Peabody Peled Cello Gang performed Wonderful/Hallelujah arranged by Brett Howland during their sold out encore at Grace Church as part of The Grace Church Concert Series.
The Peabody Peled Cello Gang is composed of Peabody Conservatory students from Amit Peled’s studio. The students range from undergraduate freshmen to second-year master’s students. The group comes together to perform works that have been written or arranged for cello ensemble and can also be seen performing concerti with their major professor. They can now be seen performing across the country.
Click here to watch their live performance at Grace Church.
Cavani Quartet celebrates and welcomes its newest member, cellist Si-Yan Darren Li (MM ’08, AD ’08, Cello). Mr. Li joins Annie Fullard and Mari Sato, violins, and Eric Wong, viola, in Cavani Quartet concerts this spring and will join the chamber music faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music this fall.
Winchendon Music Festival, founded and directed by Andrew Arceci (BM ’08, Double Bass, Viola da Gamba), will celebrate its second season June 22-25 at Old Centre Church in Winchendon, Mass. The festival will feature international artists performing French and Italian Baroque music, old Scottish folk music, pieces by early New England composers, and selections from the Great American Songbook. Local assistance for the festival includes grants from the Winchendon Cultural Council, Ashburnham Cultural Council, and support from the Robinson Broadhurst Foundation. The Winchendon Music Festival is dedicated to the memory of Mr. Areci’s father, Dr. Robert Arceci.
Recent Peabody Alumni to Win Positions in Major Orchestras include:
Maki Kubota (BM ’13, Cello) – Houston Symphony, cello
Lucinda Chiu (BM ’15, Violin)- LA Opera Orchestra, violin
Yuan Qi (GPD ’17, Viola) – Assistant principal viola of Delaware Symphony
Alan Buxbaum (BM ’17, Conducting) – Assistant conductor of New York Youth Orchestra
Gabriel Meza (BM ’13, MM ’14, GPD ’16, Violin) – Section violin of Annapolis Symphony
Gabriel Lee (MM ’17, Viola, Early Music: Baroque Violin) – Section violin of Annapolis Symphony
Ha-Young Kim (BM ’11, GPD ’12, Violin) – Section violin of Harrisburg Symphony
On April 19, composition faculty member Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition) and cellist Lavena Johanson (MM ’13, Cello) released a recording of Dr. Adashi’s The Beauty of the Protest, for singing cellist. The piece was inspired by the work of photographer Devin Allen, specifically his documentation of the 2015 Baltimore Uprising. The new track, engineered by Director of Recording Arts Scott Metcalfe, is available here. Half of the proceeds go to BmoreLeadFree, a campaign to raise awareness about Baltimore’s ongoing lead poisoning crisis and the push to eliminate lead poison in our city as a threat to children’s health. On May 16, Ms. Johanson and poet Tariq Touré debuted a new version of the piece, combining Dr. Adashi’s music with Mr. Touré’s poem, “April 27.” The performance was featured as part of the Johns Hopkins Diversity Leadership Council’s Diversity Recognition Awards, at 3:30 pm in the Glass Pavilion on the Homewood Campus.