On November 11, Christine Niehaus (BM ‘72, MM ‘73, Piano) performed the original score by John Stepan Zamecnik in a performance of the silent film “Wings,” the first film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture. This was sponsored by The American Film Institute in Silver Springs, Md.
Longtime Preparatory faculty member Frances Cheng Koors (BM ’69, MM ’72, Piano), who also served as chair of the Piano Department, died on January 31. There will be a viewing Thursday, February 8, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm with a brief service following at 2:00 pm at Donaldson Funeral Home, Route 175, Odenton.
Nancy Roldán (MM ’76, DMA ’89, Piano) organized a Hurricane Benefit concert which took place on Sunday, January 20. RoseAnn Markow Lester (BM ’75, MM ’82, Violin), José Miguel Cueto (BM ’78, MM ’81, Violin), and Jennifer Rende (BM ’83, Viola) were all featured on the program, as well as faculty artist Edward Polochick, piano. All the money raised will go to benefit Puerto Rico in their continued efforts to recover from Hurricane Maria, which hit last year in September.
Maryland Public Television’s Artworks program will feature Peabody DMA candidate and recent Naumburg winner Xiaohui Yang, piano. WUSA9 is scheduled to air a news story about Peabody’s musician-in-residence program, featuring master’s oboe student Sam York and junior Baroque flutist Sarah Lynn.
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.