Super Sunday, April 15

In celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s lifelong commitment to engaging young people in the arts, Brandeis sponsors an afternoon of free performances, family and children’s events, and art exhibitions and demonstrations.

Events run continuously from 12 to 10 p.m. and are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

For afternoon events on Sunday, April 15, free parking is available in the 29 Sawyer Road lot across from the Brandeis-Roberts commuter rail stop, a five-minute walk to lower campus. Festival volunteers will be on duty to assist you.

Regardless of the New England weather, you will be warm and dry! Performances and activities take place in a heated tent and in other indoor locations.

Refreshments are available for purchase at Einstein's Bagels in the Shapiro Campus Center.

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Noon - 1 p.m. | 1 - 2 p.m. | 2 - 3 p.m. | 3 - 4 p.m. | 4 - 5 p.m. | 6 - 7 p.m. | 7 - 10 p.m. | Ongoing Events

ONGOING EVENTS


TRY IT! ART ACTIVITIES
Time Noon - 5 p.m.
Location Great Lawn and Shapiro Campus Center
Description Teaching artists from the greater Boston area lead workshops and activities for all ages. 

Drawing Bernstein Listen to music by Leonard Bernstein and draw what you hear! Led by Nichole Speciale ’11

Dance, dance, dance Create a dancing figure with collage. Led by Sharon Santillo.

Wind chimes Make your own music with recycled materials. Led by Jodi Schmidt.

MakerLab demo Learn about 3-D printing and try out our virtual reality goggles! Led by the Brandeis MakerLab staff.


Noon - 1 p.m.

BOSTON LYRIC OPERA PRESENTS BERNSTEIN
Time Noon - 1 p.m.
Location Slosberg Music Center
Description Boston Lyric Opera kicks off the Festival of the Arts with a short concert of Leonard Bernstein’s music, including songs from his “Trouble in Tahiti,” which premiered at Brandeis in 1952. A panel discussion follows, with Boston Lyric Opera general and artistic director Esther Nelson; David Angus, music director and conductor of  BLO’s "Trouble in Tahiti"; musicologist Georgia Luikens MA ’10; and Scott Edmiston, professor of the practice, Northeastern University.

OPENING RECEPTION: STILLNESS | TRANSFORMATION
Time Noon - 2 p.m.
Location Farber Library mezzanine  
Description Opening reception for the inaugural exhibition organized by the Campus Art Project, an initiative of the Women’s Studies Research Center and Kniznick Gallery. Made possible by a grant from the Office of the Arts.

MAD BAND
Time Noon - 12:20 p.m.
Location Bernstein-Marcus Plaza (RELOCATED: Ridgewood-A Commons
Description The MAD Band trips the funk fantastic with a repertoire including Toto’s “Africa” and the theme from Temple of Boom. Featuring Steven Tarr '19 (director), Matt Kowalyk '18 (assistant director), Blake Langeslay '18, Melody Ross '18, Isaiah Freedman '20, Evan Sayer '20, Johnstone Tcheou '20, Alex Bender '21, Zoe Brodsky '21, Lindsay Wall '21 and Nathan Weber '21.

1 - 2 p.m.


THREE-DIMENSIONAL CHESS WITH MAURICE STEIN AND LARRY MILLER
Time 1 - 2 p.m.
Location Rose Art Museum
Description Join Maurice Stein and Larry Miller, creators of the intricate charts in the exhibition Blueprint for Counter Education, for a conversation wtih Caitlin Julia Rubin, assistant curator.

VASKRIK
Time 1:30 - 1:50 p.m.
Location Bernstein-Marcus Plaza RELOCATED: Ridgewood-A Commons
Description Korean-style hiphop dance performance featuring first-year students Chenxi Dai, Yaxi Huang, Yimeng Huang, Yuning Liu, Yuechen Ta and Zhixin Tan.

2 - 3 p.m.


TOXIC: I WAS HERE | REMEMBER FORD HALL 2015
Time 2 - 2:20 p.m.
Location Bernstein-Marcus Plaza RELOCATED: Ridgewood-A Commons
Description Toxic, Brandeis' majorette dance line, performs on the site of the 2015 student demonstration for racial equality. 

TOP SCORE
Time 2:30 - 2:50 p.m.
Location Ridgewood-A Commons
Description Brandeis’ student-run pops orchestra plays music from movies, musicals and video games. Steven Tarr ’18 and Melody Ross '18, conductors.

3 - 4 p.m.


BRANDEIS JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Time 3 - 5 p.m.
Location Slosberg Music Center
Description The Brandeis Jazz Ensemble performs music by Robert Nieske, Jimmy Giuffre and others. Robert Nieske, director.

KOTOKO BRASS
Time 3 - 3:50 p.m.
Location Great Lawn Tent
Description Inspired by the traditional drum rhythms of Ghana, Kotoko Brass has created a unique, joyful, and improvisational rendering of West African dance music described by the Boston Globe as “propulsive, infectious party music.” This celebratory synthesis of music, people, and cultures features musicians from Ghana, Antigua, Japan, and the United States playing together in unity.

THIS BURNING WORLD
Time 3 - 3:20 p.m.
Location Ridgewood-A Commons
Description Watch and listen: An artist's marks are amplified by tiny microphones and mixed live in this unique performance by composer Christian Gentry, PhD ’12, and artist Tim McDonald.

FANCY FREE REVISITED: THE WOMEN
Time 3:30 - 3:50 p.m.
Location Ridgewood-A Commons
Description The Ballet Club performs a feminist reworking of Jerome Robbin's choreography for Leonard Bernstein’s vibrant, jazzy "Fancy Free" (1944). Followed by a discussion. Brooke Granovsky '18 and Hannah Schuster '18, choreographers/directors.

4 - 5 p.m.


JAPANESE DANCE WORKSHOP
Time 4 - 4:20 p.m.
Location Great Lawn Tent
Description Learn to dance bon odori, a lively Japanese folk dance performed to receive spirits and send them off again, with master dancer and educator Michiko Kurata. Accompanied by Kumiko Yamamoto of Genki Spark, a Boston-based pan-Asian women's arts and advocacy organization, on taiko drum.

CROWD CONTROL IMPROV
Time 4 - 4:20 p.m.
Location Ridgewood-A Commons
Description Jump in! You never know where Crowd Control, Brandeis’ premier long-form improv comedy troupe, will take you. Gabe Adler-Cohen '18 and Roy Shakerchi '18, co-directors. Recommended for ages 13 and up. 

EXHIBITION OPENING: PROJECTIONS
Time 4 - 6 p.m.
Location Usdan Student Center, outside Academic Services (second floor)
Description Meet artists Anna Cass '21 and Bethel Adekogbe '21 and the portrait subjects of “Projections.” This exhibition explores interpersonal perception by challenging the disconnect between how other people perceive us, and how we perceive ourselves. The images and audio piece were inspired by the participants and beg the question “can you ever truly know somebody?” Refreshments will be served.

SINGER/SONGWRITER SHOWCASE
Time 4:30 - 6 p.m.
Location Great Lawn Tent
Description The best of Brandeis’ singer-songwriters, including New Outlook (Lindsay Dawes ’21 and Isaac Ruben ’21) and Late Night Thoughts (Brian Rauch ’19 and Michael Harlow ’19).

6 - 7 p.m.


A CAPPELLA FEST
Time 6 - 6:30 p.m.
Location Great Lawn Tent
Description A cappella performances by Brandeis groups Up the Octave and Starving Artists. 

7 - 10 p.m.


WBRS PRESENTS
Time 7 - 10 p.m.
Location Great Lawn Tent
Description Live music from Brandeis and off-campus performers including Celo, Bethel the Producer, Connor Blake, and Sean Hines, with special presentation by hiphop scholar Martin Connor (GSAS). Sponsored by WBRS, 100.1 FM, Brandeis’ student-run radio station.

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE CHANGED TO SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 8 p.m.
Time 7  p.m.
Location Shapiro Campus Center Theater
Description In Agatha Christie’s adaptation of her best-selling novel, ten people are lured to an island where they are forced to atone for their various crimes. One by one they are killed off. Can you solve the mystery before the end of the play? Presented by the student-run Undergraduate Theater Collective. Free to Brandeis students; $5 general admission.