This month Dr. Jose Lezcano (BM ’81, Guitar) performed his double concerto for flute, guitar, and string orchestra, Sojourners, for the New York City & US premiere with Lisa Hansen and the North-South Consonance Orchestra conducted by Max Lifchitz. Earlier in this year’s concert season he premiered his Key West Suite arranged for flute & guitar (Munich, Germany and Trnava, Slovakia), Two Canticles for solo flute (Keene, New Hampshire), Sonata for Cello & Guitar at the Havana International Cello Festival (Havana, Cuba), and performed Bach’s Chaconne and chamber works with festival director Roman Placek at the North Carolina Bach Festival (Raleigh, North Carolina).
Dr. Lezcano’s Key West Suite was also recorded by Duo Amaral, Jorge Amaral (GPD ’04, MM ’06, Guitar) and Mia Pomerantz-Amaral (BM ’06, MM ’07, GPD ’08, Guitar), for their newly released CD, Key West.
Alumna Yameng Wang (MM ’08, GPD ’11, Guitar) and faculty artists David Smooke (MM ’95, Composition) and Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition) have each been awarded $6,000 in Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Awards. Faculty artist Manuel Barrueco (BM ’75, Guitar) and Jacqueline Pollauf (BM ’06, MM ’07, Harp) were each awarded $3,000. Keesun Kwon (BM ’01, Voice) was awarded $1,000. The Maryland State Arts Council’s annual Individual Artist Award recognizes the importance of artists and their works of excellence to the cultural vibrancy of Maryland.
Faculty artist Manuel Barrueco (BM ’75, Guitar) reflects on music, performing, and his career at Peabody in a recent story in Baltimore Magazine. The story explores Barrueco’s early life in Cuba, his move to the United States, and his days as a student at Peabody.
Read the full story here.
Brian Kay (BM ’13, MM ’15, Early Music) is the co-director of Apollo’s Fire’s Mediterranean Roots program, with six performances in the Cleveland area,. June 8-13. Mr. Kay will also perform with Ronn McFarlane (’79, Guitar) in his group Ayreheart at this year’s Boston Early Music Festival on Monday, June 12.
On May 11, Lukasz Kuropaczewski (AD ’08, Guitar) was awarded the Meritorious for Polish Culture medal by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland in recognition of his distinguished cultural contribution. Mr. Kuropaczewski will perform with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Marin Alsop, director of the Graduate Conducting Program, on September 14-16. Immediately following, Mr. Kuropaczewski will participate in a three day visiting artist residency at the Peabody Institute, made possible by the Levi Family Distinguished Visiting Artist Fund.