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Honors Program

Honors Program Events

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Honors enriches its students’ extracurricular experience through an extensive program of cultural events, discussions, social occasions, and excursions both within and beyond the Baltimore-Washington area.

2018-2019 Events

This is what we have lined up so far — more to come!

  • We will have 18 tickets for each of the four Center Stage plays.   We will have 20 tickets each for 5 BSO concerts and 12 for the Star Wars Concert.
  • Sign up for tickets and trips in HU 231B (Ingram's office) except when directed otherwise.  Tickets may be picked up during the week of the performance.  
  • We will reimburse students for cab fare to any of the events with a receipt.
  • BSO and Center Stage descriptions are from their publicity.
  • Seniors: Plan ahead and make a note of the wine tasting in the spring in your honor.
Wednesday, 29
Honors Freshmen move in and orientation
Monday, 3
Homer and Pizza—Freshmen Class
Discussion of Odyssey and pizza dinner in the common area of English department,  4-6 p.m.
Tuesday, 4
Classes Begin
Thursday, 13   

Odds Bodkin Performance, "The Iliad. Book 1"
McGuire West, 7 pm
Odds Bodkin Performance 2018
Odds Bodkin with Honors Students 2018

Friday, 21    Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor; Garrick Ohlsson, piano
JOSEPH SCHWANTNER New Morning for the World (Daybreak of Freedom)
RACHMANINOFF Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”     

Marin Alsop opens the season with Beethoven’s "Eroica" Symphony, a work that changed the course of music history. Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Joseph Schwantner wrote his New Morning for the World for orchestra and narrator, capturing some of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s most eloquent words. Pianist Garrick Ohlsson returns to play Rachmaninoff’s scintillating Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. 8:00 pm, Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Monday, 17 Honors Program Dinner
Dress is jacket and tie for gentlemen, comparable attire for ladies. This event is for the entire program: all students and faculty. The dinner will be in McGuire Hall at 6 p.m. 
RSVPS are necessary by Sept.9.
Wednesday, 26 The American Shakespeare Company’s “Hand of Time” Tour
The Comedy of Errors
In this rollicking farce, Shakespeare elevates Roman comedy to dizzying heights. Two long-separated twins, their two tricky servants (also twins), a jealous wife, and her lovelorn sister romp through this fast-paced comedy. Filled with mistaken identities and slapstick humor, The Comedy of Errors will have audiences laughing from the first confusion to the last.
7:00 PM, McManus Theatre
Thursday, 27 The American Shakespeare Company’s “Hand of Time” Tour
Sophocles’ Antigone
In the aftermath of her brothers’ bloody war, Antigone is left torn. Her brother Eteocles will be honored, but her brother Polyneices will be shamed and denied funeral rites. In this ancient tale, Antigone stands for morality in spite of punishment as one of the earliest heroines in drama. Sophocles’s drama from 441 BC holds startling relevance today, examining divinity, obedience, and law – and how love overcomes them all.
7:00 PM, McManus Theatre
Friday, 28

The American Shakespeare Company’s "Hand of Time" Tour
The Winter’s Tale

 Shakespeare’s magnificent late play is a roller-coaster ride from romance to tragedy to comedy and finally to a place of transcendent beauty that few other works of art have ever gone. “A sad tale’s best for winter,” but after unleashing a wintry tempest onto his characters, Shakespeare ultimately conjures spring’s miraculous rebirth.
7:00 PM, McManus Theatre

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: 12 tickets
Star Wars: A New Hope - In Concert; Jack Everly, conductor

Luke Skywalker begins a journey that will change the galaxy as he leaves his home planet, battles the evil Empire and learns the ways of the Force. Don't miss Star Wars: A New Hope in concert, with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performing John Williams' Oscar®-winning score live to the complete film. ***7:30 pm  Note the earlier start time! Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

Saturday, 29
Family Weekend: Presentations of CFH student grant winners: Student Research Fellowships, Summer Study Program and Otherwise Unfunded Internships. Marisa Gochie, Phoebe Labat, Hannah Loiselle, Megan Adlem, Gail Rabasca and Beatrice King. Short 15 minute presentations by each plus the Nachbahr Talk.

Nachbahr Award Talk: Dr. Tom Ward, Modern Languages, followed by a meet and greet with parents and faculty.
"The Life of the Mind: When Class Overwhelms Race and Gender"
4th Floor, 1:00 pm
Friday, 12

Center Stage: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams
In this enduring American classic, family ties and layers of lies collide over the course of one simmering Southern summer night. Themes of morality, greed, and desire play across the stage in this explosive drama about what can happen when illusions begin to unravel. Brick, racked with guilt over his best friend’s death, numbs his pain with drink. Maggie, his wife, is determined to win even fleeting attention from her neglectful husband. But when three generations come together to celebrate a birthday—and discuss a will—all of the players start to crack under the pressure and the heat. 8:00 pm, Center Stage

Saturday, 13 or November 3
 Eloquential Perfecta Sections trip to DC.
Friday, 19
Semester break
Saturday, 27
Freshmen Honors Trip to New York City; the MET
Sign up by October 16.  with Ingram. Further details on where and when to sign up for the bus and tours will be announced later. The freshmen are expected to attend the Ancient Gallery tours. Leave from Jenkins lot at 7 am; return at 11 pm.
Cardin Lecture, McGuire Hall
more information to follow
Thursday 1- Thursday, 8
National French Week   "Ma France a moi: My France"
Friday, 2

King of the Yees, by Lauren Yee
Playwright Lauren Yee has always felt like an outsider, especially compared to her father, Larry, the unofficial center of their Chinese American community. When Larry suddenly goes missing, Lauren has to chase through time, space, and the fourth wall itself to find her father, save his story, and chronicle a vanishing piece of American culture. Explore the vivid legacy of one changing Chinatown through the vibrant imagination of a new generation in award-winning playwright Yee’s smart and cheeky family comedy.
Center Stage, 8:00 pm.

 Friday, 30  

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Cristian MacelaruJoshua Bell, violin

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV May Night Overture 
DVOŘÁK Violin Concerto                                

One of today's hottest young conductors, Romanian-born Cristian Măcelaru is joined by world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell in Dvořák's romantic and stunningly beautiful Violin Concerto, perfectly designed to show off Bell's virtuosic tone and technical command. Vaughan Williams' dramatic Symphony No. 4 is one of the most revered symphonies of the 20th century. 8:00 pm,  Meyerhoff

Wednesday, 5

Honors Christmas Party
Hug Lounge 5-6:30 p.m.
Entertainment provided by the Honors class of 2021! We participate in Presents for Christmas. Your gift for charity  can be brought to the party.
Details will be given later.
Bad Sweater Competitors 2017

Bad Sweater Winners 2017
Honors Bad Sweater Competition and the Winners

  Miracle on 34th Street, Hampden Holiday Show
Students at the Miracle on 34th Street, Hampden Christmas Street Holiday Show

            Seniors --Note the date for the wine tasting.
Monday, 14
Classes start  ***HN499 will be holding debates on ethical issues to which we hope you will all come. The dates and topics to be announced later in the term.
Friday, 1

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor; Colin Currie, percussion

JENNIFER HIGDON Low Brass Concerto (BSO Co-commission)
HELEN GRIME Percussion Concerto (US Premiere)
RESPIGHI Brazilian Impressions
RESPIGHI Pines of Rome

Respighi's Pines of Rome and the composer's lesser-known but infectiously brilliant gem, Brazilian Impressions, are the centerpiece of this program. This concert also features the works of two powerhouse women composers, including Jennifer Higdon’s Low Brass Concerto, co-commissioned by the BSO. Percussionist Colin Currie returns with a new concerto by Scottish composer Helen Grime. 8:00 pm, Meyerhoff.

Friday, 15
Fun Home, Music by Jeanine Tesori, Book and Lyrics by Lisa Kron, Based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel
Welcome to the Bechdel family. But just what family is it? Through the searching eyes of daughter Alison—aged 9,17 and then 42—we meet her ever-shifting and sometimes, unrealizable memories of brothers, mother, and above all her repressed father, along with recollections from the family funeral home to Alison’s coming out. Based on Bechdel’s own best-selling illustrated memoir, this poignant tale harnesses every facet of music and theater to explore and unravel the mysteries of childhood and the surprising secrets that shape a life. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical, from the composer of Caroline or Change and the writer of 2.5 Minute Ride. 8:00 pm, Center Stage
Thursday, 21-Thursday, 28
Italian Week "Discovering Turin, the Royal City"
Saturday, 1 -Sunday, 10 SPRING BREAK

Friday, 15


Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor; Valentina Peleggi, conductor
University of Maryland Concert Choir, Edward Maclary, Director

ROXANNA PANUFNIK (World Premiere, BSO Commission) COPLAND Appalachian Spring
BERNSTEIN Chichester Psalms
VILLA-LOBOS Chôros No. 10

Marin Alsop conducts the world premiere of a BSO commission for orchestra and chorus by popular British composer Roxanna Panufnik. The chorus is also featured in Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, which includes one of his most haunting melodies, and Villa-Lobos’ Chôros No. 10, a colorful and rhythmically propulsive work inspired by popular Brazilian music. Copland’s Appalachian Spring, created as ballet music for Martha Graham, remains one of the most beloved expressions of the American spirit. 8:00, Meyerhoff
 Monday, 18

 Humanities Symposium text: Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid

Student-Faculty Colloquia, McManus Theater during class times 8-5 

Keynote: Mohsin Hamid, 7:00 pm in McGuire (or perhaps Reitz if necessary) Tickets are required.

 Tuesday, 19  Student-Faculty Colloquia,   McManus Theater during class times, 8-5:45
Friday, 29
Center Stage Indecent, by Paula Vogel
What is the costs when we sacrifice truth for success? Can radical love be pious, or merely provocative? Does every religion sell God for a price? Follow the true story of a play, a playwright, and a plucky troupe of Yiddish theater artists from 1906 Warsaw to 1923 Broadway, from risky experiment to global sensation—ultimately shattering scandal. This highly acclaimed and award winning drama pays homage to artists ahead of their time and doomed to pay the price.
8:00 pm, Center Stage
 Saturday, 6  WINE TASTING in Honor of Class of 2019
4th Floor, 6-9 pm. Invitations will be sent.
Wednesday, 10
2019 Annual Colloquium on Language, Literature and Society
"The Creation of the Middle Class: the Role of Art, Literature and Philosophy in the Formation of Class Identity"
Times and Locations to be announced.
 Friday, 12  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, conductor; Morgan State University Choir, Eric Conway, Director
GERSHWIN Porgy and Bess

Back by popular demand, Marin Alsop leads the BSO and the Morgan State University Choir, as well as vocal soloists, in a semi-staged production of Porgy and Bess. Featuring such well-known hits as “Summertime” and “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” Gershwin’s jazzy folk opera endures as an American classic since its 1935 premiere.
THE GERSHWINS® Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwin   8:00 pm, Meyerhoff
 Thursday 18 -Monday 22
Tuesday, 30
Last Day of Classes
Saturday, 18

Maria Mitidieri

Maria Mitidieri

Maria’s volunteer and travel experiences at Loyola inspired her career as a bilingual speech-language pathologist

Speech-Language Pathology, Spanish
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