Mezzo-soprano Claire Galloway Weber (MM ’15, Voice) and baritone Brad Testerman, a voice student in the studio of Steve Rainbolt and master’s candidate studying saxophone with Gary Louie, and collaborative pianist/conductor John Henderson (MM ’15, Composition), will present “As Caged Birds,” a recital of contemporary vocal chamber music presented with visual art by Mollie Komins at the Baltimore War Memorial on Friday, April 28 at 8:00 pm. The musical pieces and visual art presented will take on issues of identity, humanity, and connection through art and love. Weber will present Judith Weir’s The Voice of Desire, Testerman will present songs by Samuel Barber set to poetry by James Joyce and James Agee, and the pair will present selections from Laura Kaminsky’s chamber opera As One accompanied by a string quartet including GPD candidate Kaleigh Acord, senior violin student Naomi Schrank, GPD candidate Daniel Jacobs (MM ’15, Viola), and GPD candidate Tzu-Jou Yeh.
Recent Grammy Award recipient Zuill Bailey (BM ’94, Cello) has been named the artistic director of University of Texas at El Paso Department of Music’s new Center for Arts Entrepreneurship that is set to open in the fall. The center will engage students in a variety of projects and workshops geared around résumé enhancement, creating digital portfolios, audience development, and creating performance opportunities. Additionally, the center will work with local arts groups to train musicians in marketing, audience development, media relations, grant writing, fundraising, and performing a wide range of music and styles in a variety of settings. El Paso Pro-Musica’s Young Artist Development Series, El Paso Pro-Musica and the Peabody Institute’s partnership series, will partner with the center for its artist-in-residency program.
WWFM The Classical Network will broadcast and audio-stream three Peabody recordings on Monday evening, April 10, beginning at 8:00 pm. The program will include the Peabody Symphony Orchestra performing Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 with Marin Alsop conducting, recorded Friday, October 28, 2016; Haydn’s Sinfonia concertante, Op. 8, with Leon Fleisher conducting featuring students Teresa Ching Lin, oboe; Shannon Fitzhenry, violin; Jiaoyang Xu, cello; and faculty artist Phillip Kolker, bass, performed September 24, 2016; and Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39 with Leon Fleisher conducting, performed September 24, 2016.
Trio Jinx– senior Louna Dekker-Vargas, flute; master’s candidate Ledah Finck (BM ’16, Violin); and master’s candidate Yoshi Horiguchi, double bass- will be featured in a culminating concert for El Paso Pro-Musica’s Young Artist Development Series, El Paso Pro-Musica and the Peabody Institute’s partnership series, on Saturday, April 8 at 5:00 pm at University of Texas at El Paso’s Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall. Find tickets and more information here.