Rise Bmore, an annual event founded and directed by faculty composer Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition), won Best Concert in Baltimore Magazine’s 2017 Best of Baltimore issue. The citation reads: “This yearly performance, which recognizes the anniversary of Freddie Gray’s death, gathers artists — from Peabody professors to hip-hop ingénues — who represent a cross section of our city.” Rise Bmore is sponsored in part by the Peabody Institute. Peabody was also recognized in list of Killer Concerts in the Best of Baltimore issue for its free concerts. “The storied music conservatory’s recent season came with a bonus for music lovers: All concerts would be free. Talk about breaking down barriers to access – Peabody, we applaud you.”
On June 21, Grammy-award winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth performed my heart comes undone, by faculty composer Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition), at the Tank Center for Sonic Arts in Rangely, Colo. In the New Yorker, music critic Alex Ross wrote about a June 20 rehearsal of the work: “Roomful of Teeth began to sing my heart comes undone, by the Baltimore-based composer Judah Adashi—a rapt meditation that draws elements from Björk’s song ‘Unravel.’ A moment later, the storm broke. Gusts buffeting the exterior created an apocalyptic bass rumble; lashes of rain sounded like a hundred snare drums. The voices bobbed on the welter of noise, sometimes disappearing into it and sometimes riding above. As Adashi’s music subsided, the storm subsided in turn. In my experience, music has never seemed closer to nature.” A live recording of the performance Ross describes can be heard here.
Faculty artist Douglas Buchanan (MM ’08, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy; DMA ’13, Composition) and Benjamin Buchanan (MM ’14, Composition; MM ’15, Music Theory Pedagogy), co-founders of Voices Rise: A Baltimore Choir of Hope, were included along with the choir in the WYPR podcast Out of the Blocks, produced by Aaron Henkin and Peabody faculty member Wendel Patrick. Voices Rise is a street choir, welcoming all individuals, particularly those experiencing homeless and poverty, to make music together. The choir is a partnership between St David’s Episcopal Church, Paul’s Place, Inc., and Peabody, and is funded by a Dean’s Incentive Grant.
Stay Thirsty Magazine featured an interview with faculty composer Kevin Puts and a column by Peabody Dean Fred Bronstein in its Summer 2017 edition. In the interview, Kevin Puts describes his influences, writing process, and gives advice to young composers. Dean Fred Bronstein’s guest column in the magazine discusses the exciting changes to the Peabody Institute, including the Breakthrough Curriculum, Dean’s Incentive Grants, and expanding community programs, as the 40th anniversary of Peabody’s affiliation with Johns Hopkins University approaches.
Faculty composer Kevin Puts’ string quartet Credo closed the Mimir Chamber Music Festival at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. The concert was reviewed by Scott Cantrell at The Dallas Morning News.