The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents Donna L. Jacobs and Liz Pelton of Baltimore-based Full Circle Dance Company, who will provide a behind the scenes view of some of Full Circle’s performances and will discuss what it takes to build and sustain a dance company in Baltimore.
The Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery presents Ola Belle Reed and the Southern Diaspora, 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. The display will include photographs, concert flyers, instruments, audio, video, and memorabilia drawn from the Maryland Traditions Archive at UMBC.
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.
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, Ben Richter, and Lester St. Louis.
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.
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.
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!
The Department of Music presents the UMBC Gamelan Ensemble under the direction of Gina Beck. The ensemble performs on a central Javanese gamelan (a gong-chime orchestra of Indonesia), and also on a Balinese gamelan angklung (one of many types of gong-chime orchestras from the island of Bali, Indonesia).
The Department of Music presents the UMBC Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Tom Goldstein. The Percussion Ensemble is highly adventurous in its programming, with a repertoire that includes graphic-notation pieces, improvisational works and theater pieces, as well as works by important early percussion composers.