Michael Britt (BM ’84, Organ) will participate in a Brass and Organ Concert on Sunday, December 10, at 7:00 pm, at the Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. This concert will feature members of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Brass as well as Britt, who will play the church’s historic 1931 Skinner Organ. The first half of the program will feature traditional brass and organ music and the second half will be holiday arrangements for the ensemble.
Organist and composer Trent Johnson (BM ’89, GPD ’91, Organ) was recently commissioned by Trilogy: An Opera Company to write the opera Kenyatta, based upon the life of Jomo Kenyatta, freedom fighter and the first president of Kenya. Excerpts from the opera were staged and performed in August, but the full premiere will take place at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, N.J., on November 19, 2017.
Organ faculty artist John Walker was in Shanghai from September 9 to 18 to adjudicate the Shanghai Conservatory of Music’s first international competition in organ performance. Top prize $6,000. The two final rounds were held September 14 and 15 at the Shanghai Oriental Art Center and the Shanghai Conservatory. This was the first event of its kind to take place in Shanghai, and was met with great success. 24 organists from 9 different countries came together for a week of events, competitions, and performances. The Organ Art Center at SCHM was established in 2015 and aims to create a world class organ society to China. Walker was a jury member for the competition, presented a masterclass, and performed with other members of the jury in a concert.
Roderick Demmings Jr. (BM ’16, Organ) will play this Sunday for the Abyssinia Baptist Church in Harlem, New York. The service will be streamed here at 10:00 am, Sunday, September 24.
Community Concerts at Second in Baltimore has announced its 2017-18 season and several Peabody alumni are featured soloists: Felix Hell (AD ’07, MM ’08, DMA ’16, Organ) on September 24, bass-baritone Robert Cantrell (MM ’90, GPD ’92, Voice) on November 12, Alon Goldstein (GPD ’95, MM ’96, Piano) on March 11, all at 3:30 pm. Other alumni will perform on the Chamber Music by Candelight concerts throughout the season.