November 2011 - January 2012 performance schedule



Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts*

*Unless otherwise noted, all performances take place at the Quick Center

November 2011
Friday, November 4, at 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 5, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Live Radio Dramas: "War of the Worlds"

Hear the original 1938 broadcast that caused a national panic and catapulted Orson Welles to stardom. The classic H.G. Wells tale of a Martian invasion was creatively adapted as a series of news bulletins interrupting a normal radio broadcast evening, and was actually believed by hundreds of the listening public. Just one twist... Instead of the Martians landing in New Jersey, they land in Connecticut and lay waste your favorite local sites. After more than a decade of honing their skills at the Quick Center, our crack radio troupe offers you a brand new collection of original Golden-Age radio dramas. Overblown vintage commercials and occasional great writing make for a surprisingly vibrant evening.
Tickets: $25.

Image: FlamencaSaturday, November 5, at 8 p.m.
Compañia Flamenca José Porcel
José Porcel, Artistic Director

Flamenco is an explosion of rhythms, colors, and emotions that contains all of the vitality, sunniness, and passion of the Spanish people. The Compañia Flamenca José Porcel, founded in Madrid, Spain, is among the premier dance troupes that exhibits this exciting art form. The company is back in the United States touring its thrilling new program, "Gypsy Fire."
Tickets: $40, $35, $30.

Sunday, November 6, at 2 p.m.
The Young Artists Series

Fairfield University, in association with The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation presents "The Young Artists Series," featuring Leann Nicole Osterkamp. Born in 1991, Ms. Osterkamp hails from Boulder, Colorado, and has performed as a solo and chamber artist across the United States and in Italy; including the Prosels Castle in Vols am Schlern, Italy, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and the Baryshnikov Center in New York City. In 2008 she was awarded a major prize in the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition, and participated in the Fourth New York International Piano Competition.
Free Admission.

Monday, November 7, at 8 p.m.
Open VISIONS Forum
Barry Scheck: "Capital Crimes Challenged by DNA Evidence"
Annual Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lectureship

Although he received national media attention while serving on O.J. Simpson's defense team, Scheck's more influential legal work lies in his dedication to exposing wrongful convictions as director of the Innocence Project. He is a professor at Cardozo School of Law in New York City. Moffly Media is exclusive media partner for Fall Open VISIONS programming
Tickets: $45.

Friday, November 11, at 8 p.m.
The Miles Davis Experience: 1949-1959
A Collaboration with Blue Note Records

Recapture the period, sound, historical and cultural context of this critical period of American history through the lens of jazz music and its most iconic innovator, Miles Davis. This show outlines the challenges and optimism of the Civil Rights struggle against the backdrop of the creative cauldron of music that Miles pioneered. Featuring trumpeter Jason Palmer.
Tickets: $40, $35, $30.

Image: AcrobatsSaturday, November 12, 3 p.m. (matinee) and 7 p.m.
3 p.m.
(60-minute matinee performance) Tickets: $30, $25, $20.
7 p.m.: Tickets $40, $35, $30.
National Acrobats of the People's Republic of China
Direct from Beijing, The National Acrobats of The People's Republic of China was the first National Performing Arts Troupe established by the government of the People's Republic of China in 1950. The troupe has performed intensively with sensational reviews around the world. A "can't miss" afternoon of wonder!

Sunday, November 13, Encore: 1 p.m.
The Met: Live in HD
Richard Wagner's "Siegfried"

In part three of the Ring, Wagner's cosmic vision focuses on his hero's early conquests, while Robert Lepage's revolutionary stage machine transforms itself from bewitched forest to mountaintop love nest. Gary Lehman sings the title role and Deborah Voigt's Brünnhilde is his prize. Bryn Terfel is the Wanderer. This is an encore presentation of a new Met Opera production originally performed live on Nov. 5, 2011.
Tickets: $25 regular, $20 senior, and $15 children and students.

Tuesday, November 15, at 8 p.m.
The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer
A drama for one actor, two opera singers and an orchestra
Starring Emmy Award winner John Malkovich

John Malkovich stars in a stageplay based on the real-life story of the notorious convicted serial killer Jack Unterweger. At times darkly comic, at other times bleak and brutal, The Infernal Comedy is an intriguing and innovative approach to delving into the twisted mind of, as Malkovich puts it, "a bad, bad guy." Watching John Malkovich perform, we immediately connect to the ideal for which dramatic art is made: the presence of the moment. Mr. Malkovich has acted in approximately seventy films. He received Academy Award nominations for Places in the Heart and In the Line of Fire and appeared in such successful movies as Empire of the Sun, The Killing Fields and Dangerous Liaisons.
Tickets: $95, $85.

Friday, November 18, at 6 p.m.
Matthew Bogdanos
Author of "Thieves of Baghdad"

In the wake of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, thieves took advantage of the chaos to loot the priceless treasures housed in the Iraq Museum. Marine Colonel Matthew Bogdanos led the U.S. task force to investigate the pillaging. He will share his story and reflect on that investigation and on what has changed in the realm of art theft and looting in war zones in the intervening five years. The event has been made possible by the trial law firm of Stratton Faxon, Fairfield University's Bellarmine Museum of Art, as well as the institution's Departments of Art History, Classics, English and International Studies. General admission $15 per ticket, $5 for Fairfield University students. Each ticket holder will be presented with a free copy of Thieves of Baghdad at the door.

Friday, November 18, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 19, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Theatre Fairfield: On the Spot Improv
Performances take place at Fairfield University's PepsiCo Theatre

ON THE SPOT, Fairfield University's premiere long-form improv troupe, has been bringing comedy to campus, Fairfield County, and New York City since 1990. Taking a suggestion to start each act, ON THE SPOT is a two-act performance where anything can happen. The company is a multiple-award winner at the annual Improv Boston Beanpot College Comedy Competition and regularly gives workshops for local high school students. The newly cast ON THE SPOT company features Alicia Bisannette, Mike Elwell, Casey Grambo, Michael Maio, Andrew Nealis, Pam Perrimon, Tom Saporito, and Gabi Tozzi and is directed by New York City-based Yvonne Conybeare.
Tickets: $5, available at the door the night of the performance.

Image: SatyagrahaSaturday, November 19, Live: 12:55 p.m.; Encore: 6:30 p.m.
The Met: Live in HD
Philip Glass Satyagraha

The Met's visually extravagant production is back for an encore engagement. Richard Croft once again is Gandhi in Philip Glass's unforgettable opera.
Tickets: $25 regular, $20 senior, and $15 children and students.

Sunday, November 20, at 3 p.m.
Aquila Theatre Company
Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest"

Aquila Theatre Company presents a delightful and tantalizing production of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest." It's a tale of two young men who have taken to bending the truth to add a dash of excitement to their lives.
Tickets: $40, $35, and $30.

December 2011
 
Thursday, December 1, Live at 2 p.m.; Encore at 7 p.m.
National Theatre of London Live in HD
"Collaborators" by John Hodge

From the screenwriter of Trainspotting, Shallow Grave, and The Beach comes a new play, directed by National Theatre Director Nicholas Hytner. The play centers on an imaginary encounter between Joseph Stalin and the playwright Mikhail Bulgakov. Alex Jennings (The Habit of Art) will play Bulgakov and Simon Russell Beale (London Assurance) will play Stalin. National Theatre Live is an initiative to broadcast the best of British theatre onto cinema screens around the world.
Tickets: $25 adults, $20 seniors, $15 children and students.

Friday, December 2, at 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 3, at 2 p.m.
The Fairfield University Glee Club
"Canticle of the Animals: A Christmas Concert"

The Fairfield University Glee Club and the Fairfield University Chamber Singers with Carole Ann Maxwell, D.S.M., Conductor, with the Festival Brass and Jazz Ensemble present a dynamic holiday program that includes "Canticle of Creatures" written by St. Francis of Assisi, "Missa Gaia" by Paul Winter, and "Peaceable Kingdom" by Patti Smith. The Glee Club numbers over 120 undergraduate and graduate singers. Its members share a deep love for music and a common desire to achieve excellence in it. Their voices explore a wide variety of repertoire, experiencing diverse styles of music and enriching audiences with programming that challenges and inspires.
Tickets: $10 adults, $6 students.

Image: Ahn trioSunday, December 4, at 3 p.m.
Chamber Music Concert
Ahn Trio

The Ahn sisters - Lucia on the piano, Angella on the violin, and Maria on the cello - have earned a distinguished reputation for embracing 21st century classical music with their unique style and innovative collaborations. The Ahn sisters were born in Seoul, Korea, and educated at the Juilliard School in New York City. Reflecting the two cultures they grew up in, the Trio brings a new energy and excitement to the chamber music world. In over ten years of touring, the Trio has performed in all 50 states and in over 30 countries, and has recorded six albums. The trio's latest CD, "Lullaby for My Favorite Insomniac" on Sony, a showcase of their creativity, reached No. 8 on the Billboard Charts for 26 weeks in the Classical album category.
Tickets: $35.

Thursday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m.
Fairfield University Fall Jazz Concert
Special Guest: Jamie Baum, flute
Performance takes place at Fairfield University's Gonzaga Auditorium

Fairfield University's Jazz Ensemble, directed by Brian Q. Torff, with student leader Brian Haswell will be joined by Jamie Baum on flute. Jamie Baum's inventive, finely crafted compositions and commanding and atypical approach to the flute as a lead instrument has impressed audiences, musicians and critics alike. Originally from Fairfield, CT, she has been living in New York for seventeen years working as a leader or sidewomen with a wide range of consummate musicians in a wide range of styles.
Tickets: $5

Thursday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m.
New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Gerald Steichen, Music Director
"A Victorian Christmas"

A holiday pops tradition returns to Fairfield. Music Director Jerry Steichen is no Scrooge when it comes to the holidays, bringing Victorian charm to this year's festivities. Travel back to a simpler time with NHSO Pops! favorites, the Elm City Girls' Choir, and our annual audience sing-a-long.
Tickets: $40 and $35.

Friday, December 9, Encore: 12 noon; Encore: 6 p.m.
The Met: Live in HD
George Frideric Handel's "Rodelinda"

Sensational in the 2004 Met premiere of Stephen Wadsworth's much-heralded production, Renée Fleming reprises the title role. She's joined by Stephanie Blythe and countertenor Andreas Scholl, and Baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts in encore broadcasts originally performed live on Dec. 3, 2011.
Tickets: $25 regular, $20 senior, and $15 children and students.

Friday, December 9, at 7 p.m.
Fairfield University Orchestra
Performance takes place at Fairfield University's Gonzaga Auditorium

The Fairfield University Orchestra is made up of Fairfield University students, alumnae, and members of the community. The seasonal program includes the Santa Claus Symphony, by William Henry Fry, which narrates the story of Santa Claus and his sleigh as he goes around the world delivering gifts to children. The Fairfield Orchestra is the first orchestra ever to perform the work with narration. Conducting is Jamie Ratcliffe. Special guest narrator is Fairfield University President Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J.
Free admission.

Thursday, December 15, at 7:30 p.m.
Handel's Messiah
The Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut and the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra

A seasonal favorite presented by some of the area's finest musicians and vocalists.
Tickets: $40 reserved, $20 general admission.

Image: Away in the basementFriday, December 16, at 8 p.m.
Away in the Basement: A Church Basement Ladies Christmas

"Away in a Basement" finds the Church Basement Ladies in 1959, helping the kids get ready for their Sunday School Christmas program. Little do they know what's in store for them, as they discuss the politics of the pageant and mend old bathrobe costumes.
Tickets: $35, $30.

 Saturday, December 17, Encore: 12 noon; Encore: 6 p.m.
The Met: Live in HD
Charles Gounod's Faust

With Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, René Pape as the devil, and Marina Poplavskaya as Marguerite, Gounod's classic retelling of the Faust legend couldn't be better served. Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff updates the story to the first half of the 20th century with a production that won praise in London last season. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts on the heels of his Don Carlo success.
Tickets: $25 regular, $20 senior, and $15 children and students.

Sunday, December 18 at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Babes in Toyland
American Family Theatre, Inc.

A contemporary adaptation of the favorite holiday classic by American Family Theatre, Inc., with enhanced sets and new songs by award-winning playwright and composer, Don Kersey.
Tickets: $15 adults, $12 children.

January 2012

Sunday, January 8, 2012, at 3 p.m.
Chamber Music Concert
Pacifica Quartet

Recognized for its virtuosity, exuberant performance style, and often-­daring repertory choices, the Grammy Award-­winning Pacifica Quartet has gained international stature as one of the finest chamber ensembles performing today. Named Musical America's 2009 Ensemble of the Year, the Quartet has received many honors, including being appointed quartet-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The members of the Pacifica Quartet were appointed to the faculty of the University of Illinois in 2003 and serve as quartet-in-residence. They are also resident performing artists at the University of Chicago.
Tickets: $35.

Sunday, January 15, 2012, at 2 p.m.
The Young Artists Series

Fairfield University, in association with The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation, presents "The Young Artists Series," featuring Hannah Sun. Born in 1989, Miss Sun began studying the piano at the age of two in her native China. Her first teacher was her mother, concert pianist Qi Melody He. At age three, Hannah played in the televised "Guangzhou Children's Piano Recital." The following year, Hannah won First Prize in the Hong Kong, Macau and Guangzhou Piano Competitions. Hannah was named First Prize Winner in the Second New York Piano Competition in June 2004, presented under the auspices of The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation.
Free admission.

Friday, January 20, 2012, at 8 p.m.
PHILADANCO! The Philadelphia Dance Company
The Philadelphia Dance Company PHILADANCO is celebrated across the nation and around the world for its innovation, creativity and preservation of predominantly African-American traditions in dance. Founded in 1970, PHILADANCO has a legacy of breaking barriers and building bridges across cultural divides and is recognized for its artistic integrity, superbly trained dancers and electrifying performances.
Tickets: $45, $40, $35.

Friday, January 20, 2012, at 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 21, 2012, at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Live Radio Drama
Vintage Radio Oddities

From a strange comedy here to a downright disturbing horror show there, tune in to an odd collection of shows you won't see anywhere else. Some episodes are moving, others are downright awful, but they're all guaranteed to get your attention. After more than a decade of honing their skills at the Quick Center, the Live Radio Drama troupe offers a brand new collection of original Golden-Age radio dramas. Overblown vintage commercials and occasional great writing make for a surprisingly vibrant evening.
Tickets: $25.

Saturday, January 21, 2012; Live: 1 p.m., Encore: 6 p.m.
The Met: Live in HD
The Enchanted Island

In an extraordinary new work, lovers of Baroque opera have it all: the world's best singers, some of the finest music of the Baroque masters, and a story drawn from Shakespeare. In this highly anticipated world premiere, the lovers from A Midsummer Night's Dream are shipwrecked on the otherworldly island of The Tempest, providing the dramatic setting for a fantastic journey. Inspired by the musical pastiches and masques of the 18th century, The Enchanted Island showcases glorious arias and ensembles by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau, and others, and a new libretto by Jeremy Sams. Eminent conductor William Christie leads an all-star cast with David Daniels (Prospero) and Joyce DiDonato (Sycorax) as the formidable foes, Placido Domingo as Neptune, Danielle de Niese as Ariel, and Luca Pisaroni as Caliban. Lisette Oropesa and Anthony Roth Costanzo play Miranda and Ferdinand. The dazzling production is directed and designed by Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch (Satyagraha and the Met's 125 anniversary gala).
Tickets: $25 regular, $20 senior, and $15 children and students.

Image: Fred GarboSunday, January 22, 2012, at 1 p.m.
Young Audience Sunday Series
Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Co.

It's inflatable magic. It's fast-paced, energetic, universally engaging and theatrically clever. It's Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater Co. winning the praise and affection of audiences worldwide. Expect an afternoon of unforgettable, inflatable fun.
Tickets: $15 adults, $12 children.

Sunday, January 29, 2012, at 3 p.m.
Open VISIONS Forum
Rex Reed
"Hollywood Notebook: Glory or Gory?"

Film critic and former co-host of the syndicated television show At the Movies. He currently writes the column "On the Town with Rex Reed" for The New York Observer.

Community Partner is Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County. Venu magazine is the exclusive media partner for Spring Open VISIONS programming
Tickets: $45.
Tickets and subscriptions are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396 (1-877-278-7396). Tickets can also be purchased online at fairfield.edu/quick.

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Fairfield University at 1073 North Benson Road in Fairfield, Connecticut. Entrance to the Quick Center is through the Barlow Road gate at 200 Barlow Road. Free, secure parking is available. Access for people with disabilities is available throughout the Quick Center for audience members and performers. Hearing amplification devices are available upon request at the Box Office. Fairfield University is located off exit 22 of Interstate-95. For further information and directions, call (203) 254-4010 or 1-877-278-7396, or visit fairfield.edu/quick.

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Media Contact: Mike Horyczun, (203) 254-4000 ext. 2647, mhoryczun@fairfield.edu

Posted on October 20, 2011

Vol. 44, No. 88