Peabody students Elizabeth Sarian, mezzo-soprano, and vocal accompanying master’s candidate Nathan Cicero, piano, will be performing a concert at University of Maryland-Baltimore County on Thursday, February 8, at 7:30 pm. This is a part of UMBC’s Interplay project, which pairs Peabody graduate students with UMBC music major undergraduates. The project also involves masterclasses, chamber music coaching, audition preparation seminars and mock audition panels in addition to the interactive recitals. Sarian and Cicero will present music by Grieg, Messiaen, Musto, Mahler, Cicero, and Gershwin. This free recital will take place at the Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall in Baltimore, Md.
The Peabody Opera Outreach will be performing Errollyn Wallen’s ANON at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage on Sunday, February 4, at 6:00 pm. The opera explores the subjects of domestic/familial abuse, human trafficking, and the inequities women face, and was composed specifically to bring these issues to light for young women. Performers include: Madilyn Crossland, Laura, Doyon, Abigail Hart, Carly Henderson, Sarah Spivack, and Yin Zhu. This non-ticketed event is free, and it will be live streamed.
Their partner, The Samaritan Women, a national nonprofit organization providing restorative care to survivors, and bringing about an end to domestic human trafficking through awareness, prevention, and advocacy, will be represented at this performance. Learn more about The Samaritan Women here.
Composer Jake Heggie completes a weeklong Peabody Chamber Opera residency with four performances of a new version of his Out of Darkness: Two Remain, February 8–11 at Theatre Project, 45 West Preston Street, Baltimore. The Wall Street Journal calls Heggie “arguably the world’s most popular 21st century opera and art song composer.” His opera, with a libretto by Gene Scheer based in part on the true stories of two Holocaust survivors, was commissioned by Music of Remembrance and received its world premiere in May 2016. Peabody’s production will be stage directed by Garnett Bruce with Eileen Cornett as music director and conductor. More…
Faculty artist Michael Hersch (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition) had the Chicago premiere of his opera, On the Threshold of Winter, on January 18 and 20. Chicago-based Ensemble Dal Niente hosted guest soprano, Ah Young Hong (BM ’98, MM ’01, Voice), who originated the leading role. The performance was reviewed in the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Classical Review.
Preparatory voice student Laura Stanell was the voice finalist representative from the Pennsylvania Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) voice competition for the senior division grade 9-12 and participated this past weekend at West Virginia University in the MTNA East Coast Eastern Division competition for voice, in the senior division. She sang a four-piece program by Handel, Mozart, Brahms, and Barber. She was named Alternate for the MTNA National competition. Stanell studies with Carol Cavey-Miles.