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Women’s Voices, Verbal Ability, and Symbolic Power: The Case of Moroccan Shikhat
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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Meryem Saci Workshop: Music Is Medicine—Hip Hop Therapy for the Bifurcated Soul
Meryem Saci Workshop: Music Is Medicine—Hip Hop Therapy for the Bifurcated Soul
Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 11:00 AM
World Music Hall
In this workshop, Meryem 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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Maimouna Youssef Workshop: Freestyling through the History of American Music - Improvisation 101
Maimouna Youssef Workshop: Freestyling through the History of American Music - Improvisation 101
Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 1:45 PM
World Music Hall

A hip hop workshop with Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter, poet, and emcee Maimouna Youssef a.k.a. Mumu Fresh, based in Washington, D.C.

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Poetic Pilgrimage Workshop: The Art of Rhyme - Exploring Islam and Hip Hop through Verse Writing
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 Concert
Planet Hip Hop Festival Concert
Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 9:00 PM
Fayerweather Beckham Hall
Afternoon workshops and evening performances by international Muslim women in hip hop, including London's spoken-word duo Poetic Pilgrimage, the U.S. debut of Montreal-based Algerian singer-songwriter and rapper Meryem Saci (pictured) as a solo artist, and the New England debut of Washington, D.C.-based and Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter, poet, and emcee Maimouna Youssef a.k.a. Mumu Fresh as a solo artist.

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Peter Blasser: Sidrazzi Gamelan
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
Colloquium: Richard Wolf—The Voice in the Drum, Creative Non-Fiction, and Ethnomusicology
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 4:15 PM
CFA Hall

Harvard Professor of Music & South Asian Studies Richard Wolf discusses his forthcoming novel about drummers, dancers, and other participants at a Sufi shrine in Lahore, Pakistan.

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B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India
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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Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Keyboard Sathya
Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Keyboard Sathya
Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Crowell Concert Hall
The United States debut of the duo of Grammy Award–winner Vishwa Mohan Bhatt (pictured), who plays Mohan Veena (a modified lap slide guitar), with 19-year-old virtuoso Keyboard Sathya.
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Masterclass: Filippo Mariottini
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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The West End String Quartet: Works by Shostakovich and Mozart
The West End String Quartet: Works by Shostakovich and Mozart
Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 3:00 PM
The Russell House
The West End String Quartet features Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Jessica Meyer on violin, and fellow Wesleyan chamber music instructors Sarah Washburn on violin, Anne Berry on cello, and John Biatowas on viola
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 Getting to Know You
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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Klezmer Concert
Klezmer Concert
Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Daltry Room, Music Rehearsal Hall 003, 60 Wyllys Avenue
A concert and lecture about old klezmer traditions and new Yiddish music by clarinetist Michael Winograd and accordion player Christina Crowder.
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Vijay Iyer Trio
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
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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Yiddish Dance Extravaganza
Yiddish Dance Extravaganza
Friday, October 24, 2014 at 5:30 PM
The Bayit, 157 Church Street
An evening of live klezmer music by Wesleyan's klezmer band Veeblefetzer and Yiddish dancing led by Steve Weintraub.
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Sonatas and Interludes: Keyboard Music by Cage, Scarlatti, and Macbride
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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A Symphony à la carte
A Symphony à 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
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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Colloquium: Professor Mohd Anis Nor
Colloquium: Professor Mohd Anis Nor
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 4:15 PM
Daltry Room (Music Rehearsal Hall 003)

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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Tell Your Story: A Conversation with Riffat Sultana and Party
Tell Your Story: A Conversation with Riffat Sultana and Party
Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:00 PM
CFA Hall

Hear from Sufi singer Riffat Sultana and Party about her experiences as a Muslim woman artist both in America and abroad in Pakistan and India.

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Riffat Sultana and Party
Riffat Sultana and Party
Friday, November 7, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Crowell Concert Hall
The New England debut of Sufi singer Riffat Sultana and Party. Her divinely soulful voice evokes her musical ancestry, blending Indian and Pakistani influences with guitar, tabla, dhol, bansuri, and harmonium.
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Sam Friedman '13: Just Breathe—A Harmonica Retrospective
Sam Friedman '13: Just Breathe—A Harmonica Retrospective
Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 3:00 PM
The Russell House
Sam Friedman '13 demonstrates some of the many ways that the harmonica has been utilized in the nearly 200 years since its invention, accompanied by percussion, piano, guitar, and bass.
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Dina Maccabee: Whataya Talk?
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
In the Heights
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 8:00 PM
CFA Theater
2008 Tony Award–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
In the Heights
Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 8:00 PM
CFA Theater
2008 Tony Award–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
In the Heights
Friday, November 14, 2014 at 8:00 PM
CFA Theater
2008 Tony Award–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
In the Heights
Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 8:00 PM
CFA Theater
2008 Tony Award–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
In the Heights
Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 2:00 PM
CFA Theater
2008 Tony Award–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
In the Heights
Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM
CFA Theater
2008 Tony Award–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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Jason Brogan: The View from Nowhere
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
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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The Slot
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
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
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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Music from East Asia
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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Music from East Asia
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
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
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
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
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
Veronica Doubleday Talk: Emotional Expression in Women’s Music-Making in Afghanistan
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 4:15 PM
CFA Hall
Veronica Doubleday, Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths, London University, considers the emotional impact of songs and dance from the western Afghan city of Herat.
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Veronica Doubleday Concert with John Baily: Women’s Traditional Songs from Afghanistan
Veronica Doubleday Concert with John Baily: Women’s Traditional Songs from Afghanistan
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 7:00 PM
CFA Hall
London vocalist Veronica Doubleday accompanies her singing of Persian-language texts on daireh frame drum, and John Baily joins her on the two-stringed dutar lute.
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Javanese Gamelan
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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'All' means 'necessary'
'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, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music.
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West African Dance Concert
West African Dance Concert
Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 2:00 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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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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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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Stanley Maxwell
Stanley Maxwell
Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 3:00 PM
The Russell House
Stanley Maxwell plays original music with intricate group improvisation, and won "Best Jazz Song" at the 7th annual Independent Music Awards. The quartet features Andy Chatfield on drumset and percussion, Mark Crino on bass, Eric DellaVecchia on alto saxophone, and Evan Green on piano and melodica.


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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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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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