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Spotlight UB's Spring Season Features Local Artists

December 19, 2012
Contact: University Relations
Phone: 410.837.5739

The University of Baltimore's Spotlight UB spring 2013 season will feature an eclectic span of performances including classical music, jazz, improvisation, slam poetry, and theater. All events will take place in UB's Wright Theater, 21 W. Mt. Royal Ave.

Spotlight UB continues its artistic partnerships with the Aspen String Trio, Queen Earth, Robert Hitz and Rain Pryor. The series is also furthering its commitment to social justice theatre by producing Paula Vogel's play, How I Learned to Drive, during the Hoffberger Center's Ethics Week in March. It will be directed by Pryor.

The tentative spring schedule is as follows:

Feb. 6, 7 p.m.: "Duke and Friends," with pianist, UB professor and president of the Maryland Conservatory of Music, Duke Thompson, performing the music and telling stories of Abraham Lincoln's life.
$5 general, free to students

Feb. 20, noon: Singer-songwriter Queen Earth kicks off the fifth annual African American Arts Festival, co-sponsored with the Diversity and Culture Center and the Center for Student Involvement
Free to the public

Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m.: Master of Public Administration Student Association fundraiser, featuring Prof. Lenneal Henderson in his one-man play about Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. The performance will be followed by a reception; the fundraiser is part of the African American Arts Festival. 
Pay what you can
Feb. 21, 7 p.m.: On the 48th anniversary of Malcolm X's assassination, spoken word masters Slangston Hughes, Bashi Rose, Ron Williams and Daniel Wilson gather to perform the poetry of social justice. This open mike event is part of African American Arts Festival.
$5 general, free for students

Feb. 22, 7 p.m.: Local jazz piano legend Lafayette Gilchrist performs.
$10 general, $5 senior, students free

March 7-16, 7 p.m., plus two 12:30 p.m. matinees on Thursdays: Rain Pryor directs Paula Vogel's powerful play, How I Learned to Drive, during UB Ethics Week. Vogel explores issues of sexual abuse in this surprisingly funny and poignant piece.
$15 general, $10 senior, $5 students

March 27, 7 p.m.: Integrated Arts Program Director, composer, saxophonist and visual artist Jeffrey Hoover performs a mixed media concert, "When Sight Meets Sound."
$5 general and free to students

March 30, evening time to be announced: Professor and poet Stephen Matanle performs his work to the rockabilly music of Adam Trice and local band Red Sammy, in this combination reading and CD release concert.

April 16, 7 p.m.: The Aspen String Trio returns to campus for a series of residencies culminating in a concert, "Sleepless in Leipzig," a performance of the Bach Goldberg Variations. The concert will be hosted by radio personality Jonathan Palevsky.
$15 general, $10 senior, students free

April 27, 7 p.m.: Robert Hitz returns to campus with more improvisational piano compositions; this time his music will be podcast following the show.
$5 general and free to students

May 23-June 13, 7 p.m.: The fourth annual Emerging Voices Project showcases UB creative writing talent, including Playwright Lab performances, Kendra Kopelke's Hopper poems, and Jon Shorr's radio play Oh God!
Free to the public 

For tickets and additional information about these performances, please visit Spotlight UB's web page, or call 410.837.4053. Online ticketing is available at; search under "University of Baltimore."

The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the College of Public Affairs, the Merrick School of Business, the UB School of Law and the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences.