Manuel Barrueco, guitar professor, was inducted into the Guitar Foundation of America's Hall of Fame, recognizing contemporary musicians across the globe who have made extraordinary contributions to the classical guitar. The GFA's journal, Soundboard, featured Barrueco in its June issue with tributes from Martha Masters, David Tanenbaum, and Graham Wade.
Oscar Bettison, professor and chair of Composition, will premiere his orchestral piece Remaking a Forest, on Sept. 27. Commissioned by the Oregon Symphony, the piece was halfway finished when the fire in Notre Dame Cathedral occurred, and the structure's rebuilding became an inspiration for the piece. "The Forest" is the nickname for Notre Dame's attic.
Felipe Lara, assistant professor of composition, premiered his piece Ó in São Paulo with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra and Choir, which commissioned the piece.
Marina Piccinini, flute soloist and professor, and Marin Alsop, director of graduate conducting and music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, are featured on the Peabody Symphony Orchestra's CD released in September on the NAXOS label. The CD, which highlights the music of composer Aaron Jay Kernis, is the orchestra's second commercial recording in four years. Also featured is Leonard Slatkin, music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Piccinini performs in the world premiere recording of Kernis' Flute Concerto, which was commissioned for her by Peabody, the Detroit Symphony, and others. Alsop led the performance and recording of the other work on the CD, Kernis' Second Symphony, in October 2016.
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