University of Maryland's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center presented co-commissions from Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, Paul Dresher, Daniel Kelly, and others, as well as performances by Kronos Quartet and Joshua Redman. The center was also cited for its Creative Dialogues series with artists and scholars, its pre and post performance activities, artist residencies, and "You're the Critic" e-surveys. Chamber Music America and ASCAP will honor the Cetner, along with seven other organizations, at the Chamber Music America National Conference in January, 2011. Frances Richard, ASCAP's vice president and director of concert music, will present the awards, given for sistinctive programming of music composed in the past 25 years, and for originality in presenting new music to audiences.
The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland is a vibrant community of artists, students and audiences, where great work happens both on- and offstage. It presents approximately 1,000 events each year spanning all performing arts disciplines.