Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at Maryland


University of Maryland Summer Chorus Concert

Led by Cindy Bauchspies and Allan Laino, the choral group performs Mozart's "Vesperae solennes de confessore" and Vivaldi's "Gloria.". At the Dekelboum Concert Hall.
7/18 - 7/26

Romeo et Juliette

Maryland Lyric Opera presents a semi-staged production of Gounod's opera. At the Kay 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