Preparatory alumnus Bill Warfield will release a new CD, For Lew, on March 9. The album is in tribute to Warfield’s inspiration, mentor, and friend Lew Soloff. It is compiled of material Warfield recorded with his big band between 1990 and 2014 and features Soloff on some of the tracks. The Bill Warfield Big Band will be performing two sets on March 24, at 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm, at the Zinc Bar in Greenwich Village, New York City to celebrate the release of For Lew.
Dontae Winslow (BM ’97, MM ’99, Trumpet) arranged and performed in the Super Bowl halftime show. He arranged “Suit and Tie” for the University of Minnesota Marching Band, who performed at the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 4. Winslow also performed during the show with Justin Timberlake.
Acclaimed horn players Abel Pereira, Robert Rearden, and Wei-Ping Chou will join the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University for the 2018-19 academic year. More…
Peabody alumni Ben Shaver (BM ’12 Voice), Claire Galloway Weber (MM ‘15 Voice), Peter Tomaszewski (MM ’10 Voice, GPD ’12 Opera), Michael Dodge (MM ’16 Voice), Kerry Holahan (MM ’14 Early Music Voice), Justin Nurin (GPD ’10 Trumpet), Cody Raum (BM ’13 Double Bass, MM ’14 Music Theory), Stephanie Ray (MM ’12 Flute) and Aaron Thacker (MM ’16 Piano) will be featured in Stillpointe Theatre’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. The production, which opened on January 12, will run until January 27. It was reviewed on “Midday with Tom Hall” on WYPR. The show is taking place at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Baltimore, Md., and has two shows left, both beginning at 8:00 pm.
Barbara Schneider (MM ’98, Violin) has organized a benefit concert for the people of Vieques, Puerto Rico, a small island heavily damaged in Hurricane Maria. Musicians from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; faculty from the Peabody Preparatory Ivan Stefanovic, violin, and Troy Stuart (GPD ’94, Cello); the Lyric Brass Quintet with Larry Williams (BM ’88, GPD ’90, French Horn); and Peabody alumni Dariusz Skoraczewski (BM ’94, GPD ’96, Cello), Marcia Kamper (BM ’98, GPD ’00, Flute), and Lukasz Szyrner (GPD ’97, Cello) will be performing music by Gaubert, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Ewald, and Ewazen. The concert is free and open to the public, but donations will be accepted. It will take place on Sunday, January 21, at 7:30 pm at Second Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. The concert was featured in an article on the Johns Hopkins HUB as well.