Membership Grows by 150 Percent – The Quick Center for the Arts embarked on a membership campaign in 2012-13, with three objectives: to offer more clearly defined membership benefits; to use memberships as a strategy to intensify patrons’ experiences; and to increase the percentage of members as ticket-buyers. The number of members increased by 150 percent — a number that continues to grow. Members received invitations to special receptions, discounts to future events, recognition in the program book, and more. To join, visit www.fairfield.edu/quick.
Students and members of the community packed the Kelley Theatre in April 2013 to hear from the internationally known scientist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, who appeared as part of the Open VISIONS Forum. Dr. Tyson is the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium. A superstar in the world of astrophysics and science exploration, he regaled the crowd with stories of the vastness of space and the known — and unknown — wonders of the universe. Several students met with Dr. Tyson during his campus visit.
The Quick Center partnered with the Charles F. Dolan School of Business and the Humanities Institute of the College of Arts and Sciences on a production of David Mamet’s award-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross that featured many professors in key roles. Several courses across campus included the play in their syllabi, and each performance included a postplay Q&A, in which students viewed the play through the lens of politics, business, philosophy, and other disciplines. The production was featured in a New York Times article.
Jazz fans got a fresh take on the genius of composer, arranger, bandleader, and pianist Duke Ellington in October, when the master’s music was revisited by Fairfield’s own The Jazz Professors in New Duke. Led by bassist, composer, and Fairfield Professor of Music Brian Torff, a band comprised of University jazz faculty wowed the evening crowds with Torff’s arrangements of Ellington from his Cotton Club period through the 1950s. Hefty infusions of funk, hip-hop, reggae, and other contemporary sounds presented one of jazz’s most influential figures in an original and new light.
The Quick Center’s Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery teamed up with the Bellarmine Museum of Art to present two stunning exhibits by mid-20th century
Realist Colleen Browning. Colleen Browning: A Brush With Magic, which graced the walls of the Walsh, included many later works by the late artist, whose paintings have been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Chicago’s Art Institute, and the National Academy of Design.