Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at Maryland


New Music at Maryland

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


The Korean music ensemble uses an hourglass drum, a barrel drum, a small gong and a large gong to play traditional music.

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.

12th Annual Celebration of Women's Voices

Enjoy a program of music for treble voices by the UMD Women's Chorus and guest ensembles to mark the beginning of Women's History Month.
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