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September 9, 2011

Denyce Graves to give master class for Peabody Conservatory voice students

As Terrence McNally's hit play "Master Class" affirms, the combination of a seasoned vocal artist and budding students eager for fine-tubing can be quite electric.

Of course, not every master class could be as wild as the one in the play, which has the divine Maria Callas dispensing wisdom in between reminiscing about her fabled career.

For that matter, the classes Callas actually gave at Juilliard were much saner than the version McNally created for his play, which is back on Broadway featuring Tyne Daly in a terrific performance as Callas.

Ah, but I digress. Denyce Graves, the popular and glamorous mezzo-soprano who has enjoyed a major international career, will give a two-hour master class at the Peabody Conservatory on Monday, starting at ...

12:30 p.m.

Five voice students are scheduled to participate in the session.

If you'd like to observe Graves working with the students, the master class is open to the public at no charge. It will be held in Griswold Hall.

Posted by Tim Smith at 3:42 PM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Clef Notes, Peabody Institute


And if you miss that, Ms. Graves will be singing with the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra in May at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at U of MD for their Gala 50th Anniversary concert.

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About Tim Smith
Born and raised in Washington, D.C., I couldn't help but develop a keen interest in politics, but music, theater and visual art also proved great attractions. Music became my main focus after high school. I thought about being a cocktail pianist, but I hated taking requests, so I studied music history instead, earning a B.A. in that field from Eisenhower College (Seneca Falls, N.Y.) and an M.A. from Occidental College (Los Angeles). I then landed in journalism. After freelancing for the Washington Post and others, I was classical music critic for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida, where I also contributed to NPR. I've written for the New York Times, BBC Music Magazine and other publications, and I'm a longtime contributor to Opera News. My book, The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Classical Music (Perigee, 2002), can be found on the most discerning remainder racks.

I joined the Baltimore Sun as classical music critic in 2000 and, in 2009, also became theater critic, giving me the opportunity to annoy a whole new audience. In 2010, my original Clef Notes blog expanded to encompass a theatrical component -- how could I resist calling it Drama Queens? I hope you'll find both sides of this blog coin worth exploring and reacting to; your own comments are always welcome and valued (well, most of them, at least).

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