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ANGEL GIL-ORDÓÑEZ, Music Director, PostClassical Ensemble

I was studying in Madrid at the university and at the same time at the conservatory in April 1978. A conductor I knew only by name — but knew by reputation as a very strange person, difficult to deal with — arrived in Madrid as a guest conductor with the London Symphony. I went to that performance, and that’s the reason I’m a conductor right now, because that experience was a lifetime experience.

I never in my life heard an orchestra sound like this. I thought, “What is going on here?” It was a total discovery.

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ANA PATRICIA FARFÁN, MFA in Dance, UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies and Fulbright Scholar

When I was fifteen and living in Mexico City, I had the chance to attend a concert given by a marionette company. They “played” Rossini, Schumman, Revueltas, Cage … The precision and grace in the movement that these stick-boned beings showed that night left a deep mark on me.

I was looking up, admiring the mastery of these Moiras’ fingers while feeling myself tangled, trying to decipher the exact source of the marionettes’ movement.

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CHELSEA FREEMAN, Student

Last semester I saw Rent here at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. A few of my friends were in it and it was just – it definitely moved me to tears and I don’t cry very often. It was very passionate and all the students were really invested in it. It was such a nice moment to see that happen and see them take the craft and take their art to the next level.

It was very passionate and all the students were really invested in it.

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VICTOR AND DEBBY VARGAS
Victor, Network Architect
Debby, Assistant Director of Institutional Giving, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

We went to a benefit concert in Baltimore at The Peabody for the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter. Leon Fleisher and his wife were playing; they are animal lovers so they did the concert for free. Leon Fleisher played just a few songs, and his wife played several really fast pieces – amazingly difficult and wonderfully performed.

He played with such emotion that I just lost it.

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TRICIA HOMER, Assistant Director, UMD Office of Community Engagement

I was a terribly hyperactive kid and my mom tried everything. She enrolled me in ballet, tap, jazz dance classes, sports programs and pageants. But nothing ever stuck! I had an incredible amount of energy and was always getting myself into trouble.

My stilts got taller and taller within weeks: 1 foot tall, 2 feet tall, 4 feet tall.

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CHELSEY GREEN, D.M.A in Performance - Viola, UMD School of Music

At 4 years old, I began taking private lessons from a violinist in the Houston Ballet Orchestra. At 4, a child is in awe of almost everything, so of course, to me this woman was no ordinary violinist. She was, and definitely still is, a world-class musician who studied at Juilliard and traveled the world performing but made Houston her home. I thought, “That’s where I’m from, Houston!” The connection was nearly instantaneous.

Those moments impressed upon me that making music is something special, something that is not only moving for patrons but also for those who are part of the production.

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HAROLD AND MARTHA QUAYLE, Donors

We got interested in opera way back in the ‘60s, in the early days of the Opera Society of Washington. Then in the ‘90s we just really got started traveling to see operas. A favorite thing of ours is to see new operas. Whenever we see a world premiere going on somewhere, we try to go to it.

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SUE CHIANG, Costume Shop Coordinator, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

From seventh to twelfth grade I played flute in my high school band, which recruited middle-schoolers to help round up the numbers in our small Massachusetts community. We played a mix of classical and contemporary music and so I learned to appreciate Mozart and Bach as well as Broadway show tunes.

One day in rehearsal after playing a particularly rousing rendition of the Impresario Overture, the entire band begged to play it again. And we did while our director beamed.

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NOLAN WILLIAMS, JR., Musicologist, theologian, songwriter, producer and CEO, NEWorks Productions

In 2007 I took 33 singers to Italy for the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival. One of our four performances was in a town called Maiori. There are two towns next to each other, Maiori and Minori — Major and Minor.

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SCOTT EICHINGER, Manager of Individual Donor Relations, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

One night, late in the summer of 1995, I took my grandmother Audrey to see a local theatre company’s production of the musical, The Secret Garden. I thought it would be a great treat for her. She enjoyed the movie version of the classic story and she had never seen a musical on stage. As we sat in the theatre and the lights went down, she took my hand and held it through the entire performance.

…I found myself watching her take in the performance. She was transfixed! There was magic in her eyes.

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