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Ola Belle Reed: I’ve Endured

Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents Ola Belle Reed: I've Endured, an exhibition that explores the life and work of nationally recognized bluegrass musician Ola Belle Reed, contextualizing her achievements within a history of migration from rural Appalachia north in the twentieth century. With a voice born in the mountains and shaped by the hard times she lived and saw, Reed (1916–2002) established herself as a significant and influential banjo picker, singer, and songwriter of old-time mountain music.

The Grown-Up

Proscenium Theatre

UMBC Theatre presents The Grown-Up by Jordan Harrison, directed by Joseph Ritsch. Ten year old Kai is given a magical crystal door-knob by his grandfather that enables him to travel through space and time to see future events in his life. As he moves through time, he realizes how quickly time escapes our grasp. Both poignant and zany, Pulitzer Prize finalist Jordan Harrison expands on the notion that life is too short to miss any moment of it.

Mind Over Matter

Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC)

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC) presents Mind Over Matter, the 2023 Intermedia and Digital Arts MFA Thesis Exhibition, featuring works by Liza Aleinikova, Fahmida Hossain, and Anna Kroll.

Mind Over Matter — Opening Reception

Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC)

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture (CADVC) presents the Opening Reception for Mind Over Matter, the 2023 Intermedia and Digital Arts MFA Thesis Exhibition, featuring works by Liza Aleinikova, Fahmida Hossain, and Anna Kroll.

Ghost Ensemble

Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall

Ghost Ensemble fosters groundbreaking music that blurs borders of genre, style, and scene, expanding perceptual horizons through shared immersive experience. Their program, Inspirit, features new works commissioned for Ghost Ensemble’s 2022 season from Sky Macklay, Miya Masaoka, and Ben Richter.

Daniel Pesca Portrait Concert

Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall

The colorful, varied creative voice of composer-pianist and UMBC faculty member Daniel Pesca is explored in this program of solo and chamber works. The event features the world premiere of Pesca’s Feldman Sonnets, a song cycle setting texts by acclaimed poet Irving Feldman. Among the performers are UMBC music faculty members Lisa Cella (flute), Gita Ladd (cello), and Airi Yoshioka (viola); UMBC alumnus Derrick Miller (tenor); and special guests Danielle Cho (cello), Sarah Frisof (flute), and Dieter Hennings (guitar), as well as performances by Daniel Pesca.

Mack Hagood: Canceling Noise: Dreams and Dangers

Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

The Humanities Forum presents sound researcher Mack Hagood, associate professor of media and communication at Miami University, who will speak on Canceling Noise: Dreams and Dangers. In this talk, Hagood presents a cultural history of noise and its control, listening in to noisy moments in Ancient Rome, Victorian England, colonial West Africa, and the contemporary United States.

Alison Wylie: Collaborative Practice in Archaeology: Why Human Context Matters

Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

The Social Sciences Forum presents the Human Context of Science and Technology Program Lecture, featuring Alison Wylie, Professor, Canada Research Chair (Tier I), Philosophy of the Social and Historical Sciences, Department of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia, who will speak on Collaborative Practice in Archaeology: Why Human Context Matters.

AR/XR: Ada Pinkston, Will Pappenheimer, and Mollye Bendell

102 Performing Arts and Humanities Building

The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents AR/XR: Ada Pinkston, Will Pappenheimer, and Mollye Bendell. This panel discussion will focus on the work of three contemporary artists who each use augmented reality technologies as part of their work in unique and compelling ways.

Theresa Runstedtler: “The Punch”: NBA Basketball and Constructions of Black Criminality

132 Performing Arts and Humanities Building

The Humanities Forum presents Theresa Runstedtler, associate professor of history at American University, who will discuss “The Punch”: NBA Basketball and Constructions of Black Criminality. On December 9, 1977, the Los Angeles Lakers’ African American power forward Kermit Washington punched the Houston Rockets’ white guard Rudy Tomjanovich, knocking him out with season-ending injuries. Theresa Runstedtler argues that the NBA became an important pedagogical space where racial common sense not only was shaped and debated, but also came to inform wider assumptions about the appropriate policy solutions to the problems confronting Black urban communities.

UMBC Symphony Orchestra

Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall

The Department of Music presents the UMBC Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Philip Mann, with works by Valerie Coleman, Georges Bizet, Sergei Rachmaninoff, George Gershwin, and Arcangelo Corelli, and featuring the winners of the UMBC Symphony Concerto Competition, Nicole Johnson and Dave Warshaw.

Creating for Change: Reimagining Music Education Festivals for Equity

216 Performing Arts and Humanities Building

The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents associate professor of music Brian Kaufman, who will speak on Creating for Change: Reimagining Music Education Festivals for Equity. In this talk, Kaufman will discuss his collaborative work researching inequities in K-12 music education festivals and organizing The UMBC CREATE Festival, the first music education festival in Maryland designed to promote and celebrate student voices through creative music-making by K-12 students and teachers involved in school and community organizations.

Mejdulene B. Shomali: Between Banat: Queer Arab Critique and Transnational Arab Archives

132 Performing Arts and Humanities Building

The Humanities Forum presents Mejdulene B. Shomali, assistant professor, Department of Gender, Women's, + Sexuality Studies at UMBC, who will speak on Between Banat: Queer Arab Critique and Transnational Arab Archives, examining homoeroticism and nonnormative sexualities between Arab women in transnational Arab literature, art, and film.

UMBC Chamber Players

Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall

The Department of Music presents the UMBC Chamber Players under the direction of Airi Yoshioka. Students in the UMBC Chamber Players perform a wide variety of instrumental chamber works, ranging from Baroque, Classical, Romantic to contemporary repertoire.

Stories Told Small

Black Box Theatre

UMBC Theatre presents Stories Told Small, directed by Colette Searls and Nate Sinnott and presented in the Black Box Theatre. Written and directed by UMBC theatre students, Stories Told Small packs big meaning into miniature dramas, using puppetry and all manner of tiny objects to spin novel tales. Stories spring from performers’ minds, presented in an original variety show!

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