The Baltimore Classical Guitar Society presents the Baltimore International Guitar Competition, which seeks to foster the development of, and appreciation for, the art of the classical guitar, encourage performances at the highest artistic level, and promote and support the careers of the world’s most outstanding young guitarists. The first of three days of the final round of the competition will be held at UMBC, with additional rounds at Towson University and the Peabody Institute.
In conjunction with SPARK: New Light, on display at The Peale, join us for a lively musical program featuring the Towson University Percussion Ensemble, the Hi Tom Ensemble, featuring UMBC alumni, and Umbilicus, a percussion ensemble with UMBC and Towson-affiliated players. The program will feature works by Joseph Celli, Axel Fries, Jon Gibson, Tom Goldstein, Angela Lawrence, Brian Nozny, and Will Redman.
In conjunction with the exhibitions Prison Nation and Portrait Garden at the Library Gallery and Oletha DeVane: Spectrum of Light and Spirit at the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, the galleries present a panel discussion, Art from the Inside, featuring Lorenzo Steele, Jr., Lynn Cazabon, Oletha DeVane and Tadia Rice, who will discuss their experiences working with incarcerated individuals and the importance of art in giving a face to those behind bars.
The Humanities Forum presents Silvia Montiglio, who will present the 2022 Ancient Studies Week Lecture, “An Immoral Pleasure? Schadenfreude in the Iliad and Odyssey.” In this talk, Montiglio will discuss the importance of schadenfreude, or “pleasure in other people’s misfortunes," in the Iliad and Odyssey and relate its manifestations to the moral and theological outlooks of the two Homeric epics.
Whistling Hens was founded by soprano Jennifer Piazza-Pick and clarinetist Natalie Groom to perform and commission music by women composers and create a financially and artistically equitable future for women in music. Their performance at UMBC will feature works by Cherise Leiter, Iris Szeghy, Jennifer Stevenson, Ashi Day, Melika Fitzhugh, and Victoria Bond.
The Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents Irene Chan, associate professor of visual arts and affiliate associate professor of Asian studies at UMBC, who will discuss recent work including The Thomas Project (2022), a six part, multimedia work exploring the life of Thomas Sylvanus (aka Ching Lee, Ye Way Lee, Ah Yee Way), a 19th-century Chinese man who lived in the U.S. East Coast, was enslaved in Baltimore, and ran away to join the Union Army.
The Inscape Chamber Orchestra returns to UMBC to perform four works, including UMBC professor Linda Dusman's Mother of Exiles, written for Inscape in 2019 and heard now in a new revision by the composer. Also on the program are works by Zach Gulaboff Davis and Patrick Andrew Thompson, and a new transcription of Igor Stravinsky's Petrushka by David Plylar.
The five research centers in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at UMBC present a panel discussion to kick off the 2022-23 CAHSS Colloquium series, designed to facilitate interdisciplinary conversations among faculty, staff, and students to build intellectual community within and beyond individual research interests and curricula offerings. The theme for 2022-23 is resilience: the ability of an entity, a person, an institution, a technology, a community, a natural environment, to anticipate, respond to, and recover from adverse conditions.
The Department of Music presents Francesco Giusta and Elena Buttiero, whose program for hurdy gurdy and harpsichord is entitled The Baroque Hurdy Gurdy at the French Royal Court, featuring works by Charles Baton, Antonio Vivaldi, Philibert de la Vigne, Nicolas Chédeville, and Charles Buterne. Now an infrequently heard instrument, the hurdy gurdy enjoyed a golden age from 1720 to 1770.
The Department of Music presents Livewire 12: Flow, the 12th annual festival of new and experimental music featuring UMBC artists and guest performers, including the Ruckus ensemble; the counter(induction ensemble; trombonist Patrick Crossland and bassist Alexander Frangenheim; a presentation of Dream Prayer Observatory; and a student concert. The festival features music by Katherine Balch, Kyle Bartlett, Douglas Boyce, George Crumb, Linda Dusman, Jennifer Higdon, Daniel Pesca, Trevor Weston, and others.
The Humanities Forum and the Latinx and Hispanic Faculty Association present artist/theorist micha cárdenas, who will speak on Poetic Operations, Trans Ecologies, and Queer Oceans. She will discuss her recent book, Poetic Operations: Trans of Color Art in Digital Media, which considers contemporary digital media, artwork, and poetry to articulate trans of color strategies for safety and survival.
UMBC's 12th annual Livewire festival — Livewire: Flow — presents Dream Prayer Observatory, a multidisciplinary collaboration between Dan Bailey (photography and video), Linda Dusman (composer), Brian Jones (technical director), Sandra Lacy (choreography and dancer), Alan Wonneberger (recording and audio design), and Airi Yoshioka (violin).
UMBC's 12th annual Livewire festival — Livewire: Flow — kicks off with a concert by the Ruckus ensemble, featuring UMBC faculty Lisa Cella, Natalie Groom, Gita Ladd, Philip Mann, Daniel Pesca, Jeff Stern, and Airi Yoshioka, in a program of works by Katherine Balch, George Crumb, Linda Dusman, Jennifer Higdon, and Daniel Pesca.