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Bowie State University Fine & Performing Arts Center

The partnership between Bowie State University and the Maryland-Capital Parks and Planning Commission brings two powerhouses together at one of the region’s newest state of the art performing arts centers. Working together with the Fine and Performing Arts department at Bowie State University, our programming at the BSU FPAC will educate through innovative courses and lectures led by distinguished faculty; elevate through the presentation of world class performing artists; and entertain through immersive and inclusive performances.


Washington Women in Jazz Festival - Still going strong in its seventh year, the Washington Women in Jazz Festival opens the Spring Concert Series at the Bowie State University Fine and Performing Arts Center on March 10 with a program featuring Amy Bormet and a powerhouse quintet of incredible performers.
March 10, 8 pm, Recital Hall
Tickets: $25

The Bridge Ensemble - Now in its third season, The Bridge Ensemble is a Baltimore-based chamber choir dedicated to the performance of two, seemingly unrelated, musical styles: Early Music and Contemporary Music. Director Gilbert Spencer's goal in this programming is to bridge the gap between some of the oldest music in the Western world and some of the newest, while challenging "the rhetoric of classical performance in the 21st century."
March 25, 8 pm, Recital Hall
Tickets: $25

Christylez Bacon: Washington Sound Museum - Christylez Bacon has performed at the National Cathedral; sold out two consecutive concerts at the Mansion at Strathmore; composed and orchestrated an entire concert for a 12-piece orchestra commissioned by the Kennedy Center; and, recorded a Grammy-nominated folk/hip-hop children’s album.
March 31, 8 pm, Main Stage
Tickets: $25

To the Distant Beloveds, Jonathan Hays, Copeland Woodruff and Jeremy Gill - An die fernen geliebten (“To the Distant Beloveds”), is a program of two staged monodramas by Beethoven and Boston-based composer, Jeremy Gill. Jeremy’s music has been described as “vividly colored” by the New York Times, and “exhilarating” by the Philadelphia Enquirer. His music has been featured in performances around the globe, as well as an increasing number of recordings.
April 2, 4 pm, Recital Hall
Tickets: $25

Amirtha Kidambi’s Elder Ones -Amirtha Kidambi has played with Matana Roberts, Tyshawn Sorey, Daniel Carter, Darius Jones, Peter Evans, Trevor Dunn, and many innovators in the New York scene. Elder Ones is the quartet performing the compositions of Amirtha Kidambi. The quartet uses composed material and loose structures for improvisation, over a bed of Indian harmonium drones and synthesizer-like, non-idiomatic playing on the instrument.
April 20, 8 pm, Recital Hall
Tickets: $25

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Bowie State University’s Fine and Performing Arts Center 14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie, MD 20715 301-446-3232, TTY 301-699-2544

Bowie State University Spring Classes 2017

All classes held in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, a state-of-the-art facility at Bowie State University. Go to Smartlink to register.

African Dance Class Ages (8 classes) 30 students max.
FPAC Movement Studio
March 11-April 29, 2017
Saturdays 9-10:30am
Instructor: TBA
$100 (R) $130 (NR)
Smartlink barcode #1668855

A ninety-minute class where participants can explore the cultural concepts of African dance and dance to a variety of pulsating drum rhythms.

Improvisational Acting (8 classes) 20 students max.
FPCA Movement Studio
March 11-April 29, 2017
Saturdays 9-10:30am
Instructor: TBA
$220 (R) $286 (NR)
Smartlink barcode #1668869

A two-hour class led by an experienced actor/director that explores the art of improvisational acting. Through a series of exercises and theatre games, participants will learn the unwritten rules of improv, and strengthen their ability to listen, maintain their character, focus on the connection between characters and make active choices.

The Art of Public Speaking (6 classes) 20 students max.
Room 2109
April 22-May 27, 2017
Saturdays 1:30pm-3:00pm
$180 (R) $234 (NR)
Smartlink Barcode # 1668871
Instructor: TBA

Participants will learn and perfect the steps it takes to communicate effectively in any public venue. This ninety-minute interactive class will focus on such public speaking fundamentals as finding your unique voice, discovering your presenting style, interjecting humor, and creating the perfect sound bite

Hip Hop Dance Class (10 classes) 30 students max.
FPAC Movement Studio
March 11-May 13, 2017
Saturdays 4:00pm-5:15
Instructor: Marcus Ball/Denise Rose
$170 (R) $221 (NR) 75 minute class
Smartlink Barcode #1668873

A combination of Street Hip Hop and Commercial dance that will get your body moving! This class begins with a warm up that increases flexibility and strength, leading to across the floor moves that helps build rhythm and coordination, and ending with a new, fun, and energetic combination to your favorite Old School Jams or the latest Hip Hop music! Get ready to have fun while you define those abs!