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                     A Visit to the Met

On Friday, November 21, 2008, a group of students and faculty members accepted an invitation from the Metropolitan Opera in New York City to attend a staged rehearsal of Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde (Act 1), conducted by Maestro Daniel Barenboim. The rehearsal began at 11am and was followed by a conversation with the maestro.

The Cogut Center for the Humanities organized the excursion to the Metropolitan Opera. When this opportunity was announced, the Center was overwhelmed with applications from students from disciplines you would expect, like music, literary arts and history, as well as the unexpected, like cognitive neuroscience, chemistry. psychology and applied mathematics. The applications, indicating the student's interest in the opportunity and how it might fit into their Brown curriculum, were then judged by a faculty committee. The Cogut Center chartered a bus to and from New York City at no charge to the participants.