Byeong Woo Lee (GPD ’98, Guitar; GPD ’00, Chamber Ensemble) has been chosen as one of the composers of the official music for the Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremonies at the PyeongChang Olympic stadium. Mr. Lee said, “My compositions for the opening ceremony includes music for the beginning short film, the River of Time, Future of All and Peace in Motion.” Byeong Woo was the first recipient of the Music for the World Award for distinguished Peabody alumni and is an internationally renowned performer and composer who has received multiple awards for his film scores including The Host and Mother. During his student years at Peabody he was the first guitarist to win the Yale Gordon Concerto Competition. He is also a recipient of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association Knowledge for the World Award (2009).
The first Peabody Dance! Festival, which will take place on May 10, is looking for Baltimore dance artists to participate. The application deadline for artists is March 1.
The Poulenc Trio – Bryan Young (BM ’96, Bassoon); Preparatory faculty artist Irina Kaplan Lande, piano; and Liang Wang, oboe – has a new album currently available for pre-release. Trains of Thought will be fully released on February 16. The album features music by Poulenc and Jean Françaix, arrangements of music by Shostakovich, Rossini, and a world premiere recording of Trains of Thought by Viet Cuong (BM ’11, MM ’12, Composition).
Voices Rise: A Baltimore Choir of Hope, directed by faculty artists Douglas Buchanan (MM ’08, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy; DMA ’13, Composition) and Benjamin Buchanan (MM ’14, Composition; MM ’15, Music Theory Pedagogy) appeared on a live broadcast on WYPR’s Midday with Tom Hall on December 22.
Mary Matthews (MM ’10, Flute) has released a new album, Three-Nine Line. The debut album is a collection of solo and chamber works for flute and piccolo by the Atlanta-based composer, Nicole Chamberlain.