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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.


John Morris RussellThe Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall
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Friend of NOI+F and audience favorite John Morris Russell opens The Clarice’s 36th National Orchestral Institute + Festival. Featuring dazzling operatic selections performed by the NOI Philharmonic and members of Wolf Trap Opera, the concert begins with staples from Bizet's Carmen–the famous overture, Seguidilla and Habanera. Enjoy the mesmerizing “Flower Duet” from Lakmé and also works by Verdi like the triumphal march from Aida and La donna e mobile from Rigoletto. In partnership with Wolf Trap Opera.

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David NeelyThe Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall
Tickets for this event are $10.

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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NOI PhilharmonicThe Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall
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In this special performance, NOI+F fellows take the reins in a program performed entirely without a conductor. Members of the 2023 NOI Philharmonic will lead each other in chamber orchestra repertoire by Alberto Ginastera, William Grant Still and Franz Joseph Haydn. Ginastera’s Varaciones concertantes begins the program by highlighting each section of the orchestra, spotlighting the virtuosity and personalities of each. Still's classic American style is woven into Wood Notes, a suite inspired by his love of nature and K. Mitchell Pilcher’s poetry. The Philharmonic closes the evening with Haydn’s “Trauer” symphony exploring the tense, energetic and dramatic potential of the minor-keyed symphony.

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David NeelyThe Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall
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David Neely, Music Director of Des Moines Metro Opera and Director of Orchestral Activities at the UMD School of Music, leads the NOI Philharmonic in a program of sensational orchestral repertoire featuring Maurice Ravel, Richard Wagner and Florence Price. Ravel’s Alborada del gracioso starts the program in high spirits, inspired by the “gracioso” spirit of Spanish comedy, a humorous and light-hearted character. The program continues with Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg Suite, a music drama inspired by the 16th century Master Singer’s Guild of Nuremberg. Often viewed as a manifesto of Wagner’s own musical and philosophical challenges, Die Mestersinger von Nürnberg tells the story of a young singer who must combat musical conservatism in order to win the annual song contest. Closing the performance is Florence Price’s Symphony No. 3, which contrasts traditional African-American and modernist elements against each other in a striking depiction of life for African Americans.

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An orchestra performs on stage.St. Andrew's Episcopal Church | 4512 College Ave, College Park, MD 20740
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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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Ricardo MoralesThe Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall
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See the NOI+F faculty in action in our open masterclasses! As a courtesy to the musicians, please arrive early and be seated prior to the start of the class. Late seating will occur during breaks and at the discretion of the usher.

Ricardo Morales is one of the most sought after clarinetists of today. He joined The Philadelphia Orchestra as principal clarinet in 2003 and made his solo debut with the Orchestra in 2004. He previously served as principal clarinet of The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. During his tenure with that ensemble, he soloed at Carnegie Hall and on two European tours. He has also been a featured soloist with the Chicago Symphony, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Seoul Philharmonic, the Columbus Symphony, the Memphis Symphony and the Flemish Radio Symphony. In addition, he was a featured soloist with the U.S. Marine Band, “The President’s Own,” with which he recorded Jonathan Leshnoff’s Clarinet Concerto, a piece commissioned for him by The Philadelphia Orchestra. Ricardo has been asked to perform as principal clarinet with the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony and, at the invitation of Sir Simon Rattle, the Berlin Philharmonic.

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Joseph ConyersThe Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall
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This dynamic group features rotating cohorts consisting of the most influential chamber and orchestral musicians in the world.

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David Alan MillerThe Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall
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David Alan Miller, multi-Grammy Award-winning conductor and music director of the Albany Symphony, leads the NOI Philharmonic on stage with Kevin Cole, the foremost interpreter of George Gershwin’s music, on piano. The program begins with Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, a tone poem inspired by a visit to Havana, imbibed with Cuban rhythms and elements of Cuban dance. Next is Gershwin’s cherished masterpiece, Rhapsody in Blue, which deftly assimilates American and European traditions while challenging the divisions between classical and popular music. Following up with more Gershwin, his Second Rhapsody carries similar passion and intensity to Rhapsody in Blue, kindled from the story of a young Russian pianist who emigrates to Manhattan. Steven Stucky’s orchestral fantasy Dreamwaltzes sets fragments of Viennese waltz music of Brahms and Strauss in a strikingly modern orchestral tone. Joan Tower’s 1920/2019 concludes the program, commemorating the two most historically significant years for the advancement of women in society.

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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.

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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.

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

Portrait of President Darryll J. Pines
Darryll J. Pines President, University of Maryland
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