State of the Arts, a half-hour television show that airs on NJTV recently featured QUIXOTE, a bold re-imagining of the Cervantes classic for voice and percussion by faculty artist Amy Beth Kirsten (DMA ’10, Composition) and director-designer-performer Mark DeChiazza, performed by Sandbox Percussion – Victor Caccese (BM ’11, Percussion), Terry Sweeney (BM ’13, Percussion), and Ian Rosenbaum (BM ’08, Percussion), and Jonathan Allen– in collaboration with HOWL ensemble. State of the Arts goes behind the scenes to document QUIXOTE in rehearsal and to demonstrate the many ways the artists and scholars who created the production interfaced with students and faculty members across campus at Montclair State University. Watch the full documentary here.
Symphony No. 2 by Composition Department Chair Michael Hersch (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition) was featured on American Public Media and NPR’s Composers Datebook on Wednesday, April 26. Host John Zech overviewed Mr. Hersch’s early career and inspiration behind Symphony No. 2 and featured a recording of the piece by the Bournemouth Symphony under the direction of Marin Alsop, Director of the Graduate Conducting Program. Composers Datebook is a daily two-minute program designed to inform, engage, and entertain listeners with timely information about composers of the past and present.
Zach Gulaboff Davis, a DMA candidate studying composition with Michael Hersch, has been awarded the National Federation of Music Club’s Young Composers Award for his composition, Piano Trio No. 1, the same piece that awarded him top prize in Chamber Music Amici’s 2016 Composition Competition. Mr. Davis was also recently awarded second place in Southeastern Composers League’s 2017 Philip Slates Memorial Competition for Graduate Students for his composition, Sonata for Two Pianos.
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.
The Poulenc Trio – Bryan Young (BM ’96, Bassoon); Preparatory faculty artist Irina Kaplan Lande, piano; and Liang Wang, oboe – will give the world premiere of the scored stop motion film Trains of Thought: Animated on Sunday, May 21, at 4:00 pm, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Trains of Thought: Animated is the result of a multi-year collaboration between the trio, composer Viet Cuong (BM ’11, MM ’12, Composition), and artists Elizabeth and Alden Phelps. During the film, viewers will experience a stop-motion animated M.C. Escher-like fantasy world, populated by line-drawn figures inspired by New Yorker illustrator Saul Steinberg, scored by Mr. Cuong, and performed by the Poulenc Trio. The concert program will also feature works by Françaix, Rossini, Saint-Saens, and Shostakovich. On Saturday, May 6 at 8:00 pm, the trio will perform the final concert of the Dumbarton Concerts Series at Dumbarton Church in Georgetown, Washington D.C. The season finale concert will feature music from the trio’s latest CD, Creation, and guest poet, Guggenheim-winner Lia Purpura.