Monday, November 28, 2011

THIS WEEK @ THE PEABODY CONSERVATORY

Mark Cudek will direct two performances by the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble of Godly and Spirituall Songs, a program of Christmas music from the British Isles, on Thursday, Dec. 1, and Friday, Dec. 2, in Peabody's Leith Symington Griswold Hall. Thursday night's concert will begin at approximately 8:00 PM, following the 40th Annual Lighting of the Washington Monument, which will feature a short performance by a Peabody brass group—the Bonehedz Trombone Quartet—around 7:15 PM. Friday night's Renaissance Ensemble concert will begin at 7:30 PM. 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. For Monument Lighting details, visit godowntownbaltimore.com.

Also this week

Michael Hersch, who chairs the Conservatory's Composition Department, will speak about A Composer's World on Wednesday, Nov. 30, as part of the Doctor of Musical Arts Musicology Colloquium. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 5:00 PM in Peabody's Cohen-Davison Family Theatre.

Also on Wednesday, Nov. 30, faculty artist Alexander Norris (PC ’90, Trumpet; BM ’90, Music Education) will direct the Peabody Classic Modern Jazz Ensemble in performances of music from the bebop through post-bop eras (roughly 1945-1975). The performances, at 8:00 and 9:30 PM, will take place at An die Musik, 409 North Charles Street. For tickets, call 410.385.2638.

Distinguished Composer-in-Residence Christopher Rouse will give a master class in this week's Composition Seminar on Thursday, Dec. 1, from 3:30 to 5:30 PM in Room 206C (Conservatory Building). A recital of works by Conservatory composition students will follow at 7:30 PM in Cohen-Davison Family Theatre. Both events are free and open to the public.

Alumna Jenny Lin (AD ’98, Piano) will give a recital titled Celebrating American Composers on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 PM at the Mansion at Strathmore. The program includes piano transcriptions and arrangements of works by Copland, Gershwin, and Rodgers and Hammerstein. Strathmore is located at 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, Md. For tickets, visit strathmore.org.

Doreen Falby and Bradley Permenter will conduct Silver Bells, Golden Voices, two holiday concerts by the Peabody Children's Chorus, on Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3:00 PM in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. The first three tickets are free; additional tickets are $5 each. For tickets, call the Peabody Box Office at 410.234.4800.

The Peabody Percussion Group, directed by Robert van Sice, will give a free concert on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 PM in Leith Symington Griswold Hall. The program includes works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Thierry de Mey, André Jolivet, Minoru Miki, Akira Miyoshi and Toru Takemitsu.

The Clipper Mill String Quartet—violinists Kenneth Goldstein and Ivan Stefanovic, violist Karen Brown, and cellist Daniel Levitov—will perform works by Beethoven, Smetana, and Szymanowski on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3:00 PM. Stefanovic and Levitov are Preparatory faculty members. The concert is part of the Sundays at Three Chamber Music Series at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, Md. For tickets, visit sundaysatthree.org.

Free noon recitals

This week's free Thursday Noon recital in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall will feature performances by Conservatory voice students.

On Friday, Dec. 2, at noon, cellist Margaret Hummel, a Master of Music candidate studying with Alan Stepansky, will give a recital in the Peabody on the Court 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 16 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 concerts
  • The Women of the Peabody Singers will join the Peabody Concert Orchestra, conducted by Edward Polochick, for a performance of Holst's The Planets on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 8:00 PM in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.
  • The Peabody Improvisation and Multimedia Ensemble, directed by Gary Thomas, will perform works by Walt Weiskopf and Jacob Yoffee (BM ’02, Composition; GPD ’04 Jazz Saxophone) on Thursday, Dec. 8, 7:30 PM in East Hall.
  • Michael Formanek will direct the Peabody Jazz Orchestra in a 70th Birth Year Celebration for faculty artist Jay Clayton, at which Clayton and several faculty colleagues will perform, on Friday, Dec. 9, 7:30 PM in East Hall.