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October 2012


Faculty artist Michael Formanek, jazz bass (third from left), has released Small Places, his second CD on ECM, on which he performs with alto saxophonist Tim Berne, pianist Craig Taborn, and drummer Gerald Cleaver. Following performances earlier this week at New York's Jazz Standard, the quartet will make its only CD release appearance in Baltimore this Saturday, Oct. 6, at 9:00 pm at the Windup Space, 12 West North Avenue. For tickets, visit For more East Coast and European tour dates, visit Read about the CD in the New York Times and in Baltimore City Paper.

Peabody Events

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Paul Mathews will give a free talk about his book Inside Pierrot Lunaire: Performing the Sprechstimme in Schoenberg's Masterpiece, co-written with Voice Department Chair Phyllis Bryn-Julson, on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 2:00 pm at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral Street. The LUNAR Ensemble will perform the piece after the talk. Continuing Peabody's celebration of the Pierrot Centenary, on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 3:00 pm, there will be a free composer workshop with coach David Smooke, who chairs the Music Theory Department, in Peabody's Cohen-Davison Family Theatre.

On Sunday, Oct. 7, at 4:00 pm, the Phillips Camerata--flutist Anastasia Petanova (BM '06, AD '10, Flute), violinist/violist Miranda Cuckson, cellist Steven Honigberg, harpist Bridget Kibbey, and pianist Timothy Hoft (MM '06, DMA '10, Piano; MM '06, Music Theory)--will open the 72nd season of Sunday Concerts at the Phillips Collection, performing works by Debussy in honor of the 150th anniversary of his birth. The museum is located at 1600 21st Street NW, Washington, D.C. For tickets, visit

The Musicology Doctor of Musical Arts Colloquium continues on Wednesday, Oct. 10, with "Music Synchronizes Brain States Through Emotion, Movement, and the Recognition of Structure," a talk by Jamshed Bharucha, president of The Cooper Union. Then, on Oct. 31, Janie Cole, an independent scholar, will speak about "In quella maniera che a lei parrà: Musical Spectacle and Cultural Brokerage at the Medici Court." Both talks, free and open to the public, will take place in Cohen-Davison Family Theatre at 5:00 pm.

Pianist Daniel Schlosberg (BM '00, MM '01, Piano) curated and will perform at the third annual Baltimore Lieder Weekend, Oct. 19-21 at An die Musik, 409 North Charles Street. Also participating will be baritone Ryan De Ryke (MM '02, AD '04, Voice), soprano Samantha Malk, and JHU history professor Peter Jelavich. The theme of this years event, part of Free Fall Baltimore, is Cabaret/Kabarett. For details, visit

Flutist Marina Piccinini will hold her annual Open Master Class, featuring Conservatory students from her studio and from the studios of her faculty colleagues Emily Skala and Laurie Sokoloff, on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 1:30 pm. The event, in Peabody's Leith Symington Griswold Hall, is free and open to the public. For more information and to reserve seats, e-mail

On Saturday, Oct. 27, Conservatory and Preparatory faculty artist Blake Meister (BM '08, Jazz Double Bass) will perform with Chair of Jazz Studies Gary Thomas, tenor saxophone/flute; faculty artist Paul Bollenback, guitar; and Dave Kikoski, piano, as part of the Jazz at the Johns Hopkins Club series. The two sets, at 8:30 and 10:00 pm, mark the release of Meister's CD Septagon. The Johns Hopkins Club is located on the Homewood campus at 3400 North Charles Street. For tickets, visit

Peabody People

Manuel Barrueco

Faculty artist Manuel Barrueco (BM '75, Guitar) is embarking on his first tour of China this month, giving master classes and recitals in Shanghai on Oct. 13 and in Chengdu on Oct. 20. In November, Barrueco will make concert appearances in Switzerland, Spain, and Germany.

Lawrence Manchester

GRAMMY Award nominated engineer Lawrence Manchester (BM '94, Percussion; BM '95 Recording Arts and Sciences) will be presented with the JHU Alumni Association's Knowledge for the World Award at the Peabody Symphony Orchestra concert on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 8:00 pm. Prior to the concert, at 7:00 pm, he will give a free lecture in Cohen-Davison Family Theatre as part of JHU Family Weekend.

Jake Runestad

The season opener for Choral Arts in Seattle, directed by Robert Bode, is titled I Will Lift Mine Eyes after a composition by Jake Runestad (MM '11, Composition; MM '12, Music Theory Pedagogy). The ensemble will perform this piece and other a cappella works on Oct. 5-6 in churches in Seattle and Bainbridge Island. The Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble will also perform I Will Lift Mine Eyes on Oct. 6-7.

Jeffrey Weisner

Neomonology, a new recording by faculty artist Jeffrey Weisner (MM '95, Double Bass), features world premieres of works for solo bass by Michael Hersch (BM '95, MM '97, Composition), who chairs the Conservatory's Composition Department; David Smooke (MM '95, Composition), who chairs the Music Theory Department; and former faculty member Armando Bayolo. The CD, recorded at Peabody by Ed Tetrault, was partially funded by a faculty development grant.



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Peabody in The Strad

Rebecca Henry, the Scott Bendann Chair in Classical Music at Peabody, where she chairs the Preparatory's String Department and teaches violin pedagogy in the Conservatory, was featured in the "Ask The Teacher" section in the September issue of The Strad magazine. Also in that issue, Conservatory faculty artist Victor Danchenko was quoted at length on the topic of violin études.

Deacon's "Electronic, Pop Symphony"

Peabody musicians Zoe Band (BM '12, Voice), Mia Barcia-Colombo (BM '11, Cello), Eric Beach (BM '04, GPD '05, Percussion), Gabriel Caballero (BM '10, Computer Music), Ali Clendaniel (BM '12, Voice), Julienne Gede (BM '12, Voice), Master of Music candidate in percussion Rod Hamilton, senior bass trombonist Christian Hizon, Patrick McMinn (BM '12, Computer Music), Bijan Olia (BM '11, MM '12, Computer Music), senior clarinetist Nicole Papadatos, Rob Sirois (BM '12, Bassoon, Music Education), senior hornist Andrew Smith, and Maureen Smith (BM '12, Voice) perform on America, the new CD by Dan Deacon, which has been reviewed in Rolling Stone and The New York Times, and on National Public Radio, among others. The title track was called "a state-of-the-art electronic, pop symphony" by The Plain Dealer. Griffin Cohen (BM '11, Computer Music) was the assistant engineer.

Recent CDs

The eighth CD of inspirational and Christian music arranged by Linda Adams Kazmarek (BM ’67, Music Education).

The new CD by the Capitol Quartet includes A Song for Margot for saxophone quartet by Mark Lanz Weiser (BM ’91, Piano; MM ’93, Composition).

Competition News

Michael Delfin, second prize (tie) in the XVII Chautauqua Piano Competition; Zachariah Galatis, first place, National Flute Association's Piccolo Artist Competition; Ronaldo Rolim, second prize, International Piano Competition of San Marino; Eric Zuber, semi-finalist, Leeds International Piano Competition. Click here to read a review of Zuber's recent performance as the third-place winner of the Cleveland International Piano Competition.

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