The Peabody Historical Performance Department has a robust calendar of events in December. On Friday, December 1, at 12:00 pm, the B’more Bach Ensemble, composed of Peabody students Matthew Gabriel, baroque cello; Sarah Lynn, baroque flute; Paula Maust and Patrick Merrill, harpsichord; and Stephanie Zimmerman, baroque violin; with Katelyn Aungst, soprano, and William Marshall, baritone, presents works of J.S. Bach. This will take place at the Walters Art Museum, and is free and open to the public. Mezzo-soprano Kristen Dubenion-Smith (MM ’05, Voice) will be featured in a concert presented by Eya Ensemble for Medieval Music. This concert presents The Jesse Tree, a sublime array of haunting chant and polyphony for Advent, and will take place on Friday, December 1, at 1:00 pm, at Catholic University’s Caldwell Auditorium in Washington, D.C. and on Sunday, December 10, at 4:00 pm, at Grace Episcopal Church in Silver Spring, Md. Ronn McFarlane (’79, Guitar) will present a solo recital “Celtic and Modern Folk Music for the Lute” on Saturday, December 9, at 7:00 pm at Takoma Park Community Center in Takoma Park, Md. Finally, the Handel Choir of Baltimore, Handel Period Instrument Orchestra and vocal soloists including soprano Kerry Holahan (MM ’14, Early Music, Voice) will present The Messiah on Saturday, December 9, at 7:30 pm, at Grace United Methodist Church of the Redeemer and on Sunday, December 10, at 3:00 pm, at St Mark Catholic Church, both in Baltimore.
Mezzo-soprano Diana Cantrelle (MM ’12, Voice, Pedagogy) recently sang the title role in Carmen – Vive la Liberté, a newly edited version which she created. In the new version, she has restored the spoken dialogue between musical numbers, which is what Bizet originally intended. In December, Cantrelle will sing the role of the Mother in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. This show will take place at the Howard County Center for the Arts on December 1, at 7:30 pm; December 2, at 2:30 and 7:30 pm; and December 3, at 2:30 pm. There will also be a lunchtime performance on Sunday, December 17 at 1:00 pm, to be followed by a holiday sing-along. This performance will take place at Germano’s Piattini in Baltimore’s Little Italy. All of these events are associated with Opus Concert Theatre, where Cantrelle is the artistic director.
Soprano Maureen Smith (BM ’12, Voice) recently co-founded Scapi Magazine, a Chicago-based publication that looks to highlight up-and-coming musicians and artists throughout the midwest. Smith collaborated with other Peabody alumni including Tyler Lee (BM ’12, Voice), Josef Kardell (BM ’12, Composition), and Molly Young (MM ’13, Voice, Early Music).
Soprano Lu-Hsuan Lucy Chen (MM ’95, Voice) and David Chapman (GPD ’92, Piano) will join members of the Taiwanese Chamber Orchestra to present a concert titled “When the East Meets the West.” The concert will take place on Sunday, March 11, 2018, at 4:00 pm at Howard Community College in Columbia, Md. This concert is a part of the school’s Faculty Concert Series.
Faculty artists William Sharp, baritone, and Alexander Shtarkman, piano, will be featured in PostClassical Ensemble’s upcoming concert, Music in Wartime: A Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration. The concert is on Thursday, December 7, at 7:30 pm, and will be held at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. The program will feature works by Hanns Eisler, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Arnold Schoenberg.