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Thursday, May 15, 2014
 Appalachian Spring performed by University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra:  Music and Movement 
2013 Maryland Opera Studio: La Boheme
Monday, April 15, 2013
The University of Maryland School of Music’s Opera Studio mounts a charming and touching production to showcase their MM second-year students. These performers may still be in training, but there voices are already stunning.
Monday, December 17, 2012
The Chorus was in good form under the director of Kenneth Slowik, making that famous opening energetic and joyous and keeping the melodic lines clear in all that dense counterpoint. The chorus was generally sprightly throughout, while the soloists often took the more introspective aspects of the text. Indeed alto Mairin Srygley and tenor Matthew Hill did a great job with the sparingly somber duet "Et Misericordia."
Monday, December 10, 2012
Anne Midgette of the Washington Post lists the Argento Celebration and the UMD Symphony Orchestra's performance of "Prelude to the Afternoon of the Faun" as top performances in 2012.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
"Freed from the black-clad anonymity of the orchestral status quo, allowed to assert their own identities, the musicians took responsibility for one of the most remarkable collaborations I've seen...this concert was about training young artists, and the experience of taking part and learning that new approaches can indeed revive the old can only be a good thing for the musicians, and audiences, of our future."
Saturday, March 31, 2012
" 'The Order of an Empty Place' draws on many wellsprings of inspiration...Yet its musical materials are relatively simple, mostly melodic and rhythmic patterns established at the beginning of a passage and gradually elaborated, like flowers unfolding."
Friday, March 30, 2012
"A Seder for the Concert Hall"
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is a 2011-2012 Artist-in-Residence at the School of Music. School of Music director Robert Gibson notes that Orpheus players coach students in chamber music, a crucial step to becoming a well-rounded orchestral player.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Thoughts on UMWO's "Love and Death" from DMV Classical blogger Andrew Malone.
Monday, December 5, 2011
"To hear these students and professionals play together, without a conductor, was very moving. I was very impressed with the cohesion and unity of the orchestra..."
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Critics and audiences have weighed in with enthusiastic reviews for Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin and Handel's Xerxes, performed in repertory April 17-26, 2009.
Monday, November 17, 2008
The School of Music presented its first opera of 2008-2009, Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream performed by the Maryland Opera Studio on Nov 20-24. Read the review>>
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Read audience reviews of recent performances at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Then post your own thoughts and comments!
Friday, December 21, 2007
The UM Concert Choir earned kudos from the Washington Post for its December 20 performance of Handel's Messiah with the National Symphony Orchestra.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Read reviews and media coverage of Later the Same Evening: an opera inspired by five paintings of Edward Hopper.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Faculty artists Sue Heineman (bassoon) and Mark Hill (oboe) earn kudos for their November 14 double reed recital with pianist Audrey Andrist at the Clarice Smith Center.
Monday, October 15, 2007
Faculty artists François Loup and Santiago Rodriguez present Schubert's Die Winterreise, Oct. 19 & 21, as part of the Scholarship Benefit Series. Read the Washington Post review.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
The UM Symphony Orchestra teamed with the DC Wagner Society for an outstanding May 10 performance of Act III of the opera Siegfried. Read the press release preview, and the rave Washington Post review.

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