Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at Maryland


Black Arm Bands

The musical collective takes visitors on a journey through Australian heritage using indigenous music performed in 11 Aboriginal languages. At the Dekelboum Concert Hall.


British choreographer Wayne McGregor's modern dance performance features 10 artists, film and light show, and music by, A Winged Victory for the Sullen. At the Kay Theatre.
1/27 - 1/28

Second Season: The Weeping Philosophers

A program of two multimedia shows: Kelly Colburn's "untitled homage to my twenties in new york city;" and "My Life Has Been Like Water" by Mark Costello. At the Dance Theatre.

34th Annual Choreographers' Showcase

Founded in 1983, the dance show featuring a variety of works by choreographers from across the country. Attendees can vote for Audience Choice Award. At the Dance Theatre.

Editorial Review

Professional and student performances in all branches of the performing arts have been brought under one roof in a new center named for Virginia painter (and University of Maryland alumna) Clarice Smith.

The six performance halls are: the 1,100-seat Concert Hall, with a single balcony, box and chorister seating; the Ina and Jack Kay Theatre, seating 650 before a proscenium stage; the Joseph and Alma Gildenhorn Recital Hall, seating 300 on one level; the Robert and Arlene Kogod Studio Theatre, which seats 200; a 200-seat dance theater; and the Laboratory Theatre, a 100-seat, black-box facility.

The center houses the school of music, the department of theatre and the department of dance with their classrooms, rehearsal halls and library. As a result, it is a busy place during the day as well as in the evening.

The well-regarded production company of the University of Maryland will be housed here instead of the old Tawes Theatre .

The university's performance series will bring 50 events to the center each year.

-- Brad Hathaway