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.
Faculty artist Joseph Young (AD ’09, Conducting) will be the resident conductor for the 2018 National Youth Orchestra of the USA’s three-week training program in July of 2018. The orchestra is made up of 106 musicians aged 16-19 from 28 states and Puerto Rico, and were chosen through a rigorous and highly competitive audition process. The residency will be at Purchase College, SUNY, in New York. In addition to conducting, Young will lead master classes, chamber music readings, and seminars with the other faculty leading up to the orchestra’s tour in Asia.
Faculty artists Miles Brown, jazz, and Courtney Orlando, director of Now Hear This, will be performing at Carnegie Hall on Friday, March 16, at 7:30 in Zankel Hall. They will perform with their ensemble Alarm Will Sound and feature the music of György Ligeti. In August, Brown will also be giving a presentation and recital at the 6th European Biennial Double Bass Congress and Festival in Lucca, Italy. Brown will present on improvisation strategies over pedal points in jazz standards.
Peabody faculty artist Joseph Young (AD ’09, Conducting) will be conducting Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming concert. The concert will be on Saturday, March 3, at 8:00 pm at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center in Detroit, Mich. This concert marks the 40th anniversary of the orchestra’s Classical Roots Program, which honors African-American composers, musicians, and educators for lifetime achievement and raises funds to support the orchestra’s music and development programs. This year, they will honor educator George Shirley and academic leader Earl Lewis. The program will feature music by Strauss, John Rosamond Johnson, and Mozart.