Faculty artist Michael Hersch’s (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition) Images from a Closed Ward was chosen by violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja as one of the top five recordings she “can’t live without.” She was interviewed by the Violin Channel, and named the FLUX Quartet’s recording of Herch’s music, which was released March 2, in her list.
Amy Beth Kirsten (DMA ’10, Composition) will be premiering a new work Savior, which is about Joan of Arc. The premiere will be on Monday, April 2, at 7:00 pm, at the Harris Theater in Chicago, Ill. This event is presented as part of the MusicNOW series and is a collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and HOWL ensemble. This premiere is a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the series.
Faculty artists Kevin Puts and Joel Puckett will have their operas performed in Minnesota Opera’s 2018-19 season. Puts’s opera, Silent Night, will make its return to the company in November, and Puckett’s opera, The Fix, will premiere in March 2019. Both of these operas were commissioned by Minnesota Opera. Silent Night earned Puts the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 2012, and its performance aligns with the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of World War I. The Fix is about the 1919 Black Sox Scandal, and its commission came as a part of the opera company’s New Works Initiative.
Faculty artist Du Yun, composition, is a co-curator of and participant in the annual Spring Revolution Festival of Music, which began on March 2 and runs until March 11. This festival takes place at National Sawdust in Williamsburg, N.Y. She has programmed the festival with a focus on new works from Asian composers and a strong presence of female composers and musicians. Every night of this festival will feature a female artist or curator. She has sought out to question and challenge the public’s ideas about what it means to be Asian and a woman. Du Yun will perform on Friday, March 8 at 10:00 pm with her band OK Miss. Other events in the festival will continue March 8 through the 11 at various times.
Peabody junior Anthony Peña, studying recording arts and computer music, has signed his recording group June Pastel with The Native Sound, an independent recording label. Their album will be released this summer, and features Peabody students, including jazz pianist Troy Long, jazz percussionist Kayin Scanterbury, Sean McFarland (’17, Composition), and John Murphy. This group will also be on an East Coast Tour in March.