The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University—our just-up-the-street neighbor on Charles—trains musicians; the GRAMMY Awards honor them.

Hilary Hahn, Preparatory alumna and member of Peabody’s Distinguished Artist Council, has been nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance for her CD, In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores. Haun is one of many Peabody alumni and faculty nominated for GRAMMYS this year.

Others include faculty artist Leon Fleisher for Best Classical Instrumental Solo; David Starobin (BM ’73, Guitar) for Producer of the Year, Classical; Paul Avgerinos (BM ’81, Double Bass) for Best New Age Album; and Patrick Mason (BM ’72, Voice), who performed on a George Crumb album nominated for Contemporary Classical Composition. The 57th Grammy Awards will be presented on Sunday, February 8 on CBS.

We’re half way through January, but the folks have a lot more in store for us in the next two weeks:

Tuesday, January 20, at 7:30 pm
The Aspen String Trio – faculty artist Victoria Chiang, viola; David Perry, violin; and Michael Mermagen (BM ’84, Cello) – will perform at the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida. Their concert is part of the Flagler Museum Music Series, which is devoted to chamber music as it was intended, in the gracious and intimate setting of the Museum’s West Room. The program includes works by Strauss, Beethoven, and Mozart.

Tuesday and Wednesday, January 27 and 28, at 7:30 pm
Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s chamber operas La descente d’Orphée aux enfers and Le mariage force will be presented by Peabody’s Early Music Department with Adam Pearl as music director, Roger Brunyate as stage director, and the Baltimore Baroque Band directed by John Moran and Risa Browder. The performances will take place at Baltimore’s Theatre Project.

Thursday to Saturday, January 29-31, at 8:00 pm
The Peabody Children’s Chorus, directed by Doreen Falby, will join the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop, and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society Women’s Chorus, directed by Tom Hall, for three performances of Mahler’s Third Symphony.

Saturday, January 31, at 10:30 am
Peabody’s Opera Outreach production of Hansel and Gretel, an opera based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale with music by Engelbert Humperdinck, will be presented by Annapolis Opera at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

BTW, if you think that you’re busy this year check-out Hahn’s concert schedule.