Outcalls – a sextet led by Britt Olsen-Ecker (BM ’09, Voice) and Melissa Wimbish (GPD ’11, Voice; GPD ’14, Chamber Ensemble) – will release an album, No King, on Friday, September 15, at 8:00 pm, at WTMD, 1 Olympic Place in Towson, Md. The concert will also be live on the air at 89.7 FM (WTMD Radio).
The duo was interviewed in a story in The Baltimore Sun.
Vocal studies faculty member and opera stage director Garnett Bruce directed Puccini’s Turandot for the 2017-18 San Francisco Opera season opener on Friday, September 8. Soprano Toni Marie Palmertree (BM ‘06, Voice) made her debut in her role as Liu, the faithful slave. The production runs now until September 30, and then November 18 to December 9. When the production returns in November, Peabody alumnus Christopher Don Franklin (DMA ’99, Conducting) will make his San Francisco Opera conducting debut.
On Friday, September 8, at 7:00 pm, Two Cities, a vocal duo with soprano Melissa Wimbish (GPD ’11, Voice; GPD ’14, Chamber Ensemble) and mezzo-soprano Elspeth Davis (MM ’06, Voice) will perform with Hui-Chuan Chen (MM ’06, DMA ’14, Piano), as part of season two of Thrive Music Live. Two Cities was created to take a new look at early and traditional music, as well as expand the repertoire of contemporary music written for two female voices.
Community Concerts at Second in Baltimore has announced its 2017-18 season and several Peabody alumni are featured soloists: Felix Hell (AD ’07, MM ’08, DMA ’16, Organ) on September 24, bass-baritone Robert Cantrell (MM ’90, GPD ’92, Voice) on November 12, Alon Goldstein (GPD ’95, MM ’96, Piano) on March 11, all at 3:30 pm. Other alumni will perform on the Chamber Music by Candelight concerts throughout the season.
Faculty composer Douglas Buchanan (MM ’08, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy; DMA ’13, Composition) and librettist Caitlin Vincent (MM ’09, Voice) win the $25,000 Sackler Prize for Music Composition from the University of Connecticut. The collaboration is a one-hour opera to be premiered in 2019, focusing on Bessie Coleman, the first female African-American aviator, and Ma Ferguson, the first female governor of Texas. The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize offers a $25,000 cash prize, recordings, and substantial recognition including public performances. The competition will be an biennial event rotating among specific areas of the musical arts. These include: jazz ensemble, choir, opera, wind ensemble, orchestra, children’s choir, chamber ensemble, solo instrument, voice, and electronic music.