The benefit concert series If Music Be the Food will feature musicians from the Peabody Conservatory and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in an upcoming concert. The program will feature the improvisational stylings of faculty artist David Smooke (MM ’95, Composition) and The Witches- master’s student Ledah Finck (BM ’16, Violin) and senior Louna Dekker-Vargas, flute; the world premiere of works by Michael Alec Rose and Ms. Finck, performed by faculty artist Maria Lambros, viola; songs by Frances Pollock (MM ’15, Voice); and Schumann’s Piano Quartet performed by members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and artistic director of If Music Be the Food, Lior Willinger (MM ’16, Piano). The concert will take place on Wednesday, March 1 at 7:30 pm at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Baltimore. All proceeds from the series benefit the Maryland Food Bank. Audience members are also invited to bring non-perishable items for donation. Find tickets and more information here.
Leela Breithaupt (BM ’93, MM ’96, Flute) has received an Indiana Arts Commission 2017 Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites grant award for concerts with her trio, Les Ordinaires. The funded project, A Royal Occasion, includes performances at two of Indiana’s historic mansions in May, as well as outreach workshops to local colleges, and will be part of their 2016-17 season celebrating 17th and 18th century music in historic houses. This grant is made possible through the support of the Indiana General Assembly, Indiana Arts Trust, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Ms. Breithaupt’s upcoming concerts include New York Baroque at Carnegie Hall, Bourbon Baroque in NYC, as well as concerts in Cincinnati, Charlotte, Indianapolis, and Ball State University. Ms. Breithaupt will make her first alumni appearance at Peabody with Barthold Kuijken on March 14, 2017.
Ellen Dooley (BM ’96, Flute) and Darren Bange (BM ’99, MM ’01, Trombone) will perform in the 58th Inauguration of the President of the United States on January 20, as members of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band. This marks the Marine Band’s 55th inaugural appearance.
Faculty artist Laurie Sokoloff, flute and piccolo, will receive the National Flute Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual National Flute Association convention on August 12 in Minneapolis, Minn. Ms. Sokoloff recently retired from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra as a solo piccoloist and has taught at Peabody since fall 2000.
Katherine Calvey (BM ’91, Flute) was guest conductor for the international cultural festival in celebration of 439th anniversary of the city of Saltillo, Mexico. In June, she was the guest soloist with the Sonora Philharmonic Orchestra and played principal flute with the Coahuila State Chamber Orchestra as they accompanied a concert by soprano Renée Fleming. In October, she will perform in the Cervatino Music Festival in Guanajuanto, Mexico.