Leith Symington Griswold died of heart failure on October 29 at the age of 97. “All of us at Peabody were saddened to learn of the death of Leith Symington Griswold. Mrs. Griswold studied piano at the Peabody Preparatory in the ’20s and ’30s and received a bachelor’s degree from the Conservatory in 1956,” said Jeffrey Sharkey, director of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. “She and her family remained lifelong friends and supporters of the Peabody Institute. Her commitment continued when she endowed the Arabella Leith Symington Griswold Endowed Scholarship in Piano. … The Griswold Hall features a beautiful Holtkamp organ and is one of the finest halls for solo and small ensemble performances in the Baltimore region. This beautiful concert venue would not have been possible but for the steadfast support of Mrs. Griswold and her family. The Peabody Institute will be forever grateful.” The full obituary can be viewed in the Baltimore Sun.
Harold F. Chambers (BM ’90, Recording Arts, Saxophone) has been appointed to the position of recording engineer for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He will join the symphony for its 2013-14 season and will principally be responsible for recording all subscription series concerts, which will be the basis of the Pittsburgh Symphony’s syndicated radio series.
Vivian Adelberg Rudow (TC ’57, BM ’60, Piano; MM ’79, Composition) received another ASCAP Plus Award. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Plus Award program provides cash and recognition to writers who create music with a value beyond the scope of performance surveys. Rudrow has been a receipient of the award every year since 1987.
Jake Runestad (MM ’11, Composition) is featured in an article in the Wall Street Journal regarding his new piece, Dreams of the Fallen, a setting of poems by an Army veteran about the war in Iraq. The world premiere will take place on November 11 at the National World War II Museum in Louisiana, on a program called “Honoring our Heroes”. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra will also perform other works in a salute to veterans, including Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait”, which will be narrated by actor John Goodman. A live web stream of the performance can be viewed at LPO’s website.
Amy Beth Kirsten (DMA ’10, Composition) recently composed a new hour-long music theater piece, Colombine’s Paradise Theatre, commissioned by the multi-Grammy-winning eighth blackbird. This work, a 21st century fantasy based on 17th century Italian theater, is the culmination of three years of work and six week-long workshop periods. The piece received its world premiere performance on October 25 at the University of Richmond, with press remarking that it’s an “11-scene visual and aural tour-de-force.” Columbine’s Paradise Theatre will be performed on November 15-16 at the Atlas Arts Center in Washington, DC. Visit the website to find more information on the work, including Kirsten’s libretto, music excerpts, and photos from the world premiere production.