Owen Wingrave at Clarice Smith, Jun 6-8, Online and In-person

Owen Wingrave at Clarice Smith, Jun 6-8, Online and In-person

NOI Philharmonic & Maryland Opera Studio: Owen Wingrave – VIRTUAL
Sunday, June 6 & Tuesday, June 8, 2021 . 7PM EDT

Sun, Jun 6, 2021 . 07:00PM to 09:00PM
Tue, Jun 8, 2021 . 07:00PM to 09:00PM

Craig Kier, conductor
Amanda Consol, director
National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic
Maryland Opera Studio Series:
2021 National Orchestral Institute + Festival

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Online

Juxtaposing his pacifist beliefs against his family’s military traditions, a young man finds himself leaving his training to confront his family in Benjamin Britten’s hauntingly intense opera Owen Wingrave. As Wingrave seeks to prove his courage, he unknowingly veers toward a collision against fate, leading to unexpected consequences.

Under the direction of Craig Kier, the Maryland Opera Studio 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, it is building contemporary audiences for opera and advancing the art that sustains them.

This performance is part of the National Orchestral Institute + Festival (NOI+F). A program of the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, NOI+F trains aspiring orchestral musicians, composers, conductors and arts administrators from across the country in a month of dynamic music-making and professional exploration at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Musicians are chosen through a rigorous, cross-country audition process. Every year, these young artists present passionate and awe-inspiring performances of adventuresome repertoire at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

Owen Wingrave, Op. 85
Benjamin Britten, composer
Myfanwy Piper, librettist
Performed in English with subtitles.

Tickets: $15 per household virtual. Click here.

Tickets: $25 per person in-person. Click here.

Vital Signs Spring 2021 Showcase at Clarice Smith, May 3, Online

Vital Signs Spring 2021 Showcase at Clarice Smith, May 3, Online

Vital Signs Spring 2021 Showcase
Monday, May 3, 2021 . 7PM EDT

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Online

In an effort to support student voice and action related to the Black Lives Matter movement, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, the UMD Office of Diversity and Inclusion and UMD Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy in partnership with Black Terps Matter announced Vital Signs: Creative Arts for Black Lives Mini-Grants. During the 20-21 academic year, grants have been awarded to artists in the UMD community who are creating projects that affirm Black life and vitality and interrogate white supremacy and anti-Blackness.

During this showcase, members of the Spring 2021 Vital Signs cohort will present excerpts of their projects in progress and discuss the intersection of their personal experiences with their art.

Anthony Aguilar ’21 • Art History and Archaeology: a digital reconstruction of the Black Lives Matter Memorial Fence in downtown Washington, D.C.

David Alade ’21 • Information Science: a mini-magazine of film photography that focuses on displaying the intimacy and beauty of Black hair

Lauren Floyd ’24 • Music Performance–Percussion: Shadows of Lakeland, a vignette-style piece that musically delves into the rich history of Lakeland, the historic African American community of College Park, Maryland

Aliyah Jackson ’21 • Theatre and Psychology: a short film about a Black woman who refutes the concept of being “a slave.” This film is being made to celebrate the prideful history of the Black American by capturing the strength, beauty, and regality of individuals of African descent.

Chisom Ojukwu ’21 • Public Health Science: a summer-long virtual art tutoring session for BIPOC youth. Her goal is to connect one-on-one with young students and inspire them to explore the concept of identity through the endless possibilities of the visual arts.

Tickets: Free; Registration recommended. Click here.

I Am My Mother’s Tongue at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Apr 30, Online

I Am My Mother’s Tongue at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Apr 30, Online

NextLOOK Series:
Alina Collins Moldonado
I Am My Mother’s Tongue

April 30, 2021 . 7PM

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium

Through a series of actual interviews centering the relationship between Latinx mothers and their daughters, Alina Collins Maldonado offers us a bilingual, intimate portrayal of the Latinx experience as seen through its matriarchs. As she transforms into each interviewee, her one woman documentary theater piece explores the unanswered questions of cultural expectations passed down through generations.

This event is part of NextLOOK. A partnership between The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and Joe’s Movement Emporium, NextLOOK supports the development of new music, plays, dance and other experiences by regionally-based performing artists. These artists are mentored by seasoned arts administrators from The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium to construct innovative methods of deepening the audience’s involvement in their creative process. By removing logistical barriers of cost and space and providing a sounding board for artists creating new work, NextLOOK invests in the regional arts ecology and creates an accessible, exploratory environment that connects intriguing artists with adventurous audiences.

Pay what you wish, $5 to $25 here.

Maryland Day at Clarice Smith, Apr 24, Online

Maryland Day at Clarice Smith, Apr 24, Online

Maryland Day 2021
Saturday, April 24, 2021 . 10AM EDT

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Online

Maryland Day returns this April! All of us at the University of Maryland invite you for a day of learning, fun and discovery–online! Join us as Maryland Day streams from College Park to wherever you are.

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Maryland Day is an official event of the Inauguration of University of Maryland President Darryll J. Pines.

Tickets: Free; No Tickets Required. Click here.

Henson Awards Showcase at Clarice Smith, Apr 23, Online

Henson Awards Showcase at Clarice Smith, Apr 23, Online

Henson Awards Showcase
Friday, April 23, 2021 . 7:30PM EDT

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Online

The talented student recipients of the Jim Henson Fund for Puppetry will perform/present their funded projects.

The School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies hosts an annual competition and recipients are awarded funds to create a puppet project or performance. The Jim Henson Fund for Puppetry was established by Jane Henson ’55 to honor the memory of Jim Henson ’60, creator of the world famous Muppets.

Aqua and water walk into a bar by Christina Robson
Aqua and water walk into a bar, a collaboration between Christina Robson and Shane Rutkowski, uses found objects to animate an unforgettable journey made by a group of chemicals. Washers, nuts and bolts transform into charismatic representations of chemical structures, and thimbles become a gaggle of bachelorette party attendees. This short film blends choreography, comedy, puppetry and chemistry to bring everyday objects to life.

Exousia by Bill Kassay
Exousia is Greek for “authority” or “power.” In the piece, the protagonist is a rich and powerful creature with overstuffed pockets and a greedy nature. He uses his resources to inflict pain and suffering on innocents with the hope of gaining “prizes.” This is indicative of a civilian-operated military complex whose sole purpose is the accumulation of more wealth. There are far too many conflicts in the world that are being fought under this context. To soften the story, this piece uses a “whack-a-mole” machine to narrate—but the metaphor is the same.

Untitled by Tristan Koepke
In response to isolation and lack of face-to-face collaborators during the COVID-19 pandemic, Tristan Koepke sets out to create a new dance partner: a robot named Armando. What arises is a sly and humorous investigation of the possibilities and limits of puppetry and robotic technologies to replace missing human connection.

Channing Tucker (description coming soon)

Tickets: Free; Tickets Required. Click here.