Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts raises curtain on bold, dynamic 2014-2015 season


September-December 2014 Performance Schedule

Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts presents a series of bold and dynamic new programs for its new 2014-2015 season, which gets underway in mid-September and continues through May. The 2014-2015 season features an unforgettable array of exciting artists from around the world, with exhilarating performances in music, theatre and dance, Open VISIONS Forum, Fairfield's signature lecture series, plus family entertainment, and high definition broadcasts of The Met: Live in HD and The National Theatre Live, with all programs taking place at Fairfield University's Quick Center for the Arts.

Single tickets, subscriptions, and group tickets to most events are now on sale at the Quick Center box office (The Met: Live in HD tickets go on sale in August). Visit www.quickcenter.com. Here is the September-December 2014 performance schedule:

Broadway's Next H!t Musical
Friday, September 19, 2014 at 8 p.m.
$45, $40, $35 | $5 Fairfield University students
Straight from NYC is "Broadway's Next H!t Musical," the award-winning improvised comedy that is sure to create a spontaneous evening of music, humor, and laughter! Abandoning the same old song and dance, this comedy troupe will turn your favorite song into a full-blown improvised musical - complete with memorable characters, witty dialogue, and maybe even the occasional jazz hand.

Image: Hot SardinesThe Hot Sardines
Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 8 p.m.
$45, $40, $35 | $5 Fairfield University students
The Hot Sardines have a sound steeped in hot jazz spiced with salty stride piano. With nods to Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt and Fats Waller, the Sardines invoke the music of a near-century ago with straight-up, foot-stomping jazz staying resolutely in step with the current age. Their jazz roots run deep and intertwine with French influences via their frontwoman, "Miz Elizabeth" Bougerol, who was born and raised in Paris and writes songs in both languages. They've sold out Joe's Pub in New York City eleven times in a year, headlined at Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing, and opened for the Bad Plus, Lulu Gainsbourg and French gypsy-jazz artist Zaz.

David Gregory
"Inside the Beltway: Reflections on Politics & Media"
Monday, September 22, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Open VISIONS Forum Lecture Series
Single Tickets: $45
Emmy Award-winning journalist David Gregory provides a firsthand analysis and running narrative of the Obama Administration, Congress and politics in America. Gregory, former moderator of NBC News' Meet the Press, shares with audiences his insights on the latest Washington headlines, the current events facing our country and the upcoming 2016 race for the White House. He regales audiences with first-hand accounts of asking tough questions of some of the most powerful, influential - and infamous - people in the world.

National Theatre Live
A Streetcar Named Desire
By Tennessee Williams

Thursday, September 25,  2014
2 p.m. (encore) and 7 p.m. (encore)
HD broadcasts from London starring Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby.
Single Tickets: $25, $20 seniors, $15 children/students (including Fairfield University students)

"The Pirate Plays"
September 24-26, 2014 at 8 p.m., Wien Experimental Theatre
General admission tickets: $20 | $5 students
Stede Bonnet, Gentleman Pirate, and Anne Bonny, Pirate Queen, relive their colorful lives in Fairfield University lecturer Steve Otfinoski's award-winning The Pirate Plays. Based on historical fact, the production is directed by Kelly DiMauro and features actors Alexander Kulcsar of Fairfield and Sally Arlette-Garcia. A faculty panel will follow each performance.

National Theatre Live
Medea
By Euripides in a new version by Ben Power

Thursday, October 2,  2014
2 p.m. (encore) and 7 p.m. (encore)
HD broadcasts from London starring Helen McCrory.
Single Tickets: $25, $20 seniors, $15 children/students (including Fairfield University students)

The Berenstain Bears LIVE! in "Family Matters: The Musical"
Matt Murphy Productions
Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 3 p.m., Recommended for ages 4-8
$15 (adults & children)
Adapted from the classic children's book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain, this thrilling theatrical experience weaves together three of their most popular books: The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers, The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food, and The Berenstain Bears' Trouble at School. There's trouble in the treehouse... It's up to Mama to follow the cookie trail and sort things out! Juice and cookies will be served after each Family Fun Series performance!

Alessandra Stanley & Frank Bruni
"Two From The Times - Stanley & Bruni At Large"
Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Open VISIONS Forum Lecture Series
Single Tickets: $45
Both writers for The New York Times, Frank Bruni, Op-Ed columnist, and Alessandra Stanley, the chief television critic, talk about culture, politics, and the art and anxiety of rendering judgment.

Sound Bites: a free lunchtime series at the Quick Center
Jeffrey Johnson: "Opera's Thrift Store; Coats, Pins, Books and the joy of unexpected objects"
Friday, October 10, 2014, 12 noon to 1:15 p.m.
Sound Bites is a brand new Lunch Series at The Quick's Wien Experimental Theatre.
Each event features a distinctive topic with enriching information and enlivening performances. Bring your favorite lunch treat; beverages provided. Patrons can have their lunch waiting for them at the Quick Center that day by ordering in advance through Einstein Bros Bagels. To order your specially discounted lunch, call (203) 334-5906 ext. 3 and mention the Sound Bites lunch offer. Note that orders must be made a minimum of 24 hours in advance. The series will feature a number of events throughout the year.

The Met: Live in HD
Giuseppe Verdi's Macbeth
Saturday, October 11, 2014
1 p.m.* (live) and 6 p.m. (encore)
Single Tickets: $25, $20 seniors, $10 children/students (including Fairfield University students). *pre-performance talk with Jeffrey Johnson at 12:15 p.m.

Julian Sands in "A Celebration of Harold Pinter"
Directed by John Malkovich
Friday, October 17, 2014 at 8 p.m.
$45, $40, $35 | $5 Fairfield University students
British stage and film actor Julian Sands presents an extremely personal tribute to a passionate, opinionated, and enigmatic man - Harold Pinter. With personal anecdotes and reflections drawn from their work together, Julian Sands combines Pinter's poems and political prose to create a fresh and intimate insight into the Nobel laureate's literary legacy. Nominated for a 2013 Drama Desk Award, "A Celebration of Harold Pinter" reveals Pinter as poet, playwright, husband, political activist, Nobel winner, mortal.

The Met: Live in HD
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro
Saturday, October 18, 2014
1 p.m. (live) and 6:30 p.m. (encore)

Single Tickets: $25, $20 seniors, $10 children/students (including Fairfield University students)

National Theatre Live
Frankenstein
Thursday, October 30, 2014
HD broadcasts from London.
2 p.m., Jonny Lee Miller as The Creature and Benedict Cumberbatch as Victor Frankenstein, (encore); and 7 p.m., Benedict Cumberbatch as The Creature and Jonny Lee Miller as Victor Frankenstein, (encore). Single Tickets: $25, $20 seniors, $15 students, including Fairfield University students. Presentation not appropriate for ages 15 and under.

The Met: Live in HD
Georges Bizet's Carmen
Saturday, November 1, 2014
1 p.m. (live) and 6:30 p.m. (encore)
Single Tickets: $25, $20 seniors, $10 children/students (including Fairfield University students)

Orin Grossman and Friends: "An Afternoon in Paris"
Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 3 p.m.
$35, $30, $25 | $5 Fairfield University students
Join pianist Orin Grossman and his talented collaborators for an afternoon of chamber music that celebrates some of the great composers of Paris – Ravel, Debussy, Fauré, and Milhaud.

Nick Sanders Trio
Friday, November 7, 2014 at 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. (2 shows!)
Wien Experimental Theatre
$30 | $5 Fairfield University students
Raised in New Orleans and now living in New York City, jazz pianist Nick Sanders is a truly fresh musical voice, wholly original yet clearly shaped by the masters he has studied and embraced. His unique sound is profound, soulful, and rich. Nick recently signed with Sunnyside Records, voted the #1 jazz record label in the 2011 Downbeat Magazine critic's poll. His inaugural album, "Nameless Neighbors," was recorded with his trio, Henry Fraser (bass) and Connor Baker (drums), and produced by Fred Hersch.

National Theatre Live
Skylight
By David Hare
Thursday, November 13, 2014

2 p.m. (encore) and 7 p.m. (encore)
HD broadcasts from London starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan, directed by Stephen Daldry.
Single Tickets: $25, $20 seniors, $15 children/students (including Fairfield University students)

Vijay lyer Trio
Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 8 p.m.
$40, $35, $30 | $5 Fairfield University students
Grammy Award nominees and Downbeat Magazine's Jazz Group of the Year 2012, the Vijay Iyer Trio is among the most celebrated ensembles in jazz. Receiving the honor of a 2013 MacArthur Fellow "Genius Grant," Vijay Iyer is joined by his colleagues Marcus Gilmore (drums) and Stephan Crump (bass) for an evening of incredible music.

Young Artists Series
Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 3 p.m.
Classical piano concert featuring gifted young musician (artist TBA). Presented byFairfield University in association with The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation.
Event is free. Tickets available at Box Office.

Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF
"I Believe in Zero: Learning from the World's Children"
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 8 p.m.
Annual Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lectureship
Open VISIONS Forum Lecture Series
Single Tickets: $45
Caryl M. Stern, a longtime child advocate and civil rights activist, was named the President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in May 2007. She has worked closely with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice in crafting national education policy, and has participated in several White House education and anti-bias initiatives. Co-sponsored by the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies. Funded by the Frank Jacoby Foundation.

The Touré-Raichel Collective
Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 8 p.m.
$40, $35, $30 | $5 Fairfield University students
The Touré-Raichel Collective brings together Malian guitar virtuoso Vieux Farka Touré and Israeli superstar Idan Raichel to create masterworks of collaboration and improvisation. After a chance meeting at an airport in Europe in 2008, the two artists forged a deep friendship that led to an impromptu recording session and album, "The Tel Aviv Session," hailed by the media as "an intercultural freeform acoustic masterpiece" (about.com).

Mark O'Connor and Friends - "An Appalachian Christmas"
Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 3 p.m.

$55, $45, $40 | $5 Fairfield University students
Take a break from the busy hustle and bustle of the Christmas season and bring your family and friends to a concert that is sure to delight! Hailed as "one of the most talented and imaginative artists working in music" by the Los Angeles Times, Grammy Award-winning violinist Mark O'Connor is widely recognized as one of the most gifted contemporary composers in America and is celebrated for his immense talent as a fiddler, incorporating many musical styles into his playing, creating a sound uniquely his own.
Featuring some of Mark O'Connor's favorite musicians from across musical genres, this concert will offer an authentic Appalachian Christmas filled with cherished songs to warm the heart this holiday season!

The Met: Live in HD:
Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
1 p.m. (encore); 6 p.m. (encore)
Single Tickets: $25, $20 seniors, $10 children/students (including Fairfield University students)

"It's a Wonderful Life: Live from WVL Radio Theatre"
Friday, December 12, 2014 at 8 p.m.
$35, $30, $25 | $5 Fairfield University students
Almost everyone knows the story of the classic holiday favorite "It's a Wonderful Life." This live-action 1940s "broadcast" of Frank Capra's beloved film takes us back to the Golden Age of Radio. With humor, warmth, and a few attention-grabbing live sound effects, the WVL studio's "On Air" sign lights up and the heartwarming holiday classic comes to life on our stage.

The Met: Live in HD
Richard Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
12 p.m.* (encore)
Single Tickets: $25, $20 seniors, $10 children/students (including Fairfield University students) *pre-performance talk at 11:15 a.m. with Jeffrey Johnson

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 www.quickcenter.com.

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. Because of construction on campus, there is currently no direct access to the Quick Center from North Benson 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 www.quickcenter.com

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

Posted on August 7, 2014

Vol. 47, No. 21