Blair Skinner, current Peabody DMA Candidate, conducted the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra (HSO) on Sunday, September 24. He was also featured in an article from The Hub. This was the opening of the HSO season, and they featured pieces by Haydn, Bartók, and Handel.
Tim Smith from The Baltimore Sun wrote an article discussing the new orchestral and conducting opportunities at Peabody. He writes about Joseph Young (AD ’09, Conducting) and the experience he brings to this new program. The article outlines Young’s experiences that led him back to Peabody, as well as his relationship with Marin Alsop.
Vocal studies faculty member and opera stage director Garnett Bruce directed Puccini’s Turandot for the 2017-18 San Francisco Opera season opener on Friday, September 8. Soprano Toni Marie Palmertree (BM ‘06, Voice) made her debut in her role as Liu, the faithful slave. The production runs now until September 30, and then November 18 to December 9. When the production returns in November, Peabody alumnus Christopher Don Franklin (DMA ’99, Conducting) will make his San Francisco Opera conducting debut.
Faculty artist Lura Johnson (‘01, Piano) will open the Chamber Music Society of Maryland‘s concert season with concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Jonathan Carney in a recital of LeClair, Beethoven, and Brahms on Sunday, September 17, at 3:00 pm. Their season continues with Xiaohui Yang, piano, the winner of the 2018 Yale Gordon Peabody Competition, on November 5; faculty artist Amit Peled, cello, with his students in a Cellobration on March 25; and Zane Forshee (MM ’01, GPD ’03, DMA ’11, Guitar) and Max Zuckerman (BM ’07, GPD ’09, Guitar), Duo Guitars, on April 22. DMA candidate Michael Repper is the artistic director of CMSMD.
Chilean conductor Paolo Bortolameolli (GPD ’15, Conducting) has been appointed the assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the 2017-18 season. Bortolameolli is a former Dudamel Conducting Fellow and will serve as cover conductor to Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel and will be invited to guest conduct a number of performances throughout the season.