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SPARK V: New Light

The Peale 225 Holliday Street, Baltimore, MD

Explore the creative vision of 24 artists at SPARK: New Light, presented by Towson University, UMBC, and PNC Bank, August 13 through September 25 at The Peale. SPARK: New Light will ignite your imagination. UMBC artists featured in this fifth annual family-friendly SPARK exhibition include Lynn Cazabon, Irene Chan, Adam Droneberg, Fahmida Hossain, Ahlam Khamis, Kathy Marmor (with Penny Rheingans), Lisa Moren (with Tsvetan Bachvaroff, Dan Deacon, and Woody Lissauer), Timothy Nohe, Corrie Francis Parks, Chris Peregoy, Foster Reynolds-Santiago. Special events will feature Kelley Bell, the UMBC Percussion Ensemble, and the Umbilicus ensemble.

Prison Nation

Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Most prisons and jails across the United States do not allow prisoners to have access to cameras. At a moment when an estimated 2.2 million people are incarcerated in the U.S., 3.8 million people are on probation, and 870,000 former prisoners are on parole, how can images tell the story of mass incarceration when the imprisoned don’t have control over their own representation? This exhibition addresses the unique role photography plays in creating a visual record of this national crisis, despite the increasing difficulty of gaining access inside prisons.

Jacqueline Pollauf, harpist: Music from the Paris Conservatoire

Harpist Jacqueline Pollauf performs a program of French music, all related to the Paris Conservatoire, which was the center of the harp world for many years. Her concert will feature music by Gabriel Pierné, André Jolivet, Marcel Samuel-Rosseau, André Caplet, Marcel Tournier, and Pollauf's own transcription of a work by Lili Boulanger.

Whistling Hens: Reacting to the Landscape: Music by Women Composers

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.

Trouble in Mind by Alice Childress

Proscenium Theatre

Written in 1956, Alice Childress's pioneering play, Trouble in Mind, shined a light on the lack of recognition, representation, and opportunities for Black theatre artists. During a turbulent rehearsal week for a new Broadway play, leading lady Willetta Mayer resists the rampant racism of the entertainment industry. No less relevant today, the play is a brisk, entertaining drama told with humor and pathos.

UMBC Symphony Orchestra

The Department of Music presents the UMBC Symphony Orchestra, which performs orchestral literature from the 18th to the 21st centuries, including standard repertoire and contemporary works from a broad range of musical styles, under the direction of its new conductor, Philip Mann.

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