Zach Gulaboff Davis (MM ’19, Music Theory Pedagogy; DMA ’19, Composition) has been awarded the Beyer Composition Award in Chamber Music for his first string quartet, On the Trajectory of Light. The award from the National Federation of Music Clubs comes with a $4,000 prize. On the Trajectory of Light was premiered and toured by the Beo String Quartet during their fall 2019 “Refractions” tour. Gulaboff Davis was a student of Kevin Puts and Michael Hersch at Peabody.
In April, Jake Runestad (MM ’11, Composition; MM ’12, Music Theory Pedagogy) released a new piece called “Elegy” — music about loss. Conductor John Byun asked Runestad to create a musical work to remember his unborn twin girls. This work explores a tradition called keening, found in numerous cultures around the globe, in which a mournful lament is sung as part of a ritual honoring those who have passed on before us. Runestad released a video of its performance by Byun and the Riverside City College Chamber Singers from the 2020 American Choral Directors Association’s Western Region Conference in early March.
On Thursday, May 14, at 6:00 pm EDT, Claire Chase will play a four-hour new music marathon in collaboration with Music on the Rebound, featuring works by Peabody composition faculty members. Chase will perform two works written for her by Assistant Professor Felipe Lara, Meditation and Calligraphy and Parábolas na Caverna, as well as Professor Du Yun’s An Empty Garlic. All proceeds from the event will benefit the New Music Solidarity Fund.
Composition Professor Du Yun’s groundbreaking, Pulitzer Prize-winning opera Angel’s Bone can be streamed from your home. LA Opera and Beth Morrison Projects were supposed to give the West Coast premiere of this piece on May 1. The work is featured as the Opera of the Week until Thursday, May 7.
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