Washington Garcia (MM ’98, DMA ’03, Piano) was awarded the medal for Outstanding Cultural Achievement by the Ecuadorian National Assembly. This is the highest recognition the Ecuadorian Government gives to an individual who has demonstrated excellence in the arts. Garcia also had his debut with the Omaha Symphony and performed regularly throughout the U.S. Next year he will perform as guest soloist in Ecuador, Louisiana, China, Dominican Republic, and also as recitalist in Arizona, Texas, Maryland, and others.
Peabody alumni Ben Shaver (BM ’12 Voice), Claire Galloway Weber (MM ‘15 Voice), Peter Tomaszewski (MM ’10 Voice, GPD ’12 Opera), Michael Dodge (MM ’16 Voice), Kerry Holahan (MM ’14 Early Music Voice), Justin Nurin (GPD ’10 Trumpet), Cody Raum (BM ’13 Double Bass, MM ’14 Music Theory), Stephanie Ray (MM ’12 Flute) and Aaron Thacker (MM ’16 Piano) will be featured in Stillpointe Theatre’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti. The production, which opened on January 12, will run until January 27. It was reviewed on “Midday with Tom Hall” on WYPR. The show is taking place at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Baltimore, Md., and has two shows left, both beginning at 8:00 pm.
Faculty artist Brian Ganz (AD ’93, Piano), piano, will perform works by Chopin, including the Waltz in C-sharp minor, the Fantaisie-Impromptu, and the great Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53, on Saturday, February 10, at 8:00 pm, at The Music Center at Strathmore.
Faculty artist Boris Slutsky, piano, will featured in Mozart’s Piano Concerto, No. 21 with the Reading Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, January 27, at 7:30 pm, in Pennsylvania. The concert will celebrate Mozart’s 262nd birthday and includes Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni and Mozart’s Symphony No. 39.
Michael Sheppard (BM ’98, MM ’00, GPD ’03, Piano) will be featured with the Columbia Orchestra for Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 on Saturday, January 27, at 7:30 pm at the Jim Rouse Theatre in Columbia, Md. Also on the program is Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 and Deadlock by Ruby Fulton (DMA ’09, Composition).