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Nora Chipaumire - Monday, February 21st through Friday, February 25th

January 31st, 2011

Nora Chipaumire

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center is proud to welcome Zimbabwe-born choreographer Nora Chipaumire for a week of events. Chipaumire’s dances address the cultural, creative and geographic boundaries of the human struggle toward identity; though dance, Chipaumire explores the concept of African identity and its role in Africa’s future. Join her for a panel discussion on these topics, a pre-performance lecture on the early development of chimurenga music in the years of the Zimbabwean liberation struggle, catch a performance of her new work lions will roar, and view a documentary film on the choreographer’s life:

Creative Dialogue: Opening the Idea - Whose Africa Is It, Anyway?
With Nora Chipaumire
Monday, February 21, 2011
7:00 pm - Dance Theatre

Pre-performance Discussion
With Ethnomusicologist Fernando Rios
Thursday, February 24, 2011
7:00 pm - Leah M. Smith Lecture Hall, rm. 2200

Performance: lions will roar, swans will fly, angels will wrestle heaven, rains will break: gukurahundi
Featuring Nora Chipaumire, Souleymane Badolo, and Thomas Mapfumo and The Blacks Unlimited
Thursday, February 24, and Friday, February 25, 2011
8:00 pm - Dance Theatre

Nora: Documentary Film Screening
Directed by Alla Kovgan and David Hinton
Friday, February 25, 2011
7:00 pm - Leah M. Smith Lecture Hall, rm. 2200

Learn more about Chipaumire’s work, the chimurenga music of Zimbabwe, and other themes present in these discussions and performances by checking out these UM Library resources:

  Books - Read about chimurenga music and the other musics of Zimbabwe from which Chipaumire draws inspiration

  Recordings - hear a recording by the father of Zimbabwean chimurenga music, Thomas Mapfumo (pictured above)

  Film - this list includes films featuring Nora Chipaumire, documentaries on the history of Zimbabwean music, as well as the work of Alla Kovgan and David Hinton, directors of Nora

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Just Replies - Saturday, February 19th, 2011

January 14th, 2011

Just Replies

University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra
James Ross, Music Director
Young-Ji Kim, piano

Saturday, February 19, 2011
8:00 pm - Dekelboum Concert Hall

The UMSO and music director James Ross welcome pianist Young-Ji Kim, UMSO Concerto Competition winner, in the performance of a program entitled Just Replies. This concert will include a new work by Matthew Jaskot, the winner of the Walsum Composition Contest, as well as old warhorses from Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff. Learn more about the works on this program by checking out these UM Library resources:

  Sergei Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

  Matthew Jaskot - Fireworks

  Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5

AUDIO CLIP:An excerpt from Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, performed here by Arthur Rubinstein

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Torn Canvases - Friday, February 18th, 2011

January 14th, 2011

Torn Canvases
University of Maryland Wind Orchestra
Michael Votta, Music Director
Matthew Tommasini, Guest Composer

Friday, February 18, 2011
8:00 pm - Dekelboum Concert Hall

Music Director Michael Votta and the UMWO are proud to welcome composer Matthew Tommasini for a concert entitled Torn Canvases. The works on this program are inspired by the intellectual, visual and aural visions of poets, painters and musicians. Learn more about the composers of these works and the stimuli behind them in these UM Library resources:

Program:
  Igor Stravinksy - Octet for Wind Instruments
  Matthew Tommasini - Three Spanish Songs
  Matthew Tommasini - Torn Canvases
  Michael Torke - Overnight Mail

  Library resources on the convergences between music and art

  Matthew Tommasini’s Biography

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Reading Lolita in Tehran - Friday, February 18th, 2011

January 14th, 2011

New Opera Reading and Performance:
Reading Lolita in Tehran

Elisabeth Mehl Greene, composer

based on the book by Azar Nafisi
libretto by Elisabeth Mehl Greene and Mitra Motlagh

Friday, February 18, 2011
7:30 pm - Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Recital Hall

Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi’s bestselling book, comes to the stage in this new opera by UMD doctoral student Elisabeth Mehl Greene, with a libretto by the composer and Mitra Motlagh.

Based on Nafisi’s experiences secretly teaching Western literature to a group of female students after the Iranian Revolution, the work reveals the grim realities of revolutionary Iran but also illuminates the power of literature to provide universal insights into the human condition.

Explore Washington Post and New York Times reviews of this groundbreaking work, as well as writings on and by author Azar Nafisi in the UM Libraries:

  Articles and Reviews: New York Times and Washington Post reviews of Reading Lolita in Tehran as well as articles on and by Nafisi

  Writings by Azar Nafisi, including her memoirs Things I’ve Been Silent About

  Author Azar Nafisi’s offical website

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Tom Teasely - Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

January 14th, 2011

Drumming through Time and Space
Tom Teasely

Tuesday, February 15, 2011
5:30 pm - Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Recital Hall

Tom Teasely, Tom Teasley, described in the Washington Post as “a percussionist in the widest and most exuberant sense of the word,” presents a program at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on the history of percussion. Join Teasely as he travels the Silk Road from Italy to China and the Sugar Trade Route from Africa to the Americas and explores the effect of these history-making journeys on drums and styles of drumming from around the world. Ancient instruments, such as the balafon, djembe, kilimba and frame drums, are also combined with recent advances in music technology including digital looping to give a comprehensive look at the history of this most ancient of instruments. Learn more about Tom Teasely and the history of percussion in the UM Libraries:

  Washington Post Reviews of performances by percussionist Tom Teasely

  Films featuring percussionist Tom Teasely

  Recordings featuring Tom Teasely

  Films, Books, and Recordings on the history of percussion

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Guarneri String Quartet Open Rehearsal - Monday, February 14th, 2011

January 14th, 2011

Open Rehearsal
Guarneri String Quartet and Friends

Guarneri String Quartet:
Arnold Steinhardt, violin
John Dalley, violin
Michael Tree, viola
Peter Wiley, cello

Monday, February 14, 2011
5:00 pm - Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Recital Hall

For the fourth installment of their 2010-2011 series of open rehearsals entitled Guarneri and Friends, the Guarneri String Quartet are joined by faculty colleagues from the School of Music. Learn more about the artists and music on this program through writings, videos, and recordings held in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library:

   Streaming audio: Listen to a recording of Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 3 performed by the Guarneri Quartet on Classical Music Library

   Videos and recordings featuring the Guarneri String Quartet

   Books relating to the Guarneri String Quartet: Guarneri Quartet violinist Arnold Steinhardt’s autobiography, as well as Steinhardt’s account of the history of the Guarneri Quartet

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New York Festival of Song - Saturday, February 12th, 2011

January 14th, 2011

Night & Day/USA
The New York Festival of Song

Saturday, February 12, 2011
8:00 pm - Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Recital Hall

New York Times writer Jeremy Eichler described the The New York Festival of Song in a 2003 piece on the group: “Founded by Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, this admirable group has luxuriated in the richness of the song recital for 15 years now, shrugging off stuffy conventions and charming audiences with programs that combine meticulous research with an infectious strain of vocal hedonism. Mr. Blier’s deliciously witty introductions sew the parts together so that playful Gershwin tunes, lofty Schumann songs and hot-blooded tango numbers emerge as complementary pleasures feeding the same addiction to the human voice in all its variegated splendor.”

NYFOS presents Night & Day/USA at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, a program that explores the American Dream through an imaginative program of songs by composers ranging from Irving Berlin to Kurt Weill to Ned Rorem, performed by Steven Blier, Michael Barrett, Sari Gruber, Liza Forrester and James Martin. Read reviews of this renowned non-profit performing society and listen to recordings in the UM Libraries:

  New York Times Reviews of Performances by NYFOS

  Washington Post Reviews of Performances by NYFOS

  Recordings of NYFOS: available in the UM Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library and Inter-Library Loan

AUDIO CLIP:An excerpt from the fifth movement from Ned Rorem’s Evidence of Things Not Seen, “How Do I Love Thee…” (words by Elizabeth Barrett Browning), performed by UMD faculty artist Delores Ziegler and the New York Festival of Song

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Welcome Home Jenny Sutter - Friday, Feb. 11th through Saturday, Feb. 19th, 2011

January 14th, 2011

Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter

Friday, February 11, 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 12, 8:00 pm
Sunday, February 13, 2:00 pm
Wednesday, February 16, 7:30 pm
Thursday, February 17, 7:30 pm
Friday, February 18, 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 19, 2:00 pm
Saturday, February 19, 8:00 pm

Robert and Arlene Kogod Theatre

The UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies is proud to present Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter, directed by Leslie Felbain. Julie Marie Myatt’s play follows a wounded Marine sergeant returns from a difficult tour of duty in Iraq to find herself lost, without the body and mind she once knew. The eccentric inhabitants of Slab City, a makeshift community in the California desert, give her the homecoming she needs to return to her previous life. Read Washington Post reviews of this play and learn more about the effects of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and its effect on female war veterans:

  Reviews of Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter from The Washington Post

   Writings on PTSD, specifically its effect on female veterans of the war in the Middle East

   Books: includes a script of the play and excerpts featured in The Best Men’s and Women’s Stage Monologues of 2008

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Tom Teasely - Tuesday, Ferbruary 15th, 2011

January 12th, 2011

Drumming through Time and Space
Tom Teasely

Tuesday, February 15, 2011
5:30 pm - Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Recital Hall

Tom Teasely, Tom Teasley, described in the Washington Post as “a percussionist in the widest and most exuberant sense of the word,” presents a program at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on the history of percussion. Join Teasely as he travels the Silk Road from Italy to China and the Sugar Trade Route from Africa to the Americas and explores the effect of these history-making journeys on drums and styles of drumming from around the world. Ancient instruments, such as the balafon, djembe, kilimba and frame drums, are also combined with recent advances in music technology including digital looping to give a comprehensive look at the history of this most ancient of instruments. Learn more about Tom Teasely and the history of percussion in the UM Libraries:

  Washington Post Reviews of performances by percussionist Tom Teasely

  Films featuring percussionist Tom Teasely

  Recordings featuring Tom Teasely

  Films, Books, and Recordings on the history of percussion

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Guarneri String Quartet Open Rehearsal - Monday, February 14th, 2011

January 11th, 2011

Open Rehearsal
Guarneri String Quartet and Friends

Guarneri String Quartet:
Arnold Steinhardt, violin
John Dalley, violin
Michael Tree, viola
Peter Wiley, cello

Monday, February 14, 2011
5:00 pm - Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Recital Hall

For the fourth installment of their 2010-2011 series of open rehearsals entitled Guarneri and Friends, the Guarneri String Quartet are joined by faculty colleagues from the School of Music. Learn more about the artists and music on this program through writings, videos, and recordings held in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library:

   Streaming audio: Listen to a recording of Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quartet No. 3 performed by the Guarneri Quartet on Classical Music Library

   Videos and recordings featuring the Guarneri String Quartet

   Books relating to the Guarneri String Quartet: Guarneri Quartet violinist Arnold Steinhardt’s autobiography, as well as Steinhardt’s account of the history of the Guarneri Quartet

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