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It’s time to CELEBRATE at the final First Friday Art Walk in Highlandtown with parties, pop-ups, shopping, and Santa! Start at the Holiday Night Market and don’t miss the Tree Lighting with FREE photos with Santa. Then make your way to any of our 15 participating venues with art exhibits, holiday shopping, local pop-up artists, and delicious food and drinks!
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UMBC's Department of Music presents the UMBC Gamelan Ensemble under the direction of Gina Beck.
The ensemble performs on a central Javanese gamelan, a gong-chime orchestra of Indonesia. Although most of the instruments of the gamelan are made of bronze, the ensemble also includes drums, xylophones, bamboo flutes, and plucked and bowed string instruments.
UMBC’s Collegium Musicum presents an engaging, hands-on, early instrument petting zoo. We welcome you to the stage to inspect at close range and handle instruments from UMBC’s early instrument collection, including crumhorns, Baroque strings, sackbuts, a shawm, and a harpsichord. In addition, we will present our viol consort on loan from the Viola da Gamba Society of America. Come learn how these instruments work and what they sound like!
Tchaikovsky X Drake is a symphonic synthesis that blends the music of two composer-romanticists separated by almost a century. 15 songs of Drake are woven into Tchaikovsky’s epic Fifth Symphony in every way imaginable. We hear Drake’s melodies soaring in tandem with Tchaikovsky’s; his raps motoring almost impossibly with Tchaikovsky’s rhythmic figures; then vignettes of Drake’s music with Tchaikovsky’s motives and melodies are superimposed over top. Joining the full symphony orchestra are three singers and a rapper.
UMBC Theatre presents You Can See Me in the Dark, directed by Eve Muson, with musical direction by Andrew Mann. A wild ride of monologues, scenes and songs that celebrate the secrets we keep and the secrets we reveal. Performed by the company of actors in audition and business of acting, this year’s company of actors perform cutting edge work written by award-winning playwrights on the contemporary scene.
MidAtlantic Youth Ballet is once again proud to present its original, full-length adaptation of The Nutcracker featuring landmarks, icons, and culture unique to Maryland. Join in the revelry of the Preakness Party (scene), defeat the Hon Rats at the Battle of Baltimore, have Faith in the Snowflakes, and enjoy a stroll through other Baltimore sites. Unmistakably Maryland Nutcracker features over 100 local dancers, ranging in age from 4 to adult from dance programs and schools all over the Greater Baltimore area.
Shakespeare's tale of Romeo & Juliet with ancient rivalries and youthful passion inspired Prokofiev to pen one of his most dramatic and moving scores. Balancing the dark with the light, the amazing Holly Jenkins brings Tchaikovsky's lyrical and ebullient violin concerto to life. Inspired by the giant colorful figures carried in Brazilian parades, Clarice Assad's Bonecos de Olinda starts the program off with the thrill of a carnival!
With all the plot twists, emotional outbursts, and suspenseful scenes of a true grand opera, Francis Ford Coppola’s epic film The Godfather deserves a full sensory experience even bigger than the big screen. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra brings out every nuance of Nino Rota’s epic score in this screening led by the always dynamic Sarah Hicks. Come and see how timeless this Academy Award-winner for Best Picture still feels after fifty years—it’s an offer you can’t refuse! Brought to you by CineConcerts.
The poetry of the Psalms evokes beauty, contemplation, and affirmation. For our Holiday Concert, we invite you to discover and delight in a selection of psalms by eight distinguished composers spanning 500 years of history. The oldest work on the program comes from the Renaissance: Giovanni Gabrieli’s most famous work, In Ecclecsiis, is a polychoral wonder. The youngest composer featured is 21st-century composer Cantor Ben Ellerin with a world premiere performance of his newest composition.
The Percussion Ensemble is highly adventurous in its programming, with a repertoire that includes graphic-notation pieces, improvisational works and theater pieces, as well as works by important early percussion composers such as John Cage, Carlos Chavez, and Alan Hovhaness.
UMBC's Department of Dance presents the Fall Dance Showcase, featuring a new repertoire work by assistant professor Shaness D. Kemp, and senior capstone works that explore the past, present, and future of the human experience through elaborate and exciting movement.
Friday, December 9, 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 10, 8 p.m.
You're invited to an elegant Holiday evening out. Watch as the aerialists and acrobats fly, twist and turn themselves into unforgettable moments of awe set to a lively score of holiday music and Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. A Cirque Holiday Soiree is an evening not to be missed - join the BSO and Troupe Vertigo as we transform the season into a treat for your eyes!
This holiday event repeats on Sat., December 10 at 8 PM and Sun., December 11 at 3 PM at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore, MD.