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Bach to School
Friday, September 5, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Memorial Chapel

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

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Opening Reception: Not of This World
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies Gallery
Uncover the hidden stories of East Asia's religion and folklore in this exihibition of the most compelling artworks from Wesleyan's College of East Asian Studies.
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Artist Talk: Faye Driscoll
Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 4:30 PM
Cross Street Dance Studio
"A startingly original talent" (The New York Times), choreographer and director Faye Driscoll previously danced with Doug Varone and Dancers.
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Opening Reception: Call to Action - American Posters in World War I
Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Davison Art Center
Selected from the collection of the Davison Art Center, the exhibition includes more than 30 American World War I posters designed by James Montgomery Flagg, Howard Chandler Christy, and others.
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Youth Gamelan Ensemble Classes Start
Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 10:00 AM
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.

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Giacomo Gates: A Milestone Concert
Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 3:00 PM
The Russell House

Vocalist and Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Giacomo Gates, winner of 2012 Downbeat Critic's Poll for “Rising Star Male Vocalist,” performs tunes from the Great American Songbook.

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Opening Reception: Tula Telfair - A World of Dreams: New Landscape Paintings
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Main Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

The exhibition includes new large-scale paintings in which Professor of Art Tula Telfair presents monumental landscapes and epic-scale vistas that are simultaneously awe-inspiring and intimate.

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Women’s Voices, Verbal Ability, and Symbolic Power: The Case of Moroccan Shikhat
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 4:15 PM
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.
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Panel Discussion: Gender, Islam and the 'Muslim Problem'
Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM
CFA Hall
Organized and moderated by Professor of Religion Peter Gottschalk, this panel will feature a discussion about Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiments, which have proven so influential among non-Muslim Americans and Europeans.
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LeeSaar The Company: Princess Crocodile
Friday, September 19, 2014 at 8:00 PM
CFA Hall

Seven international female dancers share the explosive power of Israeli choreographers Saar Harari and Lee Sher‘s Gaga-influenced movement.

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Meryem Saci Worksop: Music Is Medicine - Hip Hop Therapy for the Bifurcated Soul
Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM
World Music Hall
In this workshop, Ms. 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.
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Liza Garza Workshop: The Art of Sound and Its Divine Nature
Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 1:45 PM
World Music Hall
In this workshop,  Emmy Award-nominated poet, vocalist, and songwriter Liza Garza explores sound and its direct relationship to the oneness of the universe.
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Poetic Pilgrimage Workshop: The Art of Rhyme - Exploring Islam and Hip Hop through Verse Writing
Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 3:30 PM
World Music Hall
In this workshop,  London's spoken word duo Poetic Pilgrimage will explore the topic of Islam and hip hop using poetry and verse writing, supported by a live DJ.
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Planet Hip Hop Festival
Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 9:00 PM
Fayerweather Beckham Hall
Workshops and performances by international hip hop artists Poetic Pilgrimage (London), Meryem Saci (Montreal), Liza Garza (United States).
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Peter Blasser: Sidrazzi Gamelan
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 9:00 PM
World Music Hall
Through compositions and improvisations, graduate music student Peter Blasser’s ensemble will weave the sidrazzi (an electronic organ) and gamelan together.
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Colloquium: Richard Wolf - The Voice in the Drum, Creative Non-Fiction, and Ethnomusicology
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 4:15 PM
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Harvard Professor of Music & South Asian Studies Richard Wolf discusses his novel about drummers, dancers at a Sufi shrine in Lahore, Pakistan.
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Henna and Chaat
Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Olin Library Lobby
Experience South Asian culture through henna art and sampling of chaat (savory snacks), hosted by Shakti, Wesleyan's South Asian Students' Association.
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Gallery Talk: Animal Dignity and an Ethics of Sight - Photography by Isa Leshko and Frank Noelker
Friday, September 26, 2014 at 4:30 PM
South Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Photographers Isa Leshko and Frank Noelker sensitively portray captive animals in an evocative exhibition that asks viewers to reflect on our complicated relationships with other animals.
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B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India
Friday, September 26, 2014 at 8:00 PM
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.
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Artist Talk: Tula Telfair
Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 2:00 PM
CFA Hall
Tula Telfair shares her private vision of the beauty and majesty of the natural world.
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Film Screening: The Unseen Sequence
Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 3:30 PM
CFA Hall
Directed by Sumantra Ghoshal, this new film celebrates Malavika Sarukkai’s distinctive intellectual and creative approach to Indian dance.
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Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Keyboard Sathya
Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Crowell Concert Hall
Grammy Award-winner Vishwa Mohan Bhatt plays Mohan Veena (a modified lap slide guitar) in a duet with 19-year-old virtuoso Keyboard Sathya.
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Saraswati Puja (Hindu Ceremony)
Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM
World Music Hall
This religious service, led by A. V. Srinivasan, marks the most auspicious day of the year for beginning new endeavors.
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Malavika Sarukkai: Rasamanjari
Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 3:00 PM
Crowell Concert Hall
Acclaimed dancer Malavika Sarukkai presents the New England premiere of Rasamajari, a celebration of the classical dance language of India.
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Recital: Filippo Mariottini
Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 50 Emmanuel Church Road, Killingworth
In co-operation with the American Guild of Organists, Wesleyan University presents Filippo Mariottini from Rome.
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Panel Discussion: Tula Telfair - A World of Dreams: New Landscape Paintings
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 4:30 PM
Main Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Tula Telfair shares her private vision of the beauty and majesty of the natural world.
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Masterclass: Filippo Mariottini
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at 2:30 PM
Memorial Chapel
In co-operation with the American Guild of Organists, Wesleyan University presents Filippo Mariottini from Rome.
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Big Data Investigative Journalism: How Public Documents and the Internet Helped Map the Islamophobia Industry
Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 4:15 PM
Public Affairs Center, Room 002

Eli Clifton, co-author of the Center for American Progress's ground-breaking report Fear, Inc., will describe the investigative tools he used to help reveal the nexus of politicians, professional Islamophobes, and big money special interests who have fueled the spike in Islamophobia in the United States.


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The Builders Association – Sontag: Reborn
Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 8:00 PM
CFA Theater

“A spellbinding x-ray of a writer’s psyche” (New York Times) explores the private life, loves, idiosyncrasies of Susan Sontag in a solo show.

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The Builders Association – Sontag: Reborn
Friday, October 3, 2014 at 8:00 PM
CFA Theater

“A spellbinding x-ray of a writer’s psyche” (New York Times) explores the private life, loves, idiosyncrasies of Susan Sontag in a solo show.

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The West End String Quartet: Works by Shostakovich and Mozart
Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 3:00 PM
The Russell House
Since 2005, the West End String Quartet has been entertaining audiences across New England with their exciting concerts that pair traditional chamber works with contemporary repertoire.
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Recital: Filippo Mariottini
Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Higganum Congregational Church 23 Parsonage Road, Higganum
In co-operation with the American Guild of Organists, Wesleyan University presents Filippo Mariottini from Rome.
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Getting to Know You
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 9:00 PM
World Music Hall
Featuring works by graduate music students José Juan Garcia, Cecilia Lopez, Ron Shalom, Cleek Schrey, and others.
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Closing Reception: Animal Dignity and an Ethics of Sight - Photography by Isa Leshko and Frank Noelker
Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 5:30 PM
South Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Photographers Isa Leshko and Frank Noelker sensitively portray captive animals in an evocative exhibition that asks viewers to reflect on our complicated relationships with other animals.
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Tour of New York City Photograph Galleries
Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 11:00 AM
New York City
Join the Friends of the Davison Art Center on an exciting tour of New York City’s photograph galleries.
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Vijay Iyer Trio
Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 8:00 PM
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.
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This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part IV
Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 3:00 PM
Crowell Concert Hall
John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce presents the fourth of twelve CD-length recitals of his piano music.
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Studio Performance: Fleur D'Orange - Hind Benali, Artistic Director
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 4:30 PM
Cross Street Dance Studio

Moroccan choreographer/dancer Hind Benali presents a studio showing and talks about her dramatic movement work exploring culture and religion.

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Artful Lunch Series: Keiji Shinohara
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 12:10 PM
Davison Art Center, Alsop House Dining Room
One artwork, one speaker, fifteen minutes. Join Artist in Residence Keiji Shinohara as he shares his favorite works in the Davison Art Center collection.
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Painting for the People: Lithography in France in the 19th Century
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 6:00 PM
Davison Art Center, Print Reference Library
Join the Wesleyan Institute for Lifelong Learning and the Friends of the Davison Art Center for Painting for the People, a short course on French lithographs in the 19th century.
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Fall Faculty Dance Concert: Bakhchysarai
Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Memorial Chapel
In response to recent political changes in Crimea, the premiere performances of Bakhchysarai by Associate Professor of Dance Katja Kolcio.
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Sonatas and Interludes: Keyboard Music by Cage, Scarlatti, and Macbride
Friday, October 24, 2014 at 8:00 PM
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.
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Fall Faculty Dance Concert: Bakhchysarai
Friday, October 24, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Memorial Chapel
In response to recent political changes in Crimea, the premiere performances of Bakhchysarai by Associate Professor of Dance Katja Kolcio.
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A Symphony a la carte
Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 8:00 PM
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.
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Daniel Fishkin: Transcriptions
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 9:00 PM
World Music Hall
Graduate music student Daniel Fishkin presents a diverse program of American avant-garde composition and the experimental canon, filtered through and radically reinterpreted by invented instruments.
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Hkeelee (Talk to Me)
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 7:00 PM
CFA Hall

A solo performance by Lebanese American writer, actress, and teaching artist Leila Buck ’99 that explores family, memory, and politics.

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Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Patricelli ’92 Theater

A collection of new works presented by senior choreographers as part of their culminating project for the dance major.

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Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Friday, October 31, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Patricelli ’92 Theater

A collection of new works presented by senior choreographers as part of their culminating project for the dance major.

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Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Patricelli ’92 Theater

A collection of new works presented by senior choreographers as part of their culminating project for the dance major.

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Colloquium: Professor Mohd Anis Nor
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 4:15 PM

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.

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Riffat Sultana and Party
Friday, November 7, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Crowell Concert Hall

Sufi singer Riffat Sultana‘s divinely soulful voice evokes her musical ancestry, blending Indian and Pakistani influences with guitar and tabla.

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Sam Friedman ‘13: Just Breathe - A Harmonica Retrospective
Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 3:00 PM
The Russell House
Sam Friedman and Friends demonstrate some of the many ways that the harmonica has been utilized in the nearly 200 years since its invention.
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Dina Maccabee: Whataya Talk?
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 9:00 PM
World Music Hall
Graduate music student Dina Maccabee presents music for voices composed while at Wesleyan, alongside seminal 20th century works and pieces from the folk and popular catalog.
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In the Heights
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 8:00 PM
CFA Theater
2008 Tony Awards 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.
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In the Heights
Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 8:00 PM
CFA Theater
2008 Tony Awards 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.
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In the Heights
Friday, November 14, 2014 at 8:00 PM
CFA Theater
2008 Tony Awards 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.
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In the Heights
Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 8:00 PM
CFA Theater
2008 Tony Awards 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.
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In the Heights
Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 2:00 PM
CFA Theater
2008 Tony Awards 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.
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In the Heights
Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM
CFA Theater
2008 Tony Awards 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.
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Opening Reception: Create and Curate - Student-Organized Exhibition
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 5:00 PM
Davison Art Center, Hallway Gallery
The Friends of the Davison Art Center coordinate the second student-curated exhibition of work created by current students.
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Jason Brogan: The View from Nowhere
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 9:00 PM
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 manipulate.
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Creative Content Concert
Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 7:00 PM
Crowell Concert Hall
The Happening 14: Students in Music 459Materials and Principles of Jazz Improvisation I,” under the direction of drummer and Private Lessons Teacher Pheeroan akLaff, interact with the campus community and confines.
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West African Dance Concert
Friday, November 21, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Crowell Concert Hall

Choreographer and Artist in Residence Iddi Saaka is joined by students and guest artists for an invigorating performance showcasing the vibrancy of West African cultures through their music and dance forms.

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The Slot
Friday, November 21, 2014 at 9:00 PM
Memorial Chapel
The MIDI system of the concert organ in Memorial Chapel goes live on the web.
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Gamelan: Classical Music of Central Java
Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 7:00 PM
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.
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Wesleyan Orchestra and Choir Fall Concert
Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan University Orchestra and Choir present symphonic repertoire under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina.
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World Guitar Ensemble Concert
Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 3:00 PM
World Music Hall
The World Guitar Ensemble performs a variety of world music under the direction of Private Lessons Teacher Carver Blanchard.
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Music from East Asia
Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM
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.
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South Indian Voice: Beginners Performance
Monday, December 1, 2014 at 7:00 PM
CFA Hall
Beginning South Indian voice students will perform the exercises and simple compositions of Purandara Dasa, Appayya Dikshitar, and others. 
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Ebony Singers Winter Concert
Monday, December 1, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Crowell Concert Hall
Enjoy the melodious sounds of Wesleyan's Ebony Singers under the direction of Dr. Marichal Monts '85.
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Wesleyan Chamber Music Concert
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Crowell Concert Hall

Wesleyan chamber music students perform works by various composers.

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WesWinds: The Wind Ensemble of Wesleyan University
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Crowell Concert Hall
John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce conducts the WesWinds fall concert.
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Veronica Doubleday Talk: Emotional Expression in Women’s Music-Making in Afghanistan
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 4:15 PM
CFA Hall
London vocalist, frame drummer, and expert on Afghan women’s music Veronica Doubleday talks about the emotional expression of songs.
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Veronica Doubleday Concert with John Baily: Women’s Traditional Songs from Afghanistan
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM
CFA Hall
London vocalist, frame drummer, and expert on Afghan women’s music Veronica Doubleday performs, accompanied by John Baily on the two-stringed dutar lute.
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Javanese Gamelan
Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 7:00 PM
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.
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The Serpent: Senior Thesis Production by Sivan Battat
Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Patricelli ’92 Theater
Beginning at the Book of Genesis, Jean Claude van Itallie's The Serpent weaves biblical narrative with contemporary experience to craft a ceremonial journey for actors and audience.
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Winter Dance Concert
Friday, December 5, 2014 at 8:00 PM
CFA Theater
Advanced student choreographers present recent works.
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The Serpent: Senior Thesis Production by Sivan Battat
Friday, December 5, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Patricelli ’92 Theater
Beginning at the Book of Genesis, Jean Claude van Itallie's The Serpent weaves biblical narrative with contemporary experience to craft a ceremonial journey for actors and audience.
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'All' means 'necessary'
Friday, December 5, 2014 at 9:00 PM
World Music Hall
Savor the results of months of intensive creative ferment under the tutelage of the legendary composer and artist David Behrman whilst sitting on the gently padded shelves of the World Music Hall.
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Winter Dance Concert
Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM
CFA Theater
Advanced student choreographers present recent works.
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The Serpent: Senior Thesis Production by Sivan Battat
Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Patricelli ’92 Theater
Beginning at the Book of Genesis, Jean Claude van Itallie's The Serpent weaves biblical narrative with contemporary experience to craft a ceremonial journey for actors and audience.
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Worlds of Dance Concert
Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 2:00 PM
Crowell Concert Hall
Introduction to Dance and beginning dance students perform works of various styles including Bharata Natyam (South Indian classical dance).
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Calefax Reed Quintet
Friday, January 30, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Crowell Concert Hall
Amsterdam’s Calefax Reed Quintet breathes new life into classical chamber music arranged for oboe, clarinet, sax, bass clarinet, and bassoon.
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Compagnie Marie Chouinard
Friday, February 6, 2015 at 8:00 PM
CFA Theater
Montreal’s Compagnie Marie Chouinard returns with two new dance works, described as “a hurricane of unbridled imaginativeness” (The New York Times)
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Compagnie Marie Chouinard
Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 8:00 PM
CFA Theater
Montreal’s Compagnie Marie Chouinard returns with two new dance works, described as “a hurricane of unbridled imaginativeness” (The New York Times)
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Tari Aceh! Music and Dance from Northern Sumatra
Friday, February 27, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Crowell Concert Hall
Connecticut premiere by nine female traditional Acehnese dancers featuring songs and body percussion from the Indonesian island of Sumatra.
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Omnia Hegazy
Friday, March 27, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Crowell Concert Hall

Singer-songwriter Omnia Hegazy combines guitar-driven American pop/rock and maqam-based Arabic folk with politically-charged lyrics.

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The Nile Project
Friday, April 10, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Crowell Concert Hall

The dozen musicians in The Nile Project perform “joyous and even raucous” (NPR Music) songs from traditions of Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda.

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Leila Buck Workshop Performance
Friday, April 17, 2015 at 8:00 PM
World Music Hall
Lebanese American writer and teaching artist Leila Buck ’99 presents a work-in-progress showing of a collaborative commissioned theatrical work.
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Leila Buck Workshop Performance
Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 8:00 PM
World Music Hall
Lebanese American writer and teaching artist Leila Buck ’99 presents a work-in-progress showing of a collaborative commissioned theatrical work.
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A World of Arts in the Heart of Connecticut