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                     ,MURAI                         MORRIS



Hajime Teri Murai conducts the
Peabody Symphony Orchestra
at the Meyerhoff on May 5                                                             Piatigorsky
                                                                                      Centenary Concert
in Wagner’s Die Walküre with                                                          at Shriver Hall
James Morris singing Wotan Page 6                                                     By Stephen Wigler
                                                                                      Page 18

                                                                                      T. Herbert Dimmock
                                                                                      celebrate a Silver
                                                                                      Anniversary with the
                                                                                      Handel Choir
                                                                                      Page 15
                                                             Christine Brewer
                                                             sings Brünnhilde and     Orgins of the
                                                             Christine Kavanaugh-     Russian Avant-Garde
                                                             Miller sings Sieglinde   at the Walters
                    BREWER               KAVANAUGH-MILLER
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    Summer
   Festivals                                                                          Baltimore Jazz
                                                                                      Legend Ruby Glover
From Oregon Ridge to Wolf Trap                                              Page 9    in Her Own Words
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                                       Syµphonies at Sunset
                     Thursday, June 12 at 8:15 p.m.                          Friday, July 11 at 8:15 p.m.
                     National Symphony Orchestra                             National Symphony Orchestra
                     Leonard Slatkin, conductor                              Emil de Cou, conductor
                     Itzhak Perlman, violin                                  The Washington Chorus
                     Best of the Classics                                    One large scale night of symphony, with two favorites on one
                    Classical music superstar Itzhak Perlman joins the       program! First enjoy Orff’s master choral work, Carmina Burana.
    NSO for Bizet’s Carmen Suite No. 1, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto,       Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C sharp minor, Debussy’s Clair de lune,
    and Mussorgsky/Ravel’s Pictures at an Exhibition.                        and Chopin’s Prelude in D minor follow. The evening is capped
                                                                             with an annual tradition—Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with
    Friday, June 13 at 8:15 p.m.                                             live cannon fire!

    National Symphony Orchestra                                                                 Saturday, July 12 at 8:15 p.m.
    Leonard Slatkin, conductor                                                                  National Symphony Orchestra
    Alban Gerhardt, cello                                                                       Marvin Hamlisch, conductor
    Extraordinary cellist Alban Gerhardt and the NSO present a fanciful                         Kristin Chenoweth, soprano
    night of symphony under the stars, including Mozart’s Overture from
                                                                                          A special night of music with two Broadway stars.
    The Magic Flute, Dvoˇak’s Cello Concerto in B minor, and
                          r
                                                                                          Conductor Marvin Hamlisch, best known for his
    Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.
                                                                                          award-winning music for Broadway and film, and
                                                                                          Tony Award winning Broadway actress Kristin
                         Saturday, June 14 at 8:15 p.m.                      Chenoweth combine with the NSO for a program of pops favorites.
                         National Symphony Orchestra                         Thursday, July 31 at 8:15 p.m.
                         Leonard Slatkin, conductor                          National Symphony Orchestra
                         Jeffrey Siegel, piano
                                                                             Emil de Cou, conductor
                         Gershwin Galore!
                                                                             Tcheers for Tchaikovsky!
    This all-Gershwin program including Symphonic Picture from Porgy
    and Bess, Cuban Overture, Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra,         This all-Tchaikovsky program features Symphony No. 5 in E minor. A
    and the beloved Rhapsody in Blue features guest Jeffrey Siegel, one of   rare chance to enjoy this popular piece plus Romeo and Juliet
    the foremost interpreters of Gershwin’s piano repertoire.                Overture-Fantasy and Suite No. 3 in G Major.

                                                                             Wednesday, August 20 at 8 p.m.
    Sunday, July 6 at 8:15 p.m.
                                                                             Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra
    National Symphony Orchestra                                              Baby Boomer Bash
    Emil de Cou, conductor                                                   Keith Lockhart, conductor
    Wolf Trap Opera Company Artists                                          Tour sponsored by Fidelity Investments
    A Summer Night in Vienna                                                 The Pops bring you the sounds of a gen-
    Back by popular demand—Viennese delights                                 eration that pioneered a musical revolu-
    under Vienna stars! The talented stars of the Wolf                       tion. From the Beatles and Elvis Presley
    Trap Opera Company share the stage with the                              to Carole King and Paul Simon, these are
    NSO for a night of Mozart, operetta, and more.                           the songs you know and love.

    Thursday, July 10 at 8:15 p.m.
    National Symphony Orchestra                                                               TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
    Bravo Big Bands!                                                                  For tickets call Tickets.com at
    Travel back in time as the NSO salutes the Big Band era with music
    by Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Count              (703) 218-6500 or visit www.wolftrap.org
    Basie, Benny Goodman, and more.
          Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is located just minutes from the Capital Beltway and Tysons Corner.
May/June 2003                                                                                                                                   Peabody News              3


                                                                                     ing the semi-finals round were the fol-     Karajan Conducting Fellowship by the

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                                             winners                                 pianist Inna Faliks, mezzo-soprano
                                                                                     Audrey Babcock, saxophonist Brian
                                                                                     Sacawa and guitarist Ana Vidovic.

                                                                                     Hyunah Yu awarded Borletti-
                                                                                     Buitoni Trust Fellowship
                                                                                                                                 will be working and studying at the
                                                                                                                                 Salzburg Festival and at the Interna-
                                                                                                                                 tionales Orchesterinstitut Attergau in
                                                                                                                                 Austria.

                                                                                                                                 Jill Lawson and Michael
       The Award Winning                André Previn to receive                         A new Foundation, the Borletti-          Sheppard reach Finals for
   Newspaper of the Baltimore/          George Peabody Medal                         Buitoni Trust, established in 2002 to       American Pianists Association
   Washington Cultural Corridor             Conductor, composer, and pianist
                                                                                     develop and sustain international careers   Fellowships
                                                                                     for emerging young artists, recently           The American Pianists Association has
    Published by the Peabody            André Previn will receive the George         announced its first winners. Among the      announced five finalists for its Classical
     Conservatory of Music,             Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contri-        nine artists to receive Fellowships in      Fellowships Awards. Two of the five are
           Baltimore.                   butions to Music in America at Peabody’s     2003 is soprano Hyunah Yu. She will         Peabody graduates Jill Lawson and
                                        Commence-                                    receive help                                Michael Sheppard. The awards consist of
                                        ment ceremo-                                 from the Trust                              a cash prize of $20,000 and two years of
        Circulation: 27,000             ny in May. His                               in making a                                 career support for a total value of
                                        achievements                                 debut recital in                            $75,000 each. The five finalists were
                                        have won him                                 London with                                 selected nationally from 45 nominees
                                        many honors
             Editor:                                                                 Mitsuko Uchi-                               proposed by distinguished teachers and
                                        including the
           Anne Garside                                                              da, in audition-                            pianists. Sheppard and Lawson will go on
                                        Cross of Merit                               ing for such                                to compete in the final round later this
                                        from      both                               prestigious                                 spring.
                                        Austria and                                  organizations
 Assistant Editor and Designer:         Germany, a                                   as the Royal Hyunah Yu
          Kirsten Lavin                 Kennedy Cen- André Previn                    Opera House
                                        ter Honor for                                Covent Garden and Glyndebourne
                                        Lifetime Achievement, multiple Grammy        Opera, and recording a demo CD to pre-
            Publishers                  Awards, Musical America's "Musician of       sent at the International Artists Manage-
                                        the Year," and the Grand Prix du Disque
         Representative:                                                             ment Conference in London. The BB
                                        for the recording of his opera A Streetcar
    Network Publications, Inc.                                                       Trust’s Artistic Committee includes
                                        Named Desire. In 1996, Mr. Previn was
   Crest Ridge Corporate Center                                                      pianist Mitsuko Uchida, BBC executive
                                        awarded a Knighthood (KBE) by Britain’s
    10155 York Road, Suite 205                                                       producer Adam Gatehouse, the Director
                                        Queen Elizabeth II.
      Hunt Valley, MD 21030                                                          of Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Martijn
                                            This season Mr. Previn began a four-                                                 Jessica Choe            Michael Angelucci
                                                                                     Sanders, and Franco Buitoni, President of
         Tel. 410/628-0390              year term as music director of the Oslo
                                                                                     the Associazione Amici della Musica in
         Fax 410-628-0398               Philharmonic. He has held the chief artis-
                                                                                     Perugia.
                                        tic posts with the Los Angeles Philhar-         In the 2004-2005 season, Ms. Yu is
       Portfolio Manager:               monic, Pittsburgh Symphony, Royal Phil-      scheduled to make both her Alice Tully
         Simeen Hazari                  harmonic, London Symphony Orchestra,         Hall debut under the sponsorship of the
          410/628-5758                  and Houston Symphony Orchestra. In
                                                                                     Korea Music Foundation and her
                                        1998, Mr. Previn conducted his own           Philadelphia debut under the auspices of
                                        opera, A Streetcar Named Desire, in its
          Printed by:                                                                the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.
                                        premiere performances, with the San
     Homestead Publishing Co.                                                        It was her appearance at the Marlbor-
                                        Francisco Opera. He is at work on his                                                    Kristina Lobenhofer     Daniel Speigel
                                                                                     ough Music Festival in Vermont in 1999
                                        second opera, based on the Alessandro        that first drew national attention but
                                        Baricco novel Silk. His music drama,         Hyunah Yu had already given proof of
Peabody News is published bi-           Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, was          her potential when she won Peabody’s
monthly for September/October;          written in collaboration with Tom Stop-      Sylvia Green Competition in 1999. At
November/December; January/Feb-         pard for the London Symphony Orches-
                                                                                     Peabody, she graduated with an Artist
ruary; March/April; and May/June.       tra.
                                                                                     Diploma, studying with John Shirley-
Each issue mails out at least 10 days       André Previn's discography spans
                                                                                     Quirk and other members of the voice
before the first month of the issue     more than fifty years and all the major      faculty. She has appeared in Peabody
                                        labels. He performs and teaches at the
date.                                                                                Opera Theatre productions and in
                                        Curtis Institute of Music and at the Tan-                                                Christopher Atzinger Jonathan Korth
                                                                                     numerous recitals locally, making her
                                        glewood Music Center. In 1991, Double-
Edited for Peabody/Hopkins faculty,     day published his memoir No Minor
                                                                                     Shriver Hall debut last December.           La Gesse Fellows for 2003
executive staff, alumni, donors and     Chords: My Early Days in Hollywood,                                                          The La Gesse Foundation, headed by
friends and Baltimore/Washington        chronicling his years as composer,                                                       Princess Cecilia de Medici, will be pre-
concertgoers.                           arranger, and orchestrator at the MGM        Carolyn Kuan awarded                        senting young Peabody artists at the La
                                        studios.                                     Herbert von Karajan                         Gesse Festival in Toulouse, France, this
                                                                                                                                 summer, the Festival’s 25th anniversary
Articles, news items and display ads                                                 Conducting Fellowship                       year. The featured artists will be pianists
are accepted at the Editor’s discre-    Svetoslav Stoyanov wins
                                                                                                                                 Jessica Choe, Michael Angelucci, Kristina
tion. For editorial information con-    Concert Artists Guild                                                                    Lobenhofer and Daniel Speigel. Also
tact:                                      Svetoslav Stoyanov, a percussion stu-                                                 accompanying these students to France
                                        dent of Jonathan Haas, is one of three                                                   will be violinist Igor Yuzefovich, and
            Anne Garside                winners of the Concert Artists Guild                                                     pianists Christopher Atzinger and
   Director of Public Information       Competition, held in Merkin Hall, New                                                    Jonathan Korth. Recitals will take place
The Peabody Conservatory of Music       York, on March 12. A native of Bulgaria,                                                 on the following dates: June 20, 21 and
   One East Mount Vernon Place          he won acclaim as co-soloist with his                                                    22, Hôtel D'Assézat, Toulouse; June 23
    Baltimore, Maryland 21202                               teacher for the Bal-                                                 and 24, Salle du Dome Auditorium, Car-
   Tel. 410/659-8100, ext. 1190                             timore premiere in                                                   cassone; June 27, 28 and 29, Hôtel
                                                            2001 of Philip                                                       D'Assézat, Toulouse; June 30 and July 1,
          Fax 410/783-8576
                                                            Glass’s Concerto                                                     Salle du Dome Auditorium, Carcassone.
 E-mail: agarside@peabody.jhu.edu                           Fantasy for Orches-                                                      Dates have also been set for the annu-
                                                            tra and Two Tim-         Carolyn Kuan                                al La Gesse Artists performances in Weill-
                                                            pani. Peabody was                                                    Recital Hall, New York, which are
                                                            strongly represent-        Carolyn Kuan, a GPD conducting stu-       November 10, 11, and 12, 2003.
                                                            ed in this year’s        dent of Gustav Meier at Peabody, has
                                        Svetoslav Stoyanov competition. Mak-         been awarded the 2003 Herbert von
                                                                                                                                                       Continued on Page 4
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        For Location,
                                                     PEABODY                                       of Victor Danchenko, with an Honorable
                                                                                                   Mention for violinist Mei Ching Huang, a        Memorial for Stephen Kates
      THE BROADVIEW
       is Number One
         in its Class.
                                                           winners                                 student of Keng-Yuen Tseng.

                                                                                                   Mei-Ching Huang comes first
                                                                                                   in Marbury Competition


                                                     Jean-Francois Latour wins
                                                     Prize at Hilton Head
                                                        Peabody alumnus Jean-Francois
                                                     Latour won third prize at the Hilton
                                                     Head International Piano Competition in
                                                     March.
           ROLAND PARK

  Studio, One and Two Bedroom                        Igor Yuzefovich wins the Yale
           Apartments                                Gordon Competition
   Rooms are spacious with large windows with            The Yale Gordon Competition at            Mei-Ching Huang
    blinds, individually controlled heat and air     Peabody, held this year for instruments
    conditioning, ceramic tiled baths, plentiful     other than piano, was won by violinist
 storage and frost-free refrigerators. You’ll also                                                    Peabody’s Marbury Violin Competi-            Stephen Kates
                                                     Igor Yuzefovich, a student of Victor          tion resulted in a first place for Mei-Ching
 find on the premises a 4-star restaurant, unisex
   hair salon, convenience store and deli, gym,      Danchenko.                                    Huang who is a student of Keng-Yuen
                                                     His first place                                                                                  A Memorial for renowned cellist
 recreation room, 24-hour switchboard and front                                                    Tseng. Hae-Jeong Heidi Han, a student of
    desk. Microwaves and carpeting available.        finish means                                                                                  and longtime Peabody faculty mem-
                                                                                                   Victor Danchenko, came in second, and           ber Stephen Kates, who died earlier
   The Broadview also offers , Overnight Guest       that he will be                               Nikos Pittas, a student of Herbert Green-
  Rooms, Fully Furnished Studio, One and Two         soloist in the                                                                                this year, has been set for Sunday,
                                                                                                   berg, also made the final round.                September 21, at 3:00 p.m. in Fried-
   Bedroom Suites with fully equipped kitchen,       Shostakovich
phone and color TV. Ask about our low daily and      Concerto No.                                                                                  berg Hall. The Memorial is expected
         monthly rate on furnished suites.
                                                     1, Opus 99 in
                                                                                                   Kyle Coughlin                                   to draw many famous musicians to
               410-243-1216                          a minor with                                     Jazz saxophonist Kyle Coughlin (MM           Baltimore to perform or speak in his
                FAX 410 -889 -1267                   a     Peabody                                 '92, DMA '97) has received a 2003 Indi-         honor, and will also feature former
   Furnished models and leasing center open          orchestra next                                vidual Artist Award of $3,000 in Music          students.
  Monday thru Friday 9 to 5 and Saturday 10 to 4     season. Sec- Igor Yuzeovich                   Composition from the Maryland State                A Memorial Scholarship has also
 105 West 39th Street at University Parkway in       ond place went to violist Victor de           Arts Council for his first CD, “When            been established in his memory.
                 Roland Park.                        Almeida, a student of Richard Field, and      Afternoons Return.”                             Those wishing to make contributions,
                                                     third place to Jennie Press, also a student                                                   should send them to: The Stephen
                                                                                                                                                   Kates Memorial Scholarship Fund, PO
                                                                                                                                                   Box 773, Edgewater, MD 21037.

                                                                   In Tribute to George Stewart
                                                         Although over the course of his life
                                                     George D. Stewart had many roles as a
                                                     fundraiser for Johns Hopkins University,                                                     Madame Giscard D’Estaing
                                                     he had an especial affection for the                                                         visits Peabody
                                                     Peabody Institute, which he helped nur-
                                                     ture through the 1977 affiliation with the
                                                     University and on through several capital
                                                     and annual giving campaigns that laid the
                                                     foundation of Peabody’s current fiscal
                                                     health.
                                                         Mr. Stewart, who had been a New
                                                     York City investment analyst before mov-
                                                     ing to Baltimore in 1965 to become Uni-
                                                     versity Treasurer, retired from that posi-
                                                     tion in 1984. He remained involved with
                                                     Hopkins through volunteer and philan-
                                                     thropic work, serving on the Peabody          Geroge Stewart
                                                     Advisory Council, chairing the Peabody        Arts and Sciences, and the Milton S.
                                                     Legacy Circle, and belonging to the           Eisenhower Library.
                                                     Johns Hopkins President’s Club. He               Peabody director Robert Sirota greatly
                                                     cherished his role as supporter and advi-     appreciated George Stewart’s commit-
                                                     sor for Peabody, serving as a goodwill        ment to Peabody. “I have been fortunate
                                                     ambassador for the school. He and his         to have had the benefit of George’s               Peabody was honored this past Feb-
                                                     wife Carroll were often to be found in        shrewd financial acumen,” he says, “and        ruary by a visit from Madame Giscard
                                                     Peabody’s concert halls. “I can’t tell you    the pleasure of the company of a truly         D'Estaing (center), wife of the former
                                                     how much pleasure it gives me to be           congenial personality. George’s love for       President of France, accompanied by the
                                                     able to provide support for these young       Peabody shone through everything he            wife of the Ambassador of France to the
                                                     musicians,” he once said.                     did as a member of the Advisory Council        U.S. Madame Marie-Cécile Levitte (right.)
                                                           During his two decades as treasurer     and we will miss him greatly.”                 Peabody director Bob Sirota (left) gave
          EXPIRES AUGUST 31, 2003                    of the University, Mr. Stewart was archi-        George Stewart also served as a             the tour.
                                                     tect of the Johns Hopkins life-income gift    trustee or member of the board of direc-
                                                     plans. In his own retirement he was           tors of St. Mary’s College of Maryland
                                                     among the donors taking advantage of          Foundation, Family and Children’s Ser-
                                                     this forward-looking program for person-      vices of Maryland Children’s Aid and
                                                     al financial planning and philanthropy.       Family Services (both as President), the
                                                     His life-income gifts especially benefited    Investment Council of Maryland State
                                                     the Peabody Conservatory, the Kimmel          Employees Pension Systems, and several
DELIVERY AVAILABLE                                   Cancer Center, the Krieger School of          other mutual funds.
May/June 2003                                                                                   Peabody News   5


                 Peabody Celebrates at the
                    Singapore Embassy




Her Excellency Chan Heng Chee, Singaporean Ambassador to the United States, welcomes
Dr. William Brody, President of Johns Hopkins University, to the Embassy of Singapore in
Washington, DC. Ambassador Chan hosted a reception for the Baltimore/Washington arts
and diplomatic communities to celebrate Peabody’s collaboration with the Singapore Con-
servatory , on March 4.




Dr. Robert Sirota (left), Director of the Peabody Institute, speaks with His Excellency Chien
Tam Nguyen (right), Vietnamese Ambassador to the United States, and Vietnamese Press
Attaché Chien Bach (center). The Singapore Conservatory received a large number of appli-
cations from Vietnam for its inaugural class.




Ambassador Chan explains Singapore’s vision of becoming a renaissance city for the arts.
The Singapore Conservatory fits into that vision, she said, by creating among its graduates
a new cadre of world-class musicians.
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PEABODY                                         Hajime Teri Murai takes the Peabody Symphony Orchestra to

       dateline                                  the Meyerhoff for a Spectacular Season Finale presenting
                                                  Act III of Wagner’s Die Walküre with Metropolitan Opera
                                                             Megastar James Morris singing Wotan
    Music Director Hajime Teri Murai will
be conducting the Peabody Symphony                                                                                                                “Peabody at the Meyerhoff”
Orchestra’s final concert of the season at                                                                                                      Monday, May 5, 2003, 8:00 p.m.
the Meyerhoff on Monday, May 5. The                                                                                                              Wagner’s Die Walküre Act 111
program begins with the full-length ver-                                                                                                          Peabody Symphony Orchestra
sion of Stravinsky’s Firebird Ballet and                                                                                                        Hajime Teri Murai, Music Director
after intermission, there will be a concert                                                                                                       James Morris, Bass (Wotan),
presentation of the third act of Wagner’s                                                                                                                Christine Brewer,
Die Walküre, featuring Metropolitan                                                                                                                    Soprano (Brünnhilde)
                                                                                                                                                    Christine Kavanagh Miller,
Opera star James Morris as Wotan, Chris-                                                                                                                Soprano (Sieglinde)
tine Brewer as Brünnhilde, and Christine                                                                                                      The program begins with Stravinsky’s
Kavanagh Miller as Sieglinde.                                                                                                                             Firebird Ballet.
    The idea for this ambitious program                                                                                                             Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
arose in April 2002 when James Morris                                                                                                           Grand Tier Boxes $30, Orchestra
sang “Wotan’s Farewell” with the                                                                                                                 $25, Grand Tier & Terrace $20
Peabody Symphony Orchestra in Fried-                                                                                                           $15 Senior Citizens, $10 Students
berg Hall. “Mr. Morris had a good time                                                                                                         with I.D., all seats excluding boxes
performing with the students,” Murai                                                                                                              Call the Meyerhoff Box Office
recalls, “and so I asked him if he were                                                                                                                  at 410 783-8000.
                                                                                                                                                       Tickets on sale now.
interested and available for our Meyer-
hoff concert this season. Fortunately he
was both, and he proposed that we do          Hajime Teri Murai has won five ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming for the
the entire third act of Die Walküre. The      Peabody Symphony and Concert Orchestras since being appointed to the Ruth Blaustein                           Die Walküre—
next step was to find a Brünnhilde. Mr.       Rosenberg Chair in 1991.                                                                               A Story of Gods and Mortals
Morris suggested Christine Brewer, and                                                                                                            Richard Wagner’s “Ring Cycle” com-
we were lucky to get her, too.”                                                                                                               prises a Prologue, Das Rheingold, and
    The fact that this concert will be                                                                                                        three separate operas --Die Walküre,
given in the larger venue of the Meyer-                                                                                                       Siegfried,             and            Die
hoff will be good news for Peabody con-                                                                                                       Gotterdammerung—which are all
cert patrons. Many of them could not                                                                                                          chapters in one long epic story. Based
get seats to last season’s concert featur-                                                                                                    on ancient Norse mythology, they deal
ing Morris. The Meyerhoff also allows for                                                                                                     with a pagan world of Gods and God-
a greatly expanded orchestra. The                                                                                                             desses before the rise of mortals.
Stravinsky requires quadruple winds,                                                                                                              Die Walküre (The Valkyries) are the
three harps, celeste and piano, bringing                                                                                                      warrior maidens of the Gods. The third
the orchestra to well over a hundred                                                                                                          and last act of this opera opens with
players, and the Wagner also needs a big                                                                                                      the famous “Ride of the Valkyries,”
orchestra, with large strings, brass, winds                                                                                                   which has become familiar to movie
and timpani sections, and six harps.                                                                                                          audiences as the accompaniment to
    “One of the great advantages of being                                                                                                     helicopter gunships swooping in to
at Peabody” Murai comments, “is that we                                                                                                       napalm a Vietnamese village in Apoca-
have the instrumental resources to do a                                                                                                       lypse Now.
program like this. We are bringing in                                                                                                             The chief Valkyrie is Brünnhilde,
extra personnel from both the Peabody                                                                                                         daughter of Wotan, the King of the
Concert Orchestra and the Peabody                                                                                                             Gods. Brunnhilde tries to protect the
Wind Ensemble to augment the orches-                                                                                                          mortal woman Sieglinde, who has fallen
tra.”                                                                                                                                         in love with Siegmund, and is destined
    Murai believes that the opportunity                                                                                                       to give birth to the greatest hero the
for the students to perform with James                                                                                                        world has known (Siegfried). In grati-
Morris is “a once-in-a-lifetime privilege                                                                                                     tude, Sieglinde sings a paen of praise to
that will be a once-in-a-lifetime memory                                                                                                      Brünnhilde (“The Glorification of
for them. We’re very fortunate to have                                                                                                        Brünnhilde”). Wotan has forbidden
the pre-eminent interpreter of the role of                                                                                                    Brünnhilde to help the lovers, and in
Wotan for our generation.”                                                                                                                    his anger at his daughter’s disobedience
    Jim Morris has always been extremely                                                                                                      he condemns Brunnhilde to lie defence-
loyal to his hometown, coming back to                                                                                                         less in a magic sleep, vulnerable to the
sing with the Baltimore Opera Company                                                                                                         first man who finds her.
the title roles in The Flying Dutchman,                                                                                                           The Valkyries are horrified at this
Macbeth, Don Giovanni, and lead roles         Metropolitan Opera star James Morris, a recipient of Peabody’s Distinguished Alumni Award,
                                              returns to sing the role of Wotan. Described by The New York Times as “the Wotan of             punishment but gallop away.
like King Philip of Spain in Don Carlo,       choice” around the world, Mr. Morris, a Baltimore native, began his vocal studies at            Brünnhilde tries to justify her actions to
Scarpia in Tosca, to name a few. Morris       Peabody. New York Times music critic Anthony Tommasini has written that “the great              her father, who partly relents and allevi-
still has family in the Baltimore area so     James Morris...sings the heroic bass role of Wotan, as if born to it, and his portrayal grows   ates her fate. Brünnhilde will be sur-
his local ties are strong.                    richer each time.” Photo by Winnie Klotz of James Morris as Wotan courtesy of the Metro-
                                              politan Opera.                                                                                  rounded by a magic fire that only a mor-
    If the program, which opens with                                                                                                          tal hero who knows no fear will be able
Stravinsky’s Firebird Ballet, seems a chal-   cians are preparing it for the first time        give our students a new understanding          to surmount. Then, in one of the most
lenging one for a student orchestra, the      and have just under a month to get it            and respect for the abilities of a profes-     famous passages from all opera, Wotan
Music Director believes that setting the      rehearsed.”                                      sional opera orchestra like the Met that       bids a long farewell to his daughter.
bar high builds the kind of excitement            As the third act comprises about sev-        carries entire Wagner operas in its reper-         We have to wait until the last opera,
that brings the best out of his players.      enty minutes of continuous playing, and          toire. Certain Mahler symphonies, like         Die Gotterdamerung, for the final out-
    “For James Morris,” he points out,        the Stravinsky Firebird is also long, about      the Second and the Third (both of which        come when Brünnhilde’s love for this
“singing Wotan is standard repertoire.        forty-five minutes, Murai concedes that          the Peabody orchestra has tackled in           mortal hero Siegfried results in the
But for the Peabody Symphony Orches-          “it is a huge program, both physically           recent years to great critical acclaim) are    destruction of Valhalla and the end of
tra, the third act of Die Walküre repre-      and mentally demanding. It will certainly        longer in duration, but the orchestra is       the reign of the pagan gods.
sents a big challenge. The student musi-
May/June 2003                                                                                   Peabody News   7


not playing continuously. The players get     What the critics have said...
a break between movements”
    There is a reason that such a program         “The        Peabody          Symphony
is given as a season finale. “The great       Orchestra…was elegant and precise…The
advantage of working with students,”          student orchestra sounded thoroughly pro-
Murai explains, “is that they continue to     fessional, and Murai’s conducting (of the
get better throughout the season. At the      Grosse Fuge) locked firmly into Beethoven’s
                                              ecstatic vision…The Peabody performance
beginning of the season, you have a 30-       (of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring) elicited
50% turnover in the orchestra as students     tremors of surprise that a student orchestra
graduate and new students come in.            could play this brutally difficult piece so
However, we generally retain a core of        well. Everything was scrupulously in place,
players to provide continuity and leader-     the soloists were uniformly expressive, and
ship for the coming season, so that you       big moments exploded. All credit to Murai
can pick up in September where you left       for a real achievement and to an orchestra
                                              that one would not expect to be anywhere
off in May. Peabody students bring a lot      near this impressive.”—Ronald Broun, The
of enthusiasm and commitment to their         Washington Post, February 2001.
performances.”
    At time of speaking with Maestro              “Thank goodness for Hajime Teri
Murai, he was just about to start his first   Murai’s conducting—sparkingly alive, with
rehearsals with the PSO. The Music            rhythms easily swung and coordination
Director acknowledges the pivotal role        between stage and pit crisp and confi-
that each student’s private teacher has in    dent.”—Joe Banno, Washington Post, review
                                              of Summer Opera Company’s production of
bringing his orchestra members up to          The Merry Widow, June 2001.
the required high standard of excellence
on their instruments. “The level of excel-        “The Peabody Conservatory in Balti-
lence is a direct reflection on the quality   more is one of the country’s best music
of the private studio instruction given by    schools…(Michael) Hersch’s vivid, dark-tex-
our Peabody artist-faculty and their abili-   tured Ashes of Memory (1999)…makes
ty to attract the most talented students,”    hefty demands on every section of the
                                              orchestra…the Peabody students …con-
he observes gratefully.                       veyed the almost visual imagery of Mr. Her-
    Even with all this preparation, the       sch’s gradually unfolding themes with a
rehearsal process is a strenuous one.         clarity and directness that served the music
“The orchestra members have to master         well.”—Allan Kozinn, The New York Times,
the technical demands of the work and         review of Peabody Symphony Orchestra
have enough time to feel and express the      performance at Alice Tully Hall, New York,
music emotionally. Then when the              conducted by Music Director Murai, April,
soloists join the rehearsals, the orchestra   2001.
will have to exercise great control over          “To begin with, the orchestra was in ter-
its dynamic range to accommodate to           rific shape. The young players demonstrat-
the soloists and the acoustics of the Mey-    ed considerable technical sheen and expres-
erhoff. It is a different kind of dynamic,”   sive force, spurred on by conductor Hajime
Murai points out, “as the orchestra will      Teri Murai.”—Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun,
be playing on stage at the Meyerhoff and      review of Peabody Symphony Orchestra’s
not in an orchestra pit, as would be the      performance of Bernstein’s “Kaddish” Sym-
                                              phony at the Meyerhoff, February, 2002.
case in an opera house.”
    Excitement for the May 5 concert is           “Hajime Teri Murai conducts his har-
already building because Baltimore gets       monium-tinged chamber orchestra in a
relatively few chances to hear Wagner         seductively shaped, astonishingly disci-
opera. Die Walküre has not been per-          plined account of Strauss’s difficult score.”--
formed here since 1984 when a young           The Washington Post reviewing Summer
Morris first tried out the role of Wotan      Opera Theatre’s production of Ariadne at
with the Baltimore Opera Company.             Catholic University, July 2002.
Murai concedes that the program for               “(Hajime Teri Murai) has revealed a
May 5 may well be the most demanding          flair for the whole sound-world of Mahler
one he has set the Peabody Symphony           and Strauss in previous performances at
Orchestra during his entire twelve-year       Peabody; this time, he seemed doubly
tenure at Peabody.                            inspired. And inspiring—the orchestra
    Ever since he was appointed in 1991       played with the kind of confidence and
as the first incumbent of Peabody’s Ruth      intensity (if not quite the exactitude)
                                              expected of well-seasoned pros….Murai's
Blaustein Rosenberg Chair in Orchestral       interpretation commanded attention. Per-
Programs, Hajime Teri Murai has consis-       sonal touches included an extra dash of
tently earned laudatory reviews for his       Viennese lilt in the Scherzo, a beautifully
conducting prowess. A sampling of             unhurried pacing of the famous Adagietto,
review quotes for just the past couple of     and a wild dash toward the finish line in
years are given here. There is no doubt       the last movement. The students are fortu-
that Murai has brought added luster to        nate to be working regularly with a con-
                                              ductor who offers compelling ideas, not just
Peabody.
                                              technical skill, someone who can tap the
    Peabody director Bob Sirota freely        heart and drama of Mahler so eloquently.”
admits that: “Over the past few years, I      --Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun, review of
have been basking in tremendous praise        Peabody Symphony Orchestra’s perfor-
both from music critics and members of        mance of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony and
the public for the level of playing that      Strauss’s Four Last Songs, February, 2003.
both our orchestras have achieved. So
much of that praise should go to Teri.”           “The real star of the evening was the
                                              orchestra, which reveled in the brilliant
    As the holder of the Ruth Blaustein       score and responded to Hajime Teri
Rosenberg Chair, Teri Murai is the Music      Murai’s ever-sensitive conducting with
Director of both the Peabody Symphony         remarkably assured playing.”—Tim Smith,
Orchestra and the Peabody Concert             Baltimore Sun review of Peabody Opera
Orchestra. "Teri has built a wonderful        Theatre’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s
orchestral program at Peabody,” Dr. Siro-     Candide with the Peabody Concert Orches-
                                              tra, March 2003.

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                                                                                             Chamber Winds on May 1
                                                                                                The Peabody Chamber Winds, under
                                                                                             the baton of Harlan Parker, will present a
                                                                                             program of chamber music on Thursday,
                                                                                             May 1 at 7 p.m. in Griswold Hall. The
                                                                                             evening includes Mendelssohn’s Not-
                                                                                             turno, Stravinsky’s Octet, Gounod’s
                                                                                             Petite Symphonie, and George                  Doreen Falby
                                                                                             Rochberg’s Black Sounds.                      Finale from Haydn’s Divertimento in D
Christine Brewer, who sings Brünnhilde,        Peabody’s own Christine Kavanagh Miller,                                                    Major. The Chamber Orchestra will per-
recently sang the role in concert with         who was a Maryland Winner in the Metro-       Ed Polochick at Podium for                    form Respighi’s Ancient Airs and
James Morris at the BBC Proms in London.       politan Opera National Auditions in 2002      Choral Concert                                Dances, Suite No. 3, and the two orches-
The London Times wrote of that perfor-         and has sung lead roles in several recent                                                   tras will combine to play Yorkshire Bal-
mance that she “gave notice of a potential-    Peabody Opera productions, will sing             Edward Polochick leads the Peabody
ly great Brünnhilde, her tone unfailingly      Sieglinde. She is currently a Graduate Per-   Concert Orchestra and the joint choral        lad.
beautiful, her insight into phrase and mean-   formance Diploma student at Peabody,          forces of the Peabody Chamber Singers,            Saturday’s performances continue
ing powerfully eloquent.                       studying with Phyllis Bryn-Julson             Concert Singers and Hopkins Chorus on         into the evening when Gene Young
                                                                                             Friday, May 2 at 8 p.m. in Friedberg Hall.    leads the Preparatory Sinfonietta at 7
ta continues. “His choice of repertoire        premiered many new works, Murai gave          The forceful program includes                 p.m. in Friedberg Hall. This program
reflects the diversity and depth of            the first performance in English of           Beethoven’s Overture to “Prometheus,”         will feature Ilya Dobrovitsky, winner of
orchestral music in the 21st century.          Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 “Babi          Richard Strauss’ Death and Transfigura-       the Preparatory Concerto Competition,
Audiences at Peabody hear varied and           Yar” (translation by Dr. Robert Evans).       tion, Op. 24, and Mozart’s Mass in c          performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No.
adventurous programs performed with               For the past few seasons, Maestro          minor, “Great”, KV427.                        3 in G Major, K. 216. Also on the pro-
high accomplishment. Bringing young            Murai has also conducted for the Sum-                                                       gram are the Overture to Mozart’s Magic
artists up to this high standard of perfor-    mer Opera Theatre productions at              Peabody Preparatory                           Flute, Sibelieus’ Finlandia and
mance requires the sort of professional        Catholic University in D.C. This July, he     Presents…                                     Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kijé Suite.
training that Maestro Murai is uniquely        will be conducting Gianni Schicchi and I                                                        The following weekend brings the
                                                                                                The Preparatory spring concerts            Preparatory’s Most Outstanding Perform-
qualified to provide."                         Pagliacci.                                    begin on Sunday, May 4 at 3 p.m. with
    Apart from the excellent review                                                                                                        ers to Griswold Hall on Sunday, May 18
                                                                                             the Peabody Children’s Chorus under           at 3 p.m. for the Fran G. Zarubick Hon-
quotes, there is other hard data to sup-                                                     the director of Doreen Falby in Friedberg
port the Peabody’s director’s statement.                                                                                                   ors Recital. Performers for this program
                                                      Pre-Concert Lecture                    Hall. The afternoon is entitled “Sumer Is     are selected from the Spring Honors
Former members of the Peabody Sym-                                                           Icumen In” and features medieval and
phony Orchestra occupy positions in                      7:15-7:45 p.m.                      renassiance music. The Chorus will be
                                                                                                                                           Competition.
prestigious orchestras around the world,               Meyerhoff Lobby                       joined by the Peaobdy Renaissance
often in Principal or Co-Principal posi-                                                     Ensemble. Because of very limited seat-       The Prep Celebrates Vivat!
tions. In its hundred-year-plus history,                                                     ing for this popular event, the free admis-      The Preparatory got into the spirit of
the orchestra has premiered hundreds of                                                      sion tickets must be requested in             the Vivat! St. Petersburg Festival with
new works and given the Baltimore pre-                                                       advance from the Peabody Box Office.          two events at its Towson branch.
miere of countless others. Under Maestro                                                        The instrumentalists take the stage on     Although news of them did not come in
Murai’s tenure, it has won five ASCAP                                                        Saturday, May 10 at 3 p.m. when the           time for the March/April issue, we’d like
Awards for Adventurous Programming.                                                          Preparatory String Ensemble, Daniel Levi-     to put on record that on the afternoon of
     As Music Director of the Peabody                                                        tov, conductor, and the Preparatory           March 2 the Prep presented a Russian
Symphony Orchestra, Hajime Teri Murai                                                        Chamber Orchestra, Phyllis Freeman,           Piano Festival featuring student recitals,
follows in illustrious footsteps. Many dis-                                                  conductor, appear in Griswold Hall. The       cultural presentations, and a reception
tinguished conductors, from Leonard                                                          PSE will be joined by the winners of the      with Russian treats. The second event
Bernstein to Leonard Slatkin, have                                                           String Ensemble Competition: Zeynep           was a faculty recital of Russian Reper-
appeared with the PSO both as resident                                                       Alpan, violin, who will be performing         toire on March 9 featuring the Arensky
and guest conductors. The Peabody Sym-                                                       Vivaldi’s Concerto in g minor, 1st move-      Trio in d minor performed by Irina
phony Orchestra was founded in 1897                                                          ment, and David Duan, cello, who will         Lande, piano; Phanos Dymiotis, violin;
by Peabody Director Asger Hamerik,                                                           be performing Breval’s Sonata in C            and Bai Chi Chen, cello; and other short-
                                                Eileen Soskin
thus making it Baltimore’s oldest contin-                                                    Major. Also on the PSE program is The         er works by various faculty artists.
uously operating orchestra.                    Eileen Soskin, Associate Dean for Acad-
    “It’s a great privilege,” Murai            emic Affairs at the Peabody Conservato-
acknowledges, “to be able to contribute        ry, is one of Baltimore's most popular
to the history and tradition of a great        lecturers on music. She will discuss the
American conservatory. I have greatly          music and words of Wagner's Die
enjoyed my twelve years working with           Walkure, to help the audience enjoy
the students. They always bring an             the performance that follows. Mem-
engaging energy and enthusiasm.”               bers of the public who have purchased
    In addition to his Peabody duties,         tickets for the concert may also attend
Hajime Teri Murai makes guest conduct-         the lecture for an additional $5 per per-
ing appearances with orchestras across         son. Lecture tickets are available in
the country, including the Baltimore,          advance from the Peabody Box Office.
Bridgeport, Cincinnati, Detroit, Florida,      Call Peabody Box Office Manager,
Phoenix symphonies, the Fort Wayne             Emily Sorrentino Tevault, at 410/659-
                                               8100      ext.     1215     or     email:
Philharmonic, San Jose Chamber Orches-
                                               sorrenti@peabody.jhu.edu. Tickets for
tra, Indiana Chamber Orchestra, and the        the lecture will also be sold at the door
Diablo Music Festival. Prior to coming to      the night of the performance, depend-
Peabody, he served on the faculty of the       ing on availability.
College-Conservatory of Music, Universi-
ty of Cincinnati, from 1976-1991, and
was Music Director and Conductor of
the Cincinnati Youth Symphony Orches-
tra from 1979-1991. In addition to having                                                    The Peabody Chamber Winds in Rehearsal
May/June 2003                                                                                                                                         Peabody News              9



SUMMER                                                                                                                                  Jazz Orchestra, with trumpeter Wynton
                                                                                                                                        Marsalis, performs in Rouse on June 25.


         festivals                                                                                                                          Solo theater performer Reno does
                                                                                                                                        "Unrestrained Reflections on 9/11" in
                                                                                                                                        Smith Theater on June 26. The Dayton
                                                                                                                                        Contemporary Dance Company presents
                                                                                                                                        the world premiere of "Flight Project,"
                                                                                                                                        featuring five newly commissioned
By Mike Giuliano                                                                                                                        works by five choreographers respond-
    The sounds of a Baltimore summer                                                                                                    ing to the 100th anniversary of the
perhaps are epitomized by the Baltimore                                                                                                 Wright Brothers' first flight, slated for
    Symphony Orchestra providing musi-                                                                                                  Rouse on June 27.
cal and actual fireworks at Oregon Ridge                                                                                                    Yerba Buena gives a concert mixing
Park, but Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture                                                                                                   African, Cuban and hip-hop music in
isn't your only option. Whether you pre-                                                                                                Smith on June 28. And in what promises
fer your summertime culture in the air-                                                                                                 to be a memorable event, dancer Mikhail
conditioned indoor comfort of a concert                                                                                                 Baryshnikov performs solos with piano
hall or would rather brave the legendary                                                                                                accompaniment in Rouse on June 28 and
local heat and humidity at outdoor                                                                                                      29.
venues, the city and surrounding areas                                                                                                      You can reach the Columbia Festival
offer a rich assortment of concerts and                                                                                                 of the Arts at 410/715-3044 or on the
other events in the months ahead.                                                                                                           Web at info@columbiafestival.com
                                              A family enjoys the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s performance at Oregon Ridge.
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra                                                                                                            Eastern Shore Chamber Music
                                              Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 2. On        10:30 a.m.                                  Festival
    A musical mainstay of the summer
                                              August 1, conductor Gerard Schwartz              Call 410/ 837-4143 or visit www.balti-
                                                                                                                                            The 18th annual Eastern Shore Cham-
season are the Baltimore Symphony
                                              and violinist Stefan Jackiw play an all-      moreshakespeare.org
                                                                                                                                        ber Music Festival again offers the per-
Orchestra's two options: a Summer
                                              Mozart program of his Symphony No. 20                                                     fect excuse for day trippers to cross the
MusicFest in the Meyerhoff Symphony
Hall in Baltimore City and outdoor con-
                                              in D Major, Concerto No. 5 in A Major         Columbia Festival of the Arts               Bay Bridge for concerts held at lovely
                                              for Violin and Orchestra, and Sympho-             This year's Columbia Festival of the    venues in Easton, Queenstown, Chester-
certs at Oregon Ridge Park in northern
                                              ny in D Major "Posthorn."                     Arts has a diverse lineup including some    town, Oxford, and even a creek side
Baltimore County.
                                                  Up at Oregon Ridge Park, all concerts     very impressive names who'll be appear-     farm near St. Michaels. This year's festival
    The Meyerhoff series itself offers both
                                              start at 8 p.m. and include fireworks. The    ing in this suburban city located midway    runs from June 6 to 15. The artistic direc-
indoor and outdoor music. Live jazz is
                                              park opens and shuttle service begins at      between Baltimore and Washington.           tors are Marcy Rosen and J. Lawrie
heard outside the hall between 5:30 and
                                              4 p.m. This outdoors series gets off to a         Kicking off the festival is Leahy, a    Bloom.
6:30 p.m., along with food and beer to
                                              bang with a "Star-Spangled Spectacular"       nine-member brother and sister act from         Performers
make for a festive atmosphere; chamber
                                              on July 3 and 4 featuring music by Ives,      Canada who'll perform fiddle-driven         include ensem-
music played inside the hall is piped out-
                                              Gould, George M. Cohan, Sousa, partriot-      music, singing and dancing in the Rouse     ble-in-residence
doors from 6:30 to 7 p.m.; recorded
                                              ic songs, and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Over-        Theatre on June 13. An all-day Shake-       La Fenice, whose
music is played outside from 7 to 7:30
                                              ture. An outer space-themed program on        speare mini-festival in the Rouse on June   members are vio-
p.m.; an intermissionless concert takes
                                              July 12 includes Strauss's "Also Sprach       14 culminates in a performance that         linist Catherine
place inside the hall from 7:30 to 9 p.m.;
                                              Zarathustra" (aka the "2001 A Space           night by the Aquila Theatre Company of      Cho,         violist
and then dance bands play outside from
                                              Odyssey" theme), music from "Star Trek"       A Midsummer Night's Dream.                  Maria Lambros (a
9 to 10:30 p.m.
                                              movies and television series, Holst's             An intercultural dance performance      Peabody faculty
    This BSO series opens June 27 with
                                              "Jupiter" from The Planets, and John          by Rennie Harris, "Facing Mekka," takes     member), cellist
conductor Marin Alsop, pianist Jonathan
                                              Williams' "Star Wars" Suite.                  place in the Rouse Theater on June 15,      Marcy Rosen,
Biss, violinist Ellen Orner and violist
                                                  On July 19, a Broadway Showstoppers       and the same dance company collabo-         pianist Diane Maria Lambros
Jonathan Carney featured in Wagner's
                                              concert with vocalists yet to be              rates with Howard County schoolchild-       Walsh           and
Prelude and Liebestod from "Tristan
                                              announced features music from The Pro-        ren for a program in the same hall on       oboist Peggy Pearson. Other performers
und Isolde," Beethoven's Piano Concer-
                                              ducers, Phantom of the Opera, West            June 17. Second City on Tour will spark     at the festival include violinist Todd
to No. 3, and Tchaikovsky's Francesca
                                              Side Story, Candide, Guys and Dolls,          laughter in Howard Community College's      Phillips, flutist Tara Helen O'Connor, vio-
da Rimini. On July 11, conductor Mario
                                              The Music Man and Oklahoma. And a             Smith Theatre on June 19. Bluegrass         list and violinist Daniel Phillips, and
Venzago, and pianists Eric Conway and
                                              "Family Fun" concert on July 26 features      music by the Del McCoury Band will be       pianist Zeyda Suzuki.
Nelson Freire perform Strauss's Suite
                                              heroes and heroines from various Disney       heard in the Rouse Theater on June 20,          This is the concert schedule: Music by
from “Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme,”
                                              movies and other superhero movies             and on that same date poet Sekou Sundia-    Mozart, Brahms and Libby Larsen will be
Schumann's Piano Concerto in a minor,
                                              including Superman and Batman.                ta performs in the Smith Theater.           played in the Avalon Theater in Easton
and Rossini's “William Tell” Overture.
                                                  For information about either the Mey-         Philip Glass does a program called      on June 6. The Aspen Institute in Queen-
    On July 18, conductor Mario Venzago
                                              erhoff or Oregon Ridge series, call the       "Etudes and Other Works for Solo Piano"     stown is the site for a June 7 concert fea-
is joined by violinists Jonathan Carney,
                                              Baltimore Symphony Orchestra ticket           in the Rouse Theater on June 21.            turing music by Mozart, Mendelssohn
Qing Li and Madeline Adkins, cellist Ilya
                                              office at 410/783-8000 or go to www.bal-      Peabody Director Robert Sirota will         and a new oboe quartet by Fred Lerdahl
Finkelshteyn and pianist Max Levinson
                                              timoresymphony.com                            appear in a symposium entitled “A Con-      that was commisioned in part by the Fes-
for Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 1,
Bach's Concerto in d minor for Two                                                          versation with Philip Glass” at 5 p.m. in   tival and showcases oboist Peggy Pear-
Violins and String Orchestra,                 Baltimore Shakespeare Festival                the Rouse Mini-Theatre on June 21. Rock     son. A June 8 concert at Chestertown's
Beethoven's Concerto in C Major for               For an immersion in the world of the      music legend Bo Diddley performs in         Emmanuel Church offers Mozart, Schu-
Piano, Violin, Cello and Orchestra, and       Bard, check out the Baltimore Shake-          Rouse on June 22. The Lincoln Center        mann and Fuchs.
                                              speare Festival's entertainment-filled May                                                    The Avalon Theater is the site for a
                                              Faire on May 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at                                                 June 13 concert with pieces by
                                              the theater company's new location at St.                                                 Beethoven, Reinecke and Faure. There is
                                              Mary’s Outreach Center, a former church                                                   a Young People's Concert June 14 at the
                                              at 3900 Roland Avenue in Hampden.                                                         Avalon Theater. Also on June 14, the
                                              This is a renaissance-themed fun festival                                                 Tred Avon Yacht Club in Oxford is the
                                              with food, games, crafts and perfor-                                                      location for a concert with music by
                                              mances. (Rain date May 18.)                                                               Mozart, Dohnanyi, and Festival alumnus
                                                  The company, whose Artistic Director                                                  Jon Deak. And the Festival ends with an
                                              is Jamie Kinstle, is doing As You Like It                                                 Angels Concert on June 15 at Eventide
                                              on the back lawn at Evergreen House in                                                    Farms near St. Michaels, featuring music
                                              North Baltimore in July. Performances                                                     by Weber and others.
                                              are on July 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 24m,                                                      For more information, call 410/ 819-
                                              25, 26, and 27. Friday/Saturday have a 7                                                  0380 or go to musicontheshore.org
                                              p.m. curtain and Sundays are at 5 p.m.
                                              There is a Thursday matinee on July 24 at     Philip Glass
Eric Conway                                                                                                                                              Continued on Page 10
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SUMMER                                                                                                                                    NW. Le Nozze di Figaro, Act II, Otello,
                                                                                                                                          Act IV, and Favorite Verdi Scenes will be


          festivals                                                                                                                       presented fully staged and sung in Italian
                                                                                                                                          with English surtitles. The Washington
                                                                                                                                          Post has called this relatively young com-
                                                                                                                                          pany “World Class.” For information call
                                                                                                                                          301/ 365-3479, or TicketMaster 202/
                                                                                                                                          432-SEAT, or GWU 202/ 994-6800 or
William     Kapell     Piano                                                                                                              visit www.operainternational.org
Competition and Festival
    Among the upcoming summer arts                                                                                                        Peabody Ragtime Ensemble
festivals is one that will have a particular-                                                                                                 The summer months bring those Rag-
ly strong Peabody presence. Currently                                                                                                     time boys to all kinds of venues in the
held every four years at the University of                                                                                                Baltimore/Washington area, ranging
Maryland College Park, the 25th William         Inna Faliks                                 Marian Hahn                                   from the Renwick Gallery in DC to the
Kapell Piano Competition and Festival                                                                                                     Big Bowl at Ladew Topiary Gardens in
takes place from July 16 to 25, held for        play my best for an audience."              alumni Joel Fan and Paul Wyse. For that       Monkton. The Peabody Ragtime Ensem-
the first time in the university's impres-          The particular repertory she has got-   matter, one of the judges is a Peabody        ble, led by tuba player Ed Goldstein, has
sive Clarice Smith Performing Arts Cen-         ten to know inside and out is Rachmani-     person, too. "The competition means an        close ties to Peabody and has been hon-
ter at Maryland, which opened in 2001.          noff's Rhapsody and Beethoven's Piano       opportunity to be heard even if they          ored for its inestimable contributions to
Six Peabody-connected pianists made the         Concerto No. 4. Faliks knows that simply    don't win. You never know who's out in        the State of Maryland in keeping Ameri-
first cut and are heading into the next         taking part in such a competition can be    the audience. It's an accomplishment          ca’s indigenous ragtime and jazz music
stage of the competition this July.             a real career-booster. "The exposure you    just to be selected," says pianist and        alive and flourishing. Here’s where you
    "I feel psychologically prepared. I         get is wonderful. People (often) get man-   Peabody faculty member Marian Hahn,           can hear them and many of their con-
know who I am and I have something to           agement just from being in it," she says.   who was one of five jurors who handled        certs are free:
say and I know how to say it," says a very          Inna Faliks most definitely knows       a preliminary round of judging. Hahn              May 18, 4–5:30 p.m.—St. John's
confident sounding Inna Faliks, who             what it's like to be a winner. She won      and the other judges spent a weekend in       Parish Recital Series. 3738 Butler Road,
received her Master's Degree from               Peabody's Yale Gordon, the National         a Beltsville, Md. hotel room listening to     Glyndon, MD. Call 410/833-5300.
Peabody in 2001 and completes her per-          Federation of Music Clubs, and the          recordings made by the contestants.               June 14, 2003, 1-2 pm--Renwick Art
formance degree studies with Leon               Hilton Head, S.C. piano competitions, all   These recordings bear only identification     Gallery, Pennsylvania Ave at 17th St NW,
Fleisher this May. "Preparing and per-          in 1999; and she has enjoyed a number       numbers and not names, so Hahn and            DC. Call 202/633-8070.
forming a certain repertory for a compe-        of concert engagements since then.          the others only learned the names of the          June 21, 2003,5:30-8:30 pm.--Second
tition, you can take it to the highest              Also going into the next round of the   aspiring pianists after they'd made their     Presbyterian Church, Baltimore. Call
level. There is a pressure and there are        Kapell are Peabody-affiliated students      choices.                                      410/ 467-4210.
deadlines. The work is cut out for you. I       Enrico Degli Esposti Elisi, Jean-Francois       "It's certainly daunting to hear              June 29, (raindate July 6th), 6-8 pm.--
actually enjoy that kind of pressure. I         Latour and Shirley Yoo, and Peabody         (recordings by) 205 people between a          Ladew Topiary Gardens, 3535 Jar-
                                                                                            Thursday and a Monday, but it was actu-       rettsville Pike, Monkton, MD. Call 410-
                                                                                            ally a lot more fun than I anticipated. We    557-9466.
                                                                                            discussed music a lot," says Hahn, who            July 10,7-8 pm.--Westview Neighbor-
                                                                                            also had served as a preliminary judge in     hood Park, Chesworth & Gilston Park
                                                                                            the previous Kapell competition. From         Roads.
                                                                                            those 205 recordings, they selected the           Call 410-744-1029.
                                Eighteenth Annual                                           43 pianists who will perform live before          July 13, 7-8:30 pm.--William C. Hum-
                                                                                            a separate jury this July.
                       EASTERN SHORE                                                            Named for the late pianist William
                                                                                            Kapell and founded in 1971, this compe-
                                                                                                                                          bert Amphitheater, 39 Hickory Avenue,
                                                                                                                                          Bel Air, MD.

                       CHAMBER MUSIC                                                        tition obviously means a great deal for
                                                                                            young performers aiming for awards that
                                                                                                                                              Sept.7, 7-9 pm.--Towson At Night
                                                                                                                                          Concert Series, Towson Courthouse
                                                                                                                                          Plaza, Towson, MD. Call 410-825-1145 or
                       F E S T I VA L                                                       provide $20,000 for first prize, $10,000
                                                                                            for second, and $5,000 for third. But it
                                                                                                                                          visit www.towsonbusinessassoc.org
                                                                                            also is very much a public festival to        Sounds of Summer at Towson
                                                                                            which you're invited.
                                                                                                "We really want to open up the world
                                                                                                                                          University
                                                                                            of piano music and become a kind of               As its Center for the Arts undergoes
                                                                                            international village," says Kapell coordi-   an anticipated five-year renovation, Tow-
                                                                                            nator Chris Patton. The events he's put       son University is revamping its Maryland
                                                                                            together include a lecture by Kapell com-     Arts Festival. Now called Sounds of Sum-
                                                                                            petition founder Dr. Stewart Gordon and       mer at Towson University, its events take
                                                                                            a performance by Irish pianist John           place in the university's Stephens Hall
                       Historic Avalon Theatre                                              O'Conor on July 19; a Grand Piano Party       Theatre from July 10 to 20.
                                                                                                                                              The comedy troupe "Capital Steps"
                              June 6 & June 13, 8 pm                                        comprising free performances, work-
                                                                                            shops and the cutting of a festival birth-    performs July 10. The Baltimore Cham-
                                                                                                                                          ber Orchestra does a Mostly Mozart con-
                           Afternoon at Aspen                                               day cake on July 20; jazz pianist McCoy
                                                                                            Tyner performing on July 22; Lambert          cert on July 11. Renee Taylor does a one-
                          Aspen Institute, Queenstown                                       Orkis combining acoustic piano and a          woman show about Israeli leader Golda
                                      June 7, 4 pm                                          Kurzweil synthesizer in a "Keys to the        Meir on July 12. A big band concert cele-
                                                                                            Future" program on July 24; and a day of      brating the circa 1938 music of Benny
                  Emmanuel Episcopal Church                                                 workshops and a symposium about               Goodman is set for July 13. The campus's
                                                                                                                                          radio station WTMD-FM features a local
                                                                                            music competitions culminating with
                      Washington College, Chestertown                                       performances by the three Kapell final-       performers' concert on July 16.
                                      June 8, 3 pm                                          ists accompanied by the Baltimore Sym-            Also, the Stephanie Powell Dance
                                                                                            phony Orchestra on July 25.                   Company performs on July 17. The Balti-
                Tred Avon Yacht Club, Oxford                                                    You can get the full Kapell schedule      more Chamber Orchestra does "More
                                                                                                                                          Mozart" on July 18. "Yesterday: A Tribute
                                     June 14, 4 pm                                          by going to its Web site at www.clarice-
                                                                                                                                          to the Beatles" inspires Baby Boomer nos-
                                                                                            smithcenter.umd.edu
                        Waterside concert and reception                                                                                   talgia on July 19. And vocalist Carolyn
                                                                                                                                          Black-Sotir performs a "Richard Rodgers
                                                                                            Opera International
           Angels Concert at “Eventide Farm”                                                   This company is celebrating its tenth
                                                                                                                                          Tribute" on July 20.
                                     June 15, 3 pm                                                                                            For Towson University events, call
                                                                                            season with an Opera Gala on August 8         410/704-2787 or go on the Web to
                                                                                            and 10, both in the GWU Lisner Auditori-          centerforthearts.towson.edu
 Festival information            410-819-0380         www.musicontheshore.org               um in D.C. located at 21st and H Streets
May/June 2003                                                                                                                                              Peabody News                          11




                                                                                                                                      Sunday, May 18, 2003
                                                                                                                                                          3:00 pm
                                                                                                                                           Jim Rouse Theatre
                                                                                                                                          Wilde Lake High School
                                                                                                                                           Columbia, Maryland
See the Beatles in “Yesterday” at Towson University.
                                                                                                                                    Mezzo-Soprano Marilyn Horne is a national
Summer Opera Theatre Company                   van character who dies onstage); and                                                 treasure, singing for three
    This year marks the 25th anniversary       Christopher Rhodovi is Sir Richard Chol-                                             presidents and spending 26 years as a lead-
of WashingtonD.C.’s acclaimed Summer           mondeley (for the uninitiated that is, of
                                                                                                                                    ing lady at the Metropolitan Opera. She’s
Opera Theatre Company, founded by              course, pronounced “Chumley”), who is
                                               the Governor of the Tower.                                                           been called the “Star Spangled Singer.” She
Elaine Walter, which has given lead roles                                                                                           delivers Gershwin, Porter and other
to many Peabody alumni. Daring pro-                The plot revolves round Phoebe’s
                                               attempt to get her lover Colonel Fairfax                                             American composers with a style that brings
ductions like the 1999 Don Giovanni,
                                               out of the Tower of London where he is                                               tears to your eyes,
set in 1960’s Las Vegas, and the 2001
Jenufa, have caught the critics’ atten-        about to be beheaded, by disguising him                                              passion to your soul and patriotism to your
                                               as a Yeoman of the Guard. This is just                  Tickets:                     heart. This is a once-in-a-lifetime, not to be
tion.
    Summer 2003 features new produc-           the start of a heady brew of mistaken            Reserved Seating Only               missed performance from one of America’s
tions of The Barber of Seville on June         identities, fake marriages, escape plots         $75.00, $50.00, $40.00              greatest singers.
15, 18, 20 and 22 and a double-bill of         that go awry and suitable social satire.
                                                    Young Vic productions are so popu-          Sunday, May 18, 2003, 3 pm
Gianni Schicchi and I Pagliacci on July
                                               lar that they sell out fast so early booking     Call 410-480-9950 to make
13, 16, 18, and 20. SOTC is in residence
                                               is advised. Call 410/323-3077.                      reservations now, or
at Catholic University of America and
                                                                                               www.candlelightconcerts.org or
performs in the 590-seat Hartke Theatre.
                                               Wolf Trap                                       email: candlelight1@mindspring.com      8726 Town & Country Blvd., Suite 102, Ellicott City, MD 21043
    Peabody’s own John Lehmeyer
directs all three operas. Mark Graf con-           One of the busiest musical schedules
ducts The Barber of Seville and Hajime         of the summer is at Wolf Trap in north-
Teri Murai is on the podium for Gianni         ern Virginia. For the classically minded,
Schicchi and I Pagliacci.
    For more information call 202/ 526-1669.
                                               the National
                                               Symphony
                                               Orchestra has a
                                                                                                Does Your Child Love to Sing?
                                               number of con-
Theatre Hopkins                                certs there in
   Although it is not doing a show out-
doors this summer, Theatre Hopkins has
                                               June and July;                                 Let your child
                                               and the Wolf
a creatively hot and certainly timely          Trap      Opera                                experience
offering with the musical Chicago,             Company         is
which runs inside the Merrick Barn on          doing Mozart's                                 what Children’s
Johns Hopkins University's Homewood
campus from June 6 to 29. Call 410/ 516-
                                               La Clemenza di
                                               Tito in June,
                                                                                              Chorus can
7159.                                          Rameau's Dard- Mezzo-soprano Audrey            offer:
                                               anus in July, Babcock will be a Filene
Young Victorian Theatre                        and Rossini's Young Artist with the
Company                                        Barber         of Wolf Trap Opera Compa-
                                               Seville        in ny this summer. The
                                                                                              • Learn music in a
    Renovations to the theater at Bryn                            Peabody alumna will
Mawr School mean the Young Victorian           August.            sing Un Songe in Dard-
                                                                                                playful atmosphere
Theatre Company is heading this sum-               The many amus and Berta in The
mer to its original home in the auditori-      musical offer- Barber of Seville. She          • Develop self-esteem,
um at Gilman School. Truly a Baltimore         ings in other will also appear in a              poise, and confidence
summer tradition, the Young Vic per-           genres include concert titled “A Sum-
                                                                  mer Night in Vienna.”
formers are doing The Yeomen of the            Anita Baker on                                 • Perform in world-class
Guard on July 12, 13, 17, 18, 19 and 20.       May 23 and 24; the fourteenth annual             locations like Carnegie
The director and stage designer is             Louisiana Swamp Romp on June 1;
                                                                                                Hall
Peabody’s own Roger Brunyate. Peabody          Aretha Franklin on June 5; the New York
alum J. Ernest Green conducts an orches-       Gilbert & Sullivan Players staging Pirates
tra that always includes many Peabody          of Penzance on June 6 and 7; Norah                        Our music programs are designed to make a
alumni and Douglas Nelson will bring his       Jones on June 21 as part of a four-day                positive change in your child’s mind, body and spirit!
own brand of magic to the lighting.            Jazz and Blues Festival; "Riverdance"
    Among the Peabody-affiliated singers       from June 24- 29; The Sound of Music
in lead roles are: Catrin Davies as the        from July 15 to 20; Irish Tenors on               Get started now with our FREE introductory class.
heroine Phoebe Meryll; J Austin Bitner as      August 3; Three Mo' Tenors on August 4;
the hero, the handsome Colonel Fairfax;        Peter, Paul & Mary on August 8 and 9;
J.J. Hobbs takes the role of Dame Car-         the Paul Taylor Dance Company on                                                Call today – space is limited!
ruthers, the Tower’s Housekeeper;
Heather Lockard appears as the strolling
singer Elsie Maynard, and Ryan Stadler
                                               August 19; and Thoroughly Modern Mil-
                                               lie from August 26- 31.
                                                   Call 703-218-6500 or go to
                                                                                                                               410-494-1480
partners her in the patter lead of the         wolftrap.org
jester Jack Point (the only Gilbert &Sulli-                                                                           www.ccmsings.org
12 Peabody News                                                                                                                                         May/June 2003



The Brilliance                                                                          Origins of the Russian Avant-Garde at the Walters
                                                                                           The Vivat! St. Petersburg Festival,
  of Beethoven!                                                                        which made such an impact on the city
                                                                                       in February, still lingers on in art shows at
                                                                                       the Walters and the Baltimore Museum of
                                                                                       Art.
                                                            Tom Hall, Music Director       At the Walters, Russia’s most impor-
                                                                                       tant avant-garde paintings are on display
                                                                                       until May 25. They include the works of

                         Masterpiece                                                   such pioneering artists as Drevin, Filonov,
                                                                                       Gerassimov, Goncharova, Kandinsky,
                                                                                       Lentulov, Malevich, Mashkov, Vasnetsov
                                                                                       and many others. It is a unique opportu-

                          at the                                                       nity to see paintings that bear witness to
                                                                                       the creative explosion in the early years
                                                                                       of the 20th-century in Russia before the
                                                                                                                                       most famous paintings in the exhibition,
                                                                                                                                       Filonov’s canvas is constructed in shards
                                                                                                                                       of color, giving it the whirling effect of a

                          Meyerhoff                                                    Stalinist era clamped down on creative
                                                                                       freedom.
                                                                                           The avant-gardists did not spring out
                                                                                       of nowhere. They followed on in the
                                                                                       footsteps of the Itinerants, a group of mid
                                                                                                                                       carousel in motion.
                                                                                                                                           The viewer who wants to indulge
                                                                                                                                       purely in a riot of color, should feast on
                                                                                                                                       Mashkov’s “Still Life with Loaves.” This
                                                                                       to late 19th-century painters who turned        Cezanne-influenced painting is so vibrant
       Beethoven: Missa Solemnis                                                       their back on the classical tradition and
                                                                                       drew inspiration from their own Russian
                                                                                                                                       that the word “still” is a misnomer. The
                                                                                                                                       loaves simply hurl themselves off the wall
        Beethoven at the height of his creative powers.                                roots. The painters of the early 20th cen-      at the viewer.
                                                                                       tury also championed their own ethnic               The theme of the artist as outsider
   Tom Hall conducts the Choral Arts Symphonic Chorus and Orchestra.                                                                   finds expression in Ilya Mashkov’s “Self-
                                                                                       culture, buoyed by the sense that the
         Lisa Daltrius, soprano; Phyllis Pancella, mezzo-soprano;                      social turmoil of the times was charting        Portrait with Pyotr Konchalovsky,” paint-
              Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor; Kurt Link, bass.                            not only a new course for Russia but a          ed in 1910. Mashkov chose to depict
                                                                                       socialist Utopia that would become a            himself and his friend in the guise of cir-
             Thursday, May 29 at 8 p.m.                                                model for the whole world.                      cus performers, themselves social out-
                                                                                                                                       casts. The painting was destined to
         Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall / Tickets: $15–$55                                 Because Russian culture had always
                                                                                       looked to France for benchmarks, the            become the manifesto for the first exhibi-
         Sponsored by the Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation.               avant-gardists were strongly influenced         tion in Moscow mounted by a group of
                                                                                       by such painters as Cezanne, Picasso and        artists who called themselves “The Jack
                                                                                       Braque, and by the “barbaric” use of            of Diamonds” group. It became a land-
     Call 410-523-7070 or 800-750-0875                                                 color of Les Fauves (“The Wild Beasts,”         mark work in the history of the Russian
             www.baltimorechoralarts.org                                               the nickname given to the group of              avant-garde movement.
                                                                                       French artists who exhibited in Paris in            Gerassimov created an enduring
                                                                                       1905), but they primarily drew their sub-       image of Russian peasants and workers as
                                                                                       ject matter from their homeland.                they experienced revolution and civil
                                                                                           To give a broader context, “Origins of      war, their profound mistrust of change
                                                                                       the Russian Avant-Garde” juxtaposes in          shown in the suspicious eyes of children.
                                                                                       close proximity to the paintings Russian        He also produced a portrait of Lenin,
                                                                                       craft items—popular prints, textiles, sign-     shown against a stormy sky with red ban-
                                                                                       boards, and delightful children’s toys.         ners streaming in the foreground, that
                                                                                       Artists and intellectuals were avidly col-      was to become one of the most cher-
                                                                                       lecting these items, well aware that the        ished images of the Soviet era.
                                                                                       largely rural folk culture was threatened           In the decades to follow, a host of
                                                                                       with extinction. In his early years,            hack artists were to churn out heroic can-
                                                                                       Kandinsky produced paintings like               vases of peasants and workers, degrading
                                                                                       “Female Rider with Lions,” with the neo-        the subject matter to the point of
                                                                                       primitivist technique of Russian folk art.      ridicule. Walking through this stunning
                                                                                       He himself said that his study of icons         exhibition, however, shows how fresh
                                                                                       encouraged the development of his art           and vigorous were the canvases of these
                                                                                       towards the abstract. Goncharova used a         early painters who were seeing with new
                                                                                       flat, “iconic” style to capture Russian         eyes. It wasn’t until 1932 that the govern-
                                                                                       peasant scenes, like her “Peasant Women         ment established firm control by creating
                                                                                       Bleaching Linen.”                               a single Union of Soviet Artists.
                                                                                           The devastating impact on Russia of             One of the first paintings viewers
                                                                                       the First World War finds expression in         encounter in the exhibition is Aristarkh
                                                                                       Alexander Drevin’s canvases depicting           Lentulov’s “Churches. New Jersulaem.”
                                                                                       the plight of refugees (he was himself a        Painted in cubist style in the ominous
                                                                                       refugee from his native Riga), like his         year of 1917, it was inspired by the New
                                                                                       “Refugee Woman” and “Supper,” the lat-          Jerusalem Monastery outside of Moscow.
                                                                                       ter painted in 1915, that shows three           A contemporary forebodingly noted:
                                                                                       women siting behind a table with glaring-       “The storm passed through his painting;
                                                                                       ly empty bowls. In both paintings, the          one day it will pass through life and will
                                                                                       dark-toned palette and stark, geometric         smash many steeples.”
                                                                                       shapes project a powerful sense of                  The exhibition has been produced in
                                                                                       anguish and displacement.                       partnership with the State Russian Muse-
                                                                                           Pavel Filonov’s “Shrovetide,” which         um in St. Petersburg. Although western
                                                                                       dates from 1913-14, brings to life the          tourists flock to the Hermitage, it is the
                                                                                       kaleidoscopic activities of a traditional       State Russian Museum that gives visitors
                                                                                       Shrovetide Fair, Russia’s version of Mardi      the most vivid experience of walking
                                                                                       Gras. At Shrovetide, Russians indulged in       through 2,000 years of Russian history.
                                                                                       popular amusements like troika and              Don’t miss the opportunity to visit a slice
                                                                                       sleigh rides, swings, and rolling a burning     of that history in Baltimore .
                                                                                       wheel downhill to represent the return of           For information, call 410/547-9000 or
                                                                                       the sun after the long winter. One of the       visit www.thewalters.org
May/June 2003                                                                                Peabody News   13


          The Kirov brings Russian Opera
                    to the Met




By William McCloskey                           ences included strutting red-coated
                                               Streltsi guards terrorizing Moscow and
    What is there about Russian music
                                               then the same men on their knees when
that so gets under the skin (at least
                                               the czar decides to destroy them; their
mine)? It arouses nostalgia in me for soci-
                                               angry nagging wives; and spiritually
eties I've never experienced, sadness for
                                               charged Old Believers who immolate
griefs I've never endured, excitements
                                               themselves rather than adopt Peter's reli-
from a culture not my own. Is it just that
                                               gious reforms.
harmonic whiff of Asian mystery, or in
                                                   Mussorgsky makes use of the fabled
other works that sheer barbaric sweep?
                                               low Russian voices for his three major
    From July 8-26, the Kirov of St Peters-
                                               characters: the mystic Old Believer Marfa
burg under maestro Valery Gergiev pre-
                                               (mezzo), the venerable sect leader
sents a quartet of native operas at the
                                               Dosifei (bass), and the semi-barbaric lord
Metroplitan Opera house in New York.
                                               of the Streltsi Ivan Khovansky (bass). In
They range from Tchaikovsky's familiar
                                               one of opera's most vivid scenes Khovan-
masterwork Eugene Onegin to
                                               sky drunkenly watches his Persian slave
Prokofiev's virtually unknown Soviet-era
                                               girls dance while he tries to ignore the
Semyon Kotko, along with the same
                                               forces closing on him, perks up arrogant-
splendid production of Khovanchina
                                               ly when summoned by the Tsarevna for
shown in D.C. last year and Rimsky-Kor-
                                               advice (a lie to put him off guard), then
sakov's haunting semi-fantasy Legend of
                                               falls to an assassin's knife.
the City of Kitezh. (Also Verdi's Macbet-
                                                   Eugene Onegin shows an opposite
to, perhaps just to prove the company
                                               pole and era of the culture, with the
can do Italian if it wants.) The Kirov will
                                               refined and sensitive Russian upper class
follow this up in December 2003 in DC's
                                               in rural and ballroom settings. Tatania
newly refurbished Kennedy Center
                                               (probably Russian opera's most beloved
opera house, participating in a
                                               character and certainly one of its great
Tchaikovsky festival with both Onegin
                                               soprano roles with her extended Letter
and the composer's lesser-known Mazeppa.
                                               Scene) starts as a bookish girl infatuated
    The music of the four works coming
                                               with the indifferent aristocratic Onegin
to the Met in July is as varied in character
                                               (baritone), who politely rebuffs her. By
as the settings. Eugene Onegin is one of
                                               the final act the once-humiliated Tatania
Tchaikovsky's most melodic scores, with
                                               has sensibly married a general and
intimate passages often of heart-stopping
                                               become a striking beauty in St Peters-
beauty that are gentle but still passionate.
                                               burg society, too late for Onegin's own
Khovanchina has a tougher grain,
                                               infatuation when he sees what she has
Kitezh a sheen, both with sharp folk
                                               become. The other major role is Lensky,
details and grand choral scenes. Semyon
                                               tenor, an idealistic poet whom Onegin
Kotko has not been heard in these parts
                                               kills in a duel over a foolish dispute.
(first production in decades last summer
                                                   Invisible City of Kitezh: Arguably the
by the Kirov in St Petersburg) so who
                                               finest-wrought (certainly the most mov-
knows? A brief overview of the four
                                               ing) of Rimsky's so-called fairy tale
works herewith:
                                               operas. It depicts a Christian-type salva-
    Khovanchina: I can report, from see-
                                               tion with pagan overtones. (Yes, like
ing it in DC, that the Kirov's production
                                               Parsifal, but Russian folk style.) In the
represents the Russians in full glory. Big
                                               story, Tartar barbarians threaten lovely
atmospheric settings complemented
                                               Kitezh. The prayers of the nature-maiden
Mussorgsky's great musical tapestry of
                                               Fevronia, however, cause a mist to make
turmoil, politics, and martyrdom during
                                               the city disappear. Eventually the sound
the early years of Peter the Great. The
                                               of the invisible city's great bells and its
Kirov chorus members were able to por-
                                               reflection in the water (wonderful
tray individual characters within the
                                               scene!) spook away the invaders, and the
crowd, while singing ensemble with
                                               city with its inhabitants floats to heaven.
instrumental precision in a range from
                                                   The work has sublime, ecstatic nature
breathless pianissimos to thundering cli-
                                               music. The choral writing moves
maxes that shook the house. Choral pres-
                                                                 Continued on Page 14
14 Peabody News                                                                                                               May/June 2003


                  “Kirov”                                      goes mad rather than being redeemed: a        A Festival of Yiddish
                  Continued from Page 12                       rare leading character role in opera,
                                                               whose music overshadows that of Fevro-        Culture at Beth Am
                                                               nia's tenor fiance. There are two signifi-
                                                               cant parts for basses: the prince-father of
                                                               Kitezh who predicts disaster in music
                                                               like deep bells, and the threatening, wily
                                                               Tartar chief.
                                                                   Semyon Kotko is Prokofiev's 1939
                                                               attempt to write a sturdy propaganda
                                                               opera and get in good with the Soviet
                                                               authorities. It is reported that the music
                                                               nevertheless manages to transcend the
                                                               deadening Soviet Realism it depicts. The
                                                               title hero is a soldier who returns home
                                                               after the 1917 Bolshevik revolution.          Photo courtesy of Jewish Historical Society
                                                               Opposing him is a bitter dispossessed
                                                               landowner who conspires with the Ger-            Beth Am Synagogue at 2501 Eutaw
                                                               man invaders. It should not be hard to        Place in Reservoir Hill will present a cel-
                                                               tell the good guys from the bad ones.         ebration of Yiddish Culture in America
                                                               The Kirov production is said to turn          over the weekend of May 16-18. Events
                                                               tables on the Soviets and make the work       will be held on the Friday and Saturday
                                                               a metaphor for the bitter Soviet years,       evenings and all day on Sunday.
                                                               with the setting a desolate junkyard. It         A Friday night Worship Service, led
                                                               doesn't sound like a fun night at the         by Sharon Bernstein, will feature Niggun
                                                               opera. But Prokofiev is one of the half       (wordless songs). There will be perfor-
                                                               dozen opera giants of the 20th century.       mances on Saturday night of Yiddish
                                                               His operas, only slowly being re-evaluat-     Cabaret Music, also featuring Sharon
                                                               ed (even re-discovered), show music that      Bernstein. Children’s Activities will
                                                               is full of sweep and wit, always interest-    include storytelling and more. Jeremy
                                                               ing, often overwhelming. Thus consider-       Dauber, Atran Assistant Professor of Yid-
                                                               ing what superb Prokofiev operas Mae-         dish Language,Literature, and
                  between market chatter and brutish sol-      stro Gergiev has virtually resurrected and       Culture at Columbia University, will
                  diering to the hushed foreboding of peo-     performed in the Met house during the         be the speaker on Sunday afternoon. His
                  ple about to be destroyed (another great     past decade or so -- Betrothal in a           topic will be "America,Through Yiddish
                  scene), finally to expressions of heavenly   Monastery and Fiery Angel with the            Eyes: Great Writers Look At the Goldene
                  bliss. Fevronia is a soprano role calling    traveling Kirov, and with the Met The         Medine (Golden Land).”
                  for both warmth and sunny spirituality.      Gambler and War and Peace -- anything            All events are free and open to the
                  The dominant tenor is Grishka, drunken       by Prokofiev that we haven’t heard rates      public and free parking is available. For
                  clown/Judas but a holy fool of sorts who     attention.                                    information call 410/523-2446


                  Peabody Opera Theatre presented
                  Bernstein’s Candide in March....


                                                                                                                                        Photo: Will Kirk




                  Photo: Jesse Hellman



                             ...while construction continued
                                 on Peabody’s Grand Arcade.
                              The $26 million construction project,
                             scheduled for completion next spring,
                          will open the Peabody campus, making it
                           more accessible to concert patrons and
                                    the Mount Vernon community.
May/June 2003                                                                                                                            Peabody News   15




BALTIMORE                                    ducts Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3. in
                                             G Major, with Frank Peter Zimmermann,
                                             and Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 in d
                                                                                                           T. Herbert Dimmock
                                                                                                      celebrates a Silver Anniversary
        dateline                             minor, Op. 120.
                                                May 24, 8 p.m.—Mario Venzago con-
                                             ducts Handel’s Royal Fireworks Music;
                                             Takemitsu’s I Hear the Water Dreaming
                                             with Emily Skala, flute; Britten’s Peter
                                             Grimes: Four Sea Interludes; Tan Dun’s
                                                                                                          with the Handel Choir

                                                                                               The Handel Choir was started in 1934
Baltimore Chamber Orchestra                  Concerto for Water Percussion and             and have now been going strong for
                                             Orchestra in Memory of Toru Takemit-          close to seven decades. For the last
                                             su with Christopher Lamb.                     twenty-five years, the choir has had as its
                                                May 29, 2 p.m., May 30, 31, 8 p.m.,        Music Director a Peabody alumnus, T.
                                             June 1, 3 p.m.—Jeff Tyzik conducts            Herbert Dimmock. He has taken the
                                             Gershwin and Ellington’s American             Choir to new standards of excellence,
                                             Genius, with Marvis Martin, soprano,          and there are now few choral master
                                             and Kevin Deas, bass.                         works that the Choir has not performed,
                                                June 6, 7, 8 p.m., June 8, 3 p.m.-- Lara   far exceeding its original mandate to per-
                                             Webber conducts Honegger’s Pacific            form, as its name implies, primarily
                                             231; Fauré’s Elegy, Op. 24; Saint-Saëns’      baroque works. Its annual Messiah
                                             Cello Concerto No. 1 in a minor, Op.          around Christmas time is a long-standing
                                             33; Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1 in e             tradition.
Chris Norman, center, wooden flute                                                             Few choirs have the community out-
                                             minor, opus 39. With Steven Isserlis.
   May 21, 8 p.m.—Chris Norman,                 June 12, 13, 8 p.m., June 15, 8 p.m.--     reach of the Handel Choir, which travels
wooden flute, is featured in Butter-         Roberto Minczuk conducts Villa-Lobos’         to churches, concert halls, community
worth’s On the Banks of Green Willow;        Bachiana Brasileira No. 4, Prelude;           centers and schools all over the local
and Norman’s Out of Orkney; Mozart’s         Nielsen’s Violin Concerto, Op. 33 with        area. There will be a gala celebration of
Symphony No. 39, under the baton of          Jonathan Carney; Schubert’s Symphony          Music Director Dimmock’s illustrious
Music Director Anne Harrigan. Kraushaar      No. 8 in b minor, D. 759, “Unfinished”;       tenure on May 31 at Morgan State Uni-
Auditorium, Goucher College.                 Liszt’s Les Préludes.                         versity with a performance of Verdi’s
   Call 410/308-0402 or visit                   June 14, 11 a.m.—Robert Minczuk            Requiem.
www.baltchamberorch.org                      conducts Villa-Lobos’ Bachiana
                                             Brasileira No. 4, Prelude; Nielsen’s Vio-
Baltimore Choral Arts                        lin Concerto, Op. 33 with Jonathan Car-
   May 29, 8 p.m.-- Music Director Tom       ney; Liszt’s Les Préludes .
Hall conducts Beethoven's Missa Solem-          June 19, 2p.m., June 20, 21, 8 p.m.,
nis, Lisa Daltrius, soprano; Phyllis         June 22, 3:00 p.m.—Ben Vereen singing
Pancela, mezzo-soprano; Anthony Dean         Broadway songs.
Griffey, tenor; Kurt Link, base. Meyer-         Call 410/783-8000 or visit www.balti-
hoff.                                        moresymphony.org
   Call 410/523-7070 or 800/750-0875
or visit www.baltimorechoralarts.org         Broadway at the Mechanic
                                                May 6—11—The Full Monty. Book by
Baltimore Opera Company                      Terrence McNally, music and lyrics by
   May 31, 8:15 p.m., June 1, 3 p.m.,        pop composer David Yazbek, direction
June 4, 7:30 p.m., June 6, 8:15 p.m., June   by Jack O’Brien. Mechanic Theatre.
7, 8:15 p.m., June 8, 3 p.m.- -Madama           Call 1-800-343-3103, or visit
Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini. Liping         www.broadwayacrossamerica.com
Zhang appears as Cio-Cio-San. Marc
Heller sings the role of Pinkerton, the US   Broadway at the Lyric
Naval Officer who loves and abandons           May 6-11—Fosse, musical highlighting
her, and Jeffrey Kneebone performs           works of Legendary dancer, choreogra-
Sharpless. Antonia Cifrone and Jose Luis     pher, director, Bob Fosse. Lyric Opera
Duval appear as Butterfly and Pinkerton      House.
on June 1 and 7. Andrea Licata conducts.       Call 410/494-2712, or visit www.lyric-
Lyric Opera House.                           operahouse.com
   Call 410/ 727-6000 or visit www.balti-
moreopera.com
                                             Canticle Singers
                                                 The Canticle Singers, an all-women’s
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra                 chamber choir directed by Wendy Wick-
    Music Director Yuri Temirkanov con-      ham, appears:
ducts unless stated otherwise:                   May 3, 7:30 p.m.—Memorial Episco-
    May 1, 2, 8 p.m.—Prokofiev’s Violin      pal Church, Bolton Hill, West Lafayette &
Concerto No. 1 with Elisabeth Bati-          Bolton.
ashvili; Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 in c-           May 18, 4 p.m.--Cathedral Church of
sharp minor                                  St. Matthew, 3400 Norman Avenue
    May 3, 7:30 p.m.—Arturo Sandoval,            June 8, 3 p.m.—Our Lady of the
trumpeter/percussionist.                     Angels Chapel, Charlestown Retirement
    May 4, 3 p.m.-- Boys Choir of Harlem.    Community.
    May 9, 10, 8 p.m., May 11, 3 p.m.—           Call 410/ 243-1649.
All Beethoven program: Coriolan Over-
ture; Piano Concerto No. 3 in c minor,
Op. 37 with John Lill; Symphony No. 2
                                             Center Stage
in D Major, Op. 36.                              April 4-May 4—Mary Stuart, by
    May 15, 16, 8 p.m.—Mario Venzago         Schiller.
conducts Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3          May 10—40th Anniversary Gala Bene-
in G Major, K. 216 and Busoni’s Violin       fit featuring Ricky Jay, magician extraor-
Concerto in D Major with Frank Peter         dinaire.
Zimmerman. Schumann’s Symphony No.               May 16—June 15—The Rainmaker
4 in d minor, Op. 120.                       by N. Richard Nash. Outside the Curry
    May 17, 11 a.m.-- Mario Venzago con-
                                                               Continued on Page 16
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                  BALTIMORE                                     munityconcertsatsecond.org




                          dateline
                                                                Everyman Theatre
                                                                   May 15—June 15: The Pavilion, by
                                                                Craig Wright. Baltimore Premiere. Every-
                                                                man Theatre, 1727 North Charles Street.
                                                                   Call 410-752-2208, or visit
                                                                www.everymantheatre.org
                  ranch the cattle are dying of drought on
                  a scorching summer day. Inside, the fam-      Fells Point Corner Theatre
                  ily frets that 27-year-old Lizzie will           May 2-June 1—Wit, by Margaret
                  become an old maid. Enter Starbuck, a         Edson, directed by Donald Owens.
                  magnetic tale-spinner who promises rain          Call 410/276-7837 or visit
                  for a mere hundred dollars. To coax the       www.fpct.org                                 David Stambler performes at TSU
                  clouds, he has a bass drum and a bucket
                  of white paint; for the rancher’s daugh-                                                   violoncello; Doug McNames, violoncel-
                  ter, a barrel of sweet talk and a belief in   Handel Choir of Baltimore                    list, will join the strings for a Quintet by
                  her beauty. Pearlstone Theater.                  May 31, 8 p.m.—Conductor T. Her-          Boccherini; music for two ‘celli. Balti-
                      Call 410-332-0033 or visit www.cen-       bert Dimmock III, a Peabody alumnus,         more Museum of Art.
                  terstage.org                                  celebrates his 25th year as music director       Call 410/728-2820 or visit www.pro-
                                                                with a gala performance of Verdi’s           musicarara.org
                  Chamber Music by Candlelight                  Requiem with Ester Hardenberg, sopra-
                                                                no, Deidra Palmour, mezzo-soprano, Paul      Theatre Hopkins
                     May 11, 7:30 p.m.—Chopin’s Sonata          Mow, tenor, and Mark Schnaible, bass.          April 11-May 4—Agatha Christie’s
                  for cello and piano; Schubert’s String        Murphy Fine Arts Center, Morgan State        Murder on the Nile
                  Quartet in C Major. Second Presbyterian       University.                                    Call 410/516-7179 or visit
                  Church.                                          June 8, 4 p.m.—Children’s Choir           www.jhu.edu/~theatre
                     Call 410-744-4034.                         Spring Concert. First English Lutheran
                                                                Church.
                  Community Concerts at Second                     Call 410/366-6544 or visit www.han-
                                                                                                             Towson University
                     May 18, 3:30 p.m.—Baltimore Choral         delchoir.org                                     Events are held in the University’s
                  Arts Chamber Chorus, Tom Hall, direc-                                                      Center for the Arts Concert Hall unless
                  tor, with Second Presbyterian Choir,                                                       stated otherwise:
                                                                Hopkins Symphony Orchestra                       May 1, 2, 3. 8 p.m. and May 4, 3
                  Elam Ray Sprenkle, director.                     May 11, 3 p.m.—Chamber Music Con-         p.m.—Towson University Dance Compa-
                     June 1, 3:30 p.m.—Concert on the           cert, Brian Stone, Associate Director and    ny.
                  Green: Back to Our Roots (Celebrating         Conductor. Leos Janacek’s Sokol Fan-             May 2, 8:15 p.m.—Towson University
                  our Difference), and Silent Auction to        fare; Gustav Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfar-     Orchestra, Mark McCoy, conductor.
                  Benefit McKim Center and GEDCO. Jazz,         er. The SDS room, Mattin Arts Center,        Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll; Shostakovich’s
                  Klezmer, and Chizuk Amuno vocal octet.        The Johns Hopkins University.                Ballet Suite No. 1; and Beethoven’s
                     Second Presbyterian Church.                   Tickets available at the door.            Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major
                     Call 410-744-4034 or visit www.com-
                                                                                                             with Eva Mengelkoch.
                                                                Municipal Opera Company of                       May 2, 3, 8 p.m., May 7 thru May 10 8
                                                                Baltimore                                    p.m. and Sunday May 4, 2 p.m.—Stop
                                                                    June 16, 4 p.m.—“High Tea” with an       Kiss, written by Diana Son, Shirley Bas-
                                                                afternoon of operatic arias, duets, trios    field Dunlap, director. Center for the Arts
                                                                and quartets from Bizet to Verdi. Brown      Mainstage Theatre.
                                                                Memorial Woodbrook Presbyterian                  May 4, 7:30 p.m.—Percussion Ensem-
                                                                Church.                                      ble Concert, Dale Rauschenberg, direc-
                                                                      Call 410/329-6874 or 448-0745 or       tor. To include Chamber Music IV by
                                                                visit www.muniopera.org                      Robert Suderburg.
                                                                                                                 May 5, 8:15 p.m.—Commercial Music
                                                                Notre Dame                                   Ensemble, Gary Richardson, director.
                                                                   May 4, 3 p.m.— Concert Choir,             Jazz from Bird to Duke.
                                                                directed by Elizabeth Fink, presents             May 6, 6 p.m.—Faculty Jazz Combo.
                                                                selections from Hymnody of Earth for         A concert of original jazz compositions
                                                                choir, dulcimer and percussion by Mal-       by members of the ensemble.
                                                                colm Dalglish.                                   May 7, 8:15 p.m.—Vocal Jazz Ensem-
                                                                   May 18, 3 p.m.—Kathryn Rackson,           ble William Evans, director, Mathew
                                                                piano. Works by Bach, Messaien and           Lane, assistant director.
                                                                Chopin.                                          Jazz Combos David Stambler, Josh
                                                                   LeClerc Auditorium.                       Davis, Alan Blackman, directors.
                                                                   Call    410-532-5386     or   visit           May 8, 8:15--Towson University Big
                                                                www.ndm.edu                                  Band, Jim Falls, director.
                                                                                                                 May 9, 8:15 p.m.—US Army Blues Jazz
                                                                                                             Ensemble.
                                                                Peabody at Homewood                              May 11, 3 p.m.—Faculty Chamber
                                                                   May 2, beginning at 5:45 p.m. The         Recital, David Yarbrough, violin, Donald
                                                                Dorian Trio, Anita Thesen, flute; Lisa       Watts, cello, Alla Murrill, piano, Eva Men-
                                                                Vaupel, violin; Gretchen Gettes, cello.      gelkock, harpsichord, Laurel Ewell, guest
                                                                Music by Telemann, Ibert and Villa           artist flute.
                                                                Lobos.A wine and cheese reception fol-           Call 410-704-2787, or visit www.cen-
                                                                lows. Homewood House, Homewood               terforthearts.towson.edu
                                                                Campus, JHU.
                                                                   Call 410/516-8639.                        Vagabond Players
                                                                                                                 April 25-May 25—The Little Foxes, by
                                                                Pro Musica Rara                              Lillian Hellman
                                                                    March 16, 3:30 p.m.—Mozart’s Quin-           Call 410/563-9135.
                                                                tet in A for clarinet and strings, Daniel
                                                                Beyer guest artist, basset clarinet. Cyn-
                                                                thia Roberts and Ivan Stefanovic, violins,
                                                                Sharon Pineo Myers, viola, Allen Whear,
May/June 2003                                                                                                                  Peabody News   17


      The Mount Vernon Cultural District
        Springs into Summer with Arts
             Events in the Parks




School children enjoy the parks of Mount Vernon.

By Lisa Keir                                      July 15: Musicians from the Eubie
                                               Blake National Jazz Museum and cultural
   Drum rolls and fanfare! The Mount
                                               Center
Vernon Cultural District announces its
                                                  July 22: History for Children with the
Spring/Summer 2003 season of free cul-
                                               Maryland Historical Society
tural programs in Mount Vernon Place’
                                                  July 29: Musicians from the Baltimore
West Park. Bring your blanket or lawn
                                               Symphony Orchestra
chair, a cool drink and a friend and enjoy
                                                  August 5: Walters Art Museum Art
an eclectic season of cultural events for
                                               Activities
youngsters and adults.
   This year there will be three separate
series:                                        Lazy Sundays
                                                   Sunday afternoons from 12:30 to
                                               2pm, various local musicians will per-
Opera in the Park,                             form in a wide array of musical styles
   Noon on first Thursdays, May through        under the tent in West Park. No pro-
October— Have lunch while listening to         grams are scheduled for holiday or local
Baltimore’s professional and amateur           festival weekends.
opera singers entertain on the stage in
West Park.                                        May 4: Rude Dog’s Rhythm                        Experience
   May 1: Baltimore School for the Arts
Vocal Music Students
                                               Review—Blues
                                                  May 11: Juanita Calihan—                 A Baltimore Tradition
   June 5: Municipal Opera Company of
Baltimore
                                               Singer/songwriter
                                                  May 18: Sounds Good—Jazz                       Since 1905
                                                  June 1:        The Wattsuns—Pop
   July 3: Excerpts from The Yeomen of            June 8: Quartet Zero—Jazz
the Guard by soloists from the Young                                                                 Where Membership is designed
                                                  June 15: Automatic Slim and his
Victorian Theatre Company                      Band—Blues                                       for all professional men and women . . . .
   August 7: The Voice Studio of Laura            June 22: Blue on Green—Jazz                                not just Engineers
Vicari                                            June 29: Eubie Blake Big Band—Jazz
   September 4: Singers from the Balti-           July 13: Baltimore Folk Music
more Opera Company                             Society—Folk                                             Escape the ordinary
   October 2: Opera Vivente presents              July 20: Baltimore Folk Music
Mostly Massenet: a potpourri of French         Society—Folk
                                                                                                    Retreat to the extraordinary
Opera                                             August 3: Melissa Martin and the                    at the Engineers Club
                                               Rhythm Kings—Swing
Tuesdays Child,                                   August 10: Blue on Green—Jazz
   Tuesday mornings at 10:30am –a vari-           August 17: Baltimore Folk Music            o Elegant Ambiance in a very unique setting
ety of cultural programs for preschoolers      Society—Folk                                  o Baltimore’s most exclusive meeting facility
under the tent in West Park. (Nursery             August 24: Nakia Verner—Soloist
schools and day care centers please call          September 7: Toho Koto Society—            o Captivating cuisine and catering
Megan Warden-Stearman at 410-244-1030          Japanese
                                                  September 14: Quartet Zero—Jazz
                                                                                             o Affordable dues with great value
with numbers planning to attend.)
                                                  September 28: Sounds Good—Jazz
   June 17: Storytelling by Enoch Pratt
Free Library
   June 24: “Opera for Kids” from Balti-
                                                  For more information about these and
                                               other events in Mount Vernon visit the
                                                                                             Where membership has its privileges . . .
more Opera Company                             Mount Vernon Cultural District website,
   July 1: Abu the Flutemaker explores         www.mvcd.org and click on the events          Call or visit us on the web to join today
music made from found materials                calendar or contact Lisa Keir at
   July 8: Musicians from the Baltimore        lkeir@dpob.org or 410-605-0462 or                             www.esb.org
Symphony Orchestra                             Megan        Warden-Stearman          at
                                               mwarden@dpob.org or 410-244-1030.
                                                                                                         410.539.6914
18 Peabody News                                                                                                                                             May/June 2003



              Shriver Hall Concert Series celebrates the
                        Piatigorsky Centenary
By Stephen Wigler                                Solow, Myung Wha Chung, Paul Tobias,                                                          Furtwangler consulted the score and
                                                 Piatigorsky’s grandson Evan Drachman,                                                     said, "Yes. Why?"
    A frequently encountered account of
                                                 and former Peabody faculty member and                                                         "Doesn't sound right."
cellist Gregor Piatigorsky’s departure
                                                 New England Conservatory of Music                                                             Every second someone would inter-
from political oppression in the Soviet
                                                 President Emeritus Laurence Lesser,                                                       rupt Furtwangler with a question.
Union in 1921 goes something like this:
                                                 among others--all of them Piatigorsky stu-                                                "There
    The then 18-year-old cellist hops a cat-
                                                 dents. A film telling the story of this                                                       are seven eighths in my bar. Is it cor-
tle train to the Polish frontier, jumps into
                                                 remarkable man’s life will also be shown.                                                 rect?" "Is it a sixteenth note?" How do
the Zbruch River and proceeds to swim
                                                     Piatigorsky ranks among the greatest                                                  you play pizzicato and arco at the
across--with his cello tucked under one
                                                 cellists in history, equaled in reputation                                                same time?" Etc. etc. Furtwangler, trying
arm and one of his companions, a sopra-
                                                 only by the older Pablo Casals, Piatig-                                                   to clarify things, sank only deeper into
no from Moscow’s Bolshoi, hanging on
                                                 orsky’s contemporary Emanuel Feuer-                                                       confusion.
for dear life to his belt. Cellist and com-
                                                 mann, the younger Mstislav Ros-                                                               He spent that afternoon and evening
panion arrive on the Polish side of the
                                                 tropovich and Janos Starker and (among                                                    studying the score. I was permitted to
river safely, but Piatigorsky’s cello isn’t as
                                                 today’s cellists) by Yo Yo Ma. As a                                                       glance at it, also. Next morning we
lucky. The companion–a very large lady
                                                 teacher, Piatigorsky’s influence was                                                      rehearsed again, but the composition
opera singer–becomes terrified when the
                                                 matched only by that of Starker, Ros-                                                     appeared only the more complex.
Red Army border guards begin shooting,
                                                 tropovich, and Leonard Rose. A short list                                                     "Let's at least play together," Furt-
throws her arms around the cellist’s neck
                                                 of the composers, many of them close                                                      wangler would cry as he repeated the
and crushes his instrument.
                                                 friends, whom he inspired to write                                                        piece again and again. "You realize
    That story, which can be found on
                                                 important works for his instrument                                                        that there will be only one more
any number of internet websites, doesn’t
                                                 includes William Walton, Paul Hin-                                                        rehearsal this afternoon, and that the
square entirely with the way Piatigorsky
                                                 demith, Serge Prokofiev, Arnold Schoen-                                                   composer will be present?"
tells it in his autobiographical memoir,
                                                 berg and Igor Stravinsky. When Richard                                                        After a short lunch we assembled at
Cellist. In the printed version, while bul-
                                                 Strauss, leading a rehearsal of his own                                                   the Philharmonic.
lets do fly, the cellist and his companions
                                                 Don Quixote, heard Piatigorsky play the                                                       "Gentlemen," announced Furtwan-
wade, rather than swim, across the river.
                                                 work’s opening measures, he stopped                                                       gler, "I have just received the most won-
And the cello reaches Poland intact.
                                                 the orchestra and said: “I have finally                                                   derful news from Vienna. The composer
Piatigorsky uses it the next morning to
                                                 heard my Don as I thought him to be.”                                                     is not coming. He sends his best wishes."
play Fritz Kreisler’s Schoen Rosmarin,                                                           Piatigorsky Exhibit at Baltimore
                                                     Piatigorsky was born in Ekaterinoslav,                                                    "Bravo! Wunderbar!" cried a host of
thus proving to the Polish border guards,                                                                 Museum of Art
                                                 Russia, on April 17, 1903. He studied vio-                                                jubilant voices.
who arrested him the night before, that                                                        The Shriver Hall concert is held in
                                                 lin and piano as a child with his father,                                                     "That's not all," Furtwangler contin-
he is a musician and not a Communist                                                           collaboration with the Baltimore
                                                 until he saw and heard the cello at a con-                                                ued. "We will of course try to do our
spy.                                                                                           Museum of Art which is presenting
                                                 cert and determined to become a cellist.                                                  best, but at the same time, I want you
    Who can say which version is the                                                           “Gregor Piatigorsky: Virtuoso as
                                                 When the seven-year-old constructed a                                                     to know that there is only one score of
true one? Certainly, not Piatigorsky him-                                                      Collector” in the Cone Wing
                                                 “cello” out of two sticks, a long one for                                                 the composition in the country. The
self. Like every great raconteur, the cel-                                                     through June 8. The exhibit of the
                                                 the instrument itself and a short one for                                                 composer has the other one..…”
list was also a bit of an “exagerateur,"                                                       iconic cellist’s personal art collec-
                                                 the bow, he was given a real cello and                                                        The next day the musicians arrived
varying each of the stories about his                                                          tion includes works by Pablo
                                                 began the remarkable career that contin-                                                  for the concert much earlier than usual,
remarkable life a little with each                                                             Picasso, Paul Klee, and Chaim
                                                 ued until his death at his home in Califor-                                               to practice their parts . . . Then came the
retelling, so that they remained fresh and                                                     Soutine, as well as African
                                                 nia on August 6, 1976.                                                                    world premiere. Up loomed Furtwan-
kept his audiences spellbound every                                                            objects. Also on display is Piatig-
                                                     Before he was 10, he supported his                                                    gler's worried face and the orchestra
time he told them. That his cello playing                                                      orsky’s Stradivarius cello.
                                                 family by playing in brothels, cafes and                                                  plunged into deep, unknown waters.
conveyed the same narrative magic is
                                                 silent movie houses. By the time he was                                                       From the very start I had the strange
one of the many reasons that the 100th                                                         the Berlin Philharmonic. Three years
                                                 15, after six years of study at the Moscow                                                sensation of riding on the back of a gal-
anniversary of his birth will be celebrat-                                                     later, already classed with Casals and
                                                 Conservatory, he was the principal cellist                                                loping giraffe. The weird sounds of the
ed on May 4 by the Shriver Hall Concert                                                        Feuermann as one of the greatest cellists
                                                 of the Bolshoi Opera, one of Russia’s two                                                 orchestra welled up as though from the
Series, whose president, Jephta Drach-                                                         in the world, he left the orchestra to
                                                 most important orchestras. Five years                                                     stomach of hundreds of ventriloquists.
man is the cellist’s daughter. It will be a                                                    embark on his solo career.
                                                 after his escape from the Soviet Union,                                                   The double basses sounded like violas,
multi-media gala, that will feature perfor-                                                       That career brought him to all of the
                                                 Wilhelm Furtwangler selected Piatig-                                                      and the bassoons like flutes. Seconds
mances by several internationally cele-                                                        world’s musical capitals and in contact
                                                 orsky–then only 23–as principal cellist of                                                became hours as the performance
brated cellists–Nathaniel Rosen, Jeffrey                                                       with its greatest musicians. The sketches   rolled crazily on. Each player strove
                                                                                               he provides of those musicians in Cellist   desperately to keep in touch with the
                                                                                               are among the highlights of that delight-   others, not turning any more to Furt-
                                                                                               ful book. Here is what he has to say        wangler for help. He himself was hope-
                                                                                               about Furtwangler:                          lessly lost.
                                                                                                                                               The termination of the performance
                                                                                                   Furtwangler had a contradictory         began very gradually, the players drop-
                                                                                               nature. He was ambitious and jealous,       ping out one by one until only Furt-
                                                                                               noble and vain, coward and hero,            wangler and a few isolated instruments
                                                                                               strong and weak, a child and a man of       were left. At that point, for no explain-
                                                                                               wisdom, both very German and yet a          able reason, the brass section entered.
                                                                                               man of the world. He was one only in        The magnitude of the sound was truly
                                                                                               music, undivided and unique.                fabulous, and, coming so unexpectedly,
                                                                                                   Under him there were many memo-         it took us all completely off guard. We
                                                                                               rable performances. Yet not every Furt-     grabbed our instruments and vigorous-
                                                                                               wangler concert was all glory. I remem-     ly joined the brasses with renewed
                                                                                               ber particularly one first performance      hope. The incredible noise did not last
                                                                                               of a contemporary work. Extremely dif-      very long, and soon--after a few last
                                                                                               ficult, the piece needed more time for      convulsions--everything stopped dead.
                                                                                               rehearsal than was available. Furtwan-          The silence that followed this abrupt
                                                                                               gler, after running through the piece,      ending was terrible to bear, and the
                                                                                               began to work note by note for the rest     hissing, hand clapping, and catcalls
                                                                                               of the rehearsal.                           came almost as a relief. Among those
                                                                                                   "Is it F sharp?" inquired a musician.
May/June 2003                                                                                                                                  Peabody News   19


                                                                                               would find a way to say it.”
                                                                                                   According to Laurence Lesser, Piatig-
                                                                                               orsky was also a terrific problem solver.
                                                                                               “He wasn't the type of teacher who
                                                                                               would tell you how to move each finger,
                                                                                               but he was a profound psychological
                                                                                               teacher who had a deep philosophical
                                                                                               influence on his students,” Lesser said.
                                                                                               “He had a remarkable ability to get to the
                                                                                               core internal issues that were impeding
                                                                                               our progress.”
                                                                                                   “Piatigorsky had a knack for making
                                                                                               students believe in themselves,”
                                                                                               Nathaniel Rosen says. "I will never forget
                                                                                               his strong handshake, or the way he
                                                                                               always made me feel better about myself-
                                                                                               -something very rare in teachers," Rosen
                                                                                               recalls.
                                                                                                   But Piatigorsky’s gift may have been
                                                                                               summed up best by Stephen Kates, the
                                                                                               Peabody professor of cello, whose death
                                                                                               earlier this year kept him from participat-
                                                                                               ing in a celebration of his teacher’s lega-
                                                                                               cy he had eagerly anticipated.
                                                                                                   "All of us loved Piatigorsky," Kates
                                                                                               recalled in an interview a few years ago.
Piatigorsky’s grandson Evan Drachman, who performs in the centenary celebration, studied       "Everything about the man was huge--his
with Stephen Kates at Peabody before going on to Curtis. He now has a wide-ranging             physical size, his talent, his charisma, his
career, playing with orchestras around the world and in summer festivals from Aspen to         charm, his wit, his elegant clothes and
Alaska. His first CD as a soloist appeared in 1999, titled “A Frog He Went a-Courting—         beautiful manners. We were all affected
Pairs of Pieces,” with pianist Richard Dowling in honor of his illustrious grandfather.
            Evan Drachman has inherited his Gregor Piatigorsky’s adventurous spirit. He does   by him, all of us--to a certain extent--tried
not confine his recitals to the concert stage but enjoys taking his cello to schools, hospi-   to imitate him, and all of us were the bet-
tals, retirement homes, libraries, churches, and even factories. Many of these community       ter for it. He was a mensch – and he
performances are arranged by the Piatigorsky Foundation, founded by Evan as a living trib-     played like one.”
ute to his grandfather.
                                                                                                    For details of the Shriver Hall concert
applauding in the audience I noticed            there was an empty chair standing and          call 410/ 516-7164 or visit www.shriver-
two famous musicians. After the con-            waiting for me on the stage that would         concerts.org
cert I heard them say, "The public is too       be transformed into an electric chair,
stupid to understand." So are you, I            and that despite all agonizing fear I
thought.”                                       would stride toward it and appear com-
                                                posed and ready for public execution. I
   Here is Piatigorsky on stage fright:         know it sounds dramatic, anyway too
                                                dramatic for someone who has been
    Nervousness experienced on facing           executed thousands of times and is still
an audience has many names. In Ger-             here to speak about it.
man it is Lampenfieber, in Russian vol-
nenie, trac in French, and in English               And here is how Piatigorsky describes
stage fright. I hear people speak of but-       Arturro Toscanini’s reaction to stage
terflies in the stomach, of ants crawling       fright:
on the skin, and of having the heart in
the mouth. Every language and every                 Nervousness can be contagious.
individual has a different definition of        Maestro Toscanini, one night before we
this state, but where I am concerned the        appeared together, paced the dressing
word "torture" explains the feeling I           room in which I practiced, warming up
would have before a concert. I knew             for the concert. His quick steps, his
                                                grunting and swearing to himself did
                                                little for my morale. I tried not to pay
                                                attention to him and to concentrate on
                                                my fingers and cello, but who could
                                                ignore Maestro? For a moment I
                                                stopped playing. Toscanini stopped too.
                                                He looked at me and said, "You are no
                                                good; I am no good," took a deep
                                                breath, and began pacing again. I prac-
                                                ticed, repeating passages frantically,
                                                and wished that I had died as a baby.
                                                After a while there was his terrible ver-
                                                dict again.
                                                    "Please, Maestro," I begged. "I will be
                                                a complete wreck."
                                                    He was called to begin the concert
                                                and after the short overture he said to
                                                me in the wings just before we walked
                                                on-stage, "We are no good, but the oth-
                                                ers are worse. Come on, caro, let's go.

Jephta Drachman, who chairs the board of           “He was very inspiring, very funny,
the Shriver Hall Concert Series, is the         and a wonderful storyteller,” Jeffrey
grand daughter of Piatigorsky. For many         Solow has said. “Piatigorsky's main goal
years she served on the Peabody Board of
Trustees, co-chairing the gala celebration      was for each of us to learn to express
for the re-opening of Peabody’s Miriam A.       ourselves. He believed that if you had an
Friedberg Concert Hall in 1983.                 idea of what you wanted to say, you
20 Peabody News                                                                                                                                                May/June 2003



MARYLAND                                           May 3, 7:30 p.m.— McDaniel College
                                               [formerly Western Maryland College)
                                                                                                 May 9, 8 p.m.—Music Director Don-
                                                                                              ald McCullough presents “Let My People
                                                                                                                                              Prince George’s Philharmonic
                                                                                                                                                 May 3, 8 p.m.— Music Director

WASHINGTON                                     presents “A Wandering Minstrel 1”:
                                               Music from 19th Century Operettas. Car-
                                                                                              Go! A Spiritual Journey on the Under-
                                                                                              ground Railroad.” Kennedy Center Con-
                                                                                                                                              Charles Ellis conducts Vaughan-William’s
                                                                                                                                              In the Fen Country; Sibelius’ Karelia


       dateline                                roll Arts Center, Westminster.
                                                   Call 410/857-2599.

                                               Choral Arts Society of
                                               Washington
                                                  May 16, 8 p.m.— Music Director Nor-
                                                                                              cert Hall.
                                                                                                 Call 202/337-SING, or visit www.mas-
                                                                                              terchorale.org

                                                                                              Musical Arts International
                                                                                                  Stern/Andrist Duo. Works by Mozart,
                                                                                                                                              Suite; Faure’s Pelleas and Melisande;
                                                                                                                                              Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol.
                                                                                                                                              High Point High School, Beltsville.
                                                                                                                                                 Call 301/454-1462

                                                                                                                                              Shakespeare Theatre
Alexandria Choral Society                      man Scribner conducts Durufle’s                Ravel, Schubert, Chopin, with James                Through May 18--Michael Kahn
    Dr. Keith S. Reas conducts the cham-       Requiem; James Grant’s World Premiere          Stern, violin, Audrey Andrist, piano, and       directs Shakespeare’s Richard III.
ber chorus, piano and percussion in            of CASW commission based on the writ-          Li-ly Chang, piano (duet).                         June 3—July 27--Ghosts, by Henrik
"Springtime in Buenos Aires: South Amer-       ings of Walt Whitman, with Ellen Rabin-            May 10, 8 p.m.—Mozart’s Sonata in           Ibsen.
ican Choral Music" on:                         er, mezzo-soprano, David Arnold, bari-         E-flat Major, K.380 for piano and violi;           Call 202-547-1122, or visit
   May 17, 8 p.m.-- Alfred Street Baptist      tone. Kennedy Center Concert Hall.             Ravel’s Sonata for violin and piano;            www.shakespearetheatre.org
Church, 301 S. Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA      Call 202/244-3669 or visit                  Chopin’s Nocturne in B Major, Op. 62,
   May 18, 4 p.m.-- Lutheran Church of the     www.choralarts.org                             No. 1; Chopin’s Polonaise-Fantasie, Op.
Reformation, 212 E. Capitol Street, Wash-                                                     6; Schubert’s Fantasi, D. 934 for piano
                                                                                                                                              Strathmore Hall “Music in the
ington, DC                                                                                    and violin. Latvian Lutheran Church,            Mansion”
                                               Clarice Smith Performing Arts                                                                     May 4—National Chamber Orchestra.
   Call 703/548-4734 or visit www.alex-        Center                                         Rockville, MD.
choralsociety.org                                                                                 Call 301/933-3715 or visit www.geoc-           May 9—American Virtuosi Cecylia
                                                   May 2-10, 8 p.m.--The Fantasticks.         ities.com/musicalartsinternational              Barczk and her children.
                                               Book and Lyrics by Tom Jones, with                                                                May 18—American Popular Song
Annapolis Symphony Orchestra                   music by Harvey Schmidt, directed by
                                                                                              National Chamber Orchestra                      Artists, music of Leonard Bernstein.
   May 2-3— Music Director Leslie B.           Mitchell Hébert. Kogod Theatre.                                                                   Strathmore Hall, North Bethesda.
Dunner conducts Tchaikovsky’s Violin               May 9, 8 p.m.--University of Maryland          May 24, 8 p.m.—Pianist William Wol-            Call 301/530-0540 or visit
Concerto       with    Liang      Chai;        Symphony Orchestra, James Ross, Music          fram, a winner in the Tchaikovsky,              www.strathmore.org
Mussorgsky/Ravel’s Pictures at an Exhi-        Director, with the Guarneri String Quar-       Naumburg, and Kapell Competitions pre-
bition, and Kabalevsky’s Colas                 tet. Brahms Double Concerto for violin         sents an all-Liszt program. F. Scott
Breugnon; Maryland Hall for the Creative                                                      Fitzgerald Theatre, Rockville.                  Susquehanna Symphony
                                               and cello, Op. 102 in a minor with
Arts.                                          Arnold Steinhardt, violin, and David               Call 240/ 314-8690 or visit www.n-c-o.org   Orchestra
   Call 410/ 263-0907.                         Soyer, cello; Mozart’s Symphonie Con-                                                             May 10, 8 p.m.-- Music Director Shel-
                                               certante, K. 264 in E–flat major, with         National Gallery Concerts                       don Blair conducts Tchaikovsky’s Waltz
Candlelight Concert Society                    John Dalley, violin, and Michael Tree,             Music Director George Manos, a              from Sleeping Beauty; the world pre-
                                               viola. Dekelboum Hall.                         Peabody alumnus, presents the William           miere of Gwyneth Walker’s new work
                                                   May 10, 8 p.m.--Annual “Pops” Con-         Nelson Cromwell and F. Lammot Belin             for oboe and orchestra; and Johan De
                                               cert. Dekelboum Hall.                          Concerts at 7 p.m. in the West Garden           Meij’s Symphony No. 1 (Lord of the
                                                   Call 301/405-ARTS or visit                 Court at the Nation-                            Rings) with Judith L. Famous, oboe, and
                                               www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu                 al Gallery of Art:                              magician Jeb Brack of “That Old Brack
                                                                                                  May 4—Julius                                Magic.” Havre de Grace High School.
                                                                                                                                                 Call (410) 838-6465 or visit
                                               Columbia Orchestra                             Berger and Hyun-
                                                                                                                                              www.ssorchestra.org
                                                  Music Director Jason Love conducts:         Jung Berger, cellos.
                                                  May 10, 8 p.m.—Work TBA by win-                 May 11—Aulos
                                               ner of Columbia Orchestra’s 25th               Ensemble, early                                 Theater Chamber Players
                                               Anniversary Ameri-                             music specialists.                                 May 14, 7:30 p.m.—Evelyn Elsing,
                                               can     Composer                                   May 18—Erik                                 cello, Bach’s Solo Cello Sonata Suite No.
                                                                                              Friedman, violin.     Pedja Muzijevic           VI in D Major, BWV 1012, Sally McLain,
                                               Competition; Rach-
                                               maninov’s Piano                                    May 25—Klaus                                violin, Evelyn Elsing cello perform
                                               Concerto No. 2,                                Hellwig, piano.                                 Bohùslav Martinu’s Duo for Violin and
Peabody alumnus Frank Platino, who stud-                                                          June 1—National Gallery Orchestra,          Cello. Sally McLain, violin plays Paul Hin-
ied with manuel Barrueco, is a rising star     with HouFei Yang,
                                               2002 Yale Gordon                               conducted by George Manos.                      demith’s Sonata, Op. 31, No. 2; Sally
in the guitar world. His debut recording on
Naxos earned him the “Golden Guitar”           Competition Win-                                   June 8—Ilya Gringolts, violin.              McLain, violin and David Salness, violin
award as The Best Italian Classical Guitar     ner; Shostakovich’s                                June 15—National Gallery Chamber            play Prokofiev’s Sonata for Two Violins.
Record of the Year in 2000.                    Symphony No. 5 in HouFei Yang                  Players String Quartet.                         David Salness performs the violin solo,
                                               d minor, Op. 47.                                   June 22—Pedja Muzijevic, piano.             Soliloquy, by Mark Wilson, Chair of the
   May 3, 8 p.m.—Franco Platino, guitar.       Jim Rouse Theatre, Columbia.                       June 29—National Gallery Chamber            Composition Department at University of
“A Homage to Paganini,” with works by             May 31, 8 p.m.—Works for smaller            Players Wind Quintet.                           Maryland. William Montgomery, will per-
Tarrega, Rochberg, Castelnuovo-Tedesco         ensembles, showcasing a variety of mem-            Call 202/842-6941 or visit                  form two solo works for flute, Edgard
and others. Smith Theatre, Howard Com-         bers and sections of the orchestra. Christ     www.nga.gov                                     Varèse’s Density 21.5; and Kazuo
munity College. Call 410/ 715-0034 or          Episcopal Church.                                                                              Fukushima’s Mei. Edward Walters will
301/596-6203.                                     Call 410/381-2004 or visit                  National Symphony Orchestra                     play Joan Tower’s Wings, a work from
   May 18, 3 p.m.—Metropolitan Opera           www.columbiaorchestra.org                          May 15, 7 p.m., May 16, 1:30 p.m.,          the rare solo clarinet literature.
Star Marilyn Horne sings Great American                                                       May 17, 8 p.m.-- Itzhak Perlman con-               Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church.
Songs.                                                                                                                                           Call 202/363-6700.
                                               Columbia Pro Cantare                           ducts Mozart’s “Overture” to “The Mar-
   Call 410/480-9950 or visit www.can-                                                        riage of Figaro”; Khachaturian ‘s Flute
                                                  May 3, 8 p.m.-- Frances Motyca Daw-
dlelightconcerts.org
                                               son conducts “From Ireland, on Wings of        Concerto with Emmanuel Pahud, (tran-            United States Naval Academy
                                               Song,” showcasing both vocal and instru-       scribed by Jean-Pierre Rampal from the            Music Director Dr. John Barry Talley
Cathedral Choral Society                       mental works by Irish and Irish-American       Violin Concerto); Dvorak’s Symphony             conducts the following in Mahon Hall,
   May 18, 4 p.m.— Music Director J.           composers from the time of 16th century        No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88.                       USNA:
Reilly Lewis conducts Franz Schreker’s         bard Turloch O’Carolan to the present              June 5, 7 p.m., June 6, 1:30 p.m., June       May 19, 8 p.m.--Men’s Glee Club
Psalm 116; Rheinberger’s Organ Con-            day. Jim Rouse Theatre, Columbia.              7, 8 p.m.— Music Director Leonard                 May 20, 8 p.m.-- combined Men and
certo in F Major; Brahms’ Ein deutsches           Call 410/465-5744.                          Slatkin conducts Mumford’s amid the             Women’s Glee Club
Requiem, with Harolyn Blackwell, sopra-                                                       light of quickening memory (world pre-            Call 410/293-8497 (TIXS) or visit
no, and Gordon Hawkins, baritone.                                                             miere), (Hechinger Commission);                 www.usna.edu
                                               Folger Consort
Washington National Cathedral.                                                                Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C
                                                  May 9—11-The Folger Consort pre-
   Call 202/537-5527 or visit
                                               sents Music of the Shakespeare and Eliz-
                                                                                              Major, Op. 26, with Yefim Bronfman;             Washington Ballet
www.cathedralchoralsociety.org                                                                Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra.                   May 28-June 1—Cinderella, world
                                               abethan period. Folger Library.                Kennedy Center Concert Hall.
                                                  Call 202/544-7077 or visit www.folger.edu                                                   premiere of full length ballet choreo-
                                                                                                  Call 202/467-4600 or 1-800/444-1324         graphed by Septime Webre, set to
Chamber Music on the Hill                      Master Chorale of Washington                   or visit www.kennedy-center.org/nso/            Prokofiev’s music. Eisenhower Theater,
May/June 2003                                                                                                                                 Peabody News   21



    Baltimore Jazz Legend Ruby Glover
                                              In Her Own Words
    Following in the footsteps of her                                                        lot of the folks who were singing around
mother, singer Inez Edwards Bell, Ruby                                                       that time (I’m an early ‘30s baby):
Glover began performing with some of                                                         There’s Wee Bea Booze (the words of “In
Baltimore’s best-known bands as a                                                            the Dark” are hers). She was a tiny, little-
teenager in East Baltimore. In the                                                           framed lady who used to visit with my
1960s she toured on the Playboy cir-                                                         mom when she worked at the Club
cuit. Now an energetic 73-year-old, she                                                      Orleans. She worked at another little
remains a joyful and vital force in the                                                      club between Monument and Central
musical life of Baltimore, performing                                                        Avenue. But in the back of that, Spring
with the nations top jazz artists, includ-                                                   Street, where Ashland Avenue is, that’s
ing Art Blakey, Sonny Stitt, Keeter Betts                                                    where Chick Webb lived. His niece and
and Charles Covington. An enthusias-                                                         I were the same age so we went to
tic promoter of young talent, Ruby has                                                       school together. So there were times
been active with the city’s Billie Holiday                                                   when Ella [Fitzgerald] and he would be
Vocal Competition and teaches jazz                                                           visiting. It was nothing for us to just sit in
appreciation courses at Sojourner-Dou-                                                       the yard and see them or hear them prac-
glass College, in the old Dunbar High                                                        ticing.
School building where she performed as                                                            You had Dorothy Green, Dottie they
a student.                                                                                   called her. Johnny Sparrow and his
    In an oral history interview with                                                        Bows and Arrows would visit my house
Peabody Archivist Elizabeth Schaaf in                                                        because my mother had a piano. From
the summer of 2002, Ms. Glover talks                                                         Johnny Sparrow, I learned to sing “Pen-
about the vibrant musical life of East                                                       nies from Heaven.” Ernie Washington
Baltimore, how she developed her              Ruby Glover                                    was a very, very beautiful jazz pianist
unique sound and style, and the Balti-                                                       who used to come and play.
more musicians who influenced her.            earn your keep right there. So East Balti-          I saw [Roy] McCoy the first time, as a
The following excerpts are drawn from         more became her area. She was born in          part of the Club Orleans group when
Ms. Glover’s interview on the Peabody         Barbados and her family life brought her       they would take their break. [McCoy]
Archives “Sounds and Stories” website         from Barbados into the States. My uncle        was always so tall and stately. He always
http://www:peabody.jhu.edu/sas                was the joy of her life. Both of them          had such a charm about him and he
                                              were very, popular, very warm and              would smile. They didn’t have air condi-
    RG: I’m a Baltimorean, born and           friendly folks. Clarence “Du” Burns [for-      tioning. If it was hot, they would open
raised, educated right here in Baltimore,     mer Mayor of the City of Baltimore] and        the doors (they had those swinging half
not too far away from where I live today.     my uncle were like best friends from           shutters that you could just about enjoy
In the ‘20s not many black women had          childhood. I remember having to go             the music right through there, especially
their babies in hospitals. There were still   with them to sing and dance while they         on Fridays). So it all comes back as great
quite a few nurse midwives who were           would treat me to an ice cream cone.           memories.
available to them for delivery of children,       My mom used to walk from our house              Since I liked the idea of singing, I’d
and I was born at home in Dallas Street. I    to this street, Sterling Street, and on both   wind up singing for persons who had
had a father who was a seaman, but I          sides of the street she knew the persons       died. You had everything in your home,
never saw him…he was killed when I            who lived here. In the back of Mott            they didn’t have funeral parlors…it was
was two. It was a robbery, so they tell       Street was the beautiful Belair Market. I      still very personal, and only your immedi-
me. When he got out of the car to come        got to skip down the street while she          ate friends and family were a part of that
to my mother, a guy who was robbing           would chat with the neighbors, and             going home ceremony. But that was my
the store ran out the store, passed           many times I’d sing. My younger sister         first audience.
between my mom and my dad, and the            was born with rheumatic fever… she                  I was about eight and my teachers at
bullet from the store keeper’s gun killed     was in and out of the hospital, always         the school recognized that I had a talent.
him. And that’s all I knew, and it never      with nurses, not able to do a lot of romp-     I was very lucky because I had two
came up again.                                ing. So I was the romping, jumping,            music teachers--they were very wonder-
    Baltimore was such a musical town--I      skipping, tomboyish little girl that every-    ful. One of them was Mrs. Chester,
didn’t live far from the Orleans Club that    body got to see.                               Georgiana, and the other was Mrs. Mil-
used to be Tanglefoot’s [Roy “Tangle-             But my mom was very energetic,             dred Williams. I never will forget them.
foot” McCoy’s] place. Well, my moth-          loved to sing. She reminded me that            Where Sojourner College sits now was
er…knew just about all of them…you            music was the soul of our life, and I          my first stage…they chose Dorothy and
could be an entertainer and sing and still    enjoyed it because I got a chance to see a
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“Maryland/DC Dateline”                        German with English Surtitles. DAR Con-        own compositions. Terrace Theater.
Continued from Page 20                        stitution Hall.                                   May 10, 4:30 p.m.--Bavarian Radio
                                                  Call 202/ 295-2400 or toll-free at 1-      Symphony Orchestra, Lorin Maazel, con-
Kennedy Center.                               800-87-OPERA (1-800-876-7372) or visit         ductor. Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D
   Call 202-467-4600 or visit www.wash-       www.dc-opera.org                               major, Op. 73 and Symphony No. 4 in E
ingtonballet.org                                                                             major, Op. 98. Kennedy Center Concert
                                              Washington Performing Arts                     Hall.
Washington Opera                              Society                                           June 1, 2:30 p.m.--Yefim Bronfman,
    May 10, 13, 16, 19, 21, 24m—                                                             piano. Beethoven’s Sonata No. 7 in D
                                                 May 3, 4:30 p.m.--Evgeny Kissin,
Beethoven’s Fidelio. Susan B. Anthony                                                        major, Op. 10, No. 3; Salonen’s
                                              piano. Schubert’s Sonata in B-flat
sings the role of the faithful wife Leonora                                                  “Dichotomie”; Rachmaninoff’s Prelude
                                              Major, D. 960; Schubert/Liszt’s “Ständ-
who rescues her husband from prison by                                                       for Piano No. 23 in G-sharp minor;
                                              chen”; “Das Wandern”; “Wohin?”;
disguising herself as a young man, Fide-                                                     Prokoviev’s Piano Sonata No. 7 in B-flat
                                              “Aufenthalt”; Listz’s Petrarch’s Sonnet,
lio. Christopher Ventris is her freedom                                                      major, Op. 83. Kennedy Center Concert
                                              No. 104; and Mephisto Waltz, No. 1.
fighter husband Florestan. Eric Halfvar-                                                     Hall.
                                              Kennedy Center Concert Hall.
son sings Rocco, Angela Turner Wilson is                                                        Call    202-785-9727     or     visit
                                                 May 6, 7:30 p.m.-- Daniel Bernard
Marzelline, Tom Fox portrays the tyrant                                                      www.wpas.org
                                              Roumain, composer/violinist, with
Don Pizarro, and Ferdinand von Bothmer
                                              Anthea Kreston, violin. Bach’s D minor
is Jaquino. Directed by Francesca Zam-
                                              partite; Bartók’s “Violin Duos” and his
bello. Conducted by Heinz Fricke. In
22 Peabody News                                                                                                                                               May/June 2003



              Randolph Rothschild—America’s Prescient
                        Patron of New Music
    Back on a summer morning in 1988,                                                                                                       looked at each other in astonishment,
the Peabody News editor visited the                                                                                                         and all we could say was ‘Noise!’ but
Rothschild home in Pikesville to inter-                                                                                                     upon reflection, I said I must have
view Randy and his wife Amalie about a                                                                                                      missed something in my musical educa-
generous gift they had just made to                                                                                                         tion.”
Peabody. The gift was to endow scholar-                                                                                                         Determined to remedy the lack,
ships for composition students, bring dis-                                                                                                  Randy began listening to live radio broad-
tinguished visiting composers for semi-                                                                                                     casts of contemporary music but found
nars and lectures, and finance the record-                                                                                                  one hearing insufficient for him to appre-
ing and printing of student compositions.                                                                                                   ciate this new music. Thus began his life-
    Randolph Rothschild’s association                                                                                                       long habit of recording such broadcasts
with Peabody went back to his child-                                                                                                        so that he could play them over and over
hood days when at the age of six he                                                                                                         again until, as he put it, he could “hum
began piano lessons at the Preparatory.                                                                                                     along.” He even bought Aaron Copland’s
He never lost his fondness for the place,                                                                                                   book on how to listen to music, and
serving on the board of trustees and later                                                                                                  rapidly became absorbed by these new
on the Peabody Advisory Council.                                                                                                            sounds.
    Visiting the Rothschilds was always a                                                                                                       “I like the textures, the interplay, the
lot of fun. A Steinway grand piano in the                                                                                                   unexpectedness of it,” he said. “It will be
living room was invariably littered with                                                                                                    years, of course, before we shall know
scores. On this particular day, Amalie                                                                                                      how much of it will endure. But it must
was in her garden studio creating charac-                                                                                                   be encouraged, else we won’t have any
ters out of cello cases for a Res Musica                                                                                                    music of our time.”
performance. Randy was working on his                                                                                                           As a multi-media artist who also
collection of micromineralogy speci-           Randolph and Amalie Rothschild pictured on the occassion of his receiving the George         worked with different textures, Amalie
mens, all exquisitely mounted and              Peabody Medal.                                                                               became equally interested and some-
painstakingly labeled. Their daughter          graphed and manuscript scores was              ty then transferred to the Wharton            times very actively involved. When the
Amalie, who was forging a highly suc-          placed in the Library of Congress in           School) and law (at the University of         Chamber Music Society produced Hugo
cessful career as a documentary filmmak-       1994. They were formally deeded over in        Maryland). After receiving his degrees,       Weisgall’s opera The Stronger, she
er, was wandering around with a 16-mil-        1997 (where they sit in storage, uncata-       he joined the Sun Life Insurance Compa-       designed the stage sets and costumes.
limeter camera, trying to capture the          logued and unknown to the public,              ny of America in 1936. The company            Amalie, like Randy, was always open to
impressionist effects of sunlight slanting     alas!). The collection is, to use an over-     was founded in 1890 by his father             new ideas. One of her most adventurous
through the leaves in their woodsy back        worked phrase, a veritable treasure trove      Solomon and uncle Moses Rothschild. By        sculptures commemorated the 1969
yard. There were samples of the work of        of works by America's finest composers,        the time Randy retired in 1976, he was        Moon Walk in aluminum and blue and
their other daughter Adrien on the walls.      including Milton Babbitt, Jacob Duck-          the company’s vice president and gener-       orange plexiglas: “If artists didn’t break
Adrien was a quilt-maker and designer.         man, Ross Lee Finney, Lukas Foss, Leon         al counsel.                                   the rules, there would be no change,”
Married for 65 years until Amalie’s death      Kirchner, Lawrence Moss, Christopher               But his daughter Amalie R. Rothschild     she said.
in 2001, Randy and Amalie shared and           Rouse and Charles Wuorinen, with Fran-         was quoted in the Baltimore Sun obitu-            Randy himself pursued a very unusual
supported each other’s artistic interests      cois Poulenc thrown in for good mea-           ary as saying: “If he hadn’t had rigid Ger-   artistic avocation. He cut and mounted
and were ubiquitous figures on Balti-          sure. The collection also includes many        man parents, he would have been a jazz        microscopic crystals to show their amaz-
more’s cultural scene.                         composers with strong Peabody ties:            pianist. He wrote a number of popular         ing beauty of form and color, works of
    Locally, Randolph S. Rothschild was        Dominick Argento, Henry Cowell, Jean           songs that were published in the 1930s.       art so small that they could only be
known primarily as the President of the        Eichelberger Ivey, Ernst Krenek, Robert        He wooed my mother with a delightful          appreciated through a microscope. For
Baltimore Chamber Music Society, serv-         Hall Louis, Elam Ray Sprenkle, Howard          song he wrote for her. It was called          over twenty years he was the publisher
ing in that post from 1954 to 1993.            Thatcher and Hugo Weisgall. The crown-         ‘Amalie.’”                                    and editor of The International Directo-
Nationally, he was revered as one of the       ing glory of the collection is the presence        At Hopkins for his first two years of     ry of Micromounters. In an interview for
country’s most prescient supporters of         of tape recordings of the premiere per-        college, Randy was pianist with the Blue      The Hopkins Advocate, he explained the
new music. When he died at the age of          formances of most of the works in the          Jay Orchestra, that played for dances,        process. Breaking off a piece of a large
93 on February 27, 2003, the list of his       collection.                                    and he retained a lifelong love of jazz. He   specimen, he meticulously chipped away
commissions encompassed the names of               In spite of the implications of his last   once told an interviewer that, while          extraneous material until he had a tiny
the American composers who had                 name, Randolph Rothschild was not              studying piano at the Peabody Preparato-      grouping of crystals, a precious and love-
helped define American music in the sec-       exorbitantly wealthy. He and Amalie            ry from age six to eighteen, “during all      ly configuration that he placed on an
ond half of the twentieth century. Many        lived a relatively modest lifestyle, prefer-   that time, I heard not a single note of       invisible mounting. “The idea is to make
of these composers were relative               ring to direct their financial resources       contemporary music.” As he had the            it seem as if the crystals are floating in
unknowns when Randy first helped               into their artistic pursuits. But Randy        same piano teacher for all those years,       space,” he said.
them get their works performed. Most           brought much more than money to the            one assumes that this reflected some lim-         The Baltimore Sun’s music critic,
of them stayed in the Rothschild home,         commissioning process; he brought dis-         itation on the part of his teacher. Randy     Stephen Wigler, found a connection
which saw a constant stream of distin-         cernment and a spirit of adventure. As a       always delighted in rolling her name off      between the two absorbing passions of
guished figures passing through, includ-       Baltimore Symphony Orchestra board             his tongue, which was Nellie Wilder           Randy’s life: “Invited to view the inner
ing Aaron Copland.                             member, he served on a committee to            Coolidge Robinson Robinson. He particu-       sanctum, a mineral room with almost
    Randolph Rothschild left another lega-     suggest composers for new commissions          larly relished the resonance of the double    7,000 crystals, invisible to the naked eye,
cy to the music world—an astonishing           to BSO Music Directors, beginning back         Robinson.                                     but mounted in tiny jewel boxes and
collection of several thousand recordings      in the sixties when Peter Herman Adler             Amalie, who also took piano lessons       organized in vertiginous row after row in
of premieres of new works, which are           held that position and continuing on           at the Prep from no less a personage than     drawer after drawer in cabinet after cabi-
destined to reside in the Archives of the      through the tenures of Sergiu Comissiona       Otto Ortman, later to become director of      net, the visitor discovered that: What to
Peabody Institute which already houses         and David Zinman. His research of up           Peabody, cheerfully admitted that she         the naked eye seems a simple fleck of
all the records of the Chamber Music           and coming young composers was metic-          was a hopeless case, but became as            rock is revealed under the microscope as
Society. Most of the recordings were           ulous. In fact the word “meticulous”           intrigued as Randy by contemporary            an exotic blossom of aqua, apricot, and
made in Randy’s own private home               could be applied to just about everything      music.                                        silver gray…. Is it possible that a passion
recording studio from radio broadcasts of      Randy undertook No wonder that Amalie              Randy repeatedly told interviewers:       for music which sounds initially like
new works. Some were from private              funningly nicknamed him “Meticule.”            “One evening, I think in the early forties,   noise but which reveals its patterns after
musicales that he and Amalie hosted in             The passionate interest in contempo-       Amalie and I attended a National Sym-         careful listening, is similar to an interest
their home, inviting leading artists to pre-   rary music developed fairly late in life.      phony Orchestra concert at the Lyric          that takes what appears to be ordinary
sent programs of chamber music for an          Randy’s education had been in econom-          when Menuhin played one of Prokofiev’s        rock and, after arduous work, reveals a
audience of about fifty guests.                ics (he began at Johns Hopkins Universi-       two violin concertos. We listened,            burst of brilliance that is as delicate as a
    Randy's fabulous collection of auto-                                                                                                    fairy’s wand?”
May/June 2003                                                                                                                                       Peabody News             23


   In 1992, the Peabody Institute of the              Larry Hoffman’s
Johns Hopkins University bestowed its                 “Blues” Quartet
highest accolade on Randolph Roth-               Lawrence Hoffman, who received his
schild--the George Peabody Medal for         Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Com-
Outstanding Contributions to Music in        position from Peabody, has had great
America.                                     success recently with his String Quartet
                                             No. 1 “The Blues.”
Rothschild Commissions                           Bridging two worlds—America’s
                                             indigenous blues music and the classical
    In 1992, Randolph Rothschild sup-        music tradition--the Quartet was original-
plied the following list of his major com-   ly premiered by the Axelrod String Quar-
missions up to that date. It comprises an    tet at the Museum of American History,
astonishing legacy. We print it here as      on December 1, 2002, as part of the
the most fitting tribute we can make to      Smithsonian Chamber Music Society’s
Randy’s memory.                              season. The performance was reviewed
                                             by Ronald Broun in The Washington
    Stephen Albert, (Cello Concerto,         Post, who called Hoffman’s composition
1989)                                        “Highly intelligent,” noting that it
    Dominick Argento, (Le Tombeau            “inflected not only with the traditional
d’Edgar Poe, 1985)                           blues notes…but also shuffles forward in
    Milton Babbitt , (The Head of the        a blues time.”
Bed, 1981)                                       The work received its Baltimore pre-
    Henry Cowell, (Vocalise, for Madri-                                                    Larry Hoffaman
                                             miere by the Atlantic String Quartet,
gal Singers, Clarinet and Keyboard,          composed of members of the Baltimore          atmospheric performance.”                     had instructed John Coltrane. It was the
1955)                                        Symphony Orchestra, at Towson’s Cen-              A Pikesville native, Larry Hoffman        cataclysmic experience of hearing the
    Gordon Cyr, (Two Songs on Poems          tral Presbyterian Church, on Sunday,          took a circuitous route to studying classi-   Brahms’ Fourth Symphony for the first
of Walt Whitman, 1981)                       March 30. The Baltimore Sun’s music           cal music at Peabody. Initially enthralled    time that propelled him to enter Peabody
    Richard Danielpour, (The Awak-           critic Tim Smith commented in his             by country and folk music, he taught          in 1975 to add classical music studies.
ened Heart, 1990)                            review: “Mixing classical and jazz styles     himself to play ukulele, banjo, and guitar.       Since graduating, Hoffman has
    Jacob Druckman, (Prism, 1979)            is a tricky business…but this Baltimore-      Although he entered the University of         enjoyed considerable success as a com-
    Donald Erb, (Concerto for Trumpet        based composer carries it off with            Virginia as an English major, his passion     poser. His Music for Six Percussionists
and Orchestra, 1980)                         aplomb. The quartet, propelled by the         for music remained predominant and he         was a prizewinner in the National Per-
    Ross Lee Finney, (Symphony No. 4,        measured tread of the blues and spiced        began to get playing gigs at places like      cussive Arts Society Competition in
1972; Variations on a Memory, 1975;          by some hard-edged chords, taps the           Provincetown on Cape Cod, where he            1979, and Blues for Harp, Oboe, and
Quartet for Oboe, ‘Cello, Percussion &       earthy side of the string instruments….       came in contact with such legendary           Violincello was recorded by members of
Piano, 1975)                                 The Atlantic players…gave it a taut,          blues players as Skip James, who invited      the Cleveland Orchestra in 1985. In
    Jacqueline Fontyn, (Sucurochiaro,                                                      him to the 1964 Newport Folk Festival.        1990, he received a Grammy nomination
1989)                                                                                      After college, Hoffman spent time in San      for his liner notes to the boxed set of
    Lukas Foss, (Folksong for Orchestra,                                                   Francisco, playing in various folk clubs      Mean Old World: The Blues 1940-1994
1975)                                           Peabody Jazz Ensemble                      and teaching guitar.                          that came out in 1996, as well as national
    John Huggler, (Serenata 1977 per 5         makes a Hit in Philadelphia                     On his return to Baltimore in 1970, he    awards as a blues record producer. Larry
Instrumenti, Opus 80, 1977)                      The Peabody Jazz Ensemble                 began to study music theory and traveled      Hoffman intends to continue composing
    Gerald Humel, (Winter’s Ghost,           appeared at the University of the Arts        weekly to Philadelphia to learn about         in his blues/classical style and we can
1990)                                        Collegiate Jazz Festival on March 1. The      jazz from the late Dennis Sandole, who        expect further premieres.
    Leon Kirchner, (X – never complet-       Festival was held at the Washington
ed, 1978; Concerto for Violin, ‘Cello, 10    Township Center for the Performing
Winds &                                      Arts in Sewell, NJ. This was the first
    Percussion, 1960)                        time this relatively new ensemble had
    Leo Kraft, (Dialectica, 1976)            been in competition with other college
    Ernst Krenek, (The Dissembler,           jazz bands and the members of the
Opus 229, 1978)                              ensemble acquitted themselves well.
    Henri Lazarof, (“Duo 1973” for Vio-      The trip was arranged by Bill Neren-
loncello & Piano, 1973;Concerto for          berg, director of “Peabody Presents.”
Orchestra, 1977)                                  The ensemble performed three
    Robert Hall Lewis, (Divertimento for     songs by Charles Mingus. The judges
Six Instruments, 1969; Duetto da Cam-        were complimentary on the choice of
era,                                         material since it is much more difficult
    1976; Invenzione, 1987)                  to play than standard big-band literature,
    Lawrence Moss, (String Quartet,          with the uniquely Mingus quality of
1975)                                        "controlled chaos." Director Mike For-
    George Rochberg, (Imago Mundi,           manek was praised because he did not
1973)                                        stand in front of the band and conduct.
    Christopher Rouse, (Symphony No.         He started them off, he came back to
1, 1987; Karolju, 1991)                      the front to cue in various written riffs
    Gunther Schuller, (Triplum II, 1974)     to be played behind the soloists, and
    Ralph Shapey, (Three for Six, 1979)      otherwise, he stood aside.
    Elie Siegmeister, (Symphony No. 5,           The judges commented on the high-
1976)                                        ly rehearsed state of the band, the obvi-
    Steven Stucky, (Son et Lumiere,          ous intellectual understanding of the
1988)                                        music by the players, the intonation, the
    Francis Thorne, (The Affirming           drive and unity of the rhythm section,
Flame, 1987)                                 the highly evolved solos, the communi-
    Richard Wernick, (Oracle II, 1985)       cation among the band members, the
    Hugo Weisgall, (Fancies and Inven-       fact that with only two trumpets (and a
tions, 1970; Sonata for Piano, 1982;         B-flat flute playing 3rd trumpet parts!) it
Loves’                                       sounded to the judges like a full trumpet
    Wounded, 1986)                           section.
    Charles Wuorinen, (Fantasia 1974;            Obviously this first road trip was a
Crossfire, 1984)                             great success. Congratulations, Peabody
                                             Jazzmen (and women)!
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“Ruby Glover”                                                                                                                                 you, I’d get excited and want to just like
Continued from Page 21                                                                                                                        click my heels so I could go.
                                                                                                                                                  Because my mother was an entertain-
the Wizard of Oz to portray that year. I                                                                                                      er, she knew how to come and go
was Dorothy, and the first group that I                                                                                                       through the back [stage]. When I got old
really performed with were the Lion and                                                                                                       enough, on a Saturday they’d be practic-
the Tin Man.                                                                                                                                  ing music, I could sit on the stool and see
    The first sextet [I performed with]                                                                                                       who was going over the music. I’d be
was created when we got into middle                                                                                                           mesmerized. I was always there. When I
school under Miss Chester and Miss                                                                                                            first saw Sarah [Vaughn] there she wasn’t
Williams. It was called the Parrish Sextet,                                                                                                   singing. I first got a chance to see her
and James Parrish played piano, McK-                                                                                                          with Fatha Hines and she was playing the
evett Seymour who’s dead and gone,                                                                                                            piano. Then, like a year later, here she’s
played bass, James Tillery played guitar                                                                                                      back with Billy Eckstein and she’s
and James Brown, played drums and we                                                                                                          singing. She was a very pretty woman,
had a saxophonist who left us after we                                                                                                        very beautiful. Of course you didn’t
graduated from high school and went                                                                                                           always look at the woman, you looked at
into service. That was the beginning of                                                                                                       how fascinating Billy Eckstein was. Every-
my career. By the time I was fifteen, six-                                                                                                    time he came to town, something
teen, we got so good the kids would                                                                                                           changed in the style of the men’s
always say, well we don’t want to be on                                                                                                       wear–their shirt collars started to change,
the contest if Ruby and the Sextet are                                                                                                        the kinds of suits. The men would beat it
going to be on ‘cause they always win.                                                                                                        to the Royal Theater just to see what he
We asked to play for the dances at some                                                                                                       was wearing.
of the halls. We could do the “Y”, we                                                                                                             The Avenue itself was electrifying
could go to Odd Fellows Hall, and then                                                                                                        because as I grew, it grew. Wherever you
there were a couple big bands like Doug                                                                                                       went, on both sides, of the street it was
McArthur and his Blue Notes and King          Ruby Glover at the keyboard                                                                     music. If you went into the barber shop
Draper and who were asking my mom                                                                                                             that used to sit right there at Dolphin and
for permission for me to sing with them.      high school, that’s what we had. I lis-        learned later how to associate all of that
                                              tened to the musicians who would say,          with the bass. And Donald Bailey was a           Pennsylvania Avenue, next to the Phar-
But she would always say, she has to be                                                                                                       macy, they were always talking about
chaperoned, and you know you can’t            man, you got to learn to swing. But get-       great influence on that. He played very
                                              ting musicians to play for you as a singer     melodically on the bass. He was the top          who was up the street or who was play-
have liquor around her because that’s                                                                                                         ing or don’t forget there’s a dance at the
against the rules. Biddle Hall and, oh my     was very much a hardship. First of all,        bass player that any of the singers want-
                                              they didn’t want no girls. Yeah, we don’t      ed–like Keeter [Betts] is to everybody           corner. You could go to the Sphinx Club
goodness, the Odd Fellows, and there                                                                                                          and see everybody because that’s where
was another dance hall that was right         play for no singers! That’s what you           now.
                                              would get. So you had to either get bet-           One day we were going to appear up           they’d all be after the hours.
there on Pennsylvania Avenue, right                                                                                                               I didn’t start [performing] on the
before you got up near the Royal--the         ter or go to them in a desire to learn.        on the [Pennsylvania] Avenue at a club
                                                  A great influence of mine was Sarah        called the Tijuana--it was a jazz house--        Avenue. I started at Phils, on Mount and
Amsterdam. And school dances, even                                                                                                            Mosher Street, in that cozy quaint place
though we were East Baltimore, we             Vaughn. I almost fell into a very bad          and everybody, the pianist, the drummer
                                              scene by mimicking everything she did.         and the horn player, were taken off the          that he had in the back with Phil Harris
played for Douglass and Dunbar…and                                                                                                            on bass and Prince on drums and Claude
they’re still the two greatest, producing     Columbia Records, when I was twenty-           stage because their union fees were not
                                              two, got interested in recording me.           up to par. That left me and Donald stand-        Hubbard on piano. I went there one
music and producing new musicians all                                                                                                         evening and I sang a song and the audi-
the time.                                     When we came out [of the recording ses-        ing the on the stage for the show. I
                                              sion]--you know how you listen to the          looked at him and said, did I ask for this?      ence liked me and so did the owner[s],
    Q: What about music in the church                                                                                                         the Rubin Brothers. Joe Rubin came back
when you were growing up?                     music--I said I don’t remember Sarah           And he said no, but it’s a good challenge.
                                              singing that. And Ray Chambers, the            I said, how in the world am I going to get       and said to Claude, who’s the singer--
    RG: For me it was Catholic Church,                                                                                                        does she sing anywhere? The audience
St. Francis Xavier. Father Albert was         pianist, said, “that’s not Sarah. That is      to sing with just a bass? He said, there’s
                                              you!” And I said, wow, I’ll never go any-      a lady named Sheila Jordan that sings            sure liked her. He said, I can’t hire her
always there, and [he] said you could                                                                                                         because my amusement tax will go up –
always come and sing to us at supper-         where sounding like her. She’s already         with just her bassist…you’re going to be
                                              alive and well. I’ve got to find me! It        Sheila Jordan. We had a ball–we became           she has to have an instrument. Prince,
time. We were the talent that would per-                                                                                                      who was playing congas, said, I’ve got
form [at church events]. No one spoke         took me a good ten years to identify who       a duet. So we began to do more and
                                              I was.                                         more of it. Then I began to do it with           just the thing. I’ll teach her to play a
of [jazz] being horrific or the devil’s                                                                                                       cocktail drum. Well, the only person I’d
music. I heard more of that from Black            We were all four together at Albert        the drums and I learned not to have a
                                              Dailey’s house, and Miles had just come        sound that belonged to anybody but me.           ever seen play a cocktail drum was
congregations than I heard from the con-                                                                                                      Peaches Rankin who worked on the
gregations of the world.                      out with Milestone. I could hear them              The first time I really tried it, I was at
                                              rehearsing. It was Albert Dailey, Jimmy        the Red Fox. Ethel was away and I was            block as a singer and she played drums.
    As we were coming up, we were                                                                                                             Jimmy Wells was always playing for her
everybody’s child--the policeman on the       Wells, Donald Bailey (Donald had just          replacing her. In the midst of the song, I
                                              come off the road with Carmen Macrae),         was scatting and singing, and I forgot           and Tangle [Roy “Tanglefoot” McCoy].
street, the postman, the storeowners on                                                                                                       They decided if I was going to come to
the corner, an elder on the corner who        and there was a drummer with them,             about the microphone and I said, oh, my
                                              Purnell Rice. Anyway, they were playing        goodness, that is really me! The people          work at a club, I’d have to play that
knew you. You’d wonder how could                                                                                                              drum.
they remember all those children!             and I’m coming across Reservoir Street,        out in front applauded and I was so joy-
When you were wrong, someone told             right there where Linden goes up. The          ous. I said, I got a sound! I think it was
                                              window was up and I could hear them            Freddie – if it wasn’t Freddie it was                Ms. Glover’s mastery of the cocktail
you you were wrong.                                                                                                                           drum and her career as one of Mary-
          And even at Left Bank on Sun-       playing “Milestones.” I said to myself,        Claude [Hubbard] who said, man you are
                                              that sounds like a good rehearsal! I rang      silly. I said, well, it’s such a wonderful       land's most loved vocalists, is the sub-
days, there was a respect for everyone.                                                                                                       ject of another interview, which will be
Even though there might have been             the bell and his wife came down and let        feeling to identify with yourself and it
                                              me in. I said, they sound like they’re hav-    really was! It was so much fun!                  available on the “Sound and Stories”
some beer, there was a respect for the                                                                                                        website later in the year.
child who was sitting at the table. At Left   ing a ball. She laughed and she said, “yes         Q: You saw Pennsylvania Avenue
Bank they always brought you the best.        they are and they just spoke your name.        and you were part of Pennsylvania
                                              They said, Ruby ought to hear this!” So I      Avenue.                                              The above interview is part of an
Betty Carter, whom I loved and adored,                                                                                                        ongoing project in which students from
Miles [Davis], and Baltimore’s own Albert     got at the top of the steps and Wells said,        RG: That was my heart. I was like
                                              “you know how we’ve been telling you           Alice in Wonderland–if they ever had a           the Johns Hopkins History and
Dailey. Donald Bailey, who’s dead and                                                                                                         Peabody Musicology departments inter-
gone; Claude Hubbard, who just retired        what you should listen to in order to          black Alice, I was. [laughter] My mother
                                              clearly define who you are?” And Albert        would always be going to the Royal The-          view musicians in the city’s African-
from the Prime Rib; two bassists, Phil                                                                                                        American community under the guid-
Harris who was the bassist that I started     said, “man, you need to listen to horns--a     atre and you would see beautiful enter-
                                              singer cannot learn from a singer. Her         tainment. People standing in line, hold-         ance of Dr. Ron Walters, Dr. John
sing with when I went into clubs. Don-                                                                                                        Spitzer, and Peabody Archivist Eliza-
ald Bailey and Albert were always out on      bad marks or his bad marks–you’re going        ing their children’s hands. Friday they’d
                                              to have them.” So through my musician          have a midnight show. People would be            beth Schaaf. The project was made pos-
the road with singers. Jimmy Wells was                                                                                                        sible by grants from the Maryland His-
another one.                                  brothers, I began to listen to horns. I fell   standing at 10:30 for the theatre to let
                                              in love with the trumpet. I fell in love       out. New Year’s Eve they would have              toric Trust and the Maryland Humani-
    I was turned on to Big Band early.                                                                                                        ties Council.
When you’re coming up as a teenager in        with the tenor saxophone and then              big show for Duke Ellington. I’m telling
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ALLA
                                                                                                                                                      brandt will be conducting research on the
                                                                                                                                                      Zarzuela, a Spanish musical theatre genre, in
                                                                                                                                                      both England and Spain. In 2002, Gerbrandt
                                                                                                                                                      was selected to receive the University of



  breve                                                                                                                                               Northern Colorado Academic Excellence
                                                                                                                                                      Award for Teaching Excellence in Graduate
                                                                                                                                                      Education. Two of his dissertation advisees
                                                                                                                                                      have won National awards for their disserta-
                                                                                                                                                      tions. Gerbrandt is currently Professor of
                                                                                                                                                      Voice and Director of Opera Theatre at The
                                                                                                                                                      University of Colorado in Greeley.
AJUDAH ADASHI's (MM ’02) Grace was
selected by David Zinman, music director of                                                                                                           Guitarist MATT GOULD (BM ’91) can be
the Aspen Music Festival and School, to                                                                                                               heard on the recently released Duo46, Untam-
receive the Festival's 2003 Jacob Druckman                                                                                                            ing the Fury with spouse, violinist Beth Ilana
Award for Orchestral Composition. The work                                                                                                            Schneider. This CD is on the Summit Records
will be performed at Aspen during the 2003                                                                                                            label and features ten of their American com-
season. Mr. Adashi also recently won the                                                                                                              missions. Matt is assistant professor of guitar
Boston-based Auros Group for New Music's                                                                                                              at Eastern Mediterranean University at Gaz-
2002-03 Composition Competition.                                                                                                                      imagusa, Cyprus. For more information about
NANCY ANDREW (DMA '94) is teaching flute                                                                                                              Matt, his composers and soundclips, visit
at the University of Arizona in Tucson, on a                                                                                                          www.duo46.com
year's leave from her position as Associate                                                                                                           LI-SHAN HUNG (MM '93, DMA '99) presented
Professor at Youngstown State University in                                                                                                           a recital in Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall
Ohio. In October she participated in the Mar-                                                                                                         in New York in February in the Special Pre-
cel Moyse "Total" Symposium in Boswil,            Alumni got a “behind the scenes” look at the construction before attending the Annual               sentation of Winners Series of Artists Interna-
Switzerland, a weekend of concerts and pre-       Meeting Dinner on March 29, 2003. The meeting was a great success, and included an                  tional. Dr. Hung is currently on the faculty of
sentations celebrating the life and career of     update on Alumni Association activities and a student perspective on Peabody. Following
                                                  the dinner, guests attended the evening’s performance of Candide.                                   the Conservatory of Music at the University of
the legendary flutist. Dr. Andrew is Executive                                                                                                        the Pacific in California.
Director of the Marcel Moyse Society and is
on the Board of Directors of the National                                                                                                             (The Lyric Brass Quintet (ELISA KOEHLER
Flute Association.                                                                                                                                    (BM ’87, DMA ’96) and Kevin Dines, trum-
                                                                                                                                                      pets; LARRY WILLIAMS (BM ’88, GPD ’90),
Violinist SHARON BAEK (MM '98) presented                                                                                                              horn; STAN WILKERSON (MM ’98) trom-
a concert at James Madison University in Feb-                                                                                                         bone; and Andrew Spang, tuba) appeared at
ruary. Ms. Baek is now living in Seoul, Korea.                                                                                                        the Maryland Music Educators Association
Cellist ZUILL BAILEY (BM '94) appeared in                                                                                                             Convention in February and will again be in
Episode 3 of the final season of HBO's Oz on                                                                                                          residence at the Goucher Summer Arts Insti-
January 19 playing Bach, Popper, and Paradis-                                                                                                         tute Brass Ensemble Camp. Their second CD,
's Sicilienne. His debut recording will be                                                                                                            released last December, Christmas Around
released      in     early     2003.     See                                                                                                          the World, features many original arrange-
www.zuillbailey.com                                                                                                                                   ments by the ensemble of favorites from near
                                                                                                                                                      and far and is available from local retail out-
LINDA CROSKEY BARBIERI (GPD ’97) recent-                                                                                                              lets, as well as online from amazon.com,
ly performed the role of Adele in The                                                                                                                 cdstreet.com, and cdbaby.com, among oth-
Annapolis Chorale’s production of Die Fleder-                                                                                                         ers. See www.lyricbrass.com. Also, Mr.
maus. The Baltimore Sun said, “As Adele,                                                                                                              William’s French horn solo CD, titled Para-
soprano Croskey was a delight...’My Dear                                                                                                              digms, continues to sell well and is now avail-
Marquis’ was as exciting as any I’ve heard,                                                                                                           able from Timberridge Music at timberridge-
and she sang it with panache...” Linda is cur-                                                                                                        music.com.
rently living in Southern Massachusetts and
often performs in and around the Boston                                                                                                               Pianist MARTIN DAVID JONES (MM ’90, DMA
area.                                                                                                                                                 ’93) is a member of Trio Agusta, a faculty
                                                                                                                                                      piano trio at Augusta State University in
Violinist CELESTE BLASE (BM '76, MM '80) is                                                                                                           Augusta, Georgia. In the trio’s recent appear-
a member of the U.S. Marine Band Chamber          Orchestra. Mr. Chandler is also a member of      Violist VIACHESLAV DINERCHTEIN (MM ’99,            ance at the Georgia Music Educators Associa-
Orchestra in Washington, D.C.                     the Covington String Quartet.                    GPD ’01, GPD ’02), known to many as Slava,         tion conference in Savannah their repertoire
                                                                                                   is signing an exclusive contract with Urtext       included the Brahms Trio in C Major and the
FELIX (TAD) BULLOCK (BM ’96) premiered            On February 22, DAWN CULBERTSON (MM              Digital Classics to record a set of several CD’s   world premiere of Mr. Jones’s own composi-
Concierto de Medellin in October in Medellin,     '81) - Punk Lute (aka The Evil Pappy Twin),      of music by Latin American/Spanish com-            tion, Suspended Journey. Also in February,
Colombia. It was the world premier of a           the world's only known punk lutenist,            posers. The first two recordings are being         Mr. Jones conducted the Augusta State Uni-
piece for solo guitar and orchestra written for   appeared on the Bottom Floor series in St.       made this year in Mexico.                          versity Chorus at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Mr. Bullock by Enrique Gonzalez-Medina.           John's United Methodist Church in Hamilton                                                          celebration at the Medical College of Georgia.
Gonzalez-Medina is from Tijuana, Mexico, and      in Baltimore in her first public appearance      JENNIFER WETZEL DOUGLASS (GPD '00) is
he and Mr. Bullock have been collaborating        since the release of her debut album, The        the new Registration Coordinator in the            Soprano SUSAN WHEELER MARTOSKO (GPD
since 1997. The performance was the first         Return of The Evil Pappy Twin. She performs      Peabody Conservatory Registrar's Office.           ’96) recently appeared in Bernstein’s Candide
concert in the “Foro del Caribe,” a festival of   music by Black Sabbath, the Ramones, and                                                            and a Pops concert with the Tucson Sympho-
Caribbean composers held annually in a dif-       the Sex Pistols.                                 On March 1, Hal Leonard Publishers, Inc.           ny in Tucson, Arizona. The response in the
ferent Caribbean country. The concerto was                                                         published and released internationally Dr. T.      Arizona Daily Star was that, “Soprano Susan
written for Mr. Bullock after their collabora-    At Indiana University in February, soprano       MATTHEW EDWARDS’ (DMA ’99) Concerto                Wheeler performed the ornate send-up of just
tion yielded a set of solo guitar pieces, songs   MAIJA LISA CURRIE (MM ’01) sang the part of      for Young Pianists. He presented the work          about every showy aria ever written, ‘Glitter
for voice and guitar, a set of cello and guitar   Beatrice, a lead role in the new opera Jeppe     formally for the first time at the Hal Leonard     and Be Gay,” with a sass and a soprano that
pieces and an opera with cello, guitar and        by Sven-David Sandstrom. The work had only       Showcase at the MTNA National conference           glided easily to the heavens,” and that
percussion accompaniment. In addition to his      been performed before in Sweden. The stag-       in Salt Lake City on March 16. This is his fifth   “Wheeler...performed the stop-the-show love
performance, Mr. Bullock gave a masterclass       ing was by the original Swedish director,        work published by Hal Leonard. Also in             songs from the musical [West Side Story],
for a number of talented students from the        Claes Fellbom, who is also the librettist. The   March he played the Beethoven 2nd piano            such as ‘Tonight’ and ‘Somewhere’ with flaw-
University EAFIT, where the festival was held.    composer was also present for the rehearsals.    concerto with the Anne Arundel Community           less grace and depth of feeling.”
Tad is currently living in Pasadena, CA.                                                           College Orchestra.
                                                  Lyric Coloratura Soprano ALISON DAVY (MM
ROBERT CANTRELL's (MM '90, GPD '92)               ’95) recently appeared as the Astrologer in      Now based in Massachusetts, tenor CHAD
2002-2003 performance schedule included           Hans Werner Henze’s opera The End of a           FREEBURG (MM '01, GPD '02) sang the tenor               KYOUNGWOON LEAH KIM (BM
the following: the role of Scarpia in the sec-    World, performed in Manhattan with Encom-        solo in Carmina Burana for American Ballet          ’99, MM ’01) has been appointed a Sec-
ond act of Puccini's Tosca at the New Years'      pass New Opera Theatre. Since moving to          Theatre performances at the Metropolitan            ond-Concertmaster in the SuWon Phil-
Eve Opera Gala for Baltimore Opera; debut in      Manhattan in 1998, Ms. Davy has appeared as      Opera House in Lincoln Center in New York           harmonic in Korea. She will be the
Tokyo on the Washington Opera 2002 Japan          a soloist with the Long Island String Quartet,   City. He sings regularly in Boston with the
                                                  the Blue Hill Troupe, First Night Teaneck        Emmanuel Music group. Mr. Freeburg will             youngest Second-Concertmaster in the
Tour; 32 concerts for Sarasota Opera in                                                                                                                history of the orchestra in a country
November in three weeks; the role of Balthaz-     with Broadway bass-baritone Roosevelt Cred-      return to the Baltimore area in June for The
ar in Amahl and the Night Visitors with Opera     it, the Handel Society of Baltimore, the         Barber of Seville with the Summer Opera The-        where few women hold such positions.
Vivente; and covered the role of King of          Caramoor Music Festival with Maestro Will        ater in Washington, D.C.                            Ms. Kim is currently completing a Per-
Egypt in Verdi's Aida with Washington Opera       Crutchfield and at the Mann Center in                                                                fectionnement degree with Alexandre
                                                  Philadelphia. She has been a finalist in the     CARL GERBRANDT (DMA '74) has been
in Feb/March.                                                                                      named a Visiting Fellow of Wolfson College at       Brussilovsky in a post-graduate program
                                                  New Jersey Vocal Artists Competition and a
Violinist CLEVELAND CHANDLER (BM '93) is          semi-finalist in the Oratorio Society of New     Cambridge University in England for the             at the Conservatoire National de Region
a member of the U.S. Air Force Strings, which     York’s competition. In the spring she will       Spring 2004 Term. A Visiting Fellow is the          de Versailles in France.
appears at official events in Washington, D.C.,   sing the Dvorak Stabat Mater with the Queens     highest position of research offered a visitor
and performs as the U.S. Air Force String         Community Chorus.                                from outside the United Kingdom. Dr. Ger-
                                                                                                                                                                          Continued on Page 26
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                    Candide Opera Dinner                                                     “Alla Breve”
                                                                                             Continued from Page 25
                                                                                                                                              Please become an ACTIVE
                                                                                                                                              member of the Alumni Associ-
    The challenge of wending one’s way                                                                                                        ation...TODAY!
                                                                                                On March 20, 2003, Peabody gradu-
around the ongoing construction not-                                                                                                          All alumni of Peabody belong to the Alumni
                                                                                             ates Dr. MELLASENAH MORRIS (BM                   Association, but without active members –
withstanding, Peabody proved to be the
                                                                                             '68, MM '71, DMA '80) former Assistant           those who pay alumni dues – the Alumni
best of all possible worlds for some 55
                                                                                             Dean of Academic Affairs at the                  Association would not have funds to support
guests to enjoy a pre-opera dinner and
                                                                                             Peabody Conservatory, Dr. MELLASE-               alumni and student activities. Becoming a
performance on opening night of                                                                                                               member of the JHU Alumni Association helps
                                                                                             NAH EDWARDS (DMA '99), and KEN-
Peabody Opera Theatre’s production of                                                                                                         both you and Peabody. When you pay your
                                                                                             NETH LAW (GPD '94) performed with
Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. The din-                                                                                                         alumni dues, you receive membership bene-
                                                                                             the Atlanta University Centerwide                fits and Peabody receives funds to support
ner, co-hosted by Peabody Institute
                                                                                             Orchestra. The trio performed the Con-           our alumni and students. Please become an
Director Robert Sirota and Victoria Sirota
                                                                                             certo for Violin, Cello and Piano in C           active member today!
with Peabody Advisory Council member
                                                                                             major (Triple Concerto) by Ludwig van
and Campaign Chair Turner Smith and                                                                                                           In 2002 the money raised from membership
                                                                                             Beethoven. Dr. ALFRED DUCKETT                    dues has helped support:
Judy Smith, was held in Bank of America
                                                                                             (MM '87), the orchestra's general man-
Lounge. During dinner the guests                                                                                                              Peabody Alumni Activities including: the
                                                                                             ager and music director conducted the
enjoyed a recap of the opera plot by                                                                                                          Peabody Homecoming Weekend; the new
                                                                                             performance.
vocal coach Eileen Cornett and a pre-                                                                                                         Peabody Alumni Newsletter; the presentation
view performance by members of the                                                                                                            of the Peabody Alumni Achievement Award
                                                                                             Harsh wintry weather did not hinder atten-       Recognizing Outstanding Contributions to
Friday/Sunday cast: Ryan Stadler (Pan-                                                       dance at the Baltimore Brass’ recent perfor-
gloss), John Artz (Candide), Sarah Ben-                                                                                                       Music in Maryland to Mildred Reiner and
                                               Candide (John Artz) and Cunegonda (Sarah      mances to packed houses at the National          Donald Regier; and presentation of the
net (Cunegonda), Daniel Seigel (Maxim-         Bennet) contemplate visions of their future   Headquarters of the American Red Cross in        Peabody Distinguished Alumni Award to
ilian), and Andrea Wiltzius (Paquette).        together (O Happy We) before fate and         Washington, DC and at St. John’s Evangelical     James Morris.
(As a matter of record, there were no          coincidence intercede.                        Lutheran Church in Rockville, MD. They
                                                                                             were also recently featured in two concerts      Peabody Student Activities including: A stu-
questions.)                                                                                  with the Maryland State Boychoir at the          dent pizza party for new students; a recep-
                                                                                             Cathedral Church of St. Matthew in Balti-        tion following the first PSO concert of the
                                                                                             more, which was attended by Maryland Gov-        year; a student holiday party; an ice cream
                                                                                             ernor Robert Ehrlich, Jr. and Comptroller/For-   social for the students during spring finals;
                                                                                             mer Governor William Donald Schaeffer,           and has helped purchase athletic center quali-
                                                                                             amongst several other dignitaries. Additional-   ty exercise equipment for the students.
                                                                                             ly, the Baltimore Brass received Honorable
                                                                                             Mentions in Music Monthly Magazine’s 2002+       How to become a member:
                                                                                             Readers’ Poll in the categories of Best in the     Membership is on a yearly basis, and oper-
                                                                                             Classical Genre and Best in the Instrumental
                                                                                             Genre. Members of the Baltimore Brass            ates on the calendar year. The cost of mem-
                                                                                             include: trumpeters JEREMY MEEKS (BM ’00)        bership varies depending on your year of
                                                                                             and BRIAN SANDERS (BM ’99). In the same          graduation. The Class of 2003 has FREE mem-
                                                                                             reader’s poll, BRIAN SANDERS received Hon-       bership for the first 6 months following grad-
                                                                                             orable Mentions in the categories of Best        uation (applies to first degree). Classes of
                                                                                             Instrumental Horn [performer] and Best Free-     1998 to 2002 are offered membership at a dis-
                                                                                             lance.                                           count rate of $20 and Classes of 1997 and ear-
                                                                                                                                              lier can become a member for $40. You can
                                                                                             Tripod, a trio of TIMOTHY SCHWARZ (MM            pay dues online at www.peabody.jhu.edu or
                                                                                             '93), violin, RIE SUZUKI (GPD '93, DMA '99),     send a check payable to the JHU Alumni Asso-
                                                                                             clarinet, and DAVID PASBRIG (BM '94, BM          ciation to: Alumni Association Membership,
                                                                                             '95), performed on the Chamber Orchestra of      3211 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD
                                                                                             Philadelphia "Baby Grand Chamber Series" in      21218. To pay by credit card, call 410-516-
                                                                                             February at the Grand Opera House in Wilm-       0363 or 1-800-548-5481.
                                                                                             ington, Delaware.
Turner Smith, Kitty Hoffman, Anne Brown, Judy Smith, Hilda Goodwin
                                                                                             Bridge Records, Inc., with BECKY STAROBIN         In Memoriam
                                                                                             (BM ’73), Director, and DAVID STAROBIN                Carroll Skurzynski (BM '59) aka
                                                                                             (BM ’73), President, was honored with two         Carroll Skinner was, among other
                                                                                             INDIE Awards in the categories: “Best Classi-     things, a true artist of the accordion.
                                                                                             cal Recording” and “Best Historical Record-
                                                                                             ing.” The NARM (National Association of           He started playing at age nine and as
                                                                                             Recording Merchandisers) AFIM (Association        a teenager he played taverns in Fells
                                                                                             for Independent Music) INDIE awards recog-        Point and had his own band playing
                                                                                             nize artistic excellence among independent        accordion then saxophone. Follow-
                                                                                             labels and distributors.                          ing his time at Peabody, where he
                                                                                             BRIAN STONE (MM '95) is Interim Orchestra         was president of Phi Mu Alpha frater-
                                                                                             Director at the University of Delaware in         nity for two years, he was drafted and
                                                                                             Newark.                                           served as chief composer/arranger
                                                                                             Pianist YAEL WEISS's (BM '94) marriage to         for the 3rd Army Band and 3rd Army
                                                                                             violinist Mark Kaplan was the subject of the      Jazz Band. After he was discharged,
                                                                                             "Vows" feature in The New York Times on           he toured the US with many profes-
                            Sara Levi, Dotty Rosenthal and Bill Nerenberg                    January 5. The newlyweds are members of           sional entertainers, including Frank
                                                                                             the Sequenza Trio, and Ms. Weiss is Artistic      Sinatra Jr. and Nancy Sinatra. Return-
                                                                                             Director of the Hersher Foundation chamber        ing to Baltimore in 1973, he began
                                                                                             music series in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
                                                                                                                                               teaching music in the Baltimore
                                                                                             Violinist IGOR YUZEFOVICH (BM ’02) per-           County school system and also
                                                                                             formed music by Beethoven, Ravel, and             played with the local group The
                                                                                             Edmund Barton Bullock in a duo recital with       Punchinellos/Versatiles. In 1975 he
                                                                                             Mr. Bullock at the piano on January 13 in the
                                                                                             Auditorium of the Chapelle des Jesuites in
                                                                                                                                               became chief composer, arranger
                                                                                             Carcassonne, France.                              and pianist for the Zim Zemarel
                                                                                                                                               Orchestra, doing so for over twenty
                                                                                             Peabody Alumni: if you have professional          years. The band still uses many of his
                                                                                             news to report, please submit it to the Alum-     charts. He appeared and wrote music
                                                                                             ni      Office       via     e-mail        at:
                                                                                             <peabodyalumni@jhu.edu> or by U. S. mail          for the Barry Levinson film "Avalon",
                                                                                             to: Debbie Kennison, Assistant Director of        as well as playing the local and DC
                                                                                             Alumni Relations, Peabody Alumni Office, 1        circuit - as many as 300 gigs in some
                                                                                             E. Mt. Vernon Place, Baltimore, MD 21202.         years. He conducted jazz ensemble
                                                                                             You may also fax your news to: 410-659-           workshops for the Peabody Conser-
                                                                                             8170, Attn: Debbie Kennison.                      vatory and was particularly well
Henry Ver Valen, Kay Ver Valen, Miss Dorothy Scott, John Renneburg, Ruth                                                                       known for his writing and arranging
Renneburg                                                                                                                                      abilities.
May/June 2003                                                                                                                                               Peabody News              27


                        Peabody Career Day
    On the afternoon of April 2, 2003, the
music stopped—momentarily: instead of
rehearsals and practicing, students
attended Peabody’s first Career Day. A
recent survey showed that alumni feel
that their musical training was excep-
                                                                                               PEABODY
                                                                                                concert calendar
tional. However, they also feel that they                                                      THURSDAY, MAY 1, 7:00 P.M.                        SATURDAY, MAY 10, 7:00 P.M.
did not have a strong enough back-                                                             “First Thursday” Concert                          Preparatory Sinfonietta
ground in the “business of music” to                                                           Peabody Chamber Winds                             Gene Young, Conductor
make a smooth transition from student                                                          Harlan Parker, Conductor                          Ilya Dobrovitsky, violin, Winner of the
to professional. In order to address this                                                      Mendelssohn: Notturno                             Preparatory Concerto Competition
issue, The Office of the Dean, the Career                                                      Stravinsky: Octet                                 Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3 in G
Counseling and Placement Office, and                                                           Gounod: Petite Symphonie                          Major, K 216
the Office of Alumni Relations combined                                                        George Rochberg: Black Sounds                     Mozart: Overture to The Magic Flute
efforts to create a half-day of career relat-                                                  Griswold Hall                                     Sibelius: Finlandia
ed activities. Linda Goodwin also                                                              FREE ADMISSION                                    Prokifiev: Lieutenant Kijé Suite
involved her Arts Management class,                                                                                                              Friedberg Hall
who assisted with the planning, and cre-         Handouts were available on a variety of       FRIDAY, MAY 2, 8:00 P.M.                          FREE ADMISSION
                                                subjects from “Resume Basics” to “How to
ated posters and flyers to advertise the        succeed as a Free-Lancer in New York           Peabody Concert Orchestra
event.                                          City.”                                         Peabody Chamber Singers                           SUNDAY, MAY 18, 3:00 P.M.
    The day’s schedule included five ses-                                                      Peabody Concert Singers                           Fran G. Zarubick Honors Recital
sions: Relaxation Techniques/Combating          lor, (BM, ’03, BM ’94 MM ’97, founder of
                                                                                               Peabody Hopkins Chorus                            Presenting the Preparatory's Most Out-
Stage Fright with Wayne Cameron (MM             Taylor Interactive and Skinny Girl
                                                                                               Edward Polochick, Associate Conductor             standing Performers Selected from the
’75, Peabody Trumpet Faculty) and Jean          Records); Unions—Paul Johnson, (MM
                                                                                               and Choral Director                               Spring Honors Competition.
Lee      (Staff     Psychologist       with     ’86, Peabody Bass Faculty/Past union
                                                                                               Beethoven: Overture to “Promethius”               Griswold Hall
Hopkins/Peabody), formerly of the East-         steward for Baltimore Opera); and
                                                                                               Richard Strauss: Death and Transfiguration, Op.   FREE ADMISSION
man School of Music; Winning Auditions          Taxes—Christine Rutt Schmitz, (BM ’75,
                                                                                               24
hosted by David Fetter (Associate Dean          certified CPA and financial planner). The
                                                                                               Mozart: Mass in c minor, “Great”, KV427           PEABODY BOX OFFICE
of Performance/Peabody Trombone Fac-            final session was Marketing Yourself
                                                                                               Sponsored by the Douglas S. and Hilda P.          410/659-8100, ext. 2
ulty) with panelists: Phillip Kolker, (Prin-    with Gary Louie, (recording artist with
                                                                                               Goodwin Fund at the Peabody Conservatory          www.peabody.jhu.edu
cipal        bassoonist,         Baltimore      the Albany label, Koch International,
                                                                                               Friedberg Hall                                    The Peabody Box Office is now located
Symphony/Peabody Bassoon Faculty), Li           Newport Classic and Sony/Peabody Saxo-
                                                                                               $16, $8 Senior Citizens, $5 Students with I.D.    in the lobby of the Friedberg Concert
Qing, (PC ’91, BM ’92, newly appointed          phone faculty), and Joseph Bruce, (Exec-
                                                utive Vice President and Director of                                                             Hall and is open Monday through Friday
Principal 2nd violin, Baltimore Sympho-                                                        SUNDAY, MAY 4, 3:00 P.M.                          from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and one hour
ny), and Denise Tryon, 2nd horn Balti-          Strategic Planning for Eisner Communica-
                                                tions).                                        Peabody Childrens Chorus                          prior to all ticketed events, while school
more Symphony/newly appointed 4th                                                              Doreen Falby, Director                            is in session. Enter at 21 East Mount Ver-
horn with Detroit Symphony); and                    Throughout the day students could
                                                meet with faculty and alumni for a             Peabody Renaissance Ensemble                      non Place where a Campus Officer will
Chamber Music—Starting and sustaining                                                          “Sumer is Icumen In” - Medieval and               direct you. Tickets may be ordered by
a group after the first year with Michael       critíque of cover letters, resumes and
                                                bios; pick up career handouts, informa-        Renassaince Music                                 phone, in person during Box Office
Kannen, (Chair of the Peabody Chamber                                                          Friedberg Hall                                    hours,           or       online         at
Music Department) and Marian Hahn,              tion on publicity shots, and local photog-
                                                raphers; read the results of the alumni        FREE ADMISSION                                    www.peabody.jhu.edu. Tickets for many
(Piano           faculty,         Peabody                                                      Seating is limited. Tickets required.             programs are also available through Con-
Conservatory/newly appointed fellow to          survey and career paths of alumni; and
                                                learn about The Johns Hopkins Universi-                                                          nect Baltimore at 1-877-Baltimore or
the Singapore Conservatory). A session                                                         “Peabody at the Meyerhoff”                        www.baltimore.org. Programs are sub-
on Survival Techniques hosted by Jason          ty online alumni directory and online
                                                networking services.                           MONDAY, MAY 5, 8:00 P.M.                          ject to change without notice. Use of
Love, (BM, ’92, MM ’94, President of the                                                       Peabody Symphony Orchestra                        cameras and video or tape recorders dur-
Peabody Alumni Association), encom-                 Despite the sunny 80-degree weather,
                                                a steady stream of students filled the vari-   Hajime Teri Murai, Music Director                 ing performances is strictly prohibited.
passed several topics including: Working                                                       James Morris, Bass (Wotan)
a room: Finding gigs, Raising money &           ous venues. More than 70 students took
                                                advantage of the offerings—a great suc-        Christine          Brewer,      Soprano
meeting the right people—Angela Tay-                                                           (Brünnhilde)
                                                cess for the first time out!
                                                                                               Christine Kavanagh Miller, Soprano
                                                                                               (Sieglinde)
                                                                                               Stravinsky: Firebird Ballet
A Taxing Discussion!                                                                           Wagner: Die Walküre Act III
Following informative
talks by Angela Taylor                                                                         Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Series
and Paul Johnson, stu-                                                                         Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
dents had a lot of ques-                                                                       1212 Cathedral St.
tions for Christine                                                                            Grand Tier Boxes $30, Orchestra $25,
Schmitz, who was ready                                                                         Grand Tier & Terrace $20
with her “10 Tax Tips
for musicians!”                                                                                $15 Senior Citizens, $10 Students with
                                                                                               I.D., all seats excluding boxes
                                                                                               Call Meyerhoff Box Office at
                                                                                               410 /783-8000.
                                                                                               Tickets go on sale March 17.

                                                                                               SATURDAY, MAY 10, 3:00 P.M.
                                                                                               Preparatory String Ensemble
                                                                         From Press Kits       Daniel Levitov, Conductor
                                                                         to Branding: Bill     Preparatory Chamber Orchestra
                                                                         Nerenberg,            Phyllis Freeman, Conductor
                                                                         Joseph Bruce and
                                                                         Gary Louie are        Zeynep Alpan, violin, and David
                                                                         experts in the        Duan, cello, Winners of the String
                                                                         field of Market-      Ensemble Competition
                                                                         ing.                  Vivaldi: Congerto in g minor, 1st movement
                                                                                               Breval: Sonata in C Major
                                                                                               Haydn: Divertimento in D Major
                                                                                               Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite No. 3
                                                                                               Yorkshire Ballas
                                                                                               Griswold Hall
                                                                                               FREE ADMISSION
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                 Emerson String
                                                                     Special
                                                                   Non-Subscription Concert
                 Quartet
                 with David Shifrin,                               Lang Lang, piano
                 clarinet                                          Sunday, March 21, 2004                             Alisa Weilerstein, cello
   Sunday, September 21, 2003 | 7:30 pm                            5:30 pm                              Sunday, February 29, 2004 | 5:30 pm
   The Howard Family Concert                                                                            The Piatigorsky Memorial Concert




    Gil Shaham, violin
   Akira Eguchi, piano
      Sunday, October 19, 2003 | 7:30 pm                  Aulos Ensemble                                      Continuum
                                                            Sunday, December 7, 2003 | 5:30 pm                 Sunday, April 4, 2004 | 7:30 pm
     The Sidney and Charlton Friedberg Concert
                                                                 The Paul and Barbara Krieger Concert            The Helen Coplan Harrison Concert



                  Stephan Genz,
                  baritone
                  Roger Vignoles,                                  Ivan Moravec, piano
                  piano                                                                                               Eroica Trio
                                                    Sunday, February 8, 2004 | 5:30 pm                  Sunday, May 2, 2004 | 7:30 pm
   Sunday, November 16, 2003 | 5:30 pm              The Mity Clarke Gann Memorial Concert
   Yale Gordon Young Artist Concert                                                                     The Douglas and Zarelda Fambrough Concert

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                  The Young Vic
           presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s

            The Yeomen of
              the Guard
            directed by Roger Brunyate
           conducted by J. Ernest Green
           and featuring many Peabody-
           affiliated Singers in lead roles
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