Week of April 13: Quick Center to Begin Offering Free Virtual Arts Programs

Week of April 13: Quick Center to Begin Offering Free Virtual Arts Programs

Invite world-renowned artists, musicians, and educators into your home via online "quick sessions" — engaging live performances and conversations designed to stimulate and connect in these challenging times.

I have been playing George Gershwin’s songs and compositions for most of my life and they have always brought me joy. I want to share my love for this music and I hope these short journeys with his songs, in Gershwin’s own original arrangements, will give people moments of shared pleasure during these times.”  

— Fairfield University Emeritus Professor Orin Grossman, PhD

Beginning the week of April 13, the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University will launch quick sessions: a series of free online programs designed to bring theatre, music, and visual arts to audience members in their homes.

“In this challenging moment when both theatres and artists are struggling to find a voice, quick sessions will provide a platform for those silenced voices to find community and engage,” said the Quick’s Executive Director Peter Van Heerden.

Describing quick sessions as “virtual food for the body, mind, and soul,” Van Heerden added that he hopes these online performances will energize audience members during this time of physical and emotional isolation.

The following programs are scheduled to begin the week of April 13:

Opera and Performance with Nora Chipaumire

Sessions begin April 13 and will continue weekly on Mondays at 2 p.m, through May 4.

Iconoclastic choreographer and recent Quick Center artist-in-residence Nora Chipaumire sees the human body — for herself, and for those born without property, name, or class — as a means of self-invention and self-determination. Her virtual sessions will offer insights on the issues confronted both behind-the-scenes and onstage in her opera project, The Queen v. Nehanda, which was presented as a work-in-progress last fall and is scheduled to premiere at the Quick in the upcoming season.

  

Pilobolus Dance Company: “Connecting With Balance” Workshop

Sessions begin April 14 and will continue weekly on Tuesdays at 11 a.m., through May 12.           

“Connecting with Balance” is a workshop designed to help people connect with their bodies and enhance balance through movement and dance.  The teaching artist will guide participants through exercises to increase mobility, improve balance, and move creatively. This class is open to all levels of ability – even to those who wish to remain seated throughout.

 

Gershwin With Orin Grossman

Sessions begin April 14 and will continue weekly on Tuesdays at 4 p.m., through May 26. 

“I have been playing George Gershwin’s songs and compositions for most of my life and they have always brought me joy,” said Fairfield University Emeritus Professor Orin Grossman, PhD, on his plans to share stories and perform Gershwin arrangements during his weekly 20-minute livestreams. “I want to share my love for this music and I hope these short journeys with his songs, in Gershwin’s own original arrangements, will give people moments of shared pleasure during these times.”  

 

Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) Mini-Concerts

Sessions begin April 15 and will continue weekly on Wednesdays at 5 p.m., through April 29.       

Composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) has appeared on the classical stage and performed with Lady Gaga. He recently led local Regional Center for the Arts students in the piece EN MASSE, and now DBR will further inspire you with the power of music as he performs live 15-minute mini-concerts for you at home.

 

Information on additional quick sessions will appear in News@Fairfield next week, including programs offered by professor, co-producer and resident director of Theatre Fairfield Martha S. LoMonaco, PhD; opera aficionado Erik Navoa; producer Cheryl Wiesenfeld; and Fairfield University Art Museum Executive Director Carey Weber.

All virtual performances can be accessed on the dates and times listed, via thequicklive.com. Up-to-date information on sessions and schedules will be available on the Quick’s website at www.quickcenter.com

Opera and Performance with Nora Chipaumire

Date: Begins Monday, April 13, 2020
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Virtual access via thequicklive.com

Additional Details:

Sessions begin April 13 and will continue weekly on Mondays at 2 p.m, through May 4.

Iconoclastic choreographer and recent Quick Center artist-in-residence Nora Chipaumire sees the human body — for herself, and for those born without property, name, or class — as a means of self-invention and self-determination. Her virtual sessions will offer insights on the issues confronted both behind-the-scenes and onstage in her opera project, The Queen v. Nehanda, which was presented as a work-in-progress last fall and is scheduled to premiere at the Quick in the upcoming season.

Pilobolus Dance Company: “Connecting With Balance” Workshop

Date: Begins Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Virtual access via thequicklive.com

Additional Details:

Sessions begin April 14 and will continue weekly on Tuesdays at 11 a.m., through May 12. 

“Connecting with Balance” is a workshop designed to help people connect with their bodies and enhance balance through movement and dance.  The teaching artist will guide participants through exercises to increase mobility, improve balance, and move creatively. This class is open to all levels of ability – even to those who wish to remain seated throughout.

 

Gershwin With Orin Grossman

Date: Begins Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Virtual access via thequicklive.com

Additional Details:

Sessions begin April 14 and will continue weekly on Tuesdays at 4 p.m., through May 26. 

“I have been playing George Gershwin’s songs and compositions for most of my life and they have always brought me joy,” said Fairfield University Emeritus Professor Orin Grossman, PhD, on his plans to share stories and perform Gershwin arrangements during his weekly 20-minute livestreams. “I want to share my love for this music and I hope these short journeys with his songs, in Gershwin’s own original arrangements, will give people moments of shared pleasure during these times.”  

 

Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) Mini-Concerts

Date: Begins Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: Virtual access via thequicklive.com

Additional Details:

Sessions begin April 15 and will continue weekly on Wednesdays at 5 p.m., through April 29.       

Composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) has appeared on the classical stage and performed with Lady Gaga. He recently led local Regional Center for the Arts students in the piece EN MASSE, and now DBR will further inspire you with the power of music as he performs live 15-minute mini-concerts for you at home.

 

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