Toshi Reagon & Alarm Will Sound: Love Always & Cradle at Clarice Smith, Dec 11

Toshi Reagon & Alarm Will Sound: Love Always & Cradle at Clarice Smith, Dec 11

Toshi Reagon & Alarm Will Sound: Love Always & Cradle
Sunday, December 11, 2022 . 3PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

“One of the most vital and original ensembles on the American music scene” (The New York Times), Alarm Will Sound is a 20-member band that has established a reputation for performing demanding music with energetic virtuosity. This matinee performance features the world premiere of Love Always, commissioned by The Clarice, along with Alyssa Piper’s Cradle. 

Love Always, a song cycle co-created by Allison Loggins-Hull and Toshi Reagon, is rooted in long-standing African American traditions of elders writing letters to their children, and of storytelling through music, conversation and listening. Inspired by James Baldwin’s “The Fire Next Time” and Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “Between the World and Me,” Allison writes letters to her own son, which serve as the text in this piece and as a call for understanding to allow her son to navigate through this world. Toshi’s offering to this song cycle tells three of her stories: Toshi Seeger (her Godmother), Toshi Georgiana Widoff Woodson (her Goddaughter and Toshi herself.

Alyssa Pyper initially created Cradle as a solo work for violin, loop pedal and voice as part of a symbolic journey into the trauma of growing up queer, classically trained and Mormon. In equal part, the composition of the piece emerged through the composer’s dissonance with not only fundamentalist religion, but a pedagogy of classical violin dispersed through the frame of a perfectionist religious culture. Through a close mentorship, members of Alarm Will Sound co-created with Pyper a version of Cradle that allows for members of an ensemble to tap into its arc and participate in its call.

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Join us in person at The Clarice! Please note that this performance will not be livestreamed.

The Muses – Original Works Project at Clarice Smith, Dec 11

The Muses – Original Works Project at Clarice Smith, Dec 11

The Muses – Original Works Project (Fall)
Sunday, December 11, 2022 . 3PM

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

Come see a variety of 10-minute staged readings of plays written, directed and performed by students!

Free, no tickets required

Join us in person at The Clarice! Please note that this performance will not be livestreamed.

Keep on Swingin’ at Clarice Smith, Dec 9 & 10

Keep on Swingin’ at Clarice Smith, Dec 9 & 10

TDPS Experimental Performance Series #2
Keep on Swingin’
December 9, 2022. 7:30PM
December 10, 2022. 2:00PM & 7:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

Join us in-person at The Clarice! Please note that this event will not be livestreamed.

The Experimental Performance Series presents new work by students in the UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies. More details coming soon.

Keep on Swingin’

A personal reflection on Roxanne “Roxy” King’s childhood and the inspirations that sparked joy within the art form of tap. Keep on Swingin’ dives into Roxy’s inner world through spoken word, dance, and media inspired by her life between kindergarten to fourth grade. This piece invites the audience to feel, participate, and reflect on harsh realities of young black girls having to grow up too fast.

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Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at Clarice Smith, Dec 9

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at Clarice Smith, Dec 9

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

Friday, December 9, 2022. 8PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. In person.

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.

New Music Director of Choral Activities Jason Max Ferdinand continues the holiday tradition of bringing Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols to campus for its 21st year. Choirs, brass quintet and organ combine to bring the joy of the season to life with carols, hymns and spoken word that epitomize hope and goodwill.

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

Kreativity End of Semester Show at Clarice Smith, Dec 3

Kreativity End of Semester Show at Clarice Smith, Dec 3

Kreativity Diversity Troupe End of Semester Show
December 3, 2022. 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
Free, no tickets required.

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.