Public Events At The Lindemann

You don’t have to attend Brown to take advantage of this new performance space, and many events are free. The Lindemann Performing Arts Center on Angell Street opened in October to much fanfare including an inaugural public concert with violinist Itzhak Perlman and food trucks. The building has been designed to house “performances, classes, and research work in music, theater, dance, and media” and it is impressive.

Architect Joshua Ramus was profiled in The New York Times as this facility, and a similarly spectacular arts center in lower Manhattan, were coming online.

It’s not hyperbole to say that both are achievements that mask brain-twisting, herculean complexity behind serene simplicity. . . Both also take theater architecture into new territory, pushing the notion of flexibility to its limits; to the point where you wonder if the whole idea of a theater — or any building for that matter — might be changing with them.

Go ahead, check it out. Up those stairs is a sliding glass door that one must approach diagonally — the beginning of your disorientation. Enter that lobby floor and you find yourself in a funhouse of glass, mirrors, and polished metal (what is the Windex budget in this place) while programmed pillars shimmer. Much of this is impossible to photograph — your camera will freak out trying to find something to focus on.

The Brown Arts Institute is an umbrella research enterprise and catalyst for the arts responsible for managing the the Lindemann and its neighbor the Granoff Center. BAI artistic director, Avery Willis Hoffman, has expressed a desire to get the surrounding communities involved. Let’s take him up on that.

Start tomorrow at 7pm, Wednesday, December 6, in Riley Hall, with a performance of the World Music Ensemble featuring Susie Ibarra. Riley Hall is a 135-seat venue. Admission is free and open to the public.

Her album, Talking Gong (New Focus Recordings 2021), features soloists and ensemble members Claire Chase (bass, alto, flute and piccolo) and Alex Peh (piano), with its title piece commissioned by SUNY New Paltz when Ibarra was Davenport Composer in Residence 2018. The album is inspired by traditional Filipino southern gong music, Maguindanaon kulintang music and by birdsongs of the region.

Also free and open to the public: Friday, 7pm, in Riley Hall, Ghanaian Drumming and Dancing Ensemble.

Go here for the calendar of upcoming events, many of which are free and open to the public. (Note: This calendar includes performances at other nearby Brown venues.)

The Lindemann Performing Arts Center, 144 Angell Street, (directions)

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