Wednesday, April 25, 2012

THIS WEEK @ THE PEABODY CONSERVATORY

The Peabody Renaissance Ensemble will present two concerts on Thursday and Friday, Apr. 26 and 27, at 7:30 PM, in Leith Symington Griswold Hall. Directed by Mark Cudek, the group will perform a recital titled Ce Moys de May: Music for Mary, Queen of Scots, which includes music that she would have listened and danced to, verse from her favorite poets, favorite tunes from her youth, French courtly dance to honor Mary, and much more. Soprano Julie Bosworth and countertenor Daniel Moody are featured soloists and were coached by Adam Pearl. Tickets for the concert 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.

Harlan D. Parker will lead the Peabody Wind Ensemble in a concert on Wednesday, Apr. 25, at 7:30 PM. The ensemble will perform works by Michael Daugherty, Percy Aldridge Grainger, Sigur Rós, Carter Pann, and Dana Wilson. 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.

Pianist Zhe Tang, the vice dean of Shanghai Conservatory of Music, will present a master class on Wednesday, Apr. 25 at 8:00 PM in Cohen-Davison Family Theatre. Cellist Gary Hoffman, an artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, will also present a master class on Thursday, Apr. 26 at 2:00 PM in Hilda and Douglas Goodwin Recital Hall. The master classes are free and open to the public.

A free concert of original works by the students in Peabody's Junior Bach program—boys in grades six through eight at Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy—will be performed by Conservatory students on Friday, Apr. 27, at 3:30 PM, in Cohen-Davison Family Theatre. The concert will showcase the results of a collaboration with Peabody's percussion department, with world premieres by Robert Bacon, Devin Blakeney, Taivon Bowell, Nicholas Fullard, Kenneth Jacobs, Tyriek Means, Christopher Noakes, and Donnick Oliver.

A free Piano Ensemble Recital will be held on Friday, Apr. 27, at 4:00 PM, in Hilda and Douglas Goodwin Recital Hall. Music for two pianos, piano four hands, and small ensemble will be performed.

As the 2011 winner of the Yale Gordon Competition, Yury Shadrin, piano, will perform a free concert on Saturday, Apr. 28, at 3:00 PM, at the Shriver Hall Concert Series. Shadrin, a Graduate Performance Diploma candidate studying with Leon Fleisher, will perform Shostakovich's Twenty-Four Preludes, Op. 34; Schumann's Fantasie in C major, Op. 17; Tchaikovsky's Meditation, Op. 72, No. 5; and Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition. Shriver Hall is located on the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus, 3400 North Charles Street. For more information, visit shriverconcerts.org.

On Saturday, April 28, at 7:30 PM, the Peabody Percussion Group will perform a free concert in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. Directed by Robert van Sice, the group will play works by Martin Bresnick, Paul Lansky, and percussion faculty artist David Skidmore.

Organ faculty artists John Walker and Donald Sutherland will perform with seven graduate students to celebrate the centennial of the birth of Virgil Fox on Sunday, Apr. 29, at 4:00 PM. Fox served as a faculty artist at Peabody and organist at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church. The works presented will be ones which Fox played during his tenure at both of these institutions almost 75 years ago. Held at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1316 Park Avenue, the concert will be free.

Peabody's collaboration with Washington Performing Arts Society continues on Sunday, Apr. 29, at 6:00 PM, with an appearance by violinist Keng-Yuen Tseng, who chairs the Conservatory's Strings Department, and the Peabody Chamber Orchestra as part of the What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow series. Kapilow will conduct a study and performance of Beethoven's Violin Concerto in Baird Auditorium, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. For tickets, visit WPAS.org or call 202-785-9727.

On Sunday, April 29, at 7:30 PM, the Peabody Preparatory will present the winners of the 2012 Part Recital Competition—pianists Abigail Lo, Thomas Nielsen, and Curtis Serafin; and violinist Grace Carney—in a free recital of works by Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, and more in Hilda and Douglas Goodwin Recital Hall.

Free noon recitals

This week's free Thursday Noon recital in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall will feature the winners of Peabody's Prix d'Été Competition, established in 1994 to encourage composition and computer music majors to compose chamber works exploring new dimensions in performance, instrumentation, and multimedia.

Conservatory student recitals

Conservatory student recitals are free and open to the public. There are 35 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 Improvisation & Multimedia Ensemble, directed by Gary Thomas, will mark the 10th anniversary of the Jazz Studies program at Peabody on Wednesday, May 2, 7:30 PM, in Peabody's East Hall.
  • Peabody and the Concert Artists of Baltimore will present the sacred—Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms—and the profane—Carl Orff's Carmina Burana—at the Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric, 140 West Mount Royal Avenue on Saturday, May 5, 8:00 PM.
  • On Sunday, May 6, 3:00 PM, the Peabody Children's Chorus, directed by Doreen Falby, will perform 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.