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Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts 
Calendar Listings for December 2012

Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts
283 Washington Terrace
Middletown, CT 06459
Email: boxoffice@wesleyan.edu
Phone: 860-685-3355

Type: Music
Title of Event: Candlelight Concert
Location: Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown, CT
Date: Saturday, December 1st, 2012 at 7pm
Admission: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

Experience the Wesleyan Singers performance of selections from George Frideric Handel's oratorio Israel in Egypt, which is famous for choruses composed with passages from the Book of Exodus about "The Plagues of Egypt," as well as selected solos and duets.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Gamelan Ensemble and Javanese Dance
Location: World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT
Date: Saturday, December 1st, 2012 at 8pm
Admission: $3 General Public; $3 Senior Citizens, Wesleyan Faculty & Staff, and Non-Wesleyan Students; $2 Wesleyan Students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

The Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, an orchestra of bronze gongs, xylophones, drums, string and voices under the direction of Artist in Residence I.M. Harjito and Professor of Music Sumarsam, presents classical music of central Java, and dance directed by Artist in Residence Urip Sri Maeny.

Type: Dance Performance
Title of Event: Worlds of Dance Concert
Location: Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT
Date: Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 at 2pm
Admission: $3 General Public; $2 Senior Citizens, Wesleyan Faculty & Staff, and Non-Wesleyan Students; $2 Wesleyan Students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

Introduction to Dance and beginning dance students perform works of various styles including hip hop, Bharata Natyam (South Indian classical), and Javanese and Balinese traditions.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Ebony Singers Winter Concert
Location: Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT
Date: Monday, December 3rd, 2012 at 7pm
Admission: $7 General Public; $7 Senior Citizens, Wesleyan Faculty & Staff, and Non-Wesleyan Students; $5 Wesleyan Students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

Your spirits will be lifted by the Wesleyan University Ebony Singers, conducted by one of New England's leading authorities on gospel music, Dr. Marichal Monts '85. Be prepared to clap, dance, and sing along.

Type: Music
Title of Event: World Guitar Ensemble Concert
Location: Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT
Date: Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 at 4pm
Admission: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

This concert features the World Guitar Ensemble performing a variety of world music under the direction of Carver Blanchard.

Type: Music
Title of Event: WesWinds Winter Concert
Location: Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT
Date: Tuesday, December 4th, 2012 at 8pm
Admission: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

The Wesleyan Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Peter Hadley, will perform an exciting array of works for winds and percussion.

Type: Author talk
Title of Event: Music & Public Life: Richard Kostelanetz
Location: CFA Hall, 287 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT.
Date: Wednesday, December 5th, 2012 at 7pm
Admission: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

Richard Kostelanetz, the noted literary artist and author of the first biography of John Cage, will discuss the social dimension of John Cage's work. The lecture will be followed by a performance of John Cage's Lecture on the Weather (1975), which was commissioned for the U.S. bicentennial and intended to be performed by Americans who have renounced citizenship. The piece is comprised of texts drawn from the writings of Henry David Thoreau, a sequence of environmental recordings by Maryanne Amacher, and a film of fragments from the drawings of Thoreau by Luis Frangella. The work is prefaced with the statement of a political credo read by the composer that seems astonishingly contemporary in its concerns, and concludes with the following dedication: "to the USA, that it may become just another part of the world, no more, no less."

Type: Music
Title of Event: Javanese Gamelan and Dance
Location: World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT
Date: Thursday, December 6th, 2012 at 7pm
Admission: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

Experience the culture of Java with beginning students of Javanese gamelan and dance. The concert will include a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble.

Type: Senior Thesis Production
Title of Event: The Tempest
Location: Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street, Middletown, CT
Date: Thursday, December 6th, 2012 through Saturday, December 8th, 2012 at 8pm
Admission: FREE! (tickets required; contact the box office to reserve)
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

The Senior Thesis production of Nicholas Orvis ’13.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Music & Public Life: Etcetera & HPSCHD
Location: Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT
Date: Friday, December 7th, 2012 at 8pm
Admission: $5 General Public; $5 Senior Citizens, Wesleyan Faculty & Staff, and Non-Wesleyan Students; $4 Wesleyan Students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

The Wesleyan University Orchestra will perform John Cage's Etcetera (1973), which was commissioned by Wesleyan University for the inauguration of the Center for the Arts. This orchestra piece calls for three conductors who stand before stations of two, three, and four chairs. Orchestra members, seated around these stations and gently playing cardboard boxes, may elect to move to a station and submit to the direction of one of the conductors. In this way, the piece presents the orchestra not as a factory of sound unified by the baton of its conductor, but as a heterophonic play of individual freedoms and group commitments. Following the performance of Etcetera will be an extended performance of HPSCHD (1969) by the Wesleyan New Music Alliance in Fayerweather Beckham Hall. HPSCHD was composed collaboratively by John Cage and Lejaren Hiller as an attempt to enact the possibilities of computer music in terms of abundance and variety rather than singular control. First performed at the University of Illinois, the work is presented as an open environment in which the audience freely moves between up to seven harpsichord soloists while enveloped in a environment of up to 51 distinct channels of sound generated via tape playback systems.

Type: Dance Performance
Title of Event: Winter Dance Concert
Location: CFA Theater, 271 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Date: Friday, December 7th and Saturday, December 8th, 2012 at 8pm
Admission: $5 General Public; $5 Senior Citizens, Wesleyan Faculty & Staff, and Non-Wesleyan Students; $4 Wesleyan Students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

Advanced student choreographers present recent works.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Music & Public Life: Song Books
Location: Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT
Date: Saturday, December 8th, 2012 at 8pm
Admission: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

David Barron and Wesleyan Professors of Music Ron Kuivila and Neely Bruce perform Song Books (1970) by John Cage. Vocalist Anne Rhodes MA '06 will be featured, recreating the role performed by Phyllis Bruce numerous times between 1978 and 1987.

Ongoing Exhibitions at Wesleyan

Type: Gallery Exhibition
Title of Event: “Performance Now”
Location: Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Dates: Friday, September 7 through Sunday, December 9, 2012; Closed November 21 through November 26, 2012
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, Noon-5pm
Admission: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/zilkha

Description:

Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 5pm-7pm; Gallery Talk at 5:30pm by Guest Curator RoseLee Goldberg.

In her groundbreaking book “Performance Art: From Futurism To The Present” (1979 and 2011), art historian and curator RoseLee Goldberg shows that performance is central to the history of 20th century art and that it is a driving force in shaping contemporary art today. In 2005, she launched Performa 05, the first biennial of visual art performance, and predicted that performance would become "the medium of the 21st century." Indeed, its time has come. “Performance Now” is an exhibition that will debut at Wesleyan, and show how performance has come to be at the center of the discussion on the latest developments in contemporary art and culture. Bringing together some of the most significant artists working today, this exhibition surveys the most critical and experimental currents in performance over the last ten years from around the globe. Segments of the exhibition featuring video, film and photography, by artists including Marina Abramovi?, William Kentridge, Clifford Owens and Laurie Simmons, will be showcased in Zilkha Gallery. The exhibition also extends to a film series, selected by Performa film curator Lana Wilson '05.

“Performance Now” is co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History and the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance. “Performance Now” is a traveling exhibition produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York, and Performa, New York. The curator for the exhibition is RoseLee Goldberg, Artistic Director and founder of Performa. The exhibition and tour are made possible, in part, by grants from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; the ICI Board of Trustees; and donors to ICI's Access Fund.

Type: Gallery Exhibition
Title of Event: “Through Children’s Eyes: Hiroshima”
Location: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies Gallery
Dates: Wednesday, October 3 through Friday, December 7, 2012; Closed Saturday, October 13 through Tuesday, October 16, and Saturday, November 17 through Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, Noon-4pm
Admission: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-2330
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/mansfield/exhibitions

Description:

Opening and Gallery Talk: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at Noon; a luncheon buffet will be served.

In 1947, the children of All Soul's Church in Washington, D.C. sent school supplies to children in Hiroshima, Japan as a gesture of compassion and friendship. The children of Honkawa Elementary School sent back pictures they had drawn with the art supplies to their friends at All Soul's Church as an expression of thanks for the gift. The pictures are bright and cheerful scenes of their everyday lives. They betray none of the post-World War II hardships the Japanese children were enduring, and are a testament to the power of cross-cultural exchange and goodwill.

Type: Gallery Exhibition
Title of Event: “Andrew Raftery: Open House”
Location: Davison Art Center, 301 High Street, Middletown, CT
Dates: Friday, September 14 through Sunday, December 9, 2012; Closed Friday, October 12 through Tuesday, October 16, and Monday, November 19 through Monday, November 26, 2012
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, Noon-4pm
Admission: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-2500
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/dac

Description:

Talk by artist Andrew Raftery: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 5pm in the CFA Hall; reception to follow in Davison Art Center.

With swelling lines and precise flecks, Andrew Raftery uses the age-old technique of copper-plate engraving to create thoroughly contemporary scenes. In his series of five prints, “Open House,” the artist depicts a range of couples and families viewing a house for sale. These prints are striking for both the exacting process through which they were created--it took Mr. Raftery over six years to conceptualize and complete the series--and their subject matter, which avoids the dramatic in favor of a detailed interpretation of everyday life. The exhibition includes architectural models, figure models, and over fifty working drawings. The result is an exquisitely detailed commentary on contemporary definitions of home, family, and interpersonal relations.

The exhibition and accompanying catalog were organized by the Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont, and funded in part by the Kalkin Family Exhibitions Endowment Fund and the Walter Cerf Exhibitions Endowment. Support for this exhibition at Wesleyan comes from the Lemberg Fund.

About the Center for the Arts

Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts is an eleven-building complex on the Wesleyan campus that houses the departments of art and art history, dance, film studies, music, and theater. Opened in 1973, the CFA serves as a cultural center for the region, the state and New England. The Center includes the 400-seat Theater, the 260-seat Hall, the World Music Hall (a non-Western performance space), the 414-seat Crowell Concert Hall and the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery.

The Center for the Arts gratefully acknowledges the support of its many generous funders and collaborators, including the Center for Creative Research, the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Middletown Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New England Foundation for the Arts, as well as media sponsors the Hartford and New Haven Advocates, WESU 88.1FM, and WNPR.

For more information about Center for the Arts performances and events, please call (860) 685-3355, or visit http://www.wesleyan.edu/cfa.

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