Bruk-Hoffmann Piano Duo (10/11)

brukhoffmannOn Sunday, October 11 at 3 pm in the Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall, the Department of Music presents the Bruk-Hoffmann Piano Duo in concert, featuring the artistry of Karina Bruk and Paul Hoffmann. The duo will explore repertoire arranged for two pianos inspired by the star-crossed lovers, including:

• Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasia by Tchaikovsky (arranged by Karl Klindworth)
• Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64, by Sergei Prokofiev (arranged by Paul Hoffmann)
• Symphonic Dances from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein (with percussionist Tom Goldstein) (arranged by John Musto)

The Bruk-Hoffmann Duo has performed two-piano concerts since 2005 in the United States and abroad, and performs annually at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.The Duo performs annually at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Their most recent international appearances have been at the World Piano Conferences in 2014, 2011 and 2009 in Novi Sad, Serbia; at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria in 2012; and at the Händel Hause for the 2012 EuroArts Festival in Halle, Germany. They both have been appointed judges for the annual International Piano Competition of the World Piano Teachers Association.

Admission: $15 general, $10 seniors, $5 students, available through MissionTix. Tickets will also be available at the door, cash sales only. For additional information, visit here.

First Annual David W. Smith Gala (9/26)

11800454_845348495551198_4125482370038378146_nThe campus community is invited to the inaugural gala fundraising event for the David W. Smith Scholarship for Vocal Arts. This fund seeks to honor the memory of David W. Smith, an extraordinary singer and a brilliant and dedicated UMBC professor, through its support of young singers pursuing degrees at UMBC. The event will be a concert featuring the amazing bass-baritone, Simon Estes, as well as David’s beloved Camerata and UMBC alumni. A small reception will follow the concert.

The first half of the program will feature a collaboration of alumni, faculty and staff who worked with David Smith and will include art song, operatic selections, and spirituals as well as selections sung by the UMBC Camerata under the direction of Dr. Stephen Caracciolo. Dr. Estes, with Maestro Ed Polochick at the piano, will present the second half of the concert.

Since winning the Bronze Medal in Moscow’s Tchiakovsky competition in 1966, Dr. Estes has performed with 84 of the major international opera companies around the globe.  In high demand as a recitalist and orchestral soloist, he has appeared regularly with over 115 orchestras and is most associated with the roles of King Phillip in Don Carlo, Wotan in Wager’s Ring Cycle, Porgy in Porgy and Bess, and title roles in Boris GodunovThe Marriage of Figaro, and MacBeth.

$100 General Ticket ($25 FMV)
$50 Alumni/Student Ticket ($25 FMV)
Online ticket sales (click here) will close at midnight on September 24. (Some tickets might still be available through the music office or at the door. Please contact the Music Office after September 24 at 410-455-2942. For additional information, please contact Lisa Cella at

Funds raised will be administered by the UMBC Foundation for the benefit of UMBC Music. Proceeds from the event will benefit the David W. Smith Scholarship for Vocal Arts. Your contribution above the Fair Market Value (FMV) may be tax deductible.

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Accordionist Eva Zöllner (9/25)

zollnerIn collaboration with the High Zero Festival of Experimental and Improvised Music, UMBC’s Department of Music presents a workshop/clinic by Eva Zöllner, who studied classical accordion in Cologne and Copenhagen and is one of the most active accordionists of her generation. The workshop will take place on Friday, September 25 at 12 pm in the Music Box, located on the first floor of the Performing Arts and Humanities Building. Admission is free.

As internationally acclaimed soloist, she appears in projects ranging from experimental solo performances to concerts with renowned ensembles. An important part of her work is the close cooperation with composers of her generation, having premiered more than 100 new works for her instrument. Lately she has been particularly interested in the potential of the accordion within electro-acoustic music and multimedia art. Zöllner is based in Hamburg and lives as a nomadic musician, travelling around the world to explore her instrument in different cultures and contexts.

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UMBC Camerata and Opera Workshop (12/7)

camerata01-sOn Sunday, December 7, at 8 pm, the Department of Music presents the UMBC Camerata, directed by Stephen Caracciolo, and the Opera Workshop, directed by Joseph Regan. The program, which will presented in the Concert Hall, Performing Arts and Humanities Building, will feature music by Mendelssohn, Rutter and others, and is free to the public. Full details are available here.

Jazz in Concert (12/7)

jazzensemble02-sOn Sunday, December 7 at 3:00 pm, the Department of Music presents Jazz in Concert, featuring the UMBC Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Matthew Belzer. The performance will be held in Concert Hall, Performing Arts and Humanities Building, and is free to the public.