Office of the President

2019 Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts

March 28, 2019

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

I encourage you to experience the wonderful music, dance, theater, and artwork that will transform the Brandeis campus during the 2019 Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts, taking place from Sunday, April 7, through Sunday, April 14.

The Festival of the Arts honors its founder, the great American composer, conductor, and Brandeis faculty member Leonard Bernstein, and his incredible legacy as an artist, educator, activist, and humanitarian.

The theme of this year’s festival is "Art Is a Living Sound." Most of the events are free and open to the public. Here is just a sampling:

  • Super Sunday: An afternoon of short programs and art activities for all ages, including performances by Brandeis student clubs, a flamenco dance workshop, and activities led by African Cultural Services.
  • "Love and Death, Part III": Brandeis’ Lydian String Quartet performs music by Puccini, Britten, and Schubert.
  • "The Bacchae": A new translation of the Greek tragedy by Joel Christensen ’01, chair of the classical studies department; directed by Dmitry Troyanovsky ’98, associate professor of theater arts; and produced by the Department of Theater Arts.
  • The Brandeis Folk Festival: Featuring singer-songwriters and musicians from around New England.
  • Culture X: Joyful dance, music, and spoken word performances by students in celebration of the diversity of the Brandeis community.
  • Innovative works of public art created by students for the festival.

A complete listing of events is on the festival website; guidebooks are also available at locations around campus. For more information, email the Office of the Arts at

I hope you enjoy the sights and sounds of this extraordinary week.