Tuesday, November 15, 2011

THIS WEEK @ THE PEABODY CONSERVATORY

The Rake's ProgressOn Friday, Nov. 18, at 7:30 PM, and Sunday, Nov. 20, at 3:00 PM, the Peabody Opera Theatre will present Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress in the historic Baltimore theatre now known as the Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric, 140 West Mount Royal Avenue. The new, fully-staged production, sung in English, is directed by faculty member Garnett Bruce. Hajime Teri Murai, Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Director of Orchestral Activities, will conduct the Peabody Symphony Orchestra. The leads are Peter Drackley, a senior studying with Phyllis Bryn-Julson, as Tom Rakewell ("a Rake"); Kisma Jordan, a Graduate Performance Diploma candidate studying with Stanley Cornett, as Anne Trulove ("his Betrothed"); Peter Tomaszewski, a Graduate Performance Diploma candidate studying with John Shirley-Quirk, as Nick Shadow ("a Devilish Manservant"); and Kristina Lewis, a Graduate Performance Diploma candidate studying with Stanley Cornett, as Baba the Turk ("a Bearded Lady"). Tickets are $35 and $25. To purchase tickets, visit lyricoperahouse.com or call 410.900.1150.

Also this week

The Peabody-Hopkins Chorus, Peabody Singers, and Peabody Children's Chorus will join the Concert Artists of Baltimore Vocal Ensemble and Morgan State University Choir to perform Arthur Honegger's Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher (Joan of Arc at the Stake) with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Marin Alsop, on Thursday, Nov. 17, and Friday, Nov. 18, at 8:00 PM in the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral Street. For tickets, visit bsomusic.org or call 410.783.8000. On Saturday, Nov. 19, there will be an 8:00 PM performance at Carnegie Hall (pre-concert talk at 7:00 PM). For tickets, visit carnegiehall.org.

Faculty artist Steven Rainbolt (AD ’94, Voice) will be the soloist with the Central Maryland Chorale and the Montgomery Philharmonic on Saturday, Nov. 19, performing Memorial, a work for baritone, chorus, and orchestra by René Clausen commemorating the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 2001. Also on the program are other songs of war and peace. The concert will take place at 7:30 PM at the Lutheran Church of St. Andrew, 15300 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, Md. For tickets, visit centralmarylandchorale.com.

A preview of the Peabody Artist Series: Jazz at Johns Hopkins will be held this Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Johns Hopkins Club, 3400 North Charles Street. The Peabody Classic Modern Jazz Ensemble, featuring Alexander Norris (BM ’90, Music Education; PC ’90, Trumpet), who teaches jazz trumpet at the Conservatory, will play sets at 8:30 and 10:00 PM. To purchase tickets ($15; $12 for students), call 410.235.3435 or visit showclix.com. Director of Jazz Studies Gary Thomas is artistic director of the new monthly series, which officially begins on Feb. 25 with an appearance by alto saxophonist Jim Snidero.

This Sunday

Alumnus Jason Love (BM ’92, Cello; MM ’94, Conducting) will conduct the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra in a program of works by Elgar, Bartók, Copland, and Daugherty on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 3:00 PM. The free concert will take place at the Bunting-Meyerhoff Interfaith Center, 3400 North Charles Street.

Music in the Great Hall will present a concert by pianist Yury Shadrin on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 3:30 PM at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road. Shadrin, a Graduate Performance Diploma candidate studying with Leon Fleisher, is the winner of the 2011 Yale Gordon Competition at Peabody. At 3:00 PM, there will be a pre-concert conversation with series founder Virginia Reinecke. Conservatory faculty member Lura Johnson is artistic director of the series. For tickets, visit migh.org.

Graduate Performance Diploma candidate Joann Moorer (MM ’11, Voice), soprano, and Master of Music candidate John Wilson (BM ’10, Piano), piano, will give a recital of works by Liszt, Britten, and Bernstein on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 4:00 PM at the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, One Chevy Chase Circle NW, Washington, D.C. Donations benefit the Chevy Chase Concert Series, now in its 41st season. For more information, visit chevychasepc.org.

On Sunday, Nov. 20, at 5:30 PM, the Music In The Valley Series will feature three Conservatory faculty members—clarinetist Anthony McGill, cellist Amit Peled, and pianist Lura Johnson—performing clarinet trios by Beethoven and Brahms at St. John's Church, Western Run Parish, Glyndon, Md. For tickets, visit stjohnsglyndon.org.

Free noon recitals

At this week's free Thursday Noon recital in Peabody's Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, violinist Songeun Jeong will perform Wieniawski's Polonaise Brilliante with pianist Yun Kyung Choo; violinist Michelle Skinner will perform Bach's Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001; violist Travis Baird will perform Zimbalist's "Tango" from Sarasateana with pianist Lia Wang Zhao; and violinist Nikita Borisevich will perform Saint-Saëns' Introduction and Rondo Capricioso with pianist Jodie Lee.

Conservatory student recitals

Conservatory student recitals are free and open to the public. There are six 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.

Upcoming events
  • The Peabody Renaissance Ensemble, directed by Mark Cudek, will perform Godly and Spirituall Songs, a program of Christmas music from the British Isles, on Thursday, Dec. 1, and Friday, Dec. 2, 7:30 PM in Peabody's Leith Symington Griswold Hall.
  • Doreen Falby and Bradley Permenter will conduct Silver Bells, Golden Voices, two concerts by the Peabody Children's Chorus on Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4, 3:00 PM in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.
  • The Peabody Percussion Group, directed by Robert van Sice, will perform on Saturday, Dec. 3, 7:30 PM in Leith Symington Griswold Hall.