The Quick Live Returns With Multidisciplinary Virtual Fall 2021 Season

The Quick Live Returns With Multidisciplinary Virtual Fall 2021 Season

Orin Grossman, PhD

In a five-part Friday afternoon series, Pianist Orin Grossman, PhD will entertain with music and stories on The Quick Live.

Fairfield University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts has announced its fall calendar, featuring more than 40 livestreamed arts and lecture events, most free of charge.

Fairfield University’s Quick Center first launched The Quick Live ( as a new virtual platform in spring 2020. With more than 30,000 viewers in its first year, the platform returns this fall to share cultural performances and critical perspectives with the campus community, neighbors, and global audiences.

“We have been through a lot as a community this year — locally, nationally, and globally. We believe it is our role as an arts center to be flexible so that we are not only meeting the needs of our community as a venue, but also as a window to the world around us,” said the Quick Center’s Executive Director Peter Van Heerden.

In addition to the Premiere Events noted below, the Quick Center will draw on the incredible resources and faculty at Fairfield University to offer a season of holistic, multidisciplinary programming — view the complete fall 2021 season online at

Premiere Events Schedule:
The following nine events are FREE for Quick Center Members, Fairfield University President’s Circle Members, and Bellarmine Society Members.

Open VISIONS Forum:

750441058_qca_season-announcement_dyson-mcwhorter_09032021.jpgThe First Annual President’s Lecture
Michael Eric Dyson, PhD and John H. McWhorter, PhD: “Race, Liberty & Justice: Diverging Perspectives With Eyes on the Prize”
Thursday, September 30, 2021 | 7:30 p.m.
Two leading academics and public intellectuals with diverging attitudes will engage in conversation on how the Black community can positively face its ongoing struggles.

750441058_qca_season-announcement_jim-acosta_09032021.jpgJim Acosta: “The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth”
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 | 7:30 p.m.
Presented in Affiliation With the Communications and Media Studies Institute
Hear from CNN’s current anchor for weekend programming and chief domestic correspondent, who in 2019 was honored with the New York Press Club’s “Truth to Power” Award.

750441058_qca_season-announcement_regina-benjamin_09032021.jpgDr. Regina Benjamin: “Combating Health Disparities: Narrowing the Gap”
Thursday, November 4, 2021 | 5 p.m.
Presented in Affiliation With the Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies
Explore community-based strategies to promote healthcare equity and access for low-income and rural communities with former Surgeon General and founder/CEO of the Gulf States Health Policy Center, Regina Benjamin, MD.

750441058_qca_season-announcement_latosha-brown_09032021.jpg24th Annual Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lectureship
LaTosha Brown: “Black Voters Matter: Our Obligation to Democracy and Equality”
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 | 7:30 p.m.
Presented in Collaboration With the Bennett Center for Judaic Studies
LaTosha Brown, co-founder and the executive director of Black Voters Matter, will share her efforts to fight voter suppression and to educate and empower Black communities.

Orin Grossman Presents Afternoons at the Piano:
Join pianist Orin Grossman, PhD — a perennial Quick Center audience favorite — for Friday afternoons of music and storytelling:

  • Paris and Ragtime: Claude Debussy Does the Two-Step
    Friday, October 22, 2021 | 4 p.m.
    This afternoon presentation will feature all three of Debussy’s piano tributes to that era’s new popular American style: Golliwog’s Cakewalk, Minstrels, and General Levine, Eccentric.

  • Tangos and Habaneras: Spain and the New World, Part 1
    Friday, October 29, 2021 | 4 p.m.
    Dr. Grossman will feature Debussy’s habanera, The Gate of Wine, and include habanera/tango music by Scott Joplin (Solace) and the great Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth (Perigoso—Dangerous).

  • It’s Safe to Travel: Claude Debussy’s International Impressions
    Friday, November 5, 2021 | 4 p.m.
    Escape to England (Homage to S. Pickwick, Esq.), Italy (The Hills of Anacapri), and India (The Terrace for Audiences by Moonlight) with three Debussy piano preludes.

  • Beyond Malaguena: Ernesto Lecuona, “The Cuban Gershwin”
    Friday, November 12, 2021 | 4 p.m.
    The focus of this Friday’s presentation will be on Ernesto Lecuona’s Afro-Cuban dances, as well as the lovely song, “Why Must You Go?”

  • Frederic Chopin: The Last Piano Works
    Friday, November 19, 2021 | 4 p.m.
    The last afternoon presentation of the fall season will include a performance of Chopin’s final masterpiece, The Barcarolle Opus 60.

Become a Quick Member to enjoy all fall 2021 events for free. Single ticket sales for the the above performances ($10 and $20) and registration for all fall events will open to the general public on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. For complete information about performing arts programming at Fairfield University, please visit

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