Stew and the Negro Problem: Notes of a Native Song

Tony and Obie Award-winning writer and composer Stew delves into the rich legacy of activist writer James Baldwin in this new music and theater experience alongside long-time collaborator and co-composer Heidi Rodewald and an all-star band. Stew’s uniquely incisive lyrics are wrapped in an irresistible mix of rock, rhythm and blues, and jazz in this powerful homage to the inspiring writer, who famously confronted issues of gender, race, and class distinction with wisdom and fire.

Concert #1: UMD Wind Ensemble

Under the leadership of newly appointed Associate Director of Bands Andrea Brown, the University of Maryland Wind Ensemble (UMWE) serves as a training ground for talented young wind players. With a focus on student performers, UMWE presents an exciting season of the best traditional and contemporary wind ensemble literature.

Bach Cantata

Bach, the great master, wrote 209 cantatas, and UMD Choral activities aims to sing them all in this series of informal performances by students, faculty, staff and community friends.

Opera Scene Study

First-year Maryland Opera Studio (MOS) students demonstrate their talent in this showcase featuring duet scenes from a wide operatic repertory. To keep the focus on beautiful, pure sounds and vivid acting, the performance is accompanied only by piano and minimal props.

MOS is dedicated to the future of opera. Preparing the next generation of great singers and offering performances ranging from the classic repertoire to provocative new works, MOS is building audiences and advancing the art that sustains them.

Final Jazz Showcase

Experience the soulful, syncopated sounds of jazz in this lively concert. Featuring classic tunes, plus original works by UMD alumni and current students.

UMD Percussion Ensemble Concert

Usually positioned at the back of the orchestra, members of the percussion section move center stage to reveal the colorful, melodic potential of their instruments in this striking concert of contemporary music.

Directed by Dr. Lee Hinkle, The University of Maryland Percussion Ensemble performs chamber music composed primarily for percussion and mallet instruments. Repertoire of historical importance is performed along with contemporary works, transcriptions of classical works and repertoire involving solo instruments with the ensemble.

Spring Choral Collage

In this combined concert, SOM’s choral ensembles share the stage, offering a program of eclectic repertoire ranging from Renaissance madrigals to barbershop arrangements.

Honors Chamber Music Recital

A chamber music concert at which ensembles showcase gorgeous tone and vivid emotion. This faculty-curated program features exceptional ensembles from The UMD School of Music’s chamber music program.

Chamber music is at the core of the School of Music’s curriculum. The leadership and communication skills essential to its performance, when applied to large ensemble settings, empower musicians and lead to  outstanding performances.

Toho Koto Society Concert

This annual concert features music played on the koto, a traditional Japanese 13-string instrument. Known as sōkyoku, koto music highlights the quiet beauty, simplicity and harmonizing effect of Japanese nature.

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