Inspired by the richness of Baroque music and close friendships, Alan Choo (MM ’14, Violin, Early Music; GPD ’16, Violin) and eight other Peabody alumni have formed Singapore’s first Baroque orchestra, Red Dot Baroque. The group released a major virtual collaboration – a fun educational video presenting the life, mishaps, and music of the French Baroque composer Jean-Baptiste Lully. June 2020 would have marked the group’s inaugural U.S. tour, which included collaborations with Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra and appearances at the Indianapolis Early Music Festival, Kennedy Center, and more. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tour has been postponed and will be re-announced shortly.
Faculty artist Mark Cudek (MM ’82, Lute), has organized the 52nd annual Indianapolis Early Music Festival. An article in Nuvo talks about what is planned for the festival and Cudek’s experience putting it together.
Julie Bosworth (MM ’14, Early Music Voice) and master’s candidates Katelyn Aungst, soprano, and William Meinert, bass, will be performing Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine, commonly known as The Vespers of 1610, and Gabrieli’s In ecclesiis & Magnificat à 14 with the American Bach Soloists. There will be four concerts, two at St. Stephen’s Church in Belvedere, Calif., on Friday, April 6, and Saturday, April 7, both at 8:00 pm. On Sunday, April 8, they will perform at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in San Francisco, Calif., at 4:00 pm. Finally, on Monday, April 9, they will perform at Davis Community Church, at 7:00 pm. Pre-concert “Insights” begin one hour prior to each performance.
Peabody alumni Ben Shaver (BM ’12 Voice), Claire Galloway Weber (MM ‘15 Voice), Peter Tomaszewski (MM ’10 Voice, GPD ’12 Opera), Michael Dodge (MM ’16 Voice), Kerry Holahan (MM ’14 Early Music Voice), Justin Nurin (GPD ’10 Trumpet), Cody Raum (BM ’13 Double Bass, MM ’14 Music Theory), Stephanie Ray (MM ’12 Flute) and Aaron Thacker (MM ’16 Piano) will be featured in Stillpointe Theatre’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. The production, which opened on January 12, will run until January 27. It was reviewed on “Midday with Tom Hall” on WYPR. The show is taking place at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Baltimore, Md., and has two shows left, both beginning at 8:00 pm.
The Peabody Historical Performance Department has a robust calendar of events in December. On Friday, December 1, at 12:00 pm, the B’more Bach Ensemble, composed of Peabody students Matthew Gabriel, baroque cello; Sarah Lynn, baroque flute; Paula Maust and Patrick Merrill, harpsichord; and Stephanie Zimmerman, baroque violin; with Katelyn Aungst, soprano, and William Marshall, baritone, presents works of J.S. Bach. This will take place at the Walters Art Museum, and is free and open to the public. Mezzo-soprano Kristen Dubenion-Smith (MM ’05, Voice) will be featured in a concert presented by Eya Ensemble for Medieval Music. This concert presents The Jesse Tree, a sublime array of haunting chant and polyphony for Advent, and will take place on Friday, December 1, at 1:00 pm, at Catholic University’s Caldwell Auditorium in Washington, D.C. and on Sunday, December 10, at 4:00 pm, at Grace Episcopal Church in Silver Spring, Md. Ronn McFarlane (’79, Guitar) will present a solo recital “Celtic and Modern Folk Music for the Lute” on Saturday, December 9, at 7:00 pm at Takoma Park Community Center in Takoma Park, Md. Finally, the Handel Choir of Baltimore, Handel Period Instrument Orchestra and vocal soloists including soprano Kerry Holahan (MM ’14, Early Music, Voice) will present The Messiah on Saturday, December 9, at 7:30 pm, at Grace United Methodist Church of the Redeemer and on Sunday, December 10, at 3:00 pm, at St Mark Catholic Church, both in Baltimore.