April 9, 2012

Peabody at Homewood concert series kicks off April 10 with jazz

Johns Hopkins’ Homewood Museum announces the 12th edition of its Peabody at Homewood spring concert series, which showcases some of the top young talents from the university’s Peabody Institute. The performances are presented amid the splendid Federal-era architecture and furnishings of Homewood. This season, the concerts will be held at 5 p.m. on five consecutive Tuesdays: April 10, 17 and 24 and May 1 and 8. Guests are invited to meet the musicians at receptions following the performances.

The first two concerts feature students in Peabody’s Bachelor of Music Program in Jazz Performance. Guitarists Kevin B. Clark and Michael Benjamin will open the series on April 10. On April 17, Clark returns, with Hannah Elson on vocals and Jon Guo on bass.

The Janos Quartet performs on April 24. The ensemble—violinists Colin Sorgi and Michelle Skinner, violist Jaclyn Dorr and cellist Mia Barcia-Colombo—formed under the guidance of cellist and chamber musician Michael Kannen and has been named the Conservatory’s graduate honors string quartet. Its program includes Beethoven’s String Quartet in B flat, Op. 18, no. 6 and Bartok’s String Quartet No. 4.

The May 1 concert features Croatian-born classical guitarist and composer Branimir Krstic. Krstic, unaffiliated with Peabody, graduated from the Cologne University of Music in Germany, where he worked with Ansgar Krause and Johannes Fritsch. His compositions have been performed across the United States and Europe by the Ensemble Hebrides, James Clarke, Andrew Haveron and other distinguished musicians. His crossover program includes music by Senleches, Schumann, Bach and Lennon-McCartney.

The final concert, on May 8, is by the Kubrick Quartet, composed of Peabody violinists Orin Laursen and Songeun Jeong, violist Dian Zhang and cellist Javier Martin Iglesias. Formed only in 2011 under the guidance of Kannen, the ensemble has already displayed a high level of performance, earning the 2011–12 Peabody Conservatory Honors Ensemble award. The quartet performs Bartok’s String Quartet No. 2 and Mozart’s String Quartet in C major, K. 465, Dissonance.

The concerts will be held in the reception hall of the museum. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $10 for the general public and $5 for students. Given the intimacy of the space, seats are limited to 40, and advance reservations are strongly recommended; call 410-516-5589 or go to museums.jhu.edu.