The CSM celebrates the return of the performing arts: concerts, theater and dance are on the agenda in 2022
The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) celebrates its return to live arts events this spring with a busy schedule that features a number of theater, concert, dance and visual arts events for Southern Marylanders. in every county in the region.
“We are thrilled to offer live fine arts events for the first time since March 20, 2020,” said Stephen Johnson, CSM Associate Dean for Liberal Arts and Chair of Visual and Performing Arts. “The Department of Visual and Performing Arts offers an excellent range of live theater productions, music concerts, a dance performance, student recitals and gallery events with social distancing carefully planned and other COVID protocols.”
Gallery season kicked off with “Perception,” an exhibition by artist Gretchen Schermerhorn that opened Jan. 25 and runs through March 8 at the Tony Hungerford Memorial Gallery on the La Plata campus. Schermerhorn’s works examine the nature of fact and illustrate our relationship with the natural world as both competitive and destructive.
The musical season began with two recitals by new faculty member Brent Ferguson on February 11 at the Brad and Linda Gottfried Theater of the Fine Arts Center on CSM’s La Plata campus and February 13 at the Indian Head Black Box Theatre. Ferguson is a seasoned instrumentalist, composer of concert hall music and video games, and a published music and multimedia researcher.
The theater department will present the play “Oddments” at the Brad and Linda Gottfried Theater March 4-6 and March 11-13. “Oddments” is the story of a group of young survivors of assault who lean on each other on their healing journeys. Little do they know that their beloved therapist, who founded and leads the group, has motives that hide his dark past. The play was written by CSM student Sarah Slack and CSM alumnus Sydney Mitchell. The production is directed by the playwrights.
The Ward Virts Concert Series returns to the Prince Frederick campus on February 20 at 3 p.m. when the Phil Ravita Jazz Group kicks off the season with their elegant sounds. This series will continue throughout the spring with concerts by singer Antony Zwerdling on March 13, pianist Brian Ganz on April 10 and the Josh Espinoza Jazz Trio on May 16.
At the Leonardtown campus, the Benny Morgan Concert Series features singer Jennifer Coope on March 26 and pianist Holly Roadfeldt on April 23, both at 3 p.m.
JazzFest will take place March 24-26 at the Brad and Linda Gottfried Theater. Other notables will include the Randy Runyon Project, led by CSM jazz and saxophone instructor Randy Runyon; CSM Jazz Ensemble, Solid Brass; and guest artist Denis DiBlasiom, executive director of Rowan University’s Maynard Ferguson Institute of Jazz.
“JOY,” a dance performance presented by the CSM Dance Ensemble, dance classes and community partners, will take place May 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Brad and Linda Gottfried Theater. The show will celebrate various aspects of the “joy” of coping with the current pressures of life.
The visual arts season concludes with the annual Student Juried Art Exhibition, which runs from March 31 to May 10 at the Hungerford Gallery.
The music-heavy spring will conclude with a Barbershop concert featuring CSM’s Barbershop Chorus, Southern Mix, on April 30; the honorary music recital on May 6; the choir and chamber choir concert on May 5; and Latin Ensemble Ritmo Caché on May 7, all at the Brad and Linda Gottfried Theater.
For more information on these and other events at the CSM, visit https://www.csmd.edu/calendar/index.html.