On Sunday, February 18, the Organ Department presented Peabody alumni Marvin Mills (GPD ’02, Organ) and soprano Marlissa Hudson (MM ’01, Voice) in the concert: “The Spiritual Bach: A Connection Across Space and Time,” juxtaposing the organ works of J.S. Bach and Negro spirituals. Highlighting their commonalities, the program paired pieces of similar moods and rhythmic or melodic ideas. Among other titles the recital included Bach’s Toccata, Adagio and Fugue, BWV 564, “Schmücke dich,” “O liebe Seele,” BWV 654, and “In dir ist Freude,” BWV 615, as well as the spirituals “Little David,” “Take My Mother Home,” and “Witness.”
Peabody Children’s Chorus alumna Augusta Caso, mezzo-soprano, is singing her Metropolitan Opera debut this month as a Flower Maiden in Wagner’s Parsifal. The show has already opened, but there are remaining shows on February 10, 13, 17, 20, 20, and 27, all in New York City.
On Saturday, February 10, at 4:00 pm, Faculty artists Michael Hersch (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition) and Ah Young Hong (BM ’98, MM ’01, Voice) will present a program, “Recording the Vocal Works of Michael Hersch with Soprano Ah Young Hong.” Early 2018 sees the commercial release of two new recordings by Hong singing recent vocal works by the composer. Together, Hong and Hersch will present excerpts and discuss the collaborative process with a reception following. The event will take place at the Peabody Institute Centre Street Performance Space, and is free and open to the public.
Peabody Opera Outreach’s Where in the World is Opera? will have a live broadcast on WTMD, which will be live streamed on the WTMD facebook page, as well as the radio station, and for a live studio audience. The show is Saturday, February 10, at 9:00 am, and they will be performing for kids aged 0-5. WTMD are having Grammy-award winning kids band Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer with special guest Sonia De Los Santos will play that morning, with WITWIO as the opener. This is a part of the radio station’s Saturday Morning Tunes series. WITWIO is created in collaboration between the Peabody Opera Department and performers Matteo Belli, piano; Madeline Huss, soprano; and Rachel Sandler, mezzo-soprano; who are all Peabody master’s candidates.
Christine Lyons (MM ’16, Voice) performed at the Kennedy Center on the Millenium Stage on January 4. She presented works by Debussy, Marx, Hoiby and Argento.