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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.

2019-2020 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 6 BSO concerts.
  • Sign up for tickets and trips in HU 231B (the Program Assistant'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, American Shakespeare Tour 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 during Awards Weekend.
Wednesday, 28
  Honors Freshmen move in and orientation
Monday, 2
  Homer and Pizza—Freshmen Class
Discussion of Odyssey and pizza dinner in the common area of English department, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, 3
  Classes Begin
Thursday, 12    

Odds Bodkin Performance, "The Odyssey: The Belly of the Beast"

McGuire West, 7 pm
Odds Bodkin Performance 2018
Odds Bodkin with Honors Students 2018

Friday,  13   Center Stage Miss You Like Hell
Directed by Rebecca Martinez
Everyone has baggage in this timely mother-daughter musical about escaping and belonging from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Quiara Alegria Hudes, who wrote the book for the Tony Award-winning In the Heights. Join Olivia and her mother on their cross-country road trip. Mothers may teach you where you come from, but they can be the trickiest things. 8:00 pm
Monday, 16   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.8.
Friday, 20  

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra  -- Postponed until Spring 2020
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back--in Concert
Conducted by Nicholas Hersh
After the destruction of the Death Star, the Rebel Alliance is under attack. Jedi Master Yoda teaches Luke Skywalker the ways of the force in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, as the BSO performs John Williams’ unforgettable score live. 8:00 pm, Meyehoff Hall

Wednesday, 25   The American Shakespeare Company’s “Mortal Fools" Tour
A Midsummer Night's Dream
In A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare casts a theatrical spell powerful enough to make audiences of all ages believe in anything. This mischievous comedy of lovers, heroes, fairies, and rude mechanicals is his tribute to humankind’s power of imagination, and reveals that the “course of true love” can alter with just one touch of magic.
7:00 PM, McManus Theatre
Thursday, 26   The American Shakespeare Company’s “Mortal Fools” Tour
The Grapes of Wrath
This play is an adaption by Frank Galati  of  John Steinbeck's novel. Set during the Great Depression, the novel focuses on the Joads, a poor family of tenant farmers driven from their Oklahoma home by drought, economic hardship, agricultural industry changes, and bank foreclosures forcing tenant farmers out of work. Due to their nearly hopeless situation, and in part because they are trapped in the Dust Bowl, the Joads set out for California. Along with thousands of other "Okies", they seek jobs, land, dignity, and a future. 7:00 pm, McManus Theater
Friday, 27

The American Shakespeare Company’s "Mortal Fools" Tour
Imogen (also known as Cymbeline)
 In this magical, violent, and beguiling comedy, Imogen — Shakespeare’s brave and virtuous heroine — must endure a series of humiliating trials before all is set right through the astonishing revelations that end the play. Loved for its ravishingly beautiful language and enthralling storytelling, Imogen has long been a cult favorite in which Shakespeare forces his characters to take a leap of faith and, when they do, they and the audience discover that miracles can happen even when it seems that all is lost.
7:00 PM, McManus Theater

Friday, 4

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: Symphonic Fairy Tales
Matthias Pintscher, conductor
Conrad Tao, piano

RAVEL Mother Goose Suite
SCRIABIN Piano Concerto
BARTÓK The Wooden Prince

Returning to the BSO is the brilliant young pianist Conrad Tao, heralded by The New York Times as one of the top pianists performing today. Tao brings his probing imagination to the rarely heard Scriabin Piano Concerto, highlighted by lyrical beauty and gorgeous orchestral writing. Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and Bartók’s The Wooden Prince complete the program with vivid settings of fairy tales. 8:00 pm, Meyerhoff Hall

Saturday, 5
   Eloquentia Perfecta sections trip to DC
Friday, 11
   Nachbahr Award Talk by Dr. Diane Chafee-Sorace, Modern Languages, and Big Dig Student Presentations. 3:00 pm. 4th floor Program Room
Friday, 18
  Semester break
Wednesday, 23  

Cardin Lecture: Daniel Mendelsohn "Latkes with the Priests in Lwów: Jews and Christians, Harmony and Horror in Prewar Poland"
McGuire Hall, 6:00 pm.

Saturday, 25
  Freshmen Honors Trip to New York City; the MET
Sign up by October 16 with the Program Assistant, Bess Garrett, HU 231B. 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.
Friday, 1   Center Stage: Thoughts of a Colored Man
By Keenan Scott, II, Directed by Taye Diggs.
Directed by renowned artist Taye Diggs, and written by Keenan Scott II, one of today’s boldest new voices, Thoughts of a Colored Man blends language, music, and dance. Welcome to the vibrant inner life of being Black, proud, and thriving in the 21st Century. Set over a single day, this richly theatrical mosaic goes beyond the rhythms of the basketball court and the boisterousness of the barbershop to shed brilliant light into the hearts and minds of a community of men searching for their most triumphant selves. 8:00 pm
Saturday 2- Thursday, 10
  National French Week  "French Every Which Way/Le francais dans tous les sens"
Four Frenchmen Memorial Service, Film: Bienvenue chez led Ch'tis, Round table discussion: "Les faux pas: What not to say in a Francophone Country and Other Linguistic Mishaps", Bilingual Mass. Details to come.
Friday, 8
  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: Emanuel Ax Performs Brahms
Ruth Reinhardt, conductor
Emanuel Ax, piano

SCHUBERT Symphony No. 6
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2

Distinguished pianist Emanuel Ax returns to perform Brahms’ mighty Second Piano Concerto, notable for its formidable demands. A scintillating work by Finnish-born composer Lotta Wennäkoski, Hava, is paired with Schubert’s Sixth Symphony, which ranges from the majestic thunder of his idol, Beethoven, to a light-as-air operatic finale. 8:00 pm, Meyerhoff


Wednesday, 4

Honors Christmas Party
Hug Lounge 5-6:30 p.m.
Entertainment provided by the Honors class of 2022! 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

 Saturday, 7   Center Stage: Men on Boats
By Jaclyn Backhaus

This rollicking adventure tells a hilarious, true(ish) history of the Grand Canyon. We invite you along on a journey that throws the history book—and all the men inside it—out the window in this subversive retelling of the one-armed explorer John Powell and his exploration of the American West. Strap in for this uncharted, uproarious journey.  8:00 pm.
    Seniors --Note the date for the wine tasting. It will be during the Awards Weekend in April.
Monday, 13
  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.
Thursday 16-Saturday, 18   American Soldier, Directed by Katie O'Donnell. Performed by The Spotlight Players. 
The script explores a female combat veteran returning from a long deployment to the middle east and the impact it has had on both her and her family.  Blackbox Theater, 7 pm. on Thursday January 16. 8 pm. on Friday January 17 and Saturday January 18.
 Friday, 31  

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: Saint-Saens Cello concerto
Marin Alsop Conductor, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello

SAINT-SAËNS Cello Concerto No. 1
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 7

The royal wedding of Meghan Markle to Prince Harry made an international sensation out of the mesmerizing cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, who makes his BSO debut playing Saint-Saëns’ charming First Cello Concerto. The concert opens with composer Florence Price’s brooding and lush tone poem, The Oak, and closes with Dvořák’s exquisite Seventh Symphony. 8:00 pm, Meyerhoff Hall

Friday, 7  

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Charlie Chaplin's Legacy: Classical Music in Film

Carolyn Kuan, conductor
Philippe Quint, violin

BARBER Adagio for Strings
CORIGLIANO The Red Violin: Chaconne for Violin and Orchestra
WILLIAMS Three Pieces from Schindler’s List
VARIOUS Charlie Chaplin’s Smile

Combining clips from classic Chaplin films with live music, Charlie Chaplin’s Smile is violinist Philippe Quint’s tribute to Charlie Chaplin on his 130th birthday, tracing Chaplin’s relationship with 20th-century master composers and his own film scores. This cinematic program also features John Corigliano’s Red Violin Chaconne, Barber’s heartbreaking Adagio for Strings (Platoon) and John Williams’ poignant Three Pieces from Schindler’s List.  8:00 pm, Meyerhoff Hall

Thursday, 20  

 Theater of War: dramatic reading of Ajax/Philoctetes followed by  expert panelists discussing the issues of veterans and their families post war service. McGuire Hall, 6 pm.

Sunday, 23 Saturday, 29

Italian Week "Italian Languages"
Stefano Jossa lecture, A serata musicale, workshops for Italian Club, Le messa italiana, film italiana, library exhibit
Details to follow

February 29-Sunday, 8
Wednesday, 11   Humanities Symposium Student-Faculty Colloquia,4th Floor Program Room
Thursday, 12  

Humanities Symposium Student-Faculty Colloquia, 4th Floor Program Room
Keynote Talk: Phil Klay, author of Redeployment 6:00 pm, McGuire Hall

Friday,  3

Center Stage: Where We Stand
By Donnetta Lavinia Grays
This brand-new fable of penance is filled with humor, heart, and music. When a town is running low on compassion and a man is stripped of companionship, just one kind stranger can tip the scales. Join in community as one passionate storyteller spins a supernatural tale of loneliness seduced by kindness and asks us “what do we owe each other?” 8:00 pm, Center Stage

Cancelled due to Covid-19

Saturday, 4
Awards Weekend


WINE TASTING in Honor of Class of 2020
4th Floor Program Room, 6-9 pm. Invitations will be sent.


Thursday, 9 - Monday, 13

Wednesday, 15


2020 Annual Colloquim on Language, Literature and Society
"Connections and Conversations Beyond Borders"
Times and Locations to be announced.


Thursday, 23,

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Holst the Planets
Peter Oundjian, conductor
University of Maryland College Park Concert Choir
Edward Maclary, director

DEBUSSY Nocturnes
HOLST The Planets

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Hubble Telescope, the BSO salutes this historic milestone with performances of Holst’s The Planets, complete with Hubble photos and a special guest from NASA. The program also includes the tone poem Dust Devils by Canadian-born composer Vivian Fung and Debussy’s Nocturnes, the ultimate impressionist work capturing the beauty and wonders of Planet Earth.   8:00 pm, Meyerhoff


Tuesday, 28

Last Day of Classes

Saturday, 16



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