Faculty artists Kevin Puts and Joel Puckett will have their operas performed in Minnesota Opera’s 2018-19 season. Puts’s opera, Silent Night, will make its return to the company in November, and Puckett’s opera, The Fix, will premiere in March 2019. Both of these operas were commissioned by Minnesota Opera. Silent Night earned Puts the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 2012, and its performance aligns with the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of World War I. The Fix is about the 1919 Black Sox Scandal, and its commission came as a part of the opera company’s New Works Initiative.
Educator, arranger, and award-winning composer Omar Thomas, currently an associate professor of Harmony at Berklee College of Music, will serve as visiting faculty in Music Theory at the Peabody Conservatory in 2018-19. More…
Voices Rise: A Baltimore Choir of Hope, directed by faculty artists Douglas Buchanan (MM ’08, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy; DMA ’13, Composition) and Benjamin Buchanan (MM ’14, Composition; MM ’15, Music Theory Pedagogy) appeared on a live broadcast on WYPR’s Midday with Tom Hall on December 22.
Peabody theory department faculty member Mark Janello’s new work, Quartet for String Trio and Harpsichord, will receive its world premiere on Sunday, February 4, in Durham, N.C. Commissioned by Elaine Funaro for the Mallarmé Chamber Players, it will be part of a concert including music by Mozart, Anne Louise Brillon de Joey, and Boccherini, in Duke University’s Baldwin Auditorium at 3:00 pm.
Peabody alumni Ben Shaver (BM ’12 Voice), Claire Galloway Weber (MM ‘15 Voice), Peter Tomaszewski (MM ’10 Voice, GPD ’12 Opera), Michael Dodge (MM ’16 Voice), Kerry Holahan (MM ’14 Early Music Voice), Justin Nurin (GPD ’10 Trumpet), Cody Raum (BM ’13 Double Bass, MM ’14 Music Theory), Stephanie Ray (MM ’12 Flute) and Aaron Thacker (MM ’16 Piano) will be featured in Stillpointe Theatre’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. The production, which opened on January 12, will run until January 27. It was reviewed on “Midday with Tom Hall” on WYPR. The show is taking place at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Baltimore, Md., and has two shows left, both beginning at 8:00 pm.