UNIVERSITY OF BALTIMORE: Integrated Arts Program Hosts 'Music & Words, Vol. II,' Collaborative Concert Created by UB, Peabody Institute Students, April 24
University of Baltimore issued the following announcement on April 4.
For the second year in a row, prose by creative writing graduate students at the University of Baltimore will be set to music in a song cycle written by graduate composers at the Peabody Institute. The "Music & Words, Vol. II" concert, featuring soprano Bonnie Lander and pianist Chelsea De Souza, will take place on Wednesday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. in UB's Wright Theater, 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave. The performance is free and open to the public. A pre-concert reception will take place at 6 p.m.
For the prose portion of these works, students in UB's MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts program wrote about a random object—buttons, keys, a mirror, etc. This year, Peabody graduate students studying composition are taking these texts and setting them to music in a song cycle.
The writers are Linette Allen, Etta Brandt, Michelle Chester, Bryonna Edwards, Glancy Edwards, Tristen Fagg, Kondwani Fidel, Emily Hansen, Jaylynn Harris, Stephanie Harper, Chris Hart, Ana Preger Hart, Kris Jones, Nicole Jones, Chloe McDaniel, Marissa Merriman, Amelia Miller, Kayla Shedden, Aaron Tucker, and Kimberly Uslin.
The composers are Parker Callister, Jordan Chase, Zach Gulaboff Davis, Daniel Despins, Jasmine Galante, Jonathan Hugendubler, Ian Power, Ben Stevenson, Misael Tambuwun, Elijah Smith, and Tan Yuting.
Lander, a soprano, studied Contemporary Vocal Performance at UC San Diego, and at the Peabody Institute with Phyllis Bryn-Julson for her Master of Music degree. She is co-founder of the New York City-based chamber ensemble Rhymes With Opera, now in its 11th year of programming, and serves on the board of directors, which commissioned her improvised opera Coping Mechanisms for their 2017 main stage performance. She was director of education and outreach for San Diego New Music for two years, leading the refugee Music Mondays Outreach program in coordination with San Diego Refugee Tutoring, an organization devoted to helping displaced families from across the globe adjust to life and education in City Heights, San Diego.
De Souza is a Steinway Young Artist from Mumbai, India. She has won four All-India piano competitions, the 2010 IIYM international piano competition, the 2013 Ohio Tuesday Musical Scholarship Organization competition, and the Global Scholar-Education World Young Achievers Award in Music and Arts. She performs as part of Peabody's Modern Orchestra and with contemporary ensembles including 'Now Hear This.' A student of Boris Slutsky, De Souza earned a master's degree and the Lynn Taylor Hebden Prize in Performance from the Peabody Institute this spring.
"Music & Words, Vol. II" is made possible by the Peggy and Yale Gordon Charitable Trust, which has supported the advancement of classical music in Baltimore for the past 35 years, as well as the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences Office of the Dean.
More information abouit the concert is available from Ian Power, assistant professor and director of Integrated Arts at the University of Baltimore, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 410.837.5865.
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Source: University of Baltimore