Art of all styles, sounds and forms coming to campus
From the ‘Best Anarchist Group of NYC’ to Brandeis Theater Company, the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts offers something for everyone
You may find yourself on the Great Lawn enjoying bluegrass. Or find yourself in Buster Keaton’s playhouse. Find yourself electrified by new music. Find yourself dazzled by actors, puppets and acrobats. Find yourself celebrating diverse cultures. Find yourself joining a renegade circus band.
Find all of this and more at the annual Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts, April 24–27.
Founded in 1952 by the legendary Brandeis faculty member, this free four-day festival is Brandeis’ largest town-and-gown event. Nationally acclaimed performers and visual artists are showcased together with music, dance, theater, film, and artwork by more than 300 Brandeis students, alumni, and faculty. Last year’s festival had attendance of nearly 7,000 people.
This year’s festival headliners include the popular singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor and the outrageous Hungry March Band, named “Best Anarchist Group of NYC” by The Village Voice. Other highlights will include Culture X, A Cappella Fest, Brandeis Theater Company’s “Ten by Ten,” the Brandeis Folk Festival, and student artwork on view across campus.
There will be a special lunchtime lecture on the life and music of Leonard Bernstein in the Rapaporte Treasure Hall on Friday, April 25, at 1 p.m.
Also on April 25, Livingston Taylor will take the stage at 8 p.m. for “An Evening with Livingston Taylor.” The performance is free but tickets are required. Visit Brandeis Tickets in the Shapiro Campus Center or call 781-736-3400 (live and phone sales only) There is a limit of four tickets per person.
On “Super Sunday,” April 27, bring your friends and families to campus for dozens of free performances and kids’ events including silent films accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra, ImprovBoston, Tanglewood Marionettes, the Waltham Philharmonic and the Boston Typewriter Orchestra. The festival is a wonderful time to enjoy the five acclaimed exhibitions on view at Rose Art Museum.
More information about the festival, including the full schedule, is available online.