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Art + Technology + Social Justice

The Arts for All initiative partners the arts with the sciences, technology and other disciplines to develop new and reimagined curricular and experiential offerings that nurture different ways of thinking to spark dialogue, understanding, problem solving and action. It bolsters a campus-wide culture of creativity and innovation, making Maryland a national leader in leveraging the combined power of the arts, technology and social justice to collaboratively address grand challenges.

EVENTS

John Morris Russell.The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall
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What does it mean to be an American immigrant? That is the question at the heart of NOI+F 2024’s opening performance, spotlighting an array of historical perspectives into this key inquiry into our national identity. Conductor John Morris Russell of the Cincinnati Pops celebrates his 10-year anniversary opening NOI+F with a program that begins with performances of two unalloyed symbols of Americana: The Star-Spangled Banner and Charles Ives' Variations on America. The NOI Philharmonic continues with works from a selection of composers ultimately claimed by the United States and whose journeys across borders deeply informs their music: the Russian Igor Stravinsky and his Scherzo a la Russe; Hungarian Miklós Rozsa and his Oscar-nominated Parade of the Charioteers and the Kings Row Suite from Austrian Erich Wolfgang Korngold's soundtrack for the titular 1942 movie. Next, the audience is invited to sample more contemporary visions of American experience: Argentinian nuevo tango revolutionary Astor Piazzolla's 1959 elegy to his father Adios Nonino, penned while in New York; and Armenian-American Mary Kouyoumdjian's 2013 orchestral composition Diary of an Immigrant, meant to capture (in her words) "the strange and bittersweet stillness once immigration is achieved." The evening concludes with Kurt Weill's 1933 score to The Seven Deadly Sins. Created by Weill in Paris before he had ever even visited the U.S., the work plots a satirical musical travelogue of America's cities, each as representative of a chief vice.This ballet chanté would be Weill's last major collaboration with his longtime creative partner Bertolt Brecht, who provides lyrics for our special vocal guests, select members of Wolf Trap Opera.

 

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Manuel López-Gómez.The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall
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Ever wondered what happens in the rehearsals before the concert? Here's a unique opportunity to hear the National Orchestral Institute Philharmonic in rehearsal. Audience seating will be in the choir loft so you can hear every note!

As a courtesy to the musicians, please arrive early and be seated prior to the start of the rehearsal. Late seating will occur during orchestra breaks and at the discretion of the usher. All open rehearsals are “working” rehearsals and therefore the program may not be played in its entirety.

 

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Orchestral students play violins during a concert.The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall
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The spirit of the NOI Philharmonic’s Take the Reins concert is put to the test in this self-conducted exploration of over 200 years of classical composition. Performing sans conductor is always a daunting exercise for an ensemble, but this evening's efforts offer a particular challenge with a program of precisely orchestrated and up-tempo works, each showcasing a different section of the orchestra. The program starts with Pillar IV, American contemporary composer Andy Akiho's intricate, boomingly raucous feature for percussion from 2021. Next, a clever re-orchestration of Maurice Ravel's baroque-inspired suite for piano, Le Tombeau de Couperin, takes the Dekelboum Concert Hall stage. We progress to a woodwind masterwork with Czech-born composer Bohuslav Martinů's 1955 Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra. The work's beautifully complex solos, which become particularly knotty in its third movement, will be presented by Erik Behr, Principal Oboe of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and a proud NOI+F alum. The concert closes with a Classical cornerstone in Haydn's rousing Symphony No. 88 from 1787. This cunningly elaborate symphony inventively embellishes on a singular lyrical theme, punctuated with melodic solos from flute, violin and oboe.

 

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Manuel López-GómezThe Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall
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Venezuela's national network of public conservatories and highly-regarded El Sistema music program have established the coastal nation as among the world's leading producers of contemporary classical conductors, composers and instrumentalists. One such luminary is the phenom Manuel López-Gómez. López-Gómez serves as Associate Conductor of the Medellín Philharmonic Orchestra and is active in music education across the globe. For this evening's night at the podium, his third with the NOI+F, Maestro López-Gómez contrasts two creative trailblazers separated by country and century: Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla and The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, alongside his musical predecessor Sergei Rachmaninoff and his Symphony No. 2 in E Minor. Piazzola's work cleverly references Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, but does so within the form of nuevo tango, resulting in a uniquely South American take on the classical tradition. Juliana Athayde, longtime NOI+F faculty member and Concertmaster of the Rochester Philharmonic, joins the orchestra as violin soloist for Piazzola's masterpiece. The second symphony is likewise Rachmaninoff's tour de force and it is no less complex than it is lyrical. The concert begins with another work from a Venezuelan artist: Evencio Castellanos' ruggedly energetic and nearly evangelical composition Santa Cruz de Pacairigua.

 

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NOI Fellows play instruments during a concert at St. Andrews.St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
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In partnership with St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, members of the NOI Philharmonic perform a concert for our College Park, MD community.

 

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West Side Story.The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Clarice Courtyard
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Clarice Presents brings outdoor movies to campus! Join us for the timeless film West Side Story (1961). Rival New York street gangs war in Manhattan over turf boundaries while two youths fall in love, but they are from opposing groups!

 

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NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Residents of Attick Towers in College Park watch a performance at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

New Outreach Program Strikes Chords of Connection

April 22, 2024

Partnership with city ferries local seniors to music performances at The Clarice.

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An audience member uses a smartphone.

With Terps’ Captioning System, a Silent Revolution Could Take Center Stage

April 18, 2024

Theatre designers seek to improve deaf community’s access to live performances.

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Assistant Professor Brandon Donahue-Shipp helps students assemble a railing for an obstacle course composed of reused or surplus materials.

New Ideas for Used Materials

April 16, 2024

Art class designs Maryland Day installation from found objects.

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Two students play bass in a music classroom.

Low-Cost Lessons Raise Musical Bar for Local Teens

April 15, 2024

Terrapin Community Music School matches grad students with youths to expand access.

Read about the Terrapin Community Music School
Two students add swatches to their logwood dye bath in “The Quest for Color” class.

Dye-ing for More Natural Colors

April 11, 2024

Plant sciences class combines chemistry, art and history as students create plant-, insect-based dyes.

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David Driskell's daughters and past and present Driskell Center staff pose on Thursday with sculptor Melvin Edwards in front of the newly unveiled artwork.

Sculpture Celebrating David Driskell Unveiled

April 5, 2024

Noted African American artist’s 20-foot-tall work stands outside center named for late professor, artist and scholar.

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The Arts for All initiative seeks to ensure that the arts are woven into the very fabric of life at the University of Maryland...so the Terrapin identity is writ large and forged strong.

Portrait of President Darryll J. Pines
Darryll J. Pines President, University of Maryland
UMD School of Music student viewing a virtual reality opera thru VR goggles

Arts Improve the Student Experience

We are prepared to address the growing student and industry demand to integrate the arts into student life, both within and beyond the curriculum, helping students access and amplify their creative talents and fostering collaborative and innovative thinking to solve problems.

Student performance on stage

Arts Create an Inclusive Environment

We are harnessing the power of the arts to spark civic dialogue, increase community engagement and activate social change.

Immersive Media Design classroom

Arts Advance the University

We are accelerating innovation, discovery and insights through collaborations among the arts, the humanities and the sciences through research, creative activity and technological innovation.


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