Saturday, April 26


Find yourself folksy and beaming.

Time 12:30 - 5:45 p.m.
Location Great Lawn (rain location: Shapiro Campus Center)
Description Find yourself relaxing on the lawn and surrendering to the eclectic charm of the fifth annual Brandeis Folk Festival, featuring a gifted new generation of singer-songwriters from across New England. Lawn chairs and blankets welcome. Produced by Too Cheap for Instruments with Victoria Carter '15, Sathvika Reddy '15 and Emily Scharf '16. 
  • 12:30 - 1:15 p.m. Casey Abrams plays “tramp art music,” melding Paul Simon, Warren Zevon and Randy Newman with hints of jazz, Tin Pan Alley and progressive rock.
  • 1:30 - 2:15 p.m. Ari & Mia Sisters Ari (cello) and Mia (fiddle) Friedman honor the sounds of Appalachian cottages, rural dance floors and urban concert halls.  
  • 2:30 - 2:50 p.m. Too Cheap For Instruments, Brandeis’ all-female singing group, sings folk and pop favorites with a cappella irreverence.
  • 3:00 - 3:45 p.m. Forts/Gainesville Brian Barthelmes and Matt Raskopf deliver energetic Americana and roots rock & roll served with a side of indie spirit.
  • 4:00 - 4:45 p.m. Monica Rizzio & Old Kings Highway Rizzio grew up on a Texas ranch, studied music in Nashville, and knows her way around a klezmer tune. Classic country crossed with Cape Cod acoustic.
  • 5:00  - 5:45 p.m. The Four Legged Faithful Free-spirited, heartfelt music with a hint of bluegrass. Who needs drums when you’ve got eight feet to stomp with?


Time 1 -3 p.m.
Location Rose Art Museum

Original dance and music created and performed by students of Susan Dibble (theater arts) and Seth Coluzzi (music).


Time 2 p.m.
Location Slosberg Music Center
Description Discover the irresistible rhythms of West Africa with dynamic drumming and dancing by Brandeis students and guest artists Saeed Abbas (Ghana) and Jomion and the Uklos (Benin) under the direction of ethnomusicologist Faith Conant.


Time 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. (Also Sunday at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.)
Location Spingold Theater Center

Raw, real, a little radical and a little renegade. Brandeis’ graduate acting students present 10 short, original solo pieces, each uniquely capturing their personal perspectives and creative passions from superstitions to superheroes. The program is performed in two parts. Artistic director, Marya Lowry; artistic associate and guest artist, Katie Pearl. Recommended for adult audiences.

Part 1 (Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m.)
  • On The Road by Alex Jacobs
  • The Music and the Mirror and the Monsters by Alex Johnson
  • These Rooms by Sara Schoch
  • These Shoes Are Made For Talking by Laura Jo Trexler
  • Femme Fatalities by Sarah Elizabeth Bedard
Part 2 (Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.)
  • Group by J. Andrew Young
  • Surviving Ragnorok by Nicole Dalton
  • Edward the Second by Eddie Shields
  • Gainloss by Sam Gillam
  • ..U.M.. by Brandon Green

Time 7 - 9:00 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
Location Levin Ballroom
Description Celebrate the breathtaking diversity that defines the Brandeis community in this joyful, pluraistic performance of dance, music and spoken word by Brandeis students. Sponsored by the Intercultural Center and produced by seniors Briana McCalmon, Jennifer Lee, Shanlai Shangguan, Anita Kao and Swan Lee.


Time 7 p.m.
Location Slosberg Music Center
Description For more than 50 years, the Brandeis Electroacoustic Music Studio (BEAMS) has been at the forefront of creative experimentation and innovation in music and technology. This special concert features works by Brandeis undergraduate and graduate student composers, performed by professional musicians from around New England. For a complete program, visit the New Music Brandeis website


Time 8 p.m. (Also Friday at 8 p.m.)
Location Shapiro Campus Center Theater
Description (Ages 16 and up.) Brandeis’ sketch comedy troupe serves hilarious, student-written send-ups of campus life, pop culture and the news. But if you can’t stand the heat...
Admission $5; $3 for Brandeis community. 


Time 8 p.m.
Location Bethlehem Chapel
Description Find yourself in the secretive world of a 1554 Belgian convent. The professional ensemble Cappella Clausura brings to life a remarkable piece of art and a collection of music with chant from a recently discovered antiphonal, period costumes, period food and full-color banners of pages from the Salzinnes Antiphonal. Directed by Amelia LeClair and Alexandra Borrie (Women’s Studies Research Center). Megan Connelly, costume design; Garrow Throop, graphic design; Margaret Raines, chef. Immerse yourself for the full two hours, or come and go at any time. For more information, contact