The Voyager Ensemble returns to UMBC with The Japanese Connection, featuring musicians and music from Japan! The program celebrates old and new works from Japan, with timeless classic A Way a Lone for string quartet by Toru Takemitsu as well as a world-premiere by Yuriko Hase Kojima, a string quartet based on landscape installation Sunken Garden by the legendary Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi. A special guest artist, James Nyoraku Schlefer, will join the ensemble on shakuhachi (Japanese wooden flute), bringing his own composition 2 Blue for shakuhachi and viola.
The Frisof/Pesca Duo, featuring flutist Sarah Frisof and pianist Daniel Pesca, present Beauty Crying Forth: Flute Music by Women Across Time, featuring repertoire spanning one and half centuries for flute by female composers, including music by Clara Schumann, Lili Boulanger, Tania León, Shulamit Ran, and Amy Williams.
4/18/21 - 1) “Violin Plus” - featuring works for unaccompanied violin that expand the voice of the violin by incorporating electronics, foot pedals, and non-traditional tunings.
(Repertoire to be finalized, but will include works by Steve Reich, Hildegard von Bingen, John Heiss, and Johann Joseph Vilsmayr)
5/16/21 - 2) “Homage” - works intended as homages to people and places
(Repertoire to be finalized, but will include works by Saariaho, Chen Yi, Carlos Simon, George Walker, Rain Worthington, and Flausino Vale)
Over years of playing in various configurations and settings, saxophonist Sarah Hughes, drummer Kelton Norris, and bassist Stephen Arnold have developed a natural and intimate style of group improvisation that is inspired by Ornette Coleman and Wayne Shorter’s quartet but always has both feet firmly planted in the present. Nothing is scripted, and anything resembling composition occurs naturally and spontaneously. The trio’s first recording is due to be released in 2021.
UMBC's Humanities Forum presents DaMaris B. Hill, Associate Professor of Creative Writing, English, and African American Studies, University of Kentucky, who will read from and speak about her poetry collection, A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing, a narrative-in-verse that bears witness to American women of color burdened by incarceration. In A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing, Hill presents bitter, unflinching history that artfully captures the personas of these captivating, bound yet unbridled African-American women.
Join us for a spirited discussion featuring conceptual artist Stephanie Syjuco and artist and cultural organizer Savannah Wood, inspired by the exhibition Stephanie Syjuco: Vanishing Point (Overlay), currently on view at the BMA. The conversation will be preceded by an exhibition presentation led by BMA Associate Curators of Contemporary Art Jessica Bell Brown and Leila Grothe.
Join us for readings and discussion inspired by the Washington Writers' Publishing House's new anthology, This Is What America Looks Like: Poetry and Fiction from DC, Maryland, and Virginia, 111 works by 100 writers. Editor Kathleen Wheaton describes this anthology as "a picture of our time, our shared losses, our shared life."
The event will feature a panel of writers representing the anthology.
BSO Sessions Episode 23: Locally Made
Release Date: 4/21/2021
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Join us for a special Earth Day event presented with Center Stage and the National Aquarium.
Miranda Rose Hall will be in conversation with Jacqui Patterson, moderated by Curtis Bennett from the National Aquarium, to discuss the themes in A Play for the Living in a Time of Extinction.
UMBC's Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts (CIRCA) presents Marnie Ellen Hertzler and Corey Hughes. Hertzler is a video artist, animator and filmmaker working in experimental narrative and hybrid documentary; Hughes is director and cinematographer traversing narrative, documentary and experimental realms. The two will discuss their individual work as well as their director-cinematographer collaborations.
UMBC's Social Sciences Forum presents Tracey Osborne, associate professor and endowed Presidential Chair in the Management of Complex Systems Department and the Management of Innovation, Sustainability and Technology (MIST) Program at UC Merced, who will speak on “Playbook for Climate Justice: Our Best Hope for Solving the Climate Crisis.”
UMBC's Humanities Forum presents the Annual Daphne Harrison Lecture, featuring Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Director of the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics, the Graduate Center, City University of New York, who will speak on Making Abolition Geographies: Social Justice Organizing for Vulnerable Households, Workers, and Communities.