On Wednesday, April 19, faculty artist Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition) led an evening of words and music titled RiseBmore in honor of Freddie Gray on the anniversary of his death. Artists Sharea Harris, Love the Poet, Brittani McNeill (GPD ’15, Voice), and Hannah Sawyerr lead a conversation titled “Writing in the Margins of Baltimore” beginning at 7:00 pm. The 8:00 pm concert featured music by Mr. Adashi, Tariq Al-Sabir (BM ’15, Voice), Ruby Fulton (DMA ’09, Composition), Lafayette Gilchrist, Brooks Long, and Martina Lynch, poetry by Tariq Toure, and images by J.M. Giordano. The event was sponsored in part by the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.
Faculty additions underscore the Conservatory’s strategic commitment to music of living composers.
Composers Du Yun, who last week was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and Felipe Lara, hailed for his “voluptuous, elemental lyricism,” will join the artist faculty of the Peabody Conservatory’s highly regarded Composition Department beginning in the fall semester of the 2017-18 academic year. They come to Peabody in the midst of numerous initiatives and developments demonstrating the Conservatory’s renewed commitment to creating, performing, and celebrating the music of our time. More…
Mezzo-soprano Claire Galloway Weber (MM ’15, Voice) and baritone Brad Testerman, a voice student in the studio of Steve Rainbolt and master’s candidate studying saxophone with Gary Louie, and collaborative pianist/conductor John Henderson (MM ’15, Composition), will present “As Caged Birds,” a recital of contemporary vocal chamber music presented with visual art by Mollie Komins at the Baltimore War Memorial on Friday, April 28 at 8:00 pm. The musical pieces and visual art presented will take on issues of identity, humanity, and connection through art and love. Weber will present Judith Weir’s The Voice of Desire, Testerman will present songs by Samuel Barber set to poetry by James Joyce and James Agee, and the pair will present selections from Laura Kaminsky’s chamber opera As One accompanied by a string quartet including GPD candidate Kaleigh Acord, senior violin student Naomi Schrank, GPD candidate Daniel Jacobs (MM ’15, Viola), and GPD candidate Tzu-Jou Yeh.
Faculty artist Oscar Bettison has been awarded The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Bettison is one of 173 diverse scholars, artists, and scientists to be awarded the fellowship in 2017. For more information visit the Foundation’s website at www.gf.org.
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