Sunday, April 7: SUPER SUNDAY!

Super Sunday is family/community day at the Festival of the Arts. In honor of Leonard Bernstein's legacy as an educator, we offer an extraordinary array of FREE musical performances and art activities throughout the afternoon.

Update: The Craft Market and Folk Fest will move indoors to Sherman Function Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center.

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Event Time Location
Raku Firing 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Outside Spingold Theater Center
11 am
Brandeis Folk Festival 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sherman Function Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center
Create@Brandeis Craft Market 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sherman Function Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center
Community Sing + Music Machine 11 a.m.-11:20 a.m. Shapiro Campus Center Terrace
Try It! Hands-on Art Activities 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Shapiro Campus Center Atrium
11:30 am
R/Evolution Dance 11:30-11:50 a.m. Shapiro Campus Center Terrace
Rae Rein ’25: Songs for Ukulele 11:30-11:50 a.m. Shapiro Campus Center Theater
Young People’s Synthesizer Concert noon-12:20 p.m. Slosberg Music Center
Brandeis Hillel Klezmer noon-12:20 p.m. Shapiro Campus Center Theater, BEAMS Studio
Community Sing + Music Machine noon-12:20 p.m. Shapiro Campus Center Terrace
Indigeneity and Fashion from Frida Kahlo to Dior noon Rose Art Museum
12:30 p.m.
R/Evolution Dance 12:30-12:50 p.m.

Shapiro Campus Center Terrace

Original music by Simon Fidlin ’23 aka Fids 12:30-12:50 p.m.

Shapiro Campus Center Theater

1 p.m.


Haus of Glitter Ballroom and Vogue Werkshop 1-2 p.m.

Shapiro Campus Center Terrace

Young People's Synthesizer Concert 1-1:20 p.m.

Slosberg Music Center, BEAMS Studio

Heazlewood-Dale Jazz Quartet 1-1:20 p.m.

Shapiro Campus Center Theater

1:30 p.m.


Singer-songwriter Zara Lokuge ’26 1:30-1:50 p.m.

Shapiro Campus Center Theater

2 p.m.


XL Girls: K-pop Dance 2-2:20 p.m.

Shapiro Campus Center Theater

2:30 p.m.


Children's Dance Workshop 2:30-2:50 p.m.

Shapiro Campus Center Theater (changed from Light of Reason)

3 p.m.


Vimāna (R&B/soul) 3-3:20 p.m.

Shapiro Campus Center Theater

3:30 p.m.


Midnight Groove: R&B 3:30-3:50 p.m.

Shapiro Campus Center Theater

*Rain location: Sherman Function Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center

** Rain location: Shapiro Campus Center Theater

Raku Firing

Observe the traditional Japanese ceramic process of raku, which produces a crackled effect in glaze and clay. Made possible by the Brandeis Arts Council and sponsored by the Department of Fine Arts.

Black woman playing guitar

Pamela Means

Photo Credit: Julian Parker-Burns

Brandeis Folk Festival

Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy stellar performances by folk and acoustic ensembles from around New England.

People outdoors looking at crafts for sale
Create@Brandeis Craft Market

11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Shop for jewelry, accessories, artwork, and more, all made by Brandeis students and staff.

close up of cables and wires and a hand
Young People’s Synthesizer Concert

Noon-12:20 p.m. and 1-1:20 p.m. | Slosberg Music Center

The first composers in Brandeis’ electro-acoustic music studio were among the inventors of live electronic music, thanks to the Buchla synthesizer, which still resides in Slosberg. Graduate composer Sam Long, GSAS MFA’25, gives a demonstration and lecture on the Buchla synthesizer, in the engaging style of Leonard Bernstein and his Young People’s Concerts.

Try It! Hands-On Art Activities

Try your hand at art activities in the Shapiro Campus Center:

R/Evolution Dance

Dance performance in costumes inspired by NASA technology! Scientific advisor, Vivekanand Pandey Vimal, Ashton Graybiel Spatial Orientation Laboratory; artistic director, Brooke Stanton, costume shop director, Department of Theater Arts; composer/programmer, Yuval Gur Jalon, Berklee School of Music, MIT Media Lab; choreographer, Liam Delaney ’26; director/publicity: Greg Roitbourd ’25; costume designer, Sam Taxman ’27; director of photography, AJ Pesaro ’24.

Community Sing + Music Machine

Students in MUS 37a, Music and Community, will lead a community sing and an interactive "musical machine" game for audience members of all ages. Andrea Segar (Lydian String Quartet), instructor.

Performance Fair

Enjoy performances in the Shapiro Campus Center Theater by Brandeis students in a variety of genres from pop to jazz to R&B.

  • 11:30-11:50 p.m.. | Rae Rein ’25 (stage name Rae Nico) is a folk-pop ukulele artist who performs original music.
  • 12-12:30 p.m. | The Brandeis Hillel Klezmer Band plays traditional Eastern European Jewish folk music. They're excited to share their music, whether it’s a classic you know or something you’ve never heard before!
  • 12:30-1 p.m. | Simon Fidlin ’23, aka Fids, performs his original blend of electronic music, ambiance, hip-hop, R&B, and pop.
  • 1-1:30 p.m. | James Heazlewood-Dale, GSAS PhD ’24, and his jazz quartet perform three pieces from Koji Kondo's iconic score for Super Mario 64, in which for the first time in gaming history, players experienced Mario's whimsical adventures in a 3D setting. 
  • 1:30-2 p.m. | Zara Lokuge ’26 performs original and cover songs accompanied by guitar.
  • 2-2:30 p.m. | Brandeis' XL Girls perform K pop dance.
  • 3-3:20 p.m. | Vimāna plays R&B and soul covers.
  • 3:30-3:50 p.m. | Midnight Groove is an eight-member mixed genre band with a focus on R&B. They are looking forward to performing as the campus opener for Brandeis' Springfest on April 14!
a group of people in sparkly costumes pose on a porch

Haus of Glitter is a dance, performance, and activist collective from Providence, Rhode Island. In the work they share and co-create with audiences, they strive to embody ancestral liberation and healing and love in every step and every breath of their creative process.

Indigeneity and Fashion from Frida Kahlo to Dior

Noon, Rose Art Museum

Join curator Circe Henestrosa for a conversation with Dr. Gannit Ankori, Henry and Lois Foster Director and Chief Curator of the Rose Art Museum, highlighting the global impact that Mexican Indigenous culture has had on contemporary art and design. Sponsored by the Rose Art Museum. Register at

Children's Dance Workshop

2:30-2:50 p.m. | Light of Reason sculpture (outside the Rose Art Museum)

Learn a fun piece of choreography with Irina Znamirowski ’24 (Adagio Dance Company, Hooked on Tap, Ballet Club). Children of all abilities are welcome (must be accompanied by an adult).

Brandeis Chamber Singers and University Chorus

3 p.m. | Slosberg Music Center

Professor Robert Duff leads the Brandeis Chamber Singers and University Chorus in their spring 2024 concert, in preparation for their summer tour to Germany and Austria. Featuring works by Bach, Hogan, Mozart, Howells, and more. Sponsored by the Department of Music.

Adagio Spring Showcase: Hollywood

6 p.m., Levin Ballroom, Usdan Student Center

Adagio is one of the largest dance groups at Brandeis, open to students of all dance backgrounds and levels. They perform student-choreographed work in styles such as jazz, contemporary, lyrical and modern.

Brandeis Calling

6-9 p.m., Great Lawn, Shapiro Campus Center

WBRS Student Music Committee presents a showcase of student bands. Lineup TBA.

Brandeis Wind Ensemble: Playing Around

7 p.m., Slosberg Music Center

The concert opens with Leonard Bernstein's "Slava," a vaudevillian tune filled with side-slipping modulations, sliding trombones, and a canonic tune in 7/8 time. Program also includes Concerto No.1 for Marimba by Ney Rosauro (Michael Newman, guest soloist), music from Willy Wonka, and Movement 5, "Hobbits," from Johann DeMeij's "Lord of The Rings." Tom Souza, director. Sponsored by the Department of Music.

Speech and Debate

8 p.m., Chum’s, Usen Castle

In this dark comedy by Stephen Karam, three misfit high school students amidst a local sex scandal involving the Republican mayor and teenage boys are forced to grapple with difficult questions about truth and their roles in sharing it. Featuring Garrett Molinari ’26, Emma Sadewasser ’27, Harvey Vostrejs ’27, and Lelu Branch ’27. Directed by Cole Simmons ’26. Presented by the student-run Free Play Theatre Cooperative. Additional performances at 2 p.m. and on April 4 at 8 p.m. and April 6 at 8 p.m.

The Tempest

9 p.m., Shapiro Campus Center Theater

In Shakespeare’s classic late play, the sorceress Prospero seeks revenge on those who wronged her twelve years ago. This production explores themes of colonialism, redemption, and forgiveness. Presented by the student-run Hold Thy Peace. Performances on April 4, 5, 6, and 7. Naomi Stephenson ’26, director; Ceil Shandell ’26, stage manager. Featuring Laurel Kane ’26 as Prospero, Phoenix Feldman ’27 as Ariel, and JT Dickstein ’27 as Caliban.