Monday, March 28, 2011

THIS WEEK @ THE PEABODY CONSERVATORY

Gary LouieTomorrow, Tuesday, Mar. 29, at 7:30 PM, faculty artist Gary Louie, alto saxophone, and Daniel Gaisford, cello, will perform Last Autumn by Composition Department Chair Michael Hersch. This version of the 41-movement chamber work, commissioned by the Washington Performing Arts Society and Louie, was premiered by Louie and Gaisford at New York's Merkin Concert Hall in February 2010. At the October 2009 premiere in Philadelphia of the original version for horn and cello, Philadelphia Inquirer critic David Patrick Stearns wrote: "The musical unity of Last Autumn comes from recurring leitmotifs, mainly a stuttering series of abrasive chords suggesting a blinding revelation. Subsequent appearances weren't thematically altered as much as they were presented from different vantage points—like Monet paintings that repeat the same object in different lights." Tickets for the concert, in Peabody's Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students. To purchase tickets, call the Peabody Box Office at 410.234.4800.

Also this week

On Wednesday, Mar. 30, at 7:00 PM, renowned violist Nobuko Imai will give a free recital with Pamela Frank, violin, and Victoria Chiang, viola, both faculty artists, and Doctor of Musical Arts candidate Sheng-Yuan Kuan, piano. On the program for the recital, in Peabody's Leith Symington Griswold Hall, are: Mozart's Duo for Violin and Viola in G, K. 423; Britten's Cello Suite No. 1, Op. 72; Bridge's Lament for Two Violas; and Brahms' Sonata in F minor, Op. 120, No. 1. Imai will also give a master class on Tuesday, Mar. 29, at 11:00 AM, in Peabody's Cohen-Davison Family Theatre.

On Thursday, Mar. 31, at 8:00 PM, and Sunday, Apr. 3, at 3:00 PM, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra will perform John Corigliano's Pied Piper Fantasy, featuring BSO principal flutist and Peabody faculty artist Emily Skala, joined by flutists and drummers from the BSO's OrchKids program and the Tuned-In program of the Peabody Preparatory. In addition, Maestra Marin Alsop, a Distinguished Visiting Artist at the Conservatory, will lead the BSO and OrchKids in the world premiere of the BSO commission OrchKids Nation, written by composer David Rimelis. Both performances will be at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral Street. For tickets, visit bsomusic.org.

On Friday, Apr. 1, at 5:45 PM, Conservatory alumna Jessica Tong (MM ’08, GPD ’10, Violin) and her fellow Vinca Quartet members—violinist Aaron Requiro, violist Laura Seay, and cellist An-Lin Bardin—will perform string quartets by Beethoven and Bartók at a Peabody at Homewood concert. The concert will be held at the Homewood Museum on the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus, 3400 North Charles Street. Tickets are $15, $12 for Homewood Museum members, and $8 for full-time students. To purchase tickets, call 410.516.5589.

Peabody Dance, a division of the Preparatory, will present its 2011 Choreography Showcase in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall on Saturday, April 2, at 7:30 PM, and Sunday, April 3, at 3:00 PM. Seven works choreographed by Artistic Director Carol Bartlett and faculty members Meredith Rainey and Laura Dolid will be premiered at the performance, titled "Live Guitars, Percussion, and a Dash of Hip Hop." Rainey, a former Pennsylvania Ballet soloist, and Christine Buttorff, a former member of the Nashville Ballet, will dance with 17 of Peabody Dance's most accomplished students. Conservatory students will perform on two of the works choreographed by Bartlett: percussionists on Mantra, choreographed to Avalokitesvara's Hand, a composition written by GRAMMY nominee Angel Lam (MM ’03, Composition; MM ’05, Music Theory), and a Conservatory guitar ensemble on East L.A. Phase, which uses a new arrangement of Wayne Siegel's minimalist piece. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students and children under 18. To purchase tickets, call the Peabody Box Office at 410.234.4800.

Free noon recitals

This week's free Thursday Noon recital in Leith Symington Griswold Hall will feature the Peabody Brass Soloists, conducted by James Olin, performing Dances of the French Renaissance by Claude Gervaise and Pierre d'Attaignant; hornist Jessica Morrison and pianist Hye-Sung Hwang performing Josef Rheinberger's Sonata in E-flat, Op. 178; trombonist Kristin Stauffer and organist Christopher Keenan performing Ernst Schiffmann's Intermezzo in A-flat, Op. 53; and the C Street Brass—trumpeters John Ehrenberg and Scott Nadelson, hornist Joseph Hughes, trombonist Gabriel Colby, and tubist Haim Mazar—performing Malcolm Arnold's Quintet for Brass, Op. 73.

Voice students of Steven Rainbolt will perform on Friday, Apr. 1, at noon as part of the free Asger Hamerik Recital Series at the Walters Art Museum, 600 North Charles Street.

Conservatory student recitals

Conservatory student recitals are free and open to the public. There are 32 recitals scheduled this week. For a list of recitals including student name, degree program, instrument/voice, date, time, and hall, visit peabody.jhu.edu/recitals.

Talks

Malcolm Addey, who began his legendary career as a recording engineer at the EMI Studios on Abbey Road in North London from 1958 to 1968, will give a free talk, "Recording Techniques of the 1950s and '60s," on Tuesday, Mar. 29, at 6:00 PM, in Room 317C (Conservatory Building).

On Wednesday, Mar. 30, at 5:00 PM, Wendy Heller, Professor in the Department of Music and Director of the Program in Italian Studies at Princeton University, will give a free talk, "Rescuing Ariadne," as part of the Peabody Musicology Doctor of Musical Arts Colloquium. The talk will take place in Room 308C (Conservatory Building).

Upcoming concerts
  • Harlan D. Parker will direct a performance of Johan de Meij's Symphony No. 3, "Planet Earth," by the Peabody Wind Ensemble and members of the Peabody Children's Chorus, and other works, on Tuesday, April 5, 7:30 PM in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.
  • Gene Young will conduct the Peabody Camerata in a performance of Schoenberg and Riehn's transcription of Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with soloists Sonya Knussen, alto, and William Davenport, tenor, on Saturday, April 9, 7:30 PM in Leith Symington Griswold Hall.
  • Faculty artist John Walker, organ, will perform works by Schütz, Bach, Schumann and Karg-Elert with student vocalists and instrumentalists in celebration of the International Year of Collaborative Music on Sunday, April 10, 4:00 PM in Leith Symington Griswold Hall.

To listen to Audio Program Notes for a specific concert, visit www.peabody.jhu.edu/events one week prior and click on the headphones icons on the concert webpage.