February 28, 2011

Peabody Conservatory groups to take center stage in D.C.

Concert at Freer Gallery will include faculty from Shanghai Conservatory

Trio Appassionata performs on Wednesday at the Freer Gallery of Art.

A series of “Peabody in Washington” concerts is on the agenda this semester for three student groups from the Peabody Conservatory.

This week, a student chamber ensemble called Trio Appassionata will be joined by musicians from the Shanghai Conservatory for a free concert at the Freer Gallery of Art, and the Peabody Quartet will perform in a Washington Performing Arts Society concert at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

Trio Appassionata will perform Tibetan Tunes by Chen Yi and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50. The trio’s members are violinist Lydia Chernicoff, cellist Andrea Casarrubios and pianist Ronaldo Rolim. Playing traditional Chinese pieces on traditional instruments will be the Silk String Quintet, a faculty ensemble from the Shanghai Conservatory. Bass-baritone Shen Yang, a Shanghai alumnus, and pianist Wang Jue, a Shanghai faculty member, will perform works by Chopin, Tchaikovsky (arranged by Liszt), Rachmaninoff and Huang Zi. The concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, in the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Auditorium at the Freer Gallery of Art. No tickets are required.

At 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 6, the Peabody Quartet will illustrate and perform Mozart’s Serenade No. 13 in G major, K. 525, “Eine kleine Nachtmusik,” as part of the What Makes It Great? series with Rob Kapilow, presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society. The members of the quartet are Lauren Rausch and Charlene Kluegel, violins; Maria Lambros, viola; and Ismar Gomes, cello. The event will take place in Baird Auditorium of the National Museum of Natural History. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at www.wpas.org.

ÅLast week, piano students Sungpil Kim, Sheng-Yuan Kuan and Sejoon Park, and voice student Erica Hamby, gave a free concert in the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater as part of the center’s Conservatory Project. The program included works by Chopin, Mozart, Debussy, Montsalvatge, Scarlatti, Schumann and Liszt.

For a listing of upcoming performances by Peabody faculty, students and alumni in the nation’s capital, go to www.peabody.jhu.edu/washington.