As the conductor of the UMD Symphony Orchestra and the Artistic Director of the National Orchestral Institute, James Ross loves feeling like he’s somewhere nobody has been before.
By Hanna Morgan
Colorful. My first experience at an opera was, well, colorful. The costumes of the eleven UMD students who performed in the Dominick Argento opera, Postcard from Morocco, represented every hue on the color wheel. The various characters were dressed in beautiful purple Victorian dresses and striped vests and carried around decorated pieces of luggage of different shapes, sizes and hues. Besides the visual color, the opera itself was colorful, or unique, in its plot. This kept me engaged throughout the opera, as I had no idea what would happen next.
By Hannah Morgan
Students, parents, musicians and music aficionados alike crowded into CSPAC to groove with two UMD student jazz combos. The show was spectacular, and featured songs written by some of the combo members themselves.
By Hannah Morgan
The last thing I thought about this morning when I turned on my computer was how far the energy that powered it had come from. Same thing when I got dressed; I was more concerned if my clothes matched than what distance they had traveled, or what had powered the factory they were made in. But that is the difference between me and Cassie Meador. She thinks about these things.
Rejoin our 2011–2012 storytellers for a rich discussion on the impact of the arts on their lives. Do you experience the extraordinary with your eyes, your ears, your heart or your mind?
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By Sydney Held
In Edward Albee's Everything in the Garden, "green" has a double meaning. Jenny and her husband Richard's garden is flourishing with green but their income is diminishing. The protagonist Jenny decides to disobey Richard and take a job, selling her body for money, in order to keep up with their wealthy inner circle of friends where money seems to be valued above all else. The performance was a reminder to me that the grass will always seem greener on the other side.
By Robert Lee Wolfe III
It's difficult to entertain a conversation about classical music in the twenty-first century without addressing the decline of the form. The spattering of remaining young musical aficionados regularly laments the sea of gray heads amid the array of empty seats at most classical performances.