Arts Weekly Newsletter 11/01

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Art Events

Field Trip to the Clarice: Brentano Quartet
If you signed up to go on the Brentano Quartet field trip at the Clarice. Meet Harold on November 1 at 7:40pm in the lobby of the Clarice. 

First Year Book Discussion
November 4
Bel Air Social Lounge
Join Arts Scholars for a book club discussion on this years First Year Book, Demagoguery and Democracy by Patricia Roberts-Miller. We will discuss the concept of demagoguery, and how the reduction of questions to an "us vs. them" debate impacts your lives as UMD students and participants in the arts world. Learn more about Demagoguery and Democracy hereLight refreshments will be provided and all are welcome, so bring a friend! This event can count toward Pentathlon as #Literature. Please RSVP using the following link and pick up your free copy of the book in the Arts Scholars lounge!

Concert in Close Quarters
November 7
Stefon Harris is an endlessly talented vibraphonist and composer, educator and thought leader. During this Concert in Close Quarters, he will perform and talk about his career trajectory as a jazz musician and his growing interest in education. This concert is specially for Arts Scholars!

Workshop Previews
Sunday, November 10
1 - 3:30pm
The Arts Scholars Workshop Preview is coming up! All Arts Scholars are required to attend. Come see what your peers have in store and choose which workshops you are interested in participating in this Spring.

Colloquium Updates

On Curating
What is the purpose of curation? What methods can I use to curate work?

Due: Bring your artwork and Arts Journal 4!
Capstone Workshop IV: Logistics
This week will be our fourth and final capstone workshop. Questions we will explore: What is the format of a professional arts proposal? How do I turn my idea into reality? How do I assess what I will need in time and resources to complete a capstone project?
Website Features Our Student Leaders!

Find out more about the students who lead the Arts Scholars community in exciting new directions! Check out our new Meet Arts Scholars page.

Pentathlon Events


Brentano Quartet
Friday, November 1
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Regular: $25; Student/Youth: $10
Los Angeles Times hails Brentano Quartet as "brilliant, virtuosic and still mellow." These dynamic musicians treat masterpieces with reverence and enthusiasm, rendering every piece with equal passion and precision. After more than a decade in residence at Princeton, Brentano succeeded the storied Tokyo Quartet in residence at Yale in 2014-another mark of distinction for this consistently engaging quartet.

UMD Wind Orchestra
FRI, NOV 1 • 8PM
Come hear the world premiere of Oracles by composition faculty member Mark Wilson, plus Shuying Li’s The Last Hivemind, inspired by the TV series, Black Mirror.

Holst’s The Planets
UMD Symphony Orchestra and Women’s Voices of the UMD Concert Choir
SUN, NOV 3 • 3PM
Experience this epic orchestral suite that takes you on a majestic journey through the solar system.

Piano Division Showcase
SUN, NOV 3 • 5PM
The School of Music’s prestigious Piano Division showcases its talented students in this semesterly performance of solo and collaborative works.

Concert Against Hate featuring the National Symphony Orchestra
Kennedy Center

November 4
Buses leave at 6:45pm
Public Leadership is excited to invite you to the Kennedy Center for the 25th Anniversary of the Anti-Defamation League's Concert Against Hate featuring the National Symphony Orchestra.  The concert honors heroes in the fight against intolerance, extremism, and terrorism. Stories (narrated by renowned performers) are interwoven with music to make a powerful performance. You can learn more about ADL here:, and more about the concert here: Tickets are available to College Park Scholars and Do Good Institute students. You can reserve your seat here: Bus transportation will be provided to and from Cambridge hall. This is a formal affair, so please plan to wear business casual or formal attire (aka wear something nice). Please contact Kelly at with any questions. As always, if you sign up we expect you to participate.

Fall Chamber Jazz
NOV 5 & 6 • 7:30PM
Enjoy the soulful, syncopated sounds of jazz in these two lively concerts featuring classic tunes performed by the School of Music's four jazz combos.

Remembering the Jews of Greece: A Musical Journey

Thursday, November 7
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tawes Hall, Ulrich Recital Hall
A special evening of stories and Ladino songs: old and new. Traditional songs and original compositions in Ladino, the Judeao-Spanish language of the Sephardim by Sarah Aroeste in a multimedia performance featuring stories and video footage from her family

UMD Chamber Singers and Alumni Choir
Thursday, November 7, 2019 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Free, no tickets required
Celebrating their 20th anniversary, the UMD Chamber Singers will perform Stravinsky's Les Noces and a specially commissioned work by School of Music alumna Dale Trumbore '09 titled If I Say Yes.

Stefon Harris & Blackout
Friday, November 8, 2019 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
MilkBoy ArtHouse 7416 Baltimore Ave, College Park, Maryland 20740
Free, no tickets required
For a decade, Stefon Harris' ensemble Blackout seemed to have vanished. Then, in 2009, in the bold album "Urbanus," the modern jazz vibraphone linchpin led his quintet through a mix of Gershwin interpretations and Jackie McLean covers, with a nod to Stevie Wonder along the way. Fusing jazz vibraphone with strong interests in R&B and Latin sounds, Harris has explored the frontiers of his instrument since first emerging in the late 1990s.

Royal Scottish Country Dance
Wednesday, November 6
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Mathematics Building Rotunda
Cost: Free
We offer a Scottish country dancing class and practices. (An ancestor of square dancing and a cousin of the dancing you have seen in Jane Austen movies.) Taught by certificated Scottish Country Dance teacher Howard Lasnik (Distinguished University Professor of Linguistics). ANYONE can come! No experience required! No partner needed!
Contact: Howard Lasnik 301-405-4929

Salsa & Bachata Dance Class
Thursday, November 7
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Adele H. Stamp Student Union, Activities Room
Cost: $30 for UMD Students
A Salsa & Bachata class on Thursdays from 6 to 7 pm on Thursdays is offered Oct. 31 to Dec. 12. To register, visit: or call: 301.314.2787. These classes are for all members of the public but there is a discount for those associated with the university!

Flyin' West: a Story of African American Women Pioneers
Friday, November 1 - Sat, November 9
7:30 PM
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
Regular: $25; Student/Youth: $10
Set in 1898, Flyin' West is the story of African American women pioneers who settled together in the all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas. This work by Pearl Cleage explores themes of determination, racial pride, intermarriage and the power of love to highlight the female empowerment that she sees as vital to the African American community.

At the Hoff (

  • Pulp Fiction (25th Anniversary screening), November 5 @ 8pm

Careers in Creative Arts Therapy 
November 5, 5-6 pm
University Career Center (3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing)
RSVP Here:
Do you have a strong desire to help others? Are you creative with a passion for art, theatre, music and/or dance? Don't miss this special career panel exploring the fields of creative arts therapy. 

Visual Art
Inspired! Jim Henson at Maryland
Thursday, August 8, 2019 - Tue , May 26, 2020 (all day)
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
The exhibit provides a window into the profound impact Henson’s experiences on campus, both in the classroom and in his extra-curricular activities, had on his creative and professional development, laying the foundation for a remarkable career that included the creation of the Muppets and beyond. Featured are 25 pieces of original art created by Jim Henson (1936-1990), theatrical programs and ephemera, photographs, and an interactive digital archive of Henson’s sketchbooks, student projects, and press clippings from The Jim Henson Company Archives, Special Collections in Performing Arts, and UMD's University Archives. Video clips from the 1950s and 1960s demonstrate the breadth of Henson’s genius, already evident in his early work on local Washington television.

Lia Halloran: The Same Sky Overarches Us All 
UMD Art Gallery
September 5 to November 22
Monday to Friday, 11 am to 4 pm
Art/Sociology Building
The exhibition explores the lesser-known history of early women astronomers and the central role they played in modern astronomy, including the discovery and documentation of major celestial bodies. Using large-scale cyanotypes -- a photographic printing process developed in the mid-nineteenth century, primarily for scientific use -- Halloran examines how perception, time, and scale informs the human desire to understand the world and our emotional and psychological place within it. The exhibition also features her first immersive, three-channel video installation, Double Horizon (2019), an aerial exploration of the space above Los Angeles. 




Join the Hate-Bias Response Team
Due: November 11 at 5pm
The Hate-Bias Response Team is recruiting students to serve on the team's student advisory group, which will launch in Spring 2020. The creation of the student advisory group establishes a formal mechanism to ensure student input is integrated into actionable goals of the Hate-Bias Response Team. The team is seeking students who are passionate about improving hate bias response on campus. Applications are available online HERE.

SNAG IT! — free classes for ages 17 to 22 years at Pyramid Atlantic 
Snag It! is a program that gives extra spots in our workshops to young adults in our community. This program helps bring in students that might not otherwise be able to take our classes, and helps us to diversify our studios. It's a win-win. If you are between the ages of 17 and 22 years old and live in Prince George's County, you're eligible to participate in this program!​ Classes included in Snag It! involve any of the Pyramid studios: printmaking, papermaking, book arts, letterpress, screenprinting, and a variety of special topics. Sign up here!
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