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2016

September

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The Mash
Friday, September 9, 2016 at 2:00pm
Various locations on campus
Inspired by Fete de la Musique, also known as World Music Day, this fifth annual festival highlights Wesleyan's student music scene.
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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.
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Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble
Saturday, September 10, 2016 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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In Conversation: Charles Traub and Michael S. Roth
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 4:30pm
Main Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth ’78 talks with artist Charles Traub, Chair of the M.F.A. in Photography and Related Media Department at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, about the here is new york project.
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Opening Reception: here is new york: a democracy of photographs
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 5:30pm
An opening reception will be held for here is new york, an exhibition of photographs made in response to the events of September 11, 2001.
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Kaneza Schaal: GO/FORTH
Friday, September 16, 2016 at 7:00pm
CFA Theater
The New England premiere of GO/FORTH (2016) by Kaneza Schaal ’06 animates a series of burial vignettes with projection, sound, and dance inspired by the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
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Kaneza Schaal: GO/FORTH
Friday, September 16, 2016 at 10:00pm
CFA Theater
The New England premiere of GO/FORTH (2016) by Kaneza Schaal ’06 animates a series of burial vignettes with projection, sound, and dance inspired by the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
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Kaneza Schaal: GO/FORTH
Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 2:00pm
CFA Theater
The New England premiere of GO/FORTH (2016) by Kaneza Schaal ’06 animates a series of burial vignettes with projection, sound, and dance inspired by the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
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Kaneza Schaal: GO/FORTH
Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
The New England premiere of GO/FORTH (2016) by Kaneza Schaal ’06 animates a series of burial vignettes with projection, sound, and dance inspired by the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
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Harmonia V
Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 3:00pm
The Russell House

Woodwind quintet Harmonia V, featuring Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Robert Hoyle on French horn, performs works by Neely Bruce and Jonathan Schmieding.

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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.
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Draw Yourself In - Opening Gallery Talk
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 12:00pm
Mansfield Freeman Center

Reimagine exhibited works with pencils and paper as part of the audience-participation exhibition Draw Yourself In.

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William Earle Williams: A Stirring Song Sung Heroic African Americans from Slavery to Freedom, 1619 to 1865 - Opening Reception
Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 5:00pm
William Earle Williams traces the overlooked histories of African Americans through 60 plus photographs, plus historic books, maps, newspapers, and manuscripts.
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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.
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October

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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.
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Camille A. Brown and Dancers: BLACK GIRL—Linguistic Play
Friday, October 7, 2016 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
Camille A. Brown & Dancers perform the Connecticut premiere of BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play (2015), presenting a nuanced spectrum of black womanhood in a racially and politically charged world.
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West End String Quartet
Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 3:00pm
The Russell House
Wesleyan chamber music instructors Sarah Washburn, Anne Berry, and John Biatowas perform a world premiere by Neely Bruce, as well as works by Robert Schumann and Max Reger.

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Artful Lunch Series: Michael Meere
Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 12:10pm
Davison Art Center, Alsop House Dining Room
Join the Friends of the Davison Art Center for a presentation by Wesleyan University’s Assistant Professor of French Michael Meere about his favorite works in the Davison Art Center collection.
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Omar Fraire: Quotation_Synergies
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 9:00pm
World Music Hall
A graduate music recital by Omar Frair.
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Tula Telfair: Invented Landscapes—Michael S. Roth Interviews Henry Adams
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 6:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (former CFA Hall)
Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth ’78, interviews Henry Adams about Professor of Art Tula Telfair’s new book, Tula Telfair: Invented Landscapes.
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Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn
Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

Grammy Award-winning banjo and vocal duo (and husband and wife) Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn perform original music, Appalachian murder ballads, gospel, chamber music, and blues.

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Music Department Colloquium Building a Home: The First Half-Century of Music and Dance of India at Wesleyan
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 4:30pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (former CFA Hall)
Ph.D. candidate Joseph Getter presents the historical background of Indian music and dance in the United States, the Wesleyan University World Music Program, and the Navaratri Festival.
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Fall Faculty Dance Concert
Friday, October 28, 2016 at 8:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater
Wesleyan Dance Department faculty will share an evening of new works with guest artist collaborations.
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B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India
Friday, October 28, 2016 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 Sandhya Anand.
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FLYING CARPETS: new paintings by David Schorr - Family Weekend Preview
Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 2:00pm
Main Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

Family Weekend Preview: Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 2pm to 4pm; Gallery Talk by Professor of Art David Schorr at 2:30pm

Professor of Art David Schorr’s solo exhibition and site-specific installation FLYING CARPETS revisits his childhood days spent playing on his grandmother’s Persian rugs.

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Shenkar
Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Indian-born American violinist, singer, and composer L. Shankar Ph.D. ’74 will perform as part of the 40th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan.
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Fall Faculty Dance Concert
Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 8:00pm
Patricelli '92 Theater
Wesleyan Dance Department faculty will share an evening of new works with guest artist collaborations.
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Saraswati Puja (Hindu Ceremony)
Sunday, October 30, 2016 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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Nrityagram Dance Ensemble
Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The internationally acclaimed Nrityagram Dance Ensemble from Bangalore, India,  redefines both dance and theater with powerful imagery and captivating dance.
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November

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FLYING CARPETS: new paintings by David Schorr
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 4:30pm
Main Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Professor of Art David Schorr explores the conviction of childhood imagination, remembering the pleasure of playing with toys on his grandmother’s oriental carpets.
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Tomek Arnold: Happy Hybrid
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 9:00pm
World Music Hall
A graduate music recital by Tomek Arnold.
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Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 8:00pm
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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Derek Gripper
Friday, November 4, 2016 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
South African musician Derek Gripper interprets kora (21 string harp) compositions for solo classical guitar during his New England debut at Wesleyan.
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Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Friday, November 4, 2016 at 8:00pm
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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Tour of New York City Grolier Club Exhibit and Print Fair
Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 11:15am
New York City
Visit the distinctive galleries of the Grolier Club and the International Fine Print Dealer Association Print Fair in New York City.
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Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 8:00pm
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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Tony Lombardozzi
Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 3:00pm
The Russell House
Jazz guitarist and Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Tony Lombardozzi performs in The Russell House.
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Artful Lunch Series: Julia Randall
Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 12:10pm
Davison Art Center, Alsop House Dining Room
Join the Friends of the Davison Art Center for a presentation by Wesleyan University’s Associate Professor of Art Julia Randall about her favorite works in the Davison Art Center collection.
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Warren Enström: Place in Exhaustion
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 9:00pm
World Music Hall
A graduate music recital by Warren Enström.

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Charles Mee’s Summertime
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
Charles Mee’s pulsating romantic comedy Summertime (2000) weaves together elements of William Shakespeare, Molière, and René Magritte.
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Charles Mee’s Summertime
Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
Charles Mee’s pulsating romantic comedy Summertime (2000) weaves together elements of William Shakespeare, Molière, and René Magritte.
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Darrell Jones: Hoo-Ha
Friday, November 18, 2016 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall
Choreographer Darrell Jones‘s Hoo-Ha (2010) merges voguing and postmodern dance to express the release of the oppressed feminine in the male body.
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Charles Mee’s Summertime
Friday, November 18, 2016 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
Charles Mee’s pulsating romantic comedy Summertime (2000) weaves together elements of William Shakespeare, Molière, and René Magritte.
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Darrell Jones: Hoo-Ha
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 2:00pm
World Music Hall
Choreographer Darrell Jones‘s Hoo-Ha (2010) merges voguing and postmodern dance to express the release of the oppressed feminine in the male body.
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Darrell Jones: Hoo-Ha
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall
Choreographer Darrell Jones‘s Hoo-Ha (2010) merges voguing and postmodern dance to express the release of the oppressed feminine in the male body.
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Charles Mee’s Summertime
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 8:00pm
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Charles Mee’s pulsating romantic comedy Summertime (2000) weaves together elements of William Shakespeare, Molière, and René Magritte.
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Charles Mee’s Summertime
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 8:00pm
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Charles Mee’s pulsating romantic comedy Summertime (2000) weaves together elements of William Shakespeare, Molière, and René Magritte.
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A Reading by Writer Jonathan Galassi
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 5:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Jonathan Galassi, author of the catalog essay that accompanies the exhibition FLYING CARPETS: new paintings by David Schorr, is a poet (most recently the acclaimed Left-Handed Poems, Knopf, 2012), a renowned translator of Italian poetry (Giacomo Leopardi and Eugenio Montale) and novelist (Muse, Knopf, 2015).
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December

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Music from East Asia
Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Featuring Wesleyan's two East Asian ensembles--the Taiko Drumming Ensemble directed by Visiting Instructor in Music Barbara Merjan, and the Chinese Music Ensemble directed by Ph.D. candidate Huan Li.
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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, with guest musicians, will present a Javanese wayang puppet play.
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West African Drumming and Dance Concert
Friday, December 2, 2016 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Featuring choreographer and Artist in Residence Iddi Saaka joined by his students, guest artists, and drummers, this invigorating performance showcases the vibrancy of West African cultures through their music and dance forms.
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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.

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Worlds of Dance Concert
Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 2:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
“Introduction to Dance” and beginning dance students perform works of various styles including hip hop, Bharata Natyam (South Indian Classical), and West African dance.   

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Concert Choir
Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 3:00pm
Memorial Chapel
The Wesleyan Concert Choir under direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina present a concert featuring both a cappella and accompanied selections from classical and modern choral repertoire.

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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.

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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.
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WesWinds Fall Concert
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan Wind Ensemble performs an exciting array of pieces for winds and percussion.
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Elliott Sharp’s Port Bou—a chamber opera
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:00pm
Fayerweather Beckham Hall
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.
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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.
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New Work
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 9:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (former CFA Hall)
Featuring works by graduate music students Tomek Arnold, Jordan Dykstra, Warren Enström, Omar Fraire, Aurora Nealand, Dave Scanlon, and Matt Wellins.
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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. Everything at once and all together. The first of Mr. Cage’s Musicircus“ happenings.
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Javanese Gamelan
Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
Consisting mostly of gong- and metallaphone-type instruments, the gamelan is an essential accompaniment to feasts and ceremonies. 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.

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Winter Dance Concert
Friday, December 9, 2016 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
Advanced student choreographers present recent works.
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Winter Dance Concert
Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 8:00pm
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Advanced student choreographers present recent works.
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2017

February

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Compagnia de’ Colombari: Karin Coonrod’s textandbeheadings/ElizabethR
Friday, February 17, 2017 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater

Four actresses from the theater collective Compagnia de’ Colombari offer a fractured portrait of the queen in the New England premiere of texts&beheadings/ElizabethR (2015)

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Muhal Richard Abrams Quintet
Friday, February 24, 2017 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Pianist and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Muhal Richard Abrams performs with his Quintet.
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March

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Urban Bush Women: Walking with ’Trane
Friday, March 3, 2017 at 8:00pm
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Urban Bush Women return to Wesleyan with the Connecticut premiere of Walking with ’Trane (2015), inspired by the musical life and spiritual journey of John Coltrane.
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Tempesta di Mare: A Tale of Two Italian Cities
Friday, March 31, 2017 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Members of Philadelphia’s Tempesta di Mare perform baroque chamber music from Venice and Naples on period instruments during the Connecticut premiere of A Tale of Two Italian Cities.
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