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

Conductor E. Michael Richards, professor of music, and the UMBC Symphony have been awarded honorable mention in the college/university division of The American Prize’s Ernst Bacon Memorial Award in the Performance of American Music for their 2016 performance and recording of William Grant Still’s “Afro-American Symphony.” Alan Wonneberger, lecturer and director of recording for the department of music, mastered the recording of the live performance.



January 30 – March 26
Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery

Altered State: Painting Myanmar in a Time of Transition presents paintings by 36 contemporary artists from Myanmar, the Southeast Asian nation formerly known as Burma. Created following the transition period of 2011, when a military-backed civilian government replaced oppressive rule by military junta and the country once famous for its seclusion re-entered the world stage, the paintings illustrate current artistic practice in Myanmar and present a series of creative viewpoints on a rapidly changing society.

Myanmar: Perspectives on a Society in Transition
Christina Fink, Professor of Practice of International Affairs, George Washington University
Wednesday, February 1, time TBA

Professor Christina Fink is a cultural anthropologist who has combined teaching, research, and development work throughout her career organized. Her areas of expertise are Burma/Myanmar in particular and Southeast Asia more broadly, equitable development, gender and development, civil society in ethnically diverse states.


Seeing Science Mini-Exhibition: David Goldes

Goldes studied bio-chemistry, then molecular genetics, and then photography. He creates images that are surprisingly charming, intimate, and mysterious.




February 2 – March 10
Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture

Organized by Niels Van Tomme, director of de Appel Art Center in Amsterdam, Muntadas: Activating Artifacts: Interpretation, Translation, Education presents a site-specific exhibition project produced in close collaboration with world-renowned multimedia artist Antoni Muntadas (Spain, 1942). Through his work, Muntadas addresses social, political and communication issues, often investigating channels of information and the ways in which they may be used to censor or promulgate ideas.

This particular exhibition project addresses a gradual but steady shift in academia, from the initial American ideal of mass public education, which developed throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, towards an increasingly privatized and corporatized form of knowledge production as we know it today. 

Antoni Muntadas was born in Barcelona in 1942 and has lived in New York since 1971. Through his work, he addresses social, political, and communication issues such as the relationship between public and private space within social frameworks, as well as investigates channels of information and the ways they may be used to censor or promulgate ideas. His projects are presented in different media such as photography, video, publications, the Internet, installations, and urban interventions.





Thursday – Saturday, February 9 – 11, 8 PM
Proscenium Theatre

Baltimore Dance Project returns to UMBC’s Performing Arts and Humanities Building Proscenium Theatre for its 33nd annual performance of a dynamic new program.

The concert features collaborations among dancers, sound and visual artists, with premieres of Doug Hamby’s Duet, Sandra Lacy’s mysterious new solo Lost, and Carol Hess’ reconstruction of Janet Soares’ Image in Red for dancer Franki Trout. Additional works include Carol Hess’ Dolled Up, examining the interiors of five women in fancy dresses. Original scores by Timothy Nohe and Anna Rubin.

Baltimore Dance Project is a professional modern dance company dedicated to presenting the creative work of Doug Hamby and Carol Hess, “two of the most exciting choreographers in Maryland.” Formed in 1982 under the name Phoenix Dance Company, the company is known for its edgy collaborations with composers, directors, sound artists and visual artists, and for infusing visual media and technology into riveting dance performance.



Thursday, February 16, 7:30 PM
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall

UMBC’s Christian Tremblay and Audrey Andrist team up for a evening of stellar chamber music featuring Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Violin Sonata in B-flat Major, K. 454; Béla Bartók’s Rhapsody No. 1, Sz. 87; and Ottorino Respighi’s Violin Sonata in B Minor.

Violinist Christian Tremblay has been enjoying a diverse and exciting career as performer and pedagogue. He has been heard in many Canadian cities including Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician and orchestra player. Hailed as a “stunning pianist with incredible dexterity” (San Francisco Classical Voice), Canadian pianist Audrey Andrist has thrilled audiences around the globe, from North America to Japan, China and Germany with her “passionate abandon,” “bright energy,” and “great intelligence.” She has performed in many of North America’s most prestigious venues, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Place des Arts in Montreal, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, and Alice Tully Hall in New York.