Cellist Wade Davis (MM ’11, GPD ’13, Baroque Violoncello) performs Camille Saint-Saëns’ Le Cygne (The Swan) in a video featuring 32 premier ballerinas from 22 dance companies in 14 countries in support of Swans for Relief. Organized by Misty Copeland and Joseph Phillips, 100% of the funds raised will be distributed to each dancer’s company’s COVID-19 relief fund.
As part of the LAUNCHPad office’s mission to help students and alumni forge satisfying and successful careers, they are launching Max Q. Max Q is an interview podcast for anyone interested in, or currently pursuing careers in the performing arts. LAUNCHPad is excited to share these conversations about pathways to building varied, vibrant, and sustainable lives in the arts. More…
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 release a new album, “The Food of Love,” on August 23, 2019. This will be their first release on a commercial label in ten years and will be available on Amazon, iTunes, and anywhere else you can find music.
Amy Domingues (MM ’12, Viola da Gamba) is a founding member of the early music ensemble Sonnambula. Sonnambula’s debut recording, Leonora Duarte: The Complete Works, was released on June 7 on the Centaur Records label. Leonora Duarte (1610–1678), a Jewish Converso living in Antwerp, was the only known woman to write music for the viol in the seventeenth-century. Her surviving work, seven Sinfonias for consort, not only fill an extraordinary gap in history, but are a testament to a formidable talent for composition. While working on the project during their residency at the Cloisters, they collaborated with Teju Cole, who has provided commentary on the composer on the album. This project was detailed and praised in an article in The New Yorker in February.
The Peabody Renaissance Ensemble has been selected as a Festival Ensemble for the 2019 Young Performers Festival and Showcase, a part of the Bloomington Early Music Festival. The festival will take place May 22-24, and will offer performances and workshops for PRE. There, PRE will present a program of Medieval, Renaissance, and traditional music taken from three programs the group has presented during in the 2018-19 academic year, including “Music for Three Faiths,” “The World of Leonardo,” and an all-Spanish program the ensemble performed at the Conciertos de la Villa de Santo Domingo Festival, Dominican Republic, in February 2019. They were also featured on this week’s Early Music America Weekly E-Notes.