Dreaming Zenzile at Clarice Smith, Aug 20, 4pm

Dreaming Zenzile at Clarice Smith, Aug 20, 4pm

Creation Residency 2017-18: Somi
Dreaming Zenzile (Work-in Progress)

Sunday, August 20, 2017 . 4 PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Kay Theatre, General Admission, Free

Dreaming Zenzile is a modern jazz play based on the extraordinary life of late South African singer and political activist Miriam Makeba. Written by vocalist & songwriter Somi, the play features both original music and reinterpretations of Makeba’s popular repertoire through the modern jazz idiom and small ensemble arrangements.

Dreaming Zenzile is set in Castel Volturno, Italy on the night of Makeba’s final performance. Somi performs the role of Miriam Makeba. Framed as a meta-performance, Makeba moves between the memory and evocation of real and dreamed experiences about her life journey.

This project is largely inspired by Somi’s recurring dreams of being in conversation with Makeba that Somi began having after the loss of her father. During those conversations, Makeba would try to explain life choices Somi made as a professional artist to her father despite what he might have traditionally expected of Somi as an African woman by using Makeba’s own life in America as an example he might better understand. The piece, therefore, is a reflection on both Makeba’s biography and of those dreamed conversations. The word “Zenzile” is actually Makeba’s true first name, which means “you have done it to yourself” in her native language of Xhosa. In short, this work is meant to be an exposition of the burdens and freedoms that accompany the gift of song.

Free, no tickets required.

Peter and the Wolf at Clarice Smith, Jun 18, 3pm

Peter and the Wolf at Clarice Smith, Jun 18, 3pm

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

Sunday, June 18, 2017. 3 PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Grand Pavilion, General Admission

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.

The Weekday Players Original Works Project at Clarice Smith, May 9

The Weekday Players Original Works Project at Clarice Smith, May 9

The Weekday Players Original Works Project
Tuesday, May 9, 2017. 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Cafritz Foundation Theatre, General Admission

The Weekday Players proudly presents their Original Works Projects, a memorable night of short plays created and produced by students! You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll laugh AND cry. Either way, join them for a great time!

Free, no tickets required.

As You Like It at Clarice Smith, May 5-7

As You Like It at Clarice Smith, May 5-7

Maryland Shakespeare Players presents:
As You Like It
William Shakespeare

Fri, May 5, 2017 . 7:00PM
Sat, May 6, 2017 . 2:00PM
Sat, May 6, 2017 . 7:00PM
Sun, May 7, 2017 . 2:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Cafritz Foundation Theatre, General Admission

Come join the Maryland Shakespeare Players for our spring performance!

Free, no tickets required.

Maryland Day at Clarice Smith, Apr 29

Maryland Day at Clarice Smith, Apr 29

Maryland Day
April 29, 2017 . 10:00AM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Various spaces.

A variety of activities throughout the Clarice.

Free, no tickets required.

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