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February 12, 2014 - 4:04PM -
Megan Pagado

Due to anticipated inclement weather, the University of Maryland campus will be closed beginning Wednesday, February 12 at 7PM and will remain closed on Thursday, February 13.

January 31, 2014 - 7:07PM -
Megan Pagado

Tonight's world premiere of David Roussève/REALITY's Stardust is being livetweeted! Follow #StardustUMD to view tweets and photos from the performance.

January 28, 2014 - 10:10AM -
Megan Pagado

Charisse Skye Aguirre

January 23, 2014 - 4:04PM -
Megan Pagado

This blog post is by Emily Schweich, a sophomore Broadcast Journalism major.

Stephanie Miracle

Stephanie Miracle photo by Steven Schreiber
 

Seven choreographers – showcasing many styles of dance -- will present their work this Saturday at the 31st Annual Choreographers’ Showcase in collaboration with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. The showcase features solos, duets and small ensembles.

This year, five of the seven choreographers selected are current students or alums from the University of Maryland School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (TDPS). I spoke with one choreographer, third-year MFA Dance student Stephanie Miracle, about the inspiration for her work and how the showcase is important to her.

January 22, 2014 - 2:02PM -
Megan Pagado

David Rousseve/REALITY

Stardust photo by Valerie Oliveiro
 

David Rousseve/REALITY wlil be presenting the world premiere performances of Stardust here on January 31 and February 1. Choreographed, written and directed by David Rousseve, Stardust follows a gay African American teen as he navigates a difficult adolescence. Never seen onstage, he is present only by the unanswered, emotion-laden text messages he sends to a random number.

Stardust's sound score juxtaposes the intimate romanticism of Nat King Cole standards with the rough-edged, hip-hop inflected original music of d. Sabela Grimes. Because they have such great taste in music, we've asked David, REALITY and their collaborators to put together a playlist of their current musical obsessions. (You're welcome!)

December 18, 2013 - 12:12PM -
Missy McTamney

This fall the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center was filled with music, dance, theatre and important ideas in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Read selected highlights of the semester's press coverage from newspapers like The Washington Post, public radio stations such as WAMU-FM and student news outlets like The Diamondback. See what the critics said about the fall’s performances from the UMD School of Music, the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies and the Clarice Smith Center Visiting Artist Program – and let us know if you agree with them!

December 16, 2013 - 2:02PM -
Megan Pagado

This blog post is by Emily Schweich, a sophomore Broadcast Journalism major.

UMD Concert Choir and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

Photo by Bill Hulseman
 

As a member of the UMD Concert Choir, I had the wonderful opportunity to celebrate Benjamin Britten’s centennial with a performance of his War Requiem with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Peabody Children’s Chorus. Two and a half months of long rehearsals culminated in two performances at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and one at the Music Center at Strathmore. I knew that this would be the apex of my musical career so far, but I had no idea how valuable this experience would be.

Performing the War Requiem the week of Veterans Day made me realize the work’s universality; Britten’s message of peace is especially resonant today.

December 16, 2013 - 10:10AM -
Missy McTamney

Connor Voss

Connor Voss photo by Connor Voss
 

Five emerging choreographers from the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies have been selected to participate in the 31st Annual Choreographers’ Showcase, which is presented by the Clarice Smith Center Visiting Artist Program and the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. The performance will be held in the Dance Theatre of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 3PM and 8PM. 

December 10, 2013 - 8:08AM -
Megan Pagado

Due to inclement weather, the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is closed on Tuesday, December 10.

All events in the building today are cancelled, including rehearsals and recitals. The ticket office and the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library are also closed.

Stay safe today!

December 8, 2013 - 6:06PM -
Megan Pagado

Due to inclement weather, our ticket office will close at 7PM on Sunday, December 8, 2013.

We apologize for any inconvenience. Tickets may still be purchased online through this website.

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