Surdna Foundation Awards Grant to Imaging Research Center for Liz Lerman Residency

lizlermantomwolffThe Surdna Foundation, which is dedicated to fostering sustainable communities in the United States, has awarded $95,882 to the Imaging Research Center, in partnership with the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, to establish a Spring 2015 residency by renowned choreographer Liz Lerman.

The purpose of this residency is to develop an approach to building and sustaining an online interface for Liz Lerman’s “toolbox” of artistic practices in community-engaged projects, and to do so in a way that incorporates the needs and perspectives of a diverse community of users. Lerman will join researchers at the IRC at UMBC as a Research Professor, and from that “home base” will directly engage with the university and regional communities, and with the broader world via an interactive website. Her work at the IRC will begin with the specific focus of disseminating her lauded developmental work on important behavioral and creativity tools that are valuable not only to artists, but also across diverse communities where creativity in a social context is a key demand. IRC researchers will work with her and diverse groups to create online digital media to make accessible the processes Lerman conceived and developed during her career as a socially-engaged dancer and choreographer. The work will engage broad audiences and this particular project will leverage current research and resources that UMBC, CAHSS, and IRC are investing in the communities of Baltimore. The development of a user-focused website of Lerman’s work is a challenge that matches both the IRC’s mission and expertise in visual communication, collaboration, learning and online dissemination of important information to the general public. Of equal importance will be Lerman’s engagement as a visiting artist/scholar with UMBC’s faculty, staff, students and regional communities.

“I am convinced that creative research laboratories bring significant information to various fields. They provide new platforms for building relationships between artists and universities, and between organizations and their neighborhoods, and they provide convening spaces for the explosion of trans-domain activities that are naturally occurring in response to the complex questions of our time,” noted Lerman.

Liz Lerman is a choreographer, performer, writer, educator and speaker, and the recipient of numerous honors, including a 2002 MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellowship, a 2011 United States Artists Ford Fellowship in Dance, and the 2014 Dance/USA Honor Award. A key aspect of her artistry is opening her process to various publics from shipbuilders to physicists, construction workers to ballerinas, resulting in both research and outcomes that are participatory, relevant, urgent, and usable by others. She founded Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in 1976 and cultivated the company’s unique multi-generational ensemble into a leading force in contemporary dance until 2011. She was an artist-in-residence and visiting lecturer at Harvard University in 2011, the same year that she instigated the National Civil War Project. Her investigation of the impact of war on medicine, Healing Wars, premiered at Arena Stage in 2014. Other projects include the genre-twisting work Blood Muscle Bone with Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Urban Bush Women; teaching her Critical Response Process around the world from the UK (Puppet Animation, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the London Sinfonietta. The Federation of Scottish Theatres) to Australia; and an online project called “The Treadmill Tapes: Ideas on the Move.” In 2013 she curated Wesleyan University’s symposium “Innovations: Intersection of Art and Science,” bringing together teams of artists and scientists from North America to present their methods and findings. Her collection of essays, Hiking the Horizontal: Field Notes from a Choreographer, was published in 2011 by Wesleyan University Press and was released in paperback in 2014.

Read more about the grant here on the IRC’s website.

UMBC Wind Ensemble (11/24)

e5ecsjkrbcaqepxshdld1s6idbgeae9l3lwfqr2x3eijostgn4txyjeg1yfnjevwpkbt3vwtmlxwdeb0dbc3cc-1The Department of Music presents the UMBC Wind Ensemble under the direction of Brian Kaufman in its first performance in the new Performing Arts and Humanities Building Concert Hall. The Ensemble is comprised of exceptional woodwind, brass and percussion musicians who enjoy the challenge of performing excellent concert literature.

The program will feature:

Darius Milhaud – La création du monde (Creation of the World), Op. 81a
Arnold Schoenberg – Theme and Variations for Band, Op. 43a
Dmitri Shostakovich – Festive Overture in A major, Op. 96
Gordon Jacob – An Original Suite for Military Band
Josef Suk – Toward a New Life, Op. 35c

The concert will be held on Monday, November 24, at 8:00 p.m. Admission is free.

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UMBC Symphony with the Trio des Alpes (11/23)

5686666591_32fa989994_oOn Sunday, November 23, the UMBC Symphony Orchestra will perform under the direction of E. Michael Richards, joined by the Trio des Alpes (Mirjam Tschopp, violin and viola; Claude Hauri, cello; and Corrado Greco, piano).

The program will feature:
· Daniel Schnyder: Triple Concerto (featuring the Trio des Alpes)
· Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47
· Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34

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

The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall, located in the Performing Arts and Humanities Building. Admission is free.

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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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.

Presented by the Department of Theatre. Click here to view complete information.