Monday, March 12, 2012

THIS WEEK @ THE PEABODY CONSERVATORY

The CrucibleOn Mar. 14-17, the Peabody Opera Theatre will present Robert Ward's Pulitzer Prize-winning opera The Crucible, which sets the Salem witch trials to lushly orchestrated neo-romantic music. Like the 1952 Arthur Miller play on which it is based, the opera is an allegory for another politically charged period: the so-called Red Scare of the late 1940s and 1950s, when fear of communism was fanned by public accusations of disloyalty by Senator Joseph McCarthy, among others. The stage director and designer is Roger Brunyate, director of opera programs at Peabody. Faculty member JoAnn Kulesza will conduct the Peabody Concert Orchestra. Performances of The Crucible will take place Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30 PM in Peabody's Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. Tickets are $25 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students with ID. For tickets, call the Peabody Box Office at 410.234.4800.

Tonight

An ensemble of Peabody jazz students—saxophonist Adam Corson, guitarist Kevin B. Clark, bassist Jonathan Guo, and drummer Byung Kang—will perform tonight, Monday, Mar. 12, at 7:30 PM at An die Musik, 409 North Charles Street. For tickets, call 410.385.2638.

Also this week

Soprano Melissa Wimbish, pianist Eric Zuber, and the Ars Nova Trio—violinist Charlene Kluegel, cellist Maria Victoria Pedrero, and pianist Kyung Wha Chu—will perform tomorrow, Tuesday, Mar. 13, at 6:00 PM in the Kennedy Center's Family Theater, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. The free concert, part of the Kennedy Center's annual Conservatory Project, will be webcast live on the Kennedy Center website.

On Tuesday, Mar. 13, at 8:00 PM, Gemma New (MM ’11, Conducting) will lead the LUNAR Ensemble, a group of Conservatory students and alumni, in a concert of contemporary music by John Harbison, Michael Kibbe, and five Peabody-affiliated composers, including Paul Mathews, associate dean for academic affairs, and David Smooke, who chairs the Music Theory Department. The concert will be held at An die Musik, 409 North Charles Street. To purchase tickets, visit instantseats.com or call 410.385.2638.

The 21st-Century Flute, a free recital on Thursday, Mar. 15, at 6:30 PM, will feature 11 new works written by Peabody composers in collaboration with students of Conservatory faculty artist Marina Piccinini. The recital, in Peabody's Cohen-Davison Family Theatre, will include compositions for solo flute, flute and harp, flute and cello, and flute and marimba.

Singer-songwriter Sahffi (BM ’93, Horn) will perform songs of the '70s as part of March Cabaret Madness, Mar. 15-18, at CENTERSTAGE, 700 North Calvert Street. For times and tickets, visit centerstage.org.

HarpAdventures, a program founded by Harp Pedagogy students in the Conservatory to provide Baltimore-area schoolchildren with instruction in harp performance and music theory, will hold its first fundraiser on Sunday, Mar. 18, at 3:00 PM in the George Peabody Library. The event will include a performance, refreshments from Chef's Expressions, and a silent auction. Admission is free, but donations will be appreciated.

Also on Sunday, Mar. 18, at 7:30 PM, faculty artist William Sharp, baritone, will sing Schumann's Eichendorff Liederkreis and Dichterliebe with the Smithsonian Chamber Players. The concert will take place in the National Museum of American History's Hall of Musical Instruments, 14th Street & Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. For tickets, visit smithsonianchambermusic.org.

Free noon recital

At this week's free Thursday Noon recital in Cohen-Davison Family Theatre, harpist Jordan Thomas and pianist Teodora Adjarova will perform Gabriel Pierné's Concertstück for harp and orchestra in G-sharp major; harpist Laura Stokes and flutist Eric Maul will perform Bernard Andres' Narthex; and harpist En-Hua Chang will perform Arturo Márquez's Son a Tamayo.

Conservatory student recitals

Conservatory student recitals are free and open to the public. There are 25 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 Peabody Preparatory's Young People's String Program, coordinated by Janet Melnicoff-Brown, will give a free concert on Sunday, Mar. 25, 2:00 PM in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.
  • Percussion Celebration, a Sylvia Adalman Chamber Series concert, will feature Conservatory faculty artists, alumni, and students on Tuesday, Mar. 27, 8:00 PM in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.
  • Peabody Dance will present its annual Choreography Showcase with live music by Conservatory students on Saturday, Mar. 31, 7:30 PM, and Sunday, Apr. 1, 3:00 PM in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.

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