Tuesday, November 8, 2011

THIS WEEK @ THE PEABODY CONSERVATORY

Ahmad Shah MassoudThe Peabody Wind Ensemble, conducted by Harlan D. Parker, will perform The Lion of Panjshir (Symphony No. 2) by David Gaines (DMA ’98, Composition) this Friday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 PM in Peabody's Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. The performance is in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the death of Afghan military leader and national hero Ahmad Shah Massoud (1953-2001), who was assassinated two days before the 9/11 attacks. Also on the Veteran's Day program are David Holsinger's To Tame the Perilous Skies, commissioned by the U.S. Air Force Tactical Air Command, Roger Nixon's Fiesta del Pacifico, and the world premiere of Sound and Smoke by Master of Music candidate Viet Cuong (BM ’11, Composition). Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for students with ID, and free for veterans with ID. To purchase tickets, call the Peabody Box Office at 410.234.4800.

Also this week

Faculty artist Michael Formanek, jazz bass, will perform with tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 8:15 PM, as part of Towson University's Bill and Helen Murray Jazz Residency. The concert will take place in the Center for the Arts Recital Hall, Osler & Cross Campus Drive. For tickets, visit towson.edu

D. J. Sparr, Young American Composer-in Residence at the California Symphony, will give a talk in this week's Composition Seminar on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 3:30 to 5:30 PM. The seminar, in Peabody's Cohen-Davison Family Theatre, is free and open to the public.

Gene Young will conduct a free concert by the Peabody Camerata on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 PM in Peabody's Leith Symington Griswold Hall. Master of Music candidate Andrew Foley will perform Edgard Varèse's Density 21.5 for solo flute. The program also includes Igor Stravinsky's Septet, Anton Webern's Konzert, and Karlheinz Stockhausen's Kontra Punkte.

Also on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 PM, the Taiwanese American Charity & Education Association will feature violinists Keng-Yuen Tseng, chair of the Conservatory's Strings Department, and Yu-Chia Hsiao (BM ’10, MM ’11); countertenor Peter Lee (BM ’06, Voice; MM ’08 Voice, Early Music); pianists Sheng-Yuan Kuan, a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate, and Chih-Long Hu; flutist Pao Chieh Tseng; and percussionist Candy Chiu at the organization's annual concert in the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. For tickets, visit kennedy-center.org.

Ben Beirs (BM ’06, GPD ’09, Guitar; MM ’07, Guitar Pedagogy) will play a concert of works for classical guitar on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 3:00 PM at An die Musik, 409 North Charles Street. For tickets, call 410.385.2638.

Also on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 4:00 PM, Olivier Latry, professor of organ at the Paris Conservatoire, will perform in Leith Symington Griswold Hall. On the program are Johann Sebastian Bach's Prelude and Fugue in E-flat major, BWV 552; César Franck's Prelude, fugue and variation; and works by Jehan Alain, Marcel Dupré, Gabriel Pierné, Olivier Messiaen, Louis Vierne, and Charles-Marie Widor. In addition, Latry will improvise on Peabody's 3000-pipe Holtkamp Organ.

Free noon recitals

At this week's free Thursday Noon recital in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, flutists Yoon Jung Huh and Won Lee, oboist Emily Cich, clarinetists Jin Sung Moon and Will Wysocki, bassoonist Andrew Delclose, hornist Jessica Morrison, and pianists Jee In Hwang and Michael Sheppard (BM ’98, MM ’00, GPD ’03, Piano) will perform Schumann's Fantasiestücke, Op. 73; Ibert's Trois pièces brèves for wind quintet; and Prokofiev's Sonata for flute and piano No. 2, Op. 94.

Conservatory student recitals

Conservatory student recitals are free and open to the public. There are five 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-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, 8:00 PM in the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral Street. For tickets, visit bsomusic.org or call 410.783.8000.

The Peabody Opera Theatre will present Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra at the Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 West Mount Royal Avenue, on Friday, Nov. 18, 7:30 PM, and Sunday, Nov. 20, 3:00PMm. For tickets, visit lyricoperahouse.com or call 410.900.1150.

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 Leith Symington Griswold Hall