The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra has announced its New Music Festival that will take place June 20-23. The festival will feature many Peabody faculty artists, including Marin Alsop, conducting; Kevin Puts, composition; and Katherine Needleman, oboe. The festival will include many different events in spaces all over the city, and will conclude with a symphony concert and the world premiere of Moonlight, an oboe concerto by Puts.
GPD student Gonzalo Farias, conducting, has been appointed the new assistant conductor of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
Peter Bay (MM ’80, Conducting) has organized and will conduct a production of Bernstein’s MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players and Dancers. The production, in his home of Austin, Texas, will include 300 cast and crew members, the involvement of all of the major performing arts organizations in Austin, and an opening night Gala event featuring the families of Leonard Bernstein and John F. Kennedy. This collaboration of all the major performing arts organizations in Austin is unprecedented. A project of this magnitude has been a lifelong dream of Bay, and comes at a particularly poignant time, the 100th birthday of Bernstein. This production is presented as a part of Bernstein100Austin, and will take place on June 29 and 30 at the Long Center in Austin.
The world premiere of Banding Together, a new opera by Faye Chiao (MM ’07, DMA ’16, Composition) and Anton Dudley based on the fairy tale “The Musicians of Bremen,” will be made by the Boston Chamber Symphony, led by Music Director Avlana Eisenberg (GPD ’08, Conducting). Chiao and Dudley are artists-in-residence with the symphony. The family-friendly concert will also feature Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Karen LeFrak’s Ivan’s Song. This concert, on Sunday, May 13, at 4:00 pm, will take place at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Boston.
Mark Mandarano (MM ’91, Conducting) is a semi-finalist in the American Prize in Conducting, in the professional orchestra division. He works with the Sinfonietta of Riverdale in New York City. This group is also a semi-finalist in the American Prize in Orchestral Performance, in the professional orchestra division. Mandarano also conducts the Macalester Symphony Orchestra in Saint Paul, Minn., which is a semi-finalist in the American Prize in Orchestral Performance, in the college and university division.