Peabody’s La Obra and Classical Revolution present Music for Puerto Rico. Organized by Louna Dekker-Vargas (KSAS, BA ’15, Sociology; BM ’17, Flute), this local concert will feature Peabody ensembles, including String Sinfonia, Trio Jinx, a jazz combo, and others. All proceeds from the evening will be sent to UNIDOS, an organization that provides hurricane relief. The program features speaker Armando Bayolo and Latino and classical music. The concert will take place on Sunday, October 29 at 7:00 pm at Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Entrance donations are $10 and up, and a Latino reception will follow the performance.
Leela Breithaupt (BM ’93, MM ’96, Flute) has been awarded a 2017-18 Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship, sponsored by the Indianapolis Arts Council and Lilly Foundation, Inc. The $10,000 fellowship will support Ms. Breithaupt’s historical manuscript research in Paris and the production of a CD for her ensemble, Les Ordinaires, under the Naxos Records label. Les Ordinaires’ debut CD, Inner Chambers – Royal Court Music of Louis XIV will be released on the Naxos Label in January 2018 and will feature Allison Edberg Nyquist (BM ’84, Violin) and Jory Vinikour (’83, Piano).
Ensemble Leonarda– an early music ensemble founded at Peabody featuring Nancy Kito (BM ’91, Organ), Susan Graham (BM ’90, Flute), Claire Smith Bermingham, and Sarah Stone- was featured by the New York Philharmonic’s New World Initiative Project in a performance with vocalist Kelly Dwyer at the National Opera Center on February 16, with the Deputy Consul General of the Czech Republic in New York, Karel Smékal, in attendance. In 1893, Antonín Dvořák was commissioned by the NY Philharmonic to write the “New World” Symphony; and during the 2016-17 season, the New York Philharmonic invited ensembles to participate by performing all or part of the New World Symphony through their New World Initiative Project. The resulting videotaped performances would be part of the NY Philharmonic Digital Archives.
Peabody Symphony Orchestra’s April 15 concert under the direction of world-renowned conductor Leonard Slatkin and featuring faculty artist Marina Piccinini, flute, received positive reviews from Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun and Colin Anderson of Classical Source. The PSO was raved as “impressive throughout” (Baltimore Sun) and Classical Source glowed that “No praise is too great” for Ms. Piccinini’s performance of Pulitzer Prize-winner Aaron Jay Kernis’ Flute Concerto.
The Woodbridge Flute Choir, featuring Tara Nadel (BM ’04, Flute), will present a free concert on Sunday, May 7, at the Haymarket Gainesville Community Library in Haymarket, Va., at 3:00 pm. The performance will celebrate the culmination of the WFC’s 20th anniversary season and the 10th anniversary of their Artistic Director Debbie Gilbert. The program will feature many of Ms. Gilbert’s favorite works, including the title piece from their most recent album Butterfly, featuring piccolo solo performed by Ms. Nadel.