Festival Baltimore will return June 3-17, and will feature a number of Peabody alumni and faculty. Svet Stoyanov (BM ‘03, GPD ‘05, Percussion) will play on Friday, June 8, at 7:30 pm. He will perform music by Bartok and Crum for two pianos and percussion. Faculty artist Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet, will perform on Saturday, June 9, at 7:30 pm. He will play on a program featuring the complete works for viola, clarinet, and piano by Robert Schumann. Netanel Draiblate (MM ’07, GPD ’09, Violin) will play on Sunday, June 17, at 7:30 pm, in the final concert of the festival, which will feature Mendelssohn’s piano trios and a sextet.
Peabody percussion master’s candidate Robert Rocheteau was accepted into the Artist-in-Residence program for the Victory Players in Holyoke, Mass. In this inaugural project, the ensemble will work with music inspired by the rich culture of Puerto Rico. The ensemble will work with clinicians to explore aspects of Puerto Rican style, and premiere new compositions written by the clinicians.
Peabody faculty artist Nasar Abadey, jazz, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the DC Jazz Festival in June, 2018. Chucho Valdés will also receive the award. The award will be presented on June 15, in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.
Peabody master’s candidate Taylor Davis, percussion, has received the Presser Foundation’s Graduate Music Award for his proposal, “Percussion Education Website.” The website will provide beginning and intermediate instruction on percussion instruments and create a digital library of high-quality percussion performance videos.
Sandbox Percussion – Victor Caccese (BM ’11, Percussion), Terry Sweeney (BM ’13, Percussion), Ian Rosenbaum (BM ’08, Percussion), and Jonathan Allen – will be kicking off a West Coast tour on Thursday, January 25 in Denver, Colo, in a performance for percussion students at Lamont School of Music. From there, they travel to Portland, Ore, and Seattle for performances with the Spontaneous Combustion New Music Festival on January 26 at 7:30 pm and 27 at 7:00 pm. They then travel to Los Angeles to perform with the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra on Saturday, February 10, at 10:00 pm, and again with the same ensemble but in Santa Monica on Sunday, February 11, at 2:00 pm. On Monday, February 12, at 8:00 pm, they close their tour with a performance at Fresno State University, in Fresno, Calif. Not part of their tour, but also upcoming, is a concert at in New York City, with the Carnegie Hill Concert Series. This concert will be on Tuesday, February 20, at 7:00 pm, at the Church of Advent Hope. These concert will feature many different composers including Peabody faculty member Steve Reich, Andy Akiho, Elliot Cole, Thomas Kotcheff (BM ’10, Piano), Viet Cuong (BM ’11, MM ’12, Composition), Aart Strootman, Andrew Rindfleisch, and some by their own Mr. Allen and Mr. Caccese.