett, and has had a busy schedule recently, singing Musetta in La Boheme at Minnesota Opera and participating in the young artist program at San Francisco Opera Center in Merola.
Wade Davis (MM ’11, GPD ’13, Baroque Violoncello) will make his Baroque cello debut at the Colour of Music Festival in Charleston, S.C., on Wednesday, October 18 at 7:00 pm. The festival is for black classical musicians, and Davis will be headlining the Chamber Music Series with a concert of Bach cello suites. He will also be the principal cello for the festival orchestra.
An article in The Baltimore Sun highlights Peabody alumni and faculty artists Douglas Buchanan (MM ’08, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy; DMA ’13, Composition) and Benjamin Buchanan (MM ’14, Composition; MM ’15, Music Theory Pedagogy) and their work with Voices Rise. Voices Rise is a choir hosted by Paul’s Place, an outreach center in Pigtown. The brothers began the choir in February with the help of a $14,500 Dean’s Incentive Grant from Peabody. The choir is still small, but they plan to use the funds from the grant to provide gift cards to those who participate in the choir, as well as recruiting. The choir is modeled after the Dallas Street Choir and is made up of visitors and volunteers of Paul’s Place in southwest Baltimore.
Matthew Odell (MM ’03, GPD ’05, Piano) was recently on a tour around Europe. He traveled to many countries, and some of the highlights include a solo recital at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, England, a performance of three piano sonatas by Pierre Boulez at the University of Sheffield, and he gave lectures and master classes at the Univseritat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona and the Universitat de Barcelona in Spain.
Faculty artist Blake Meister (BM ’08, Jazz Double Bass) will play the bass in an upcoming concert celebrating Thelonius Monk and Dizzy Gillespie’s 100th birthday. The concert is on Sunday, October 15 at 7:00 pm at An Die Musik.