Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, College Park

Located on the University of Maryland’s flagship campus in College Park, Maryland, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center combines student productions with professional companies. It features a wide variety of music, dance, lectures and plays; only the theatrical productions are listed here.

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center has an alternative location called the Milkboy Arthouse, on Route 1 (Baltimore Ave.)

Website: http://claricesmithcenter.umd.edu/

Location: 3800 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-2635

Ticket Office: 301.405.ARTS (2787)
Main Office: 301.405.7794

Milkboy Arthouse
Location: 7416 Baltimore Ave., College Park 20740
Website: https://www.milkboyarthouse.com/


Upcoming Events:


Survivor Love Letter Workshop at Clarice Smith, Sep 12

Survivor Love Letter Workshop

Thursday, September 12, 2019 . 5:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life?
The world would split open. –Muriel Rukeyser, American poet, activist, and feminist

Survivor Love Letter is a movement for survivors of sexual assault and their allies to publicly celebrate their lives. Started by filmmaker and activist Tani Ikeda in 2012 on the anniversary of her rape, #SurvivorLoveLetter has rippled out to become a hashtag, a letter writing campaign, and a viral social movement. In this workshop, facilitated by Tani, you will have an opportunity to tell your story in the form of a poem, a personal monologue, a letter to yourself, a song, or whatever comes to mind. This workshop is being presented in connection with “A body, home,” which is a multimedia, intergenerational dance piece on sexual violence performed in the back of a moving truck. Performances of the dance will be part of NextNOW Fest on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14, and will incorporate excerpts of letters written during this workshop.

Free, no tickets required for most activities. Click here for more information.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Survivor Love Letter Workshop, Tani Ikeda, Free Performance


NextNOW Fest 2019 at Clarice Smith, Sep 13-14

NextNOW Fest 2019

Fri, Sep 13, 2019 . 6:00PM
Sat, Sep 14, 2019 . 6:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Various Locations.

NextNOW Fest is an inspiring experience where creativity and community converge. By amplifying the voices of intriguing, inventive artists from around campus and the country, NextNOW Fest creates a forward-looking microcosm where art shapes and transforms our future. For the full list of events, click here

Free, no tickets required for most activities. Tickets are required for Snail Mail and Flying V Fights. Tickets will be available starting at Noon on the first day of the Fall semester (Mon, Aug 26). Note: Tickets do not guarantee admission. Ticket-holders must arrive 15 minutes before the performance. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, NextNOW Fest, Free Performance


The Visit at Clarice Smith, Sep 28-Oct 5

The Visit
Written by Friedrich Dürrenmatt
Translated by Maurice Valency
Brian MacDevitt, director
Leigh Wilson Smiley, acting coach
Kendra Portier, choreographer

September 28 – October 5, 2019

Sat, Sep 28, 2019 . 7:30PM
Sun, Sep 29, 2019 . 2:00PM
Sun, Sep 29, 2019 . 7:30PM
Wed, Oct 2, 2019 . 7:30PM
Thu, Oct 3, 2019 . 7:30PM
Fri, Oct 4, 2019 . 7:30PM
Sat, Oct 5, 2019 . 2:00PM
Sat, Oct 5, 2019 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kay Theatre, reserved seating.

Under what circumstances can a society skew their morality for comfort and personal gain? Set in the fictitious town of Güllen, experience the story of a woman’s revenge on a community that cast her out when she was pregnant and impoverished. This allegorical dark comedy features a village of citizens—set into motion as a mob of dancing birds, whose sweeping murmurations turn ferocious. The play arcs from absurdist to barbarous in order to question what happens when civil ethics, personal morality, patriarchal rule, justice and democracy go amok.

“A small masterpiece of misanthropy…a grotesque fable whose icy laughter and bizarre fantastical sideshows…reflect its Swiss author’s proximity to both the Holocaust and the accompanying absurdist revolution in theater…. A nightmare about democracy, Dürrenmatt’s play will always be pertinent.” — The New York Times

Tickets: Regular $25, Student/Youth $10. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, The Visit, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Maurice Valency, Brian MacDevitt, Leigh Wilson Smiley, Kendra Portier


I Have an Idea for a Play and Doubled Bodies at Clarice Smith, Oct 18 & 20

Second Season: “I Have an Idea for a Play” and “Doubled Bodies”
October 18 & 20, 2019

Fri, Oct 18, 2019 . 7:30PM
Sun, Oct 20, 2019 . 2:00PM
Sun, Oct 20, 2019 . 7:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Dance Theatre, general admission.

I Have an Idea for a Play
Written by Jordan Resnick
Directed by Katie Arnold

In this Brechtian play about the ticking clock that is life, characters experience existential dread as they become aware of their own status as fictional. Distanced from the imaginary world of the play, the characters navigate themes of female empowerment, sexuality and student loans.

Doubled Bodies
Choreographed by Kristina Harris and Gabriel Mata

Doubled Bodies exposes narratives that are muted by heteronormative gender constructs. Harris and Mata upend expectations about female/male partnering, power dynamics and gendered aesthetics, drawing on in-depth research and their own individual and cultural identities.

Free, no tickets required. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, I Have an Idea for a Play, Jordan Resnick, Katie Arnold, Doubled Bodies, Kristina Harris, Gabriel Mata


SITI Company presents The Bacchae at Clarice Smith, Oct 30

SITI Company
The Bacchae
by Euripedes
translated by Aaron Poochigian

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 . 8PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kay Theatre, reserved seating.

New York’s renown SITI, a collaboration between theatre and opera director Anne Bogart and Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki, takes on one of Euripides’ greatest surviving works, “The Bacchae.” Nine actors will tackle Aaron Poochigian’s new translation with unbridled energy, navigating the lyrical text of the play with evocative set design and choral moments full of swagger and bluster. Ellen Lauren, who served for many years as one of SITI Company’s lead actors, reimagines the God Dionysus as a wine-slinging, gender-bending trickster from whose hands destruction and debauchery flow. Though the story is more than 2,400 years old, this dramatic exploration of cult versus society, tyranny versus populism, and restraint versus excess feels just as relevant in modern-day America as it might have in Ancient Greece. The result is a poetic intimacy between script and stage.

For nearly three decades, SITI has been at the helm of energizing and evolving American contemporary theater through the creation of new works, the training of new talent and an unwavering emphasis on cultural exchange. The self-described “gymnasium for the soul” has ongoing relationships with the Wexner Center for the Arts, University of California, Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon and Columbia University.

There will be a post-performance Q&A.

Tickets: Regular $30, Student/Youth $10. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, SITI Company, The Bacchae, Euripedes, Aaron Poochigian


Flyin’ West at Clarice Smith, Nov 1-9

Flyin’ West
Scot Reese, co-director
Alvin Mayes, co-director
Written by Pearl Cleage

November 1 – 9, 2019

Fri, Nov 1, 2019 . 7:30PM
Sun, Nov 3, 2019 . 2:00PM
Sun, Nov 3, 2019 . 7:30PM
Wed, Nov 6, 2019 . 7:30PM
Thu, Nov 7, 2019 . 7:30PM
Fri, Nov 8, 2019 . 7:30PM
Sat, Nov 9, 2019 . 2:00PM
Sat, Nov 9, 2019 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kogod Theatre, reserved seating.

Set in 1898, Flyin’ West is the vivid and spirited story of African American women pioneers who settle together in the all-black town of Nicodemus, KS. After emancipation, the play’s four women have taken advantage of the Homestead Act to leave the oppressive South in hopes of finding the freedom that had been denied to them for so long. Cleage’s work explores themes of determination, racial pride, intermarriage and the power of love to highlight the female empowerment that she sees as vital to the African American community.

Tickets: Regular $25, Student/Youth $10. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Flyin West, Scot Reese, Alvin Mayes, Pearl Cleage


Maryland Opera Studio present Ariodante at Clarice Smith, Nov 21-25

Ariodante
Maryland Opera Studio
George Frideric Handel, composer
Antonio Salvi after Ludovico Ariosto, librettist
Craig Kier, conductor
Garnett Bruce, stage director

November 21 – 25, 2019

Thu, Nov 21, 2019 . 7:30PM
Fri, Nov 22, 2019 . 7:30PM
Sun, Nov 24, 2019 . 3:00PM
Mon, Nov 25, 2019 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kay Theatre, reserved seating.

Maryland Opera Studio (MOS) presents Ariodante. After its initial debut, this early 18th century opera by George Frideric Handel fell into oblivion for two centuries. Rediscovered in the 1970s, Ariodante is now considered a Baroque masterpiece for its emotionally evocative arias. Don’t miss this story of royalty, love and intrigue.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

Join the free Opera Resonates discussion in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library at The Clarice at 1:30PM before the Sunday performance at 3PM.

The fall opera has charmingly become known as the “white opera” since the performers wear simplified white muslin period costumes. The white opera is the art form at its most elemental—the singer, the story and the music take center stage. In addition to the MOS singers, this performance features undergraduate students from UMD Choral Activities and M.F.A. design students from the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. Under the direction of Craig Kier, the MOS is dedicated to the future of opera. Preparing the next generation of great singers and offering performances ranging from classic repertoire to provocative new works, they are building audiences and advancing the art that sustains them.

Tickets: Regular $25, Student/Youth $10. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Ariodante, George Frideric Handel, Antonio Salvi, Ludovico Ariosto, Craig Kier, Garnett Bruce


Porte Parole presents The Assembly at Clarice Smith, Dec 5-7

Porte Parole
The Assembly
December 5 – 7, 2019 . 8PM

Thu, Dec 5, 2019 . 8:00PM
Fri, Dec 6, 2019 . 8:00PM
Sat, Dec 7, 2019 . 8:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kogod Theatre, general admission.

The bitter polarization of the 2016 American presidential election inspired pioneering Montreal theater company Porte Parole to consider what may sound like a terrifying scenario—having a dinner party with four strangers of very different political persuasions and urging them to discuss their differences over wine. Would they listen? Would they get along? Could they be convinced to change? The Assembly re-creates that scenario, based on a conversation with very real participants, with divergent viewpoints, chosen directly from the University of Maryland community. The actors do their best to conjure those actual strangers and make the play feel like a real-time snapshot of our own very real divides. During the play, the audience is asked to participate, to take their own seat at the table and dig into topics about their community with their community. This is catalyzing art that asks a necessary but seemingly intractable question: how can we change the world without learning to break bread with our neighbors?

During the last two decades, Porte Parole has staged provocative, award-winning works about overseas labor outsourcing, water usage rights, power utilities, agricultural law and police brutality. Named for the French term for spokesperson, Porte Parole was founded by a playwright and actor who understands that the truth often takes on an impossibly amoeboid shape. To get at it, their documentary theater company uses a horde of research, from primary source materials to original interviews, to create plays that fully ponder the complexities of any topic, reflecting a subject’s subtleties the way a painting might capture something a photograph would have missed.

Tickets: Regular $25, Student/Youth $10. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Porte Parole, The Assembly


Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at Clarice Smith, Dec 6

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
UMD Treble Choir, UMD Men’s Chorus, University Chorale, Femmes de Chanson and MännerMusik

Friday, December 6, 2018 . 8PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Memorial Chapel

Five choirs, brass quintet and organ bring the joy of the season to life with carols, hymns and spoken word that epitomize hope and goodwill.

On the day of the performance, tickets will be available only at Memorial Chapel beginning at 7PM.

Led by Edward Maclary, the choral ensembles have achieved international renown and offer a wide array of choral experiences with music encompassing all styles and eras. In addition to this season’s on campus choral performances, the UMD Concert Choir participates in annual collaborations with both the National Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, the Music Center at Strathmore and the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Last spring, the UMD Concert Choir performed at Carnegie Hall with the National Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets: Regular $20, Seniors: $15, Student/Youth $10. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols


The Muses – Original Works Project at Clarice Smith, Dec 8

The Muses – Original Works Project (Fall)
Sun, Dec 8, 2019 . 3:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Cafritz Foundation Theatre.

The Muses proudly present their Original Works Projects, a memorable night of short plays created and produced by students.

Free, no tickets required

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, The Muses, Original Works Project, Free performance, World Premiere


Untitled and Champagne Party for Time Travelers at Clarice Smith, Jan 31-Feb 1

Second Season: “Untitled” and “Champagne Party for Time Travelers”
January 31 – February 1, 2020

Fri, Jan 31, 2020 . 7:30PM
Sat, Feb 1, 2020 . 2:00PM
Sat, Feb 1, 2020 . 7:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Dance Theatre, general admission.

Untitled
Choreographed by Gabriela Grant

Grant’s project explores how black and brown female bodies have been commodified and appropriated throughout history. She examines their femininity and masculinity and how this contributes to their commodification. The work primarily uses African and urban movement forms, such as vogueing, heels, hip hop choreography, to express this, but also incorporates elements of spoken word and live music. Her work resists the sexual objectification of Black women and instead highlights their strength through varied forms of vernacular movement.

Champagne Party for Time Travelers
Written and Choreographed by Sydney Lemelin and Hana Huie

This piece is based on the real party that famed physicist Stephen Hawking threw for time travelers, for which he sent invitations after the party ended. Lemelin and Huie combine theater and dance to explore the journey of believing in things that do not exist and pursuing what is important to us, however insignificant we may be in the universe.

Free, no tickets required. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Untitled, Gabriela Grant, Champagne Party for Time Travelers, Sydney Lemelin, Hana Huie


Susan at Clarice Smith, Feb 7-8

Ahamefule J. Oluo presents
Susan

February 7 & 8, 2020 . 8PM

Fri, Feb 7, 2020 . 8:00PM
Sat, Feb 8, 2020 . 8:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Dance Theatre, general admission.

After moving audiences at The Clarice in 2017, trumpeter, composer and comedian Ahamefule J. Oluo returns with “Susan,” a memoir delivered through wry comedic monologue and live, grand-scale big-band and jazz. This vulnerable theatrical work about his childhood tells the story of how his Midwestern mother was left to raise two bi-racial babies after the sudden departure of her husband, a Nigerian doctoral student. There’s obvious chemistry between Oluo’s singular voice and the grand creation of the music; at times, when the story is too painful for him, the ensemble carries the show. “Susan” is a category-defying reflection on how race, class, and appearance impact everyone—and how we play the hand that we’re dealt.

In 2002, after being selected as Town Hall Seattle’s first-ever artist-in-residence, Oluo realized he wanted to do something different. After years of performing and recording with prominent musicians like John Zorn, Hey Marseilles, Wayne Horvitz and Macklemore, Oluo knew he had his own story to tell—and the diverse set of skills to do it. During his time in residency, he began experimenting with blending big-band, jazz, standup and memoir to formulate a new musical and theatrical identity.

Tickets: Regular $30, Student/Youth $10. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Ahamefule J. Oluo, Susan


Aline Kuppenheim/Teatro y Su Doble presents Feos at Clarice Smith, Feb 13-14

Aline Kuppenheim/Teatro y Su Doble presents
FEOS
February 13 & 14, 2020 . 8PM

Thu, Feb 13, 2020 . 8:00PM
Fri, Feb 14, 2020 . 8:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Dance Theatre, general admission.

Teatro y Su Doble: FEOS

Inspired by Uruguayan writer Mario Benedetti’s short story “La Noche de los Feos,” Chilean theater troupe Teatro y Su Doble tenderly and playfully express the unlikely meeting of two strangers in line at a movie theater. United by the loneliness caused by their physical deformities, the pair quickly realize that they have much in common. Drawing deeply mature emotions, Teatro y Su Doble craft beautiful scenes that touch the soul, despite—or, perhaps, due to—their fundamental strangeness.

Chilean theater troupe Teatro y Su Doble is a fiercely creative force. Its multimedia storytelling process borrows techniques from puppetry and animation to create a bold analog to traditional theater. “FEOS,” which debuted at Chile’s esteemed Santiago a Mil International Festival in 2015, refines this innovative approach.

Tickets: Regular $25, Student/Youth $10. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Feos, Aline Kuppenheim, Teatro y su Doble


Maryland Opera Studio presents Opera New Work Reading at Clarice Smith, Feb 14

Opera New Work Reading
Maryland Opera Studio
Friday, February 14, 2020 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Grand Pavilion, general admission.

The New Work Reading marks the premiere of the winning piece from the fourth annual UMD Opera Composition Contest. The School of Music’s Maryland Opera Studio and The Clarice’s Artist Partner Program established the UMD Opera Composition Contest in 2016 as part of their ongoing dedication to cultivating and performing new work that addresses socially relevant themes. Information about winning artists will be announced in the fall.

Tickets: Free, no tickets required. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Maryland Opera Studio, Opera New Work Reading, Free Performance


Noises Off at Clarice Smith, Feb 21-29

Noises Off
Written by Michael Frayn
Kathryn Chase Bryer, director

February 21 – 29, 2020

Fri, Feb 21, 2020 . 7:30PM
Sat, Feb 22, 2020 . 2:00PM
Sat, Feb 22, 2020 . 7:30PM
Sun, Feb 23, 2020 . 2:00PM
Wed, Feb 26, 2020 . 7:30PM
Thu, Feb 27, 2020 . 7:30PM
Fri, Feb 28, 2020 . 7:30PM
Sat, Feb 29, 2020 . 2:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kay Theatre, reserved seating.

What else could go wrong? Tensions run high as Lloyd Dallas, the director of this play’s play-within-a-play, struggles to prepare his accident-prone cast for the opening of British bedroom comedy Nothing On. Missed cues, jealous lovers, a lost contact lens and a troublesome plate of sardines all conspire to ruin the performance. Michael Frayn’s award-winning farce details the hilarity that ensues behind the scenes of a theatrical production as characters attempt to untangle the chaos and salvage the play.

“The most dexterously realized comedy ever about putting on a comedy. A spectacularly funny, peerless backstage farce. This dizzy, well-known romp is festival of delirium.” — The New York Times

Tickets: Regular $25, Student/Youth $10. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Noises Off, Michael Frayn, Kathryn Chase Bryer


Maryland Opera Studio presents The Cunning Little Vixen at Clarice Smith, Apr 3-11

Maryland Opera Studio presents:
The Cunning Little Vixen
Leoš Janáček, composer and librettist
Craig Kier, conductor
Amanda Consol, stage director

April 3 – 11, 2020

Fri, Apr 3, 2020 . 7:30PM
Sun, Apr 5, 2020 . 3:00PM
Wed, Apr 8, 2020 . 7:30PM
Sat, Apr 11, 2020 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kay Theatre, reserved seating.

Maryland Opera Studio (MOS) presents The Cunning Little Vixen. Inspired by a comic strip and originally titled Adventures of Vixen Sharp-Ears, this Leoš Janáček composed opera is filled with beautifully fluid music featuring Moravian folk elements. A comic tale of a cunning female fox (a vixen), this Czech opera details her tragic adventures through captivity and back into the wild that ultimately lead to her demise. Featuring a colorful cast of forest animals and human characters, this is a captivating story of the hunted versus the hunter and the continuous cycle of life.

Sung in Czech with English supertitles.

Under the direction of Craig Kier, the MOS is dedicated to the future of opera. Preparing the next generation of great singers and offering performances ranging from classic repertoire to provocative new works, they are building audiences and advancing the art that sustains them. In addition to the MOS singers, this performance features undergraduate students from UMD Choral Activities and M.F.A. design students from the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies

Tickets: Regular $25, Student/Youth $10. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, The Cunning Little Vixen, Leos Janacek, Craig Kier, Amanda Consol


Maryland Opera Studio presents Opera al Fresco at Clarice Smith, Apr 30, 12:30pm

Maryland Opera Studio presents:
Opera al Fresco

Thursday, April 30, 2020 . 12:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Grand Pavilion, general admission.

Drop-in for some light opera. This audience favorite concert offers a casual preview of the Maryland Opera Studio’s scene study performances in The Clarice’s expansive Grand Pavilion.

Tickets: Free, no tickets required. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Maryland Opera Studio, Opera al Fresco, Free Performance


She Kills Monsters at Clarice Smith, May 2-9

She Kills Monsters
Written by Qui Nguyen
Directed by Rachel Grossman

May 2-9, 2020

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kogod Theatre, reserved seating.

After the sudden and tragic death of her younger sister Tilly, Agnes Evans discovers a mysterious fantasy gaming notebook that offers clues into her sister’s life. Risking her own real-life relationships, Agnes enters the action-packed world of Dungeons and Dragons brimming with dominatrix warrior women, ogres and fairies to understand Tilly’s world and mourn her death. This touching story draws on nerd culture and queer representation to explore themes of sisterhood, loss and acceptance.

“Nguyen is a refreshing, break-the-rules writer—he has a ready embrace of pop culture, high-school speak and ‘High Fidelity’ cool, and he also has a mission to redeem gaming geeks everywhere….” — Chicago Tribune

Tickets: Regular $25, Student/Youth $10. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, She Kills Monsters, Qui Nguyen, Rachel Grossman


Maryland Opera Studio presents Opera Scene Study at Clarice Smith, May 7-8

Opera Scene Study
Maryland Opera Studio
May 7 – 8, 2020 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Gildenhorn Recital Hall, general admission.

First-year Maryland Opera Studio (MOS) students demonstrate their talent in this showcase featuring duet scenes from a wide operatic repertory. To keep the focus on beautiful, pure sounds and vivid acting, the performance is accompanied only by piano and minimal props.

MOS is dedicated to the future of opera. Preparing the next generation of great singers and offering performances ranging from the classic repertoire to provocative new works, MOS is building audiences and advancing the art that sustains them.

Tickets: Free, no tickets required. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Maryland Opera Studio, Opera Scene Study, Free Performance


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Maryland Opera Studio presents Opera New Work Reading at Clarice Smith, Feb 14

Opera New Work Reading
Maryland Opera Studio
Friday, February 14, 2020 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Grand Pavilion, general admission.

The New Work Reading marks the premiere of the winning piece from the fourth annual UMD Opera Composition Contest. The School of Music’s Maryland Opera Studio and The Clarice’s Artist Partner Program established the UMD Opera Composition Contest in 2016 as part of their ongoing dedication to cultivating and performing new work that addresses socially relevant themes. Information about winning artists will be announced in the fall.

Tickets: Free, no tickets required. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Maryland Opera Studio, Opera New Work Reading, Free Performance


Kreativity Open Mic Night at Clarice Smith, May 13

Kreativity Diversity Troupe Open Mic

May 13, 2019. 7:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
Free, no tickets required. Cafritz Foundation Theatre, general admission.

Join the Kreators of the Kreativity Diversity Troupe for their end of the semester show, full of music, dance and spoken word.

Interested in learning more about Kreativity? Email kreativity.troupe@gmail.com and like them on Facebook!

Free, no tickets required.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Kreativity Diversity Troupe, Variety Show


Kreativity End of Semester Show at Clarice Smith, Apr 7

Kreativity Diversity Troupe End of Semester Show
April 7, 2018. 7:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
Free, no tickets required. Cafritz Foundation Theatre, general admission.

Join the Kreators of the Kreativity Diversity Troupe for an open mic night, full of music, dance and spoken word.

Want to try out your own performance chops? Show up and sign up! Just looking for a night of entertainment from some of the most talented students in the metro area? Simply take a seat and enjoy the show.

Free, no tickets required.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Kreativity Diversity Troupe, Variety Show


Maryland Opera Studio presents Opera al Fresco at Clarice Smith, Apr 30, 12:30pm

Maryland Opera Studio presents:
Opera al Fresco

Thursday, April 30, 2020 . 12:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Grand Pavilion, general admission.

Drop-in for some light opera. This audience favorite concert offers a casual preview of the Maryland Opera Studio’s scene study performances in The Clarice’s expansive Grand Pavilion.

Tickets: Free, no tickets required. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Maryland Opera Studio, Opera al Fresco, Free Performance


Maryland Opera Studio presents Opera Scene Study at Clarice Smith, May 7-8

Opera Scene Study
Maryland Opera Studio
May 7 – 8, 2020 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Gildenhorn Recital Hall, general admission.

First-year Maryland Opera Studio (MOS) students demonstrate their talent in this showcase featuring duet scenes from a wide operatic repertory. To keep the focus on beautiful, pure sounds and vivid acting, the performance is accompanied only by piano and minimal props.

MOS is dedicated to the future of opera. Preparing the next generation of great singers and offering performances ranging from the classic repertoire to provocative new works, MOS is building audiences and advancing the art that sustains them.

Tickets: Free, no tickets required. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Maryland Opera Studio, Opera Scene Study, Free Performance


Weekday Players Original Works Project at Clarice Smith, May 8

Weekday Players Original Works Project

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 . 7:30 PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Cafritz Foundation Theatre

The Weekday Players proudly presents their Original Works Projects, a memorable night of short plays created and produced by students.

Tickets: Free, no ticket required

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Weekday Players, Original Works Project, World Premiere, Free Performance


Peter and the Wolf at Clarice Smith, June 23

Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf
by Sergei Prokofiev
National Orchestra Institute + Festival

Sunday, June 23, 2019 . 3PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Cafritz Foundation Theatre

In this family-friendly performance, members of the National Orchestral Institute perform Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and give their own imaginative musical interpretations of beloved children’s books.

The National Orchestral Institute + Festival brings together aspiring orchestral musicians from across the country for a month of dynamic music-making and professional exploration. Chosen by a rigorous, cross-country audition process, these young artists present passionate and awe-inspiring performances of adventuresome repertoire at The Clarice and in the community.

Free, no tickets required.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Sergei Prokofiev, Peter and the Wolf, National Orchestra Institute + Festival, Free Performance


Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at Clarice Smith, Dec 6

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
UMD Treble Choir, UMD Men’s Chorus, University Chorale, Femmes de Chanson and MännerMusik

Friday, December 6, 2018 . 8PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Memorial Chapel

Five choirs, brass quintet and organ bring the joy of the season to life with carols, hymns and spoken word that epitomize hope and goodwill.

On the day of the performance, tickets will be available only at Memorial Chapel beginning at 7PM.

Led by Edward Maclary, the choral ensembles have achieved international renown and offer a wide array of choral experiences with music encompassing all styles and eras. In addition to this season’s on campus choral performances, the UMD Concert Choir participates in annual collaborations with both the National Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, the Music Center at Strathmore and the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Last spring, the UMD Concert Choir performed at Carnegie Hall with the National Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets: Regular $20, Seniors: $15, Student/Youth $10. Click here.

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols


The Muses – Original Works Project at Clarice Smith, Dec 9

The Muses – Original Works Project (Fall)
Sunday, December 9, 2018 . 3PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Cafritz Foundation Theatre.

The Muses proudly present their Original Works Projects, a memorable night of short plays created and produced by students.

Free, no tickets required

Tags: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, The Muses, Original Works Project, Free performance, World Premiere


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