Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at Maryland

1/30 - 1/31

Macbeth

Shakespeare's Scottish play about deception, vengeance and tragedy is staged.
2/6

Meccorre Quartet

The International Chamber Music Competition-winning Polish quartet performs string quartets by Mozart and Debussy as well as Brett Dean's "Eclipse.". At the Gildenhorn Recital Hall.
2/7

Ragamala Dance: Song of the Jasmine

Mother and daughter choreographic team and famed Bharata Natyam dancers Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy collaborate with jazz saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa for this new dance work inspired by the jasmine flower and the common Indian belief that it connects the world of man and the world of the gods. Following the performance, the artists will take questions from the audience. At the Kay Theatre.
2/15

Faure Quartett

The ensemble performs piano quartets by Faure and Brahms as well as Mahler's "Klavierquartettsatz.". At the Gildenhorn Recital Hall.
2/20

Maryland Opera Studio

First-year members perform "A Family Reunion," an opera about a family struggling to make decisions about their mother's care as she loses her fight with Alzheimer's. Presented by the UMD School of Music. At the Gildenhorn Recital Hall.
2/13 - 2/21

The Lost World

Two twins explore a prehistoric land that exists under their bed. At the Kogod Theatre.
2/27

Tigran Hamasyan

At the Kogod Theatre.
2/27

UMD Wind Orchestra

Joined by National Symphony Orchestra principal clarinetist Paul Cigan, the UMDWO presents the Eastern U.S. premiere of "Dance Concerto" for clarinet and wind ensemble. At the Dekelboum Concert Hall.
2/28

Black Theatre Symposium

In addition to a solo performance by Seret Scott, there will be panel discussions and workshops focusing on black theater.
2/28

UMD Symphony Orchestra

The ensemble performs Mahler's Symphony No. 5 and Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 with 2013 Concerto Competition Winner, Christopher Wong. At the Dekelboum Concert Hall.
3/2

TEMPO

The grad student-run ensemble premieres new music from outside the University of Maryland. At the Gildenhorn Recital Hall.
3/4

UMD Repertoire Orchestra

The orchestra performs Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4, American composer Charles Griffes's symphonic works "The White Peacock," "Bacchanale" and "Clouds" and Sibelius's "Finlandia." Presented by the UMD School of Music. At the Dekelboum Concert Hall.
3/6

UMD Wind Ensemble

The ensemble presents an evening of "band classics," including works by Shostakovich, Hindemith and selections from Gordon Jacob's William Byrd Suite. At the Dekelboum Concert Hall.
3/7

The Westerlies

At the Gildenhorn Recital Hall.
2/27 - 3/7

Good Kids

The piece, presented as part of the Big Ten New Play Initiative, explores the aftermath of a casual tryst gone public. At the Kay Theatre.
3/8 - 3/10

Peter Wiley and Anna Polonsky

The cellist and pianist perform the complete works for cello and piano by Beethoven. At the Gildenhorn Recital Hall.
3/12 - 3/13

MFA Dance Thesis Concert: Projects for the Living and Not Leading Lady Material

The program features two theses: "In Projects of the Living," a performance set in a dark and decaying cabaret theatre where audience members choose the various elements of the program, and "Not Leading Lady Material," a one-woman, cabaret-style performance that takes the audience on an interweaving journey through personal narrative, song and dance. At the Kay Theatre.
3/25

New Music at Maryland

Original solo, chamber and electoracoustic works by UMD student composers are performed. At the Gildenhorn Recital Hall.
3/28

UMD Wind Orchestra

The ensemble presents "Rememberings," a program that includes Arthur Meuelsman's Symphony No. 4 and Jan Meyerowitz's "Three Comments on War," a work featuring elements of folk music and ancient battle songs. At the Dekelboum Concert Hall.
3/28

Universes: Party People Salon

The Black Panthers and the Young Lords are the focus of this interactive performance. At the Kogod Theatre.
3/27 - 3/28

Wake Up!

An original site-specific, dance work inspired by Spike Lee's film, "School Daze" (1988) and co-conceived by U. Md. students Meghan Bowden and Vaughn Midder. At the Kay Theatre.
3/27 - 3/28

Wake Up!

Spike Lee's 1988 film "School Daze" provided the inspiration for this work that examines the modern African American experience. At the Dance Theatre.
4/10 - 4/12

Shared Graduate Dance Concert

The program features choreography and dance works by current U-Md. graduate students. At the Dance Theatre.
4/26

The Nile Project

At the Dekelboum Concert Hall.
4/23 - 4/26

UMoves - Undergraduate Dance Concert

The program includes original works created and/or performed by undergraduate students majoring in dance, plus new works by guest choreographers. At the Kay Theatre.
4/23 - 4/26

UMoves: Undergraduate Dance Concert

The program includes original works by undergraduate U.-Md. dance students. At the Dance Theatre.
4/18 - 4/26

Maryland Opera Studio

The opera company presents "Crime and Punishment: Operas in One Act," a program featuring one-act operas by Rossini, Ravel and Menotti. At the Kay Theatre.
5/1

UMD Wind Ensemble

The ensemble performs Copland's "El Salon Mexico" and Bernstein's "Symphonic Dances" from "West Side Story" and "Overture to Candide.". At the Dekelboum Concert Hall.
5/3

UMD Symphony Orchestra

The orchestra presents "Music, Movement, Mind, and Score," a conductor-less program in conjunction with James Ross and Liz Lerman's UMD course. For the second half of the concert, the Maryland Opera Studio will join the UMSO to perform highlights from their spring production of Rossini's "L'occasione fa il ladro (Opportunity makes a thief).". At the Dekelboum Concert Hall.
5/9

Annual Pops Concert

At the Dekelboum Concert Hall.
5/8 - 5/9

Delta Chi Xi Honorary Dance Fraternity: New Dances

Choreographers and dance groups from across the UMD campus bring you an evening of original work. At the Dance Theatre.
5/2 - 5/9

The Human Capacity

A Stasi officer struggles for forgiveness from a woman whose life he ruined. At the Kogod Theatre.
5/11

UMD Percussion Ensemble

The UMD Orchestra's percussion section presents an evening of contemporary music. At the Dekelboum Concert Hall.
5/29 - 5/31

Delta Chi Xi Honorary Dance Fraternity Conference: DanCe flux 2015

Delta Chi Xi Honorary Dance Fraternity's premiere dance conference, featuring a weekend of master classes, performance training and cultural exploration with specialty guest artist Jeffrey Page.
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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