Throughout the 2011-12 season, Fairfield students had access to various visual and performing artists visiting the Quick Center and campus to discuss, interact, and learn from leaders in their field or genre. Actor John Malkovich gave a student workshop when he came to perform. Bluegrass mandolin player Sierra Hull and the classical Ahn Trio also met with students during the season.
In addition to providing the campus community with a great venue for culture and entertainment, the Quick Center is dedicated to reaching out to the community at large. More than 1,800 free tickets were distributed for educational programming during the 2011-12 season.
QUICK CENTER HIGHLIGHTS
- Emmy-winning actor John Malkovich starred in a performance of The Infernal Comedy: Confessions of a Serial Killer to a sold-out audience at the Quick Center in November, and participated in a workshop for students earlier in the day. Malkovich, has acted in 70 films, including The Killing Fields and Places in the Heart.
- Bridgeport high school students participated in “Literacy Through Theater,” a free, week-long residency led by a teaching artist from The Acting Company that culminated with the students attending a performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. In addition, nearly 600 students from Bridgeport schools attended a free demonstration by members of Philadanco! The Philadelphia Dance Company.
- Latin Jazz legend Chucho Valdés and the Afro-Cuban Messengers performed in February. Winner of five Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammys, Valdés is one of Cuba’s most famous pianists and son of famed pianist Bebo Valdés.
- In April, Quartetto Cornetto took the stage for a lively concert celebrating the music of old Vienna through Mozart, Schubert, and Beethoven. The performance marked the pianist and artistic director Orin Grossman’s final performance as a Fairfield music professor before his retirement.