Tuesday, February 7, 2012

THIS WEEK @ THE PEABODY CONSERVATORY

Hajime Teri Murai will conduct a performance by the Peabody Concert Orchestra of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A major and Britten's Sinfonia da requiem on Friday, Feb. 10, at 8:00 PM. Tickets for the concert, in Peabody's Miriam A. Friedberg Concert 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. A limited number of free 'student rush' tickets for students from Hopkins and other colleges and universities will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning one hour prior to the performance.

Also this week

The Peabody Chamber Opera will present the surrealistic one-act opera Postcard from Morocco by Dominick Argento (TC ’50, Piano; TC ’51, Theory; BM ’51, MM ’54, Composition), Thursday, Feb. 9-Saturday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 PM; and Sunday, Feb. 12, at 3:00 PM at Theatre Project, 45 West Preston Street. The stage director is Jennifer Blades and the music director is Eileen Cornett, both Peabody faculty members. Doctor of Musical Arts candidate Blair Skinner will conduct. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students with ID. To purchase tickets, visit theatreproject.org or call 410.752.8558.

From Opera with Love, a program of amorous excerpts, will be presented by The Figaro Project on Friday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 PM at Germano's Trattoria, 300 South High Street. The featured performers will include sopranos Abigail Seaman (GPD ’10), a Master of Music candidate, and Nola Richardson (MM ’11); tenor Andrew Spady, an MM candidate; baritone Christian Waugh, an MM candidate; bass-baritone Jeremy Hirsch, a junior; and pianist Hui-Chuan Chen, a DMA candidate. For reservations, call 410.752.4515.

On Saturday, Feb. 11, from 3:00 to 5:30 PM, Rebecca Henry, who chairs the Preparatory's String Department, will lead a master class and teacher workshop on violin and viola pedagogy in Room 308C (Conservatory Building). The event, the fourth in a series of five, will focus on Kreutzer √Čtudes Nos. 2-12. For more information, visit peabody.jhu.edu/pedagogymc.

As part of his decade-long Chopin Project, faculty artist Brian Ganz, piano, will give an all-Chopin recital at the Music Center at Strathmore on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 8:00 PM. The concert is presented by the National Philharmonic. Strathmore is located at 5301 North Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md. For tickets, visit strathmore.org.

Also on Saturday, Feb. 11, at 8:00 PM, guitarist Ben Beirs (BM ’06, GPD ’09, Guitar; MM ’07, Guitar Pedagogy), a Preparatory faculty member, will play Reich's Electric Counterpoint, Pasieczny's American Suite, Dyens's Libra Sonatine, and his own composition Awakened Awareness. The event, a release party for Beirs' CD Widening Circles, will take place at An die Musik, 409 North Charles Street. For tickets, call 410.385.2638.

Faculty artist Timothy Murphy (BM ’79, MM ’85, Organ) will perform on the recently rebuilt organ at St. Ignatius Church with the Handel Choir of Baltimore on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 3:00 PM. Murphy, who teaches jazz piano and directs the Peabody Latin Jazz Ensemble, is the organist at the church, located at 740 North Calvert Street. On the program for the concert, a benefit for St. Ignatius' Loaves and Fishes Ministry, are works by Bruckner, Brahms, Rheinberger, Walton, and Britten. Musicology faculty member Richard Giarusso will give a pre-concert lecture at 2:00 PM. For tickets, visit handelchoir.org.

Faculty artist Michael Formanek, double bass, will perform with alto saxophonist Darius Jones, tenor saxophonist and bass clarinetist John Dierker, pianist Lafayette Gilchrist, and drummer Eric Kennedy on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 8:00 PM as part of the Second Sunday Jazz Series at the Windup Space, 12 West North Avenue. Tickets are available at the door.

Free noon recitals

At this week's free Thursday Noon recital in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, freshman Ho-Jung Jung, double bass, will perform Bottesini's Concerto No. 1 in F-sharp minor; Master of Music candidate Lydia Chernicoff (BM ’10), violin, will perform Debussy's Sonata in G minor with Artist Diploma candidate Ronaldo Rolim (BM ’10), piano; junior Renee Delgado, cello, will perform Tchaikovsky's Pezzo Capricioso, Op. 62, with sophomore Priscilla Chang, piano; and Graduate Performance Diploma candidate Colin Sorgi (BM ’09), violin, will perform Lutoslawski's Partita for Violin and Piano with GPD candidate Choo Choo Hu (BM ’10), piano.

Conservatory student recitals

Conservatory student recitals are free and open to the public. There are four 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
  • Faculty artist Marina Piccinini, flute; alumna Kim Kashkashian, viola; and Sivan Magen, harp, will perform at a Sylvia Adalman Chamber Series concert, Garden of Joys and Sorrows, on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 8:00 PM in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.
  • Jason Ham of the West Point Band will be the euphonium soloist for the world premiere by the Peabody Wind Ensemble of Johan de Meij's UFO Concerto on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7:30 PM in Miriam A. Friedberg Hall.
  • Director of Jazz Studies Gary Thomas will lead a concert by the Peabody Improvisation & Multimedia Ensemble (PIME) on Thursday, Feb. 16, 7:30 PM in Peabody's East 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.