Curtis Bannister (GPD ’10, Voice); Tae Ho Hwang (MM ’18, Saxophone); Kate Jackman (MM ’11, Voice); and the L’abri Trio, comprised of DMA candidates Bonghee Lee, piano, Kenny Baik, saxophone, and Mauricio Rey Gallego, cello, will perform at the 22nd annual Celebration of the Arts in Howard County on Saturday, March 23, at the Peter and Elizabeth Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center. They are participating in the Rising Star Performing Arts Competition, the winner of which will be determined by a popular vote. One of these finalists will win a $5,000 cash prize.
Tariq Al-Sabir (BM ’15, Voice) will perform his song cycle #UNWANTED in the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center on Thursday, February 28, at 7:30 pm. Al-Sabir will present selections from the full work, which will have its full premiere this summer at The Shed. #UNWANTED centers on Black people’s navigation through social media and access to technology and incorporates videos, a mix of genres, and a unique ensemble. Tickets for this event are free.
Faculty artist Denyce Graves, soprano, appeared on a PBS Great Performances at the Met. On Friday, February 1, Marnie was broadcast, which featured Ms. Graves as Marnie’s Mother.
Soprano Christine Lyons (MM ’16, Voice) won first place in the New England Regional Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions that were held at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall on Sunday, January 27. She won $6,000, coaching time with the Metropolitan Opera’s artistic staff, and will advance to the National Semifinals to be held on Sunday, March 24.