Calendar of Events :: September/October 2008-2009

Classic Impressions

Saturday, October 4 at 8 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center returns to the Quick Center. There will be a pre-concert Art to Heart discussion from 7 p.m. to 7:40 p.m. with Journalist Robert Sherman. Wu Han joins seven of her colleagues in an evening of Milhaud, Boulez, Ravel and Messiaen. Tickets are $35.

Concerts and Special Events

Saturday, September13, 2008 at 7:30 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts

The 6th annual Jamie A. Hulley Arts Foundation Benefit brings back the Beatle-mega-hit-songs revue, "Beatlemania - The Tribute," sung by four veterans of the "Beatlemania" Broadway show and national touring company casts. Once again, the popular silent auction of "must-have" items will be previewed at 6 p.m. during a reception at which complimentary wine and appetizers will be served. Proceeds benefit Bridgeport children and Fairfield University undergraduates with art scholarships and educational programs. Judging from last year, the event will sell out early! Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door. For tickets call (203) 891-8869 or e-mail

Friday, September 19 at 8 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts

Peter, Bethany & Rufus resurrect The Spirit of Woodstock. Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary performs in concert with his daughter, Bethany Yarrow and Rufus Cappadocia, cello virtuoso and Bethany's musical partner. Together, the three musicians from two vastly different generations revisit the Woodstock of Peter's youth. Yarrow joins deeply moving tributes to the music of the 60's such as Puff the Magic Dragon and Blowin' in the Wind with the music of Bethany and Rufus and is pulled into the vitality of today's musical perspectivewith elements of contemporary groove and world music. Tickets are $35, $30.

Sunday, September 28 at 4 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts

Irving Berlin's I Love A Piano is a nostalgic musical journey spanning seven decades of American history as seen through the eyes of Irving Berlin. The Boston Globe calls it "A full spectrum of brilliant Berlin..." Tickets are $40, $35, $30.

Friday, October 17 at 8 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts

McCoy Tyner's blues-based piano style, replete with sophisticated chords and an explosively percussive left hand transcended conventional styles to become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music. His harmonic contributions and dramatic rhythmic devices form the vocabulary of a majority of jazz pianists. With a long list of albums released under his name and honors and awards to his credit, he continues to leave his mark on generations of improvisers today. McCoy Tyner Quartet tickets are $50, $45, $40.

Friday, October 24 at 8 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts

The New Mexico-born, New York-based Raul Midón brings to his music earnest, lyrical songwriting; full-bodied vocals steeped in soul; a singular syncopated, flamenco- and jazz-infused acoustic guitar style; a unique vocal trumpet improvisation; and hopeful disposition. Midón brings currency to a rich tradition of pop inventiveness, combining the beguiling soulfulness of Stevie Wonder, the inventive appropriation of non-indigenous musical elements pioneered by Paul Simon and the trend-defying individuality of Bill Withers. Tickets are $35, $30.

Friday, October 31 at 8 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts

Linda Eder is one of the most important and exciting contemporary interpreters of the Great American Songbook and is universally acclaimed for her incredible range, both vocally and stylistically. Singing with amazing power and clarity, Eder's visual presence and phenomenal talent have won her raves from critics and fans alike. Tickets are $60, $55, $50.

Dance America

Friday, October 3 at 8 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts

The sexy, athleticism, exuberant personality and joyous movement of Parsons Dance Company is a fusion of the gesture and movement that make up the modern dance vocabulary, and the discipline and precise execution one expects from a classical company. David Parsons has been hailed as an innovative American choreographer and dance companies worldwide have performed his extraordinary body of work. There is a post-show Art to Heart Q & A with the company following the performance. Tickets are $45, $40, $35.

Met Live In HD

Monday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts
Special red carpet arrival event begins at 6:00 p.m.

Metropolitan Opera Opening Night Gala with Renée Fleming opens the second season of Met Live in HD broadcasts at Fairfield University. Maestros James Levine and Marco Armiliato conduct fully staged performances starring Renée Fleming in three of her most acclaimed roles: Violetta in "La Traviata," the title role in Massenet's "Manon," and the Countess in Richard Strauss' "Capriccio." Tenor Ramón Vargas and baritones Thomas Hampson and Dwayne Croft join the soprano for this gala performance. Tickets are $22, $20 seniors, $15 children/students. Open seating only.

Saturday, October 11 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. (7 p.m. Encore Performance), Quick Center for the Arts (Approximate running time 1 hr. 37 min.)

Karita Mattila caused a sensation when she sang the title role of Salome in Richard Strauss' opera at the Met for the first time in 2004. She reprises her stunning interpretation of the part, including her unforgettable Dance of the Seven Veils. Tickets are $22, $20 seniors, $15 children/students. Open seating only.

Radio Dramas

Friday, September 26 at 8 p.m., Saturday, September 27 at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Wien Experimental Theatre

Thrillers and Killers

Hear shows both frightening and action-packed from radio's golden age. Aside from the usual murder and mayhem of horror and mystery shows, there will be a focus on the dark origins of both "The Lone Ranger" and "The Shadow." Tickets are $25. Open seating.

New! Radio Dramas at The Kelley Theatre

Saturday, October 25 at 8 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts

The L.A. Theatre Works, America's premiere radio theatre company performs a special back-to-back double bill of chills, thrills and great literature as it presents two masterpieces of science fiction and adventure: "War of the Worlds" by H.G. Wells, adapted by Howard Koch and "The Lost World" written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, adapted by John de Lancie and Nat Segaloff. The company re-creates the breathless pace and the convincing details of Orson Welles' infamous radio broadcast and with a stylistic switch, it compellingly inhabits Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's campy adventure, "The Lost World," about a scientific expedition that travels deep into the Amazon jungle - and back in time. Tickets are $30. Open seating.


Friday, September 5 at 10 a.m., Alumni Hall

Fairfield University welcomes Greg Mortenson, best-selling author of "Three Cups of Tea" as speaker for the Fall Convocation welcoming of the Class of 2012. The Convocation is open to the community. Admission is free and tickets can be reserved by contacting Maureen Mauri in the Dean of Freshman's office, or by phone at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2047.

Monday, September 15 at 8 p.m, Quick Center for the Arts

Best-selling author Douglas Brinkley, professor of history at Rice University and a fellow of the James Baker III Institute of Public Policy speaks at the first Open VISIONS Forum of the season with a focus on the presidents. OVF renews its Community Partnership with the Fairfield Museum and History Center to present Brinkley. In addition, it is a Collegial Partnership with the Fairfield University History Department. Tickets are $45.

Thursday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m., DiMenna Nyselius Library Multimedia Room

Nalini Jones received high acclaim for her fiction debut, What You Call Winter, an interconnected collection of stories that move within and around a small Catholic community in India. Jones, who is a former adjunct professor of English at Fairfield University, makes her appearance as a guest of the Inspired Writers Series coinciding with the paperback release of her book in August 2008. Admission is free.

Friday, September 19 at 2:00 p.m., Barone Campus Center Oak Room

Harvard experimental psychologist Steven Pinker is a prominent researcher in all aspects of language and mind. He has a particular interest in how children acquire the words and grammatical structure of their mother tongue; he has also studied language development in twins. Pinker's latest book, "The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window Into Human Nature" was published in hardcover in 2007 and in paperback in 2008. Recently, he has begun research on the nature of reminding and on the function of innuendo and other forms of indirect speech. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times, Slate, The New Republic and other magazines on subjects such as language and politics. Tickets at the door: $15. For further information, call University College at (203) 254-4110.

Monday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m., Barone Campus Center Oak Room

Judaic Studies Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Deborah Lipstadt, Director of Rabbi Donald A. Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish & Holocaust Studies, Emory University. Dr. Lipstadt will speak on Holocaust Denial: A New Form of Anti-Semitism. The lecture is made possible by a gift from David and Edith Chaifetz of Fairfield, Conn. Complimentary admission with limited seating. For information, please call Judaic Studies at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066.

Wednesday, September 24 at 8 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts

Jeffrey Toobin is a legal analyst for CNN Worldwide, he is a staff writer for the New Yorker and is the best-selling author of The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court. Open VISIONS Forum. Tickets are $45.

Wednesday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts

Dr. Nancy Dallavalle, associate professor and chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Fairfield University will give the 8th Annual Anne Drummey O'Callaghan Lecture on Women in the Church, "Icons and Integrity - Catholic Women in the Church and in the Public Square." Admission is free.

Monday, October 6 at 8 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts

Mia Farrow, award-winning actress, humanitarian, crusader against genocide in Darfur and children's rights activist, was ranked #24 in the 2008 Time magazine top 100 World's Most Influential People for her humanitarian work in Darfur. The topic of her lecture is "With Knowledge Comes Power: The Darfur Crisis." She is the 2008 Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lecturer and an Open VISIONS Forum speaker. This lecture is made possible by a gift from the Frank Jacoby Foundation. Tickets are $45.

Wednesday, October 8 at 7 p.m., Dolan School of Business Dining Room

Father Wilson D. Miscamble, C.S.C., professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, is the 2nd Annual Thomas More Lecturer. His timely topic, "Catholicism and Politics in the Sixties and Today," is chosen to stimulate discussion. The Center for Faith and Public Life at Fairfield University co-sponsors this event with the Golden Stags alumni group. Admission is free.

Thursday, October 9 at 7 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts, Wien Experimental Theatre

Documentary filmmaker Jason Berry joins the audience for a screening and discussion of his film, "Vows of Silence," based on the controversial 2004 book of the same name by Berry and the late Gerald Renner. The film's website describes "Vows of Silence" as "an anatomy of the Vatican justice system, following the haunting saga of Father Marcial Maciel - founder of the religious order, the Legionaries of Christ - who won the favor of Pope John Paul II despite years of pedophilia accusations and Pope Benedict XVI's ultimate decision on the price of justice. The event is hosted by Fairfield University's Center for Catholic Studies. Admission is free.

Thursday, October 23 at 8 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts

Saturday, October 18 from 9:30 a.m. to noon, DiMenna-Nyselius Library Multimedia Room

Fairfield University Center for Catholic Studies sponsors a Living Theology Workshop panel discussion on the topic: "Women in the Church: Where are we now, twenty years after Mulieris Dignitatem." Admission is free.

General Wesley K. Clark, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander and author of "Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo and the Future of Combat," speaks on "Strategic Leadership in the 21st Century." In honor of the 60th Anniversary of the founding of Israel, The Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies presents the lecture, which is sponsored by Bank of America. Tickets are $35.

Monday, October 27 at 8 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts

Mika Brzezinski & Monica Crowley - Election Special - Views from the Left and Right features liberal MSNBC anchor and Morning Joe co-host and conservative political and international affairs analyst for Fox News Channel. This event is a Collegial Partnership with Open VISIONS Forum and the Department of Politics. Tickets are $45.

Wednesday, October 29 at 8 p.m., Dolan School of Business Dining Room

Mother Dolores Hart, Prioress, Abbey of Regina Laudis is the 3rd Annual Catholicism and the Arts Lecturer. Mother Hart's lecture topic is "The Gary-The Olivia Theater, An Expression of Benedictine Monasticism's Contribution to the Arts." Fairfield University's Center for Catholic Studies sponsors this event. Admission is free.

Thursday, October 30 at 8 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts ** Special additional lecture **

Fareed Zakaria, editor of Newsweek International joins Fairfield University students in exploring "America's Future vs. Global Commitments." This lecture is presented as the Second Annual Student Forum offered through "The First Year Experience" which is a division of Student Affairs. The Fairfield University Student Association (FUSA) sponsors the event in collaboration with Open VISIONS Forum. A limited number of tickets will be sold for $50 each.

Young Audience Sunday Series and Artsbound

Sunday, September 21 at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts
Monday, September 22 at 10 a.m. ARTSBound Presentation

The internationally acclaimed Cashore Marionettes are unmatched in artistry, grace and refinement of movement and redefine the art of puppetry. Designed for grades 3-6, the program, "Simple Gifts," is a series of touching portrayals and poignant scenes from everyday life set to stunning music by such composers as Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven and Copland. The Cashore Marionettes are so well conceived and projected, the movement so convincing, the illusion so powerful, that the result is a compelling, unforgettable theatrical experience. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 children. ARTSBound tickets are $7.

Sunday, October 5 at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts
Monday, October 6 at 10 a.m. ARTSBound Presentation

"If You Give a Pig a Pancake & Other Stories" presented by Theatreworks/USA production A bright and bouncy new musical revue based on everyone's favorite books including "Diary of a Worm," "Horace and Morris but Mostly Dolores," "How I Became a Pirate," "If You Give a Pig a Pancake," "Lilly's Big Day," "The Paper Bag Princess" and more. (Grades K-4) Tickets are $15 adults, $12 children. ARTSBound tickets are $7.

Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery

September 19-December 7, 2008, Quick Center for the Arts

A New Reality: Black-and-White Photography in Contemporary Art, an exhibition of 98 photographic works is derived from a major private collection of photography amassed by New Jersey residents Anne and Arthur Goldstein. A New Reality exploresthe continued use of black-and-white photography as a medium of visual and historical consequence. The exhibition alsoreflects the expanding technical and conceptual role of photography, emphasizingits recent adaptation to the complex and psychologically charged images and narratives desired by contemporary artists.

Admission to the gallery is free. The hours are: Tuesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m. Closed Monday. The gallery is always open when performances occur at the Quick Center.

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Posted on July 29, 2008

Vol. 41, No. 7

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