The Conservatory's end-of-semester chamber music concerts begin this week with concerts Wednesday, May 1, at 2:30 pm; and Sunday, May 5, at 2:00 and 4:30 pm. These concerts, in Peabody's Cohen-Davison Family Theatre, will present works from all periods for strings, winds, brass, percussion, and piano, are free and open to the public.
A master class by pianist Leon Fleisher, Peabody's Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Chair in Piano, will be held on Wednesday, May 1, at 6:00 pm, in Cohen-Davison Family Theatre. The rescheduled master class with pianist Richard Goode will take place on Saturday, May 4, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, in Hilda and Douglas Goodwin Hall. The master classes are free and open to the public.
The Peabody Opera Department will present Ariel's Tempest, an original opera based on Shakespeare's The Tempest, on Thursday, May 2; and Saturday, May 4; at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm. The show has music by Douglas Allan Buchanan (MM '08, Composition, Music Theory Pedagogy) with additional text by Roger Brunyate and is directed by Jennifer Blades (MM '97, GPD '08, Voice). Tickets for the performance at Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 West Preston Street, are $10.00 for general admission and $5.00 for children 13 and under. For more information, visit www.theatreproject.org.
The Peabody Improvisation and Multimedia Ensemble, directed by Gary Thomas, will perform on Thursday, May 2, at 7:30 pm, in East Hall. Guest conductor Alex Norris (PC '90, Trumpet; BM '09, Music Education), will lead the group in works by Gary Thomas, Jon Gordon, Alan Ferber, and Grant Green. A small combo will also perform Who's In Control by Gary Thomas and Psychonaut by Kevin Clark (BM '12, Jazz Guitar). 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.
Drummer Mike Clark will be a guest artist with the Peabody Jazz Orchestra, directed by Michael Formanek, on Friday, May 3, 7:30 pm, in East Hall. Works by Tim Ouimette, Freddie Green, Wayne Shorter, and Herbie Hancock will be performed. 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.
The Peabody Children's Chorus, directed by Doreen Falby, will perform classical, folk songs, and spirituals, including selections from Gabriel Fauré, Pierre Certon, Morten Lauridsen, Leonard Bernstein, and Randall Thompson. The chorus will perform on Saturday, May 4, at 3:00 pm, at Old St. Paul's Church, 233 North Charles Street. Advance tickets are required for $5. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets. Also on Sunday, May 5, at 3:00 pm, the group will perform in Peabody's Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall. Call the Peabody Box Office at 410-234-4800 for tickets.
Area events this week
Violinist Hilary Hahn, a member of the Peabody National Advisory Council and a Preparatory alumna, will perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra on Wednesday, May 1, at 8:00 pm. Korngold's Violin Concerto and Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 will be performed at this Washington Performing Arts Society concert at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. For tickets, visit wpas.org.
The SONAR New Music Ensemble will present a free recital of works by György Ligeti on Friday, May 3, at 7:30 pm, at Grace and St. Peter's Church, 707 Park Avenue.
On Saturday, May 4, at 2:00 pm, the Five Guys Wind Quintet will perform works by Carl Nielson and Samuel Barber at a salon concert featuring musicians from the Peabody Institute at the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Central Branch, Fine Arts & Music Reading Room, 400 Cathedral Street.
Faculty artist Denyce Graves, mezzo-soprano, will be the soloist in Brahms's Alto Rhapsody with the National Philharmonic Chorale on Saturday, May 4, at 8:00 pm; and Sunday, May 5, at 3:00 pm. Other works by Brahms will also on the program, including Schicksalslied, "Song of Destiny" and Symphony No. 4. The performance will take place at The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. For tickets and more information, visit nationalphilharmonic.org.
The Russian Trio—violinist Nikita Borisevich, cellist Dmitry Volkov, and pianist Katherine Harris Rick—will perform a concert on Saturday, May 4, at 8:00 pm, at the Cadby Theatre on the Campus of Chesapeake College, Routes 50 and 213, Wye Mills, Md. Call 410-819-0380 to make reservations. The trio was a silver medalist and winner of the Audience Choice Award in last year's Chesapeake Chamber Music's international competition.
On Saturday, May 4, at 8:00 and 11:00 pm, the Occasional Symphony will celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Mari Luna, 1225 Cathedral Street, featuring music by Arturo Márquez. For tickets and more information, visit occasionalsymphony.org.
On Sunday, May 5, at 2:00 pm, the Kubrick Quartet, a Peabody Honors Ensemble, will perform Béla Bartók's String Quartet No. 5 and Ludwig van Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 59, No. 2, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral Street. This recital is sponsored by the Music Entrepreneurship and Career Center.
On Sunday, May 5, at 3:00 pm, the Baltimore Choral Arts Society will present "Poetry in Song," a program of a capella and organ-accompanied works that feature musical interpretations of poetry and biblical texts. Organist John Walker, a faculty artist, will be featured, performing Tournemire's Chorale-improvisation sur le Victimae Paschali Laudes. The performance will take place at the Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 North Charles Street. For tickets and more information, visit baltimorechoralarts.org.
Jeffrey Chappell (MM '76, Piano; '82, Composition) will perform in a concert titled "Crossroads of Classical and Jazz" with music by Chopin, Bartok, Ravel, Chappell and jazz works. The concert, on Sunday, May 5, at 3:00 pm, will take place at Calvary Lutheran Church, 9545 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring. For more information, call 301-933-3715.
Shao-Hsun Chang (MM '05, DMA '12, Piano) will be featured in the First Sunday Concerts at Govans, where Master of Music candidate Weichao Xu serves as music director, on Sunday, May 5, at 3:00 pm. The free performance will take place at the Govans Presbyterian Church, 5828 York Road.
Free noon recitals
At this week's free Thursday Noon recital, the final one of the academic year, in Friedberg Hall, the Computer Music Department will feature performances of the compositions chosen as winners of this year's Prix d'Été.
On Friday, May 3, at noon, the Peabody Consort will give a free Peabody on the Court recital in the sculpture court of the Walters Art Museum, 600 North Charles Street. The program, "In the Circle of Henry VIII," will be a preview of the Consort's Early Music America-sponsored performance at the Boston Early Music Festival on June 11.
Conservatory student recitals
Conservatory student recitals are free and open to the public. There are 44 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.
- Peabody Computer Music Consort will perform on Tuesday, May 7, 7:30 pm, in Leith Symington Griswold Hall.
- On Saturday, May 11, 3:30 pm, the Preparatory Young Artists Orchestra and Preparatory String Ensemble will present a recital in Leith Symington Griswold Hall.
- Conducted by Harlan D. Parker, the Peabody Youth Orchestra will perform on Saturday, May 11, 7:00 pm, in Miriam A. Friedberg Concert Hall.