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UMBC at Brilliant Baltimore

From November 1 through 10, UMBC will again join in two of Baltimore’s signature events — Light City and the Baltimore Book Festival — which will be held together in 2019 under the theme of Brilliant Baltimore. UMBC’s contributions include a talk by President Freeman Hrabowski, a UMBC-Light Ekphrastic panel discussion, a panel discussion on Baltimore Revisited, and the SPARK gallery.

President Hrabowski: The Empowered University // Sunday, November 3, 2 p.m., Literary Salon, USM Columbus Center
UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski will discuss his new book, The Empowered University: Shared Leadership, Culture Change, and Academic Success, written with Philip Rous and Peter Henderson. The Empowered University examines how university communities support academic success by cultivating an empowering institutional culture and broad leadership for innovation. President Hrabowski argues that higher education can play a unique role in addressing the fundamental divisions in our society and economy by supporting people in reaching their full potential.

SPARK Gallery // November 1 – 10, 5 – 10 p.m., USM Columbus Center
The SPARK Gallery represents a the third year of collaboration between UMBC, Towson University, PNC Bank, and BOPA. Curated by Catherine Borg, it features light art by UMBC faculty Corrie Francis Parks, Evan Tedlock, Lisa Moren, Lynn Cazabon, Timothy Nohe, Vin Grabill, and Colette Searls, with presentations of animated films by UMBC students. Performances and events at SPARK will be presented by the UMBC Jazz Ensemble, directed by Matt Belzer; Lisa Cella and Stephen Bradley; and the UMBC New Music Ensemble; the Umbilicus percussion ensemble. They also include a site-specific dance performance by UMBC students choreographed by Ann Sofie Clemmensen and Carol Hess. (Complete schedule below.)

UMBC Light City Reception // Saturday, November 9, 4 – 9 p.m., USM Columbus Center
UMBC alumni and the UMBC community are invited to stop by the Columbus Center to enjoy light refreshments and pick up a fun glow in the dark giveaway (for first 300 guests), and enjoy a breathtaking view of the harbor and Light City Baltimore. Attendees are encouraged to bring friends and family, and to register in advance for the reception.

Word & Image // Saturday, November 2, 6 p.m., World Trade Center
In its first decade, The Light Ekphrastic (TLE) has paired more than 450 artists and writers from Baltimore and around the world to create new works of art and writing inspired by that of their partners. In “Word & Image: Creative Collaborations with UMBC and The Light Ekphrastic,” TLE participants share their work and talk about how the experience of collaborating with strangers has broadened the way they create. The panel will be co-moderated by Jenny O’Grady, editor of UMBC Magazine; and Timothy Nohe, professor of visual arts and director of the Center for Innovation, Research, and Creativity in the Arts. Panelists will include Melissa Cormier, M.F.A. ’17, visual arts, and Katie Feild ’05, visual arts.

Baltimore Revisited // Sunday, November 3, 2 p.m., Radical Book Fair Pavilion
Baltimore Revisited is an innovative new edited volume that examines the complex histories of Charm City and efforts underway to address the city’s pervasive inequalities. These issues continue to resonate with Baltimore residents almost five years after the death of Freddie Gray and the Baltimore Uprising that followed. The book is co-edited by Nicole King, associate professor and chair of American Studies; Kate Drabinski, lecturer, gender, women’s, and sexuality studies; and University of Baltimore historian Joshua Clark Davis. King will moderate a panel that will include Baltimore Revisited contributors Drabinski; Michael Casiano, assistant professor, American studies; and Ashley Minner, professor of the practice, American studies. It will take place in the Radical Book Fair Pavilion at the Baltimore Book Festival.


Special Events at SPARK

Monday, November 4 through Sunday, November 10 – SPARK Lounge
5-10 p.m. – Animations in the SPARK Lounge
Animated short films created by UMBC and Towson University students — an eclectic mix of animated narrative, documentary, music videos, and experimental work pushing the boundaries of art, style, and technology.

Friday, November 8 – SPARK Lounge
7 p.m. – Moth Broth
8 p.m. – UMBC Jazz: Students perform their original compositions with Director of Jazz Studies Matt Belzer, featuring Ricky Jefferson on piano, Zach Powell on guitar, Miles Malone on bass, and Pat Clark on drums.

Saturday, November 9 – Columbus Center
7-9 p.m. – Bonnie Lander and bioluminescent organisms perform in the installation What is the Shape of Water? by Lisa Moren and Dr. Tsetso Bachvaroff. A cross-species meditation on the second floor of the Columbus Center
Capacity limited: schedule and sign-up to attend 10 minute performances to be posted outside installation on Saturday.
7 – 7:15 p.m. – Lisa Cella and Stephen Bradley – (Location to be announced)
Performing contemporary flute works accompanied by time lapse videos: 010 machine states by Christopher Adler and Light in Each One by Stuart Saunders Smith with videos by Stephen Bradley.
7:30 – 7:45 p.m. – UMBC New Music Ensemble – (Location to be announced)
Performing Llef (Hilary Tann) for flute and cello and a text pieces Church car by Charles Amirkhanian and Ta-tam by Ernst Toch
8 p.m. – The Umbilicus Percussion Ensemble — (Location to be announced)
Umbilicus was founded in 2012 in reaction to the generic contemporary percussion quartet, with the intention of promoting and performing a more experimental repertoire, much if it composed by its members. Umbilicus has roots in the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. It consists of UMBC faculty member associate professor of music Tom Goldstein and three UMBC alumni: Paul Neidhardt, Michelle Purdy, an adjunct professor at Towson University, and Will Redman,who is a professor at Towson University. The group has commissioned and premiered an array of works. The name Umbilicus contains the letters U M B C. In a program entitled “Balderdash,” the percussion quartet Umbilicus will perform works by Will Redman, Tom Goldstein, Jennifer Walshe and others.

Sunday, November 10 – SPARK Gallery
5:45 – 6:45 p.m. – Breath Art with Shodekeh, Towson University College of Fine Arts & Communication’s first Innovator-in-Residence
An immersive performance experience created from breadth, sound, and movement. Audience participation encouraged.
7 and 8 p.m. (two showtimes) – Spark the Dance 2 by 2: A Program of Site Specific Works by Baltimore Dance Project
Choreographers and UMBC dance faculty Ann Sofie Clemmensen and Carol Hess are motivated to investigate performance in non-traditional spaces through their creative scholarship. Their site-specific choreography for SPARK is a response to the architecture of the space, and the art within it. Sound by Timothy Nohe featuring trombonist Sarah Manley; and dancers Heinz Adjakwah, Franki Graham, Emily Godfrey, Desiree Koontz-Nachtrieb, Kendra Welborn, Jody Cole, Joshua Gray, Sylvia Lagas, Kasey Mannion, Kayla Massey, Jahnaye Samuel, Michelle Ye, and Gretta Zinski.


All events are free. For complete information please visit UMBC at Brilliant Baltimore.

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