Inspired by the richness of Baroque music and close friendships, Alan Choo (MM ’14, Violin, Early Music; GPD ’16, Violin) and eight other Peabody alumni have formed Singapore’s first Baroque orchestra, Red Dot Baroque. The group released a major virtual collaboration – a fun educational video presenting the life, mishaps, and music of the French Baroque composer Jean-Baptiste Lully. June 2020 would have marked the group’s inaugural U.S. tour, which included collaborations with Apollo’s Fire Baroque Orchestra and appearances at the Indianapolis Early Music Festival, Kennedy Center, and more. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tour has been postponed and will be re-announced shortly.
Juniors Siyuan Yin, In Soo Oh, and Gemma Baek won the first, second, and third prizes, respectively, in the Sidney Forrest Clarinet Competition (college division) hosted virtually by the University of Maryland, School of Music. All three are students of Alexander Fiterstein. Sidney Forrest (1918-2013) was a faculty member at the Peabody Conservatory for 40 years.
Professor Marina Piccinini will move her Marina Piccinini International Masterclasses online. The master classes, taking place May 26 to May 31, are called “Beyond the Score: Expression through Interpretation” and are in-depth exploration of the complete concert repertoire for the flute, spanning the Baroque to the contemporary eras.
Heartbeat Opera posted a video of its virtual choir, orchestra, dancers, and gardeners bringing to digital life Bernstein’s masterpiece “Make Our Garden Grow” from Candide, featuring Taylor-Alexis Dupont (MM ’16, Voice) and Gleb Kanasevich (BM ’11, Clarinet) as audio engineer. The company’s performance of Lady M was featured in The Washington Post.
Dutch conductor Robert Kahn (BM ’15, Clarinet, KSAS BS ’15, Physics) directed student musicians at the Curtis Institute of Music in a performance of America the Beautiful for a video dedicated to the healthcare workers who put their lives on the line to save others. Kahn was recently chosen as the 2019 Conducting Fellow at the Curtis Institute.