Fairfield University students, professor to videotape fabrication of 45-foot-high glass art at Swiss Bank William G. McGowan Scholars announced at Fairfield University Fairfield University integrates high-tech into biology course thanks to a $200K grant from the Pew Grant Program in Course Redesign Fairfield University welcomes one of its first women graduates as Convocation speaker "Mystery of King Tut" musical coming to Fairfield University's Quick Center Renowned trombonist Steve Turre performs with Fairfield University's Jazz Ensemble St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble to perform Bach's Brandenburg Concertos at Fairfield University Quick Center Fairfield University students assist in the flu shot campaign Brian Torff to introduce new band at Quick Center concert The Flaming Idiots, three zany and crazy guys, to perform at the Quick Center Pianist Orin Grossman to perform Albeniz and Gershwin at Quick Center for the Arts
SBC Warburg, a division of the Swiss Bank Corporation, has awarded $25,000 to Fairfield University to underwrite a student-produced video about the Cone, a 45-foot high all-glass structure that will be installed at its new corporate complex in Stamford, Conn.
Internationally renowned artist Brian Clarke was commissioned to create the free-standing stained glass structure for placement near Interstate 95 and the Stamford Transportation Center. His works include skylights in Brazil, new windows for a 14th century abbey in Switzerland, stage sets for Paul McCartney's world tours and the world headquarters of Pfizer, Inc. in New York City, as well as the stained glass at the New Synagogue in Darmstadt, Germany, and the glass tower created for Espana Telefonica, Barcelona, for the 1992 Olympiad.
The grant to Fairfield University will enable Steven Minnick, a 1994 graduate now studying for a master's at the university, and John Stys, who graduated last month, to work under the direction of the Rev. James Mayzik, S.J., assistant professor of visual and performing arts, and videotape the fabrication of the Cone in order to produce a 30-minute program. Several more video and film students are expected to join the project in the fall.
They will travel to Europe for two weeks to follow the progress of the project which is being designed in England and fabricated in Munich, Germany. They will also tape the demolition of an office building in Stamford as the site is readied for the Cone.
The stained glass will be shipped to Stamford in panels and assembled at the site in the fall. The Cone, with a 20-foot diameter base, can be entered via a bridge constructed over an area tightly packed with flowers. Describing his project, Clarke said persons entering the Cone will feel as if "they are in the center of a sapphire."
The students videotaping the project have worked with Father Mayzik at the University's Ham Channel, student-operated television programming that is seen on campus through a closed-circuit TV network. Steve Minnick, of Montville, N.J., is a 1994 graduate of Fairfield who majored in communications. He has since worked for MSNBC, NFL films and for independent producers and is now a graduate student at Fairfield in the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions. John Stys of Hanover, N.H., recently graduated with a double major in communications and nursing. He was formerly executive producer of HAM Channel programs.
Father Mayzik came to Fairfield University in 1992 and conducts film and communications courses. He co-produced an HBO film "Crossing the River" about a young man's search for self-discovery, and filmed a documentary about St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuits, entitled "To See His Face" that was shown in several New York movie theaters. He also was executive producer for "Vatican II," a six-part video documentary. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1976, was ordained as a priest in 1985 and earned a bachelor of arts degree from Georgetown University, a master of arts from Weston School of Theology and a master of fine arts in film from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.
Posted on June 1, 1997
Fairfield University has announced that Catherine (Kate) E. Smith of Burlington, Conn. and Kevin D. Bennett of Bridgeport, Conn., have been named 2001-2002 William G. McGowan Scholars. The Scholars program is awarding $21,000 in tuition to each of the two students who have just begun their senior year. The program is underwritten by the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, Inc., based in Washington, D.C. and honors the memory of the late William G. McGowan, founder and chairman of MCI Communications Corporation.
The McGowan Scholars program is based on an experience of William G. McGowan, who as a young man was admitted to Harvard Business School to study for an MBA degree. He lacked sufficient funds to complete his studies until he won the Baker Scholar award that allowed him to earn his degree and launch a successful business career.
A Dean's List student since her freshman year, Kate Smith is completing a double major in marketing and management. While most students select a concentration in one major, Kate will graduate with two concentrations in each of her two majors.
At Fairfield she has held several leadership positions, including in the Peer Education Network where she was the team leader of the AIDS/HIV Team her freshman and sophomore years and president of Peer Education during her junior year. She was also active on campus with the Residence Hall Government, Student Leadership Program and the Alcohol Task Force. She volunteered for the Breast Cancer Walk that raised tuition for two children with cancer to attend Camp Rising Sun last year.
With entrepreneurial spirit she took on a paper route at age 11 and looked for ways to improve the route and make it more efficient. She has worked ever since, including 15 to 20 hours a week during the school year. This summer she is working in an internship with Gold Orluk and Partners, a sports marketing and event planning firm in Avon, Conn. The tasks she is undertaking in recruiting celebrities for sports events, organizing travel plans and helping to administer the details of events is giving her valuable experience related to both her majors.
In writing about Mr. McGowan, Kate noted that he "aspired to tap into the potential of the minds and spirits of young people. He was aware of the necessity for an education to instill vision and empowerment in individuals."
Kevin Bennett is also a Dean's List student since 1998 and is completing a double major in accounting and finance. At Fairfield he has played leadership roles in residence hall government and the Fairfield University Student Association, and is a peer mentor for Project Excel, a program that helps students overcome cultural, personal and academic barriers to higher education. Kevin also worked on the planning and organization of Senior Week 2000 and 2001.
Last year, Kevin was selected for another prestigious award when he was chosen as a Gates Millennium Scholar by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In April of this year he received an official citation from the Connecticut General Assembly for outstanding academic achievement as part of College Academic Day.
Kevin has also been active in his community, serving on the Adventist Youth Council and as a Junior Deacon in his church.
Since last summer Kevin has been an undergraduate technical assistant for the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) in Norwalk, which is a regulatory body that establishes the accounting and reporting standards for state and local governments across the country. His long-term goals include earning a Master's Degree in Public Accounting from Fairfield University and then sitting for the CPA exam, before attending law school. In addition, Kevin will be trying to gain a Fulbright Scholarship or a Gates Fellowship to do further Graduate Studies and governmental accounting research at Cambridge University in England after he graduates.
In an essay on Mr. McGowan, Kevin wrote, "His diverse interest ranged well beyond the boundaries of commerce and industry. Described by many as a generous humanitarian, he recognized that education was a unique means of fulfilling and instilling his vision in the minds of the young, whom he considered the key contributors and shapers of the future development of the business world and our society in general."
The McGowan Scholars program recognizes the academic achievements and excellence of students pursuing a major offered by an accredited business school. It is designed to encourage leadership ability, interpersonal skills, and a significant involvement in academic, campus and activities. It also recognizes excellence of character, a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurial potential.
Posted on September 15, 2001
Vol. 34, No. 53
Fairfield University has transformed its General Biology course and the way students learn through the use of sophisticated wireless technology and Macintosh laptop computers known as iBooks. Fairfield University is one of only 30 institutions nationwide to be awarded a $200,000 grant from the Pew Grant Program in Course Redesign. This program, managed by the Center for Academic Transformation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., is demonstrating the power of information technology to increase the quality of student learning while reducing the cost of instruction.
Fairfield's project has three primary goals. It will establish interactive student-centered learning environments in both the classroom and the laboratory, facilitate the transfer of information, and expose students to the wealth of biological information available today. The expectation is that students will explore these resources and retain their knowledge longer through active involvement in their learning.
The School of Nursing auditorium and the biology labs in the Bannow Science Center have been transformed into interactive computerized learning environments. The redesigned course takes advantage of the Internet and the many software modules currently on the market.
Malcolm Hill, project co-director said, "This technology is revolutionizing the way we teach biology. It allows students to have Internet access and use international databases in the classroom. It opens a lot of avenues because there are so many software modules available to us. Students and faculty are becoming more and more interested in how these tools might be applied in and out of class."
Project co-director Shelley Phelan agrees. "Biology is an incredibly exciting field today and this grant will allow us to create a truly dynamic experience for our students. The use of animation and video within the lecture should greatly enhance the understanding of the material. The interactive learning environment will give the students a much more active role in the classroom," Phelan said.
The biology project has begun to use the technology in both lecture and lab, and the results have been impressive. During a section on comparative anatomy, students took advantage of several online dissection Web sites during the regular lab meeting time and, later, in their dorm rooms. The use of iBooks has transformed the lecture into an interactive guided discovery session.
"Watching close to 50 iBooks being used in the lecture was amazing. Our discussions of taxonomy have always been difficult because the students have a hard time relating to the material. But the Web-based activity we did in class ignited some genuine interest around this topic," commented Hill.
In addition to improving the quality of instruction, the redesign, when completed, is anticipated to reduce the cost-per-student from $506 to $350, a savings of 31 percent. Faculty will not have to design anew every lecture and will be able to spend more time working directly with students.
The biology project dovetails with the recently funded Davis Educational Foundation and the E.L. Cord Foundation grants, which awarded Fairfield University $245,000 to redesign the economics and mathematics curricula using technology to reduce costs. The two projects joined forces this summer in a conference where all three disciplines, as well as participants from other colleges and universities, discussed issues associated with incorporating technology into the curriculum.
About the Center for Academic Transformation
The mission of the Center for Academic Transformation at Rensselaer is to serve as a source of expertise and support for those in higher education who wish to take advantage of the capabilities of information technology to transform their academic practices. The Center manages the Pew Learning and Technology Program, an $8.8 million, four-year effort. Its goal is to place the national discussion about the impact that new technologies are having on the nation's campuses in the context of student learning and ways to achieve this learning cost-effectively.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is the nation's oldest technological university. The school offers degrees in engineering, the sciences, information technology, architecture, management, and the humanities and social sciences. Institute programs serve undergraduates, graduate students, and working professionals around the world. Rensselaer faculty are known for pre-eminence in research conducted in a wide range of research centers that are characterized by strong industry partnerships. The Institute is especially well known for its success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace so that new discoveries and inventions benefit human life, protect the environment, and strengthen economic development.
Contact: Carol A. Twigg, executive director, Center for Academic Transformation at Rensselaer (518) 695-5320 or email@example.com or Nancy Habetz, director of media relations, Fairfield University, (203) 254-4190.
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Posted on September 15, 2001
One of the first women to enter the newly coed campus of Fairfield University in 1970 is returning to speak at Fairfield's Seventh University-wide Convocation on Friday, Sept. 14, at 11 a.m. in Alumni Hall. The public is welcome.
Brenda Joyce Young, Ph.D., who graduated from Fairfield in 1974 with a bachelor's degree in English, went on to earn a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies and a doctorate in African American Studies from Emory University in Atlanta. She will be speaking on "My American Journey."
Dr. Young was affiliated with Clark Atlanta University from 1988 to 1999, except for a year spent at Emory University as a graduate assistant from 1989 to 1990. At Clark Atlanta she served as Freshman Orientation Instructor and later as assessment coordinator where she analyzed student outcomes. Following the awarding of her Ph.D. in 1996, she was appointed an assistant professor of English.
While at Clark Atlanta, Dr. Young published a book with her colleagues entitled "Fracturing the Cannon: An Interdisciplinary Humanities Reader." Selections from the book were given to Fairfield's incoming freshmen to read over the summer.
In 2000, Dr. Young joined Dillard University in New Orleans as Academic Dean in the Office of Academic Affairs and held the rank of associate professor of English. There her responsibilities included reviewing and reforming the core curriculum, proactive student retention initiatives, development of new academic programs global studies programs and the first-year student experience.
Dr. Young grew up in the Bronx, N.Y., the oldest of five daughters raised by their mother. A friend, whose son had gone to Fairfield, encouraged her mother to send Brenda to Fairfield where she would "have a chance to shine." Eventually her mother and all her sisters earned college degrees as well.
Fairfield University had been an all-male school until 1970 when women undergraduates were admitted for the first time. Dr. Young was a member of that ground-breaking class.
Among her academic awards, Dr. Young was named a Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow in 1990 and a UNCF/Mellow Faculty Doctoral Fellow in 1995. She was a Bradley Fellow at the Graduate Institute for Liberal Education at St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for three consecutive summers, 1997-1999 and in 1998 was awarded the CAU NAACP Image Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Posted on September 15, 2001
Vol. 34, No. 44
"The Mystery of King Tut," a pop musical, will be performed at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Monday, Nov. 26, at 10 a.m. The show, a Schooldays Series production, is appropriate for children in Grades 2 through 7. A study guide is available for teachers.
Staged by Theatreworks/USA, this production is about Howard Carter, the man who discovered the tomb of King Tut in 1922 after 10 years of searching, and King Tut himself, known as "the boy king." The story flashes back and forth between 1922, when Carter discovers the tomb, and 1400 BC, the era of King Tut's brief rule. In a "Raiders of the Lost Ark" type adventure, Carter begins to unravel the mystery of Tut's death, uncovering a tale of murder, politics and betrayal.
Theatreworks/USA, founded in 1961, is America's foremost professional theater for young audiences. Its goal is to create imaginative and sophisticated shows that are educational, entertaining and thought-provoking. In 1996, the company was recognized by New York's theater community with the prestigious Drama Desk Award for "35 years of presenting thought-provoking theatre to children" and the Lucille Lortel Award for "Outstanding Special Acheivement."
The Schooldays Series, an outreach program of the Quick Center for the Arts, is funded in part by Schools in Partnership with Unilever H & PC. Tickets are $5. For tickets or information, call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. You may also visit our web site at www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on October 1, 2001
Vol. 34, No. 92
The Fairfield University Jazz Ensemble, featuring stylized trombonist Steve Turre, will perform at the Wien Experimental Theatre in Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Considered one of the world's preeminent jazz innovators, Turre has won both readers' and critics' polls in Jazz Times, Down Beat and Jazziz magazines for Best Trombone and Best Miscellaneous Instrumentalist (shells).
Well known for adding the conch shell to the jazz lexicon, Turre also uses other shells in his music, creating a robust sound that can be both eerie and serene. With his strong style and soulful tone, Turre may be the leading trombonist of his generation, according to Rolling Stone magazine.
In his bandleader recording career, Turre has taken the straight-ahead path, veered into the funky and out zones, gone the Latin and Brazilian route and delved into the shell choir world. He's made several excellent discs featuring organically conceived and tastefully rendered genre jumps from his 1991 Antilles debut, Right There, to his final Verve offerings, including the 1997 self-titled gem and last year's, Lotus Flower.
Turre was born in 1948 to Mexican-American parents in Omaha, Nebraska and soon after moved to the San Francisco Bay area where he grew up. He began his musical career with the violin, but switched to the trombone when he was ten-years-old. By age 13, Turre was performing gigs and his career really picked up speed when he went on tour with Ray Charles. From that moment on, Turre was a committed trombonist, looking to play in diverse settings and enrich both himself and his audience.
For the first time, Steve Turre will perform with Brian Torff and the Fairfield University Jazz Ensemble. Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for students. For more information, please call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. You may visit the Quick Center web-site at www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on October 1, 2001
Vol. 34, No. 96
The magnificently buoyant Brandenburg Concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach will be performed by St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble just in time for the holidays on Friday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. in Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. A pre-concert "Art to Heart" discussion with Howard Kissell, theater critic for the Daily News, will take place at 7 p.m.
The first of St. Luke's three concerts scheduled at the Quick Center, this show is appropriate for the whole family, said Deborah Sommers, director of programming at the Quick Center. "There's a misconception that this music is for an elite crowd, knowledgeable in classical music - not true." She explained, "When this music was written it was the composer's version of popular music and, therefore, these songs were meant to be listened to and celebrated by everyone."
The six Brandenburg Concertos, BWV 1046-1051, which will be performed as a set, have immortalized the name of Margrave Christian Ludwig of Brandenburg to whom Bach sent his lavishly beautiful presentation manuscript containing these six splendid concertos.
The Chamber Ensemble, a division of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, is acclaimed worldwide for its mastery of a diverse repertoire spanning the Baroque to the contemporary and its musicians are renowned for their creative energy and adventurous programming. The Chamber Ensemble currently consists of 21 virtuoso artists who perform both nationally and abroad, including an annual subscription series at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the Brooklyn Museum of Arts.
St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble was formed in 1974 when a group of 20 musicians offered a season of concerts at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields in Greenwich Village. Their early programs, which included chamber works, music for chamber orchestra, chamber operas and premiere performances of works by leading American composers, reflected the versatility and cohesiveness which have become St. Luke's hallmark.
Tickets to the concert are $30 with discounts available for seniors, students and groups. For tickets or information, call the Quick Center Box Office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396 or visit us at the website www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on October 1, 2001
Vol. 34, No. 91
On Tuesday, Oct. 23, Fairfield University student nurses assisted the Fairfield Health Department in their annual flu shot campaign at The Fairfield Senior Center at Mona Terrace. The students aided in the administration of flu shots to 1000 Fairfield adults. The students were also able to check blood pressures.
This program was a part of the clinical rotation that the School of Nursing offers students. The students enjoyed the hands-on experience, and the response from the Fairfield community was a positive one.
The students will be returning to The Senior Center next Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., for another session. If you would like more information, please call the course coordinator, Dr. Phil Greiner at (203) 254-400 at ext. 2718.
Posted on October 1, 2001
Vol. 34, No. 94
Renowned bassist and composer Brian Q. Torff will introduce a new band and a new sound when he performs at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Keeping the name, Thunderstick, and the original three piece ensemble he has been playing with - Torff on bass, Florence Melnotte on keyboard and Grisha Alexiev on drums - he is adding a four-person horn section to the mix. His intent, he says, is to update the popular sound of the late '60s and early '70s horn bands, like Blood, Sweat & Tears and Chicago. "I always loved that sound," he explains, "but I wanted to do it my way with a newer kind of style and more modern arrangements."
Torff says he has enjoyed exploring and expanding the color, power and excitement of a horn-driven group. The creative possibilities have been enhanced by the caliber of horn musicians he assembled, which include Scott Wendholt and Nathan Ecklund on trumpets, David Mann on tenor sax, and John Fumasoli on trombone. "They are experienced musicians who have played with groups like Blood, Sweat & Tears, Tower of Power and for Broadway shows," says Torff. "The level of performance they bring is just stellar." The group plans to record a CD next year.
While some of his earlier compositions will be on the program, Torff will be introducing several new works, including "Earth Mother," a tribute to Mary Lou Williams that has a gospel influence; "Gnarly Shred," a reggae ski song; and a reggae-funk tune, "Asiaaterrukai," which he wrote in May while appearing at the Blue Note in Tokyo. Torff has some fun with "Grandma's Hoover Dance," which he describes as "a funk tune inspired by a vacuum cleaner" and "Farewell, Duke of Prunes," written in the rock style of Frank Zappa. "Workin' on a Bassline" is a praise song Torff included in memory of his mentor, Milt Hinton.
Torff has toured throughout the United States, Europe, Brazil and South Africa and has had his compositions recorded by top musicians. He serves as music program director at Fairfield University and was a co-chairperson for the music advisory board for the National Endowment for the Arts.
Tickets are $8 for general admission; $5 for students and are available through the Quick Center box office, (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on October 1, 2001
Vol. 34, No. 88
Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts presents the wacky performance of The Flaming Idiots on Sunday, Nov. 25, at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. for the second of its Young Audience Sunday Series. The show will feature the idiots, Gyro, Pyro and Walter, juggling swords, fire, brightly colored beanbag chairs and even themselves. These idiots can do more than juggle. Watch for whip-cracking, acrobatics, straight jacket escapes, balloon eating and improvisational comedy.
The trio of idiots have been trouping together for 15 years, yet their wild routines look fresh and unstudied. Jon O'Connor (Pyro) is the would-be macho one whose "Idiot Olympics" gyrations as a champion coin-tosser provide disastrous fodder for his colleagues' smart-mouthed commentary. Rob Williams (Gyro) is the boyish charmer capable of assembling a bologna sandwich, mustard and all, using only his feet. Kevin Hunt (Walter) is the shaggy-headed surfer dude who balances a bicycle on his chin one minute while at another instance can ingest a 3-foot-long balloon. With over a decade of continuous performance, the threesome offers distinct characters, a laid-back style and comedic timing. The Flaming Idiots push the limits of possibility, probability and acceptability.
Audience members not only attend the show, but may have the opportunity to partake in some of the guys' idiotic charades. The audience is given a chance to pelt the stage with tennis balls, bat big balloons around the Quick Center, even before the lights go down, and in the case of one lucky patron, go home with a bologna sandwich. Adults and children alike will enjoy the good-natured, high-spirited, silly fun adventures of The Flaming Idiots. Many wise cracks and gags meant for the adults will go over the heads of children amused by the carefree circus moves. Past credits for the Idiots include; The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Comic Strip Live, Fox Sunday Comic, Fox America's Super Showcase and ABC. In 1990, they toured Canada performing in Fringe Theatre festivals from Winnipeg to Vancouver. They have also participated at festivals, comedy clubs, colleges, corporate functions and trade shows, too numerous to list.
This fun-filled show is highly recommended for kids in the 4-10 age bracket who are cautioned not to try some of these idiotic endeavors at home. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children. Discounts are available for groups and birthday parties. For more information, please call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll-free at 1-877-ARTS-396. You may also visit the Quick Center web site at www.quickcenter.com.
Posted on October 1, 2001
Vol. 34, No. 89
Orin Grossman, Ph.D., a classical pianist who has won acclaim for his innovative integration of classical pieces with jazz piano solos, will be performing at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts on Friday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. His program, featuring the music of George Gershwin and Isaac Albeniz, is being presented by the University's Open VISIONS Forum, an outreach program of the School of Continuing Education.
In selecting two composers who used the popular melodies and dance rhythms of their native culture to produce piano masterpieces, Dr. Grossman is following his own long-standing interest in jazz and popular music. Among the Gershwin pieces he will perform is the solo piano version of "Rhapsody in Blue." And he has selected Books I and II of Albeniz' great masterpiece of Spanish music, "Iberia." It is said that at one point, Albeniz almost destroyed the pieces, fearing they were too difficult to perform.
Dr. Grossman's extraordinary ability to move through different idioms, has led to a growing number of exciting and unusual recitals in New York, New England, and internationally. He was recently chosen to play for the New York City Mayor's Awards of Honor for Arts and Culture.
In recent years, Dr. Grossman has been particularly associated with the music of George Gershwin, performing concerts of his song transcriptions and classical pieces to critical praise around the world, including performances in Cairo and New York. In St. Petersburg, Russia, he performed Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" and gave the Russian premiere of Gershwin's "Second Rhapsody" with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic.
Noted Gershwin scholar Richard Kimball, describing a performance by Dr. Grossman, said it was "crisp, fluent, richly contrasted and wonderfully detailed. The way he put together, and presented a group of Gershwin's piano transcriptions, beginning with 'Swanee' and building to an exciting climax with 'I Got Rhythmn,' was a model of excellence."
Dr. Grossman began piano and theory instruction at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Mass., at the age of five. After giving several graduate recitals there he entered Harvard College. While there, he won the coveted Concerto Competition and performed the Beethoven Concerto No. 4 with the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra. After graduating magna cum laude with a degree in music, he continued his studies at Yale University, earning a Ph.D. in music. In 1971, he toured France with the Yale Orchestra, winning particular acclaim in concerts in Paris and Lyon.
Dr. Grossman has the distinction of having masterfully navigated dual careers in education and music. In addition to his success as a concert pianist, last year he was appointed academic vice president of Fairfield University, where he is also professor of Visual and Performing Arts. He joined Fairfield in 1975 as an assistant professor of fine arts and was named dean of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1991.
Tickets for the performance are $15, with discounts available for seniors, students and groups. For tickets, please call the box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.
Posted on October 1, 2001
Vol. 34, No. 83