October Show Preview: The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Feature photo by Hannah Yasharoff.

After a diverse set of performances, presentations and events last month, The Clarice will focus largely on musical performances this month. With over 20 events at The Clarice in October, Pulsefeedz breaks down the first two weeks of shows.

The Call: Sept. 30 – Oct. 8

Student/Youth tickets: $10, General Public: $25

Now in full swing at The Clarice, The Call, a 2014 play written by Tanya Barfield, explores topics of race, sexuality, stereotypes and adoption. Presented by the School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies, The Call tells the story of a middle-aged American couple considering adopting a child from Africa.

“I’m most excited about the shock that people are going to receive,” said junior theater major Alicia Grace, who plays one of five characters in the show. “Not from just seeing us on stage, seeing us in our costumes, seeing us on set, watching it move, hearing the music and watching the lighting, but I’m excited for them to absorb all of that along with what’s being discussed… We’ve worked very hard to make sure that our characters are relatable, that someone can look into [a character’s] plight in this story and say ‘I can empathize with her.’”

Quinteto Latino: Oct. 6 and 7, 5:30 p.m.

Free, no ticket required.

Presented by The Clarice’s Artist Partner Program, Quinteto Latino, a California-based wind quintet, will perform pieces by University of Maryland composers.

MFA Dance Thesis Concert: Waking Darkness. Waiting Light.: Oct. 7-9

Student/Youth tickets: $10, General Public: $25

MFA Dance candidates Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves joined together to choreograph a performance littered with juxtaposition: Krogol’s Cuban-American heritage and Reeve’s interest in origin myths; dance and multimedia displays; present and future. Their performance is presented by the UMD School of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies.

UMD Symphony Orchestra: Shostakovich 10: Oct. 7, 8 p.m.

Student/Youth tickets: $10, General Public: $25

University of Maryland School of Music students will perform three selections: Three Dance Episodes from Leonard Bernstein’s “On the Town,” Johannes Brahms’s “Variations on a Theme by Haydn,” and Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Symphony No. 10 in E Minor.”

UMD Wind Orchestra: Black Sounds and Vivid Colors: Oct. 8, 8 p.m.

Student/Youth tickets: $10, General Public: $25

Wind Orchestra students in the School of Music explore musical interpretations of color and darkness. UMD Percussion lecturer Lee Hinkle will join the orchestra to perform Steven Stucky’s “Concerto for Percussion.”

The Music Industry and Us: Composers, Performers, Scholars, and Sound Technicians in the ‘Real World.’: Oct. 13, 8 p.m.

Free, no ticket required.

The School of Music presents a lecture by Anthony Seeger, UCLA Distinguished Professor of Ethnomusicology Emeritus. He will explore the intersection of music business and law, as well as new technologies and law ethics in the world of musical creativity.

Wallflower: Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak Dance Company: Oct. 13, 8 p.m.

Student/Youth tickets: $10, General Public: $25

Originally performed at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, The Clarice’s Artist Partner Program presents a colorful contemporary dance piece reminiscent of a sculpture gallery come to life.

WALLFLOWER | Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak from Inbal Pinto & Avshalom Pollak on Vimeo.

Meklit: Oct. 14, 7 and 9 p.m.

Student/Youth tickets: $10, General Public: $25

Combining jazz, hip-hop, fold, indie rock and poetry, Ethopian-born Meklit Hadero explores messages of unity and hope. This performance is presented by the Artist Partner Program.

Kreativity Open Mic Night: Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m.

Free, no ticket required.

Twice a semester, the Kreativity Diversity Troupe hosts open mic nights for students to perform anything and everything from music to poetry to hula hooping. Learn more about last month’s event in Pulsefeedz entertainment writer Julia Heimlich’s recap.

Photo by Julia Heimlich.
Photo by Julia Heimlich.