Fermilab Arts, Lecture and Gallery Series

The Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series serves as an open door between Fermilab and our neighboring communities by offering a diverse array of performing arts performances and lectures that celebrate the artistic and intellectual vision of the lab.

Upcoming events

Sept. 28, 2019, 8:00 pm
Mystical Arts of Tibet, Drepung Loseling Monestary
Tickets: $28/$14 for ages 18 and under
The Mystical Arts of Tibet tours, featuring the famed multiphonic singers of Drepung Loseling monastery, have taken the world by storm.  Endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as a means of promoting world peace and healing through sacred performing art.  Don't miss their Farewell Tour.
Oct. 11, 2019, 7:30 pm
Dr. Anne Innis Dagg; Alison Reid
Tickets: $8
See the moving documentary, "The Woman Who Loves Giraffes," followed by Q&A with giraffologist Anne Innis Diggs, the subject of the film.
Oct. 19, 2019, 8:00 pm
Tickets: $25/$13 for ages 18 and under
The intrepid actors of WVL Radio Theatre are back, this time with a series of classic American horror stories, including one by Edgar Allan Poe, a creative retelling of the Lizzie Borden axe murders, and of course a re-imagining of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Four actors, live sounds effects, and original music transport you back to 1946 when the imagination created horrors far more vivid than any that might actually be lurking in your living room…
Nov. 9, 2019, 8:00 pm
Scrap Arts Music
Tickets: $35/$18 for ages 18 and under
These five extraordinary, virtuosic and innovative drummers transform “scrap” into “art,” and “arts” into “music”, creating unforgettable performances using instruments artfully crafted from industrial scrap.  More than just a concert, their performances are an intense blend of choreography, gymnastic agility, percussive precision, unique sculptural instruments, and in this case, film. 
Nov. 15, 2019, 8:00 pm
Tickets: $8
Multiple scientists pull out all the stops to try to convince you that THEIR work is the most fascinating. Order early - this sells out quickly!
Dec. 14, 2019, 8:00 pm
Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra
Tickets: $25/$13 for ages 18 and under
Hop aboard a musical time machine and experience the movies like you’ve never seen them before! The Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra, hailed as “the premier American ragtime ensemble”, will bring tears of laughter to your eyes as you laugh out loud to holiday themed silent films of yesteryear including the first-ever film adaptations of A Christmas Carol and The Night Before Christmas, all accompanied live with their original historic orchestral scores.
Jan. 10, 2020, 8:00 pm
Paul Sereno, University of Chicago
Tickets: $8
Paleontologist Paul Sereno returns to Fermilab to discuss his recent work.
Jan. 19, 2020, 2:30 pm
Trio Gaspard
Tickets: $45 for all three gallery series concerts, $18 for individual concert, includes reception
Award winning piano trio on its US debut tour!
Feb. 16, 2020, 2:30 pm
Chicago Brass Quintet
Tickets: $45 for all three Gallery Chamber Series concerts; $18 for individual concert. Includes post-performance reception.
Chicago's original brass quintet performs a variety of classical and light favorites.
Feb. 22, 2020, 8:00 pm
Aidan Dooley, Playwright and Actor
Tickets: $28/$14 for ages 18 and under
Tom Crean (1877-1938) the intrepid Antarctic explorer and one of Ireland’s unsung heroes is brought to life in this dramatic and humorous solo performance by Aidan Dooley.  Hear the riveting true stories of Crean’s Antarctic explorations as one of the few men to serve with both Scott and Shackleton and survive three famous expeditions: Discovery, (1901 – 1904); Terra Nova (1910 – 1913); and Endurance (1914 – 1916).
Feb. 28, 2020, 8:00 pm
Dr. Bradford Benson, University of Chicago
Tickets: $8
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March 7, 2020, 8:00 pm
Tickets: $28/$14 for ages 18 and under
“Music that’s brimming with energy and creative zeal.” – Irish Music Magazine
March 13, 2020, 8:00 pm
Dr. Yoel Fink, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Tickets: $8
Recent breakthroughs in fiber material and fabric  processing allow us to design and produce fibers and fabrics that see, hear, sense, communicate, store and convert energy, regulate temperature, monitor health, and change color. The basis for these new fabric capabilities are fibers that contain semiconductor devices  have made it into the fibers themselves, setting the stage for a “Moore’s law” in fibers. The new fiber materials enable visually inconspicuous yet highly functional capabilities in fabrics.
March 29, 2020, 2:30 pm
Frisson Ensemble
Tickets: $45 for all three Gallery Chamber Series concerts; $18 for individual concert
Tickets available soon! From New York City, the ensemble features the best and brightest of classical music's rising stars drawn from many of the nation's major music schools including Juilliard, Curtis, and Yale. Frisson showcases a myriad of rarely-performed masterworks. Listen and enjoy as Frisson expands and contracts into a variety of ensembles, including quintets,... More »
May 9, 2020, 8:00 pm
Tickets: $40/$30 for ages 18 and under
Hey hey, it is Micky Dolenz of the Monkees! As a special treat, he'll be sharing some of his home videos of early Fermilab taken during the lab's construction, at the height of Monkee-mania.