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All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

September 2011

Saturday, Sept. 10

lydiansLydian String Quartet: Fine, Ravel, and Fauré
Slosberg Music Center
8 p.m.
The Lydian String Quartet, in residence at Brandeis, has inspired worldwide critical acclaim and a devoted New England audience. Join Daniel Stepner (violin), Mary Ruth Ray (viola), Joshua Gordon (cello), and guest Ya-Fei Chuang as they play Irving Fine’s rarely performed and elegant "Fantasia for String Trio," Ravel’s sublime duo sonata written in memory of Claude Debussy, and Fauré’s passionate and powerful "Piano Quartet in G minor." Tickets: $20 general; $15 for Brandeis community ($5 off when purchased in advance); and $5 for students. Purchase tickets online or call Brandeis Tickets at 781-736-3400.

Thursday, Sept. 15

Closing Reception: Floors and Ceilings
Kniznick Gallery, Women's Studies Research Center
5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Floors and ceilings can represent structure or confinement. They can form homes or prisons. The so-called glass ceiling still exists for women, and getting in on the ground floor is nearly impossible for many people. This exhibition features the work of nine Brandeis student artists whose work considers floors and ceilings through the lens of gender.

Saturday, Sept. 17

peskyHootenany with Pesky J. Nixon
Slosberg Music Center
8 p.m.
Have mercy! Ethan Baird, Jake Bush, Dan Carp, and Eric MacDonald, the collective Pesky J. Nixon, are festival circuit favorites with their rich harmonies, infectious energy and sardonic New England stage banter.  zydeco style accordion, virtuosic mandolin, a variety of tribal percussion, and Their album Monkey Business and Mislaid Hopes (2010) has found a home on the folk industry’s best-of lists. Brandeis a cappella groups (to be announced) will also perform. Tickets are $20; $15 for Brandeis community and seniors; $5 for students. Purchase tickets online, or call Brandeis Tickets: 781-736-3400.

Wednesday, Sept. 21

Opening Reception: New Work from Abroad and Home
Goldman Schwartz Art Center and Dreitzer Gallery, Spingold Theater Center
5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Members of the class of 2012 who studied abroad this summer, with support from the Brandeis Arts Council and the Remis fund, exhibit new work in the Goldman-Schwartz Art Center. Work by postbaccalaureate students is on view in the Dreitzer Gallery.

Sunday, Sept. 25

yu-huiDinosaur Annex Music Ensemble
Slosberg Music Center
8 p.m.

Dinosaur Annex, Boston’s premier contemporary music ensemble, performs music by five distinguished composers whose work is genuinely something new, an authentic blend of classical, vernacular, pop, jazz, non-Western, and the like. Works by David Sanford, Derek Bermel, Gabriela Ortiz and Mario Lavista. Yu-Hui Chang and Sue-Ellen Hershman-Tcherepnin, co-artistic directors.
Tickets $20 general public, $15 Seniors and Students. Tickets available online through Dinosaur Annex or at the door. 

Coming in October:

Thursday, Oct. 27

Opening Celebration
Rose Art Museum
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Celebrate the newly renovated Rose Art Museum and two new exhibitions. Art at the Origins: 1961-62 presents works of art from the permanent collection that were created during academic year 1961-62, the first full year of the museum’s existence and a pivotal period in American history. 

Collecting Stories narrates episodes from the collection’s growth, illuminating the ways individual works of art became part of, and helped define, the Rose.

Saturday, Oct. 29  

navarasaWorld Music Concert - Navarasa Dance Theater
Slosberg Music Center
8 p.m. (preconcert lecture, 7 p.m.)

MusicUnitesUS presents Navarasa Dance Theater, from Mysore, India. The company's dancers devise stories using classical Bharatanatyam dance of India, western modern dance, martial arts and contemporary text, presented with comic timing and innovative staging. The dancers portray encounters with entities as varied as Bob Marley, Love, the Divine and the military, in Iraq, Afghanistan or Rwanda. Aparna Sindhoor, artistic director.  “An experience that stunned the audience with its complexity and beauty.”  -- Times of India.

Tickets are $20; $15 for Brandeis community and seniors; $5 for students. Purchase tickets online or call Brandeis Tickets: 781-736-3400.