Judah Adashi’s “For Martin” Premiered by Yale Whiffenpoofs Reply

adashiOn Saturday, March 4 at 4:00pm, at Baltimore’s First and Franklin Presbyterian Church (210 W. Madison Street), composition department faculty member Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition) will have a new work premiered by the Yale Whiffenpoofs, the oldest collegiate a cappella group in the country. Dr. Adashi is an alumnus of the group, currently directed by one of his former Preparatory composition students, Solon Snider. Dr. Adashi’s new composition, entitled For Martin, sets a Martin Luther King, Jr.-inspired text by Keith Snipes, a Baltimore-based actor, and narrator. Tickets are available here.

Quixote by Amy Beth Kirsten To Make Its World Premiere at Montclair University Reply

howl-png-thumbnail-942x446Composition faculty artist Amy Beth Kirsten (DMA ’10, Composition) and director Mark DeChiazza will premiere Quixote, a new evening-length theatrical work, as the culmination of their appointment as the inaugural artists for PeARL, Performing Arts Research Lab, on March 23-26 at the Alexander Kasser Theater at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J. Sandbox Percussion – Jonathan Allen, Victor Caccese (BM ’11, Percussion), Terry Sweeney (BM ’13, Percussion), and Ian Rosenbaum (BM ’08, Percussion) – in collaboration with the HOWL ensemble, will perform the piece. Show times include: More…

Watch the Trailer for Michael Hersch’s On the Threshold of Winter Reply

michael_herschA trailer for On the Threshold of Winter, a live opera film by Composition Department Chair Michael Hersch (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition) featuring Ah Young Hong (BM ’98, MM ’01, Voice), conducted by Tito Muñoz, directed by James Matthew Daniel, and filmed at the Peabody Institute, is available on YouTube. On the Threshold of Winter is set to be released this fall and has been praised as “a work of great originality, daring, and disturbing power” by The Baltimore Sun and “searing” by The New York Times. Watch the trailer here.

Michael Hersch’s end stages Makes The New York Times 8 Best Classical Music Moments Reply

Michael Hersch portraitsThe New York premiere of end stages by Composition Department Chair Michael Hersch (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition), performed and commissioned by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, made The New York Times 8 Best Classical Music Moments this week. James R. Oestreich of The New York Times praised the piece as, “A little-relieved cry of anguish and anger in the face of terminal illness and death. But with a faint tolling of orchestral bells and whimpers in the violins at the end of the second movement, attitude gave way to what seemed a touching glimpse of the suffering soul itself.”

Peabody Harpists to Perform at the 13th World Harp Congress in Hong Kong Reply

harp-studioPeabody harpists – Erin Baker, Olivia Castor, Tianyang Chen, Peggy Houng, Olivia Kim, Melody Leung, Jessica Sudarta, and  faculty artist Jasmine Hogan (BM ’11, AD ’16, Harp, MM ’14, Harp/Pedagogy) – will play two full programs at the upcoming World Harp Congress in Hong Kong. This is an honor for the studio and a departure from normal Congress selection procedures of 10-15 minutes per selection, except for the headlining performers. More…