Tuesday, May 17, 2011

THIS WEEK @ PEABODY CONSERVATORY: END-OF-SEASON EVENTS

Peabody Dance's end-of-season performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream will take place on Sunday, May 22, at 1:00 and 4:00 PM in Peabody's Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. Choreographed by Artistic Director Carol Bartlett with inspiration from the works of Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, and Christopher Wheeldon, the production includes music by Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns, and Tchaikovsky. Soloists include James Ihde of Pennsylvania Ballet as Oberon, Maia Draper-Reich as Titania, Gabriela Santos as Puck, Laurel Easterling as Hermia, Gene Biscontini as Lysander, Cyndal T. Gilmore as Helena, Pasha Knopp as Demetrius, and Logan Paschall as Bottom. All seats are $8. Tickets may be purchased at the door or reserved by calling 410.234.4626.

Also this week

On Tuesday, May 17, at 7:00 PM, students in the Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) program of the Peabody Preparatory will give a free recital in Peabody's Cohen-Davison Family Theatre. Prospective students are invited to attend an open house for the ACE program on Saturday, May 21, at 2:00 PM in Peabody's Bank of America Lounge.

Several Peabody alumni will be featured in the Baltimore Concert Opera production of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro on Friday, May 20, at 7:00 PM, and Sunday, May 22, at 3:00 PM. The performances will take place in the Grand Ballroom of the Engineers Club, 11 West Mount Vernon Place. Jason Hardy (MM ’00, GPD ’04, Voice) will play the role of Figaro and Erika Juengst (MM ’00, Voice) will play the role of Susanna. For tickets, visit baltimoreconcertopera.com.

Leon Fleisher and Katherine Jacobson Fleisher of the Conservatory faculty will perform solo and duo classical piano favorites in aid of human and animal victims of the devastation in Japan on Friday, May 20, at 7:30 PM. The benefit concert will be held at Central Presbyterian Church, 7308 York Road, Towson. Admission is free, but tax-deductible donations to the Japan Society (Japan Earthquake Relief Fund), World Relief (Japan Disaster Relief), Global Animal Foundation (Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support), and PETA (PETA Asia, Animal Emergency Fund) will be gratefully accepted. A minimum $20 per person is suggested.

The Preparatory Wind Orchestra, conducted by Elijah Wirth, will give a free concert on Saturday, May 21, at 3:00 PM in Peabody's Leith Symington Griswold Hall.

J. Scott Matejicka, chair of the Preparatory guitar department, will present a free concert on Sunday, May 22, at 2:00 PM. The performance, part of the Pratt Library Salon Concerts series, will be held at the Enoch Pratt Central Library, 400 Cathedral Street.

Faculty artist John Walker, Minister of Music at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church, will conduct Haydn's oratorio The Creation on Sunday, May 22, at 3:00 PM at the church, 1316 Park Avenue in Bolton Hill. The soloists will include Lydia Beasley (MM ’09, Voice), soprano, and Master of Music candidate Christian Waugh, bass. The organist will be David Enlow. For tickets, call 410.523.1542.

Also on Sunday, May 22, at 5:00 PM, Blake Meister (BM ’08, Jazz Double Bass) will perform at Jazzway 6004 with faculty artists Gary Thomas, tenor saxophone, and Paul Bollenback, guitar, as well as Marc Copland, piano, and Ralph Peterson, drums. This performance by the Blake Meister Quintet will be a pre-recording session for Meister's debut album as leader, featuring his own compositions. Jazzway 6004 is located at 6004 Hollins Avenue. For tickets, which must be purchased in advance, visit brownpapertickets.com/event/172496.

Next week
  • Soprano Marni Nixon, a leading interpreter of vocal works by Schoenberg, Stravinsky, and other émigré composers, and the voice of Deborah Kerr, Natalie Wood, and Audrey Hepburn in classic films, will receive the 2011 George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America at Peabody's graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 26, at 7:30 PM. The event, which is not open to the public, will be held in Peabody's Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.
  • On Saturday, May 28, at 8:00 PM, the American Studio Orchestra, conducted by Glenn Quader (MM ’03, Conducting), will present Vertical—Change Your Perspective, a concert at Maryland Institute College of Art featuring three short films with live soundtracks: Words, New York Connection, and Strangeland. Also on the program is Medusa's Daughter by ASO Resident Composer Jacob Yoffee (BM ’02, Composition; GPD ’04, Jazz Saxophone) and Lisa Coleman. Director of Jazz Studies Gary Thomas, tenor saxophone, and the Lyric Brass, featuring faculty artist and ASO Executive Director Larry Williams (BM ’88, GPD ’90, French Horn), will perform. The concert will take place in MICA's BBOX, 1601 West Mount Royal Avenue. For more information, visit americanstudioorchestra.com.

Photo Credit: Mal Druskin