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2015

September

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The Mash
Friday, September 11, 2015 at 2:00pm
Olin Library, North College, Center for the Arts, Foss Hill
Inspired by Fete de la Musique, also known as World Music Day, this fourth annual festival highlights Wesleyan's student music scene.
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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, Widor, and John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce.
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Tour of Rembrandt’s Changing Impressions Exhibition
Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 11:00am
Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University
Tour the Columbia University exhibition Rembrandt’s Changing Impressions with curator Robert Fucci ’92, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
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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 solo cello by Sebastian Bach and Osvaldo Golijov.
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Artist Talk: R. Luke DuBois
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 4:30pm
CFA Hall

Genre-defying composer, artist, and performer R. Luke DuBois discusses In Real Time, the first major gallery presentation of his work.

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Opening Reception: R. Luke DuBois - In Real Time
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 5:30pm
Main Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Genre-defying composer, artist, and performer R. Luke DuBois creates maps, scores, and videos that use real-time data flows and media footage to raise questions of artistic agency, privacy, and fair use.
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Eiko Otake A Body in Places
Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 7:00pm
Russell Library, 123 Broad Street, Middletown
Dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake, Visiting Artist in Dance and East Asian Studies, presents a series of intimate performances as part of her solo project A Body in Places
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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.
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Wesleyan Youth Gamelan
Saturday, September 19, 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.
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Theater After Wesleyan
Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 5:30pm
CFA Hall
Four Wesleyan Theater Department alumni--producer Roberta Pereira '03 (The Opponent, Mothers and Sons), director Michael Rau '05 (Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Wolf 359), playwright MJ Kaufman '08, and scenic and properties designer Emmie Finckel '14 (Communications Associate at David Korins Design)--talk about their work and careers in theater after Wesleyan.
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Dorrance Dance
Friday, September 25, 2015 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
Connecticut debut of choreographer Michelle Dorance’s combination of tap and modern dance, which is “edgy, seductive and smart” (Chicago Tribune)
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Dorrance Dance
Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
Connecticut debut of choreographer Michelle Dorance’s combination of tap and modern dance, which is “edgy, seductive and smart” (Chicago Tribune)
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The Combat Paper Project
Monday, September 28, 2015 at 4:15pm
Usdan University Center, Room 108
Iraq war veteran and co-founder of the Combat Paper Project Drew Cameron will discuss the history of his transformational art-making project.
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Artist Talk: Tanya Marcuse
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 5:00pm
CFA Hall

The exhibition Phantom Bodies features haunting photographs by Tanya Marcuse evoking absent bodies in the U.S., England, Florence, and Vienna.

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Opening Reception: Phantom Bodies: Photographs by Tanya Marcuse
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 6:00pm
Davison Art Center
The exhibition Phantom Bodies features haunting photographs by Tanya Marcuse evoking absent bodies in the U.S., England, Florence, and Vienna.
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Opening Reception: Tripod Complex
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 12:00pm
College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center
Tripod Complex features monumental scrolls by Ian Boyden ’95 that are his meditation on the remains of ancient trees after a forest fire in Washington state
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Nirvana: Carbon Inks, Burning Forests, and the Buddhist Endgame
Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 4:30pm
College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center

Ian Boyden '95 discusses how his long-term exploration of the material and ecology of a forest fire took an unexpected philosophical turn when he presented his work to a Chinese audience.

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Eiko Otake A Body in Places
Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 3:00pm
Davison Art Center, Alsop House 301 High Street, Middletown
Dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake, Visiting Artist in Dance and East Asian Studies, presents a series of intimate performances as part of her solo project A Body in Places
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Eiko Otake A Body in Places
Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 4:00pm
Davison Art Center, Alsop House 301 High Street, Middletown
Dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake, Visiting Artist in Dance and East Asian Studies, presents a series of intimate performances as part of her solo project A Body in Places
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Eiko Otake A Body in Places
Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 5:00pm
Davison Art Center, Alsop House 301 High Street, Middletown
Dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake, Visiting Artist in Dance and East Asian Studies, presents a series of intimate performances as part of her solo project A Body in Places
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Eiko Otake A Body in Places
Monday, October 5, 2015 at 7:00pm
Davison Art Center, Alsop House 301 High Street, Middletown
Dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake, Visiting Artist in Dance and East Asian Studies, presents a series of intimate performances as part of her solo project A Body in Places
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Eiko Otake A Body in Places
Monday, October 5, 2015 at 8:00pm
Davison Art Center, Alsop House 301 High Street, Middletown
Dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake, Visiting Artist in Dance and East Asian Studies, presents a series of intimate performances as part of her solo project A Body in Places
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Eiko Otake A Body in Places
Monday, October 5, 2015 at 9:00pm
Davison Art Center, Alsop House 301 High Street, Middletown
Dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake, Visiting Artist in Dance and East Asian Studies, presents a series of intimate performances as part of her solo project A Body in Places
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Artful Lunch Series: Terttu Uibopuu
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 12:10pm
Davison Art Center, Alsop House Dining Room
Terttu Uibopuu, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art, discusses her favorite work in the Davison Art Center collection.
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Navaratri Festival: Music Department Colloquium
Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 4:15pm
CFA Hall
A talk and performance Assistant Professor of Dance Hari Krishnan and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan
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Navaratri Festival: Henna and Chaat
Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 7:00pm
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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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.
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Daniel Beaty performing Mr. Joy
Friday, October 9, 2015 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
Mr. Joy, a tour de force solo show by award-winning actor, singer, writer, and composer Daniel Beaty, explores a Harlem community’s efforts to heal in order to dream again.
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Navaratri Festival: Film Screening Lasya Kavya: The World of Alarmél Valli
Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 2:00pm
CFA Hall

Lasya KavyaThe World of Alarmél Valli, a film by award-winning director Sankalp Meshram, about the internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer.

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Sri Rajesh Vaidya
Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 4:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Sri Rajhesh Vaidya's veena (plucked string instrument) playing will be accompanied by two mridangam players, plus tabla and gatam.
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Bhojanam (Feast)
Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 6:30pm
Daniel Family Commons, Usdan University Center
Treat yourself to vegetarian Indian delicacies at the Navaratri Festival’s Bhojanam (Feast) following the 4pm concert by Sri Rajesh Vaidya. 
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Saraswati Puja (Hindu Ceremony)
Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 11:00am
World Music Hall
This religious service, led by A. V. Srinivasan, marks the most auspicious day of the year for beginning new endeavors. The audience may participate and bring instruments, manuscripts, and other items for blessing.
 
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Alarmél Valli
Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Internationally acclaimed Indian dancer and choreographer Alarmél Valli turns the traditional Bharatanatyam style into subtle, deeply internalized, personal dance poetry in her Connecticut debut.
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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.
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Graduate Composers' Introduction Concert
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall
Graduate student composers of the Wesleyan Music Department present their original works.
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Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 8:00pm
Patricelli '92 Theater
A collection of new works presented by senior choreographers as part of their culminating projects for the dance major.
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Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Friday, October 16, 2015 at 8:00pm
Patricelli '92 Theater
A collection of new works presented by senior choreographers as part of their culminating projects for the dance major.
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Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill
Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Violinist Martin Hayes and guitarist Dennis Cahill perform adventurous interpretations of traditional Irish tunes with irresistible rhythm.
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Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 8:00pm
Patricelli '92 Theater
A collection of new works presented by senior choreographers as part of their culminating projects for the dance major.
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Wesleyan University Orchestra and Choir
Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

The Wesleyan University Orchestra and Wesleyan Concert Choir present music by Charles Ives, Johann Sebastian Bach, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina.

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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.
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Fall Faculty Dance Concert: Shake
Friday, October 30, 2015 at 8:00pm
Patricelli '92 Theater
World premiere of the duet Shake, the first work co-choreographed by Wesleyan Artist in Residence Iddi Saaka and Bates College Assistant Professor of Dance Rachel Boggia.
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Fall Faculty Dance Concert: Shake
Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 8:00pm
Patricelli '92 Theater
World premiere of the duet Shake, the first work co-choreographed by Wesleyan Artist in Residence Iddi Saaka and Bates College Assistant Professor of Dance Rachel Boggia.
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November

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This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part VII
Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce performs the world premiere of Memories of Phoolan; and guitarist Thomas Schuttenhelm performs the world premiere of Mr. Bruce’s The Sacred Guitar
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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 original compositions and improvisations.

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Eiko Otake A Body in Places
Friday, November 6, 2015 at 8:00pm
Van Vleck Observatory, 96 Foss Hill Drive, Middletown
Dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake, Visiting Artist in Dance and East Asian Studies, presents a series of intimate performances as part of her solo project A Body in Places
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Eiko Otake A Body in Places
Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 4:00pm
Van Vleck Observatory, 96 Foss Hill Drive, Middletown
Dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake, Visiting Artist in Dance and East Asian Studies, presents a series of intimate performances as part of her solo project A Body in Places
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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.
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In Conversation With R. Luke Dubois
Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 5:00pm
CFA Hall
New media artist, theater director, and designer Reid Farrington in conversation with composer, artist, and performer R. Luke DuBois
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Faye Driscoll —Thank You for Coming: Attendance
Friday, November 13, 2015 at 8:00pm
Patricelli '92 Theater
Dancers and audience share a dynamic, joyful ritual of action and transformation in this Connecticut premiere by choreographer and director Faye Driscoll.
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Faye Driscoll —Thank You for Coming: Attendance
Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 2:00pm
Patricelli '92 Theater
Dancers and audience share a dynamic, joyful ritual of action and transformation in this Connecticut premiere by choreographer and director Faye Driscoll.
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Faye Driscoll —Thank You for Coming: Attendance
Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 8:00pm
Patricelli '92 Theater
Dancers and audience share a dynamic, joyful ritual of action and transformation in this Connecticut premiere by choreographer and director Faye Driscoll.
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Mad Rush: Pianist Lisa Moore plays Philip Glass
Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 3:00pm
The Russell House
Private Lessons Teacher Lisa Moore performs highlights from the Philip Glass solo piano collection featured on her new album Mad Rush
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Artful Lunch Series: Clark Maines
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 12:10pm
Davison Art Center, Alsop House Dining Room
Clark Maines, Kenan Professor of the Humanities, Professor of Art History, Archaeology, Environmental Studies, and Medieval Studies, discusses his favorite work in the Davison Art Center collection
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Hard Data Redux
Friday, November 20, 2015 at 8:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
R. Luke DuBois presents a generative composition for musicians that uses data sets and real-time information as the basis for its score
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Brooklyn Rider
Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
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
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December

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Chinese Music Ensemble
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
The Chinese Music Ensemble presents traditional and contemporary repertoire under the direction of graduate music student Joy Lu.
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Todd Reynolds: Still Life with Microphone
Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 8:00pm
CFA Hall

Violinist Todd Reynolds performs music written for him by R. Luke DuBois, Assistant Professor of Music Paula Matthusen, and David Lang

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West African Drumming and Dance Concert
Friday, December 4, 2015 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

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

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The Wesleyan University Orchestra and Concert Choir
Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 7:00pm
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. 
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Javanese Gamelan
Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall
The Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of Artist in ResidenceI.M. Harjitoand University Professor of Music Sumarsam, presents classical music of central Java.
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Worlds of Dance Concert
Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 2:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

"Introduction to Dance" (DANC 111) and beginning dance students perform works of various styles, including Bharata Natyam (South Indian classical dance).

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World Guitar Ensemble Concert
Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 3:00pm
World Music Hall
Wesleyan students perform guitar ensemble music by Johann Sebastian Bach and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as well as American favorites, and world music selections from Latin America and the Middle East, under the direction of Private Lessons Teacher Cem Duruöz

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New Works for Mantra Percussion
Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 5:00pm
Memorial Chapel
Renowned percussion ensemble Mantra Percussion premieres new works written for them by Wesleyan graduate student composers.
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Wesleyan Taiko Concert
Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Taiko Drumming Ensembleperforms thunderous and thrilling rhythms of Japanese Taiko drumming under the direction of Visiting Instructor in Music Barbara Merjan.
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Ebony Singers Winter Concert
Monday, December 7, 2015 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. Come to sing, clap, and be encouraged.
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Wesleyan Chamber Music Concert
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 12:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Students from the Wesleyan chamber music program perform works by various composers on a variety of instruments.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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South Indian Voice: Beginners 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.

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John Cage's Musicircus
Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 1:10pm
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.
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Beginners Javanese Gamelan
Thursday, December 10, 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.
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Happening '15
Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall
The Happening '15 displays a culmination of creative music compositions and campus activity performed by students of MUSC 459 "Materials and Principles of Jazz Improvisation." The ensemble is directed by Wesleyan Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and Private Lessons Teacher Pheeroan akLaff.

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Winter Dance Concert
Friday, December 11, 2015 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
Advanced student choreographers present recent works.
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Winter Dance Concert
Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
Advanced student choreographers present recent works.
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2016

February

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Kota Yamazaki/Fluid hug-hug: OQ
Friday, February 12, 2016 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater

Choreographer Kota Yamazaki's company Fluid hug-hug performs the New England premiere of OQ, a stunning work performed by a "stellar cast" (The New York Times) inspired by Japanese renga—a collaboratively-written form of linked poetry.

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Kota Yamazaki/Fluid hug-hug: OQ
Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater

Choreographer Kota Yamazaki's company Fluid hug-hug performs the New England premiere of OQ, a stunning work performed by a "stellar cast" (The New York Times) inspired by Japanese renga—a collaboratively-written form of linked poetry.

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April

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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.

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