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Winter 2011 Big Band Showcase - Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

November 30th, 2011

UMD School of Music presents:

UMD Jazz Ensemble
UMD Lab Jazz Band
University Jazz Band

Chris Vadala, music director

Winter 2011 Big Band Showcase

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
7:30 pm - Kay Theatre

Join the UMD jazz ensembles for the Winter 2011 Big Band Showcase! The cold of winter approaches, but these jazz big bands know how to heat things up. This swingin’ concert is an annual favorite featuring classic and contemporary jazz works. Learn more about the pieces on this program and music director Chris Vadala in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library:

   Recordings by Professor Chris Vadala

The program of the Winter 2011 Big Band Showcase includes these selections and more:

   Nutcracker Suite - Duke Ellington

   It Only Happens Every Time - Thad Jones

   Take the A Train - Billy Strayhorn

   One Note Samba - Antonio Carlos Jobim

   Donna Lee - Charlie Parker

   Infant Eyes - Wayne Shorter

   Moanin’ - Charles Mingus

   Pebble Beach - Vince Guaraldi

   Birdland - Joe Zawinul

   A Child is Born - Thad Jones

   Nostalgia in Times Square - Charles Mingus

   Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder

Streaming audio: Listen to selections from the program of the Winter 2011 Big Band Showcase on Naxos Music Library

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UMSO: Orpheus Sings - Sunday, December 4th, 2011

November 30th, 2011

The UMD School of Music presents

University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Orpheus Sings

Sunday, December 4, 2011
5:00 pm - Dekelboum Concert Hall

As part of its ongoing exploration into new ideas about classical performance, UMSO welcomes members of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra who have been working all semester with students for a program entitled Orpheus Sings.

Orpheus musicians will join the UMSO in a conducter-less performance of Haydn’s Symphony No. 90. The second half of the program will feature Ades’ Chamber Symphony and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2, conducted by James Ross. Explore recordings by the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, conductor James Ross, and learn more about the pieces featured on this program in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library:

  Recordings by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

  Recordings featuring UMSO music director James Ross

Program:
Symphony No. 90 - Franz Joseph Haydn
  Recordings
  Books: critical analysis of Symphony No. 90 and biographies of Franz Joseph Haydn

Chamber Symphony - Thomas Ades
  Recordings
  Scores
  Books: writings by and about composer Thomas Ades

Symphony No. 2 - Johannes Brahms
  Recordings
  Scores
  Books: critical analysis of Symphony No. 2 and biographies of Johannes Brahms

Streaming audio:
  Listen to recordings of the pieces featured on this program on Naxos Music Library and Classical Music Library

  Listen to recordings by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra on Classical Music Library and a two playlists featuring this world-renowned chamber group on Naxos Music Library: Naxos Playlist 1 and Naxos Playlist 2

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Gamer Symphony Orchestra, Fall 2011 - Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

November 30th, 2011

Gamer Symphony Orchestra
Fall Concert

Saturday, December 3, 2011
2:00 pm - Dekelboum Concert Hall

Join the Gamer Symphony Orchestra for their sixth annual fall concert! This program features selections from video games such as “Pokemon”, “Civilization V”, “Kingdom Hearts” and others.

The student-run GSO works to establish video game music as a serious art form and to use that music as a way to bring new and younger audiences to orchestral performances. The GSO is the first collegiate ensemble exclusively devoted to performing orchestral arrangements of video game music and using that music as an educational tool. The orchestra began humbly in late 2005 with six members and now boasts a roster of more than 100 musicians, including 30 singers.

In addition to performing, GSO members organize yearly video game tournaments that raise money for Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Learn more about the emerging genre of video game music and the ways in which this exciting music is conceived and composed:

   Books on the history, theory, and practice of video game music composition and design

   Articles - click on each item and look for the “Find It” button for online access to the full text of these articles, or check out the periodicals in the Hornbake and the Michelle Smith Performing Arts libraries!

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Bach Cantata Series: BWV 61 - Thursday, December 1st, 2011

November 28th, 2011

The UMD School of Music presents

Bach Cantata Series:
Nun Komm, Der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61

C. Paul Heins, conductor
Katie Baughman, soprano
Matt Hill, tenor
Bryan Vanek, bass
Theodore Guerrant, organ

Thursday, December 1, 2011
1:30 pm - Grand Pavilion

The Bach Cantata Series is dedicated to exploring the more than 200 extant cantatas by the great master through informal performances by students and friends of the UMD Choral Activities.

Join the performing forces for Nun Komm, Der Heiden Heiland, BWV 61 by joining the rehearsal preceding the performance, held in Rm. 2201 from 12:15 - 1 pm. All singers are welcome! learn more about Johann Sebastian Bach, his sacred cantatas, and BWV 61 in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library:

  Recordings of BWV 61

  Scores of BWV 61

  Books on J.S. Bach’s Cantatas

  Biographies of Johann Sebastian Bach

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Faculty Recital: A Holiday Send-Off - Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

November 21st, 2011

The University of Maryland School of Music presents:

A Holiday Send-Off

A recital featuring faculty artists:
James Stern, violin
Evelyn Elsing, cello
James Ross, horn
Mayron Tsong, piano

Tuesday, November 22, 2011
8:00 pm - Gildenhorn Recital Hall

School of Music faculty pool their talents to cook up a pre-Thanksgiving feast in the manner of an eclectic nouvelle cuisine for A Holiday Send-Off. James Ross sets aside his baton and warms up his horn to join Mayron Tsong and James Stern for Brahms’s iconic trio. Tsong offers a familiar warhorse paired with a little known gem by Chopin. Evelyn Elsing joins Stern to bring forth many flavors from few ingredients in Ravel’s 1922 sonata for that spare combination. Learn more about these UMD faculty artists and the pieces featured on this program in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library - and don’t miss the display devoted to the faculty artists of A Holiday Send-Off in MSPAL! :

Program:
  Sonata for Violin and Cello - Maurice Ravel

  Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 45 - Frédéric Chopin

  Scherzo no. 1 in B minor, Op. 20 - Frédéric Chopin

  Trio in E-flat major, Op. 40 - Johannes Brahms

Faculty Artist Recordings:
  Violinist James Stern

  Cellist Evelyn Elsing

  Pianist Mayron Tsong

  Orchestral conductor and horn player James Ross

Streaming audio: Listen to recordings of the pieces featured on this program on Naxos Music Library and Classical Music Library

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Maryland Opera Studio, Fall 2011 - Saturday, November 19th through Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

November 17th, 2011

The UMD School of Music presents

Maryland Opera Studio:
Amelia al Ballo and Il Tabarro

Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 3:00 pm
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 7:30 pm
Kay Theatre

Maryland Opera Studio’s annual piano operas, featuring minimal props and scenery, bring the talents of the vocal program’s second-year Master’s degree students into sharp focus. The Fall 2011 production features two works that allow the artists of the Maryland Opera Studio to flex their creative muscles.

Giacomo Puccini’s Il tabarro (”The Cloak”), directed by Leon Major, is part of a triptych of one-act operas that includes Gianni Schicchi and Suor Angelica. A moody romantic tragedy quite different in tone from the better-known Gianni Schicchi, Il Tabarro displays the composer’s lyrical gifts to their fullest.

Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amelia al Ballo (”Amelia at the Ball”), directed by Nick Olcott, is an opera buffa in one act. Written in 1937 when Menotti was 23 years old, it was his first critical success.

Learn more about Puccini, Menotti, opera aesthetics, and the Maryland Opera Studio in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library - and don’t miss the display devoted to the Fall 2011 Opera Studio production in MSPAL!:

  Writings on Opera Aesthetics

  Maryland Opera Studio - Books and Recodings: includes information on director Leon Major’s 2011 book The Empty Voice: Acting Opera

Giacomo Puccini - Il Tabarro
  Film

  Recordings

  Scores

  Books: biographies, criticism, and writings on Puccini’s compositional process

Gian Carlo Menotti - Amelia al Ballo
  Recordings

  Scores

  Books: biographies, criticism, and writings on Menotti’s compositional process

Posted by Jessica in Theatre, UM School of Music, UM Opera Studio, Vocal Works, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Dramatic Work | Comments Off

Leon Fleisher and Katherine Jacobson Fleisher: A Tribute to Karl Ulrich Schnabel - Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

November 14th, 2011

The University of Maryland School of Music presents:

Leon Fleisher and Katherine Jacobson Fleisher:
A Tribute to Karl Ulrich Schnabel

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
3:00 pm - Ulrich Recital Hall

“Karl Ulrich Schnabel was a wonderful pianist and a wonderful teacher. He was most imaginative and gallant, and he was also filled with a kind of ethical integrity. He was a tremendous role model for me, and my lessons with him, which lasted for a good five years,were very meaningful.” - Leon Fleisher

In this tribute to Karl Ulrich Schnabel pianist Leon Fleisher will speak about his studies with Schnabel, describing his approach to performance and interpretation. As a tribute to Schnabel’s memory, the Fleishers will play Schubert’s Fantasy in F Minor for four hands. The event will also offer a showing of the documentary video Con Brio, a vivid account of Schnabel’s life and career. Learn more about Leon Fleischer, Katherine Jacobson Fleisher, and Karl Ulrich Schnabel through writings, recordings, and films held in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library:

Leon Fleisher
  Recordings featuring pianist Leon Fleisher

  Films of performances by Fleisher

  Books: writings on and by Leon Fleisher

Karl Ulrich Schnabel
  Recordings featuring pianist Karl Ulrich Schnabel

  Books/: writings by and interviews of Schnabel, including his celebrated Modern Technique of the Pedal

Streaming audio: Listen to recordings of pianist Leon Fleisher on Naxos Music Library

Posted by Jessica in Visiting Artist, UM School of Music, Chamber Music, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Lecture Recital, International Piano Archives at Maryland | Comments Off

New York Festival of Song: Songs of Gay Life - Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

November 14th, 2011

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center and the University of Maryland’s LGBT Equity Center present:

NY Festival of Song:
Songs of Gay Life

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
8:00 pm - Gildenhorn Recital Hall

This season, NYFOS returns to the Center with a bold new program, Manning the Canon: Songs of Gay Life, that explores the quintessential moments of a gay man’s experience. Some songs are explicitly about gay life, while others were not intended to be “gay songs.” But as NYFOS founder Steven Blier says, “What I have discovered, or rediscovered, is that a great song speaks to everyone, whispering its secrets to all listeners.” Learn more about the New York Festival of Song and several pieces featured on this program in the UM Libraries:

  Recordings featuring the New York Festival of Song

  Montparnasse - Francis Poulenc

  At The Ball - Pyotr Illich Tchaikovsky

  Evening Song - Charles Griffes

  Si vous n’avez rien a me dire - Camille Saint-Saens

  Polo - Manuel de Falla

  To What You Said - Leonard Bernstein

  You’re The Top - Cole Porter

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Takács Quartet - Saturday, November 12th, 2011

November 10th, 2011

Takács Quartet

Saturday, November 12, 2011
8:00 pm - Gildenhorn Recital Hall

Four distinct musical personalities come together in the Takács Quartet, bringing a unique blend of drama, warmth and humor to the string quartet repertoire. This program features twentieth-century masters who pushed the boundaries of classical music while retaining the lush melodic qualities of earlier compositional eras. Learn more about the Takács Quartet and the composers and works featured on this program in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library:

  Recordings by the Takács Quartet held in the collections of MSPAL

Program:

Leos Janacek - String Quartet No. 1, ‘Kreutzer Sonata’
  Recordings
  Scores
  Books: Biographies of the Janacek and critical analysis of his music

Benjamin Britten - String Quartet No. 1, Op. 25
  Recordings
  Scores
  Books: biographies of composer Benjamin Britten

Maurice Ravel - String Quartet in F
  Recordings
  Scores
  Books: biographies of Ravel and critical analysis of his only string quartet
Streaming audio: Listen to recordings of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, Op. 64 on Naxos Music Library and Classical Music Library

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A Child Shall Lead Them: Making The Night of the Hunter - Saturday, November 12th through Saturday, November 19th, 2011

November 8th, 2011

UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies Co-production between University of Maryland and Georgetown University:

A Child Shall Lead Them: Making The Night of the Hunter

Derek Goldman, director

Saturday, November 12, 2011 -
8:00 pm
Sunday, November 13, 2011 -
2:00 pm
Sunday, November 13, 2011 -
7:30 pm
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 -
7:30 pm
Thursday, November 17, 2011 -
7:30 pm
Friday, November 18, 2011 -
8:00 pm
Saturday, November 19, 2011 -
2:00 pm
Saturday, November 19, 2011 -
8:00 pm
Kogod Theatre

The 1955 film The Night of the Hunter was largely ignored upon its release but is now widely regarded as an American masterpiece. A Child Shall Lead Them: Making The Night of the Hunter is a historical re-imagining of the making of the film, woven from the classic screenplay and accounts of the shooting from those who were there.

This multimedia stage production, written by director Derek Goldman, provides a powerful new framework for experiencing this uniquely chilling tale of corruption and evil, in which the forces of creation and destruction do battle with each other. Learn more about this classic 1955 thriller in the UM Libraries:

  Books: including critical studies of The Night of the Hunter’s place in the history of American cinema and the genre of Surrealism, as well as studies of the work of Hunter screenwriter and American author James Agee and director Charles Laughton

  Film: watch The Night of the Hunter in the UM Libraries, and explore this film and other works of the golden age of film noir genre through a collection of pulp cinema coming attractions

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