Super Sunday, April 7

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 5 pm and are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Events are suitable for all ages unless otherwise noted.

For afternoon events on Sunday, April 7, free parking is available in T-lot behind Spingold Theater Center. Our friendly volunteers will lead the way!

Handicapped-accessible parking is in front of Spingold Theater Center, Slosberg Music Center and the Rose Art Museum.

Regardless of the New England weather, you will be warm and dry! All performances and activities take place indoors.

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

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ONGOING EVENTS


TRY IT! ART ACTIVITIES
Time Noon - 5 p.m.
Location Shapiro Campus Center
Description Teaching artists from around New England facilitate arts activities for all ages.  And explore the worlds of virtual reality and 3-D printing with students and staff from the Brandeis MakerLab!

 

Noon - 1 p.m.


MAD BAND
Time Noon - 12:20 pm
Location Shapiro Campus Center Atrium
Description Kick off Super Sunday with music from MAD Band, a funky bunch of Brandeis students and alumni. Steven Tarr '19, director; Matthew Kowalyk '18, manager; Nathan Weber '21, co-director; Lindsey Wall '21, co-manager; Evan Sayer '20, treasurer; Alex Bender '21, community outreach liaison.

 

CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS
Time Noon - 12:30 pm
Location Slosberg Music Center
Description Kangaroos, elephants and tortoises: oh my! These animals and more are represented in Camille Saint-Saens' zoological fantasy for piano, strings, flute, clarinet and percussion, with narration written by Ogden Nash. Neeti Kulkarni '21, coordinator. Musicians: Wendy Yang '19, Lydia Sawyer '21, Neeti Kulkarni '21, Eliana Kleiman '21, David Cohen '22, Aaron Newitt '21, Natsuko Yamagata '17, Jeremy Koob '17, Jasmine Lee '20, Aaron Finkel '20.

 

SINGER/SONGWRITER SOPHIA SEUFERT '22
Time 12:30-12:50 pm
Location Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room
Description Sophia Seufert ’22 performs original and cover songs of heartbreak and healing (and back again) on guitar and ukulele.

 

1 - 2 p.m.


STORYTELLER LEN CABRAL
Time 1 - 1:20 pm
Location Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room
Description The great-grandson of a Cape Verdean whaler, Len Cabral has performed around the world with his treasure trove of African, Cape Verdean and Caribbean folktales as well as original stories.

 

TOP SCORE ORCHESTRA
Time 1 - 1:20 pm
Location Shapiro Campus Center Theater
Description Brandeis’ student-run pops orchestra, with their repertoire of show tunes and music from movies and video games, is always a Festival of the Arts favorite. This year's concert includes Alan Silvestri's "A Night at the Movies and "The Princess and the Frog." Charlee Gordon '21, president; Samuel Smith '21, vice president; Steven Tarr '19 and Nathan Weber '21, co-music directors.
ART STROLL
Time 1 - 1:30 pm
Location Meet at info table in Shapiro Campus Center
Description Art historian and museum educator Annie Storr, scholar at the Women's Studies Research Center, will lead a discussion of artworks created by Brandeis students.for the festival. (Also at 3 pm.) 

 

WAYS TO PLAY: TBA IMPROV
Time 1:30 - 1:50 pm
Location Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room
Description With the Brandeis student group TBA Improv, you never know! We can guarantee it’ll be fun and fresh, but the rest is To Be Announced!

 

2 - 3 p.m.


BRANDEIS BALLET COMPANY
Time 2 - 2:20 pm
Location Shapiro Campus Center Theater
Description The student-run Ballet Company performs classical and contemporary ballet pieces. The Company is under the umbrella of the Brandeis Ballet Club, which offers weekly beginner and intermediate ballet classes on campus with a professional instructor. Hannah DeRoche '19, Polina Potochevska '20 and Liza Korotkova '19.

 

FLAMENCO DANCE WORKSHOP
Time 2 - 2:50 pm
Location Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room
Description Dance with your heart and embrace the joy of flamenco dancing in this workshop led by award-winning dancer and educator Laura Sánchez, a native of Cádiz, Spain. All ages and abilities are welcome!

 

HOOKED ON TAP
Time 2:30 - 2:50 pm
Location Shapiro Campus Center Theater
Description Dance is a full-body experience with Hooked on Tap’s performance, followed by a tap lesson for the audience! Kai Blumen '21 and Siena DeBenedittis ’21, choreographers; with Rachel Lese '21, Genevive Bondaryk '21 and Emma Rivellese '22.

  

3 - 4 p.m.

AFROBEAT DANCE WORKSHOP
Time 3 - 3:30 pm
Location Shapiro Campus Center Theater
Description All ages and abilities are welcome to learn the basics of Afrobeat dance with members ofAfricano Waltham (African Cultural Services).
ART STROLL
Time 3 - 3:30 pm
Location Meet at info table in Shapiro Campus Center
Description Art historian and museum educator Annie Storr, scholar at the Women's Studies Research Center, will lead a discussion of artworks created by Brandeis students.for the festival. (Also at 1 pm.) 

 

 


BRANDEIS JAZZ ENSEMBLE: MOSTLY MINGUS
Time 3 - 5 pm
Location Slosberg Music Center
Description The Brandeis Jazz Ensemble performs the soulful hard bop of the great American composer Charles Mingus, along with other compositions. Robert Nieske, director.

 

SINGER/SONGWRITER EMILY RIORDAN '22 
Time 3 - 3:20 pm
Location Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room
Description Singer/songwriter Emily Riordan ’22 performs sea shanties, folk songs, and a few surprises.

   

TWO-SHEKEL SWING
Time 3:30 - 3:50 pm
Location Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room
Description Two-Shekel Swing's unique blend of Yiddish swing and shtetl nostalgia will have you clapping, stomping and singing along to some of your old favorites, reimagined with spirit, flair and a little schtick.

Yoni Battat '13: violin, vocals; Travis Pullman: guitar; Soso Gelovani: bass.

 

4 - 5 pm


JUDY SAVES THE DAY: PUPPET THEATER
Time 4 - 4:50 pm
Location Shapiro Campus Center Theater
Description After being pushed around for over 200 years, the famous hand puppet heroine Judy has had enough! Cheer her on as she goes on a quest for respect, justice and a well-deserved nap. Created and performed by Sarah Nolen, resident artist at Puppet Showplace Theater (and a Waltham resident). Made possible by the Waltham Cultural Council.

 

 PLEAD THE FIFTH
Time 4:30-4:50 pm
Location Shapiro Campus Center Multipurpose Room
Description Victoria Richardson ’20 performs Plead The Fifth, a collection of poems, short stories and other writings that have been essential to her survival as a queer black woman. For ages 13+.

 

7 - 9 pm


BRANDEIS WIND ENSEMBLE
Time 7 - 9 pm
Location Slosberg Music Center 
Description The Brandeis Wind Ensemble’s repertoire spans the greats, from Aaron Copland to George Gershwin to John Williams. Tom Souza, director.