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2014-2015 Season: Theme Events

What thoughts, visions, and emotions are evoked when you hear or see the word Image of BLOOD text

Perhaps you become aware of your pulse, as you feel blood coursing through your veins.

You may consider the ties that bind, the bloodlines of your ancestors and genetic features you possess.

You may envision a gruesome scene or become fearful of impending pain. 

No matter who we are or where we come from, blood is a uniting element. In art, it can suggest flourishing life, brotherhood, and rhythm.  It may also symbolize destruction, death, and agony.

Now entering our ninth season, we begin a journey to explore the many visions of blood that manifest themselves through the visual and performing arts.

We hope to see you soon,

Director, Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center

Dean, Arts and Humanities Division

Blood, sweat, and tears. Synonymous with unflinching hard work, we use this phrase when describing physical works of great effort. Each year, the Arts Collective Dance Company digs down deep to deliver a performance that challenges both performer and audience with its energy, focus, and beauty.
Arts Collective Dance
Company Concert
March 5-8
Smith Theatre
In the 2014-2015 season, ACDC brings raw and powerful stories to stage through gorgeous dancing. 
The HCC Film Program has developed a number of film series to complement various productions and events for you to sink your fangs into this season. All films are shown free to the public.
International Film Festival
November 10-14
Topics of blood lust, bloodshed, blood ties, and hot blooded characters with films planned including Blood Glacier (2013) Austria, Blood of My Blood (2011) Portugal, In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011) Bosnia,
Blood Pressure (2012) Canada, and Blood and Ties (2013) South Korea.
Diversity Film Festival
February 23-27
The Diversity Film Festival will include topics of bloodlines, blood money, and blood types with films planned including Blood Diamond (2006), Blood Brother (2013), Belle (2013), Innocent Blood (2013), and Blood Done Sign My Name (2010).


The Galleries have chosen to explore the theme of “blood” through artists’ use of the color red. Artists may choose to explore the more “positive” side of blood as a powerful, life giving force, or the more “negative” connotation that comes with the loss of blood through destruction, pain, and death.
Blood Red
June 4-July 19, 2015
This multi-media exhibition will be a provocative look at the ways that artists use the color red as an archetypal depiction of blood, life, and death.
“Everybody is a book of blood; 
    wherever we’re opened, we’re red.”
Clive Barker
Books of Blood, Vols. 1-3
The Howard Community College Concert Series takes on a multifaceted exploration of blood through musical expression. The many associations of blood will manifest themselves in programs inspired by family bloodlines, musical family trees, blood of different nations and ethnicities, love, times of destruction, and more.
Traditional Bloodlines – 
Early American Banjo: African, Celtic, European Ancestry of America’s Iconic Musical Instrument
Sunday, November 9, 4:00 pm
Jared Denhard, Banjos  /  Richard McCready, Bones,
Tambourine, Djembe, Vocals  /  Cathleen Jeffcoat, Violin, Fiddle
Monteabaro Recital Hall
Music for early 19th century through late Victorian era performed on gourd banjo, tackhead antebellum banjo, and fretted Victorian banjo.
Living Blood – New Works for Flute
Saturday, November 15, 7:30 pm
Melissa Lindon, Flute  /  Melissa Wertheimer, Flute
Wei-Der Huang, Piano
Monteabaro Recital Hall
HCC’s flute faculty, Melissa Lindon and Melissa Wertheimer, team up with piano faculty member, Wei-Der Huang, in dynamic pieces by live and kicking composers, including Amlin, Dorff, Clarke, Uebayashi, and more.
Family Matters –
Gemini Piano Trio 20th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, November 22, 7:30 pm
Hsiu-Hui Wang, Piano  /  Sheng-Tsung Wang, Violin
Benjamin Myers, Cello
Monteabaro Recital Hall
Possessing an innate sense of ensemble, the Gemini Piano Trio is one of the few professional family chamber groups on the concert circuit today. They’ve been performing together now for 20 years, so come out and enjoy a celebratory concert of their favorite works!
The Fleisher-Jacobson Piano Duo
Saturday, February 14, 7:30 pm
A pre-concert talk will begin at 6:15 pm
Smith Theatre
Duo performances of legendary pianist and conductor Leon Fleisher with internationally renowned pianist Katherine Jacobson have received accolades from music’s most respected critics. The Washington Post lauded their ensemble for the “precise and exciting, with seamless, energetic trading of phrases,” and The New York Times praised them for their “abundant musicality and refined techniques!” Don’t miss the opportunity to hear the acclaimed Fleisher-Jacobson Piano Duo live in this exciting program including music by Bach, Kirchner, Schubert, and Ravel.
Opera Plots – Thicker Than Blood
Saturday, February 21, 7:30 pm
Monteabaro Recital Hall
Little Patuxent Opera Institute faculty and alumni collaborate on a feast of bloody good opera. Come see why opera plots can make your head spin, your pulse quicken, and is cool enough to give you the chills and hot enough to make your blood boil. All proceeds support scholarships through the LPOI’s Howard Community College Educational Foundation Fund.
Carmina Sanguinis et Sacrificium
Saturday, February 28, 7:30 pm
Monteabaro Recital Hall
Percussion faculty Tim McKay is joined by friends to bring you an evening of solo and chamber music that will explore the many interpretations of blood, death, love, and sacrifice.
Octtava Piano Duo Concert – 
Love, Jealousy, and Rivalry
Sunday, March 22, 4:00 pm
Hsien-Ann Meng, Piano  /  Wei-Der Huang, Piano
Monteabaro Recital Hall
In this love and death inspired program, the Octtava Piano Duo will perform arrangements of Stravinsky’s Petrushka and Bernstein’s West Side Story for two-piano.
Musical Ancestry
Saturday, April 11, 7:30 pm
Kyle Coughlin, Clarinet  /  Kuei-I Wu, Piano
Monteabaro Recital Hall
Discovering our ancestors and creating a family tree is a fascinating experience. Tracing our “musical family tree” can be just as interesting and educational, too. Kyle Coughlin has researched the lineage between his teachers and the musicians with whom they studied, covering over 200 years of musical history with connections that include Mendelssohn, Brahms, Debussy, Bernstein, and more.
The Howard County Poetry & Literature Society (HoCoPoLitSo) recognizes the world’s rich heritage of literary bloodlines, and celebrates the diversity of cultures running deep with poetry and literature through their veins.
HoCoPoLitSo’s 2014-2015 season includes its 37th annual Irish Evening; the 40th anniversary of HoCoPoLitSo with former
National Poet Laureate Rita Dove and a premiere of scenes from the documentary Sonata Mulattica featuring Dove with contemporary and historical “youngbloods” in the classical music arena, Joshua Coyne and George Bridgetower; and in partnership with Howard Community College, the 7th annual Blackbird Poetry Festival featuring student artists with “poetry in their veins” and a headlining acclaimed poet or poets. In addition, HoCoPoLitSo celebrates Forty Years of Words, Wisdom and Wonder throughout the season and will release its second volume of poetry by a diverse group of nationally and internationally recognized poets who have been featured at HoCoPoLitSo.
A Word of Difference:
Rita Dove Celebrates History and Creativity
Wednesday, October 22, 7:30 pm
Monteabaro Recital Hall
In celebration of HoCoPoLitSo’s 40th year, former National Poet Laureate Rita Dove will read from her acclaimed most-recent book of poems, Sonata Mulattica, about the historical Afro-European violinist George Bridgetower. Extended scenes from a documentary of the same name, inspired by the book, will premiere at the event. The film features Dove with “youngbloods” Bridgetower and contemporary virtuoso Joshua Coyne.
37th Annual Irish Evening
Friday, February 6, 7:30 pm
Smith Theatre
HoCoPoLitSo’s annual celebration of “Irish bloodlines” continues as HoCoPoLitSo once again welcomes a highly acclaimed Irish writer to its evening of Irish music and literature. A reading will be followed by a concert of traditional Irish music, step dance, raffles, book signings, specialty drinks, and scones, of course.
Blackbird Poetry Festival – Sunbird
Thursday, April 23, 2:30-4:30 pm
Smith Theatre
HoCoPoLitSo and Howard Community College’s annual celebration for those with “poetry in their veins” features an afternoon performance by the festival’s featured poet or poets along with student poets.
Blackbird Poetry Festival – Nightbird
Thursday, April 23, 7:30 pm
Smith Theatre
HoCoPoLitSo and Howard Community College’s annual celebration for those with “poetry in their veins” features an evening performance by a distinguished poet or poets followed by a Q&A session and book Signing.
Ancestry, Legacy and Kinship… How do we define “family?” Is a connection by blood enough? And what responsibility do we have to those we call our own? Rep Stage explores two very different father/daughter
relationships in The Whale and Sunset Baby. Different cultures, different histories, different parts of the country, but both families struggle to come to terms with obligations they have to each other and the blood
lines that they share.
The Whale
by Samuel D. Hunter  /  Directed by Kasi Campbell
January 14-February 1  /  Studio Theatre
Since the death of his partner, a morbidly obese man confines himself to his small apartment on the outskirts of Mormon Country, eating himself into oblivion. Desperate to reconnect with his long-estranged daughter, he reaches out to her, only to find a viciously sharp-tongued and wildly unhappy teen. Championed by the Associated Press as “compelling, funny and unexpectedly impactful,” The Whale tells the
story of a man’s last chance at redemption, and of finding beauty in the most unexpected places.
Sunset Baby
by Dominique Morisseau  /  Directed by Joseph Ritsch
April 29-May 17   /  Smith Theatre
When a young woman’s father, a former black revolutionary, reappears to obtain a piece of her deceased mother’s legacy, he discovers that fatherhood might be the most challenging revolution of all. The Huffington Post names Morisseau as a “direct heir to the magical wordsmiths named Lorraine Hansberry, Tennessee Williams, and August Wilson” for her vibrant exploration of the point where the personal and political collide.
Arts Collective sinks its teeth into their 20th season, bringing two harrowing events to the stage: What Improv Group’s terrifying Halloween show will get your heart racing, and spring’s Eat the Runt is enough to make your skin crawl. We guarantee you’ll die... laughing!
What Improv Group?!?!
Hallow-Scream Improv Show
Directed by S.G. Kramer and Daniel Johnston
Friday, October 24, 8:00 pm  /  Studio Theatre
Nothing is off limits in W.I.G.’s creepy, spooky ode to everyone’s favorite scary holiday. For years, W.I.G.’s been positively dying to bring you a hold-no-prisoners Halloween improv show featuring tales from beyond the grave! Scream bloody murder as W.I.G.’s amazing storytellers get really real with improv this Halloween, driven by your suggestions... and nightmares!
Eat the Runt
by Avery Crozier  /  Directed by Susan G. Kramer
April 17-May 3  /  Studio Theatre
The job interview process can be truly terrifying – especially when everyone is out for blood! Temperatures and pulses rise in this bizarre, treacherous, comic satire full of surprises, fueling your adrenaline and awakening your funny bone. And the most shocking thing? You choose the cast each and every night!




The HCC Theatre Department is pleased to present two of Christopher Durang’s best one acts: For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls and ‘Dentity Crisis. These two plays explore the zany world of people related by blood - and how often they wish they weren’t.
Theatre Department Workshop Production – Southern Crisis
November 6-9
Studio Theatre
Directed by adjunct theatre professor Grace Anastasiadis, these two hilarious plays about family will feature HCC students.