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Artists in Residence Theodore Bikel and Tamara Brooks Visit Vassar

From February 10-18, Vassar will host renowned actor and folk singer Theodore Bikel and conductor Tamara Brooks as its Artists in Residence for 2008. Bikel was Broadway’s original Captain von Trapp inThe Sound of Music. One of the show’s most famous songs, “Edelweiss,” was written for him. He played Tevye, the lovable father in Fiddler on the Roof, more than 2,000 times and has entertained audiences on stage, in film, and through music for decades. Bikel is also a peace activist and known for his dedication to preserving Jewish language and culture. Brooks is an internationally renowned classical pianist and conductor, who taught at colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. She is also a peace activist who has put music at the service of bringing people together.

Together, Bikel and Brooks will share their love of music, drama, and activism with the Vassar community through a program entitled “The Arts as a Bridge to Peace.” The two will spend the majority of their time at Vassar teaching students during workshops on acting, film, and music; and participating in classes and workshops on the Holocaust, music, Jewish art and culture, and dramatic writing.

The public is invited to participate in two free special events at Vassar during the Bikel-Brooks residency. On Thursday, February 14 at 5:00 p.m., the pair will deliver a lecture with music called “The Artist as Activist: A Conversation with Theodore Bikel and Tamara Brooks” in the second floor auditorium of Students’ Building. They will discuss the nature and power of the arts to transmit culture, hope, and history—and how artists can use art in the service of activism. And, on Sunday, February 17 at 3:30 p.m., “An Afternoon with Theodore Bikel and Tamara Brooks: Stories and Songs from Around the World” will be presented in the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film’s Martel Theater. A limited number of free tickets will be available; please contact Joan Gerardi at 845.437.5584.

This Artists in Residence Program is presented by the Office of the Dean of the Faculty and is made possible through the generosity of Joan Kostick Andrews ’52 and Peter Andrews.

February 2008

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