Category Music

Ben Allison

Ben Allison, jazz bass, with the UMBC Jazz Ensemble

Music
Friday, March 13 | 7:30 p.m.
Ben Allison, jazz bass, with the UMBC Jazz Ensemble
Concert Hall, Performing Arts and Humanities Building

As part of the Department of Music’s Jazz Festival, award-winning bassist and composer Ben Allison performs a concert of his music with the UMBC Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Matt Belzer. Ben Allison is one of a few band leaders working in jazz today who has developed his own instantly identifiable sound. Known for his inspired arrangements, inventive grooves and hummable melodies, he draws from the jazz tradition and a range of influences from rock and folk to 20th century classical and world music traditions, seamlessly blending them into a cinematic, cohesive whole. (Click on heading for full description.)

CIRCA Catalyst Bradley Cella

CIRCA Catalyst: Stephen Bradley and Lisa Cella

Interdisciplinary
Wednesday, March 25 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
CIRCA Catalyst
With presenters Stephen Bradley and Lisa Cella
Dresher Center Conference Room, 216 PAHB

CIRCA Catalyst is an ongoing series promoting conversations around transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary research that fuses the performing and visual arts with other fields of inquiry and scholarship. A catered lunch, with vegetarian options, will be provided by CIRCA (the Center for Innovation, Research and Creativity in the Arts). UMBC associate professors Stephen Bradley, Visual Arts, and Lisa Cella, Music, will present on their recent collaborative “deep-listening — deep seeing” performance, combining video projection and flute performance. (Click on heading for full description.)

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UMBC Jazz Faculty Ensemble

Music
Friday, March 27 | 7:30 p.m.
UMBC Jazz Faculty Ensemble
Concert Hall, Performing Arts and Humanities Building

As part of the Department of Music’s Jazz Festival, the UMBC Jazz Faculty Ensemble will perform an eclectic concert of creative, improvised music. Members include trumpeter Tom Williams, vibist Mike Noonan, guitarist Tom Lagana, pianist Harry Appelman, bassist Tom Baldwin, drummer Scott Tiemann, and saxophonist Matt Belzer. (Click on heading for full description.)

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Maryland All State Jazz Band

Music
Saturday, March 28 | 4:00 p.m.
Maryland All State Jazz Band
Concert Hall, Performing Arts and Humanities Building

As part of the Department of Music’s Jazz Festival, the Maryland All State Jazz Band presents some of the best high school students from around the state, who will perform big band jazz. (Click on heading for full description.)

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String Octets!

Music
Thursday, April 2 | 8:00 p.m.
String Octets!
Concert Hall, Performing Arts and Humanities Building

UMBC string faculty and guest join forces with students to perform the titanic Octet in E-flat Major, Pp. 20 by Felix Mendelssohn, and more rarely heard Octet, Op. posth. by Max Bruch. Featured performers will include UMBC string faculty Christian Tremblay and Airi Yoshioka, violin; Amadi Azikiwe, viola; Gita Ladd, cello; Laura Ruas, double-bass; and student performers Ariel Byrd and Erika Koscho, violin; and Michael Bradshaw, cello. (Click on heading for full description.)

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Brass Bash

Music
Thursday, April 9 | 8:00 p.m.
Brass Bash
Concert Hall, Performing Arts and Humanities Building

UMBC brass faculty and students come together for an epic night of brass in the second ever UMBC Brass Bash. The evening will include brass chamber music, full brass and percussion ensemble, and performances by special guest Øystein Baadsvik, the only tuba player in the world that works exclusively as a soloist. The UMBC Faculty Brass Quintet features Wayne Cameron (trumpet), Justin Drew (horn), Patrick Crossland (trombone), and Brian Kaufman (tuba). (Click on heading for full description.)

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Contemporary Chamber Music

Music
Thursday, April 16 | 8:00 p.m.
Lisa Cella, flute, Mark Menzies, violin and viola, and Jaqueline Pollauf, harp
Concert Hall, Performing Arts & Humanities Building

UMBC’s Lisa Cella (flute) and Jaqueline Pollauf (harp) are joined by Mark Menzies (violin and viola) in a program featuring three major works by Debussy, Takemitsu and Gubaidulina. (Click on heading for full description.)

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