The Peabody Post

Bernstein’s Mass Anchors the 2018-19 Peabody Concert Season

Other highlights include visits by Benny Golson, Shlomo Mintz, Alarm Will Sound, and Pamela Frank and Stephen Prutsman.

Concert Season 18-19The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University’s box office opens today, making tickets available for a concert season anchored by a staging of Leonard Bernstein’s singular MASS. Last performed in Baltimore in 2008, Bernstein’s MASS will bring together hundreds of student, faculty, and community partner performers to mount a uniquely theatrical evening-length concert work under the baton of Peabody’s Director of Graduate Conducting and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop. The performance takes place on Friday, October 26, at New Psalmist Baptist Church in West Baltimore.

Peabody’s 2018-19 season of concerts and events begins on Friday, September 14, when the legendary tenor saxophonist Benny Golson joins Peabody Dean Fred Bronstein for a Dean’s Symposium. Described as “one of the last surviving links to the Golden Age of modern jazz,” Golson will share insights from his long performing and recording career. Trumpeter Sean Jones, the recently appointed Richard and Elizabeth Case Chair in Jazz Studies, will lead numerous jazz concerts throughout the season, including an October 1 performance by the Sean Jones Band.

Additional highlights of the season include:

  • Renowned violinist and conductor Shlomo Mintz appearing as both conductor and soloist with the Peabody Symphony Orchestra in a program featuring works by Mendelssohn and Brahms on October 10.
  • A November residency by the acclaimed contemporary music ensemble Alarm Will Sound, including the world premiere of a violin concerto written by Peabody faculty composer Oscar Bettison for faculty artist Courtney Orlando, with funding from a Johns Hopkins University Catalyst Award.
  • A November 15 recital by the violin/piano duo Pamela Frank and Stephen Prutsman in honor of Andrew W. Mellon Chair in Piano Leon Fleisher’s 90th birthday.
  • New faculty violinists Judith Ingolfsson and Vadim Gluzman in recital on November 2 and April 12, respectively
  • Monthly Sylvia Adalman Chamber Series recitals featuring both new and longtime Peabody faculty artists.
  • The debut performance of the Peabody Hip-Hop Ensemble, led by Wendel Patrick, on December 2.
  • The U.S. premiere of Pulitzer-Prize winning Peabody faculty composer Du Yun’s Where We Lost Our Shadows by the Peabody Modern Orchestra on March 31 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
  • The first performances of the Conservatory’s new BFA Dance program led by danah bella, including April performances titled Momentum Innovatum.

The Peabody Box Office opens today, Wednesday, September 5, to reserve tickets for September and October concerts. Tickets for the October 26 performance of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS are $45 or $15 with a valid student ID. Tickets for all other concerts at Peabody are free. Tickets for concerts taking place later in the season will be released on the first business day of the month preceding the concert. For more information, call the box office at 667-208-6620 or visit the events calendar at, where tickets can also be reserved online.


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