Matthew Odell (MM ’03, GPD ’05, Piano) released his debut album, “Connections: The Music of Olivier Messiaen and his Students,” in February on Albany Records. The album juxtaposes music by Messiaen with that of former students Pierre Boulez, Tristan Murail, and world premiere recordings of Michel Merlet.
Curtis Bannister (GPD ’10, Voice); Tae Ho Hwang (MM ’18, Saxophone); Kate Jackman (MM ’11, Voice); and the L’abri Trio, comprised of DMA candidates Bonghee Lee, piano, Kenny Baik, saxophone, and Mauricio Rey Gallego, cello, will perform at the 22nd annual Celebration of the Arts in Howard County on Saturday, March 23, at the Peter and Elizabeth Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center. They are participating in the Rising Star Performing Arts Competition, the winner of which will be determined by a popular vote. One of these finalists will win a $5,000 cash prize.
Award-winning pianist and composer Jennifer Nicole Campbell (BM ’14, MM ’15, Piano) gave a performance at the Brandywine River Museum on December 19, 2018. Campbell performed classical selections and Christmas carol improvisations for museum visitors. She paired the musical selections with paintings of the notable Wyeth family, creating a fusion of art and musical inspiration.
Faculty artist Leon Fleisher, piano, will present a concert at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater presented by Washington Performing Arts on Saturday, February 9, at 7:30 pm in celebration of his 90th birthday. He will be joined by Katherine Jacobson and Jonathan Biss in performing works by Bach, Beethoven, Leon Kirchner, and Mozart. The evening includes a Q&A with Washington Post chief classical music critic Anne Midgette, who co-authored Fleisher’s memoir, My Nine Lives.
Yael Weiss (BM ’94, Piano) is debuting her new commissioning project at the Strathmore Mansion on January 24. The project, called “32 Bright Clouds: Beethoven Conversations Around the World,” pairs the 32 Beethoven piano sonatas with 32 newly-commissioned short piano compositions from 32 composers from different countries around the globe. On the January 24 concert, Weiss will present the first performance and feature five world premiere commissions.