Peabody doctoral candidate Nathan Cornelius, guitar, was the next participant in a collaboration with El Paso Pro-Musica. Cornelius was in residence in El Paso and Las Cruces and participated in educational outreach and community engagement under Zuill Bailey. The residency began November 28.
Ensemble 4-33, which is made up of Peabody students and alumni, will make its debut performance on Saturday, December 16, at 2:00 pm, at An Die Musik in Baltimore. Current master’s candidate Ledah Finck (BM ’16, Violin), violin, will be a featured soloist, and the group will be conducted by Rebecca Smithorn (’16, Conducting). Works of Earle Brown, Joanna Bailie, Bill Drummond, Pauline Oliveros, and John Cage will all be performed, and the audience will be encouraged to participate in order to enhance their experiences of the pieces.
Faculty artist Denyce Graves will be giving a master class on Monday, December 4, at 7:30 pm, at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater. She will bring two of her students from Peabody, current master’s candidate Emma Dickinson, mezzo-soprano, and Simone Brown (MM ’17, Voice), soprano. Washington Performing Arts is presenting this event.
The Peabody Historical Performance Department has a robust calendar of events in December. On Friday, December 1, at 12:00 pm, the B’more Bach Ensemble, composed of Peabody students Matthew Gabriel, baroque cello; Sarah Lynn, baroque flute; Paula Maust and Patrick Merrill, harpsichord; and Stephanie Zimmerman, baroque violin; with Katelyn Aungst, soprano, and William Marshall, baritone, presents works of J.S. Bach. This will take place at the Walters Art Museum, and is free and open to the public. Mezzo-soprano Kristen Dubenion-Smith (MM ’05, Voice) will be featured in a concert presented by Eya Ensemble for Medieval Music. This concert presents The Jesse Tree, a sublime array of haunting chant and polyphony for Advent, and will take place on Friday, December 1, at 1:00 pm, at Catholic University’s Caldwell Auditorium in Washington, D.C. and on Sunday, December 10, at 4:00 pm, at Grace Episcopal Church in Silver Spring, Md. Ronn McFarlane (’79, Guitar) will present a solo recital “Celtic and Modern Folk Music for the Lute” on Saturday, December 9, at 7:00 pm at Takoma Park Community Center in Takoma Park, Md. Finally, the Handel Choir of Baltimore, Handel Period Instrument Orchestra and vocal soloists including soprano Kerry Holahan (MM ’14, Early Music, Voice) will present The Messiah on Saturday, December 9, at 7:30 pm, at Grace United Methodist Church of the Redeemer and on Sunday, December 10, at 3:00 pm, at St Mark Catholic Church, both in Baltimore.
Peabody master’s candidate Ledah Finck, composition and violin, was featured as the Spotlight Artist in Stay Thirsty Magazine’s fall issue.