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2018

May

West African Drumming and Dance
Friday, May 11, 2018 at 3:00pm
CFA Courtyard
An invigorating performance filled with the rhythms of West Africa.
Annual Organ Romp
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 10:00pm
Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown
Wesleyan student organists ("rompers") put on a new show each spring, featuring dancing, costumes for performers and audience alike, and performances of music ranging from rock to schlock, accompanied by multiple ensembles of instruments.
EarthSounds, Autoschediasms, and Tonebursts [DATE CHANGE]
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall
Wesleyan's new Real-Time Autoschediasms for Electroacoustic Creative Orchestra, and the Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble, perform the world premiere of new works involving EarthSounds ceramic percussion instruments.
WesWinds Spring Concert
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan Wind Ensemble performs an exciting array of pieces for winds and percussion.
Ebony Singers Spring Concert
Monday, May 7, 2018 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
An evening of great gospel music featuring Wesleyan's Ebony Singers under the direction of Marichal Monts '85. Come to sing, clap, and be encouraged.
Wesleyan University Orchestra
Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan University Orchestra, under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina, features the winners of annual Concerto Competition, and celebrates the legacy of Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990).
Wesleyan Concert Choir
Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

The Wesleyan Concert Choir and friends, under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina, celebrate the legacy of Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990).

Wesleyan Taiko Concert
Friday, May 4, 2018 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Taiko drumming classes perform thunderous and thrilling rhythms of Japanese kumi daiko drumming under the direction of Visiting Instructor in Music Barbara Merjan.
Wesleyan Chamber Music Concert [DATE AND TIME CHANGE]
Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Students from the Wesleyan chamber music program perform works by Antonín Dvořák, Eric Ewazen, C.P.E. Bach, Gebauer, and more.
Javanese Gamelan and Dance
Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
Experience the music and dance of Java with beginning students of the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble and guest artists. The concert includes a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble.
South Indian Music Student Recital
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
Students of Adjunct Associate Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music David Nelson perform music from the Karnatak tradition of South India.

April

A Night of Music from China and Taiwan
Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall
Wesleyan's Chinese Music Ensemble performs both traditional and contemporary musical works from China and Taiwan under the direction of Visiting Instructor in Music Ender Terwilliger.
Celebrating 100 Years of Thelonious Monk featuring the T.S. Monk Sextet
Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Bandleader T.S. Monk has "charted his own course as a composer, arranger and melodic drummer" (NPR), and concludes the 17th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend with a performance by his Sextet. The concert opens with members of the Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra, directed by Jay Hoggard, performing compositions by Thelonious Monk at 7:45pm.
Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble
Friday, April 27, 2018 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan University Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble perform as part of the 17th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend.
Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble and Javanese Dance
Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall
The Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of Artist in Residence I.M. Harjito and Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music Sumarsam, presents classical music and dance of Central Java.
Wesleyan University Collegium Musicum Spring Concert [TIME CHANGE]
Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 7:00pm
Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown
The Collegium Musicum, under the direction of Pau Rius Valor '20 and supervised by Associate Professor of Music Jane Alden, performs a century of music from Tudor England. Featured composers include William Cornysh, John Taverner, Robert Parsons, and William Byrd.
Wesleyan Korean Drumming and Creative Music Ensemble
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
Beginning students of Wesleyan's Korean Drumming and Creative Music Ensemble, directed by Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Jin Hi Kim, play new arrangements of samulnori repertoire.
Songs by Schubert, Ives, and Bruce
Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
A concert of songs by Franz Schubert, Charles Ives, and the song cycle Whitman Fragments by John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce. Featuring Christopher Grundy, baritone.
Music Department Colloquium: One Sky Film Screening and Panel Discussion [VENUE CHANGE]
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 4:30pm
Powell Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies, 301 Washington Terrace, Middletown
A panel discussion about the current political conflict and U.S. and North Korean policy, as well as South Korean urban culture; followed by a film screening of a documentary about the two Koreas.
One Sky Concert
Monday, April 16, 2018 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan University Orchestra performs the world premiere of Guggenheim Fellow composer and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Jin Hi Kim's One Sky II (2018).
Kronos Quartet [SOLD OUT]
Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The GRAMMY Award-winning Kronos Quartet returns to Wesleyan to perform a wide-ranging program of music from around the world, featuring adventurous string quartets either written for or arranged for the legendary group, including the world premiere of Jacob Garchik's arrangement of the John Coltrane tune "Alabama."
WesFest Concert II—Choir, Gamelan, Korean, and Taiko Drumming Ensembles
Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 6:00pm
World Music Hall
A concert featuring multiple short performances by Wesleyan's Concert ChoirJavanese GamelanKorean Drumming and Creative Music Ensemble, and Taiko Drumming Ensemble.
The Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Keyboard Competition
Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 12:00pm
Memorial Chapel
A recital featuring the participants of the Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Keyboard Competition.
WesFest Concert I: Organ, Chamber, Jazz, and Laptop Ensembles
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 7:00pm
Memorial Chapel
A concert featuring short performances on the University organ, Wesleyan's Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts EnsembleReal-Time Autoschediasms for Electroacoustic Creative Orchestra, Jazz ensembles, and Chamber ensembles.
Noah Baerman Trio: Jazz With a Conscience
Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 3:00pm
The Russell House
Director of the Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble and pianist Noah Baerman performs with his trio.

March

Graduate Recital by Jordan Dykstra: The Toy Universe [VENUE CHANGE]
Monday, March 26, 2018 at 8:00pm
Fayerweather Beckham Hall
Jordan Dykstra debuts a new evening-length composition for the contemporary music ensemble Ordinary Affects.
Japan Twang: An Evening with Shamisen Player Michiyoshi Sato
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall

In his Connecticut debut, Michiyoshi Sato gives a rare performance outside of Japan.

Toneburst Sampler Concert
Monday, March 5, 2018 at 8:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
Wesleyan's Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble performs new works for live electronics.
Robert Ashley's Crash
Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 8:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
A new generation of artists perform Robert Ashley's haunting masterpiece Crash (2014).
Wesleyan University Orchestra: Children's Concert and Musical Instrument Petting Zoo
Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
An hour-long dinosaur-themed performance by the Wesleyan University Orchestra, under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina, is followed by a multi-station musical instrument petting zoo.
Robert Ashley Symposium
Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 1:00pm
The Russell House

Kyle Gann, Tom Hamilton, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Alex Waterman present talks about Robert Ashley's life and work.

Thomas Buckner sings Robert Ashley and Alvin Lucier
Friday, March 2, 2018 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

Baritone Thomas Buckner performs a series of works for voice by Robert Ashley, as well as a new work by Alvin Lucier.

February

This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part XIV
Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce presents the fourteenth in a series of sixteen CD-length recitals of his piano music.
Graduate Recital: Suhail Yusuf
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 8:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
A graduate recital by Suhail YusufSarangia in a Globalized World.
Megan Sesma with Joshua Thomas: French and Modern Masters
Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 3:00pm
The Russell House
Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher and Principal Harpist with the United States Coast Guard Band Megan Sesma returns to The Russell House with her Coast Guard Band colleague and saxophonist Dr. Joshua Thomas, a Conn-Selmer artist.
Masayo Ishigure: Koto 360°
Friday, February 16, 2018 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Masayo Ishigure began playing the koto at the age of five in Gifu, Japan, and continues to stretch the limits of the thirteen-stringed instrument.
West End String Quartet: Variations and Arrangements
Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The West End String Quartet performs with clarinetist Charles Yassky and John Spencer Camp Professor of Music and pianist Neely Bruce.
Second annual Wesleyan FluteFest Concert [TIME CHANGE]
Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Enjoy a performance by attendees of Wesleyan's second annual FluteFest following an afternoon of workshops.
between systems and grounds [TIMES UPDATED]
Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 12:00pm
The Russell House
between systems and grounds is a collaborative, durational performance and installation project by Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department Paula Matthusen and visual artist Olivia Valentine that creates a feedback loop between textile construction processes and feedback-based electronic music.
between systems and grounds [TIMES UPDATED]
Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 12:00pm
The Russell House
between systems and grounds is a collaborative, durational performance and installation project by Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department Paula Matthusen and visual artist Olivia Valentine that creates a feedback loop between textile construction processes and feedback-based electronic music.

January

Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble Classes Start
Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 10:00am
World Music Hall
Have your child learn the traditional music of Java, Indonesia, for only $30 for a semester of lessons and rehearsals. Open to ages 7 to 14. No prior experience necessary.

2017

December

Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble Concert
Friday, December 8, 2017 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan University Jazz OrchestraWesleyan Jazz Ensemble, and Real-Time Autoschediasms perform an end-of-the-semester concert.
Javanese Gamelan
Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
Beginning students of the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble will present an evening of Javanese music, with a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of Joseph Getter.
John Cage's Musicircus
Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 3:15pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Students from the adventurous MUSC 109 "Introduction to Experimental Music" class present a rendition of John Cage's Musicircus.
WesWinds Fall Concert
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

Under the direction of Salvatore LaRusso, the Wesleyan Wind Ensemble performs a program featuring the music of Frank Ticheli, David Holsinger, Eric Whitacre, and so much more!

Wesleyan Chamber Music Concert
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 12:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

Under the direction of John Biatowas, students from the Wesleyan chamber music program perform works by Jacques Ibert, Cornelius Gurlitt, Mélanie Bonis, Johannes Brahms, and more!

Ebony Singers Winter Concert
Monday, December 4, 2017 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
An evening of great gospel music featuring the Wesleyan University Ebony Singers conducted by Marichal Monts '85.
Music from East Asia
Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Wesleyan's Taiko Drumming Ensembles, Korean Drumming & Creative Music, and the Wesleyan Chinese Music Ensemble perform a concert of music from East Asia.
West African Drumming and Dance Concert
Friday, December 1, 2017 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
An invigorating performance showcasing the vibrancy of West African cultures through their music and dance forms.

November

Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble
Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall
The Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble performs under the direction of Artist in Residence I.M. Harjito.
Choir Concert
Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan Concert Choir performs under direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina.
Wesleyan University Orchestra
Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan University Orchestra performs the world premiere of the first three movements of An Appalachian Trail Symphony: New England by composer Keane Southard, under direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina.
Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble: Cellular Songs (Work in Progress)
Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
As the culmination of her residency at Wesleyan, Meredith Monk will be joined by the women of her GRAMMY Award-nominated Vocal Ensemble in a work in progress showing of Cellular Songs.
Meredith Monk In Conversation with Judy Hussie-Taylor
Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 7:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
Meredith Monk will be joined by Danspace Project's Judy Hussie-Taylor in conversation.

October

Roomful of Teeth
Friday, October 27, 2017 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The GRAMMY Award-winning vocal project Roomful of Teeth is dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice.
This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part XIII
Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce presents the thirteenth in a series of sixteen CD-length recitals of his piano music.
Somi
Friday, October 13, 2017 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Superb jazz chanteuse Somi blends modern jazz, African music, and the singer-songwriter tradition.

September

Bach to School
Friday, September 8, 2017 at 8:00pm
Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown
Artist in Residence Ronald Ebrecht’s eighth annual opening of the Wesleyan concert calendar, featuring Associate Professor of Music Paula Matthusen’s of architecture and accumulation for organ and eight wine glasses.

May

West African Drumming and Dance Concert
Friday, May 12, 2017 at 3:00pm
CFA Courtyard (Rain site: Crowell Concert Hall)
An invigorating performance filled with rhythms of West Africa featuring master drummer Attah Poku and choreographer Iddi Saaka, joined by their students and guest artists and drummers.
Annual Organ Romp
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 9:00pm
Memorial Chapel
Wesleyan organists and their friends get together for an evening of musical jokes and old and new music.
Composing, Performing, and Listening
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
A performance of new compositions by music students under the direction onf Professor of Music Ronald Kuivila.
Toneburst Electroextravaganza
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 9:00pm
Memorial Chapel
The Toneburst Electroextravaganza features premieres of works written by the ensemble members as well as recent works by Linda Buckley, Tobias Butler, and Jeff Snyder.
WesWinds Spring Concert
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Under the direction of Salvatore LaRusso, the Wesleyan Wind Ensemble performs an exciting array of pieces for winds and percussion.
Wesleyan Chinese Ensemble Spring Concert
Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Chinese Music Ensemble presents traditional and contemporary repertoire under the direction of Huan Li.
Wesleyan Concert Choir
Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 4:00pm
Memorial Chapel
Under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina, the Wesleyan Concert Choir presents music from classical and modern choral repertoire.
Wesleyan University Orchestra Concert
Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan University Orchestra will perform under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina.
Wesleyan Korean Drumming and Taiko Ensembles
Friday, May 5, 2017 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
A performance by the Taiko Drumming Ensemble and Korean Drumming Ensemble perform.
Heinrich Isaac: Hofkomponist to Emperor Maximilian I
Friday, May 5, 2017 at 6:00pm
Memorial Chapel
The Wesleyan University Collegium Musicum, under the direction of Associate Professor of Music and Medieval Studies Jane Alden, performs works by Heinrich Isaac.
Wesleyan Chamber Music Concert (CANCELED)
Friday, May 5, 2017 at 12:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Students from the Wesleyan chamber music program perform works by various composers on a variety of instruments.
Beginners Javanese Gamelan
Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
A concert by beginning students of the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, with a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble.
South Indian Music Student Recital
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
Students of Adjunct Assistant Professors of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyanand David Nelson perform music from the Karnatak tradition of South India.

April

Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble
Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 4:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan University Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensembles present an exciting evening of classic and contemporary jazz repertoire.
Eli Fountain's Percussion Discussion
Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Acclaimed percussionist and composer Eli Fountain performs with Professor of Music Jay Hoggard and others as part of the 16th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend.
Connecticut Percussive Arts Society "Day of Percussion"
Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8:30am
Crowell Concert Hall, World Music Hall, and Adzenyah Rehearsal Hall
The Wesleyan Music Department hosts the annual meeting of the Connecticut Percussive Arts Society, featuring an exploration of the world of percussion with Wesleyan ensembles.
Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble
Friday, April 28, 2017 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan University Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensembles present an exciting evening of classic and contemporary jazz repertoire.
Advanced Javanese Gamelan
Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall
The Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble presents classical music of Central Java.
Ebony Singers Spring Concert
Monday, April 24, 2017 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
An evening of great gospel music by Wesleyan’s Ebony Singers under the direction of Dr. Marichal Monts ’85 will soothe your soul and lift your spirits.
Senior Recital: Daniel Esposito
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
A senior recital by Daniel Esposito, Dan's Classical Guitar Recital.
Senior Recital: Isaac Butler-Brown
Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 7:00pm
Memorial Chapel
A senior recital by Isaac Butler-BrownPoetry's Music, Music's Poetry: Inseparable Difference.
Senior Recital: Jackson Anthony
Friday, April 14, 2017 at 9:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
A Senior Recital by Jackson Anthony, a film screening of Aide--Memoire.
Senior Recital: Anna Yin
Friday, April 14, 2017 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
A senior recital by Anna Yin, Anna Yin's Senior Project.
The Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Keyboard Competition
Friday, April 14, 2017 at 12:00pm
Memorial Chapel
A recital featuring the participants of the Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Keyboard Competition.
Cyclical Unity: A WesFest Celebration of Metallophones, Gongs, Voices, and Electronics
Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 6:00pm
World Music Hall
A one-hour concert featuring Wesleyan's Javanese Gamelan, Collegium Musicum, and Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble.
Senior Recital: Connor Bennion (CANCELED)
Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 3:00pm
Memorial Chapel
A senior recital by Connor Bennion, Connor Bennion Senior Recital.
Senior Recital: Adam Rochelle and Max Luton
Friday, April 7, 2017 at 9:00pm
World Music Hall
A senior recital by Adam Rochelle and Max LutonPOP IS 4 THE KIDZ.
Senior Recital: Miles McLeod
Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
A senior music recital by Miles McLeod, Of Distortion and Transformation.

March

Toneburst Sampler
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 8:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
The Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble performs under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Paula Matthusen.
Listening in Reverse II Concert (CANCELED)
Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall
The Listening in Reverse events will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017.
Barbara Held (DATE AND TIME CHANGED)
Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall
A performance by flutist, composer, and sound artist, Barbara Held as part of Listening in Reverse.
Listening in Reverse Concert
Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall

Listening in Reverse concludes with a concert of works by David BehrmanBarbara Held, Professor of Music, Director of Electronic Music and Recording Studios, and Chair of the Music Department Ron Kuivila, and Yasunao Tone.

Wesleyan University Orchestra: Children's Concert and Musical Petting Zoo
Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
A children's concert by the Wesleyan University Orchestra under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina followed by a multi-station instrument petting zoo.
Listening in Reverse (TIME, DATES, LOCATION CHANGED)
Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 2:00pm
The Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown
Listening in Reverse is a one-day conference focused on influences—forgotten, hidden, suppressed, or just not considered—and featuring concerts, talks, presentations, and other interventions from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday.

February

Charlie Suriyakham: Clarinet Passion
Sunday, February 26, 2017 at 3:00pm
The Russell House
Private Lessons Teacher Charlie Suriyakham and friends present a diverse and energetic operatic program.
duo :: duo
Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 9:00pm
Fayerweather Beckham Hall
Visiting Instructor in Dance Abigail Levine and Associate Professor of Music Paula Matthusen come together for a collaborative performance.
This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part XI
Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce presents the eleventh in a series of sixteen CD-length recitals of his piano music, featuring his work for harpsichord.
Sergio Pallottelli
Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 3:00pm
The Russell House
A performance by flute soloist and chamber musician Sergio Pallottelli, joined by Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher William Braun on piano.
Graduate Recital: Wan Yeung
Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 7:00pm
Memorial Chapel
Dream of Wesleyan, a graduate music recital by Wan Yeung.
Senior Recital: Anthony Dean
Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 12:00pm
The Russell House (TIME CHANGED)
A senior thesis project created by Anthony Dean '17, Resistentialism.
Senior Recital: Anthony Dean
Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 12:00pm
The Russell House (TIME CHANGED)
A senior thesis project created by Anthony Dean '17, Resistentialism.
Senior Recital: Anthony Dean
Friday, February 3, 2017 at 7:00pm
The Russell House
A senior thesis project created by Anthony Dean '17, Resistentialism.

January

Jess Best
Sunday, January 29, 2017 at 3:00pm
The Russell House
A soul and jazz performance by singer-songwriter Jess Best '14.
Hidden Volumes
Friday, January 27, 2017 at 9:00pm
Olin Library, Fourth Floor, 252 Church Street, Middletown
A sound installation by Associate Professor of Music Paula Matthusen and Visiting Scholar in Music Terri Hron.

2016

December

Ensemble Pamplemousse presents New Music from Wesleyan (DATE, TIME, VENUE, AND TITLE CHANGED)
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Featuring works by graduate music students Tomek Arnold, Jordan Dykstra, Warren Enström, Omar Fraire, Aurora Nealand, Dave Scanlon, and Matt Wellins performed by the composer/performer collective Ensemble Pamplemousse.
Javanese Gamelan
Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
Beginning students of the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble will present an evening of Javanese music, performing a selection of repertoire for celebratory events, with a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of Joseph Getter.
John Cage’s Musicircus
Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 3:15pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Students from the adventurous MUSC 109 “Introduction to Experimental Music” class present a series of overlapping performances alongside special mystery guests in this rendition of John Cage's Musicircus.
South Indian Music Student Recital
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
Students of Adjunct Assistant Professors of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan and David Nelson perform a recital of music from the Karnatak tradition of South India.
Elliott Sharp’s Port Bou—a chamber opera
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (former CFA Hall) - VENUE CHANGE
The New England premiere of Elliott Sharp‘s opera Port Bou (2014) depicts the last moments in the life of philosopher Walter Benjamin, in 1940, as he was fleeing Nazi-occupied France.
WesWinds Fall Concert
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Under the direction of William Sand, the Wesleyan Wind Ensemble performs an exciting array of pieces for winds and percussion.
Wesleyan Chamber Music Concert
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 12:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Students from the Wesleyan chamber music program perform works by various composers on a variety of instruments.
Ebony Singers Winter Concert
Monday, December 5, 2016 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
An evening of great gospel music featuring the Wesleyan University Ebony Singers conducted by Marichal Monts ’85.

Concert Choir
Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 3:00pm
Memorial Chapel

Under the direction of Nadya Potemkina, the Wesleyan University Concert Choir, joined by Brian Fairley on piano, presents a concert featuring both a cappella and accompanied selections from classical and modern choral repertoire.

Wesleyan University Orchestra
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

The Wesleyan University Orchestra, under direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina and student Assistant Conductor Hanhee Song ’17, present an exciting program featuring Wesleyan Private Lesson Instructor Charlie Suriyakham on clarinet.

Javanese Puppet Play
Friday, December 2, 2016 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
University Professor of Music and puppet master Sumarsam and the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble under the direction of I.M. Harjito, with guest musicians, will present a Javanese wayang puppet play.
Music from East Asia
Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Featuring Wesleyan's three East Asian ensembles--the Taiko Drumming Ensemble directed by Visiting Instructor in Music Barbara Merjan, the Chinese Music Ensemble directed by Ph.D. candidate Huan Li, and the Korean Drumming Ensemble, directed by Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Jin Hi Kim.

November

October

Getting to Know You
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 9:00pm
World Music Hall
Featuring works by graduate music student composers Jordan Dykstra, Aurora Nealand, Dave Scanlon, and Matt Wellins.

September

This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part X
Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce presents the tenth in a series of fifteen CD-length recitals of his piano music.
Alex Waterman: Solo Cello from A to X
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 9:00pm
World Music Hall
Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Alex Waterman will give a recital of radical music for cello and voice with and without electronics.
Bach to School
Friday, September 9, 2016 at 8:00pm
Memorial Chapel
Artist in Residence and University Organist Ronald Ebrecht’s seventh annual opening of the Wesleyan concert calendar will mark the 30th anniversary of the death of Maurice Duruflé with performance by Mr. Ebrecht of his restored editions of the complete organ works of Mr. Duruflé.

May

All-Night Highlife Dance Party
Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 7:30pm
Fayerweather Beckham Hall
An all-night highlife dance party in celebration of master drummer Abraham Adzenyah, Adjunct Professor of Music, Retired.
Traditional West African Drumming, Singing, and Dancing - LOCATION CHANGED
Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 4:30pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Master drummer Abraham Adzenyah, Adjunct Professor of Music, Retired, returns for a farewell concert and reunion featuring past and present students.
Adzenyah Retirement Ceremony
Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 4:00pm
Adzenyah Rehearsal Hall (former Rehearsal Hall)
After 46 years of teaching at Wesleyan, master drummer Abraham Adzenyah, Adjunct Professor of Music, Retired, is being honored with the naming of the Abraham Adzenyah Rehearsal Hall.
Feet to the Fire: Riverfront Encounter
Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 12:00pm
Harbor Park, Middletown
Second annual eco-arts festival featuring live music, visual art installations, children's activities, environmental education exhibits, food trucks, and a craft fair. The festival will be held rain or shine.
Toneburst Electroextravaganza
Friday, May 6, 2016 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall
The Toneburst Electroextravaganza features premieres of works written by the ensemble members as well as recent works by University Professor Ron Kuivila and guest composer Ted Coffey with choreography by Visiting Professor Abigail Levine.
West African Drumming and Dance Concert - DATE/LOCATION CHANGED
Friday, May 6, 2016 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
An invigorating performance filled with rhythms of West Africa, featuring choreographer Iddi Saaka, drummer John Dankwa, and students from West African Drumming and Dance classes.
Annual Organ Romp
Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 10:00pm
Memorial Chapel
Wesleyan organists and their friends get together for an evening of musical jokes and old and new music.
WesWinds Spring Concert
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Under the direction of Salvatore LaRusso, the Wesleyan Wind Ensemble performs an exciting array of music from Broadway, the big screen, and beyond.
South Indian Music Student Recital
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
Students of Adjunct Assistant Professors of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan and David Nelson perform music from the Karnatak tradition of South India.
Wesleyan Chamber Music Concert
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 12:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
CANCELED: Students from the Wesleyan chamber music program perform works by various composers on a variety of instruments.
Ebony Singers Spring Concert
Monday, May 2, 2016 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
An evening of great gospel music by the 100 members of Wesleyan's Ebony Singers under the direction of Marichal Monts '85.
Chinese Music Concert
Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
The Chinese Music Ensemble presents traditional and contemporary repertoire under the direction of Joy Lu.
Wesleyan University Orchestra
Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 3:00pm
Fayerweather Beckham Hall
The Wesleyan University Orchestra will preform under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina.

April

Jay Hoggard Harlem Hieroglyphs Ensemble
Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Vibraphonist, composer, and Adjunct Professor of Music Jay Hoggard '76 presents music from his new recording Harlem Hieroglyphs in celebration of 40 years since his Wesleyan senior recital.
Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra and Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble
Friday, April 29, 2016 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan University Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensembles present an exciting evening of classic and contemporary jazz repertoire.
Wesleyan Cello Ensemble - CANCELED
Friday, April 29, 2016 at 6:00pm
Memorial Chapel
Wesleyan cellists perform under the direction of Private Lessons Teacher Julie Ribchinsky. This event has been canceled.
Beginners Javanese Gamelan
Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
A concert by beginning students of the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, with a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble.
Collegium Musicum
Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 6:00pm
Memorial Chapel
Collegium Musicum presents a program of music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods of European music history. (Please note new start time, changed from 8pm to 6pm).
Wesleyan Taiko Concert
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
Beginning, intermediate, and advanced students in the Taiko Drumming Ensemble perform thunderous and exhilarating rhythms of Japanese Taiko drumming under the direction of Visiting Instructor in Music Barbara Merjan.
World Guitar Ensemble
Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 3:00pm
World Music Hall
CANCELED: Wesleyan students perform guitar ensemble music from around the world under the direction of Private Lessons Teacher Cem Duruöz.
Wesleyan Concert Choir
Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina, the Wesleyan Concert Choir presents music by Ola Gjeilo and Franz Schubert.
Senior Recital: Enobong Etteh
Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 3:00pm
The Russell House
A senior music recital by Enobong Etteh, Let There Be Voice!
Ideas on the Move Concert
Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall
A concert in honor of the retirement of Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music Mark Slobin.
Senior Recital: Matt Chilton
Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 5:30pm
Foss Hill
A senior music recital by Matt Chilton, FIELDWORK.
Senior Recital: Nicole Roman-Johnston
Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 2:00pm
World Music Hall
A senior music recital by Nicole Roman-Johnston, Over the Falls.
Senior Recital: Harim Jung
Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 7:00pm
Memorial Chapel
A senior music recital by Harim Jung, Back to the "Bass-ics.”
Senior Recital: Monique Siaw
Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
A senior music recital by Monique Siaw, Art as Resistance. 
Senior Recital: Carina Devairakkam-Brown
Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 3:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (former CFA Hall)
A senior music recital by Carina Devairakkam-Brown, Film Sound as a Narrative Device.
Senior Recital: Morgan Scribner
Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 9:00pm
The Russell House
A senior music recital by Morgan Scribner, Colored Outside the Lines.
Wu Man and the Shanghai Quartet: A Night in Ancient and New China
Friday, April 1, 2016 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

The Shanghai Quartet returns to Wesleyan for their Connecticut debut with pipa virtuosa Wu Man performing A Night in Ancient and New China, plus Beethoven's String Quartet No.11.

March

Senior Recital: Matthew Stein
Sunday, March 27, 2016 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
A senior music recital by Matthew Stein featuring original compositions for small and large ensembles.
Lively Music
Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 8:15pm
World Music Hall
An evening of performances by Phil Edelstein, Michael Johnsen, John Driscoll, Jessica Rylan and Gustavo Matamoros.
Live Electronics Tonight
Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
Performances by Jessica Rylan, John Driscoll and Phil Edelstein.
Tuned Space
Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 2:45pm
Daltry Room, Rehearsal Hall 003
The phrase tuned space was central to David Tudor’s account of Rainforest IV and appears to have been central to his decade long quest to “focus and magnify” the acoustical characteristics of a natural space of limited scale in Island Eye, Island Ear.
On Composition
Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 2:30pm
Daltry Room, Rehearsal Hall 003
A recording of David Tudor sharing his thoughts about composition, recorded and edited by Gustavo Matamoros
About Star Networks - An Interactive Workshop
Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 11:00am
Daltry Room, Rehearsal Hall 003
Ralph JonesStar Networks at the Singing Point is a particularly focused reflection of that sensibility.
Musical Work as an Energetic Matter
Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 10:00am
Daltry Room, Rehearsal Hall 003
Preference for analog electronics over digital and special delight in passive systems that are completely reversible mark Tudor’s relationship to technology.
Revisiting Key Works
Friday, March 25, 2016 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
Williams Mix - Tom Erbe
Fluorescent Sound - Mats Lindstrom
Object Lessons - Matt Rogalsky
Inside David Tudor’s Live Electronics
Friday, March 25, 2016 at 3:45pm
Daltry Room, Rehearsal Hall 003
Michael Johnsen, You Nakai, and Matt Rogalsky present a detailed look at some of the vast store of his instruments and instrumentation in the Wesleyan World Instrument Collection.
Late(r) Realizations
Friday, March 25, 2016 at 2:30pm
Daltry Room, Rehearsal Hall 003

Late(r) Realizations: Versions, Sound Systems, and Compositions by David Tudor (1960-1970).

David Tudor: into the Fire
Friday, March 25, 2016 at 1:15pm
Daltry Room, Rehearsal Hall 003
John Holzapfel presents a detailed look at David Tudor’s own creative development.
Laptop, Music, Socially, Speaking
Friday, March 25, 2016 at 12:00pm
Daltry Room, Rehearsal Hall 003
Terri Hron, Juraj Kojs, Spencer Topel, and Philip White discuss the Thursday concert by the Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble as part of the symposium "Over, Under, Around, and Through the Music of David Tudor."
Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble
Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 8:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (former CFA Hall)
Performing new works by Visiting Scholar in Music Terri Hron, Juraj Kojs, University Professor of Music Ronald Kuivila, Sam Pluta, Spencer Topel, and Philip White for live-electronics and laptop ensemble under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Paula Matthusen.
Anchiskhati Church Choir
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 8:00pm
Memorial Chapel
Master singers at the oldest church in Tbilisi, members of the Anchiskhati Church Choir return to Wesleyan to present a concert of secular and sacred music from the Republic of Georgia.

Toneburst Sampler
Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 8:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (former CFA Hall)
The Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble performs under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Paula Matthusen.

February

This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part VIII
Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce presents the eighth in a series of CD-length recitals of his piano music.
Orchestra Children's Concert and Musical Petting Zoo
Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
A children's concert by the Wesleyan University Orchestra under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina followed by a multi-station instrument petting zoo.
Senior Recital: Benjamin Manning - "Polarity"
Friday, February 26, 2016 at 7:00pm
Memorial Chapel
A senior music recital by Benjamin Manning, “Polarity” is a jazz suite exploring opposites and extremes.
Stan Scott and Friends
Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 3:00pm
The Russell House
Private Lessons Teacher Stan Scott and friends perform reels, jigs, waltzes, and old and new songs of emigrants, soldiers, mystics, lovers, and laborers.
Gaida: In Concert
Friday, February 5, 2016 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Connecticut debut of Syrian vocalist/songwriter Gaida, one of the most “effusive and charming” (Timeout New York) singers on the world-music scene.

January

David Davis: "Sax in the City" featuring Charmagne
Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 3:00pm
The Russell House
R&B/jazz saxophonist and producer David Davis will be joined by Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Charmagne Tripp.

2015

December

Javanese Gamelan
Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
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The Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of Artist in Residence I.M. Harjitoand University Professor of Music Sumarsam, presents classical music of central Java.
John Cage's Musicircus
Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 1:30pm
Crowell Concert Hall

Students from MUSC 109 "Introduction to Experimental Music" and special mystery guests stage their original work as part of a series of overlapping performances in their realization of John Cage's Musicircus.

South Indian Music: Student Performance
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
Students of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan will perform their fall semester recital from the Karnatak tradition of South India. The performance will feature vocal and instrumental music.
Wesleyan Organ Students in Recital
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 12:00pm
South Church, 9 Pleasant Street, Middletown
Organ students share a seasonal program at South Congregational Church. A soup and sandwich lunch follows in the parish hall, for which a free-will offering is suggested.
Datum: Datura
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 9:00pm
CFA Hall
"As seductive as the color and shape and fragrance of a flower," sound and image will bend and twist in response to the gentle pressures of language, data, and attention.
WesWinds Fall Concert
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan Wind Ensemble performs an exciting array of pieces for winds and percussion.
Wesleyan Chamber Music Concert
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 12:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Students from the Wesleyan chamber music program perform works by Felix Mendelssohn, Florent Schmitt, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and other composers on a variety of instruments.
Ebony Singers Winter Concert
Monday, December 7, 2015 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

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An evening of great gospel music by the 100 members of Wesleyan's Ebony Singers under the direction of Marichal Monts '85. Come to sing, clap, and be encouraged.

Wesleyan Taiko Concert
Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Taiko Drumming Ensemble performs thunderous and thrilling rhythms of Japanese Taiko drumming under the direction of Visiting Instructor in Music Barbara Merjan.
New Works for Mantra Percussion
Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 5:00pm
World Music Hall

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Renowned percussion ensemble Mantra Percussion premieres new works written for them by Wesleyan student composers.

Wesleyan University Orchestra and Concert Choir
Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan University Orchestra and Concert Choir present a selection of popular holiday classics under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina. 
Beginners Javanese Gamelan
Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
Experience the culture of Java with beginning students of the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble. The concert will include a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble.
West African Drumming and Dance Concert
Friday, December 4, 2015 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

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Master drummer and Adjunct Professor of Music Abraham Adzenyah celebrates his final performance with his students after 45 years at Wesleyan.

Winter Songs: Koliada and Music from the Carpathian Mountains
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 8:00pm
Memorial Chapel

The Koliadnyky, five male singers from the Carpathian Mountains, will sing traditional songs from the village of Kryvorivnia, accompanied by a “troista” (trio) of instrumentalists, bandurist Julian Kytasty, members of Hartford's Yevshan Ukrainian Vocal Ensemble, and Wesleyan’s own a cappella group Slavei.

Chinese Music Ensemble
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
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The Chinese Music Ensemble presents traditional and contemporary repertoire under the direction of graduate music student Joy Lu.

November

Brooklyn Rider
Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
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Hailed as “the future of chamber music” (
Strings), groundbreaking string quartet Brooklyn Rider performs works by Franz Schubert, Bill Frisell, Vijay Iyer, Glenn Kotche, and a U.S. premiere by Assistant Professor of Music Paula Matthusen
The Slot
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 9:00pm
Memorial Chapel
There are three pipe organs in Memorial Chapel: all of them will be part of a wild and wonderful new experience of new pieces, sound installations, and performance art.
TED/Mencken
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 9:00pm
CFA Hall
TED/Mencken is a live recitation rendered breathless through circuitry and interleaved with explanatory digressions in the manner of a TED talk.
Mad Rush: Pianist Lisa Moore plays Philip Glass
Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 3:00pm
The Russell House

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Private Lessons Teacher Lisa Moore performs highlights from the Philip Glass solo piano collection featured on her new album Mad Rush

Ron Shalom: Overture to Death Row Dick
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 9:00pm
World Music Hall
Dick wants just one thing for his last meal. A semi-staged abstraction of a nihilo-pornography-in-progress set in dialogue with Carolee Schneemann's 1965 film Fuses. Presented by graduate music student Ron Shalom.
West African Drumming and Dance Share
Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 9:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Students from the 7:30pm workshop give an informal performance of what they have learned, joined by Adjunct Professor of Music Abraham Adzenyah  and alumni on drums.
West African Drumming and Dance Workshop
Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 7:30pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Adjunct Professor of Music Abraham Adzenyah and Artist in Residence Iddi Saaka teach a joyful and engaging workshop in Ghanaian drumming and dance.
46 Years of Adzenyah at Wesleyan: West African Drumming and its Role in Liberal Arts Education
Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 3:00pm
CFA Hall
Alumni and Mr. Adzenyah’s students reflect on Mr. Adzenyah’s influence on them and the trajectory of their lives.
Cleek Schrey: Variations
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 9:00pm
World Music Hall

Experience graduate music student Cleek Schrey's realisation of John Cage's graphic score Variations II for violin and six loudspeakers, alongside works by Karlheinz Stockhausen, as well as original compositions and improvisations.

This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part VII
Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
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John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce performs the world premiere of Memories of Phoolan. Special guest Thomas Schuttenhelm will perform the world premiere of Bruce's The Sacred Guitar—seven improvisatory pieces for electric guitar based on tunes from The Sacred Harp. 

October

Graduate Concert: Cecilia Lopez
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 9:00pm
CFA Hall
A concert of music by Gustavo Ribicic (for mixed media and small ensemble) and video/sound pieces by Cecilia Lopez. With Visiting Scholar in Psychology Terri Hron, and graduate students Omar Fraire, Warren Enström, Ron Shalom, and Cleek Schrey.
Wesleyan University Orchestra and Choir
Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

The Wesleyan University Orchestra and Wesleyan Concert Choir, with pianist Brian Fairley, and Wesleyan Private Lessons Teachers Libby Van Cleve on English horn and Peter Standaart on flute, present music by Johannes Brahms, Daniel Elder, Arthur Honegger, Carl Nielsen, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina.

 

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill
Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

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Violinist Martin Hayes and guitarist Dennis Cahill perform adventurous interpretations of traditional Irish tunes with irresistible rhythm.

Graduate Composers' Introductions Concert
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall

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Student composers of the Wesleyan Music Department present their original works, featuring compositions by Matthew Stein '16, and graduate students Tomek Arnold, Hallie Blejewski, Warren Enström, Omar Fraire, Cecilia Lopez, Cleek Schrey, and Ron Shalom.

Fred Simmons: Turn of the Century Quartet
Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 3:00pm
The Russell House
The Turn of the Century Quartet performs original works and tunes by Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, and Dave Brubeck.
Sri Rajhesh Vaidhya
Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 4:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

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Sri Rajhesh Vaidhya's veena (plucked string instrument) playing will be accompanied by two mridangam players, plus tabla and gatam.

B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India
Friday, October 9, 2015 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Vocalist and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan is joined by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music David Nelson on mridangam and violinist K.V.S. Vinay.
Navaratri Festival: Music Department Colloquium
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 4:15pm
CFA Hall
A talk and performance by Associate Professor of Dance Hari Krishnan and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan

September

Nicholas Payton Trio featuring Gerald Cannon and Herlin Riley
Friday, September 18, 2015 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Grammy Award-winning trumpet player Nicholas Payton performs with his Trio featuring bassist Gerald Cannon and drummer Herlin Riley.
A Conversation with Nicholas Payton
Friday, September 18, 2015 at 4:15pm
Music Rehearsal Hall 003 (Daltry Room), 60 Wyllys Avenue
Grammy Award-winning trumpet player Nicholas Payton will discuss his creative process and his life in music.
Music at The Russell House: Julie Ribchinsky—Bach and the Modern World
Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 3:00pm
The Russell House
Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Julie Ribchinsky performs works for cello by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ástor Piazzola, Carlos Gardel, Osvaldo Golijov, and Ernest Bloch; accompanied by pianist William Braun, and graduate student Vivian Deng on cello.
Bach to School
Friday, September 11, 2015 at 8:30pm
Memorial Chapel
Artist in Residence and University Organist Ronald Ebrecht’s sixth annual concert features a works by Bach, Franck, Mendelssohn, Widor, and John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce. The concert will also feature percussionist Anthony DeQuattro.
The Mash
Friday, September 11, 2015 at 2:00pm
Usdan University Center, Patricelli '92 Theater, Crowell Concert Hall

Inspired by Fete de la Musique, also known as World Music Day, this fourth annual festival highlights Wesleyan's student music scene. Due to the weather, the festival venues have been moved inside.

May

Feet to the Fire: Riverfront Encounter
Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 12:00pm
Harbor Park, Harbor Drive, Middletown
Spend an afternoon at Feet to the Fire: Riverfront Encounter featuring live music, visual art installations, plein air painters, a kids' activity zone, environmental education exhibits, a craft fair, farmer's market, and much more to bring you closer to the rich culture, history, and science of the Connecticut River.
Ten Teen Tones Times Three, almost
Friday, May 8, 2015 at 8:00pm
CFA Hall
An evening of music and sound installations, some with video, by students in MUSC 220, "Composing, Performing, and Listening to Experimental Music," and the Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble
West African Drumming and Dance Concert
Friday, May 8, 2015 at 3:00pm
CFA Courtyard

An invigorating performance filled with the rhythms of West Africa, featuring choreographer Iddi Saaka and master drummer Abraham Adzenyah with their students in three levels of “West African Dance” courses, plus guest artists.

Annual Organ Romp
Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 10:00pm
Memorial Chapel
Lip-sync to "Dancing Queen," swing, sing, and laugh along with Wesleyan's organists.
WesWinds Spring Concert
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan Wind Ensemble, under the direction of John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce, performs an exciting array of pieces for winds and percussion.
South Indian Voice and Solkattu
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
Students of Adjunct Assistant Professors of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan and David Nelson will perform their annual recital of music from the Karnatak tradition of South India.
Ebony Singers Spring Concert
Monday, May 4, 2015 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
An evening of great gospel music by Wesleyan’s Ebony Singers under the direction of Dr. Marichal Monts ’85 will sooth your soul and lift your spirits.
“Middle Kingdom” in Middletown: A Night of Chinese Music
Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
The Chinese Music Ensemble presents their spring semester concert including music from traditional and contemporary repertoire. Co-directed by graduate students Joy Lu and Ender Terwilliger.
Senior Recital: Zachary Kantor
Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 9:00pm
Memorial Chapel
Zachary Kantor performs In Return: A Recital by Zachary Kantor.
Wesleyan University Orchestra featuring Concerto Competition Winners
Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan University Orchestra, under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina, presents a winning dish from October 2014’s “à la carte” menus—the audience voted for Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition—and the winners of the Wesleyan University Concerto Competition.
Experimental Music for Vocal Quartet
Friday, May 1, 2015 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Vocalists Eliza Bagg, Suzanne Schwing (pictured), Michael Steinberger, and John Rose of the New York Virtuoso Singers, conducted by Harold Rosenbaum, will present a concert of new and recent music for voice by Wesleyan graduate students and others.

April

Wesleyan Taiko Concert
Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 9:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Beginning, intermediate, and advanced students in the Taiko Drumming Ensemble perform thunderous and exhilarating rhythms of Japanese Taiko drumming under the direction of Visiting Instructor in Music Barbara Merjan.
Javanese Gamelan
Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
Experience the culture of Java with beginning students of Javanese Gamelan. The concert will include a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble.
Collegium Musicum
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 8:00pm
Memorial Chapel
The Collegium Musicum, directed by Visiting Instructor in Music Robert Strebendt, performs Tomás Luis de Victoria's Missa O Magnum Mysterium with harpsichordist Simon Jacobs.
Senior Recital: Christopher Sailor and Zack Cohen
Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 8:00pm
Music Rehearsal Hall 003 (Daltry Room), 60 Wyllys Avenue
Christopher Sailor and Zack Cohen perform Diving: The Collected Works of Chris Sailor and Zack Cohen.
WesleyPan Steelband Spring Concert
Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 6:00pm
World Music Hall
WesleyPan, the Wesleyan University Steelband, will present a selection of music from popular, classical, and folk traditions in Trinidad.
Noah Baerman Resonance Ensemble
Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
A pianist, composer, educator, author, and Artistic Director of Resonant Motion, “Noah Baerman is no stranger to aiming high” (David Adler, Village Voice). Mr. Baerman’s group will present the world premiere of his extended work The Rock and the Redemption.
Wayang Kulit: Javanese Puppet Play
Friday, April 24, 2015 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall

University Professor of Music and dhalang (puppet master)  Sumarsam and the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, directed by Artist in Residence I.M. Harjito, will present a Javanese wayang kulit, the puppet play employing intricately carved leather puppets, accompanied by an ensemble of instruments and vocalists.

Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble
Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan University Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble, directed by Noah Baerman, present an exciting evening of jazz repertoire by Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, and others.
This is How we Fly
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 8:00pm
Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown
This is How we Fly perform folk and improvised music from Dublin, Ireland during their Connecticut debut on their first tour of the United States.
Music Department Colloquium: Noah Baerman
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 4:15pm
Daltry Room, Music Rehearsal Hall Room 003, 60 Wyllys Avenue
Visiting Instructor in Music Noah Baerman discusses the philosophical origins and musical development of his suite The Rock and the Redemption in anticipation of its premiere on Saturday, April 25.
Jonathan Zorn: Language as Dust
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall
Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Jonathan Zorn presents two composition for speech and electronics, Language as Dust and Perforation.
The Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Piano Recital
Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 2:00pm
The Russell House
A piano recital featuring the participants of the Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Piano Competition.
The Nile Project
Friday, April 10, 2015 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The dozen musicians in The Nile Project perform “joyous and even raucous” (NPR Music) songs from traditions of Burundi, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, and Uganda in this Connecticut premiere.
Senior Recital: Eriq Robinson
Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 7:00pm
Fayerweather Beckham Hall
Eriq Robinson performs The Reality Ends Here: Beginning of the End.

The Universal Flute: Old and New Music for the Shakuhachi
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 8:00pm
Seminar Room, Mansfield Freeman Center, College of East Asian Studies

Asian Cutural Council Senior Advisor Ralph Samuelson MA ’71 performs traditional music on shakuhachi (Japanese flute), with a special performance by dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake.

March

Senior Recital: Merry Li
Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 3:00pm
World Music Hall
Merry Li presents A Show from the Chinese Cultural Revolution.
Music of Survival
Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 1:30pm
Goldsmith Family Cinema, College of Film and the Moving Image
Featuring a performance by bandurist, kobzar (bard), and composer Julian Kytasty, a screening of the film Music of Survival about the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus, and a discussion with film director Orest Sushko.
Senior Recital: Ming Zhu
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 7:00pm
CFA Hall
Ming Zhu presents Tunes of Ancient China: Ming’s Guqin Senior Recital.
Omnia Hegazy
Friday, March 27, 2015 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

Singer-songwriter Omnia Hegazy combines guitar-driven American pop/rock and Arabic folk. At Wesleyan, Ms. Hegazy will be accompanied for the first time outside of New York City by drummer Max Maples, bassist Carl Limbacher, electric guitarist Coyote Anderson, and Natalia Perlaza on Arabic percussion and tabla.

Stanley Maxwell
Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 3:00pm
The Russell House
Stanley Maxwell plays original music with intricate group improvisations, and won "Best Jazz Song" at the 7th annual Independent Music Awards. The quartet features Andy Chatfield on drums, Mark Crino on bass, Eric DellaVecchia on alto saxophone, and Evan Green on piano.

February

Wesleyan University Orchestra: CATcerto and Musical Beasts
Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 1:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
A children’s concert featuring very special guest Nora The Piano Cat and an orchestral suite from the animated Disney/Pixar movie Up! (2009), performed by the Wesleyan University Orchestra.
Tari Aceh! Music and Dance from Northern Sumatra
Friday, February 27, 2015 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Connecticut premiere by nine female traditional Acehnese dancers featuring songs and body percussion from the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
Panel Discussion: Expressing and Contesting Indonesia-Islam Encounters in Performing Arts - Dance and Music in Aceh
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 4:15pm
CFA Hall
Organized and moderated by University Professor of Music Sumarsam, this panel will discuss performing art as a space for expressing Indonesia-Islam encounters.
This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part V
Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce presents the fifth in a series of CD-length recitals of his piano music, performed by the composer with special guest artist Lydia Brown, Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and Associate Conductor, Metropolitan Opera.
Idiopreneurial Entrephonics: Concerts
Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall
“Idiopreneurial Entrephonics” is a two day festival of music made mostly with analog electronic circuitry, including two evening concerts.
Idiopreneurial Entrephonics: Workshops and Talks
Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 2:00pm
World Music Hall
“Idiopreneurial Entrephonics” is a two day festival of music made mostly with analog electronic circuitry, including afternoon workshops and talks.

Idiopreneurial Entrephonics: Workshops and Talks
Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 11:00am
Music Rehearsal Hall 105, 60 Wyllys Avenue
“Idiopreneurial Entrephonics” is a two day festival of music made mostly with analog electronic circuitry, including afternoon workshops and talks.

Idiopreneurial Entrephonics: Concerts
Friday, February 20, 2015 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall
“Idiopreneurial Entrephonics” is a two day festival of music made mostly with analog electronic circuitry, including two evening concerts.
Ronald Ebrecht: Be Mine
Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 4:00pm
Memorial Chapel
Artist in Residence and University Organist Ronald Ebrecht shares a Romantic fifth: the famous Fifth Symphony of Charles-Marie Widor, Moonlight and Roses, and other schmaltz in an afternoon intermezzo for Valentine’s Day.
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars
Friday, February 13, 2015 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars perform a spirited fusion of traditional West African music, roots reggae, and rhythmic traditional folk.
Stephen Bennett
Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 3:00pm
The Russell House
Finger-style guitarist Stephen Bennett presents original compositions and arrangements of the Beatles, Ennio Morricone, and Elmer Bernstein.

January

Calefax Reed Quintet
Friday, January 30, 2015 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Amsterdam’s Calefax Reed Quintet breathes new life into classical chamber music by Bach, Shostakovich, and others arranged for oboe, clarinet, sax, bass clarinet, and bassoon.
Youth Gamelan Ensemble Classes Start
Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 10:00am
World Music Hall

Have your child learn the traditional music of Java, Indonesia, for only $30 for a semester of lessons and rehearsals. Open to ages 7 to 14. No prior experience necessary.

2014

December

'All' means 'necessary'
Friday, December 5, 2014 at 9:00pm
World Music Hall
Savor the results of months of intensive creative ferment under the tutelage of the legendary composer and artist David Behrman, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music.
Javanese Gamelan
Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
Experience the culture of Java with beginning students of Javanese gamelan. The concert will include a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble.
Veronica Doubleday Concert with John Baily: Women’s Traditional Songs from Afghanistan
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 7:00pm
CFA Hall
London vocalist Veronica Doubleday accompanies her singing of Persian-language texts on daireh frame drum, and John Baily joins her on the two-stringed dutar lute.
Veronica Doubleday Talk: Emotional Expression in Women’s Music-Making in Afghanistan
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 4:15pm
CFA Hall
Veronica Doubleday, Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths, London University, considers the emotional impact of songs and dance from the western Afghan city of Herat.
WesWinds: The Wind Ensemble of Wesleyan University
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce conducts the WesWinds fall concert.
Wesleyan Chamber Music Concert
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 12:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

Wesleyan chamber music students perform works by Felix Mendelssohn, Frank Bridge, Claude Debussy, Ferdinando Carulli, and others.

Ebony Singers Winter Concert
Monday, December 1, 2014 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Enjoy the melodious sounds of Wesleyan's Ebony Singers under the direction of Dr. Marichal Monts '85.
South Indian Voice: Beginners Performance
Monday, December 1, 2014 at 7:00pm
CFA Hall
Beginning South Indian voice students will perform the exercises and simple compositions of Purandara Dasa, Appayya Dikshitar, and others. 

November

Music from East Asia
Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
A variety of musical styles and repertories from East Asian cultures, featuring Wesleyan’s three East Asian ensembles—the Chinese Music Ensemble, the Korean Drumming Ensemble, and the Taiko Drumming Ensemble.
Music from East Asia
Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
A variety of musical styles and repertories from East Asian cultures, featuring Wesleyan’s three East Asian ensembles—the Chinese Music Ensemble, the Korean Drumming Ensemble, and the Taiko Drumming Ensemble.
Wesleyan University Orchestra
Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

The Wesleyan University Orchestra presents an evening of popular holiday classics (including an audience sing-along) under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina.

Gamelan: Classical Music of Central Java
Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
The Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of University Professor of Music Sumarsam and Artist in Residence I.M. Harjito, presents classical music of Central Java.
The Slot
Friday, November 21, 2014 at 9:00pm
Memorial Chapel
Featuring works by graduate music students Peter Blasser, Cecilia Lopez, Cleek Schrey, and Ron Shalom, and Luke Macdonald '17.
Creative Content Concert
Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Pheeroan akLaff directs a performance by students in Music 459 “Materials and Principles of Jazz Improvisation I.”
Jason Brogan: The View from Nowhere
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 9:00pm
World Music Hall
Graduate music student Jason Brogan links together thought, noise, and improvisation in an attempt to investigate the self as being just a process: a "no one" that could be constructed or manipulated.
In the Heights
Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
2008 Tony Award–winner In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood—a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music.
In the Heights
Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 2:00pm
CFA Theater
2008 Tony Award–winner In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood—a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music.
In the Heights
Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
2008 Tony Award–winner In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood—a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music.
In the Heights
Friday, November 14, 2014 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
2008 Tony Award–winner In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood—a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music.
In the Heights
Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
2008 Tony Award–winner In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood—a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music.
Senior Recital: Jason Jia
Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 6:00pm
Memorial Chapel
Jason Jia performs organ works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Jehan Alain, Marcel Dupré, and Maurice Duruflé as part of his senior recital, "Bombarde! Safety Not Guaranteed."
In the Heights
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
2008 Tony Award–winner In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood—a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music.
Dina Maccabee: Self-Same Sounds
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 9:00pm
World Music Hall
Graduate music student Dina Maccabee presents new vocal pieces exploring the properties of the voice in dialogue with its many mediated reproductions, featuring student vocal group The Mixolydians.
Dina Maccabee: Self-Same Sounds
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 9:00pm
World Music Hall
Graduate music student Dina Maccabee presents new vocal pieces exploring the properties of the voice in dialogue with its many mediated reproductions, featuring student vocal group The Mixolydians.
Sam Friedman '13: Just Breathe—A Harmonica Retrospective
Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 3:00pm
The Russell House
Sam Friedman '13 demonstrates some of the many ways that the harmonica has been utilized in the nearly 200 years since its invention, accompanied by piano, guitar, bass, and vocals.
Riffat Sultana and Party
Friday, November 7, 2014 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The New England debut of Sufi fusion singer Riffat Sultana and Party. Her divinely soulful voice evokes her musical ancestry, blending Indian and Pakistani influences with guitar, tabla, dhol, bansuri, and harmonium.
Tell Your Story: A Conversation with Riffat Sultana and Party
Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:00pm
CFA Hall

Hear from Sufi singer Riffat Sultana and Party about her experiences as a Muslim woman artist both in America and abroad in Pakistan and India.

Wesleyan Concert Choir: Let All Nations Sing
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 5:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
The Wesleyan Concert Choir presents Let All Nations Sing, a selection of folk tunes from all around the world, under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina.

Colloquium: Professor Mohd Anis Md Nor
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 4:15pm
Daltry Room (Music Rehearsal Hall 003)

Mohd Anis Md Nor, Professor of Ethnochoreology and Ethnomusicology at the Cultural Centre (School of Performing Arts), University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, will discuss Islam, music, and dance in Southeast Asia.

October

A Symphony à la carte
Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan University Orchestra, under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina, showcases a selection of movements from several large-scale symphonic works and presents an opportunity for the audience vote on which composition they would like to hear in its entirety in the spring.
Sonatas and Interludes: Keyboard Music by Cage, Scarlatti, and Macbride
Friday, October 24, 2014 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
David Macbride, Professor of Composition and Music Theory at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford, performs selected sonatas by John Cage, Domenico Scarlatti, and original works based on those composers for harpsichord, piano, and prepared piano.
Yiddish Dance Extravaganza
Friday, October 24, 2014 at 5:30pm
The Bayit, 157 Church Street
An evening of live klezmer music by Wesleyan's klezmer band Veeblefetzer and Yiddish dancing led by Steve Weintraub.
This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part IV
Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce presents the fourth of twelve CD-length recitals of his piano music.
Vijay Iyer Trio
Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
A “distinctive redefinition of the jazz piano trio” (JazzTimes) by pianist Vijay Iyer, with bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Tyshawn Sorey MA '11.
Tomomi Adachi
Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 8:00pm
CFA Hall
Japanese vocal and electronics performer, composer, and instrument builder Tomomi Adachi presents his wide-ranging activities with special guest Ayako Kataoka.
Getting to Know You
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 9:00pm
World Music Hall
Featuring works by graduate music students José Juan Garcia, Cecilia Lopez, Ron Shalom, Cleek Schrey, and others.
The West End String Quartet: Works by Shostakovich and Mozart
Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 3:00pm
The Russell House
The West End String Quartet features Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Jessica Meyer on violin, and fellow Wesleyan chamber music instructors Sarah Washburn on violin, Anne Berry on cello, and John Biatowas on viola
Masterclass: Filippo Mariottini
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 2:30pm
Memorial Chapel
In co-operation with the American Guild of Organists, Wesleyan University presents Filippo Mariottini from Rome.

September

Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Keyboard Sathya
Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The United States debut of the duo of Grammy Award–winner Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (pictured), who plays Mohan Veena (a modified lap slide guitar), with 19-year-old virtuoso Keyboard Sathya.
B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India
Friday, September 26, 2014 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Vocalist B. Balasubrahmaniyan, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music, is joined by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music David Nelson on mridangam and L. Ramakrishnan on violin.
Colloquium: Richard Wolf—The Voice in the Drum, Creative Non-Fiction, and Ethnomusicology
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 4:15pm
CFA Hall

Harvard Professor of Music & South Asian Studies Richard Wolf discusses his forthcoming novel about drummers, dancers, and other participants at a Sufi shrine in Lahore, Pakistan.

Peter Blasser: Sidrazzi Gamelan
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 9:00pm
World Music Hall
Through compositions and improvisations, graduate music student Peter Blasser’s ensemble will weave the sidrazzi (an electronic organ) and gamelan together.
Planet Hip Hop Festival Concert
Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 9:00pm
Fayerweather Beckham Hall
Afternoon workshops and evening performances by international Muslim women in hip hop, including the U.S. debut of Montreal-based Algerian singer-songwriter and rapper Meryem Saci (pictured) as a solo artist, the New England debut of Washington, D.C.-based and Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter, poet, and emcee Maimouna Youssef a.k.a. Mumu Fresh as a solo artist, and Tavasha Shannon a.k.a. Miss Undastood of Queens, New York. The evening concert will be hosted by Boston's Mr. Lif, and will also feature the Nomadic Wax Collective, a live backing band that will include bass, drums, keys, guitar, and a DJ.

Miss Undastood Workshop: The Art of Rhyme - Exploring Islam and Hip Hop through Verse Writing
Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 3:30pm
World Music Hall
In this workshop, Miss Undastood will explore the topic of Islam and hip hop using poetry and verse writing, supported by a live DJ.
Maimouna Youssef Workshop: Freestyling through the History of American Music - Improvisation 101
Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 1:45pm
World Music Hall

A hip hop workshop with Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter, poet, and emcee Maimouna Youssef a.k.a. Mumu Fresh, based in Washington, D.C.

Meryem Saci Workshop: Music Is Medicine—Hip Hop Therapy for the Bifurcated Soul
Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 11:00am
World Music Hall
In this workshop, Meryem Saci will explore her experiences as a refugee, an artist, and a Muslim woman. She will unpack the therapeutic and spiritual benefits that music can provide, pulling examples and lessons from her own history and life story.
Women’s Voices, Verbal Ability, and Symbolic Power: The Case of Moroccan Shikhat
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 4:15pm
Daltry Room (Music Rehearsal Hall 003)
Alessandra Ciucci analyzes a wedding celebration in Morocco to determine the role(s) of the shikhat, a class of professional female singer-dancers.
Giacomo Gates: A Milestone Concert
Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 3:00pm
The Russell House

Vocalist and Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Giacomo Gates, winner of DownBeat's 2012 Critics Poll for “Rising Star Male Vocalist,” performs tunes from the Great American Songbook, accompanied by guitarist and Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Tony Lombardozzi and bassist Jeff Fuller.

Youth Gamelan Ensemble Classes Start
Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 10:00am
World Music Hall
Have your child learn the traditional music of Java, Indonesia, for only $30 for a semester of lessons and rehearsals. Open to ages 7 to 14. No prior experience necessary.

Freedom Summer Rolling Concert
Friday, September 12, 2014 at 6:00pm
Cross Street Dance Studio, Olin Memorial Library Steps, Memorial Chapel
Featuring performances by the Unity Choir and Children's Choir of Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church, Middletown High School Choir, Wesleyan Singers, Dar Williams '89, and Kim and
Reggie Harris
CD Launch Party: Walking Still
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 5:30pm
Davison Art Center
Celebrate the release of the album Walking Still by the London-based choral group Vocal Constructivists, directed by Wesleyan Associate Professor of Music Jane Alden.
Yiddish Song on Stage
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 4:00pm
Daltry Room, Music Rehearsal Hall 003, 60 Wyllys Avenue
A musical presentation on song in the Yiddish theater by mezzo-soprano Monica Krajewska and pianist Natasha Ulyanovsky.
Bach to School
Friday, September 5, 2014 at 8:00pm
Memorial Chapel

Fifth annual Bach to School opening of the concert year by Artist in Residence and University Organist Ronald Ebrecht, performing music from his globe-spanning concerts. 

Reinier van Houdt
Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 8:00pm
Memorial Chapel
The Connecticut debut of Netherlands-based pianist Reinier van Houdt featuring works by Peter Adriaansz, Luc Ferrari, Jerry Hunt, and Michael Pisaro.

July

This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part III
Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce presents the third of twelve CD-length recitals of his piano music.
Joe Lovano Trio Fascination with special guest Judi Silvano
Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

The world premiere of Joe Lovano Trio Fascination with bassist Peter Slavov, drummer Lamy Istrefi and special guest vocalist Judi Silvano.

Aaron Jafferis: How to Change the World with Hip-Hop Theater
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 12:10pm
World Music Hall
Aaron Jafferis will discuss his work and demonstrate his approach to hip-hop theater.
Zili Misik
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at 7:00pm
CFA Courtyard [Rain Location: Crowell Concert Hall]
Bring a picnic, then dance with family and friends to the powerful New World Soul rhythms of Zili Misik at a free outdoor concert in the CFA Courtyard!