Trio des Alpes Masterclass (11/22)

Trio des AlpesAs part of a two-week residency, the critically renowned Trio des Alpes will present a public masterclass with students from UMBC, Peabody Conservatory, and the University of Maryland, College Park. Open free of admission to the public, the masterclass will be held on Saturday, November 22, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. in the Concert Hall, located in the Performing Arts and Humanities Building.

This event is supported in part by Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council and the FONDATION SUISA.

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First Works Concert (11/21)


On Friday, November 21, at 8:00 p.m., UMBC Dance students premiere their choreographic work for  in this First Works dance concert.

The performance will be held in the Dance Cube, located on the third floor of the Performing Arts and Humanities Building. Admission is free.

Trio des Alpes — “Rush Hour” Concert with UMBC Faculty (11/21)

9The UMBC Department of Music wishes to thank UMBC faculty and staff for their extraordinary commitment to the campus to begin the Thanksgiving holiday season at this free concert in the beautiful new concert hall!

“Individually excellent, they are even more impressive together,” wrote the Gazzetta di Mantova after a concert by the Italian-Swiss Trio des Alpes, thereby describing one of this Trio’s essential qualities: three independent, all-round successful personalities meeting as a trio. What attracts them is the quintessence of chamber music: dialogue, a shared sound and the blending of three instruments into a single whole.

In this special “Rush Hour” concert, entitled Giving Thanks, the Trio will be joined by UMBC faculty Janice Jackson (voice), E. Michael Richards (clarinet), Airi Yoshioka (violin), and Christian Tremblay (violin) in performances of the Clarinet Trio, Op. 114 by Johannes Brahms; the Piano Quintet in A Major, Op. 81, by Antonín Dvořák; and the Chanson d’amour by Amy Beach.

Mirjam Tschopp, who gave her debut as a soloist aged 13, is equally successful on the violin and the viola, appearing as a soloist with renowned orchestras such as the WDR Symphonieorchester Köln under Semyon Bychkov and in chamber music with Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Mandelring Quartet, among others. Claude Hauri has made his name as solo cellist of several excellent groups such as the Ensemble Nuovo Contrappunto in Florence and the Ensemble Algoritmo in Rome, and as a performer of new music. He has premiered a multitude of works, several dedicated to him, by important composers. Corrado Greco’s versatility adds further impetus to the Trio des Alpes. Besides performing with such personalities as Bruno Canino ormembers of the Berliner Philharmoniker, he is professor of musical communication and multimedia in Varese, where he also directs the Università dell’Insubria concert series.

This event is supported in part by Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council and the FONDATION SUISA.

This free performance will be held on Friday, November 21, at 4:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall, located in the Performing Arts and Humanities Building.

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The Game of Love and Chance by Pierre de Marivaux, directed by Stephen Nunns (11/20 – 11/23)

game-of-love-and-chanceThe Game of Love and Chance by Pierre de Marivaux, translated & adapted by Stephen Wadsworth, guest directed by Stephen Nunns

The Game of Love and Chance is a wild and wooly girl-meets-boy farce about mistaken identity, true love, class disparities and the thorny business of marriage by French dramatist Pierre de Marivaux. When two aristocratic kids decide to undermine their parents’ plan for an arranged marriage by switching identities with their servants, confusion and madness reigns. By resetting the action as a 1930s screwball comedy, this version of The Game of Love and Chance is as lively and timely as when it was originally staged 300 years ago.

The Game of Love and Chance is directed by Stephen Nunns, an associate professor at Towson University. He was a co founder of the Baltimore-based theatre collective The Acme Corporation and co-directed the company’s 24-hour production of Samuel Beckett’s Play, which won Best Production in the City Paper’s Best of Baltimore for 2013. Before coming to Baltimore, Stephen lived in New York City for fifteen years, directing, writing, and composing music for theatre pieces at a variety of off-off Broadway venues, including HERE, The Ontological-Hysteric Theater, Dance Theater Workshop and the 78th Street Theatre Lab. He was an associate artist at the seminal avant-garde theatre company Mabou Mines, where he created three theatre pieces, including the Obie Award-winning The Boys in the Basement. His book, Acting Up: Free speech, pragmatism, and American performance in the 20th century, was recently published by LFB Scholarly Publishing.

All performances will be held in the Proscenium Theatre, Performing Arts and Humanities Building:
Thursday, November 20, 8:00 p.m.
Friday, November 21, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 22, 8:00 p.m.
*Sunday, November 23, 2:00 p.m.

$15 general admission, $10 students and seniors. Purchase no-fee tickets at

*Matinee performances are free for UMBC students with a UMBC ID. Students may pick up their tickets from the Theatre Department Office Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m, or at the box office beginning at 1 p.m. on the day of the matinee. Limit one ticket per student.

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Controlling Hospital and Health Care Spending in Maryland in the Era of Budget Caps (12/5)

Maryland runs the only all payer hospital payment system in the country. Under this system, the federal government allows a statewide commission, the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) to regulate hospital prices. Effective January 1, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved a new, innovative all-payer model for hospitals in Maryland. The goal of the all-payer model is to open up new avenues for innovation and increase efficiency in care provided by hospitals.

The purpose of this forum is to examine how hospitals and health care providers in Maryland are adapting to the new model, and the likely effect on the populations that hospitals serve.

There is no cost for this forum, but we do ask that you register in advance. For more information and to register, go to

December 5, 2014
8:30 – 11:00 am
Columbus Center, 701 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Sponsored by the UMBC Department of Public Policy, the Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research, The Hilltop Institute, CareFirst, and LifeBridge Health

Service Awards Ceremony (12/3)

12662635094_017320d0c2_zThe Service Awards Ceremony is an annual event honoring employees for their contributions and service to UMBC and to the State of Maryland.

The Department of Human Resources invites the campus community to attend this very special event on Wednesday, December 3, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom to celebrate our colleagues’ achievements. Highlights of the event include honoring the 2014 award recipients, digital stories, and refreshments. Please contact the Department of Human Resources at 410-455-2337 for additional information.