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2015

March

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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.
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Senior Recital: Merry Li
Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 3:00pm
World Music Hall
Merry Li presents A Show from the Chinese Cultural Revolution.
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Graduate Recital: Dina Maccabee
Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Dina Maccabee presents Graduate Thesis Recital.
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The Long Way "Home": Art, Change, and Imagination
Monday, March 30, 2015 at 4:15pm
Romance Languages and Literatures Lounge, 300 High Street
An artist talk by Sundus Abdul Hadi about re-claiming identity, overcoming struggle, and using art as a vehicle for social change.
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Elemental
Monday, March 30, 2015 at 7:00pm
CFA Hall
A free screening of Elemental, the inaugural film of a new documentary film series "The Elements: An Annual Environmental Film Series."
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April

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Reception: Senior Thesis Exhibition - Week Two
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 4:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
View the talents of seniors Joseph Strella, Genna DeGroot, Gabe Gordon, Nicole Dalessandro, and Hailey Sowden in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History.
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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.
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Exhibition Reboot and Gallery Talk with Eiko Otake and William Johnston
Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 12:00pm
College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center

Dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake and photographer William Johnston will talk about their collaboration for the exhibition A Body in Fukushima.

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Silipo Art and Art History Lecture Series: Vincent Debiais
Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 4:15pm
41 Wyllys Avenue, Room 112
Vincent Debiais will discuss "The Surveyor Angel: Writing and Images in the Cloister of the Abbey of Moissac" as part of the Silipo Art and Art History Lecture Series.
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Ida: Thesis Theater Production by Cicily Clare Gruber and Katherine Malczewski
Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater Studio, 275 Washington Terrace
Ida is a multimedia dance theater solo performance based on the Gertrude Stein novel of the same name.
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Spring Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 8:00pm
Patricelli ‘92 Theater
Senior choreographers will present a collection of new works as the culminating project of the dance major.
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Senior Recital: Oluwaseun Odubiro
Friday, April 3, 2015 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Oluwaseun Odubiro performs Flies Flucht.
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Ida: Thesis Theater Production by Cicily Clare Gruber and Katherine Malczewski
Friday, April 3, 2015 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater Studio, 275 Washington Terrace
Ida is a multimedia dance theater solo performance based on the Gertrude Stein novel of the same name.
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Spring Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Friday, April 3, 2015 at 8:00pm
Patricelli ‘92 Theater
Senior choreographers will present a collection of new works as the culminating project of the dance major.
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Ida: Thesis Theater Production by Cicily Clare Gruber and Katherine Malczewski
Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater Studio, 275 Washington Terrace
Ida is a multimedia dance theater solo performance based on the Gertrude Stein novel of the same name.
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Spring Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 8:00pm
Patricelli ‘92 Theater
Senior choreographers will present a collection of new works as the culminating project of the dance major.
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Artful Lunch Series: Claire Grace
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 12:10pm
Davison Art Center, Alsop House Dining Room
One artwork, one speaker, fifteen minutes. Join the Friends of the Davison Art Center for presentations by Wesleyan faculty and students about their favorite works in the DAC collection. Bring your bag lunch and enjoy coffee, homemade cookies, and conversation following the talk.
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Reception: Senior Thesis Exhibition - Week Three
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 4:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
View the talents of seniors Serena Berry, Stephen MacNeille, Isaac Pollan, Madeleine Chabot, Adrian Nugent-Head, and Miles Cornwall in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History.
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Robert Dannin: The “Money Shot” and Other 20th Century Artifacts
Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 5:00pm
CFA Hall
Robert Dannin holds a doctorate in ethno-linguistics and anthropology from the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences in Paris. He was the director of Magnum Photos Inc. from 1985 to 1990 and taught urban anthropology at New York University from 1993 to 2003.
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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.
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Senior Recital: Jacob Masters
Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 9:00pm
Memorial Chapel
Jacob Masters performs Exploring F#.
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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 Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Uganda in this Connecticut premiere.
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Senior Recital: Robert Don
Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
Robert Don performs Humble: An Indie Game Expo.
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Senior Recital: Tim Gallivan
Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 9:00pm
Fayerweather Beckham Hall
Tim Gallivan performs Let There Be Light!
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Senior Recital: Jaime de Venecia
Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
Jaime de Venecia performs Black Mirrors.
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Opening Reception: Beyond the Veil - A Photography Exhibition
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 4:30pm
Green Street Arts Center, 51 Green Street, Middletown
The Muslim Coalition of Connecticut coordinates an exhibition of photography focused on Muslim women in America.
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Reception: Senior Thesis Exhibition - Week Four
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 4:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
View the talents of seniors Dandara Catete, Sarah Esocoff, Katherine Du, Virgil B/G Taylor, and Sarah Koppelkam in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History.
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Toneburst
Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 6:00pm
CFA Hall
The Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble performs new works by ensemble members, and old electronic works newly arranged for laptop ensemble, under the direction of Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Jonathan Zorn.
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Senior Recital: Raechel Rosen
Friday, April 17, 2015 at 5:45pm
Buddhist House, 356 Washington St.
Raechel Rosen performs Lodia.
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Leila Buck Workshop Performance
Friday, April 17, 2015 at 8:00pm
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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The Elizabeth Verveer Tischler 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.
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Senior Recital: J. Parker Wilson
Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
J. Parker Wilson performs In the Willow Garden.
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Leila Buck Workshop Performance
Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 8:00pm
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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Graduate Recital: Jason Brogan
Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 3:00pm
World Music Hall
Jason Brogan performs Jason Brogan: thesis.
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Senior Talks in the History of Art
Monday, April 20, 2015 at 4:30pm
41 Wyllys, Room 112
Seniors in the Art History Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History will present their talks: Alexa Burzinski, Brandon Eng, Rachel Hirsch, Samuel Usdan, and Gavriella Wolf.
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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.
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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.
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The Bald Soprano
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
In one of the seminal plays of Theater of the Absurd, The Bald Soprano (1950), Eugène Ionesco reveals the decay of a modern person and the futility of meaningful communication in contemporary society. Directed by Professor of Theater Yuri Kordonsky.
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Cello Recital
Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 7:00pm
Memorial Chapel
Wesleyan cellists under the direction of Private Lessons Teacher Julie Ribchinsky perform music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Frédéric François Chopin, Scott Joplin, and others.
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The Bald Soprano
Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
In one of the seminal plays of Theater of the Absurd, The Bald Soprano (1950), Eugène Ionesco reveals the decay of a modern person and the futility of meaningful communication in contemporary society. Directed by Professor of Theater Yuri Kordonsky.
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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 Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, and others.
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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.

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The Bald Soprano
Friday, April 24, 2015 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
In one of the seminal plays of Theater of the Absurd, The Bald Soprano (1950), Eugène Ionesco reveals the decay of a modern person and the futility of meaningful communication in contemporary society. Directed by Professor of Theater Yuri Kordonsky.
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Senior Recital: Jacob Feder
Friday, April 24, 2015 at 9:00pm
Memorial Chapel

Jacob Feder performs All is Fair.

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The Big Draw: Middletown
Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 1:00pm
Fayerweather Beckham Hall, Art Workshops, and Davison Art Center
This fourth annual community event invites everyone to celebrate drawing in all its forms with workshops for people of all skill levels, from beginners to accomplished artists.
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The Bald Soprano
Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 2:00pm
CFA Theater
In one of the seminal plays of Theater of the Absurd, The Bald Soprano (1950), Eugène Ionesco reveals the decay of a modern person and the futility of meaningful communication in contemporary society. Directed by Professor of Theater Yuri Kordonsky.
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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.
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The Bald Soprano
Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
In one of the seminal plays of Theater of the Absurd, The Bald Soprano (1950), Eugène Ionesco reveals the decay of a modern person and the futility of meaningful communication in contemporary society. Directed by Professor of Theater Yuri Kordonsky.
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Senior Recital: Zachary Cantor
Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 9:00pm
Memorial Chapel
Zachary Kantor performs In Return: A Recital by Zachary Kantor.
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Senior Recital: Vivian Deng
Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 3:00pm
Memorial Chapel

Vivian Deng performs Cello Recital.

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Senior Recital: Christopher Sailor and Zack Cohen
Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Christopher Sailor and Zack Cohen perform Diving: The Collected Works of Chris Sailor and Zack Cohen.
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Adedoyin Teriba: Tribal Marks and Architecture—Form, Identities in Brazil and Southwest Nigeria (1830s - 1920s)
Monday, April 27, 2015 at 4:30pm
41 Wyllys, Room 112
Adedoyin Teriba is a graduate student in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University.
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What Happens When We Tell a Story: Talk by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Monday, April 27, 2015 at 7:00pm
Memorial Chapel
Quiara Alegría Hudes is the Shapiro Distinguished Professor of Writing and Theater at Wesleyan University. Her play Water by the Spoonful received the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. This talk tells the true backstage story of what happened after Ms. Hudes turned her cousin's life into a trilogy of plays. For him, opening night was only the beginning.
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Artful Lunch Series: Lucas McLaughlin
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 12:10pm
Davison Art Center, Alsop House Dining Room
One artwork, one speaker, fifteen minutes. Join the Friends of the Davison Art Center for presentations by Wesleyan faculty and students about their favorite works in the DAC collection. Bring your bag lunch and enjoy coffee, homemade cookies, and conversation following the talk.
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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.
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Collegium Musicum
Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 8:00pm
Memorial Chapel
The Collegium Musicum is a performance ensemble dedicated to exploring and performing the diverse vocal and instrumental repertories of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods of European music history, directed by Associate Professor of Music and Medieval Studies Jane Alden.
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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.
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May

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Spring Dance Concert
Friday, May 1, 2015 at 8:00pm
Patricelli ‘92 Theater
Student choreographers present works created after a full year of dance composition studies.
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Experimental Music for Vocal Quartet
Friday, May 1, 2015 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Four members of the New York Virtuoso Singers, under the direction of Harold Rosenbaum, will present a concert of new and recent music for voice by Wesleyan graduate students and others.
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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.
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Spring Dance Concert
Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 8:00pm
Patricelli ‘92 Theater
Student choreographers present works created after a full year of dance composition studies.
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Worlds of Dance Concert
Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 2:00pm
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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“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.
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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.
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A Celebration of Silent Sounds
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 6:30pm
CFA Hall
Celebrate the writing excellence of students in Middletown Public Schools, grades 6 through 12, and hear their winning submissions of essays, short stories, and poetry from the annual literary magazine Silent Sounds.
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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.
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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.
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Annual Organ Romp
Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 10:00pm
Memorial Chapel
The annual Organ Romp features wacky and wild programming: silly music, unlikely music to be played on the organ, new music, guest artists, and a themed costume suggestion—watch for the poster—come join the fun.
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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.

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MUSC 220 Final Concert
Friday, May 8, 2015 at 8:00pm
CFA Hall
Final concert of electronic and media works by students in Music 220, "Composing, Performing, and Listening to Experimental Music," taught by Ronald Kuivila.
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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 painting, a kids activity zone, environmental exhibits, and much more to bring you closer to the rich culture, history, and science of the Connecticut River.
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Artist Talk: A Body in Fukushima
Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 11:00am
CFA Hall
Dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake and photographer William Johnston will talk about their collaboration for the exhibition A Body in Fukushima.
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Reception: Thesis Art Exhibition
Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 2:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Zilkha Gallery showcases the work of the Class of 2015’s thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program. Curated by Professor of Art Tula Telfair.
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