Tuesday, May 3, 2011

THIS WEEK @ THE PEABODY CONSERVATORY

Gary ThomasDirector of Jazz Studies Gary Thomas and Alexander Norris will lead a performance by the Peabody Improvisation and Multimedia Ensemble on Thursday, May 5, at 7:30 PM in Peabody's East Hall. On the program are arrangements of jazz standards including Duke Ellington's Come Sunday, John Coltrane's Impressions, and Cole Porter's Love For Sale. Thomas' Gate Of Faces, which opened his 1991 album The Kold Cage, will also be performed. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students with ID. To purchase tickets, call the Peabody Box Office at 410.234.4800.

Also this week

The Conservatory's end-of-semester chamber music concerts begin this week with concerts today, Tuesday, May 3, at 2:30 pm in Peabody's Cohen-Davison Family Theatre; Thursday, May 5, at 2:30 pm in Peabody's Hilda and Douglas Goodwin Recital Hall; and Sunday, May 8, at 2:00 and 7:00 pm in Cohen-Davison Family Theatre. These concerts, presenting works from all periods for strings, winds, brass, percussion, and piano, are free and open to the public.

Piano students from the studio of Marian Hahn will give a free recital on Tuesday, May 3, at 6:30 pm in Hilda and Douglas Goodwin Recital Hall.

WBJC, 91.5 FM, will present a free hour-long concert by the C Street Brass—trumpeters John Ehrenberg and Scott Nadelson, hornist Joseph Hughes, trombonist Gabriel Colby, and tubist Haim Mazar—at Baltimore City Community College on Thursday, May 5, at 5:00 pm. Cake and beverages will be served at 4:30 pm. The event will take place at the Liberty Campus Fine Arts Theatre, 2901 Liberty Heights Avenue.

Jazz guitarist Kevin B. Clark and bassist Steve Synk, both juniors, will perform in the Peabody at Homewood Series on Friday, May 6, at 5:45 pm. Tickets are $15, $12 for Homewood Museum members, and $8 for full-time students. Seating is limited and advance purchase is required. To purchase tickets, call 410.516.5589 or visit museums.jhu.edu. The Homewood Museum, a National Historic Landmark built in 1801, is located on the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus, 3400 North Charles Street.

On Friday, May 6, at 7:30 pm, Michael Formanek will conduct a performance by the Peabody Jazz Orchestra. Senior Amanda Bloom will open the concert, singing My Foolish Heart, by Victor Young and Ned Washington; Moon and Sand, by Alec Wilder; and I Fall in Love Too Easily, by Jule Styne and Sammy Cahnof, with the Peabody Jazz Orchestra Trio. Then faculty artist Alan Ferber, trombone, will perform his own compositions with the full orchestra. Tickets for the concert, in Peabody's East Hall, are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students with ID. To purchase tickets, call the Peabody Box Office at 410.234.4800.

Conservatory woodwind students will perform works by Eugène Bozza, Jean Françaix, Jacques Ibert, Darius Milhaud, and Henri Tomasi at a free salon concert at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral Street, on Saturday, May 7, at 1:00 pm.

On Saturday, May 7, the Peabody Chamber Percussion Ensemble, directed by Robert van Sice, will perform a free marathon concert beginning at 7:30 pm in Peabody's Leith Symington Griswold Hall. On the program are works by John Cage, Steve Reich, Edgard Varèse, Alejandro Vinao, Iannis Xenakis, and others.

The Peabody Children's Chorus, directed by Doreen Falby and Bradley Permenter, will present a concert titled I Cantori di Peabody on Sunday, May 8, at 3:00 pm. The program includes a number of arrangements of Italian songs and arias. The concert, in Peabody's Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, is free, but advance tickets are required. To reserve tickets, call the Peabody Box Office at 410.234.4800.

The Baltimore Concerto Orchestra, a student ensemble conducted by junior Mason Lubert, will present a special Mother's Day concert on Sunday, May 8, at 8:00 pm. On the program are Telemann's Concerto for Two Chalumeaux featuring clarinetists Gleb Kanasevich and Joshua Anderson; Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 4 in D major with soloist Martiros Shakhzadyan; and works by Gabrieli and Berlioz. The free concert, followed by a dessert reception, will take place at Grace and St. Peter's Church, 707 Park Avenue.

Free noon recitals

Three chamber groups will be featured at this week's free Thursday Noon recital in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. Flutist Eric Maul, oboist Katherine Magruder, clarinetist Nicole Papadatos, bassoonist Hillary Erb, hornist Kurt Heichelheim, and pianist Patrick Merrill will perform Poulenc's Sextuor for piano, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn. The Eastern Edge Brass—Austin Boyer and Emily Korth, trumpets; Elizabeth Fryer, horn; and Frances Yu and Joe Buono, trombones—will perform Ewald's Symphony for Brass Choir, Op. 5. Violinist Yoojin Cho, cellist Ismar Gomes, and pianist Wan-Chi Su will perform Schubert's Piano Trio in E flat major, Op. 100.

One of Peabody's Honors Ensembles, the Gaam Trio—clarinetist Jin-Sung Moon, cellist Jong Bin Kim, and pianist Jee In Hwang—will perform works by Beethoven and Brahms on Friday, May 6, at noon in the season finale 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.

Peabody at Flowermart

The 100th Anniversary edition of Flowermart, Baltimore's "rite of spring," will fill Mount Vernon Place with garden-related vendors this Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7, from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. Peabody invites the community to visit our Flowermart booth and check in at the Rouse Visitor Center, 17 East Mount Vernon Place, for tours, talks, and family activities. The new Peabody iPhone App will debut at Flowermart!

Upcoming concerts
  • Geoffrey Wright and McGregor Boyle will direct a performance by the Peabody Computer Music Consort on Tuesday, May 10, 7:30 pm in Cohen-Davison Family Theatre.
  • The Baltimore Baroque Band, directed by Risa Browder and John Moran, will present A Baroque Extravaganza on Tuesday, May 10, 7:30 pm at Grace and St. Peter's Church, 707 Park Avenue.
  • There will be a joint concert by the Preparatory String Ensemble, conducted by Matthew Horwitz-Lee, and the Preparatory Young Artists Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Levitov, on Saturday, May 14, 3:30 pm in Leith Symington Griswold Hall. At 7:00 pm, Harlan D. Parker will conduct a performance by the Peabody Youth Orchestra in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.