August 29, 2011

Peabody season opens with music by Joe, Franz and Thad

Peabody’s 2011–2012 season will open on Tuesday, Sept. 20, with An Evening with Joe Burgstaller and Friends, the first of eight concerts in the Sylvia Adalman Chamber Series. Burgstaller, a former full-time member of the Canadian Brass who teaches trumpet at the Peabody Conservatory, will be joined by pianists Julian Lawrence Cargiulo and Hector Martignon, and other guests, to perform crossover arrangements of works by Bach, Ravel, Piazolla and other composers.

The bicentennial of pianist and composer Franz Liszt, born Oct. 22, 1811, will be celebrated this fall with a series of faculty and student performances. At the first Peabody Symphony Orchestra concert of the season, on Tuesday, Sept. 27, faculty artist Alexander Shtarkman will perform Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major. On the following Tuesday, Oct. 4, Shtarkman, four other members of the Piano Department and faculty artist Ah Young Hong, soprano, will be featured in a Liszt Extravaganza. (For the complete schedule, go to www.peabody

The 10-concert Peabody Jazz Series will begin on Friday, Oct. 28, with a concert by the Peabody Jazz Orchestra, led by bassist Michael Formanek. The program features the music of Thad Jones (1923–86), a trumpeter and arranger with the Count Basie Orchestra, who co-founded the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra in 1965. Jones’ arrangements and compositions made this ensemble one of the most innovative and admired big bands of the 1960s and 1970s.

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