Teddy Abrams photo by Arnold O’Neil
Known for his riveting interpretations of the classical repertoire and boundary-breaking audience engagement, Teddy Abrams embodies the National Orchestral Institute’s goal of creating the symphony orchestra of the future. As music director of the Louisville Orchestra and established pianist, clarinetist, conductor and composer, he’s on the front lines of connecting with musicians, audiences and students.
Be Steadwell (NextNOW Fest 2015) photo by Dylan Singleton
Do you have an existing project or an idea for an experience that you think would be great for NextNOW Fest? Do you know about an exciting and interesting alumnus or local artist that we should check out? Are you excited about the NextNOW Fest and want to participate in its planning and execution?
We are seeking ideas for performances, activities, visual arts and food experiences to offer at NextNOW Fest 2016.
Deadline extended: Apply by Friday, May 26, 2016!
invoke String Quartet and Joseph C. Phillips, Jr., a past commissioned alumnus
As The Clarice is dedicated to educating and presenting the generation of artists and creative innovators, the NextNOW Fest Alumni Commissioning Project supports the creation of new work from alumni of the UMD School of Music (SOM) and UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS) to be performed at NextNOW Fest.
Deadline extended: Apply by Friday, May 27, 2016!
This blog post is by Chelsey McLaughlin, a senior theatre major.
Baltimore photo by Stan Barouh
Catalyst Quartet photo courtesy of The Sphinx Foundation
This year, the National Orchestral Institute + Festival is partnering with The Sphinx Organization to offer a newly created Orchestral Futurist fellowship. Slated to begin in May 2016, this unique opportunity combines administration, orchestral performance, festival curation and community engagement.
Troilus and Cressida photo by Stan Barouh
What do the characters of William Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida have in common with the youth of 2016? They are powerful, boisterous and relay the news of the latest love triangles via text message. The UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies’ production of Troilus and Cressida provides a modern take on a classic war tale of two rivaling ancient powers in the pursuit of land and love. To those viewers expecting to see the aftermath of a great war in the ruins of Troy, one might be surprised to find the battlefield of mid-13th century BCE adorned with lively infusions of modernity including: track suits with toga-like sashes and traditional ancient battle armor placed atop football jerseys. This adaptation takes inspiration from a high school homecoming football game to tell this story in a reimagined way. Interspersed between tense war scenes, this production also enjoys a soundtrack of many 21st century popular music hits which provide a welcome relief from the strife brought on by the spirited battle scenes.
This blog post is by Kathleen Kelly, a junior government & politics and communications double major.
Vocalosity photo by Jeremy Daniel
One does not have to be a devoted follower of a capella music to have been completely blown away by Friday night’s Vocalosity performance. After watching Vocalosity perform, there was not a member in the audience who could deny the truth. A capella is cool again. This modern take on a capella combines current, chart-topping songs with fearless, fresh dance moves, and has completely revamped the look of a capella.
Summer is a time to have fun with friends, explore the world and try new activities!
M-NCPPC’s Department of Parks and Recreation offers you plenty of summer options. Choose from more than 670 camp sessions throughout Prince George’s County, including four camps held here at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.
Artist from 2015–2016 NextLOOK performance SWING. Photo by Kintz Photography
Are you a local performing artist who is interested in developing new work? Do you or your company want audience feedback on projects you are designing? Do you value input in your creative process?
Apply to the 2016-2017 NextLOOK season by
Friday, March 11, 2016. Deadline extended to the end of Monday, March 14, 2016!
Meghan K. Abadoo photo by Zachary Z. Handler
Congratulations to UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies’ Meghan K. Abadoo, the recipient of the Audience Choice Award at the 33rd Annual Choreographers’ Showcase!