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  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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    College Park, MD—Known for its cross-disciplinary programs that immerse audiences in the historical context of musical works, PostClassical Ensemble (PCE) will present Mexican Revolution, a multimedia program that explores themes of human rights and cultural expression, on May 10 at 7:30pm in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center’s Dekelboum Concert Hall.

  • Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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    College Park. MD -– Three distinguished University of Maryland faculty are the recipients of a 2014 Individual Artist Award (IIA) from the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC).  Linda Mabbs (voice) and Robert DiLutis (clarinet) from the School of Music, and Sharon Mansur (dance) of the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies were selected by MSAC for creating works of exceptional quality in a variety of artistic disciplines.  The grants range in value from $1,000 to $3,000.

  • Friday, April 11, 2014

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    College Park, MD— The UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies presents Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, a play by MacArthur ‘Genius’ award-winning playwright and actress Anna Deavere Smith, May 3-10 at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

  • Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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    College Park, MD— The UMD Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of James Ross, will continue exploring the relationship between movement and music with a choreographic approach to Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring on Sunday, May 4 at 4pm in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center’s Dekelboum Concert Hall. The UMD Symphony Orchestra is part of the School of Music.

    UMD alumna and renowned choreographer Liz Lerman developed the orchestra’s movements through improvisatory rehearsal technique. The program also includes Dutilleux’s Métaboles and Gershwin/Bennett’s Porgy and Bess: Symphonic Picture.

  • Monday, March 31, 2014

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    March 31, 2014College Park, MD – Actor Denis O’Hare (“True Blood”, “American Horror Story”) and director Lisa Peterson transform Homer’s great poem about the Trojan War into an intimate solo show, Homer’s Coat’s An Iliad, on May 2 and May 3 at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at UMD. O’Hare and Peterson, the founding members of Homer’s Coat, developed An Iliad as a way to address what it means to be a nation at war. The piece also pays tribute to the language and spirit of the classic poem but features mostly modern vernacular to illuminate the heroism and horror of warfare.

  • Thursday, March 13, 2014

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  • Thursday, March 6, 2014

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  • Thursday, February 27, 2014

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    College Park, MD— Acclaimed East African vocalist and songwriter Somi will bring her smooth, soulful and superb sound to the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on Friday, March 28 for two special performances at 7pm and 9pm. Both performances will be cabaret-style in the Center’s Kogod Theatre.

  • Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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  • Thursday, February 20, 2014

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  • Monday, February 3, 2014

    College Park, MD— Five-time Tony Award-winning lighting designer Brian MacDevitt and internationally acclaimed choreographers Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig direct Spring Awakening, the multi-layered rock musical that explores the coming-of-age of a group of teenagers living in a 19th century German village, February 28- March 8 at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

  • Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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    College Park, MD—Known for its rich and unexpected musical collaborations, the Kronos Quartet will join in concert with famed Malian vocalist Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté and instrumentalists Fodé Lassana Diabaté and Mamadou Kouyaté, in Trio Da Kali's first visit to the United States, on February 22 at 8pm at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center’s Dekelboum Concert Hall.

  • Tuesday, January 28, 2014

    Constitutional case law is the unlikely, yet dramatic and dynamic source of inspiration for a newly written opera that is already generating excitement and national interest.

    The University of Maryland School of Music’s Maryland Opera Studio (MOS) will present a developmental reading of composer Derrick Wang’s opera Scalia/Ginsburg, inspired by the opinions of Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia.  The reading will be held on Friday, February 14 at 7:30PM in the Clarice Smith Center’s Gildenhorn Recital Hall.

  • Friday, January 3, 2014

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    College Park, MD— Known for his ability to weave movement and storytelling into potent dance theatre performances, David Roussève/REALITY presents the world premiere of Stardust at the Kay Theatre at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, January 31 and February 1 at 8pm. The artists will participate in a Talk Back following the Friday, January 31 performance.

  • Monday, November 18, 2013

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    College Park, MD – Nolan Williams, Jr. presents his new holiday musical Christmas Gift! at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on December 13 and 14. With music, lyrics and book by American songwriter Williams, Jr., Christmas Gift! centers around 13-year-old Zawadi Wise and her family and explores the themes of love and selfless giving through narrative, poetry, song and dance. The musical also delves into the rich history of Christmas Gift, a forgotten holiday gift exchange tradition in the African American community.

  • Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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    College Park, MD—The University of Maryland (UMD) School of Music’s Concert Choir will join the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in three performances of Benjamin Britten’s profound and deeply affecting anti-war masterpiece, The War Requiem on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 8 pm and Friday, November 15, 2013 at 8 pm in the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 8 pm at the Music Center at Strathmore.

    The performances celebrate the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth on November 22, 1913.  The combined force of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra plus two choirs and three soloists will deliver Britten’s powerful masterwork that lends humanity to anti-war sentiment and remembers the fallen. “We are honored to be part of a performance so meaningful and moving,” said Edward Maclary, director of Choral Activities at UMD. “It is a privilege to share the stage with the BSO for the centerpiece of their 2013-2014 season.”

  • Thursday, October 17, 2013

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    College Park, MD— Matthew R. Wilson directs the comedic and contemporary Molière Impromptu, translated and adapted by Rinne Groff, November 8-16 at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Presented by the UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS), Molière Impromptu is based on three short plays by Molière and takes a wickedly funny look at the magic of theatre.

  • Monday, October 14, 2013

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    College Park, MD— The National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts (NACTA) will join the University of Maryland’s (UMD) School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) for a three-week collaboration beginning October 28th that focuses on sharing each culture’s unique approach to theatrical production and theatre technology.  Two junior professors and one graduate student from NACTA will spend three weeks in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on the UMD campus working side-by-side with TDPS faculty, students and production staff. The visit is part of a five-year NACTA-TDPS partnership that began in 2012 with the bi-lingual co-production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, performed in both College Park, MD and Beijing, China.

  • Wednesday, October 9, 2013

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    College Park, MD— Rhythm and blues and gospel legend Mavis Staples makes her debut at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center with a performance in the Kay Theatre on November 8 at 8 pm. From her start with the Staple Singers to her dynamic solo career, Staples has continued to raise social consciousness through music for six decades. Yvonne Staples, Mavis Staples’ sister and original member of the Staple Sisters, will provide backing vocals.

    This performance is part of the Clarice Smith Center’s involvement in The National Civil War Project. The Center is examining the Civil War through the lens of civil and human rights, with a special focus on the Civil Rights Movement.

  • Thursday, October 3, 2013

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    College Park, MD— Choreographer David Dorfman explores the vulnerability, virtuosity and mortality of daily life in Come, and Back Again at the Kay Theatre at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center November 1 and 2 at 8 pm.  Inspired by the stimulating poetry and unapologetic, raw ferocity of the underground 90’s Atlanta band “Smoke,” five dancers and a band of musicians create a kinetic anthem of reckless personal abandon. Dorfman plays the role of both dancer and saxophonist in this striking work that contemplates how time and memory influence and define our changeable human existence.

    Join the artists for a Talk Back following the Friday, November 1 performance.

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