Three Peabody organ students were featured prominently in the 43rd Annual Baltimore Bach Marathon held at St. David’s Episcopal Church. Second-year master’s student Jordan Prescott opened the marathon by pairing the Prelude and Fugue in E minor, BWV 533 with the Andante of the E minor trio sonata, BWV 528. He followed this with the profound Lenten chorale O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß, BWV 622 and the great Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV 546. GPD candidate Mi Zhou dazzled the audience with the Concerto in A minor, BWV 593 and the fiendishly virtuosic Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532. Later in the afternoon, GPD student Paul Byssainthe performed the Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543, three of the Schubler chorales and the sixth fugue on B-A-C-H by Robert Schumann. Jordan, Mi, and Paul are all students of Dr. John Walker. The concert took place on March 17.
Peabody students and alumni were involved in a concert at First and Franklin Presbyterian Church in Baltimore that honored the lives lost to gun violence in Baltimore and uplifted the work of BUILD. The concert was a part of the Spire Series, and took place on Sunday, March 24 at 2:30 pm. Jason Kissel (DMA ’07, Organ), Meredith Piplani (MM ’17, Voice), Nick Dogas (MM ’13, Voice), Robert Cantrell (MM ’90, GPD ’92, Voice), and current Peabody students Lisa McNulty, voice; Rahzé Cheatham, voice; and Jeremy Earnest, composition, were all involved, performing Gabriel Faure’s Requiem, spirituals, and other works tied to the theme. Proceeds from the concert benefited BUILD’s program Turnaround Tuesday.
Master’s candidate Jordan Prescott, organ, has been named one of Diapason Magazine’s “20 Under 30,” which recognizes young people who have established themselves at the forefront of the organ, harpsichord, and church music professions. Prescott will be recognized in the May issue of the Diapason. He is a student of Dr. John Walker.
Peabody master’s candidate Jordan Prescott, organ, will present a recital featuring works by Bach, Franck, Johannes Matthias Michel, and Messiaen at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The concert will take place on Sunday, March 10, 2019, at 5:15 pm, and will be free, but with $10 suggested donation. Prescott will play the cathedral’s 10,650-pipe great organ for this concert.
On December 1, 2018, Felix Hell (AD ’07, MM ’08, DMA ’16, Organ) will release his most recent CD, “Poetic Visions,” featuring romantic organ music by German composers. It was recorded on the historic 1902 E.F. Walcker Organ in Lüdenscheid, Germany and will be released by MSR Classics. The program includes works by Max Reger, Johannes Brahms, Josef Gabriel Rheinberger, Felix Mendelssohn, and Franz Liszt. This is Hell’s twelfth album. For more information about the recording, please visit www.felixhell.com.