Baltimore School of Music Director James Lowe (MM ’09, GPD ’12, Guitar) will launch a new concert series, “Bach in the Brewery.” The first concert will take place on Saturday, May 12, at 8:00 pm, at Monument Brewing Company in Baltimore, Md. The concert will feature Lowe, guitar, and Teresa Perez Shirley-Quirk on cello. Music by Satie, Paganini, Friedrich Burgmüller, and a premiere of a new work by Alexa Rinn will all be featured. Lowe plans to launch a full concert season in 2018-19, taking place at different breweries in the area. The concert is for ages 21 and over and will also feature a special VIP ticket option that includes a pre-concert brewery tour and beer tasting.
Faculty artist Manuel Barrueco (BM ’75, Guitar) will join the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra on their upcoming Masterwork Concert Series event on March 2 and 3 at 8:00 pm, in the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, Md. Together they will feature music by Montsalvatge, Rodrigo, Debussy, and Respighi.
Faculty artist Manuel Barrueco (BM ’75, Guitar), artistic director of the Baltimore Classical Guitar Society, selected new works for a concert called “Made in Baltimore,” in celebration of the city and the society’s 30th anniversary. Compositions inspired by the city written by Gabriel Bouche Caro (MM ’17, Composition), DMA candidate Jordan Chase, and Edmund Scott Miller (MM ’15, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy) will be performed by Peabody students Katie Cho, Mengyi Li (MM ’17, Guitar), Connor Milstead, and Shon Stelman, guitars, and alumni Zoe Johnstone Stewart (MM ’05, Guitar) and Jeremy Lyons (MM ’11, DMA ’15, Guitar; MM ’15, Musicology). The event will take place at UMBC’s Linehan Hall in Baltimore on February 25 at 2:00 pm.
Byeong Woo Lee (GPD ’98, Guitar; GPD ’00, Chamber Ensemble) has been chosen as one of the composers of the official music for the Winter Olympics opening and closing ceremonies at the PyeongChang Olympic stadium. Mr. Lee said, “My compositions for the opening ceremony includes music for the beginning short film, the River of Time, Future of All and Peace in Motion.” Byeong Woo was the first recipient of the Music for the World Award for distinguished Peabody alumni and is an internationally renowned performer and composer who has received multiple awards for his film scores including The Host and Mother. During his student years at Peabody he was the first guitarist to win the Yale Gordon Concerto Competition. He is also a recipient of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association Knowledge for the World Award (2009).
On September 30, faculty artist Zane Forshee (MM ’01, GPD ’03, DMA ’11, Guitar) performed my heart comes undone by fellow faculty artist Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition) on the Sofar Sounds Concert Series on the roof of the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Check out the video here. Forshee also interviewed Adashi about the piece, and wrote a blog about his experience.