UMBC Collegium Musicum (5/2)

sidebar_musicgeneralOn Friday, December 5 at 8 pm, the Department of Music presents the Collegium Musicum in performance under the direction of Joseph Morin. The concert will be held in the Concert Hall of the Performing Arts and Humanities Building.

The Collegium Musicum is a performance ensemble dedicated to exploring and performing vocal and instrumental music from the European Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods, sampling musical repertoires created between 800 and 1750.

Admission to this concert is free.

Fall Dance Showcase (12/4 – 12/6)

Dance ShowcaseThe Department of Dance presents the Fall Dance Showcase in three performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, December 4, 5, and 6, 8 pm each evening, in the Proscenium Theatre (Performing Arts and Humanities Building.

$12 general admission, $7 students and seniors. For complete information visit here.


UMBC Percussion Ensemble (12/2)

lpex4ERRS2UsX60xc2ImI21ufKel5buhgVdhqvazhnw,bT_5a7vHqB8VFk28MpqHeKjZCiH_VM62dGPGLI7kpmMThe UMBC Percussion Ensemble performs Tuesday, December 2 at 8:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall (Performing Arts and Humanities Building) under the direction of Tom Goldstein. The evening’s program will feature works by John Cage, Owen Clayton Condon, William Duckworth, Angela Lawrence, Janice Macaulay and David Revill.

The UMBC Percussion Ensemble is a dedicated performing group of advanced percussion students. The ensemble is adventurous in its programming, with a repertoire that includes graphic-notation pieces, improvisational works, and theatre, as well as works by important early percussion composers, such as Alan Hovhaness, John Cage and Carlos Chavez. The Ensemble has established a tradition of performing works by UMBC’s faculty and student composers, who sometimes include members of the ensemble.

Admission to this concert is free.

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.

Click here for complete information.

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.

Click here for complete information.