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.
my heart comes undone, an open instrumentation piece by composition faculty member Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition), will be recorded by Grammy winning vocal project Roomful of Teeth in June, performed by Peabody String Sinfonia this spring, and has recently been recorded Preparatory Guitar Department Chair Zane Forshee (MM ’01, GPD ’03, DMA ’11, Guitar) for the electric guitar. my heart comes undone was commissioned by the Peabody Preparatory Strings Department and directed by faculty artist Rebecca Henry for the Preparatory’s Pre-Conservatory Violin Program.
On Sunday, March 12, the Baltimore Consort– Mary Anne Ballard, faculty artist Mark Cudek (MM ’82, Lute), Larry Lipkis, Ronn McFarlane (’79, Guitar), and Mindy Rosenfeld (BM ’80, Flute)– will perform a concert titled The Food of Love: Songs, Dances, and Fancies for Shakespeare at the Baltimore Basilica. A reception will follow at An Die Musik.