Robert Sacks (BM ’81, Piano) has participated in several recent performances honoring the memory of his teacher, Walter Hautzig, with whom he studied at Peabody from 1977-81. The first was an all-Schubert program in his adopted hometown of Naperville, Ill. In addition, he has recently appeared on the Classically Alive music series in Colorado Springs, Colo. with two performances on August 2, including another all-Schubert program with collaborator Abe Minzer (MM ‘78, Piano). The second performance on August 2, an all-Brahms program, consisted of performances of the composer’s two piano and cello sonatas, opp. 38 and 99, with cellist Paul Christopher. The all-Brahms program will be repeated on Monday, September 9, at 7:30 pm at Northwestern State University of Louisiana, where Mr. Christopher serves on the faculty.
“Active Listening,” a project by doctoral candidate Lior Willinger (BM ’14, MM ’16, Piano), has found a home on “I Care if You Listen.” The series features numerous other Peabody people, including faculty artists David Smooke (MM ’95, Composition), Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition), and Wendel Patrick and alumni Ledah Finck (BM ’16, Violin; MM ’18, Violin, Composition), Frances Pollock (MM ’15, Voice), and Natalie Draper (DMA ’17, Composition). The featured compositions were premiered in live performances last fall in New York City and here at Peabody.
Doctoral candidate Sun-A Park, piano, released a CD “Clementi: Keyboard Sonatas, Opp. 2, 7, 9 & 12.” The recording is now available on Amazon and was released on Naxos.
Delaware County Symphony’s artist-in-residence and newly-appointed chamber music director, Jennifer Nicole Campbell (BM ’14, MM ’15, Piano), celebrated Bastille Day with a performance of her arrangement of the French National Anthem, La Marseillaise, at Neumann University. In a unique and diverse collaboration with the Philadelphia and Wilmington Honorary Consul of France Michael Scullin, Campbell created a video celebrating French’s unique annual celebration.
Sophomore Victoria Frances Young, piano, recently participated in the Piano Concerto Festival in Budapest, Hungary July 6-14. There, she tied for first place, the orchestra special prize, and was the only one invited back to perform a concert with the Danube Symphony Orchestra in Budapest next season. At the festival, she was able to study with Stanislav Loudenitch and perform in the Danube Place.