Piotr Pakhomkin (BM ’08, MM ’10, Guitar) will be joined Toni A. Stefano (MM ’00, Voice) for the Sacred Heart Parish annual Christmas Concert, in Glyndon, Md. on Friday, December 15, at 7:00 pm. The concert will feature other local musicians as well, and music will include Concerto in D major by Antonio Vivaldi, as well as traditional favorites, “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “What Child is This” and “Ding Dong Merrily on High,” along with other seasonal favorites. The Sacred Heart Children’s Chorus will join the musicians for a Christmas Canon.
Faculty artist Garnett Bruce recently directed San Francisco Opera’s production of Turandot. Soprano Toni Marie Palmertree (BM ‘06, Voice) made her debut in her role as Liu, the faithful slave. Peabody alumnus Christopher Don Franklin (DMA ’99, Conducting) will make his San Francisco Opera conducting debut in the second run of the production, which will run until December 9.
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.
Pianist Eileen Cornett, director of the graduate vocal accompanying program in collaborative piano at Peabody, will be playing fo Annapolis Opera’s concert, Arias and Encores. The event will be on Sunday, December 3, at 3:00 pm, at Calvary United Methodist Church in Annapolis, Md. Ronald Gretz (BM ’66, Voice; MM ’68, Choral Conducting) is the artistic director of Annapolis Opera, and Elisabeth Slaten (MM ’12, Voice/Pedagogy) will also be featured on this concert. This concert is also the first concert of their 2017-18 season.
The Baltimore Consort, featuring Peabody alumni and current and former faculty members Mary Anne Ballard, Mark Cudek (MM ’82, Lute), Ronn McFarlane (’79, Guitar), and Mindy Rosenfeld (BM ’80, Flute), will give concerts at the Met Cloisters on Sunday, December 3, at 1:00 and 3:00 pm. In the same series of concerts, Elaine Lachica (BM ’97, Voice) will be featured in the Waverly Consort’s presentation of The Christmas Story, which will take place on Saturday, December 9, and Sunday, December 10, at 1:00 and 3:00 pm.