Join us for Infinite Transformations, a multimedia, transdisciplinary installation presented in conjunction with performances by Baltimore Dance Project on February 9 and 10. Conceived by Foad Hamidi (assistant professor of information systems) and Linda Dusman (professor of music) and created as part of an Imaging Research Center (IRC) Faculty Fellowship, the project brings together the fields of bio art, audio design, and visualizations, with a creative team involving Lee Boot, Ryan Zuber, and Alan Wonneberger, and with choreography by Carol Hess.
The Annual Daphne Harrison Lecture, part of the Spring 2024 Humanities Forum, features Naomi André, who will speak on Opera’s New Realism: Expanding Narratives and Representation. As opera begins to cater to more diverse audiences, performances today frequently embrace a broader mission that engages social justice in the movements around #MeToo, Queer and Trans spectrums, and Black Lives Matter. The event will also feature the UMBC Jubilee Singers under the direction of Janice Jackson.
Join artists Paul Rucker (artist in residence at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture) and Kim Rice in a public discussion about their research into the history of urban redlining. Rucker and Rice will discuss a project-in-process focused on discriminatory real estate practices and the power of art to change spatial injustice.
In conjunction with the exhibition Spectrum of Process, on display from February 9 through March 2, the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture presents a discussion, Research and Process, featuring faculty and students involved in the “Can You Catch a Deep Fake?” and “Artifacts” research projects.
Explore a mix of classical, contemporary, jazz, and tango works of huge emotional breadth written for clarinet, horn, and bassoon. Performers include UMBC clarinet professor Natalie Groom and guest collaborators Kat Robinson (horn) and Qun Ren (bassoon). Hear world premieres and commissions designed as “flex” chamber music (chamber music that can be played by many combinations of instruments) and crafted with meaningful messages.
Join Tomashi Jackson (artist in residence at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture) for a public discussion about her present research. Jackson will be in conversation with Nicole King, associate professor of American Studies and director of the Orser Center for the Study of Place, Community, and Culture at UMBC.
Join us for a special performance of choro, Brazil’s first native music, featuring musicians Pablo Regis (cavaquinho), Felipe Garibaldi (guitar), Andy Connell (saxophone & clarinet), and André Coelho (percussion). Choro is the foundation of globally popular Brazilian music genres like bossa nova, samba, Brazilian jazz, and more. The performance will focus on repertoire from Brazilian musical traditions alongside contemporary innovations by some of Brazil’s most renowned musicians and composers.
The Baltimore Classical Guitar Society presents multiple Grammy winner Sharon Isbin. Acclaimed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time,” Isbin was named Musical America’s Instrumentalist of the Year, the first guitarist in their 59-year award history. In celebration of Leo Brouwer’s 85th birthday Isbin’s program will include selections from each of his three major stylistic periods.
Join us for Pianorama, a keyboard spectacular featuring UMBC faculty Hui-Chuan Chen, Teodora Adzharova, and Audrey Andrist performing works for two pianos and piano four hands by John Corigliano, Francis Poulenc, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Antonín Dvořák, joined by UMBC student pianists Ida Dierker and Grace Kang.
Celebrating the international exchange program between UMBC’s Department of Music and the Conservatorio “G. Nicolini” in Piacenza, Italy, UMBC welcomes Professor Riccardo Dapelo for lectures, concerts, and masterclasses. This event, “Soundscape as Composition,” features performances of Dapelo's compositions Sul Cuore Della Terra and Plume di Cielo su Ali Luce for audio fixed media and video.
Celebrating the international exchange program between UMBC’s Department of Music and the Conservatorio “G. Nicolini” in Piacenza, Italy, UMBC welcomes Professor Riccardo Dapelo for lectures, concerts, and masterclasses. This event, “Gravitational Harmony," features RUCKUS, the UMBC faculty new music ensemble, with performances of works by Dapelo and others.
The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture inaugurates the “demo” of a new public video art projection gallery with work by artist Levester Williams, featuring his work dreaming of a beyond: Baltimore (2021–2024). The event will include a conversation between Williams and curator Lisa Freiman. Showings of the work will continue on select evenings in late February and early March.