CSM Announces 2015-16 Arts Season

College Theme, ‘Music,’ to Resonate in All Disciplines, Departments

The College of Southern Maryland announces the 2015-16 fine arts program, including dramatic, comedic and musical theater for adults and children, performances of Latin, barbershop, jazz and classical music, visual arts and dance, and literary lectures.

“The Fine Arts program at CSM is pleased to be a part of an all-college theme of ‘Music’ for the 2015-16 academic year,” said CSM Communication, Arts and Humanities Chair Dr. Stephen Johnson. “CSM will be featuring traditional as well as unique and innovative ways of celebrating the theme of music on all its campuses and in a variety of programs.”

In addition to the annual music ensemble concerts and recitals, theatrical events such as the fall musicals “Oliver!” and “Alexander, Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move” will celebrate the theme. There will also be informal brown bag lunch concerts on campus, and diverse departments will incorporate elements of music into their disciplines, such as science, art, languages and mathematics.

The academic year of theatrical productions includes Main Stage Theatre’s “Greater Tuna,” “Oliver!,” and “Before it Hits Home”; Children’s Theatre’s “Alexander, Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move,” “Little Prince” and “Spirit of Hispania: Hispanic Tales by Jules Tasca”; and Cause Theatre’s “The Bright Blue Mailbox Suicide Note,” “My First Time” and “The Walls.” Information on performances is available at http://www.csmd.edu/Arts/index.html.

Music performances include the Ward Virts Concert Series at the Prince Frederick Campus which opens with local favorite, nationally acclaimed Brian Ganz on piano and continues with virtuosos of jazz, pop/classical and classical piano. For dates and musician bios, visit http://www.csmd.edu/Arts/WardVirts/index.html.

In time for the holidays, musical offerings include CSM’s Choral Concert, Barbershop Concert, Jazz Ensemble Concert, Latin Ensemble Concert and Student Honors Recital. For information on CSM ensembles, visit http://www.csmd.edu/Arts/MusicEnsembles.html.

End-of-semester dance presentations are performed by students in CSM’s dance and theater programs.

            Art exhibits from September through May 2016 at the Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery on the La Plata Campus include landscapes, photography, mixed media and student works. For dates and artist bios, visit http://www.csmd.edu/Arts/HungerfordGallery.html.

            Connections Literary Series includes fall and spring publications representing submissions in poetry, short story, photography and art from students and the Southern Maryland community. Readings will be posted on the Connections web page at http://www.csmd.edu/Connections/readings.html.

For arts schedules and background information, visit http://www.csmd.edu/Arts/index.html.

 

Calendar

Calvert County

CSM Ward Virts Concert Series: Brian Ganz, classical piano. 3 p.m., Oct. 4. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus, Building B, Multipurpose Room, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick. Brian Ganz is widely regarded as one of the leading pianists of his generation. Ganz has appeared as soloist with orchestras such as the St. Louis Symphony, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Baltimore Symphony, the National Philharmonic, the National Symphony and the City of London Sinfonia. Ganz is on the piano faculty of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where he is artist-in-residence, and is a member of the piano faculty of the Peabody Conservatory. He is the artist-editor of the “Schirmer Performance Edition of Chopin’s Preludes,” (2005). Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Limited seating. Free. rfleming@csmd.edu, 443-550-6011, http://csmd.edu/Arts/WardVirts/index.html.

 

CSM Fall Connections Magazine Submission Deadline. Oct. 31. College of Southern Maryland, all campuses. Authors, poets, photographers and artists are encouraged to submit their works for publication in the CSM Fall Connections Magazine. Reception and reading of published works is 7:30 p.m., Dec. 4. Free. For submission instructions, visit http://www.csmd.edu/connections/ or contact Connections@csmd.edu, 301-934-7864.

 

CSM Ward Virts Concert Series: The Unified Jazz Ensemble, jazz quartet. 3 p.m., Nov 1. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus, Building B, Multipurpose Room, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick. Based in Annapolis, the Unified Jazz Ensemble is dedicated to bringing the best of jazz to audiences of all ages. Founded in 1992 as the first jazz group in the National Endowment for the Arts Rural Residency Arts Initiative, the ensemble has performed across the U.S. and internationally, engaging listeners in innovative performances of jazz standards and original compositions. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Limited seating. Free. rfleming@csmd.edu, 443-550-6011, http://csmd.edu/Arts/WardVirts/index.html.

 

CSM Jazz Ensemble Concert. 8 p.m., Dec. 4. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus, Building B, Multipurpose Room, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick. CSM’s Jazz Ensemble Solid Brass, directed by Randy Runyon, will perform an assortment of holiday classics in the big band swing style. $5 in advance, $7 day of event. bxoffc@csmd.edu, 301-934-7828, www.csmd.edu/Arts.

 

CSM Cause Theatre: “My First Time.” 2:30 p.m., Jan. 28. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus, Building B, Multipurpose Room, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick. Four actors share hysterical and heartbreaking stories written by real people about first sexual experiences. Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. $5, all ages. Production may not be suitable for younger audiences. bxoffc@csmd.edu, 301-934-7828, http://csmd.edu/Arts/CauseTheatre.html.

 

CSM Ward Virts Concert Series: Barry Gurley Trio, pop/classical. 3 p.m., Feb. 14. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus, Building B, Multipurpose Room, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick. Washingtonian Magazine named Barry Gurley “Best Pianist-Vocalist” in Washington, D.C. Gurley’s career has taken him to venues including Washington, D.C.’s Blues Alley, New York City’s The Blue Note, The Monterey Jazz Festival and Le Bilboquet in Paris. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Limited seating. Free. rfleming@csmd.edu, 443-550-6011, http://csmd.edu/Arts/WardVirts/index.html.

 

CSM Ward Virts Concert Series: The Merling Trio. 3 p.m., March 6. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus, Building B, Multipurpose Room, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick. A classical piano trio of piano, violin and cello, the Merling Trio is recognized as one of today's premier ensembles. A truly international trio, it brings together musicians from Polish, Japanese and Dutch backgrounds. The trio made its New York debut in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 1993, and was named a finalist for the Naumburg Foundation Chamber Music Award in 1994. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Limited seating. Free. rfleming@csmd.edu, 443-550-6011, http://csmd.edu/Arts/WardVirts/index.html.

 

CSM Spring Connections Magazine Submission Deadline. March 17. College of Southern Maryland, all campuses. Authors, poets, photographers and artists are encouraged to submit their works for publication in the CSM Spring Connections Magazine. Reception and reading of published works is 7:30 p.m., May 6. Free. For submission instructions, visit http://www.csmd.edu/connections/ or contact Connections@csmd.edu, 301-934-7864.

 

CSM Ward Virts Concert Series: David Kane, classical piano. 3 p.m., April 3. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus, Building B, Multipurpose Room 104, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick. Born in 1955 in Glasgow, Scotland, David Kane has been a fixture on the U.S. music scene since 1975 both as a pianist and composer. He has performed with notable jazz artists Woody Shaw, Steve Kujala, Dave Liebman and Dizzy Gillespie. He has performed extensively with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony and the 20th Century Consort, and is a composer with hundreds of film and television scores to his name. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Limited seating. Free. rfleming@csmd.edu, 443-550-6011, http://csmd.edu/Arts/WardVirts/index.html.

 

CSM Ward Virts Concert Series: Octtava Piano Duo, classical piano. 3 p.m., May 1. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus, Building B, Multipurpose Room, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick. Pianists Wei-Der Huang and Hsien-Ann Meng, now in their fifth year of collaboration, have been friends since they pursued their Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at the University of Maryland College Park. Octtava Piano Duo has performed at annual concerts at Greenbelt Community Church and at Howard Community College. They perform regularly at music venues such as the Music Center at Strathmore, Levine Music and Charles Sumner School in the Washington metropolitan area. Both serve on the piano faculty at Howard Community College. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Limited seating. Free. rfleming@csmd.edu, 443-550-6011, http://csmd.edu/Arts/WardVirts/index.html.

 

CSM Chorale and Chamber Choir Concert. 2 p.m., May 7. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus, Building B, Multipurpose Room, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick. CSM’s Chorale, under the direction of Krystal McCoy, will be joined by the Chamber Choir in performing an assortment of classics. $5 in advance, $7 day of concert. bxoffc@csmd.edu, 301-934-7828, www.csmd.edu/Arts.

 

Charles County

CSM Fall Production Auditions. 6-8 p.m., Aug. 17-18. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts (FA) Building, Theatre, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. CSM is holding auditions for its fall productions, including Main Stage Theatre’s “Oliver!” Children’s Theatre’s “Alexander, Who’s Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move” and Cause Theatre’s “The Bright Blue Mailbox Suicide Note.” Performers should prepare a one-minute monologue, 16 bars of music and be ready to dance. For information, contact Keith Hight at HHight@csmd.edu or 301-934-7827.

CSM Cause Theatre: “The Bright Blue Mailbox Suicide Note.” 7:30 p.m., Oct. 15; 8 p.m., Oct. 16; 2 p.m. Oct. 17. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts (FA) Building, Theatre, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Jake finds an unaddressed suicide note in his mailbox but doesn’t know who it’s from. He goes on a crusade to find the note’s author but instead stumbles upon a secret he never wanted to know. $5, all ages. Production may not be suitable for younger audiences. bxoffc@csmd.edu, 301-934-7828, http://www.csmd.edu/Arts/CauseTheatre.html.

 

CSM Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery: Christopher Scott Dolan’s “Landscapes of the District and Southern Maryland.” Sept. 12 to Oct. 2. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts (FA) Building, Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Christopher Dolan uses direct observation of the urban and semi-urban landscape to create densely layered paintings created en plein-aire which are influenced by a sensitivity to abstraction. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free. bxoffc@csmd.edu, 301-934-7828, http://www.csmd.edu/Arts/HungerfordGallery.html.

 

CSM Fall Connections Magazine Submission Deadline. Oct. 31. College of Southern Maryland, all campuses. Authors, poets, photographers and artists are encouraged to submit their works for publication in the CSM Fall Connections Magazine. Reception and reading of published works is 7:30 p.m., Dec. 4. Free. For submission instructions, visit http://www.csmd.edu/connections/ or contact Connections@csmd.edu, 301-934-7864.

 

CSM Main Stage Theatre: “Oliver!” 7:30 p.m., Nov. 12; 8 p.m., Nov. 13-14. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts (FA) Building, Theatre, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. This is the classic tale of an orphan boy who struggles to find a better life. Along his journey his is sold to an undertaker, made to join a gang of pick-pockets, taken in by a rich benefactor and has a run-in with a villain. $15 adults, $12 military/seniors/youth. bxoffc@csmd.edu, 301-934-7828, www.csmd.edu/Arts.

 

CSM Winter Production Auditions. 6-8 p.m., Nov. 16-17. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts (FA) Building, Theatre, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. CSM is holding auditions for its winter productions, including Children’s Theatre’s “The Little Prince,” Cause Theatre’s “My First Time” and Main Stage Theatre's “Before it Hits Home.” Performers should prepare a one-minute monologue. For information, contact Keith Hight at hhight@csmd.edu or 301-934-7827.  

 

CSM Main Stage Theatre: “Oliver!” 7:30 p.m., Nov. 19; 8 p.m., Nov. 20; 2 p.m., Nov. 21. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts (FA) Building, Theatre, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. This is the classic tale of an orphan boy who struggles to find a better life. Along his journey his is sold to an undertaker, made to join a gang of pick-pockets, taken in by a rich benefactor and has a run-in with a villain. $15 adults, $12 military/seniors/youth. bxoffc@csmd.edu, 301-934-7828, www.csmd.edu/Arts.

 

CSM Chorale and Chamber Choir Concert. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 1. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts (FA) Building, Theater, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. CSM’s Chorale, under the direction of Krystal McCoy, will be joined by the Chamber Choir in performing an assortment of holiday classics. $5 in advance, $7 day of concert. bxoffc@csmd.edu, 301-934-7828, www.csmd.edu/Arts.

 

CSM Barbershop Concert. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 3. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts (FA) Building, Theater, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Southern Mix, directed by Paul Douglass, is a men’s barbershop chorus which rehearses on CSM’s La Plata Campus. They will perform a variety of holiday and seasonal songs. $5 in advance, $7 day of event. bxoffc@csmd.edu, 301-934-7828, www.csmd.edu/Arts.

 

CSM Fall Connections Magazine Reading. 7:30 p.m., Dec. 4. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry (BI) Building, Dr. John M. Sine Conference Room, BI-103, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Authors and poets published in the fall Connections issue will read their works. Free. Connections@csmd.edu, 301-934-7864, http://www.csmd.edu/connections/.

 

CSM Jazz Ensemble Concert. 2 p.m., Dec. 5. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts (FA) Building, Theater, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. CSM’s Jazz Ensemble Solid Brass, directed by Randy Runyon, will perform an assortment of holiday classics in the big band swing style. $5 in advance, $7 day of event. bxoffc@csmd.edu, 301-934-7828, www.csmd.edu/Arts.

 

CSM Dance Performance: “The Magical Sounds of Winter.” 7:30 p.m., Dec. 7. College of Southern Maryland La

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