Monday, April 30, 2012

THIS WEEK @ THE PEABODY CONSERVATORY

PIMEOn Wednesday, May 2, the Peabody Improvisation and Multimedia Ensemble (P.I.M.E.) will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Conservatory's Jazz Studies Department with an evening of music by saxophonist and flutist Gary Thomas, Richard and Elizabeth Case Endowed Professor in Jazz. The concert, at 7:30 PM in Peabody's East Hall, will feature faculty and alumni guests, including film composer Jacob Yoffee (BM ’02, Composition; GPD ’04, Jazz Saxophone), who will perform on saxophone and receive the Johns Hopkins Outstanding Recent Graduate Award. The other guest performers will include trombonist Alan Ferber, bassist Blake Meister, and trumpeter Alexander Norris, all faculty artists; pianist Todd Simon; and saxophonists Russell Kirk, Gabrielle Murphy, Ian Sims, and Raul Sööt. 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.

Also this week

On Wednesday, May 2, at 1:00 PM, C Street Brass, a quintet founded by Conservatory students, will perform baroque, tango, and jazz crossover works at a free concert presented by WBJC in the Fine Arts Theater at Baltimore City Community College, 2901 Liberty Heights Avenue.

Faculty artist Joe Burgstaller, trumpet, will present Change Your Mind, Change Your Playing, a performance master class for all instruments, on Thursday, May 3, at 7:00 PM in Room LH414 (Leakin Hall). The class will include mock juries and other jury prep.

Courtney Orlando, violin and voice, who teaches ear training at the Conservatory, will give benefit performances for Mount Vernon Music Space, 1015 North Charles Street, on Friday, May 4, at 7:30 PM and Sunday, May 6, at 3:30 PM. On the program are works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Astor Piazzolla, Caleb Burhans, and Michael Rickelton (MM ’10, Composition). Percussionist Terry Sweeny, a junior, will also perform. For more information, visit mountvernonmusicspace.com.

Soprano Jennifer Holbrook (MM ’09, Voice; GPD ’11, Opera), tenor and countertenor Peter Lee (BM ’06, MM ’08, Voice), and baritone Kevin Wetzel (MM ’06, GPD ’08, Voice) will perform with the Peabody Concert Orchestra, Concert Artists of Baltimore Orchestra and Symphonic Chorale, Peabody-Hopkins Chorus, Peabody Singers, and Peabody Children's Chorus at the Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric, 140 West Mount Royal Avenue, on Saturday, May 5, at 8:00 PM. Edward Polochick, artistic director of Concert Artists of Baltimore and a Peabody faculty member, will conduct the collaborative performances of Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. Tickets are $28 and $38 and may be purchased by visiting lyricoperahouse.com or calling 410.900.1150. Student rush tickets may be purchased for $10 each at the Lyric Box Office starting one hour prior to the performance.

Faculty artist Brian Ganz, piano, will perform Fantaisie for Piano and Orchestra with the National Philharmonic Orchestra as part of an all-Debussy program on Saturday, May 5, at 8:00 PM. The concert will take place at The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. For tickets, visit nationalphilharmonic.org.

The Peabody Children's Chorus, directed by Doreen Falby, will present The Poet Sings, a program of music set to the words of Shakespeare, Blake, Dickens, Dickinson, and other great poets, on Sunday, May 6, at 3:00 PM in Peabody's Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. Tickets are $5. To purchase tickets, call the Peabody Box Office at 410-234-4800. Also that day at 3:00 PM, an ensemble from the Peabody Children's Chorus will appear in a performance of Mendelssohn's Elijah by the Baltimore Choral Arts Society in the Kraushaar Auditorium at Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson. For tickets, visit baltimorechoralarts.org.

Free noon recitals

At this week's free Thursday Noon recital in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, Brassivity—trumpeters Yanbin Chen and Tristan Clarke, hornist Joel Watts, trombonist Emily Joseph, and tubist Scott Miller—will perform Bach's Fugue in G minor, Michael Kamen's Quintet, and the Allegro Vivo movement from Eugene Bozza's Sonatine for Brass; violinist Szu-Yun Chiu, cellist Young Eun Lee, and pianist Sejoon Park will perform Schubert's Trio No. 1 in B-flat major; and violinist Erica Richardson, cellist Antoinette Gan, and pianist Choo Choo Hu will perform Dvorák's Trio No. 1 in B-flat major.

On Friday, May 4, at noon, there will be a free performance by Conservatory harp students in the Peabody on the Court series at the Walters Art Museum, 600 North Charles Street.

Conservatory student recitals and chamber concerts

Recitals and chamber concerts by Conservatory students are free and open to the public. There are 33 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. For the complete schedule of end-of-semester chamber concerts, visit peabody.jhu.edu/events.

Upcoming concerts
  • The Peabody Opera Workshop, in association with the Composition Department, will present Last Things: Seven Operatic Premieres on Monday, May 7, 7:30 PM in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.
  • The Peabody Computer Music Consort, directed by Geoffrey Wright and McGregor Boyle, will give the world premieres of student compositions on Tuesday, May 8, 7:30 PM in Leith Symington Griswold Hall.
  • The Preparatory Young Artists Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Levitov, and the Preparatory String Ensemble, conducted by Matthew Horwitz-Lee, will present a joint concert on Saturday, May 12, 3:30 PM in Leith Symington Griswold Hall.