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Co-sponsored Events 2019 – 2020

In Fall of 2019 and Spring of 2020 CIRCA partnered with the departments of Dance, Music, Theater and Visual Arts to produce high-impact public events at UMBC. You’ll find some past offerings below. We thank Dr. Scott Casper, Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences for his ongoing support of CIRCA.

Livewire 10: Rewind / Fast Forward: Ruckus
October 24, 7:30 PM
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall
The Ruckus new music ensemble opens UMBC’s annual new music festival — Livewire 10: Rewind / Fast Forward — with a program of music featuring: Feuilles à travers les cloches (1999) by Tristan Murail; Dust Encapsulated #2 (2009) by Rune Glerup; Toward (2012) by Mischa Salkind-Pearl
Thème et variations (1932) by Olivier Messiaen; torsion (2009) by Katharina Rosenberger; Palindromes (1988) by Ben Johnston

Livewire 10: Rewind / Fast Forward: Student Composers
October 25, 2019 12:00 PM
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall
The next generation of emerging talent is showcased in this concert, featuring premieres and works in progress by UMBC student composers, performed by their colleagues.

Livewire 10: Rewind / Fast Forward: Third Practice
October 25, 2019 7:30 PM
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall
The vocal ensemble Third Practice presents the North American premiere of Salvatore Sciarrino’s rarely performed 12 Madrigali — 17th-century haiku by the poet Basho that are turned inside out and upside down in the ‘“unreliable mirror” of Sciarrino’s otherworldly music.

Livewire 10: Rewind / Fast Forward: Pendulum Clocks
October 26, 5:00 PM
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall
Soprano Susan Botti and clarinetist Gleb Kanasevich present the premiere of Rahilia Hasanova‘s chamber opera for two performers, Pendulum Clocks (2014). In the world of contemporary classical music, Rahilia Hasanova is known as a brilliant and prolific composer with a unique and powerful voice. The strength of her music is in bridging the two seemingly disparate worlds of Eastern and Western cultures — by combining the essence of her native Azerbaijani culture and traditional music that represents the East with the contemporary classical music traditions of the West, Hasanova creates unparalleled music forms and materials that are as diverse as they are unforgettable.

Livewire 10: Rewind / Fast Forward: Inscape Chamber Orchestra
October 27, 3:00 PM
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall
Founded in 2004 by artistic director Richard Scerbo, Inscape Chamber Orchestra is pushing the boundaries of classical music in riveting performances that reach across genres and generations, and transcend the confines of the traditional classical concert experience.

Umbilicus: Balderdash
October 30, 7:30 p.m.
Music Box
In a program entitled “Balderdash,” the percussion quartet Umbilicus will perform works by Will Redman, Tom Goldstein, Jennifer Walshe and others, including: Burners: End to End by Will Redman; Deck by Will Redman; Evergreen by Tom Goldstein; A new work (premiere) by Tom Goldstein; THIS IS WHY PEOPLE O.D. ON PILLS/AND JUMP FROM THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE by Jennifer Walshe.

Musica Spira: The Ugly Virtuosa
November 14 7:30 p.m.
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall
Musica Spira, featuring Grace Srinivasan, soprano, and Paula Maust, harpsichord, with guest artist Stephanie Zimmerman, baroque violin, present “The Ugly Virtuosa — Reviews of the Women Behind the Music.” Women’s rise to fame as professional musicians on stage in the seventeenth century coincided with the birth of print journalism and music criticism. The very presence of women on the public stage sparked numerous social, religious, and legal debates throughout western Europe. From those who decried the immorality of female performers to those who fetishized, courted, and even assaulted them, most early modern men who were writing seemed to have strong opinions about the women on stage. The female perspective on this critical issue in the history of women’s rights is sadly lost to history.

How to Self-Produce Theatre, with Interrobang Theatre

October 23rd, Noon – 1:30 PM
Location: Acting Directing Studio (ADS) – PAHB 105
Free, catered event, with good vegetarian options

Description: So you want to produce a play? Katie and Kiirstn share how they established their theatre company, Interrobang Theatre, as recent graduates of UMBC’s theatre program and share tips on how to produce plays with a limited budget and resources in Baltimore. Learn how to make #art with your #friends.

Bios: Katie Hileman (Artistic Director/Co-Founder), UMBC BFA Acting ‘12, is a Baltimore-based DIY theatre-maker, director, and performer currently pursuing her MFA in Theatre from Towson University. Katie is the Artistic Director and co-founder of the Interrobang Theatre Company (Winner, Best of Charm City Fringe 2014), where she has written, acted, directed, and cleaned toilets. Katie has worked with many local companies including The Acme Corporation, Submersive Productions, Venus Theatre Company, Cohesion Theatre Company, Rep Stage, Single Carrot Theatre, and more.

Kiirstn Pagan (Producer/Co-Founder), UMBC BA Theatre ‘11 (stage management concentration), is a photographer and graphic designer with extensive experience in marketing strategy. She is a co-founder of Interrobang and has overseen all Interrobang brand identity development and marketing campaigns over its five-year existence. She has previously worked on the in house marketing teams at Baltimore Center Stage and Everyman Theatre. Kiirstn is grateful for the opportunities and friendships UMBC has provided her and continues to offer beyond graduation.


October 17, 7:30 PM
Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall
Violinist Aisslinn Nosky joins UMBC’s Collegium — directed by Lindsay Johnson, joined by Paula Maust on harpsichord — and its outstanding student performers to explore the rich and diverse repertoire from the Baroque period: Corelli’s Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 4, the Vivaldi Concerto for Two Violins in A Minor, Op. 3, No. 8 (RV 522), and selected movements from Telemann’s Burlesque de Quixote Suite.

Friday, September 27, 2019 · 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

“…took me where I had not been in dance theater.”
— Alastair Macaulay, former chief dance critic of The New York Times

The Department of Dance and CIRCA presents a performance by MADBOOTS DANCE. Led by Jonathan Campbell and Austin Diaz, the queer, all-male company is known for its fearless athleticism and unashamed intimacy. Tackling topics related to male identity, the company was named “25 to Watch” by Dance Magazine who noted that Diaz and Campbell, “are making a unique mark on concert dance with highly original movement that pushes skill and stamina to the limit.”