The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has announced its New Music Festival that will take place June 20-23. The festival will feature many Peabody faculty artists, including Marin Alsop, conducting; Kevin Puts, composition; and Katherine Needleman, oboe. The festival will include many different events in spaces all over the city, and will conclude with a symphony concert and the world premiere of Moonlight, an oboe concerto by Puts.
Faculty artist Kevin Puts, composition, will make his Santa Fe Opera debut alongside soprano Renée Fleming with his work, Letters from Georgia. The song cycle was written for Fleming and premiered in 2016. The performance will be on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at 8:00 pm during Santa Fe’s regular season. Also on the program will be Strauss’ Vier letzte Lieder.
Faculty artist Michael Hersch (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition) was featured in The Boston Globe. Hersch’s music will make its Boston premiere on Monday, May 14 at 5:30 pm at the Boston Athenaeum. The article discusses Hersch’s “late blooming” into classical music, and the extreme lengths of his pieces.
The world premiere of Banding Together, a new opera by Faye Chiao (MM ’07, DMA ’16, Composition) and Anton Dudley based on the fairy tale “The Musicians of Bremen,” will be made by the Boston Chamber Symphony, led by Music Director Avlana Eisenberg (GPD ’08, Conducting). Chiao and Dudley are artists-in-residence with the symphony. The family-friendly concert will also feature Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Karen LeFrak’s Ivan’s Song. This concert, on Sunday, May 13, at 4:00 pm, will take place at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Boston.
Faculty artist Ah Young Hong (BM ’98, MM ’01, Voice), soprano, recently released “A Breath Upwards,” an album featuring music by Milton Babbitt and Peabody faculty artist Michael Hersch (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition). Last year, she was featured on Ensemble Klang’s album “Black Unlimited” which also features the music of Hersch. Both albums have received great reviews on The WholeNote, Music Web-International, Classical Modern Music, and a Dutch music site. Ensemble Klang’s album is also featured in Alex Ross’s playlist for his book, The Rest is Noise.