PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — With its one-of-a-kind Lindemann Performing Arts Center just weeks from opening for the Fall 2023 semester, Brown University will welcome the campus community and the general public for a full day of celebratory events on Saturday, Oct. 21.
The opening celebration will include a parade led by musician, composer and bandleader Jon Batiste, and a concert featuring violinist Itzhak Perlman, who will perform with the Brown University Orchestra and Brown University Chorus. Other events will include pop-up performances, engaging arts conversations, food trucks and tours of The Lindemann, a radically flexible new center for performance and artistic experimentation designed by REX architecture and located in Brown’s Perelman Arts District.
University President Christina H. Paxson said The Lindemann’s opening marks a transformative new chapter for the arts at Brown — one that, under the leadership of the Brown Arts Institute, will be characterized by new forms of art-marking, new opportunities for creative exploration and innovation, and even more collaboration between creators and scholars across the arts and many other fields of study.
“This truly amazing building promises to inspire innovation and experimentation in ways we can’t even yet imagine,” Paxson said. “We’re delighted to celebrate The Lindemann with our own campus and the greater community for events that will offer an exciting glimpse at how brilliant performers, artists and scholars will engage with this one-of-a-kind facility to push creative boundaries for generations to come.”
Avery Willis Hoffman, artistic director of the Brown Arts Institute, said The Lindemann’s opening festivities will welcome visitors from across and beyond College Hill and the Providence area, underscoring the center’s role as a home for creative partnership with the entire surrounding community.
"A moment that has been years in the making, the opening of The Lindemann Performing Arts Center will unlock new realms of possibility for performance and artistic innovation, further expanding Brown’s role as a leading center for creative inquiry,” Hoffman said. "We welcome the community with open arms — and doors — to explore this exciting space and all that it has to offer as a crossroads and catalyst for creative exchange.”