Piotr Pakhomkin (BM ’08, MM ’10, Guitar) will be joined Toni A. Stefano (MM ’00, Voice) for the Sacred Heart Parish annual Christmas Concert, in Glyndon, Md. on Friday, December 15, at 7:00 pm. The concert will feature other local musicians as well, and music will include Concerto in D major by Antonio Vivaldi, as well as traditional favorites, “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “What Child is This” and “Ding Dong Merrily on High,” along with other seasonal favorites. The Sacred Heart Children’s Chorus will join the musicians for a Christmas Canon.
The Baltimore Consort, featuring Peabody alumni and current and former faculty members Mary Anne Ballard, Mark Cudek (MM ’82, Lute), Ronn McFarlane (’79, Guitar), and Mindy Rosenfeld (BM ’80, Flute), will give concerts at the Met Cloisters on Sunday, December 3, at 1:00 and 3:00 pm. In the same series of concerts, Elaine Lachica (BM ’97, Voice) will be featured in the Waverly Consort’s presentation of The Christmas Story, which will take place on Saturday, December 9, and Sunday, December 10, at 1:00 and 3:00 pm.
A study by Peabody faculty artist Serap Bastepe-Gray (BM ’96, MM ’99, Guitar) regarding musician brain volumetric MRI and diffusion has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy. This will be the first interdisciplinary research study published under the Center for Music and Medicine from the Peabody side.
John Johns (BM ’70, Guitar), one of the first students of Aaron Shearer to graduate from the Peabody guitar program, retired from the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. In addition to an active teaching and performing schedule, Johns took part in the development of the Blair School of Music as a collegiate program of Vanderbilt University, and was appointed Chair of the Guitar Department in 1986. He retired in spring 2017 as Professor of Guitar, Emeritus after a long career at the school starting in 1972 when he was appointed to the faculty.
The Atlantic Guitar Quartet – Mark Edwards (MM ’09, Guitar), Kevin Shannon (MM ’06, GPD ’08, Guitar), Zoe Johnstone Stewart (MM ’05, Guitar), and Jonathan Zwi (MM ’10, Guitar) – was featured in The Baltimore Sun for their upcoming concert. The concert will occur on Thursday, October 26, at 7:30 pm at the Scott Center Theater lobby at Carroll Community College in Westminster, Md. The article features Shannon and interviews him about the quartet and what they strive to do with their music.