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.
A review of An Organ Legacy, a CD by faculty artist Jeremy Filsell, was featured in the May 2017 edition of The American Organist. The review describes Mr. Filsell’s performance as “consistently brilliant, commanding, and musically satisfying.” An Organ Legacy features the works of Langlai, Duruflé, Dupré, Messiaen, and more performed on the 172-rank organ of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D. C., and marks 50 years of music at the Shrine and the 40th anniversary of the organ. Find An Organ Legacy available for purchase here.
Ensemble Leonarda– an early music ensemble founded at Peabody featuring Nancy Kito (BM ’91, Organ), Susan Graham (BM ’90, Flute), Claire Smith Bermingham, and Sarah Stone- was featured by the New York Philharmonic’s New World Initiative Project in a performance with vocalist Kelly Dwyer at the National Opera Center on February 16, with the Deputy Consul General of the Czech Republic in New York, Karel Smékal, in attendance. In 1893, Antonín Dvořák was commissioned by the NY Philharmonic to write the “New World” Symphony; and during the 2016-17 season, the New York Philharmonic invited ensembles to participate by performing all or part of the New World Symphony through their New World Initiative Project. The resulting videotaped performances would be part of the NY Philharmonic Digital Archives.