April 2009 Calendar of Events


 

Concerts and Special Events

Saturday, April 4 at 8:00 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts

Joan Osborne, one of the most critically acclaimed R&B/Soul voices of her generation has returned to her roots with her 2007 album, "Breakfast in Bed." Osborne has continued to expand her musical universe, performing with artists as different as Taj Mahal, The Dead, Luciano Pavarotti and The Dixie Chicks, but always keeping that Motown soul beat. Tickets are $50, $45, $40.

Friday, April 17 at 8:00 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts
The Roches are Maggie, Terre and Suzzy, three sisters from New York City. Known for their swirling harmonies and extraordinary lyrical perspective as well as their smart and fun live performances, they have created a unique musical expression perhaps best described as "Roche Music." Tickets are $40, $35.

Saturday, April 18 at 8 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts
The Fairfield University Glee Club presents "Double Your Pleasure" featuring Dr. Orin Grossman, piano.

Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts
The Fairfield University Glee Club presents its annual pops concert, "Goin' Wild with The Glee Club."

Dance America
Post-show Art to Heart Q & A with the company following each performance

Friday, April 24 at 8:00 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts
Complexions Contemporary Ballet, founded by Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson, is a New York City-based company of dance thoroughbreds - consisting of roughly twenty incredibly trained classical and contemporary dancers who have awakened audiences to a new, exciting genre that combines the best of athleticism, lyricism and technical training and experience. Tickets are $45, $40, $35.

Lectures

Monday, April 20 at 8 p.m., Quick Center for the Arts
Open VISIONS Forum concludes this season with Kerry Kennedy, human right's activist and founder of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights. Tickets are $45.

Thursday, April 23 at 8 p.m., Charles F. Dolan School of Business
Judaic Studies presents artist, Melissa Shiff, the Samuel and Bettie Roberts Lecturer in Jewish Art. Shiff, who specializes in Jewish myths, symbols and rituals, will speak on "Confessions of a Practicing Jewish Artist." Sponsored by the Samuel and Bettie Roberts Memorial Endowment Fund, the lecture is complimentary. Seating is limited. To register call Judaic Studies at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066.

Films

Wednesday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m., the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Multimedia Room
"How Many Miles to Babylon?" (1982) is a TV movie based on the book of the same name by Jennifer Johnston. It was directed by Moira Armstrong and written by Derek Mahon; starring Daniel Day-Lewis as the wealthy Alexander Moore and Christopher Fairbank as working-class Jerry Crowe. Set in 1914, the childhood friends find themselves in the same Army unit - Alex as an officer and Jerry as a private. They still remain close, however, until Jerry is court-martialed for desertion, and Alex is put in charge of the firing squad. Introduction is by Dr. William Abbott. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m., the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Multimedia Room

"The Molly Maguires" (1970), directed by Martin Ritt, with a screenplay by Walter Bernstein, taken from Arthur H. Lewis' book of the same name. The film stars Sean Connery as Jack Kehoe and Richard Harris as Detective James McParlan a.k.a. McKenna, with Samantha Eggar as Miss Mary Raines. Life is rough in the coalmines of 1876 Pennsylvania. The Molly Maguires, a secret group of Irish emigrant miners, fights against the cruelty of the mining company with sabotage and murder. The detective, also an Irish emigrant, is hired to infiltrate the group and report on its members. But on which side do his sympathies lie? Introduction is by Dr. Donald Greenberg. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m., the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Multimedia Room
 "The Dead," (1987) is an adaptation of James Joyce's brilliant short story. John Huston directs his final film with meticulous attention to detail and a great deal of love; his son Tony Huston wrote the screenplay and his daughter, Angelica Huston, stars as Gretta Conroy. The all-Irish cast includes unforgettable performances by Donal McCann, Donal Donnelly and Dan O'Herlihy, among others. The scene is a Christmas dinner at the house of two spinster musician sisters and their niece in turn-of-the-century Ireland. The evening's reminiscences bring up melancholy memories of Gretta's first, long-lost love when she was a girl in rural Galway and her recounting of this tragic love to her husband Gabriel brings him to an epiphany. Introduction is by Marion White. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery

March 23-April 26
Robert Vickrey: The Magic of Realism. Capturing reflections of light, fleeting shadows and beguiling figures, Robert Vickrey, N.A. (1926-) is one of America's most acclaimed realists. His poetical interpretations of childhood innocence and adults lost in the labyrinths of contemporary life have been featured in nine Whitney Annuals and awarded gold medals by numerous art societies. His egg tempera works, created with a Renaissance sense of precisionist detail, are included in over 75 of the nation's leading art museums, several to be displayed in this national tour organized by the Walsh Art Gallery.

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.


Unless otherwise noted, tickets are now available online at fairfield.edu/quick or call the Quick Center Box Office at (203) 254-4010. The toll free number is 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit fairfield.edu/quick.

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Media Contact: Joan Grant, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2950, jgrant@fairfield.edu

Posted on January 6, 2009

Vol. 41, No. 173