Fortune’s Bones: The Manumission Requiem at Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at University of Maryland

The final relief sculpture of Fortune as he may have looked in life. Created by Frank Bender.Collection of the Mattatuck Museum.

The excitement in the air tonight at Fortune’s Bones: The Manumission Requiem was palpable throughout the evening. As Susie Farr, Executive Director of the Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts, said in her remarks before the performance tonight, tonight was probably the climax of the Fortune’s Bones journey – and it truly lived up to that promise at the Saturday, February 25, 2012, performance.

The Old Settler at University of Maryland’s School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies


It’s not a romance, but it’s not a comedy either, despite elements of both. The Old Settler by John Henry Redwood tells the story of a few months in the lives of two sisters living in Harlem in the 1940s.

The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra with Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Jean-Yves Thibaudet

As the lights came up on the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s concert with Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano, the one word that kept echoing around the auditorium was “intense.” And indeed, “intense” is the perfect description of the February 10, 2012 concert at the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

Orpheus Sings With The University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra

University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra. Photo courtesy of University of Maryland.

The December 4, 2011 performance of Orpheus Sings by the UMD Symphony Orchestra under the direction of James Ross, with members of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, was truly a night of great music, showcasing the variety and depth of the UMD Symphony Orchestra.

University of Maryland School of Music: Chambers Singers and University Chorale: The Romantic Ideal


The November 20th performance by the University of Maryland Chamber Singers and University Chorale entitled The Romantic Ideal truly lived up to its name, showcasing the heights to which choral music can reach. The first part of the performance consisted of three pieces sung a capella by the University of Maryland Chamber Singers under the […]

Amelia al Ballo and Il Tabarro at The University of Maryland School of Music Maryland Opera Studio


Each fall, the University of Maryland’s School of Music’s Maryland Opera Studio puts on “white operas”: full operatic roles but with a piano instead of orchestra and production elements “kept to a minimum” so that the students are forced to draw upon their craft and tell a story by acting alone “without the outside crutches […]