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Youth Gamelan Ensemble Classes Start
Youth Gamelan Ensemble Classes Start
Saturday, January 24, 2015 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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Calefax Reed Quintet
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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Stephen Bennett
Stephen Bennett
Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 3:00 PM
The Russell House
Finger-style guitarist Stephen Bennett presents original compositions and arrangements of the Beatles, Ennio Morricone, and Elmer Bernstein.
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Graduate Recital: Peter Blasser - At the Leadmine
Graduate Recital: Peter Blasser - At the Leadmine
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 8:00 PM
CFA Hall
A graduate recital by Peter Blasser.
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Ronald Ebrecht: Be Mine
Ronald Ebrecht: Be Mine
Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 4:00 PM
Memorial Chapel
Artist in Residence and University Organist Ronald Ebrecht shares a Romantic fifth: the famous Fifth Symphony of Charles-Marie Widor, schmaltz by Franz Liszt, and other works in an afternoon intermezzo for Valentine’s Day.
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Idiopreneurial Entrephonics Concert
Idiopreneurial Entrephonics Concert
Friday, February 20, 2015 at 8:00 PM
World Music Hall

A festival of artisanal and homemade electronic music together with the instruments and instrumentation used to make it, including an original instrument performance of Visiting Assistant Professor of Music David Behrman’s legendary Runthrough, performances by Tara RodgersMark Verbos, Michael Johnsen, and a special reunion performance of Analogos.

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Workshops and Talks: Idiopreneurial Entrephonics
Workshops and Talks: Idiopreneurial Entrephonics
Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 1:00 PM
World Music Hall
Workshops, talks, and general hilarity with all of the Idiopreneurial Entrephonics festival participants.

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Idiopreneurial Entrephonics Concert
Idiopreneurial Entrephonics Concert
Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 8:00 PM
World Music Hall

A festival of artisanal and homemade electronic music together with the instruments and instrumentation used to make it, including an original instrument performance of Visiting Assistant Professor of Music David Behrman’s legendary Runthrough, performances by Tara RodgersMark Verbos, Michael Johnsen, and a special reunion performance of Analogos.

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This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part V
This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part V
Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 3:00 PM
Crowell Concert Hall
John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce presents the fifth in a series of CD-length recitals of his piano music, performed by the composer.
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Panel Discussion: Expressing and Contesting Indonesia-Islam Encounters in Performing Arts - Dance and Music in Aceh
Panel Discussion: Expressing and Contesting Indonesia-Islam Encounters in Performing Arts - Dance and Music in Aceh
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 4:15 PM
CFA Hall
Organized and moderated by University Professor of Music Sumarsam, this panel will discuss performing art as a space for expressing Indonesia-Islam encounters.
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Tari Aceh! Music and Dance from Northern Sumatra
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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Wesleyan University Orchestra: CATcerto and Musical Beasts
Wesleyan University Orchestra: CATcerto and Musical Beasts
Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 1:00 PM
Crowell Concert Hall
A children’s concert featuring very special guest Nora The Piano Cat and an orchestral suite from the animated Disney/Pixar movie Up! (2009) performed by the Wesleyan University Orchestra.
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Stanley Maxwell
Stanley Maxwell
Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 3:00 PM
The Russell House
Stanley Maxwell plays original music with intricate group improvisations, and won "Best Jazz Song" at the 7th annual Independent Music Awards. The quartet features Andy Chatfield on drums and percussion, Mark Crino on bass, Eric DellaVecchia on alto saxophone, and Evan Green on piano and melodica.
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Senior Recital: Ben Zucker
Senior Recital: Ben Zucker
Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Memorial Chapel
Ben Zucker performs Poetics in Motion.
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Graduate Recital: Daniel Fishkin - Composing the Tinnitus Suites: 2015
Graduate Recital: Daniel Fishkin - Composing the Tinnitus Suites: 2015
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 9:00 PM
World Music Hall
A graduate recital by Daniel Fishkin.
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Omnia Hegazy
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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Senior Recital: Ming Zhu
Senior Recital: Ming Zhu
Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 7:00 PM
CFA Hall
Ming Zhu presents Tunes of Ancient China: Ming’s Guqin Senior Recital.
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Senior Recital: Merry Li
Senior Recital: Merry Li
Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 3:00 PM
World Music Hall
Merry Li presents A Show from the Chinese Cultural Revolution.
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Graduate Recital: Dina Maccabbee
Graduate Recital: Dina Maccabbee
Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Crowell Concert Hall
Dina Maccabee presents Graduate Thesis Recital.
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The Universal Flute: Old and New Music for the Shakuhachi
The Universal Flute: Old and New Music for the Shakuhachi
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 8:00 PM
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), followed by a performance with dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake.
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Senior Recital: Oluwaseun Odubiro
Senior Recital: Oluwaseun Odubiro
Friday, April 3, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Crowell Concert Hall
Oluwaseun Odubiro performs Flies Flucht.
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Senior Recital: Eriq Robinson
Senior Recital: Eriq Robinson
Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Fayerweather Beckham Hall
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Senior Recital: Jacob Masters
Senior Recital: Jacob Masters
Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 9:00 PM
Memorial Chapel
Jacob Masters performs Exploring F#.
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The Nile Project
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, and Uganda in this Connecticut premiere.
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Senior Recital: Robert Don
Senior Recital: Robert Don
Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 7:00 PM
World Music Hall
Robert Don performs Humble: An Indie Game Expo.
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Senior Recital: Tim Gallivan
Senior Recital: Tim Gallivan
Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 9:00 PM
Fayerweather Beckham Hall
Tim Gallivan performs Let There Be Light!
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Senior Recital: Jaime de Venecia
Senior Recital: Jaime de Venecia
Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 7:00 PM
World Music Hall
Jaime de Venecia performs Black Mirrors.
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Toneburst
Toneburst
Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 6:00 PM
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
Senior Recital: Raechel Rosen
Friday, April 17, 2015 at 5:45 PM
Buddhist House, 356 Washington St.
Raechel Rosen performs Lodia.
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The Elizabeth Verveer Tischler Piano Recital
The Elizabeth Verveer Tischler Piano Recital
Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 2:00 PM
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
Senior Recital: J. Parker Wilson
Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Crowell Concert Hall
J. Parker Wilson performs In the Willow Garden.
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Graduate Recital: Jason Brogan
Graduate Recital: Jason Brogan
Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 3:00 PM
World Music Hall
Jason Brogan performs Jason Brogan: thesis.
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Music Department Colloquium: Noah Baerman
Music Department Colloquium: Noah Baerman
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 4:15 PM
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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Cello Recital
Cello Recital
Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 7:00 PM
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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Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble
Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble
Friday, April 24, 2015 at 7:00 PM
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
Wayang Kulit: Javanese Puppet Play
Friday, April 24, 2015 at 8:00 PM
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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Senior Recital: Jacob Feder
Senior Recital: Jacob Feder
Friday, April 24, 2015 at 9:00 PM
Memorial Chapel

Jacob Feder performs All is Fair.

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Noah Baerman Resonance Ensemble
Noah Baerman Resonance Ensemble
Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 8:00 PM
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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Senior Recital: Zachary Cantor
Senior Recital: Zachary Cantor
Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 9:00 PM
Memorial Chapel
Zachary Kantor performs In Return: A Recital by Zachary Kantor.
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Senior Recital: Vivian Deng
Senior Recital: Vivian Deng
Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 3:00 PM
Memorial Chapel

Vivian Deng performs Cello Recital.

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Senior Recital: Christopher Sailor and Zack Cohen
Senior Recital: Christopher Sailor and Zack Cohen
Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Crowell Concert Hall
Christopher Sailor and Zack Cohen perform Diving: The Collected Works of Chris Sailor and Zack Cohen.
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Javanese Gamelan
Javanese Gamelan
Thursday, April 30, 2015 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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Collegium Musicum
Collegium Musicum
Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 8:00 PM
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
Wesleyan Taiko Concert
Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 9:00 PM
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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Experimental Music for Vocal Quartet
Experimental Music for Vocal Quartet
Friday, May 1, 2015 at 8:00 PM
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
Wesleyan University Orchestra featuring Concerto Competition Winners
Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 8:00 PM
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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 “Middle Kingdom” in Middletown: A Night of Chinese Music
“Middle Kingdom” in Middletown: A Night of Chinese Music
Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 7:00 PM
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
Ebony Singers Spring Concert
Monday, May 4, 2015 at 8:00 PM
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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South Indian Voice and Solkattu
South Indian Voice and Solkattu
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 7:00 PM
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
WesWinds Spring Concert
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 8:00 PM
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
Annual Organ Romp
Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 10:00 PM
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
West African Drumming and Dance Concert
Friday, May 8, 2015 at 3:00 PM
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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Feet to the Fire: Riverfront Encounter
Feet to the Fire: Riverfront Encounter
Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 12:00 PM
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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A World of Arts in the Heart of Connecticut