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).
Outcalls – a sextet led by Britt Olsen-Ecker (BM ’09, Voice) and Melissa Wimbish (GPD ’11, Voice; GPD ’14, Chamber Ensemble) – will release an album, No King, on Friday, September 15, at 8:00 pm, at WTMD, 1 Olympic Place in Towson, Md. The concert will also be live on the air at 89.7 FM (WTMD Radio).
The duo was interviewed in a story in The Baltimore Sun.
On Friday, September 8, at 7:00 pm, Two Cities, a vocal duo with soprano Melissa Wimbish (GPD ’11, Voice; GPD ’14, Chamber Ensemble) and mezzo-soprano Elspeth Davis (MM ’06, Voice) will perform with Hui-Chuan Chen (MM ’06, DMA ’14, Piano), as part of season two of Thrive Music Live. Two Cities was created to take a new look at early and traditional music, as well as expand the repertoire of contemporary music written for two female voices.
In September, Nikita Borisevich (GPD ’13, Violin; GPD ’15, Chamber Ensemble; MM ’17, Violin) will perform at the Sitka Summer Music Festival’s Alaska Airlines Autumn Classics in Anchorage, Alaska. He will play works by Bach and Arensky with violist Martin Sher (BM ’96, Violin) and cellists Zuill Bailey (BM ’94, Cello) and Jia Kim on Saturday, September 9, at 7:30 pm, as well as Milstein/Paganini’s Paganiniana on Sunday, September 10, at 4:00 pm. This summer Borisevich gave his Alaska debut at the 2017 Sitka Summer Music Festival, where Bailey serves as artistic director. Borisevich and Bailey were also a guest artists at the Northwest Bach Festival in Spokane, Wa., on August 27.
Yellow Barn Music Festival will host many Peabody alumni and faculty artists on their 2017 faculty, including: Kim Kashkashian (BM ’73, Viola), Michael Kannen, Amy Beth Kirsten (DMA ’10, Composition), Seth Knopp, Maria Lambros, Violaine Melançon, William Sharp, and former Conservatory faculty member Christopher Theofanidis. Yellow Barn Music Festival is an international center for chamber music that encourages discovery in the studio, classroom, and concert hall; explores the craft of musical interpretation; and illuminates our world through the unique experience of music. Twice awarded the ASCAP/Chamber Music America Award for Adventurous Programming, Yellow Barn’s innovative approach to lifelong education for musicians and audiences, commitment to quality and a unified aesthetic, and programs that focus listeners in new ways, set it apart from any other chamber music center in the country.