Composition faculty artist Amy Beth Kirsten (DMA ’10, Composition) and director Mark DeChiazza will premiere Quixote, a new evening-length theatrical work, as the culmination of their appointment as the inaugural artists for PeARL, Performing Arts Research Lab, on March 23-26 at the Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J. Sandbox Percussion – Jonathan Allen, Victor Caccese (BM ’11, Percussion), Terry Sweeney (BM ’13, Percussion), and Ian Rosenbaum (BM ’08, Percussion) – in collaboration with the HOWL ensemble, will perform the piece. Show times include: More…
A trailer for On the Threshold of Winter, a live opera film by Composition Department Chair Michael Hersch (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition) featuring Ah Young Hong (BM ’98, MM ’01, Voice), conducted by Tito Muñoz, directed by James Matthew Daniel, and filmed at the Peabody Institute, is available on YouTube. On the Threshold of Winter is set to be released this fall and has been praised as “a work of great originality, daring, and disturbing power” by The Baltimore Sun and “searing” by The New York Times. Watch the trailer here.
The New York premiere of end stages by Composition Department Chair Michael Hersch (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition), performed and commissioned by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, made The New York Times 8 Best Classical Music Moments this week. James R. Oestreich of The New York Times praised the piece as, “A little-relieved cry of anguish and anger in the face of terminal illness and death. But with a faint tolling of orchestral bells and whimpers in the violins at the end of the second movement, attitude gave way to what seemed a touching glimpse of the suffering soul itself.”
Daniel Sabzghabaei, a master’s composition student studying with Kevin Puts, was recently selected as a composer fellow for the 2017 Intimacy of Creativity Festival in Hong Kong from February 26- March 6. He will be working in collaboration with Master of the Queen’s Music Judith Weir and co-founder/associate artistic director of the New York Festival of Song Michael Barrett. Mr. Sabzghabaei’s song cycle Four Glimpses of Desire will be performed at the festival by tenor Jonathan Blalock.
The benefit concert series If Music Be the Food will feature musicians from the Peabody Conservatory and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in an upcoming concert. The program will feature the improvisational stylings of faculty artist David Smooke (MM ’95, Composition) and The Witches- master’s student Ledah Finck (BM ’16, Violin) and senior Louna Dekker-Vargas, flute; the world premiere of works by Michael Alec Rose and Ms. Finck, performed by faculty artist Maria Lambros, viola; songs by Frances Pollock (MM ’15, Voice); and Schumann’s Piano Quartet performed by members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and artistic director of If Music Be the Food, Lior Willinger (MM ’16, Piano). The concert will take place on Wednesday, March 1 at 7:30 pm at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Baltimore. All proceeds from the series benefit the Maryland Food Bank. Audience members are also invited to bring non-perishable items for donation. Find tickets and more information here.