The Johns Hopkins Gazette: November 11, 2002
November 11, 2002
VOL. 32, NO. 11


In Brief

Johns Hopkins Gazette Online Edition

Pianist Richard Goode receives Peabody's highest honor Pianist Richard Goode has been awarded the George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America, the highest honor that the Peabody Institute can bestow. The medal was presented by Robert Sirota, Peabody director, following a recital by Goode on Oct. 29 in Friedberg Concert Hall.

The award was instituted in 1980 to honor individuals who have made exceptional contributions to music in America and who in themselves display its richness and diversity. The recipients may be composers, performers, authors, scholars, patrons or political supporters. Previous honorees include Marian Anderson, Leonard Bernstein, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Gian Carlo Menotti and Andre Watts.

Work begins for temporary parking lot on Garland Field

Grading work began last week on Garland Field at Homewood as a first step in creating a temporary parking lot to accommodate cars displaced by ongoing construction projects. Paving is expected to be completed in about a month.

50/50 raffle to benefit United Way; tickets are now on sale

Tickets are now available for the 50/50 raffle, a special fundraiser for the Johns Hopkins United Way campaign. Fifty percent of the dollar amount collected will go to the winner, while the other half will go directly to the United Way of Central Maryland.

To purchase raffle tickets, contact your divisional coordinator, whose name can be found at

Tickets, which are $1 each or six for $5, will also be sold outside Levering Hall on the Homewood campus from noon to 2 p.m. on Dec. 4, 5 and 6.

The winner will be announced at the United Way Thank You Breakfast held on Dec. 10.

All-day Brahms symposium to be hosted by Shriver Hall Series

On Saturday, Nov. 16, the Shriver Hall Concert Series will host a symposium on the late chamber works of composer Johannes Brahms. The event, to be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Shriver Hall, will feature a panel discussion with four renowned Brahms scholars and a performance of Brahms Sonatas Op. 120, Nos. 1 and 2, performed by Harvard music professor and pianist Robert Levin and violist Kim Kashkashian, a faculty member at the New England Conservatory of Music.

Other guest artists and panelists are Reinhold Brinkmann, director of graduate studies in music history at Harvard; Walter Frisch, professor of music at Columbia; Michael Musgrave, emeritus professor of music at the University of London; and Charles Neidich, a faculty member at the Juilliard School. Neidich will present a master class on the Brahms works to students from the Peabody Conservatory.

Tickets prices, which include a box lunch, are $27 for student SHCS season subscribers, $39 for students and all other season subscribers and $49 for general admission. For more details, call 410-516-7164.

MSEL exhibits historical avant-garde reviews from its collection

The birth and development of what is now called the avant-garde is punctuated by the many reviews published at every step along its path, from the cabaret publications of the late 19th century to the glossy art magazines of the late 20th. Like the artistic and literary movements that spawned them, they were many and they were short-lived, created with great enthusiasm and replaced by ever newer and more experimental publications that mirrored the many currents of the early avant-garde.

Currently on display in the Eisenhower Library at Homewood are some of the jewels of the Sheridan Libraries' avant-garde collections. Featured are some of the earliest periodicals of the Symbolist and Decadent movements, such as L'Assiette au Beurre, a colorful weekly review that featured biting political commentary and the works of young artists such as Steinlen and Juan Gris. Other 19th-century periodicals on display include the exquisite German publication Jugend and the beautiful British Savoy.

The exhibit, located on the main level, may be viewed during the library's normal operating hours. It will run through January 2003.

Gordon Concerto Competition winner to perform Wednesday

Pianist HouFei Yang, winner of the 2002 Yale Gordon Concerto Competition at the Peabody Institute, will perform compositions by Chopin, Ravel and Rachmaninov at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 13, in Shriver Hall, Homewood campus.

Born in 1976 in Wuhan, China, HouFei started studying piano at the age of 4 and at 12 was accepted to the prestigious Music Middle School of Shanghai Conservatory. In 1993, William Race, of the University of Texas at Austin, gave a master class at the conservatory, met HouFei, and brought her to the university, where she earned a bachelor's degree. Since 1999, she has been studying with Boris Slutsky at the Peabody Conservatory. She earned a master's degree in May and is now in the musical arts program pursuing a doctoral degree.

This performance is co-sponsored with the Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust and is part of the Wednesday Noon Series presented by Office of Special Events.

Gandhi grandson to speak at MSE Symposium

Arun Gandhi, founder of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence, will present a lecture, "Race Relations: Peace by Peace," at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Homewood's Shriver Hall. The talk is part of the MSE Symposium, Changing Times: Who Are We? An Introspective Look at American Identity in the 21st Century.

Growing up in South Africa under racial apartheid, Gandhi was beaten by black youths for not being black and by white youths for not being white. Plotting to avenge his beatings, he subscribed to bodybuilding magazines. His parents soon decided that a visit to his grandfather Mahatma Gandhi in India was in order. Arun Gandhi then pledged to lead his life upholding the nonviolent ideals of his grandfather.