- Remembering Emeritus Professor of Music, Harold ShaperoMay 18, 2013
Classical music composer, pianist and longtime professor of music at Brandeis University, Harold Shapero, died in his sleep on May 17, following complications from pneumonia. He was 93.
- Medicine Wheel Productions to honor CohenMay 9, 2013
- Community members' art enlivens the campus May 8, 2013
From the Great Lawn to Farber Library, from wide-open spaces to nooks and crannies in the trees, works of art dot the campus as a result of the annual Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Arts, adding to the environment of creativity, community and celebration.
- SCRAM promotes student engagement with RoseMay 7, 2013
The group, which currently has 28 members, aims to expose students to the Rose, to provide students with opportunities for in-depth interaction with the collection and to communicate student interests and opinions about the museum.
- Photographer donates Israel then-and-now collectionMay 6, 2013
Photographer Dan Tassel has been collecting and shooting photographs of the Middle East for decades, and recently donated some of what he's amassed to the Robert D. Farber Archives & Special Collections, in the hopes students can put them to use.
- Ethan Stein, friends win Boston student film festMay 3, 2013
'Wordsmith,' a short film Ethan Stein '15 produced with friends from high school, won at the Boston Student Film Festival. The film began as part of a still-in-progress feature that was screened in the Wasserman Cinematheque last month, and the short will go on to be screened at other festivals.
- Festival brings crowds, smiles, songs to campusMay 1, 2013
Brandeis celebrated four days of music, dance, theater and visual arts with its annual Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts and Springfest concert. Crowds of visitors joined the campus community in 'imagining the impossible,' this year’s theme, during the festival April 25 to 28.
- Chinese, Russian language students win multilingual video contestApril 29, 2013
- 'Visions of an Ancient Dreamer' is a pairing of Greek tragediesApril 26, 2013
'Visions of an Ancient Dreamer,' a pairing of 'Orestes' and 'Iphigenia and Tauris,' is the culmination of a yearlong collaboration between theater arts and classical studies. Performances will be held in the Spingold Theater Center Thursday through Sunday.
- Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts aims to reimagine the worldApril 23, 2013
Now in its 61st year, the festival theme, “Imagine the impossible,” celebrates art that allows us to experience the impossible, the unlikely, and the visionary, with four days of music, dance, theater and visual arts throughout campus from April 25 to 28.
- Holland Cotter, senior art critic of The New York Times, will speak April 25April 22, 2013
- Rose Art Museum to host Family Day on Saturday, April 20April 18, 2013
- 'Late Night with Bernstein' is a festival highlightApril 17, 2013
Brandeis will remember the namesake of its annual Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts with a program of Bernstein’s favorite music meshed with stories of his life. It will be hosted by his daughter and performed by the renowned music ensemble Music From Copland House.
- On the role of the artist in promoting social changeApril 15, 2013
Yishay Garbasz’ multimedia art works explore trauma, identity, memory and gender. Her work has been exhibited all over the world, including at the 2010 Busan Biennale in South Korea. Her first public program at Brandeis is at 12:30 p.m. April 16.
- Theoharis '14 nominated for Boston theater awardApril 12, 2013
- Theater Arts seniors to present plays, dances, talksApril 8, 2013
In its second official year, the festival has grown in both population and number of performances. Students will focus on one “role” for their thesis – director, actor, etcetera – but may find themselves working on a peer’s project in a different role.
- The Rose ranked among top international college art galleriesApril 5, 2013
- Dinosaur Annex concert unites music and scienceApril 4, 2013
- Lydians to premiere quartet by commission prize winner April 2, 2013
The Lydian String Quartet will premiere 'Treatises For An Unrecovered Past' at a concert in the Slosberg Music Center April 6. The piece was composed by University of California at Davis Music Professor Kurt Rohde, the winner of the quartet's first commission prize.
- Exhibition at Dreitzer features students' photos, sculpturesMarch 17, 2013
Students from the Introduction to Photography course self-curated their exhibit, titled, “The Ink Can Bury a Blade,” while the sculpture portion of the exhibition, which is untitled, was curated by members of the faculty. The exhibits will be open until March 22.
- FiddleDeis: Duels, jams, swagger and twangMarch 14, 2013
FiddleDeis, a three-day festival celebrating the diversity and progression of violin in performance, will be held on campus from March 15 to 17. Distinguished faculty members and guest musicians will perform, as well as teach master classes and workshops.
- Latin American and Latino Studies celebrates 50 yearsMarch 11, 2013
Fifty years after its founding, the Latin American and Latino Studies program will bring three of its distinguished alumni back to campus to celebrate its history and accomplishments with a discussion and screening on March 13 and 14.
- Sounds from Arab Lands celebrates musical fusionsFeb. 25, 2013
'REMIX: New Sounds from Arab Lands' will come to campus this week for a three-day residency as part of the MusicUnitesUS program, which promotes the understanding and appreciation of other cultures through music. REMIX brings together distinguished performers and composers from Syria, Lebanon and Tunisia who create music inspired by the cultural heritage of the Arab lands.
- Heartbeat envisions peace through songFeb. 22, 2013
The Israeli-Palestinian youth ensemble Heartbeat has begun its debut U.S. tour, and will perform in Levin Ballroom Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. The group, which composes and plays music together, tries to combat fear and violence in the Middle East with voices of cooperation and peace.
- Honoring trio of high-achieving alumniFeb. 19, 2013
Brandeis President Fred Lawrence will present the Alumni Achievement Award to University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer ’68, renowned music manager and record producer Jon Landau ’68 and pioneering mathematics professor Bonnie Berger ’83 at a ceremony on June 8 during reunion weekend.
- Proust's letters to his editor, publisher highlighted with Close Looking eventFeb. 12, 2013
- New Rose exhibit: Mirror, mirror on the floor...Feb. 11, 2013
Three new exhibits will open at The Rose Art Museum Feb. 13. 'Ed Ruscha: Standard,' 'Same Jury: Coerced Nature' and 'Walead Beshty: On the Matter of Abstraction (figs. A & B)' will be on view until June 9, and will include Director Christopher Bedford's first major acquisition, a work by artist Mark Bradford.
- 'In the Heart of America' comes to Laurie TheaterFeb. 7, 2013
The Brandeis Theater Company will bring playwright Naomi Wallace's 'In the Heart of America' to the Laurie Theater stage Feb. 7 through 9. The play, which explores violence, racism and patriotism, is part of this year's 'DEIS Impact Festival. Janet Morrison directs.
- Mary Ruth Ray, founding member of Lydian QuartetJan. 30, 2013
Mary Ruth Ray, who passed away Jan. 29 following a battle with cancer, was a beloved member of the faculty for more than three decades and a critically acclaimed musician who played some of the world’s finest concert halls as both a soloist and a founding member of the Lydian String Quartet.
- Women's Studies Research Center celebrates women making musicJan. 28, 2013
The Women and Music Mix, a group of musician-scholars within the Women’s Studies Research Center, in collaboration with numerous dignitaries of the Boston music scene, will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Judith Tick’s groundbreaking anthology, 'Women Making Music: The Western Art Tradition 1150-1950' with a concert and talk on Sunday Feb. 3.
- Arts season offers tradition and innovationJan. 21, 2013
From longstanding traditions like the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts to the brand new FiddleDEIS festival, the spring semester will see a variety of arts brought to life on stages and in galleries. It kicks off Jan. 25 with the Genkin Philharmonic Orchestra.
- Karen Moss' 'Off-Kilter' opens WSRC's 2013 scheduleJan. 18, 2013
Boston artist looks to the roots of our society’s problems using pop culture imagery, imaginative drawing, and text, among other tools, which she employs with great dexterity and humor. Her mixed-media paintings and drawings address women’s roles in society, body image and eating disorders. The exhibit opens Jan. 22 at the Women’s Studies Research Center.
- New courses: Memory, music and digital humanitiesJan. 10, 2013
Memory Architecture, African American Military History and Introduction to Digital Humanities are among the 57 new courses being offered at Brandeis this spring. Professors Talinn Grigor, Chad Williams and John Unsworth offered some thoughts on their upcoming classes.
- Students get 'Fired Up!' about art exhibitionDec. 20, 2012
The biannual student art show, 'Fired Up!,' will be on display at the Dreitzer Gallery in the Spingold Theater Center through Jan. 28. The exhibition title is borrowed from a prompt Professor Joe Wardwell gives his students to motivate them in the studio.
- Handel's 'Messiah' again tops Brandeis BillboardDec. 14, 2012
The annual holiday sing-along has maintained its popularity over the years, proved once again by the packed Shapiro Campus Center on Thursday afternoon. This year President Fred Lawrence acted as guest conductor for Hallelujah, the last song.
- Studio Fine Arts majors to open exhibition in Dreitzer Gallery Dec. 12Dec. 10, 2012
- Bunnies: A cute, elusive route to online community?Dec. 4, 2012
Sarah Bierman ’14, creator of the outdoor installation titled “There are Bunnies Everywhere,” says she hopes to evoke from viewers the thoughts she has when she sees bunnies throughout campus at night: cute but elusive. Bierman says she also sees her project as a metaphor for many human experiences.
- 'The Glass Menagerie' runs through SundayNov. 29, 2012
The Brandeis Theater Company will perform the Tennessee Williams classic 'The Glass Menagerie' Thursday through Sunday. Williams' autobiographical play is told through aspiring writer Tom's memories of life with his sickly sister and faded Southern belle mother.
- Memorial service Monday for Ted Kazanoff, a great actNov. 14, 2012
The gifted actor and director, who died Oct. 21 at age 90, helped launch many careers during his years as head of Brandeis' theater arts department. Students whom he mentored say his was 'a singular voice.' The service is at 7 p.m. in Spingold Theater.
- To themselves, acting students are trueNov. 14, 2012
Marya Lowry, an associate professor of theater arts, will direct her master of fine arts students in a performance they devised, inspired by Shakespeare's 'Hamlet.' The show runs from Friday to Sunday in the Merrick Theater.
- Stein to deliver war diaries performanceNov. 12, 2012
In 1994, Susan Stein purchased Etty Hillesum’s letters and diaries at a yard sale. Stein later based her one-woman play, 'Etty,' on the material, which she’ll perform on campus Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Rapaporte Treasure Hall. The diaries were kept during Nazi occupation by Hillesum, a young Jewish woman from Amsterdam. The play will be followed with an interdepartmental discussion.
- JustArts lets faculty, staff show another sideNov. 5, 2012
The JustArts Faculty/Staff Art Exhibition will be on display at the Dreitzer Gallery in the Spingold Theater building through Dec. 7. Giving Brandeis employees a chance to show off talents perhaps outside of their profession, it features paintings, photographs, sculpture, crafts and more from about 40 members of the community.
- Barbara Cassidy and friends to play hunger relief benefitOct. 31, 2012
The Barbara Cassidy Band - which features the husband-and-wife duo of vocalist Barbara Cassidy and multi-instrumentalist Eric Chasalow - and friends will celebrate the release of their debut album with a performance Sunday. Proceeds will benefit the hunger relief programs of Waltham Fields Community Farm. Peter Mulvey and Pesky J. Nixon will be among the guest performers.
- Rose exhibit catalyst for peacebuilding explorationsOct. 30, 2012
Dor Guez, the artist behind The Rose Art Museum exhibit '100 Steps to the Mediterranean' will be joined in conversation tonight at 6 p.m. by Cynthia Cohen, director of the Peacebuilding and the Arts program and Dabney Hailey, director of academic programs at the Rose. Ilan Troen, director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, will moderate the discussion.
- Early music by women kicks off Music at Mandel lunchtime seriesOct. 26, 2012
Need a little midday sustenance for body and soul sometimes? The Mandel Center for the Humanities’ lunchtime music series may be for you.Performances are being held in the Mandel Atrium on select Wednesdays from noon to 1:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.
- 'Voltaire and Frederick' looks at lives in lettersOct. 19, 2012
The pen-pal friendship between the French Enlightenment philosopher and the ruler of Prussia spanned almost half a century. A play based on their exchanges will be performed at Brandeis Monday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mandel Humanities Center Atrium.
- 'Escape From Happiness' runs through SundayOct. 18, 2012
The Brandeis Theater Company presents 'Escape From Happiness,' a dark comedy by playwright George F. Walker, Thursday through Sunday. Performances will be held in the Laurie Theater.
- MusicUnitesUS brings modern tango to campusOct. 16, 2012
The world-renowned Pablo Ziegler Classical Tango Quartet will conduct a residency on campus as part of the MusicUnitesUS program from Oct. 15 to 20. Dancers Fernanda Ghi and Guillermo Merlo will also be on hand, and Robert Ferris Thompson, author of 'Tango: The Art History of Love,' will give a talk before the final concert.
- Classic, innovative, raucous mix coming to the stageOct. 12, 2012
The Brandeis Theater Company will stage three productions this fall of material ranging from the classic to the raucous to the innovative. 'Escape From Happiness,' 'A King of Infinite Space - Hamlet in a Nutshell' and 'The Glass Menagerie' will be performed this season.
- Accordionist, singer tells Berlin's story in songOct. 10, 2012
Annika Krump, an accordionist and singer from Berlin, will perform a new program at Chum's Coffee House on Thursday, Oct. 11, taking audiences on a journey through the Berlin of the last 100 years. With help from chansons made famous by cabaret singers, Krump will tell the city's story from the Weimar Republic to the present.
- Concert pays tribute to composer Irving FineOct. 9, 2012
Brandeis will celebrate the life and music of composer Irving Fine with a curated concert Oct. 14, featuring the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra and friends. Former students and colleagues will speak about Fine, the founding director of the School of Creative Arts, who taught music theory and composition until his death 50 years ago.
- Social justice and Judaism at heart of Aylon's workOct. 5, 2012
Artist Helène Aylon is known for iconoclastic performance-art pieces. Themes of social and environmental justice are at the heart of her work, but just as integral to her vision is her identity as a Jewish woman. Aylon's career and her new memoir, 'Whatever Is Contained Must Be Released: My Orthodox Jewish Girlhood, My Life as a Feminist Artist,' will be celebrated at the Rose Art Museum Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
- Lydia Kann Nettler’s forests of paper tell storiesSept. 28, 2012
The Western Massachusetts-based artist creates site-specific installations of sculptural and charcoal-drawn forest scenes that explore the impact of being the child of a Holocaust survivor, single parenthood, mental illness, and poverty. Opening Oct. 1 at the Women’s Studies Research Center.
- Lowry relishes 'midwifing' students' creative processSept. 24, 2012
Schools, theaters and prisons: Marya Lowry, an associate professor of theater arts, has performed and taught in all of them. Lowry, who has taught acting and voice at Brandeis for more than 20 years, will direct M.F.A students in "A King of Infinite Space - Hamlet in a Nutshell" this fall.
- Rising star of Middle East art featured in Rose showSept. 19, 2012
A resident of Tel Aviv with Palestinian Christian and Tunisian Jewish heritage, Guez delves deeply into the complexities of national, religious and ethnic identities in the Middle East, using a range of photographic techniques, archival photos and videos.
- Flights of fancy land Forman in Smithsonian museumSept. 7, 2012
As an undergraduate, Forman was concerned that her art wasn't sufficiently world-changing or political, so she chose other paths. But gradually she returned, creating other-worldly imagery and finding a base in the Women's Studies Research Center.
- Fall calendar jammed with musical performancesAug. 30, 2012
A variety of student and professional concerts are planned on campus this fall, with highlights including a brief residency by the Pablo Ziegler Tango Quartet, a tribute to Irving Fine and several performances by the Lydian String Quartet. For more information on these and other performances, check out the latest edition of State of the Arts.
- Musicians racking up competition prizes, grantsAug. 20, 2012
Three graduate students in the music department have earned coveted commissions and prizes from the Barlow Endowment for Music and the League of Composers International Society of Contemporary Music.
- Rising star Chris Bedford named director of the RoseJuly 12, 2012
At 35, Bedford will be among the youngest museum directors in the U.S. when he takes over at the Rose Sept. 15. He comes promising bold steps to open a new era in the museum's history and to more thoroughly integrate the Rose into the life of the campus.
- Forman wins three awards in European photography competitionJuly 5, 2012
- 'Acting Together on the World Stage' creators honored with Telly AwardJune 20, 2012
- Student who never traveled founds arts NGO in GhanaJune 5, 2012
In 2010, Jessye Kass '13 founded the non-governmental organization Attukwei Arts Foundation, which offers therapeutic, creative programming for children in Ghana. This summer, four Brandeis students will join her as interns.
- Emily Koh wins music composition competitionsJune 1, 2012
As a child, this Brandeis Ph.D. candidate had no interest in the piano. She stuck with it for her parents at age 15 traded keys for strings, picking up the double bass. Now 26, she's finding familiarity with the piano helps her work in music composition and theory.
- Kniznick Gallery celebrating anniversary with exhibitMay 29, 2012
The juried exhibition of art by 13 Women's Studies Research Center and Hadassah-Brandeis Institute scholars, staff and board members will include photography, drawing, painting, sculpture and artist’s books. Opening will feature multimedia performances.
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