Steven Finley (BM ’78, Flute), president of Flute FX in Boston, returned to Peabody this fall to judge the Yale Gordon Competition and give lectures in both the Conservatory and Preparatory.
Master’s candidate Amanda Dame, flute, has performed around Baltimore and Washington, D.C. in a number of holiday performances. On Sunday, December 9, Dame was joined by graduate performance diploma candidate Chelsea de Souza, piano, in a performance at Anderson House in Washington, D.C., home to the Society of the Cincinnati in Dupont Circle. They presented a diverse program with everything from fun holiday classics to rarely-performed music by Sidney Lanier. Music on the program included Three American Pieces by Lukas Foss, Romance Op. 23 by Amy Beach, Embraceable You by George Gershwin, and Wind Song by Sidney Lanier. The event was sold out. Then, Dame appeared solo as a part of the Hedgelawn Classical Series presents Peabody at The Mainstay concert on Sunday, December 16. There she presented a concert of holiday music.
Peabody’s Chamber Music Department has announced the 2018-19 Honors Ensembles. Zenith Winds, comprised of Drew Dardis, flute; Andrea Copland, oboe; Chadwick Thomas, clarinet; Jordan Dinkins, horn; and Mateen Milan, bassoon and the Silk Ruby Trio comprised of Fangming Shen, violin; Lan Zhang, viola; and Mafalda Santos, cello, have both been selected to perform in the Honors Ensemble Concert on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at 7:30 pm in Goodwin Hall.
Woodwinds chair Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet, is doing a residency at the New World Symphony in Miami this week, working with clarinet fellows, coaching chamber music, and performing the Mozart Clarinet Quintet with NWS musicians on Sunday, December 16, at 2:00 pm, at the New World Center in Miami, Fla.
Kyle Jones (MM ‘18, Saxophone) won the University of Texas-Austin’s annual Brass/Wind/Percussion Concerto Competition on November 11, 2018. He performed Florent Schmitt’s Legende for alto saxophone and orchestra, and as part of the winning package, he will have the opportunity to perform this rarely staged concerto with the UT orchestra.