Take The Reins: Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915

Take The Reins: Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915

In partnership with Wolf Trap Opera
Friday, June 3, 2022 • 7:30PM
Principal People: 

Tiffany Townsend, soprano
NOI Philharmonic

Special Announcement: 


Stadium Drive Garage is closed for repairs. Free parking is available in Lots 1/Z. A shuttle service from Lot 1 to The Clarice will be available from 6:30PM-11PM. Please visit our Parking & Directions page for more details.


Event Attributes

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Program Notes: 

Join us in person at The Clarice! Please note that this performance will not be livestreamed.

In this special performance, NOI+F fellows take the reins in a program that combines chamber music playing with large ensemble performance. The 2022 NOI Philharmonic will perform without a conductor and lead each other in chamber orchestra repertoire by Aaron Copland, Reena Esmail and Georges Bizet. This unique collaboration features powerhouse soprano Tiffany Townsend, 2022 Wolf Trap Opera resident artist, in Samuel Barber’s ethereal setting of James Agee's idyllic and nostalgic poem, Knoxville: Summer of 1915.


Copland: Music for the Theatre
Esmail: Teen Murti
Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op.24 
Bizet: Symphony No.1 in C Major

This event is part of the National Orchestral Institute + Festival (NOI+F), a program of The Clarice at the University of Maryland. NOI+F trains aspiring orchestral musicians, composers, conductors and arts administrators from across the country in a month of dynamic music-making and professional exploration. Trailblazing conductor Marin Alsop was appointed as the first-ever Music Director of the National Orchestral Institute + Festival in 2020. In addition to conducting innovative programs onstage at The Clarice and at Wolf Trap, Maestra Alsop launched the NOI+F Conducting Academy for rising young conductors in 2021. In 2015, NOI+F began a partnership with Naxos to record one concert of all-American music each year—Naxos’ first partnership with a summer festival of its kind. The 2019 recording “Ruggles, Stucky, Harbison” received a Grammy nomination in the "Best Orchestral Performance" category.

The Clarice lobby concession bar Encore will be open for beverage and snack sales. 

Health & Safety

Patrons attending University of Maryland arts events are no longer required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. We continue to encourage audiences to wear a mask and stay current with vaccinations and boosters. Please see our Health & Safety information page for information about what to expect during your visit.