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

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

Type: Children's Literary Event
Title of Event: A Celebration of Silent Sounds
Location: CFA Hall
Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description: 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. Co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts, Community and University Services for Education, and the Middletown Public Schools Cultural Council.

Type: Music and Dance
Title of Event: Balinese Gamelan and Dance
Location: World Music Hall
Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

An evening of traditional and contemporary Balinese music and dance.

Type: Music Installation
Title of Event: work divided by time Opening Reception
Location: Van Vleck Observatory, 96 Foss Hill Drive
Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 from 4:15pm to 6pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description: A new sound installation by Assistant Professor of Music Paula Matthusen, work divided by time reflects on how the scientific definition of energy resonates and clashes with cultural and historical concepts, inspired in part by the intricate 20th-century mechanical clocks made by the brothers Frank and Joseph Bily from Spillville, Iowa. Commissioned by the Center for the Arts as a part of Feet to the Fire: Fueling the Future. Made possible by grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and with support from The Bily Clocks Museum.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Anthony Braxton Large Ensemble
Location: Crowell Concert Hall
Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 8pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description: Professor of Music Anthony Braxton's student ensemble performs his compositions.

Type: Music and Dance
Title of Event: An Evening of Javanese Gamelan and Dance
Location: World Music Hall
Date: Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 7pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description: Experience the culture of Java with students of Wesleyan Javanese Gamelan and Dance under the direction of Professor of Music Sumarsam and Dance Artist in Residence Urip Sri Maeny.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Annual Organ Romp
Location: Memorial Chapel
Date: Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 10pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description: The annual closing of the organ concert series features Wesleyan student organists, pianists and percussionists performing new music and non-standard organ repertoire. Check www.wesleyan.edu/cfa for the costume theme, as well as updated performer and program information.

Type: Music
Title of Event: WesTaiko Spring Concert
Location: Crowell Concert Hall
Date: Friday, May 4, 2012 at 7pm
Fee: $3 general public; $2 Wesleyan students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description: The Introductory and Advanced Taiko students under the direction of Kaoru Watanabe perform the thunderous and exhilarating rhythms of Japanese Taiko drumming. Several dynamic styles will be showcased, demonstrating both traditional and contemporary Taiko repertoire.

Type: Dance
Title of Event: Spring Dance Concert
Location: Patricelli '92 Theater
Date: Friday, May 4 & Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 8pm
Fee: $5 general public, $4 Wesleyan students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description: Student choreographers present works created after a full year of dance composition studies.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Collegium Musicum
Location: Memorial Chapel
Date: Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 9pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description: The Wesleyan University Collegium Musicum performs the diverse vocal and instrumental repertories of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods of European music history under the direction of Associate Professor of Music Jane Alden.

Type: Dance
Title of Event: Worlds of Dance Concert
Location: Crowell Concert Hall
Date: Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 2pm
Fee: $3 general public; $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 Bharata Natyam (South Indian classical dance).

Type: Music
Title of Event: Power to the WesKorean Drumming Beat
Location: World Music Hall
Date: Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 7pm
Fee: $3 general public; $2 Wesleyan students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description: This concert by the Wesleyan Korean Drumming Ensemble showcases the dynamic mixture of traditional drumming dance of Korean p'ungmulnori.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Dream of the Red Chamber
Location: Crowell Concert Hall
Date: Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 8pm
Fee: $3 general public; $2 Wesleyan students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description: The Wesleyan Chinese Music Ensemble, in collaboration with the Wesleyan Orchestra and Chorus, will present works associated with the classic Chinese novel Dream of the Red Chamber, and music in various regional styles. Vocalist Yang Min will sing some of the most famous pieces composed by Wang Liping.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Ebony Singers Spring Concert
Location: Crowell Concert Hall
Date: Monday, May 7, 2012 at 8pm
Fee: $7 general public; $6 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty and staff, 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 '84.

Type: Music
Title of Event: WesWinds Spring Concert
Location: Crowell Concert Hall
Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 8pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description: The Wesleyan Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Private Lessons Teacher Peter Hadley, will perform an exciting array of pieces for winds and percussion.

Type: Music and Dance
Title of Event: West African Drumming and Dance
Location: CFA Courtyard (Rain site: Crowell Concert Hall)
Date: Friday, May 11, 2012 at 3pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description: An invigorating performance filled with the rhythms of West Africa. Choreographer Iddi Saaka, World Dance Artist in Residence, and Master Drummer Abraham Adzenyah will be performing with their students in West African Dance Courses I, II and III, as well as guest artists and drummers.

Type: Gallery Reception
Title of Event: Thesis Art Exhibition Reception
Location: Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Date: Saturday, May 26, 2012, 2pm to 4pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description: Zilkha Gallery presents the work of the Class of 2012's thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History's Art Studio Program. Each student is invited to select a single work from their Senior Thesis Exhibition for this year-end showcase of drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media and architecture curated by Professor of Art Tula Telfair. Co-sponsored by University Relations.

Ongoing Exhibitions at Wesleyan University

Type: Gallery Exhibition
Title of Event: Thesis Art Exhibition
Location: Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Date: Tuesday, May 1 through Saturday, May 26, 2012
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, noon-4pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description: Zilkha Gallery presents the work of the Class of 2012's thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History's Art Studio Program. Each student is invited to select a single work from their Senior Thesis Exhibition for this year-end showcase of drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media and architecture curated by Professor of Art Tula Telfair. Co-sponsored by University Relations.

Type: Gallery Reception
Title of Event: With a Lot of Help from Our Friends: 50 Years of Acquisitions Funded by the Friends of the Davidson Art Center
Location: Davison Art Center
Date: Friday, March 30 through Sunday, May 27, 2012
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, noon-4pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description: Since the founding of the Friends of the Davison Art Center in the spring of 1962, the group has raised funds to purchase more than 900 works of art, dramatically expanding the DAC collection. This exhibition will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the group with a selection of more than 70 prints and photographs by artists from Rembrandt to Erich Heckel to Carleton Watkins, all purchased through the generosity, and fundraising, by members of the FDAC.

Type: Gallery Exhibition
Title of Event: Provincial Elegance: Chinese Antiques Donated in Honor of Houghton "Buck" Freeman Gallery Talk
Location: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies Gallery
Date: Wednesday, April 4 through Sunday, May 27, 2012
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, noon-4pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description: This intriguing and varied array of antiques provides a window into the lives of well-off people in late-19th-century China. Ancestor portraits, furniture, wood sculptures, delicate bamboo cases, cleverly wrought brass braziers and more--their intriguing forms and attractive decorations help them transcend mere utility. This donation represents another instance of the spirit that Buck Freeman's generosity instilled in generations of Wesleyan students.

Type: Music Installation
Title of Event: work divided by time
Location: Van Vleck Observatory, 96 Foss Hill Drive
Date: Wednesday, May 2 through Sunday, May 13, 2012
Hours: ???
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description: A new sound installation by Assistant Professor of Music Paula Matthusen, work divided by time reflects on how the scientific definition of energy resonates and clashes with cultural and historical concepts, inspired in part by the intricate 20th-century mechanical clocks made by the brothers Frank and Joseph Bily from Spillville, Iowa. Commissioned by the Center for the Arts as a part of Feet to the Fire: Fueling the Future. Made possible by grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and with support from The Bily Clocks Museum.

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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