This talk explores the story of the official American expedition to Japan in 1852-54 to “open” the far-flung country to trade and a western-based diplomatic order. In examining the role that civilians played on the mission, Constantine Vaporis considers their work not only during the trip but also afterwards, as they disseminated information about the mission to a broader American and international audience.
The Department of Music presents the UMBC Camerata under the direction of Carlin Truong. A small choral ensemble consisting of auditioned singers from across the university. Camerata performs a wide variety of works drawn from the expansive choral repertoire: including Renaissance motets and madrigals, folksongs, German part songs, Russian sacred liturgies, American spirituals, and new American concert works.
The Shriver Hall Concert Series presents elegant flutist Brandon Patrick George, a “knockout musician with a gorgeous sound” (Philadelphia Inquirer) joined by harpist Parker Ramsay, hailed as “remarkably special” (Gramophone) with an artistry that is “marked by a keen musical intelligence” (Wall Street Journal) for an unforgettable duo recital. Together they perform a lyrical program spanning centuries and continents.
In the spirit of armchair travelers everywhere, the Voyager Ensemble explores a new culture each year by combining standard repertoire along with contemporary works by composers from the region. This year’s concert focuses on Puerto Rico with directors Airi Yoshioka (violin) and David Yang (viola) joined by eminent Puerto Rican musicians José Miguel Cueto (violin) and Kelvin Diaz Inoa (cello).
Known for presenting works of technical precision, joyful ease, dramatic relevance, and playful unpredictability, Baltimore Dance Project presents a diverse program of eight thrilling works, from tap and contemporary dance to poetry and spoken word. The evening also includes Infinite Transformations, an immersive multi-disciplinary installation that can be experienced prior to the performances.