Jason Love (BM ’92, Cello; MM ’94, Conducting) celebrates his 20th anniversary conducting the Columbia Orchestra with a number of events in January and February. In preparation for an upcoming performance, an open rehearsal will be available on Monday, January 14, from 7:30-10:00 pm. The rehearsal will be at The Gathering Place in Clarksville, Md. There will be wine and cheese with the musicians during the break. To officially celebrate Love’s 20th anniversary, the February 9 concert at 7:30 pm will feature Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, which was the first piece he conducted with the orchestra.
Gemma New (MM ’11, Conducting) has been signed to Primo Artists for general management. Primo Artists also represents Joshua Bell, Itzhak Perlman, and others.
Jacomo Bairos (GPD ’11, Conducting) made his conducting debut with the San Francisco Symphony on November 3, 2018. This concert was the symphony’s annual Dia de los Muertos community celebration, and featured ensembles and musicians from around the San Francisco area coming together to perform and connect. The Davies Symphony Hall performance was successful, and Bairos was invited back for a future engagement, to be announced soon. He also conducted the Fort Worth Symphony on their Veteran’s Day concert in November, which was given a glowing review. Bairos also took his Nu Deco Ensemble to Saratoga, N.Y., for their first performance outside of Florida, which received a wonderful review. Coming up, Bairos will conduct the Nu Deco Ensemble in another concert at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, December 15 in Miami, Fla. In January, he travels to Singapore to conduct the Singapore Symphony Orchestra for their “Rock in 60 Minutes” concert.
Faculty artist Marin Alsop, conducting, has won the Crystal Award for 2019. Crystal Awards celebrate the achievements of leading artists and cultural figures whose leadership inspires inclusive and sustainable change and are funded by the World Economic Forum. Alsop won the award for her leadership in championing diversity in music. The award ceremony was held on Monday, January 21, 2019.
On Sunday, December 9, the London Symphony Orchestra presented Leonard Bernstein’s Candide featuring faculty artists Marin Alsop, conducting, and Garnett Bruce, stage director. This was a semi-staged performance in Barbican Hall in London, England.