BSO Principal Cellist Dariusz Skoraczewski (BM ’94, GPD ’96, Cello) and pianist Michael Sheppard (BM ’98, MM ’01, GPD ’03, Piano), will kick off a duo series on Saturday, December 31 at 2:00 pm at An Die Musik Live! On Charles St. The program features Chopin, Dvořák, Bloch, de Falla, and Strauss. Ticketing information available here.
Dean Fred Bronstein and alumnus Zuill Bailey (BM ’94, Cello), who received the Peabody Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014, were named as two of the top 30 innovators in the performing arts industry in Musical America’s Professionals of the Year special report. The publication mentions Dean Bronstein’s emphasis on the need for change in classical music education and Mr. Bailey’s performances in neo-natal units, hospices, oncology centers, and homeless shelters as reasons for their selection. Alumni Ed Harsh (BM ’86, Composition), president and CEO of New Music USA, and Paola Prestini (’95, Composition), executive/creative director of National Sawdust, were also named. Last year, Faculty artist Amit Peled, cello, was selected for Musical America’s 30 Professionals of the Year featuring key industry influencers. For the full list and to read more about the innovators, download the special report.
DMA Candidate in violin, Yonatan Grinberg, DMA candidate in viola, Sarah Lowenstein (BM ’08, MM ’10, Viola), Jacques-Pierre Malan (GPD ’12, MM ’16, Cello; GPD ’13, Chamber Music), and Kevin Smith will be featured in Gordon Mill’s Chamber Encounters Concert Series, directed by Yonatan Grinberg, in a program titled Dawn of the Quartet on December 6 in Owings Mills, Md.
Ticketing and more information available here.
Peabody Conservatory Distinguished Alumni Award winner Carter Brey (BM ’76, Cello) and faculty artist Benjamin Pasternack will perform a recital together at the Phillips Gallery in Washington, D.C. on December 4. The recital will feature the works of Robert Schumann, Leonard Bernstein. Elliott Carter, Leon Kirchner, and Frédéric Chopin.
A concert featuring music from early in the career of Composition Department Chair Michael Hersch (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition) will be presented in Baltimore on Friday, November 4. The works, all composed during the composer’s twenties, include both his rarely heard Sonatas for Unaccompanied Cello, and Hersch’s only work for a cappella choir, From Ecclesiastes. The sonatas will be performed by Lavena Johanson (MM ’13, Cello), only the second cellist to have undertaken both works during a single evening. The choral work, From Ecclesiastes, will be given it’s world premiere by the Choir of St. David’s and the Bridge Ensemble directed by Peabody faculty member, Dr. Douglas Buchanan (MM ’08, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy; DMA ’13, Composition). The concert will take place on the First Friday Music Series at Episcopal Church in Baltimore.
Tim Smith’s Review of the concert: The Baltimore Sun, November 9, 2016, St. David’s Episcopal offers all-Michael Hersch program, including world premiere