The music conservatory known simply as Peabody has had a storied existence since its beginning in 1857. Famous and seminal music figures who have served on the faculty at Peabody include composers Henry Cowell, Elliott Carter, and Ernst Krenek, as well as scholar Nicolas Slonimsky and the iconic composition pedagogue Nadia Boulanger. Notable alumni include opera singers James Morris, Richard Cassily, pianist Andre Watts, and composer Dominick Argento.
Today, the Peabody Institute—which includes the Preparatory in addition to the Conservatory—offers several distinct and engaging concert series, such as the free Thursday Noon Recital Series featuring outstanding students and concerts featuring Peabody faculty, students, and alumni in New York City and Washington, D.C. Additionally, there is the Musical 8’s Subscription Series, in which concertgoers may choose a subscription from one of three series–the Sylvia Adalman Artist Recital Series, Peabody Jazz Series, and Open Season (performances from the entire season excluding opera and dance). The 2010-2011 season also features Peabody’s French Season of Opera, with fully staged productions of works by Massenet, Poulenc, and Ravel in the original French.
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- Venues: Miriam A. Friedberg Hall (recital hall), Goodwin Recital Hall (chamber music), Leith Symington Griswold Hall (organ recitals, chamber music), East Hall (jazz concerts), Cohen-Davison Family Theatre (recital space)
- Programs: Sylvia Adalman Artist Recital Series, Peabody Jazz Series, Open Season Series, Thursday Noon Recital Series, Peabody’s French Season of Opera, Peabody in Washington, Peabody in New York City, Student Recitals.
- Ticket Prices: Regular concert tickets—general, $15; seniors, $10; students, $5. Opera theatre tickets—general, $25; seniors, $15; students, $10. Group rates—25% discount for groups of ten people or more.
- Subscriptions: Musical 8s Subscription Series—Adalman series, $15 per ticket; Jazz series, $10 per ticket; Open Season series, $10 per ticket. Benefits include first-choice seating, discounted parking, and receptions, subject to the particular series.