Monday, January 31, 2011

GRADS EXHIBIT @ McDANIEL IN FEBRUARY

ART EXHIBIT
For gallery hours, call 410.857.2595 or visit
http://www.mcdaniel.edu/5531.htm

Revealed Space:
Sculptures by Mindy Hirt ’08
Through Feb. 18
“Revealed Space” is the largest string installation that Mindy Hirt has developed. Her work generally relates to action and methodology, often in response to physical space and time. Ordered chaos, geometric vs. organic edifice, and scientific investigations form the foundation of her research. Her string installations are a response to not only architecture but also to the strength and form of the materials at hand – presenting a visual delicacy, balanced by the ample physicality and scale of the work.

An emerging artist based in the Washington, D.C.-Baltimore area, Hirt received a B.A. in Studio Art and Psychology from McDaniel College and M.F.A from American University. She teaches at Harford Community College and American University.

To see examples of her work, visit http://mindyhirt.com/home.html.

Define Home:
A Fiber Installation by Lee Oliver ’08
Feb. 22 – March 18
Opening reception: Feb. 22,
7-9 PM.

During the past two years, Lee Oliver has lived in 10 cities, four states and two countries. Having recently accepted a job as an airline stewardess, she says the idea of settling seems impossible. Her newest installation, “Define Home,” explores what home is when it can’t be defined by an address.

“Collections rule my life—T-shirts, photographs, credit cards, IDs, receipts, model horses, rope ... the list goes on,” says Oliver, who earned a post-baccalaureate certificate from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2009. “Each object saved can count for a memory—or lack of one. Some trigger a very specific memory while others the purpose for saving has been forgotten.  Now, the importance is the physical reminder for the forgotten memory.”

She says that through the restructuring and manipulation of materials collected, her work becomes a way of organizing memories.

THIS WEEK @ THE PEABODY CONSERVATORY

peabody institute logoOn Tuesday, Feb. 1, Hajime Teri Murai will conduct the Peabody Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 5 and the first performance in its original form of Symphony No. 2 by faculty member Michael Hersch (BM ’95, MM ’97, Composition). Tickets for the 8:00 PM concert, in Peabody's Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students. To purchase tickets, call the Peabody Box Office at 410.234.4800. A limited number of free student rush tickets are available for this concert on a first-come, first-served basis beginning one hour before the performance. Students (from any college or university) who wish to obtain free tickets, while they last, must appear in person with ID at the Student Rush booth adjacent to the Peabody Box Office.

Sheridan Dean of University Libraries Winston Tabb and the Friends of the Libraries invite the community to an open house at the George Peabody Library on Friday, Feb. 4, 4:00–6:30 pm. Susan Weiss, who chairs Peabody's musicology department, will give a talk at the event, which is designed to shed light on the scholarly work being done in the "Cathedral of Books."

The first of four performances of Melissa Dunphy's acclaimed opera The Gonzales Cantata at Theatre Project, 45 West Preston Street, will take place on Friday, Feb. 4, at 8:00 PM. The production is presented by Peabody Chamber Opera in association with American Opera Theatre and the Handel Choir of Baltimore. With the use of an ingenious double casting, director Timothy Nelson will also present Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. Master of Music candidates Julie Bosworth, Elizabeth Merrill, and Abigail Seaman (GPD ’10, Voice); sophomore Brady Del Vecchio; and alumnus Jason Buckwalter (MM ’06, GPD ’08, Voice) are in both productions. The other performances will be on Saturday, Feb. 5, and Friday, Feb. 11, at 8 PM; and on Sunday, Feb. 13, at 5 PM. Students from Peabody and other divisions of Johns Hopkins may purchase discounted tickets for $10. For tickets, call 410.752.8558 or visit missiontix.com.

Free noon recitals

  • At this week's free Thursday Noon recital in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, flutists Zachariah Galatis, Jared Harrison, and Eric Maul; bassoonist Lynn Moncilovich; saxophonists J. Adam Briggs, Stephen Dunlap, Anna Meadors, and Ellie Pavlick; and pianists Justin Bird and Hui-Chuan Chen will play works by Miguel Bolivar, Franz Doppler, German Komrakov, and Andre Previn.
  • Graduate Performance Diploma candidate Sonya Knussen, mezzo-soprano, will perform on Friday, Feb. 4, at noon at 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 three recitals scheduled this week. For a list of recitals including student name, degree program, instrument/voice, date, time, and hall, visit www.peabody.jhu.edu/recitals.

Upcoming concerts
  • Tempesta di Mare will present Roman Nights, a concert in the Sylvia Adalman Artist Recital Series, on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 8 PM in Leith Symington Griswold Hall.
  • H. Teri Murai will conduct the Peabody Concert Orchestra in a performance of Mahler's Rückert-Lieder, sung by Sylvia L. Green Competition winner Kristina Lewis, and works by Berlioz and Lees on Friday, Feb. 11, 8 PM in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.
  • The Elysian Trombone Consort will be featured at a concert by the Peabody Wind Ensemble, conducted by Harlan D. Parker, on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 7:30 PM in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.

To listen to Audio Program Notes for a specific concert, visit www.peabody.jhu.edu/events one week prior and click on the headphones icons on the concert webpage.

OUTSIDER ART CRITIC TO GIVE PHI BETA KAPPA LECTURE @ McDANIEL COLLEGE IN WESTMINSTER

Outsider Art and the Problem of Aesthetic Value
A lecture by Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Terry Castle
WHEN:
Feb. 9  at 7:30 PM
WHERE: McDaniel College, McDaniel Lounge, , 2 College Hill, Westminster
TICKETS: The lecture is free and open to the public.
For more information, call 410.857.2294

Castle’s talk will consider the conflicting opinions on “outsider art,” defined as creative works by people who live on the fringes of society, and address the questions such works raise about the nature of art and the difference between mental illness and genius.

A renowned writer and cultural critic who also creates multimedia artworks, Castle is a professor of British Literature and the Walter A. Hass Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University. Described by the late Susan Sontag as “the most expressive, most enlightening literary critic at large today,” her scholarly interests include 18th century British fiction, the Gothic novel, Jane Austen, the First World War, English art and culture of the 1920s and 1930s, autobiography and biography, and gay and lesbian writing. 

She has published eight books on diverse subjects, including Masquerade and Civilization (1986), The Apparitional Lesbian (1993), and the prize-winning collection, The Literature of Lesbianism: A Historical Anthology from Ariosto to Stonewall (2003). She is also a well-known essayist and has written frequently for the London Review of Books, Atlantic, New Republic, Times Literary Supplement, New York Times Book Review and other periodicals.

Her latest book, The Professor and Other Writings, published by HarperCollins in January 2010 is released in paperback this month.

EVENTS @ EVERYMAN THEATRE!

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Don't miss out on a packed calendar of events this winter at Everyman Theatre!

Girls Night Out
WHEN: Sunday, February 13. Reception begins at 5:30 PM; Show begins at 7 PM
WHERE: Everyman Theatre, 1727 N. Charles Street, Baltimore
Grab your favorite gals and enjoy a night of festivities at the theater. Enjoy a pre-show reception complete with champagne and chocolates. The lobby will be filled with jewelry, candle and other specialty vendors. Plus, enter raffles to win prizes from your favorite spas, hotels and Baltimore attractions!  Then, enjoy the romantic comedy, Shooting Star.

COST: $40 per ticket
Already have a subscription ticket? No problem! Tickets for the pre-show reception only are available for $10 each. Tickets are available for this event through the box office or online.  

Sign Interpreted Performance
An ASL Interpreted Performance ASLperformance of Shooting Star will take place on Thursday, February 17, at 7:30 PM.  Tickets are still available for this performance and may be purchased through the box office (410.752.2208) or online

Talk Back Discussion
Ever had questions for the actors of an Everyman production? Now is your chance to ask!  Following the performance on Thursday, February 17, will be a Talk Back Discussion with the cast of Shooting Star. Whether you attend the show that night or have seen it earlier in the run, all are welcome to attend. Contact the box office (410.752.2208) for more information.  

Looking to host your own event?
Whether a group students, seniors, friends or family members, let Everyman help you host a special outing.  Group discounts are available!  A group trip to the theater is a perfect way to socialize and enjoy the arts. 

Contact Laura Weiss, Audience Development/Group Sales Manager at 443.524.1906 or lweiss@everymantheatre.org for more information on group tickets. 

Questions?  Call the box office at 410.752.2208 or visit the website for more information on all upcoming shows and events at Everyman Theatre.  


Three Play Subscriptions Now On Sale!

With two Baltimore premieres (Shooting Star and Stick Fly) and one beloved classic (Pygmalion) remaining, there is still time to join the celebration of Everyman’s 20th season! You don't want to miss a single moment.
To purchase three play subscriptions: 
Visit Them Online or call their box office at 410.752.2208

AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH FAMILY DAY @ THE BMA

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WHEN:
Sunday, February 6, 1–5 PM
(Snow Date: Sunday, February 27, 1–5 PM)
WHERE: Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive at 31st Street, three miles north of the Inner Harbor.
TICKETS: FREE

Live musical groups and storytellers take the stage at this Family Day devoted to African-American history makers from Maryland. Be inspired by stories of  community leaders and social justice heroes who paved the way for advancement of all people in Maryland.

Explore art works by African-American artists and become an artist yourself during hands-on art-making workshops and gallery tours.

1-5 PM: Art-Making Workshops
Construct colorful furniture in the style of Baltimore artist Tom Miller and add a piece of Maryland history to our community-story quilt.

Self-Guided Family Tours
Explore art work by three African-American artists who lived and worked in Baltimore, including Joshua Johnson, Tom Miller, and Haywood Bill Rivers.

1:45 PM: Gwen Marable
Listen as Gwen Marable shares the story of Maryland native Benjamin Banneker-America's first African-American mathematician and scientist.

3:00 PM: Raynfall Dance Studio Ensemble & Dancing Many Drums Performances
Watch Rayn Fall Dance Studio as they present The Light of Day: A Journey through the African Diaspora, an original Afro-Modern dance performance. A multi-media dance theater presentation by the Dancing Many Drums Scholars follows.

This program is sponsored by the BMA’s Joshua Johnson Council.

4:15 PM: Walter Jones
Hear Walter Jones weave a wonderful tale about Talbot County-born abolitionist, authorand Baltimore dock worker Frederick Douglass.

GET ANIMATED WITH ANIME & CARTOON PROGRAMS

Are you or your teenager interested in anime, a form of animation popularized by the Japanese? Towson University has two FREE programs in February and March that might interest you. Check them out and mark your calendar—and go!

SATURDAY NIGHT ANIME SERIES: STEAMBOY
Van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium
Saturday, February 5, 7:30 PM
Admission is free.

Steamboy took ten years to complete. Instead of exploring a future Japan, Steamboy takes us to a past that might have been: a Victorian England in a world where steam is the primary source of energy. Four different style animes will be screened on four Saturday nights during the Spring 2011. The films were chosen by the TU Anime Club and will be introduced by a guest. A post-screening discussion will follow.   For more information see “Events” at www.towson.edu/emf.

RUSSIAN CARTOONS & ANIMATION
Van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium
Thursday, March 3, 7:30 PM
Admission is free.

Yury Urnov, visiting Fulbright Scholar, will introduce, screen and discuss three programs of Russian Cartoons and Animation, including award-winning films Hedgehog in the Fog, Seasons, Tale of Tales, and Door.  For more information see “Events” on www.towson.edu/emf

A HUNGRY MOUSE CAUSES CHAOS @ PUMPKIN THEATRE

Pumpkin Theatre has just the ticket for the little ones based on one of their favorite books:

What happens If You Give a Mouse a Cookie?

He'll ask for a glamousess of milk. And then? Hilarity ensues. Based on the beloved book by Laura Numeroff, this delightful story about a hungry little mouse and ensuing havoc is brought to life for young audiences in a charming adaptation.

A mouse shows up at a little boy's house and asks for a cookie. The mouse receives the cookie and wants a glass of milk. He receives the glass of milk and wants a straw. He receives the straw… The rest becomes a chain of never-ending events!

WHEN: February 19–26, Saturdays and Sundays at 1 and 3 PM
WHERE: St. Timothy’s School for Girls, Stevenson, MD (one mile north of beltway 695) EXIT 22, Greenspring Ave.
TICKETS: available by downloading an order form from their website  or calling 410.828.1814. Tickets are starting to go quickly, so get your order in today!

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is directed by Jimi Kinstle with original music by Mandee Ferrier Roberts and stars Pumpkin Favorite Tammy Crisp (last seen as the Step Mother in Cinderella) and newcomer Alec Weinberg. We hope you can join us for this chaotic, comical story of  of friendship.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

ROMANCE WITH AN ARTISTIC TWIST FOR TWO!

This looks like a fun activity for you and your sweetie to do in honor of Valentine’s Day! It involves looking at art and creating a hands-on artistic piece TOGETHER!

A Night of Romance
WHEN: Sunday, February 13
Card Making: 6:15–9:30 PM
Tours: 6:30 PM, 7 PM, 7:30 PM & 8 PM
WHERE: Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Museum Drive at 31st Street, three miles north of the Inner Harbor.
COST PER COUPLE: $25 Members; $35 non-Members

  • Treat your sweetheart to a one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day experience!
  • Gaze upon the BMA’s most romantic works of art during a guided tour.
  • Sip champagne and nibble on
    sweet and savory treats.
  • Create a Valentine’s Day card with supplies and tips from BMA staff.
  • Guitarist Kevin Clark provides live jazz during this special evening.
To purchase tickets, visit the BMA Box Office, call 800.919.6272, or go to artbma.org. Service charges apply for phone and online orders.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

@ AN DIE MUSIK LIVE! FEBRUARY 5–11

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MusikNOW Concerts at
An die Musik LIVE!
A Classical, Jazz & World Music Concert Venue
409 N. Charles Street, Baltimore MD 21201
www.AndieMusikLIVE.com
410.385.2638

 

Saturday, February 5, 2 PM
IRINA NUZOVA, PIANO
Performing Mozart, Sonata K.284 in D Major and Schumann, Kreisleriana
TICKETS: $12/$8 students.  A wine reception will take place following the concert.

Irina Nuzova "rises above mere virtuosity" (Washington Post) in her thoughtful rendition of the classical repertoire both as a soloist and as chamber music partner.

Saturday, February 5, 8 PM
OPERABELLE presents la Belle Nuit
TICKETS:
$15/$10 seniors/$5 students. Join them for a post-concert wine reception

An evening of famous opera duets & arias, musical tunes and beautiful sacred songs staged and performed by three members of the Washington National Opera Chorus.  This is the first of a two-part series that continues on February 20.

Katherine Keem, soprano; Angela Knight, soprano; Anna Korsakova, mezzo soprano; Andrew Stewart, pianist

Monday, February 7, 7:30 PM
PEABODY JAZZ STUDENT ENSEMBLE
Tickets:
$5

Kevin B. Clark, guitar; Colin Rosso, percussion; Jonathan Guo, double bass; Adam Corson, saxophone; Alex Crean, tenor

Tuesday, February 8, 7 PM pre-concert conversation/8 PM concert
THE EVOLUTION CONTEMPORARY MUSIC SERIES presents
INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLE
Tickets
$15/$10 students. Join them for a post-concert wine reception.

Hailed by the New York Times as “one of the most adventurous and accomplished groups in new music,” the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) makes its Baltimore debut on the Evolution Series with music by Marcos Balter, Nathan Davis, Philippe Hurel and Steve Reich.

Friday, February 11, 8 & 9:30 PM
MICHAEL THOMAS QUINTET
Tickets:
$15

Michael Thomas, trumpet; Zach Graddy, tenor saxophone; Darius Scott, piano; Kent Miller, contrabass; Frank T. Williams IV, drums

Michael A. Thomas is a multi-faceted performer who organized his first quintet in New York and became well recognized in local jam sessions and clubs. While in New York, he met Bill Saxton and Hugh Brodie, who were both instrumental in his development process in terms of encouragement and advice. Michael relocated to the DC area, where he has become an ardent participant on the DC jazz scene.

FAMILY FLICKS @ THE PRATT LIBRARY—FREE!

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How to Train Your Dragon
WHEN: Saturday, February 5, 10:30 AM
WHERE:
Southeast Anchor Library
(Directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, 2010,
98 minutes, Rated PG)

Set in the mythical world of burly Vikings and wild dragons, and based on the book by Cressida Cowell, this action comedy tells the story of Hiccup, a Viking teenager who doesn't exactly fit with his tribe's longstanding traditions of heroic dragon slayers. Hiccup's world is turned upside down when he encounters a dragon that challenges how he and fellow Vikings see the world. Voices by Gerard Butler, America Ferrar and Jonah Hill.
Suggested audience: whole family

Shrek Forever AfterShrek Forever After
WHEN: Saturday, February 12, 2 PM
WHERE:
Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium
Directed by Mike Mitchell, 2010, 93 min., rated PG.

After challenging an evil dragon, rescuing a beautiful princess and saving your in-laws, the latest installment in this animated series asks: what’s an ogre to do? If you’re Shrek, you suddenly wind up a domesticated family man. Instead of scaring villagers away like he used to, the reluctant ogre agrees to autograph pitch forks. Shrek is tricked into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker, Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in an alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumplestiltskin is king, and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Now, it's up to Shrek to undo all of Rumpelstiltskin's mischief in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring his world and reclaiming his one True Love and family. Voices by Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz.
Suggested Audience: whole family

CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH @ THE PRATT LIBRARY

The following events are at the Enoch Pratt Free Library for Black History Month. And they’re free:

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Remembrance and Reconciliation—A Living History Presentation

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an icon of the Civil Rights movement and one of the most revered figures in American history.  Actor, storyteller, and motivational speaker Bill Grimmette will bring Dr. King to life before your very eyes with this living history presentation. Audience members will be able to interact with Mr. Grimmette as Dr. King and ask him questions about his life and experiences during this turbulent time in our country's history.

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011 (2 PM)
WHERE: Southeast Anchor Library (Click on location for map)
Suggested Audience: Adults, Seniors

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Dr. Ira Berlin
talks about his new book,
The Making of African America:
The Four Great Migrations

The Making of African America: The Four Great MigrationsFour great migrations defined the history of black people in America: the Middle Passage, the violent removal of Africans to the east coast of North America; the relocation of one million slaves to the interior of the antebellum South; the movement of more than six million blacks to the industrial cities of the north and west a century later; and since the late 1960s, the arrival of black immigrants from Africa, the Caribbean, South America and Europe. Ira Berlin's account of these passages evokes both the terrible price and the moving triumphs of a people forcibly and then willingly migrating to America.

Ira Berlin is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Maryland. His many books include Slaves Without Masters, Generation of Captivity, and Many Thousands Gone: The First Two Centuries of Slavery in North America, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction.

WHERE: Central Library  (click on the location to see map)
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 (7 PM)
Suggested Audience: Adults 

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Classic Sounds of
New Orleans
Presented by Robert Cataliotti

From street parades to nightclubs, from church houses to dance halls, music is key to New Orleans' uniqueness. Robert Cataliotti, producer of the new recording, Classic Sounds of New Orleans, talks about the music of New Orleans.

Drawn from the Smithsonian Folkways repository of classic NewClassic Sounds of New Orleans CD Orleans sounds, this collection features groups such as the Eureka Brass Band, Lonnie Johnson, Snooks Eaglin, Champion Jack Dupree, Baby Dodds and the Mardi Gras Indians. Dr. Cataliotti teaches in the Department of Humanities at Coppin State University.

WHERE: Central Library,  Poe Room  (Click on location for map)
WHEN: Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011 (2 PM)
Suggested Audience: Adults, Seniors

Thursday, January 27, 2011

SPEND A MAGICAL NIGHT AT THE STRAND THEATRE

The next production at The Strand Theatre will interest those of you who read Joyce Carol Oates’ moving memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking.

The Year of Magical Thinking
By Joan Didion


WHEN: February 3-19, 2011
WHERE: The Strand Theatre, 1823 N. Charles Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: $15 General, $10 Student/Senior
Click here to purchase tickets online


In this dramatic adaptation of her award-winning, bestselling memoir (which Michiko Kakutani in The New York Times called “an indelible portrait of loss and grief . . . a haunting portrait of a four-decade-long marriage"), Joan Didion transforms the story of the sudden and unexpected loss of her husband and their only daughter into a stunning and powerful one-woman play.

MICA OFFERS 2 FILM SERIES IN FEBRUARY & MARCH

The Narcissism of Minor Differences Film Series
The Narcissism of Minor Differences, MICA’s exhibition exploring the dark side of intolerance, offers a wide range of accompanying programming that is free and open to the public. Find more details about the series and other programs
here.

FILM SCHEDULE:

  • Thursday, Feb. 3, 7 PM: Freedom Riders by Stanley Nelson; hosted by the filmmaker
  • Wednesday, Feb. 9, 7:30 PM: The White Ribbon by Michael Haneke; hosted by Christopher Sharrett, professor of communication, Seton Hall University, N.J.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 23, 7:30 PM: Budrus by Julia Bacha; hosted by Geeta Gandbhir, Emmy award-winning editor
  • Thursday, March 3, 7:30 PM: Thin by Lauren Greenfield; hosted by Mikita Brottman, MICA humanities faculty member
  • Saturday, March 5, 7 PM: Intolerance by D.W. Griffith; live soundtrack performance by Anne Watts & Boister

WHERE: Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.

Experimental Media Series 2011
International, local and emerging talent is showcased through innovative sound and video art selected from the Kraft Prize for New Media and the Washington Project for the Arts’ Experimental Media Prize entries. Artist, musician and composer Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, served as the juror for the program this year, now in its seventh iteration since 2006. This free screening is presented by the Washington Project for the Arts and MICA’s Video and Film Arts Department. Find more details about the series
here.

WHERE:  Brown Center: Falvey Hall, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.
WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 2, 7:30 PM

A BALTIMORE TREASURE @ THE CREATIVE ALLIANCE

CREATIVE ALLIANCE AT THE PATTERSONBilly Colucci Trio

WHEN: Friday, January 28, 8 PM
WHERE:
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore
TICKETS: $15, $10 members

Photo of Event or Program ItemA formidable composer and masterful pianist, Billy Colucci spent his youth leading the house band for Charlie Byrd’s DC club The Showboat, working with Anita O’Day, June Christy and Dizzy Gillespie. Often compared to Bill Evans, Fells Point-based Colucci’s lyrical, introspective compositions make him a Baltimore treasure. With John Leonard on bass and Mike Kuhl on drums.

General public, click here for tickets!
Members, click here for tickets!

TWO MORE WEEKS TO SEE COMEDY WITH MUSIC & DANCE!

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Six Dance Lesson in Six Weeks  

tango 1The Baltimore première of Richard Alfieri's comedy with dance and music about the friendship that develops between  a feisty widow and an acerbic dance instructor as they swing, foxtrot, tango and more, continues at Vagabond Players Theatre through February 6. Audiences have declared it a "hoot." The show stars Joan Crooks and Eric Stein.

put it there 1WHEN:  January 28-February 6: Fri./Sat. at 8 PM; Sunday at 2 PM.
WHERE:
806 S. Broadway in Fells Point.
TICKETS: $15; $13 seniors/students. Special $10 Friday Student Night.
Reservations at 
www.vagabondplayers.org or call 410.563.9135. 
Mini-subscriptions available online; 3 shows for $30.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

PULITZER-NOMINATED PLAY OPENS @ REP STAGE IN COLUMBIA, MD

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By Heather McDonald
Directed by Tony Tsendeas
Featuring Michael Stebbins

WHEN: February 2 – 20, 2011; Thursday & Sunday 7 PM; Friday & Saturday 8 PM; Saturday & Sunday 2 PM.
WHERE:
Horowitz Center’s Studio Theatre on the Howard Community College campus, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia
TICKETS: $30; $28 military/seniors; $12 students
For tickets and additional information, visit
www.repstage.org.
Horowitz Center Box Office: 443.518.1500

Freely drawn from Pamela Ward’s story “The Hairy Little Girl,” An Almost Holy Picture follows the odyssey of former minister Samuel Gentle as he travels from Massachusetts to New Mexico—and from despair to triumph—heeding a mysterious voice. 

Important Dates

  • Pre-Show Lecture: Saturday, February 19, at 12:30 PM – Free
  • Post-Show Talk Back: Friday, February 11 and 18 – Free
  • Post-Show Reception: Saturday, February 6, following the 8 PM performance
  • Signed Performance: Sunday, February 13, 2 PM
  • A pre-show lecture with HCC philosophy professor Dr. Helen Mitchell on Saturday, February 19 at 12:30 PM.  Dr. Mitchell will speak on “Pilgrimages of the Spirit.”

photo of the Studio Theatre in the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts CenterThe Horowitz Center Studio Theatre is a state-of-the-art venue designed for theatrical productions. Commonly referred to as a "Black Box Theater,” the space can be completely reconfigured to accommodate the specific set design and seating needs of any production—it's never the same place twice! Audiences of up to 250 patrons attend Rep Stage productions in this venue year-round.

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Click here for more information.

JOIN THOMAS’S FRIENDS FOR A DAY OUT WITH THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE ON HIS LEADER OF THE TRACK TOUR

This sounds like a neat thing to do with those little boys (and girls) who just love Thomas the Tank Engine.

LAST CHANCE TO PURCHASE
DAY OUT WITH THOMAS TICKETS
before they go on sale to the general public February 1st!
Pick preferred train ride times behind Thomas the Tank Engine.
Buy your tickets
HERE today!

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT FOR OPERA LOVERS!

The Gonzales Cantata

Peabody Chamber Opera, in association with American Opera Theatre and the Handel Choir of Baltimore, present the World Premiere staging of Melissa Dunphy's acclaimed opera.

This brilliant work sets to music the transcript from the Alberto Gonzales congressional hearing, in the style of a Handel oratorio. What begins as a witty and absurdist look at American politics ends as a touching exploration of culpability and lost dreams.

The work is at once a searing and brilliantly funny political commentary, in operatic terms, on the Bush administration and its policies, and a larger-scoped poignant portrayal of the loss of the American Dream. The music also contains such duality, both a wickedly intelligent recreation of Handel's musical language, and the well-defined contemporary and personal compositional voice of Dunphy.

In its concert premiere the work was featured on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” and in The Wall Street Journal. Now it comes to life on the stage in a comic and touching new production.

Cast

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales:

Molly Young

Sen. Patrick Leahy:

Elizabeth Merrill

Sen. Benjamin Cardin:

Julie Bosworth

Sen. Jeff Sessions:

Julianne McCarthy

Sen. Orrin Hatch:

Megan Ihnen

Sen. Arlen Specter:

Zoe Kanter

Sen. Dianne Feinstein:

Bradley Del Vecchio

Sen. Chuck Grassley:

Abigail Seaman

Alto Chorus:

Kerry Holahan

Also: American Opera Theatre's flagship production of

Dido+Aeneas

With the use of an ingenious double casting, director Timothy Nelson's Dido+Aeneas becomes not the story of the tragic queen of Carthage, but rather of one woman, plagued with mental illness, and her decision to take her own life. This woman's entire life is shown as if occurring over a single day, her slide from depression into schizophrenia, her inability to access real human contact. The characters on the stage are but phantoms, voices and finally hallucinations that drive her to madness.

Dido:

Emily Noel

Aeneas:

Jason Buckwalter

Belinda/1st Witch:

Elizabeth Merrill

2nd Woman, 2nd Witch:

Julie Bosworth

Sailor:

Bradley Del Vecchio

Spirit:

Abigail Seaman

WHEN: February 4, 5, & 11 at 8 PM, February 13 at 5 PM
WHERE:
Theatre Project, 45 West Preston Street, Baltimore
TICKETS: $30 ($20 Students & Seniors)
Call 410.752.8558 or visit
missiontix.com

Monday, January 24, 2011

WANT TO DIRECT A PLAY? SUBMIT A SCRIPT (OR 2) TO SPOTLIGHTERS THEATRE

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Spotlighters Theatre is seeking
Proposals from Directors
for
the 2011-2012 season,
their 50th year of
EXCEPTIONAL — DIVERSE — CREATIVE — BOLD Theater!

If you are a director who has a passion to direct a show, then complete the Production Proposal available here.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE is February 15th.

  • A copy of the script is required with the proposal.
  • Directors may submit more than one production.

The Selection Team will review proposals, with final decisions being made by April 1, 2011.

THIS WEEK @ THE PEABODY CONSERVATORY

The year 1971, a time of tremendous musical creativity and experimentation, will take possession of Peabody's Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall this Wednesday, Jan. 26, when an ensemble of Conservatory faculty artists, percussion students, and guests will perform works by Ornette Coleman, George Crumb, John McLaughlin, Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Steve Reich, and Josef Zawinul. An unusual collaboration for Peabody—in fact, for any music school—1971 is the brainchild of bassist Michael Formanek, who leads the Peabody Jazz Orchestra, and cellist Michael Kannen, who holds the Sidney Friedberg Chair in Chamber Music. Tickets for the 8:00 PM concert, part of the Sylvia Adalman Artist Recital Series, are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students. To purchase tickets, call the Peabody Box Office at 410.234.4800.

Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 7:00 PM, MM candidate Gemma New will conduct a concert by the LUNAR Ensemble, all Peabody students, at An die Musik, 409 North Charles Street. The program includes Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire and the world premieres of Clarinet Concertino by Sam Brannon (BM ’09, MM ’10, Composition), with soloist Gleb Kanasevich, and Fantasy on Themes from "Harry Potter" by Michael Sheppard (BM ’98, MM ’00, GPD ’03, Piano). The concert is free, but a $10 donation is suggested.

At this week's free Thursday Noon recital in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, the Beijing Guitar Duo—Graduate Performance Diploma candidates Meng Su (PC ’09) and Yameng Wang (MM ’08)—will perform Eight Memories in Watercolor by Tan Dun, arranged by their teacher Manuel Barrueco. GPD candidates Petrit Çeku, Marco Antonio San Nicolás, and Jonathan Zwi (MM ’10), and MM candidate Jeremy Lyons, also students of Barrueco, will perform an arrangement by Andrew York of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite.

On Friday, January 28, at 6:30 PM, piano students of Marian Hahn will give a free recital of works by Liszt, Alkan, Ravel, and Prokofieff in Peabody's Hilda and Douglas Goodwin Recital Hall.

Also on Friday, the Conservatory's student organization, OASIS, will host a free 6:00 PM screening of Bach & friends in Room 308C (Conservatory Building), followed by a question-and-answer session with filmmaker Michael Lawrence (BM ’70, Guitar).

Performing at the Preparatory Winter Honors Recital, on Sunday, January 30, at 3:00 PM, will be competition-winners Giselle Nakpil and Alan Zhang, violin students of Rebecca Henry; Alessandra Garvin, cello student of Alison Wells; Kelly Kim, piano student of Hyun-Sook Park; and Curtis Serafin, piano student of Anna Soukiassian. The free recital will take place in Peabody's Leith Symington Griswold Hall.

Also on Sunday, at 7:00 PM, violist Sarah Lowenstein (MM ’09) and pianist Hsiao-Ying Lin (MM ’08) will perform at A Night of Classical Music, Wine & Fine Food to benefit Open the Cages Alliance, a local nonprofit dedicated to exposing and ending animal cruelty. For tickets to the event, at An die Musik, 409 North Charles Street, call 410.385.2638.

Conservatory student recitals
Conservatory student recitals are free and open to the public. There are eight recitals scheduled this week. For a list of recitals including student name, degree program, instrument/voice, date, time and hall, visit
www.peabody.jhu.edu/recitals.

Upcoming concerts

  • The Peabody Computer Music Consort will present a concert dedicated to Jean Eichelberger Ivey (1923-2010), founder of the Peabody Electronic Music Studio, on Monday, January 31, 7:30 PM in Leith Symington Griswold Hall.
  • Hajime Teri Murai will conduct a performance by the Peabody Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday, February 1, 8:00 PM in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.
  • Tempesta di Mare will present Roman Nights, a concert in the Sylvia Adalman Artist Recital Series, on Tuesday, February 8, 8:00 PM in Leith Symington Griswold Hall.

Friday, January 21, 2011

AUTHORS/FILM AT THE PRATT LIBRARY, JANUARY 25–30

lawrence p jackson _ verDr. Lawrence P. Jackson
talks about his new book, The Indignant Generation: A Narrative History of African American Writers and Critics, 1934–1960.

The Indignant Generation is the first narrative history of the neglected but essential period of African American literature between the Harlem Renaissance and the civil rights era. Writers such as Richard Wright, Gwendolyn Brooks, Ralph Ellison, Lorraine Hansberry and James Baldwin rose to prominence during this period, but little attention has been paid to the political and artistic milieu in which they produced their greatest works.

Looking at the tumultuous decades surrounding World War II, Jackson restores the "indignant" quality to a generation of African American writers shaped by Jim Crow segregation, the great Depression, the growth of American communism, and an international wave of decolonization. He also reveals how artistic collectives in New York, Chicago and Washington fostered a sense of destiny and belonging among diverse and disenchanted peoples.

Fully exploring the cadre of key African American writers who triumphed in spite of segregation, The Indignant Generation paints a vivid portrait of American intellectual and artistic life in the mid-twentieth century.

Lawrence P. Jackson is professor of English and African American studies at Emory University. He is the author of Ralph Ellison: Emergence of Genius and a forthcoming biography of Chester Himes. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and holds graduate degrees from Ohio State University and Stanford University.

WHEN: Tuesday, Jan 25, 2011 (7:00 PM)
WHERE:
(click on the location to see map)  Central Library, Poe Room
Suggested Audience: Adults, Seniors 

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An award-winning documentary by filmmaker Joe Wilson

Out in the Silence tells the story of a handful of rural Pennsylvania residents struggling for inclusion admidst anti-gay sentiment. The story unfolds when Joe Wilson's same-sex wedding announcement ignites a controversy after it is published in his hometown newspaper, a small Pennsylvania community he left long ago.

Drawn back by a plea for help from the mother of a gay teen being tormented at school, Wilson's journey dramatically illustrates the challenges of being an outsider in a conservative environment. It also shows the potential for building bridges across differences in religion, politics and values when people approach each other with openness and respect. www.outinthesilence.com 

Presented in partnership with ACLU of Maryland and Equality Maryland.

WHEN: Sunday, Jan 30, 2011 (2:00 PM)
WHERE:
(click on the location to see map) Central Library, Wheeler Auditorium
Suggested Audience: Teens, Adults, Seniors

BOWLS & TEAPOTS @ BALTIMORE CLAYWORKS

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Image: Cathy Ann Kiffney, Red Bird and Magnolia

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St. Vincent De Paul is hosting a two-day event for Empty Bowls on March 11th and 12th to promote awareness of hunger in Baltimore and raise funding for their programs.

In preparation and support of their cause, Baltimore Clayworks will be hosting bowl-a-thons to make soup-sized bowls for their events. You can make, decorate or glaze bowls for this wonderful cause!

Clayworks' Bowl-a-Thon
Sunday January 23, 12:00- 4:00 PM
Saturday January 29, 12:00 - 4:00 PM
Saturday February 5, 12:00 - 4:00P M

Clayworks will provide the clay, you provide the artistry. Wheel and Hand-builders and Decorators are welcome. Bring a Friend and an eagerness to learn and create. Impromptu hand-building lessons and fun for all ages!

Saturday, February 12, 12-5 they will be glazing and need some help plunking and dunking.

You may also drop off bowls you have made to Clayworks by March 1st and they will deliver them.

For details on the Bowl-a-Thon please click here.

With your help, Baltimore Clayworks can bring them closer to their goal of 2000 bowls!

For more information about St. Vincent de Paul's Empty Bowls program, please click here.

TRY A LITTLE PINTER THIS WINTER @ CENTERSTAGE

Centerstage does Pinter with one of his best known plays. Don’t understand Pinter? So what? The acting is great and there is a message in there somewhere. Stretch your mind! Avoid the tried and the tired! Try something new and provocative! Besides, there’s a promotional code to use when ordering that will get you a discount:

THE HOMECOMING
By Harold Pinter
Directed by Irene Lewis

WHEN: January 26–February 20. Previews January 26-February 2. Opening night February 2.  Click HERE for performance dates & times and to purchase tickets.
WHERE:
Centerstage, 700 North Calvert Street Baltimore
TICKETS: $15-$45. For general ticket information, please contact the Box Office at 410.332.0033

Roles reverse, long-buried secrets surprise, and words become weapons in Harold Pinter's tough, sexy, and surprisingly funny modern classic about a decidedly unusual family.

Save $10 on premium seats. Promo Code: 11HOMESAVE. Offer valid for performances through February 6.

KICKIN’ IT WITH THE ‘RENTS: February 13 @ 7:30 PM. Bring the teens for dinner with the cast and a performance. Only $10 pp.

HONORING GENOCIDE THROUGH ART @ MICA

Commemorating genocide in art has a long history. Witness Picasso’s Guernica. MICA is mounting an exhibition to honor those who have died in genocides during the past century:

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Solo Show by Dennis Farber
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 28–Sunday, March 13; reception: Friday, Jan. 28, 5–7 PM
WHERE:
  Bunting Center’s Pinkard Gallery, 1401 W. Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore

Foundation faculty member Dennis Farber will revive the memory of those who died in genocides of the past century through five albums that bind together images both found and made. The images, not intended for documentary purposes, invite visual and narrative connections, stories to be imagined and questions to be asked.

Memory gives humans an emotional connection to the past and keeps the dead from perishing altogether. In photographs, it is possible to see generations past and present, stirring up notions of ancestor, family and clan.

Though alluding to the Holocaust and other atrocities, the images as a whole do not speak to a specific historical event. Instead, they emulate our knowledge of lost populations: a palimpsest of images—vague, fugitive and a powerful reminder.

Foundation and humanistic studies faculty member Amy Eisner, whose poems accompany this exhibition, will give a reading during the reception.

The solo show accompanies the exhibition The Narcissism of Minor Differences, which showcases 18 acclaimed artists who explore the dark side of intolerance using art, historical artifact and documentation, on view through Sunday, March 13.

MICA’s galleries, which are free and open to the public, are open MondaySaturday, 10 AM–5 PM; and Sunday, noon–5 PM. They are closed on major holidays.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

MUSIC @ AN DIE MUSIK LIVE! JANUARY 25-30

More musical offerings at An die Musik LIVE! for the end of January:

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MusikNOW Concerts at

An die Musik LIVE!
A Classical, Jazz & World Music Concert Venue
409 N. Charles Street, Baltimore
www.AndieMusikLIVE.com
410.385.2638

Saturday, January 22, 10 AM
JAZZ CLINIC
TICKETS: $10; student package for Friday concert and Saturday clinic: $20
Join  a special jazz rhythm section workshop with Richard Johnson, Curtis Lundy, and Eric Kennedy. They will explore the art of playing and listening in a jazz ensemble. All instruments are welcome, and upcoming music students are encouraged  to attend.

Saturday, January 22, 8 & 9:30 PM
CHUCHITO VALDES (SOLO JAZZ PIANO)
TICKETS: $15
Two-time Latin Grammy nominee Chuchito Valdes will make a stop at An die Musik Live on his U.S. tour, which includes Blue Note in NYC and Scullers in Boston. This is truly a must-see performance!!

Chuchito Valdés, following in the footsteps of his famed father Chucho Valdés and grandfather Bebo Valdés, continues the legacy of great piano players from Cuba.

With influences of Caribbean rhythms and jazz, Chuchito creates an exciting and energetic blend of spicy music that drives audiences wild.  Chuchito is recognized as a master of Cuban music.  His original compositions and arrangements draw on classical harmonic and structural techniques. In his performances, Chuchito’s music draws on many styles including Afro-Cuban Latin Jazz, Bebop, Danzon, Cha-Cha-Cha, Son Montuno, and much more.

“Chuchito Valdés displays the hell-bent intensity and daredevil technique of the elder Valdés-qualities recognized worldwide as hallmarks of Cuban Jazz.” —Neil Tesser / The Reader (Chicago’s Art & Culture Guide) and author of The Playboy Guide to Jazz

Tuesday, January 25, 7 PM
The LUNAR Ensemble
Free admission; $10 donation suggested

Sopranos – Danielle Buonaiuto and Lisa Perry
Flute/piccolo – Zacharias Galatis
Clarinet/bass clarinet – Gleb Kanasevich
Violin/viola – Martiros Shakhzadyan
Cello – Peter Kibbe
Piano – Michael Sheppard
Percussion - Garrett Arney
Percussion - Victor Caccese
Conductor – Gemma New

All members of the LUNAR Ensemble are currently affiliated with the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and they collaborate together regularly within this institution. Programme: Clarinet Concertino* by Sam Brannon (*world première Michael Sheppard: Fantasy on Themes from "Harry Potter"* for solo piano (*world première); Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire

Friday, January 28, 8 & 9:30 PM
PROMISED LAND
TICKETS: $15/$10 students
The seeds of “Promised Land,” the trio of pianist Myra Melford, acoustic guitarist Brandon Ross,and acoustic bass guitarist Stomu Takeishi, were sown in the early Spring 2006, during a European tour of southern Spain. The unexpected configuration proved to be flexible, dynamic, fluid and fun—inspiring a second tour and now, four years later, the inception of a new ensemble called PROMISED LAND.

The trio creates music that represents a kind of modern chamber music for improvisers. Informed by world folk music, Jazz, chamber music, Blues and the pure elegance of song, it is American music hatched of the spirit of our times.

Sunday, January 30, 7–9 PM
OPEN THE CAGES ALLIANCE FUNDRAISER WITH
VIOLIST SARAH LOWENSTEIN
TICKETS: $20 in advance/$25 at the door
Peabody-trained violist Sarah Lowenstein has been lauded for her soulful playing and innate musical sense. She moved to Israel at age 17 to study at the Ruben Academy of Music and toured Spain under the tutelage of members of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra. Upon her return to the United States, Sarah attended the Peabody Conservatory, where she completed her Master's of Music in 2009. Sarah won first place in the American Fine Arts Festival Competition, and performed the winning piece in a solo recital at Carnegie Hall in 2010. She currently performs with her Cantabile Quartet as well as in solo recitals on her 1710 Bourbon Viola. Please visit Sarah's
website for more information and to hear some of her skillful playing.

Ms. Lowenstein will be accompanied by Peabody Conservatory alumus pianist Hsiao-Ying Lin. Delicious vegan hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served.

Open the Cages Alliance (OTCA) is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to exposing and ending animal cruelty and promoting compassionate, healthy and environmentally responsible living through public awareness projects and targeted campaigns.

DISCOUNT PARKING
Park at the Franklin Street Garage (at the corner of Charles & Franklin Streets) for just $2 on evenings and weekends. You must pick up a voucher at An die Musik to receive the discounted rate.

THIS WEEK @ PEABODY CONSERVATORY

The Peabody TrioThe first performance of 2011 in Peabody's Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 19, when the Peabody Trio plays Brahms' Trio in C major, Shostakovich's Trio No. 2 in E minor, Schnittke's Stille Musik, and Gubaidulina's Dancer on a Tightrope. The Trio—violinist Violaine Melançon, cellist Natasha Brofsky, and pianist Seth Knopp—has been resident faculty ensemble at Peabody since 1989. Tickets for the 8:00 PM concert, part of the Sylvia Adalman Artist Recital Series, are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students. To purchase tickets, call the Peabody Box Office at 410.234.4800. To listen to Audio Program Notes by Seth Knopp, visit www.peabody.jhu.edu/events and follow the link to the concert webpage.

Also this week
  • This week's free Thursday Noon recital in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall will feature works for solo piano by Chopin, Ligeti, and Boulez. The performers, all Graduate Performance Diploma candidates, are Hannah Kyoohye Lim and Eunkyung Yoon, students of Yong Hi Moon; Gina Peck, a student of Ellen Mack; and Moritz Winkelmann, a student of Leon Fleisher.
  • On Saturday, Jan. 22, at 2:00 PM, Ken Lam (MM ’07), assistant conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, will conduct a free String Orchestra Festival concert by Peabody Preparatory students in the Walters Art Museum sculpture court, 600 North Charles Street. Students from the new Performance Academy for Strings, coordinated by Christian Tremblay, will collaborate with students in the Preparatory's Pre-Conservatory Violin Program, directed by Preparatory String Department Chair Rebecca Henry.

Conservatory student recitals
Conservatory student recitals are free and open to the public. There are three recitals scheduled this week. For a list of recitals including student name, degree program, instrument/voice, date, time, and hall, visit
www.peabody.jhu.edu/recitals.

Upcoming concerts
  • Cellist Michael Kannen and bassist Michael Formanek will perform with other faculty artists and guests in a Sylvia Adalman Artist Recital Series concert titled 1971 on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 8:00 PM in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.
  • The winners of the Preparatory Winter Honors Competition will perform at a free recital on Sunday, Jan. 30, 3:00 PM in Peabody's Leith Symington Griswold Hall.
  • The Peabody Computer Music Consort will present a concert dedicated to Jean Eichelberger Ivey (1923-2010), founder of the Peabody Electronic Music Studio, on Monday, Jan. 31, 7:30 PM in Leith Symington Griswold Hall.