Hopkins Symphony Orchestra’s Concert Orchestra, led by current DMA student in conducting Blair Skinner, will present a concert featuring Astor Piazzolla’s Tres piezas para Orquestra da camera and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 on Sunday, February 19, at 3:00 pm, at the Bunting-Meyerhoff Interfaith Center in Baltimore. The concert is free and open to the public. Find more information here.
Mark Mandarano (MM ’91, Conducting) has received tenure at Macalester College. Mr. Mandarano conducts the Macalester Orchestra, a select ensemble of 50-60 students that performs a wide range of orchestral literature and plays several campus concerts each year. Previously, he was the principal guest conductor of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and has conducted with New York City Opera. He is the artistic director at Sinfonietta of Riverdale, which he founded. At Macalester, Mr. Mandarano teaches Music Appreciation, Conducting, and The Total Work of Art: Richard Wagner’s Ring.
James Burton (MM ’98, Conducting) has been named choral director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and conductor of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Burton’s responsibilities will include auditioning and preparing the choral members for performances in Boston, at Tanglewood, and on tour. He will also serve as a cover for Andris Nelsons and other conductors who cannot appear as scheduled to lead the chorus and play a role in programming and collaborating with Boston Pops and conductor Keith Lockhart. Burton began his tenure with February performances of Bach’s Mass in B minor. In August, he was interviewed by the Berkshire Eagle.
Faculty Artist Garnett Bruce will direct the David Hockney production of Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot, in collaboration with Christopher Franklin (DMA ’99, Conducting), for the opening of San Francisco Opera’s 2017-2018 season from September 8- December 9, 2017. More information available here.
Symphony Number One, founded and directed by DMA conducting student Jordan Randall Smith, will present a chamber music series titled Beethoven’s Kitchen at Flavor restaurant on Centre St. on February 5 from 1:30-5:00 pm. The program will feature Symphony Number One’s woodwind quartet performing the works of Zemlinsky, Fine, Ligeto, D’Rivera, and composition faculty member Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition). The program is intended to be accompanied by bottomless brunch, available for $35.00, or brunch and cocktails of your own choosing. Tickets and more information available here.