Steven Jarvi (MM ’03, Conducting) has been appointed the interim artistic director for Charlottesville Opera. He has conducted the company’s summer operas for the last eight years, making him a clear choice for the role. Their 41st season will begin next summer, in July 2018.
The Occasional Symphony, with musical director Joshua Hong (MM ’15, Conducting), will present their annual Halloween concert on Sunday, October 29 and Tuesday, October 31. The concert will take place at 2640 Space in Baltimore, with a live-orchestra screening and new original score for W.F. Murnau’s classic silent film Faust. They will also feature new works by local composers, including Peabody alumnus James Young (DMA ’14, Composition).
Doctoral candidate Nell Flanders has been appointed conductor of The Chelsea Symphony (TCS). She was chosen from a field of four finalists after a year-long selection process. TCS was featured in Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle, and is an ensemble that strives to keeps things fresh, inspiring, and vibrant. Flanders currently studies with Marin Alsop and is a proponent of new music.
Murry Sidlin (BM ’62, Music Education; MM ’68, Instrumental Conducting) and faculty artist Herbert Greenberg will participate in a concert, Hours of Freedom: The Story of the Terezín Composer. This concert will highlight works by composers that were held in the Theresienstadt (Terezín) concentration camp, and it will combine their music with video and narrative to portray what their lives were like. Some composers included in the evening are Viktor Ullmann, Gideon Klein, Zigmund Schul, Pavel Haas, Rudolf Karel, and others. It will be presented as part of the 19th Washington Jewish Music Festival, and will occur on Saturday, November 4 at 8:00 pm.
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.