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Maya Angelou

A key piece of the University of Baltimore's academic specialization in theater arts, Performance Studies: Baltimore, is its commitment to exposing and involving undergraduate students in the actual creation and performance of plays, music, spoken word pieces, and so on. The Spotlight UB live performance series, started in 2006, has consistently tied performance to academics: musicians, actors, playwrights, film stars, directors and storytellers have spent serious time with UB students while on campus, providing guest lectures, private performances, working sessions, and more.This kind of involvement is a learning essential for the success of our students. This is "Integrated Arts" in action and philosophy.

Upcoming Performers-in-Residence

"One Particular Saturday" 

One Particular Saturday

One Particular Saturday

One Particular Saturday

One Particular Saturday

(photo credit: Chris Hartlove)

On Nov. 15 and 17, students from ARTS 297: Topics in the Arts will perform "One Particular Saturday," a drama with witness accounts of the 1968 Baltimore Race Riots, directed by Donald Hicken. Historian Betsy Nix will conduct a talk back with Hicken after the Nov. 15 show. 

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Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet

Rimsky Quartet

(pictured l. to r.) Anton Andreev (cello), Mikhail Bondarev (violin), Ekaterina Belisova (violin) and Alexei Popov (viola)

The Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet, formed in Leningrad in 1939, is a monument of Russian musical history. The present members are all graduates of the prestigious St. Petersburg Conservatory, steeped in the grand tradition of Russian music making. They regularly perform in the most reputable festivals in Russia, Germany, France, Italy, Malta, England, Switzerland and Finland, achieving organic and expressive interpretations of a diverse music ranging from the Baroque era to contemporary composers. 

Learn more about the Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet's residency and performance at UB.