Studio Series

A group of free performances open to the Brandeis community and the public. Check back to see new events added throughout the year!

Process and Perspective:
Rock Musician and Musical Theater Composer Erin McKeown
Tuesday, March 22
Laurie Theater, Spingold Theater Center
10 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Performance/Talk
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Discussion with Students

Rock musician and musical theater composer Erin McKeown will share her process behind the songs for her original musical, "Miss You Like Hell", co-written with Tony and Pulitzer winning playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes ("In the Heights" and "Water by the Spoonful") and commissioned by LaJolla Playhouse. She’ll perform pieces from the new musical and discuss the writing process.

Erin McKeown is a musician, writer, and producer known internationally for her prolific disregard of stylistic boundaries. Her brash and clever electric guitar playing is something to see. Her singing voice is truly unique – clear, cool, and collected. Over the course of 7 studio albums and thousands of live performances, Erin has developed and refined a distinct and challenging mix of American musical styles. An active voice on social justice issues and culture, Erin was a 2011-12 fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Recently, she’s also added radio to her resume- blogging and hosting for WNYC New York Public Radio. A former board member of the Future of Music Coalition, McKeown also works closely with Revolutions Per Minute (RPM) on immigration issues.

The Rosenbergs
A Concert Performance of highlights from the new opera
Music by Joachim Holbek
Libretto by Rhea Leman
Music Direction by Cristi Catt
Directed by Professor Dmitry Troyanovsky
Sunday, April 10 at 4 p.m.
Laurie Theater, Spingold Theater Center

It's 1953, cold war U.S.A., and Ethel and Julius Rosenberg are accused of atomic espionage and have been sentenced to death. They are the parents of two small boys and yet they choose to die in the electric chair instead of declaring themselves guilty in order to receive a lesser punishment. Their case has been declared the case of the 20th century, and the cries from the famous political witch-hunt of USA 1950's can still be heard and felt.

"The composer Joachim Holbek has created a flow of empathetic chamber music, and the playwright and choreographer Rhea Leman has given two singers in "The Rosenbergs" a moving, almost intravenous text and movement pattern which encompasses all shades of being lost, now that death has happened and every attempt to look back reveals unbearable abysses." - WeekendAvisen, Peter Johannes Erichsen

The performance will be followed by a discussion with librettist Rhea Leman in conversation with Brandeis Professor Joyce Antler and dramaturg and scholar Magda Romanska.

Presented in conjunction with Boston Playwrights' Theatre. Co-sponsored by Mandel Center for the Humanities and American Studies Program

Sondheim Singing Party
Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m.
Laurie Theater, Spingold Theater Center

"Send in the clowns" - Plumb the depths of Stephen Sondheim's music with seven talented undergraduates. This revue will showcase solos, duets, trios and ensembles from some of Sondheim's beloved musicals: "Into the Woods," "Sweeney Todd," "A Little Night Music," "Company" and "Sunday in the Park with George"!

Singing Party
Monday, May 2 at 7 p.m.
Laurie Theater, Spingold Theater Center

"It's De-lightful, it's De-licious and De-lovely" - An invitation to the final Singing Parties for our undergraduate students. Under the watchful care and skill of singing professor and soprano Nancy Armstrong, students perform a wide range of music and songs in an informal cabaret-style party. The event is exhilarating and guaranteed to delight you!