UMBC will hold outdoor celebration of performing-arts and visual-arts season


October 02, 1994|By Linell Smith | Linell Smith,Staff Writer

A free performance of "Hamlet" by Shakespeare On Wheels, the traveling theater, is scheduled next weekend as part of an outdoor celebration of the new season of performing arts and visual-arts exhibitions at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

"UMBC Arts in the Open," the university's annual arts preview, will begin at noon Oct. 8 at the Fine Arts hillside on UMBC's campus, 5401 Wilkens Ave.

As part of the program, members of the visual-arts faculty will present an exhibition of their current work, ranging from painting computer art, from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts gallery. The Maryland Camerata, the resident chamber choir, will perform at 5:45 p.m. on the Shakespeare on Wheels stage. The Phoenix '' Repertory Dance Company will present a sampling of its repertoire at 6:15 p.m. in front of the Shakespeare on Wheels stage. The performance of "Hamlet" will begin at 7:30 p.m. (An additional performance is scheduled on the hillside at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 9.)

If it rains, "UMBC Arts in the Open" will be held Oct. 9. All events are free. For additional information, call (410) 455-ARTS.


Poets A. R. Ammons and David Lehman, editors of "The Best American Poetry 1994," will read from their own works at 8 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Alumni House of Goucher College on Dulaney Valley Road in Towson.

Mr. Ammons, winner of many prizes including the National Book Award and a MacArthur Fellowship, has written 22 books of poetry including "Corson's Inlet," "Sphere: The Form of a Motion," "A Coast of Trees" and "Garbage." He is this year's editor of "The Best American Poetry 1994."

David Lehman, series editor of "The Best American Poetry," has written two books of poetry: "An Alternative to Speech" and "Operation Memory," as well as a book of essays on poetry. He writes and lectures on poetry throughout the United States.

In addition, the two poets will read from "The Best American Poetry 1994" at 4 p.m. that afternoon in the Alumni House. Both events are open free to the public.


Fiction writer Jonathan Scott Fuqua will read from his novel "A Jumble of Hope" at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Irina's Cafe, 32nd and Barclay streets in Waverly. The reading is part of the cafe's First Tuesday series. For details, call (410) 366-2209.


The deadline is Oct. 14 for Maryland fiction writers, poets, playwrights, visual artists, media artists, composers and choreographers wishing to apply for an 1995 individual artist's grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

Awards of $1,000, $3,000 and $6,000 are available to resident Maryland artists over the age of 18 who are not currently enrolled in a degree program. Each applicant may enter the competition in only one category and must submit work which has been completed during the past five years. Previous award recipients may not resubmit winning work.

The categories are: choreography (ballet, ethnic, jazz, modern or tap; fiction (novel, novella or short story); poetry (all forms); media (film or video); music composition, (chamber, choral, electronic, ethnic, jazz, musical theater, new/experimental, opera, orchestral, solo vocal or instrumental); playwrighting (radio play, screen play or stage play); visual arts (crafts, photography, two-dimensional or three-dimensional).

All entries will be judged anonymously by out-of-state jurors whose decisions will be made solely on artistic merit. For application forms and details, call (410) 333-8232 or TDD/TTY (410) 333-4519.


An open rehearsal by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra preceded by a talk by public-radio host Peter Moskowitz is scheduled Oct. 5 at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

Mr. Moskowitz will speak at 9:20 a.m., and the rehearsal begins at 10 a.m. (There is no late seating.) BSO conductor David Zinman will rehearse Copland's "El Salon Mexico," Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite" and Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2.

The program, sponsored by the Baltimore Symphony Associates, is $5 per person. For details, call (410) 783-8000.


* Colonial Players Inc. will hold auditions for a December production of "A Christmas Carol" at 2 p.m. today and 7 p.m. tomorrow at the theater annex, 2132 Rinnard Court in Annapolis. For today's auditions, actors aged 16 and under should come at 2 p.m. and those who are older should come at 3:30 p.m. For details, call director Heather Millar at (410) 263-6549.

* Silver Spring Stage will hold auditions for its January production of "Philadelphia, Here I Come" from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 8-9 at the theater, 10145 Colesville Road in Silver Spring. The production calls for three women and 11 men aged 20 to 65. Actors must be able to simulate an Irish accent. For details, call director Barri Boudreaux at (301) 593-5535 in the evening.

* The Other Little Theatre in Annapolis has scheduled auditions for its Christmas program at 2 p.m. Oct. 9 and 7 p.m. Oct. 10-11 at the Annapolis Naval Station Theater, 330 Kincaid Road. There are parts for children older than age 6 as well as for adults. For details, call director John Slade at (301) 725-2584.

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