Today is the first day of the Leonard Bernstein Festival of the Creative Arts, Brandeis’ premier celebration of all that is creative and artistic.  We have access to a incredibly wide range of talent over the next five days, and I encourage everyone to take advantage of it by looking over the festival schedule and checking out anything that seems interesting.  I myself will be attending Mixed Blessings: Beatitudes and Benedictions from Another Age, put on by the Brandeis Early Music Ensemble, and it’d be awesome to see some of you there.  Today’s full Bernstein Festival schedule, including event times, locations, and descriptions, is below the fold.

Also, let me quickly mention two unrelated events occurring today as well.  The now-infamous Right-Wing Radicalism: A Transatlantic Perspective conference is from 2:30 to 5:30 in the International Lounge in Usdan.  If you plan to attend, e-mail cges@brandeis.edu to reserve a seat.  If you can’t make it, I’ll try to do a liveblog here on Innermost Parts.  Also, for those opposed to Michael Oren’s selection as commencement speaker, there will be a demonstration at 4:45 in the space between Spingold and the Rose; Phil has more info about it here.

Festival Opening: Source/ReSource
5:10 -5:30 p.m., Outside the Rose Art Museum

Attend the unveiling of this original, Brandeis-community created public artwork conceived by Boston artist Michael Dowling as a reflection of the University’s history and values. The opening event invites you to participate in a celebratory ritual and enjoy performances by students in the School of Creative Arts. Imagine/reimagine art that says yes and welcome. (Rain location: Shapiro Campus Center Atrium.)

Art of Science … Science of Art
6 p.m., Rose Art Museum

Explore the connections between art, molecular biology, and the cosmos in this multidisciplinary event. Featuring James Bensinger (PHYSICS), sound artist Chris Janney; painter Guhapriya Ranganathan; ceramic artist Nancy Selvage;Elinor Karlsson, a researcher in systems biology at Harvard University and in genome biology at the Broad Institute; artist Daniel Kohn (Broad Institute); and Jessica Rosenkrantz of Nervous System Jewelry. Sponsored by the Brandeis Women in Science Initiative.

Brandeis Early Music Ensemble: Mixed Blessings: Beatitudes and Benedictions from Another Age
7 p.m., Berlin Chapel

Discover/rediscover the exquisite music of the 16th- and 17th-century. Performed by the Brandeis Early Music Ensemble. Sarah Mead, director.

A Cappella Fest
8 p.m., Sherman Function Hall, Hassenfeld Conference Center

All of Brandeis’s a cappella groups come together for one gleeful benefit concert. Hosted by Starving Artists and produced by Ellyn Getz ’13 and Jordan Brown ’12. Featuring Ba’Note, Company B, Jewish Fella A Cappella, Manginah, Proscenium, Rather Be Giraffes, Too Cheap for Instruments, Up the Octave, VoiceMale, and Voices of Praise.  $3 suggested admission; all proceeds go to the Brandeis Haiti Relief Effort.

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