The American Prize honors E. Michael Richards and the UMBC Symphony

The UMBC Symphony received recognition for a 2016 performance and recording of William Grant Still’s “Afro-American Symphony.” Conductor E. Michael Richards shares, “One of our goals is to not only study and perform the masterworks of the common practice period, but also…music of our time.” Continue reading The American Prize honors E. Michael Richards and the UMBC Symphony

First Annual David W. Smith Gala

The campus community is invited to the inaugural gala fundraising event for the David W. Smith Scholarship for Vocal Arts. This fund seeks to honor the memory of David W. Smith, an extraordinary singer and a brilliant and dedicated UMBC professor, through its support of young singers pursuing degrees at UMBC. The event will be a concert featuring the amazing bass-baritone, Simon Estes, as well as David’s beloved Camerata and UMBC alumni. A small reception will follow the concert. The first half of the program will feature a collaboration of alumni, faculty and staff who worked with David Smith and will include art … Continue reading First Annual David W. Smith Gala

Tom Lagana, Music, in Capital Gazette

Tom Lagana, Music, was interviewed for a feature article in the Capital Gazette on his forthcoming third album, Volume 1. “It’s called Volume 1 because it’s the first record I’m playing all nylon string,” the guitarist told the Capital Gazette. Also featured on the recording is electric bass play Tom Baldwin, an affiliate artist in the Department of Music. Click here to read the full story, published on Monday, August 25. Continue reading Tom Lagana, Music, in Capital Gazette

Faculty and Alumni of Umbilicus Perform at The Parlor

The percussion quartet Umbilicus, featuring Tom Goldstein, music, Shelly Purdy ’10, Will Redman ’98, and Rob Wolk ’11, performs Friday, November 15 at 8 p.m. at The Parlor, in a program including a set with new Department of Music faculty member, Patrick Crossland, trombone. Umbilicus’ set will include work by Anna Rubin, music. The Parlor 800 St. Paul Street Baltimore, MD Umbilicus was founded in 2012 in reaction to the generic contemporary percussion quartet, with the intention of promoting and performing a more experimental repertoire, much if it composed by its members. The suggested donation for this event is $5-$7. Continue reading Faculty and Alumni of Umbilicus Perform at The Parlor

Tom Goldstein, Music, and Alumni Perform at Bruun Studios

The percussion quartet Umbilicus, featuring Tom Goldstein, music, Shelly Purdy ’10, Will Redman ’98, and Rob Wolk ’11, performs Friday, October 4 in the program Feeling Different — an event that “explores what it means to feel different.” “When is [feeling different] a good thing, or a bad thing? Empowering, or marginalizing? When does difference generate harmony, and when chaos?” Attendance is free, but registration is required for attendance. Please email Peter Bruun at peter@bruunstudios.com, to reserve your space. Bruun Studios is located at: 302 E. Federal Street 4th Floor Baltimore, MD Continue reading Tom Goldstein, Music, and Alumni Perform at Bruun Studios

UMBC Camerata in the Baltimore Sun

The UMBC Camerata’s performance last Sunday with the Handel Choir of Baltimore was mentioned yesterday in a Baltimore Sun article by Tim Smith, praising the career of Handel Choir director, Linda O’Neal. The concert performed, Johannes Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, was considered by the Baltimore Sun arts critic, Tim Smith, one that “sounded smoothly balanced and articulated with admirable quality.” Continue reading UMBC Camerata in the Baltimore Sun

Richard Spece, Clarinet, and Nancy Beith, Piano (9/13)

On Thursday, September 13 at 8:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Recital Hall, clarinetist Richard Spece and pianist Nancy Beith join forces to present a program featuring: Five Bagatelles, Op. 23, by Gerald Finzi Concertino by Giuseppe Tartini (arranged by Gordon Jacob) Clarinet Sonata No. 1, Op. 120, by Johannes Brahms Duo Concertant pour Clarinette et Piano by Darius Milhaud Richard Spece regularly performs on modern and historical clarinets around the country and has several recordings available on Crystal Records. He has been a featured performer on the Smithsonian Recital Series in Washington, D.C., Music in the Mansion Series at … Continue reading Richard Spece, Clarinet, and Nancy Beith, Piano (9/13)

UMBC Announces New Certificate Program in Music Entrepreneurship

The one-year, post-baccalaureate Music Entrepreneurship Certificate Program is modeled around an innovative collaboration between UMBC and The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO). This marks the first time that a major American orchestra has collaborated with a university in a new academic program. With the BSO’s public education music program, OrchKids, at the center of the Music Entrepreneurship program curriculum, students will obtain practical experiences in entrepreneurial and educational ventures to make them successful twenty-first century musicians. Applications for Fall 2012 will be accepted through Friday, August 10. For more information, click here. Continue reading UMBC Announces New Certificate Program in Music Entrepreneurship

Shana Palmer ’15, MFA in Visual Arts, Exhibits in Finland

Shana Palmer, an MFA candidate with Visual Arts for 2015, is participated in the Invisible Time exhibition at the MUU Gallery based in Helsinki, Finland. Palmer contributed  to the track “Lunar Storm” from her band Secret Secrets’s latest album Chiromagica, to the “Wall of Sound” portion of the exhibit, alongside ten other track by other participating artists. Secret Secrets is a duo of Palmer on vocals and electronics with drums provided by Melissa Moore. Invisible Time opened at the MUU Gallery on June 8th and closed on June 21st. More information on the exhibit and its participants can be found … Continue reading Shana Palmer ’15, MFA in Visual Arts, Exhibits in Finland

Linda Dusman, Music, Profiled on NewMusicBox

Linda Dusman, professor of music, was profiled on the contemporary music website NewMusicBox in a feature by Molly Sheridan, “Linda Dusman—Leading a Creative Life.” The video accompanying the text includes performance excerpts of several of Professor Dusman’s works by UMBC faculty—Lisa Cella, Tom Goldstein and Airi Yoshioka—with additional contributions by Alan Wonneberger and the Imaging Research Center. Continue reading Linda Dusman, Music, Profiled on NewMusicBox

The Coolest Jobs You Never Knew Existed at UMBC: Ferdinand Maisel, Music Coordinator/Dance Accompanist

Before the first note sounds, the dance studio—with its heavy black tape stripes lining the floor—s like an enormous blank page of sheet music. Then, Ferdinand Maisel leans into the keys of the black grand piano in the corner, and suddenly students in sweats and bare feet dot the staff with whole-note pliés and staccato jumps. Read more at umbc.edu/magazine. Continue reading The Coolest Jobs You Never Knew Existed at UMBC: Ferdinand Maisel, Music Coordinator/Dance Accompanist

UMBC Wind Ensemble to Perform at the Kennedy Center (11/29)

The UMBC Wind Ensemble, directed by Richard Spece (adjunct instructor, Music), has been invited to perform at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, November 29. The UMBC Wind Ensemble is comprised of exceptional woodwind, brass and percussion performers who enjoy the challenge of performing excellent concert literature. “The UMBC Wind Ensemble is honored and excited to be performing at the Kennedy Center,” remarked Dr. Spece. “This is an incredible opportunity for the students who, through hard work and dedication, have become a regionally recognized and accomplished ensemble.” The program will feature Trittico by Vaclav Nelhybel, Equus … Continue reading UMBC Wind Ensemble to Perform at the Kennedy Center (11/29)

The Expressive Jewish Tradition Through Music and Words (11/10)

On Thursday, November 10, the Department of Music presents presents a program entitled The Expressive Jewish Tradition Through Music and Words, featuring performers Maria Lambros, viola; Airi Yoshioka, violin; Audrey Andrist, piano; E. Michael Richards, clarinet; Lisa Cella, flute; and guests Alison Wells, cello; Michael Kannen, cello; and Diane Walsh, piano. The program will feature: * Osvaldo Golijov – Doina (2001) * Felix Mendelssohn – Sonata for Cello and Piano in D major, Op. 58 (1843) * Michael Alec Rose – Burlesques for Piano Quartet (2010, world premiere) * Gerald Cohen – Yedid Nefesh (Beloved of my Soul) (2007) * … Continue reading The Expressive Jewish Tradition Through Music and Words (11/10)

Will Redman ’98, Music, in the Baltimore Sun

Composer Will Redman ’98, music, was profiled by Tim Smith in the Baltimore Sun. He went to University of Maryland, Baltimore County to study percussion with notable composer and percussionist Stuart Saunders Smith, who encouraged his student to listen to recordings of jazz pioneer John Coltrane and pathbreaking 20th-century classical composer Luciano Berio. “I didn’t know anything about avant-garde music or free jazz,” Redman said. “I decided I needed to do both things. I thought of free jazz as sort of like the punk-rock of jazz.” Continue reading Will Redman ’98, Music, in the Baltimore Sun