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The annual Festival of the Creative Arts showcases nationally acclaimed performers and visual artists together with music, dance, theater, film and artwork by more than 300 Brandeis students and alumni.  Join us April 15-22, 2018, when we celebrate Festival of the Creative Arts founder Leonard Bernstein at 100!

Featured events include:

  • Boston Lyric Opera Presents Bernstein: A short concert of Leonard Bernstein's music, including songs from his “Trouble in Tahiti,” which premiered at Brandeis in 1952. Free and open to the public. Sunday, April 15, noon, Slosberg Music Center.
  • "Late Night with Leonard Bernstein," a cabaret-style concert narrated by his daughter, Nina Bernstein. This event is free but ticketed. Tickets available at Brandeis Tickets in Shapiro Campus Center or by calling 781-736-3400. (No online orders.) Thursday, April 19, 8 pm, Slosberg Music Center. 
  • "Love and Death, Part 2": The Lydian String Quartet performs Beethoven's String Quartet in F major, Op. 8, No. 2; Janacek's String Quartet No. 2, "Intimate Letters"; and the world premiere of a work for the quartet by Saad Haddad, the winner of the 2017 Lydian String Quartet commission prize. Tickets: $20/$15/$5. Saturday, April 21, 8 pm, Slosberg Music Center.
  • Concert version of Bernstein's “Mass”: Brandeis University Chorus, Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra and guest artists. Free and open to the public. Sunday, April 22, 7 pm, Slosberg Music Center.

The Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts is produced by the Office of the Arts at Brandeis. Most events are free and open to the public.


Supporters include Elaine Reuben '63, the Laurie Foundation, and the Aaron Foundation Visiting Artist Fund for Theater, Music, and Fine Arts. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Waltham Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.