Dorotea Racz (BM ’10, MM ’11, Cello), Dmitry Samogray (BM ’11, Piano), Gleb Kanasevich (BM ’11, Clarinet), and flautist Ginevra Petrucci, have released a CD featuring the chamber music of American composer Robert Muczynski under the Brilliant Classics label. The CD is available for streaming on Amazon, Spotify, and Naxos Music Library and will be released on May 19 to ship worldwide. Find more information and stream or purchase the CD here.
Faculty artist Katherine Needleman and former preparatory faculty Hanchien Lee will present a benefit concert for Baltimore School of the Arts on Sunday, May 21 at 3:30 pm at An Die Musik in Baltimore. The concert program will include Schumann’s Three Romances, Silvestrini’s Six Etudes, Hindemith’s Sonata for Oboe and Piano, Schumann’s Faschingsschwank aus Wien, and Chia-Yu Hsu’s Contrast for Oboe and Piano. Ms. Needleman is a graduate of the School for the Arts and is donating all the proceeds from this recital and CD sales from her recent debut CD Duos for Oboe and Piano to the Baltimore School for the Arts Foundation.
Ensemble Leonarda– an early music ensemble founded at Peabody featuring Nancy Kito (BM ’91, Organ), Susan Graham (BM ’90, Flute), Claire Smith Bermingham, and Sarah Stone- was featured by the New York Philharmonic’s New World Initiative Project in a performance with vocalist Kelly Dwyer at the National Opera Center on February 16, with the Deputy Consul General of the Czech Republic in New York, Karel Smékal, in attendance. In 1893, Antonín Dvořák was commissioned by the NY Philharmonic to write the “New World” Symphony; and during the 2016-17 season, the New York Philharmonic invited ensembles to participate by performing all or part of the New World Symphony through their New World Initiative Project. The resulting videotaped performances would be part of the NY Philharmonic Digital Archives.
The Poulenc Trio – Bryan Young (BM ’96, Bassoon); Preparatory faculty artist Irina Kaplan Lande, piano; and Liang Wang, oboe – will give the world premiere of the scored stop motion film Trains of Thought: Animated on Sunday, May 21, at 4:00 pm, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Trains of Thought: Animated is the result of a multi-year collaboration between the trio, composer Viet Cuong (BM ’11, MM ’12, Composition), and artists Elizabeth and Alden Phelps. During the film, viewers will experience a stop-motion animated M.C. Escher-like fantasy world, populated by line-drawn figures inspired by New Yorker illustrator Saul Steinberg, scored by Mr. Cuong, and performed by the Poulenc Trio. The concert program will also feature works by Françaix, Rossini, Saint-Saens, and Shostakovich. On Saturday, May 6 at 8:00 pm, the trio will perform the final concert of the Dumbarton Concerts Series at Dumbarton Church in Georgetown, Washington D.C. The season finale concert will feature music from the trio’s latest CD, Creation, and guest poet, Guggenheim-winner Lia Purpura.
Clifton Guidry, a sophomore studying bassoon, will perform with Rebekah Heller on her album release show for her newest album Metafagote at Abrons Arts Center in New York City on April 26 at 8:30 pm. Mr. Guidry will be performing in the ensemble of the title piece of the album, Felipe Lara’s Metafagote for solo bassoon and 6 bassoons. Find more information and tickets here.