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  • UMD Chamber Singers: A Celebration of Benjamin Britten
    Join the UMD Chamber Singers for a concert commemorating the centenary of Benjamin Britten.
  • UMD School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies - Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992
    MacArthur ‘Genius’ award-winning playwright and actress Anna Deavere Smith's looks back on the social, political, and racial impacts of the violent police assault of African American Rodney King in the streets of LA.
  • Pete Seeger in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library
    In January, folk musician and activist Pete Seeger passed away at the age of 94. Visit MSPAL to see archival materials in a display celebrating his life and music.

MSPAL Previews Blog

Interested in learning more about the music, dance and theatre featured on the stages of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center? Our MSPAL Previews Blog brings together resources available in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library and other UMD Libraries, including recordings, films, scores, biographies, letters, reference material, and streaming audio and video. Explore our collections and learn more about the world-class performers and programs presented at the Clarice Smith Center.


New at MSPAL: Database Trials- Drama, Rock, Opera and More

MSPAL is offering trial access to some new databases throughout the next several weeks, and we need your help to decide if we should subscribe to any or all of them. Access information is included on the MSPAL Spring Newsletter #1 (page 6) and we'd love your feedback on these new and exciting resources. The databases currently available to the UMD community on a trial basis include:

  • Alexander Street Drama: explore thousands of plays from Alexander Street’s six individual full-text drama collections, Asian American Drama, Black Drama, Latino Literature, North American Indian Drama, North American Theatre Online (an expanded version of the ASP: NATO database already available through MSPAL), North American Women's Drama, and Twentieth Century North American Drama. To explore the many great ASP databases currently available to the UMD community, visit the Libraries' database finder and search for "Alexander Street Press".
  • Rock's Backpages: The largest online database of music journalism, Rock’s Backpages provides access to over 24,000 classic articles on artists from Aaliyah to ZZ Top and on all genres from rockabilly to hip hop. The archive draws on numerous publications from Creem and Rolling Stone to New Musical Express and MOJO, and is fully searchable by artist, genre, writer, or keyword. RBP also features a library of over 350 audio interviews, including classic conversations with Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Johnny Cash, and Kurt Cobain.
  • Met Opera on Demand: Met Opera On Demand provides unlimited access to over 450 extraordinary performances by the Metropolitan Opera, ranging from a 1935 audio recording of Verdi’s La Traviata through HD video of Handel’s Giulio Cesare, staged in April of 2013. The Met Opera catalog is searchable by title, performance date, or format (HD video, video, audio).
  • Academic Charts Online: organizes information about music trends to help researchers interpret the impact of music across countries and cultures. ACO tracks academic resources and data on international charting albums and singles in many genres and allows users to interpret, graph, analyze, compare and contrast musical trends in place and time.

Check out the online version of the MSPAL Spring Newsletter #1 (page 6) for more information on how to access these trials. Explore these resources and let us know what you think—should we subscribe?