Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at Maryland


Julian Lage Trio

The guitarist and composer performs traditional acoustic and jazz with his trio featuring bassist Scott Colley and drummer Eric Harland. At the Kogod Theatre.

UMD Wind Ensemble

Led by conductor Michael Votta, the ensemble performs works by Williams, Brahms, Strens and others as well as Jess Turner's "Concertino Cabocio" with faculty artist Kathleen Trahan. At the Dekelboum Concert Hall.
10/15 - 10/16

Fall MFA Dance Thesis Concert

Choreographer Sinclair Ogaga Emoghene presents "Nyam Chiem" and Meghan Abadoo presents "Octavia's Brood: Riding the Ox Home.". At the Dance Theatre.
10/14 - 10/17

Intimate Apparel

Set in 1905 New York, the play follows the experiences of an African American seamstress who navigates social and class lines. At the Kay Theatre.

UMSO Concerto Competition

Performers play for an independent jury panel in the competition's preliminary round. At the Gildenhorn Recital Hall.

UMD Repertoire Orchestra

The ensemble performs. At the Dekelboum Concert Hall.

Imani Winds

The wind quintet performs works by Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Rimsky-Korsakov and others. At the Gildenhorn Recital Hall.

BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play

Contemporary dance choreographer Camille Brown's work examines the challenges of black females in American culture. At the Kay Theatre.

UMSO Concerto Competition

Student finalists compete for a chance to perform as soloists with the UMD Symphony Orchestra. At the Dekelboum Concert Hall.

University and Community Band

Led by conductors Eli Osterloh and Bill Sturgis, the two ensembles perform wind band music. At the Dekelboum Concert Hall.

Emeline Michel

At the Kay Theatre.

UMD Wind Orchestra

The ensemble performs Lang's "Are You Experienced?" as well as works by Meulemans, Husa and Sweelinck. At the Dekelboum Concert Hall.

14th Annual High School Choir Invitational

Choral ensembles from Maryland and Virginia high schools perform. At the Dekelboum Concert Hall.
11/10 - 11/11

UMD Chamber Jazz

At the Gildenhorn Recital Hall.

Gordon Hawkins

The baritone and UMD graduate performs "War and Remembrance: Selections for Veteran's Day" with pianist Justina Lee. At the Gildenhorn Recital Hall.

UMD Symphony Orchestra

Led by James Ross, the ensemble performs works by Schumann and Gershwin as well as Sejourne's "Concerto for Marimba and Strings" with 2014 UMSO Concerto Competition winner, Robert Schroyer. At the Dekelboum Concert Hall.
11/12 - 11/14

University of Maryland Dance Faculty Concert: Moving Perspectives

Dance works from faculty members and a surprise guest choreographer. At the Dance Theatre.

UMD Women's Chorus and UMD Men's Chorus

The choral groups present their fall music showcase, "Kaleidoscope: Choral Music Across Cultures.". At the Dekelboum Concert Hall.
11/16 - 11/17

UMD Chamber Music Showcase

Student chamber groups perform works for woodwinds, piano, strings and brass. At the Gildenhorn Recital Hall.

Elias String Quartet

The group plays music from Haydn and Beethoven, as well as Scottish folk tunes. At the Gildenhorn Recital Hall.

University Chorale

Led by conductors Rachel Carlson and Steve Kim, the 50-voice choral group performs works by Bach, Villa-Lobos, Whitacre, Vaughan Williams and others. At the Dekelboum Concert Hall.
11/20 - 11/22

Second Season: Dance Cinema and Snake Telegram

Program includes "Dance Cinema," a film and art installation, and "Snake Telegram," a modern dance solo performed to jazz.
11/20 - 11/24

Don Giovanni

Maryland Opera Studio performs Mozart's two-act opera. At the Kay Theatre.

New Music at Maryland

UMD music students perform new works by student composers. At the Gildenhorn Recital Hall.

Orion Weiss

The pianist performs works by Janacek, Beethoven, Brahms and Ginastera. At the Gildenhorn Recital Hall.

UMD Symphony Orchestra and UMD Chamber Singers

The ensembles perform excerpts from Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" and David Lang's "Little Match Girl Passion.". At the Dekelboum Concert Hall.

Honors Chamber Music Recital

Students from the UMD School of Music's chamber music program perform. At the Gildenhorn Recital Hall.

UMD Wind Orchestra and UMD Wind Ensemble

The ensembles perform works by Schumann, Grainger, Sousa, Dahl, Messiaen and Strauss with pianist Rita Sloan. At the Dekelboum Concert Hall.

UMD Percussion Ensemble

Led by music director Lee Hinkle, the orchestra's percussionists perform contemporary works. At the Dekelboum Concert Hall.

UMD Repertoire Orchestra

The ensemble performs. At the Dekelboum Concert Hall.

Kaleidoscope of Bands

The UMD Wind Ensemble, UMD Wind Orchestra, Mighty Sound of Maryland, University Band and Community Band perform in this annual program. At the Dekelboum Concert Hall.
12/10 - 12/11

New Dances

Choreographers and dance groups from UMD campus perform.

ODC/Dance: boulders and bones

A performance inspired by the work of sculptor and land artist Andy Goldsworthy.
1/29/16 - 1/30/16

Second Season: Tom in the Machine and My Devil Dance

"Tom in the Machine," a dance-theater show, explores the challenges felt inside the American workforce. "My Devil Dance" captures the oppression Sri Lankans and other colonized nations have faced.

Ursula Oppens

The pianist performs Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 32 and Rzewski's "The People United Will Never Be Defeated!". At the Gildenhorn Recital Hall.

Choreographers' Showcase

New works by established and emerging choreographers.
2/26/16 - 2/27/16

Twelfth Night

Filter in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company present a staging of Shakespeare's comedy that allows the audience to see behind the scenes during the show.
4/8/16 - 4/9/16

Salt of the Earth

In PuppetCinema combines puppets and video to tell the story of a rebel hero.


Aerial artists use stories from the audience to create their performance-in-progress.

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