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.
S’amusant and Two Cities Ensembles will present Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater on Monday, March 27 at 7:00 pm at Grace and St. Peter’s Church in Baltimore. Featured performers include harpsichord DMA candidate Patrick Merrill (BM ’13, Piano; MM ’15, Early Music Harpsichord), conducting DMA candidate Blair Skinner, Melissa Wimbish (GPD ’11, Voice; GPD ’14, Chamber Music), Joshua Hong (MM ’15, Conducting), Wade Davis (MM ’11, GPD ’13, Baroque Violoncello), and Elspeth Davis (MM ’06, Voice).
Faculty artist Lura Johnson (‘01, Piano) and artist diploma candidate Meng Su (PC ’09, GPD ’11, Guitar; GPD ’15, Chamber Music) have been selected as finalists for Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance’s 2017 Baker Artist Award. The award is presented to artists who exemplify a mastery of craft, commitment to excellence, and a unique and compelling vision. Prizes include monetary prizes and an exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art, as well as a feature on Maryland Public Television’s Artworks program.
On Wednesday, March 15, at 6:30 pm, musicology faculty member Susan Forscher Weiss, will give a lecture on her book A Cole Porter Companion titled “A Bubbly Élan Worthy of the Master Himself.” She will be joined by her fellow co-editor Matthew Shaftel, dean of Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University, and Cole Porter scholar Lynn Laitman Siebert, director of arts participation and communication at Morris Arts. Melissa Wimbish (GPD ’11, Voice; GPD ’14, Chamber Music), Sarah Berger (MM ’00, Voice), and Choo Choo Hu (BM ’10, GPD ’12, Piano) will perform Porter works. The event will take place at the Evergreen Museum & Library’s Bakst Theatre in Baltimore. Find more information and tickets here.
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.