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.
The Peabody Historical Performance Department has a robust calendar of events in December. On Friday, December 1, at 12:00 pm, the B’more Bach Ensemble, composed of Peabody students Matthew Gabriel, baroque cello; Sarah Lynn, baroque flute; Paula Maust and Patrick Merrill, harpsichord; and Stephanie Zimmerman, baroque violin; with Katelyn Aungst, soprano, and William Marshall, baritone, presents works of J.S. Bach. This will take place at the Walters Art Museum, and is free and open to the public. Mezzo-soprano Kristen Dubenion-Smith (MM ’05, Voice) will be featured in a concert presented by Eya Ensemble for Medieval Music. This concert presents The Jesse Tree, a sublime array of haunting chant and polyphony for Advent, and will take place on Friday, December 1, at 1:00 pm, at Catholic University’s Caldwell Auditorium in Washington, D.C. and on Sunday, December 10, at 4:00 pm, at Grace Episcopal Church in Silver Spring, Md. Ronn McFarlane (’79, Guitar) will present a solo recital “Celtic and Modern Folk Music for the Lute” on Saturday, December 9, at 7:00 pm at Takoma Park Community Center in Takoma Park, Md. Finally, the Handel Choir of Baltimore, Handel Period Instrument Orchestra and vocal soloists including soprano Kerry Holahan (MM ’14, Early Music, Voice) will present The Messiah on Saturday, December 9, at 7:30 pm, at Grace United Methodist Church of the Redeemer and on Sunday, December 10, at 3:00 pm, at St Mark Catholic Church, both in Baltimore.
Graduate students Stephanie Zimmerman, Baroque violin, and Matt Gabriel, Baroque cello; Peabody Preparatory faculty artist Judson Deitrich, violin; and Michael De Sapio (’08, Baroque Violin) and Marc Bellassai (’83, Harpsichord) will be featured in concert with Charm City Baroque. “A Musical Banquet” will feature works by Biber, Schmelzer, Charpentier, and more. The concert will take place on Sunday, December 17, at 3:00 pm, at St. Ignatius Church in Baltimore. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.
Musica Spira, under the direction of Grace Srinivasan (MM ’16, Voice) and current DMA candidate Paula Maust (MM ‘16, Harpsichord), will present a concert on Thursday, November 16, at 6:15 pm at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Annapolis, Md. The concert, “Let Me Speak: Rage, Sorrow, and Yearning in the Italian Baroque,” will feature works by Giacomo Carissimi, Barbara Strozzi, Domenico Scarlatti, Girolamo Frescobaldi, and Michelangelo Rossi.
The Peabody Consort, directed by faculty artist Mark Cudek (MM ’82, Lute), will reprise its Music of Three Faiths program in three concerts in Hawaii. They will perform Arabic, Christian, and Jewish music on Saturday, November 11, at 7:30 pm, in Honolulu; and on Sunday, November 12, at 3:30 pm, in Kailua-Kona. Both of these concerts are sponsored by Early Music Hawaii. On Tuesday, November 14, at 7:30 pm, they will close their time in Hawaii with a concert at University of Hawaii Hilo Performing Arts Center, sponsored by the Hawaii Concert Society.