GPD student Julien Xuereb (MM ’15, Guitar; Pedagogy) will perform on the Union Square Chamber Music Society concert on Friday, April 28. The concert will be held in conjunction with the Sowebo Arts Spring Members Show in the home of Chuck and Linda Callahan at 100 South Stricker Street in Baltimore. The Arts Show will begin at 6:00 pm and the salon concert will begin at 8:30 pm. Mr. Xuereb will perform pieces by Robert de Visée, Napoléon Coste, Erik Satie, and his own original compositions. Find more information and make a reservation to attend here.
Oscar Somersalo (GPD ’14, MM ’16, Guitar) won first prize and the Peter Segal Prize at the 2017 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Competition presented by the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society. Mr. Somersalo was awarded a $1000 cash prize and the opportunity to perform a recital at the 2018 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Festival.
The Beijing Guitar Duo – artist diploma candidate Meng Su (PC ’09, GPD ’11, Guitar) and Yameng Wang (MM ’08, GPD ’11, Guitar) – will perform the world premiere of Chen Yi’s Nian Hua (Chinese New Year’s Paintings) as a part of Austin Classical Guitar’s International Series at AISD Performing Center in Austin, Texas on April 29 at 8:00 pm. Nian Hua is a 12 minute work for two guitars inspired by the colorful folk paintings from the town of Yangliuqing in Tianjin, China.
Mia Pomerantz-Amaral (BM ’06, MM ’07, GPD ’08, Guitar) and Jorge Amaral (GPD ’04, MM ’06, Guitar) of Duo Amaral have released their third collaborative album, Key West, featuring Latin American music for two guitars. The concept transpired from an original work Key West Suite which the duo commissioned from Cuban-American composer Jose Lezcano. Other composers featured on Key West include Sergio Assad, Radames Gnattali, and Egberto Gismonti of Brazil, and Uruguayan Guido Santorsola. Key West offers a unique concert program with a fusion of cultural influences, echoing the richness of Latin American musical heritage. Aramal Duo continues to collaborate with Grammy award-winning master recording artist and engineer Charlie Pilzer.
Faculty artist Lura Johnson (‘01, Piano) and artist diploma candidate Meng Su (PC ’09, GPD ’11, Guitar; GPD ’15, Chamber Music) have been selected as finalists for Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance’s 2017 Baker Artist Award. The award is presented to artists who exemplify a mastery of craft, commitment to excellence, and a unique and compelling vision. Prizes include monetary prizes and an exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art, as well as a feature on Maryland Public Television’s Artworks program.