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UMSO/UMWO/DBR: The Order of An Empty Place - Thursday, March 29th, 2012

UMD School of Music presents

The Order of An Empty Place Daniel Bernard Roumain, violin UMD Symphony Orchestra UMD Wind Orchestra

Rabbi Joy Levitt Michael Votta, conductor Jason Ethridge, Michael Jacko and John Devlin, conductors

Thursday, March 29, 2012 8:00 pm - Dekelboum Concert Hall

The Order of An Empty Place is a two-part program will feature the world premiere of a new work by violinist and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), performed by UMWO.

In the piece, DBR draws inspiration from the Jewish Haggadah to explore the meaning of faith, persecution and personal choice. The composer’s Haitian heritage and his mixed-faith family provide a conceptual foundation for a deeply personal approach to traditional belief. The Order of An Empty Place was commissioned by the Clarice Smith Center.

In addition, UMSO will perform Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faune and two movements from Mahler Second Symphony. Learn more about the pieces and themes presented in the program in the University of Maryland Libraries through recordings, films, books, and scores:

   Daniel Bernard Roumain in the UM Libraries

   The Haggadah: This traditional Jewish text for the feast of Passover, the Haggadah played a large part in the conception and composition of Daniel Bernard Roumain's The Order of An Empty Place

   Claude Debussy - Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

   Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 2