Tuesday, May 8, 2012

THIS WEEK @ THE PEABODY CONSERVATORY

The Peabody Preparatory will present the annual Vella Silver Recital on Wednesday, May 9, at 6:00 PM in Peabody's Hilda and Douglas Goodwin Recital Hall. The performers at the free recital were selected based on their performances at signature recitals held earlier this year.

Zane Forshee (MM ’01, GPD ’03, DMA ’11, Guitar), who teaches classical guitar at the Preparatory, will be featured in an Art After Hours concert on Wednesday, May 9, at 7:30 PM at the Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. For tickets, visit strathmore.org.

On Wednesday, May 9, at 8:00 PM, the Evolution Contemporary Music Series, founded by faculty member Judah Adashi (MM ’02, DMA ’11, Composition), will present two musical treatments of Shakespeare's The Tempest at An die Musik, 409 North Charles Street. The Atlantic Guitar Quartet—Jonathan Zwi (MM ’10), Kevin Shannon (MM ’06, GPD ’08), Dave DeDionisio (BM ’08, MM ’10), and Zoë Johnstone Stewart (MM ’05)—will perform Be Not Afeard by Ronald Pearl (MM ’85, Guitar). Paul Moravec's Pulitzer Prize-winning Tempest Fantasy will be performed by clarinetist Elisabeth Stimpert, violinist Kathryn Kilian (BM ’10, MM ’11), cellist Ismar Gomes (BM ’09, MM ’11), and pianist Lura Johnson, a Conservatory faculty member. There will be a pre-concert conversation with the composers and Peabody faculty member Hollis Robbins at 7:00 PM. For tickets, visit evolutionseries.org.

Mostly Arias, a free recital in Leith Symington Griswold Hall on Thursday, May 10, at 7:00 PM, will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Vera Danchenko-Stern's Singing in Russian Class.

The Figaro Project will present Who Killed Don Giovanni? on Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12, at 7:30 PM at the University of Baltimore's Lucy and Vernon Wright Theater, 21 West Mount Royal Avenue. The production's director is William Schaller (MM ’09, GPD ’11, Voice). Doctor of Musical Arts candidate Blair Skinner will conduct the performances by Conservatory voice students and alumni Lydia Beasley (MM ’09), Stephen Campbell (MM ’11), Jeremy Hirsch, Gregory Hoyt, Alex Rosen, Jessica Hanel Satava (MM ’04), Caitlin Vincent (MM ’09), and Nathan Wyatt (BM ’10), accompanied by Conservatory piano student Ta-Wei Tsai. For tickets, visit etix.com.

The Atlantic Guitar Quartet will perform works by Christopher Gainey (BM ’04, Composition, Guitar; MM ’06, Composition, Guitar, Music Theory), Ronald Pearl, Music Theory Department Chair David Smooke (MM ’95, Composition), and other composers on Friday, May 11, at 8:00 PM at the Engineers Club, 11 West Mount Vernon Place, where the quartet is ensemble in residence. For tickets, call 410-539-6914.

Also on Friday, May 11, at 8:00 PM, David Smooke will premiere his work Nutshell Miniatures of Unexplained Death on toy piano with the Great Noise Ensemble, conducted by Doctor of Musical Arts candidate David Vickerman. The concert will be held at the Atlas Theater, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, D.C. For tickets, visit greatnoiseensemble.com.

More Peabody alumni and faculty will perform this weekend at An die Musik: Warren Wolf, marimba, who attended the Peabody Preparatory, will perform on Friday, May 11, at 8:00 and 9:30 PM. The Poulenc Trio—Preparatory faculty artist Irina Kaplan, piano; Vladimir Lande, oboe; and Bryan Young (BM ’96), bassoon—will perform on Saturday, May 12, at 3:00 PM. For tickets, call 410-385-2638.

A joint recital by the professional-category winners of this year's Baltimore Music Club Competition will take place on Saturday, May 12, at 1:30 PM at The Suburban Club, 7600 Park Heights Avenue, Pikesville. Soprano Kisma Rachel Jordan and pianist Hyewon Ryou, both Peabody students, and violinist Chih-Jung Hsu (BM ’03, MM ’04, DMA ’09) were first-place winners.

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, at 3:30 PM in Leith Symington Griswold Hall. Pianist Daniel Park will be the soloist with the Young Artists Orchestra and violinist Connor Chaikowsky with the String Ensemble.

Also on Saturday, May 12, at 7:00 PM, violinist Emily Mansfield will perform Bruch's Violin Concert No. 1 in G minor with the Peabody Youth Orchestra, conducted by Harlan D. Parker. Also on the program for the free concert, in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall, are the Overture to Mozart's Die Zauberflöte and Sibelius' Symphony No. 1 in E minor.

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 Saturday, May 12, and Sunday, May 13, at 3:30 PM at the Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia, Md. To request tickets ($5, limited availability), visit the concert pages at peabody.jhu.edu/events.

Adam Golka, an Artist Diploma candidate studying with Leon Fleisher, will perform Ravel's Piano Concerto in D major for the Left Hand with the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, May 12, at 8:00 PM. The concert will take place at George Mason University's Center for the Arts, 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax, Va. For tickets, visit fairfaxsymphony.org.

On Sunday, May 13, at 1:00 and 3:00 PM, Eileen Cornett, who coaches opera and directs the graduate program in vocal accompanying at the Conservatory, will be a piano soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra for performances of Saint-Saëns' Carnival of the Animals at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. For tickets, visit kennedy-center.org.

Winners of the Preparatory's Spring Honors Competition—flutist Sarah Kim, violinists Lisa Choi and Skye Kinlaw, violist Mingran Yu, and pianists Li Ying Chang, Li-Tan Hsu, Matthew Mu, and Handong Park—will perform at this year's Fran G. Zarubick Honors Recital. The free recital will take place on Sunday, May 13, at 3:00 PM in Leith Symington Griswold Hall.

Blessings from Heaven, a Mother's Day concert on Sunday, May 13, at 3:00 PM, will feature Conservatory students and alumni Kimberly Christie, soprano; Peter Kibbe, cello; Adrienne Knauer, harp; Hsiao-Ying Lin (MM ’08), piano; and Melissa Wertheimer (MM ’10), flute. The free performance of works by Isabelle Aboulker, Amy Beach, Pietro Cimara, Hugo Wolf, and Doctor of Musical Arts candidate Lonnie Hevia will take place at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 1008 West 37th Street.

Conservatory student recitals and chamber concerts

Recitals and chamber concerts by Conservatory students 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 peabody.jhu.edu/recitals. For the complete schedule of end-of-semester chamber concerts, visit peabody.jhu.edu/events.

Upcoming concerts
  • The Preparatory Wind Orchestra, directed by Elijah Wirth, and the Preparatory Wind Band, directed by Karen Seward, will present a joint concert on Saturday, May 19, 3:30 PM in Leith Symington Griswold Hall.
  • Peabody Dance will present two performances of Cinderella, choreographed by Carol Bartlett to the music of Prokofiev, on Sunday, May 20, 1:00 and 4:00 PM in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.
  • Legendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes will perform with his Fountain of Youth Band, concluding this spring's Jazz at the Johns Hopkins Club series, on Saturday, May 26, 8:30 and 10:00 PM.

The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, 1 East Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21201, 410.234.4500 www.peabody.jhu.edu