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Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts 
Calendar Listings for November 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: Music & Public Life: Kuromori Kagura
Location: Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT
Date: Thursday, November 1st, 2012 at 8pm
Admission: $12 general public; $10 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff, non-Wesleyan students; $5 Wesleyan students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

Experience a centuries-old folk music and dance tradition from northern Japan that even the ferocious earthquake and tsunami of 3/11 could not destroy. Hailing from Tohoku, a region often referred to as a “treasure chest” of folk arts, the practice of Kuromori Kagura can be traced back to the 17th century when it began in honor of the divine spirit of the Kuromori Shrine in Miyako City, Iwate Prefecture. Designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Asset by the Japanese government, the group will perform a selection of dances from their vast repertoire which includes furious jumps, brisk turns and whimsical moves accompanied by percussion and fue (Japanese flute), revealing a whole new dimension of Japan’s traditional performing arts. The four-city North American tour of Kuromori Kagura is produced and organized by Japan Society, New York, and is supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in the fiscal year 2012, The Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program, and The Asahi Shimbun Foundation. The performance at Wesleyan is part of the Music & Public Life Initiative.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Music & Public Life: Noah Baerman
Location: Green Street Arts Center, 51 Green Street, Middletown, CT
Date: Friday, November 2, 2012 at 8pm
Admission: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

While Wesleyan University Jazz Ensemble Coach Noah Baerman is a pianist and composer whose primary medium is instrumental jazz, he has increasingly gravitated towards "message music" in the spirit of artists such as Nina Simone, Charles Mingus and John Coltrane. His award-winning compositions have tackled numerous topics, with entire albums dedicated to self-discovery (Know Thyself), disability (Patch Kit) and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Soul Force). His current projects include a series of compositions inspired by young people in the foster care system and a collaboration with photographer Carla Ten Eyck depicting survivors of serious illness and other traumatic experiences. Mr. Baerman will be joined by his longtime trio partners bassist Henry Lugo and drummer Vinnie Sperrazza.

Type: Gallery Tour
Title of Event: Tour of New York City Photograph Galleries
Date: Saturday, November 3rd at 11am
Admission: $55 general public; $50 for Friends of the DAC
Phone: (860)-685-2500
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/dac

Description:

Join the Friends of the Davison Art Center on an exciting tour of New York City's photograph galleries. Led by noted collector and Wesleyan University Professor Andrew Szegedy-Maszak, the tour meets in New York and visits galleries on 57th Street and in Chelsea. Ticket cost includes a prix-fixe lunch in a cozy Chelsea bistro. Transportation is not included.

Type: Family Program
Title of Event: Family Program with Willamarie Moore
Location: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, 343 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Date: Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 2pm
Admission: FREE!
Registration required: contact Ann Gertz, agertz@wesleyan.edu
Phone: 860-685-2330
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/mansfield/exhibitions

Description:

What better way to learn about another country than through the eyes and expressions of the people who live there? The exhibition of drawings by children who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in World War II provides much more than a history lesson: it opens a window into the culture of Japan. Come learn about Japanese daily life, school, traditions, holidays and more through activities and games. Compare how your life is different from--and the same as--that of people in Japan. Willamarie Moore is Head of School Programs and Teacher Resources at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She is the author of All About Japan: Stories, Songs, Crafts and More and co-author of Japanese Traditions: A Year of Japanese Seasonal Festivities.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Dead Cat Bounce: Chance Episodes
Location: The Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown, CT
Date: Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 3pm
Admission: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

Founded 15 years ago by Matt Steckler '97, the jazz group Dead Cat Bounce invokes Charles Mingus and the World Saxophone Quartet, featuring four saxophonists— Mr. Steckler, Jared Sims, Charlie Kohlhase, and Terry Goss—plus bassist Dave Ambrosio and drummer Bill Carbone (Ph.D. candidate). The band will perform Mr. Steckler's compositions from their fourth album Chance Episodes (2011), which was praised in Downbeat and Jazz Times magazines.

Type: Music Lecture
Title of Event: Music & Public Life Talk: Anthony Seeger
Location: Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT
Date: Thursday, November 8th, 2012 at 7pm
Admission: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

Distinguished professor of Ethnomusicology and Director of the Ethnomusicology Archive at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Anthony Seeger will give the keynote address: “Can We Safeguard Disappearing Musical Traditions? And if We Can, Should We?” He has published numerous articles focused on issues of land and human rights for Brazilian Indians, archiving and intellectual property, and ethnomusicological theory and method. Mr. Seeger was the Executive Producer of all recordings issued on the Smithsonian Folkways label between 1988 and 2000. His keynote address will be followed at 7:45pm by performances by two Middletown groups: Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, a gleeful string band with sparkling original songs as well as a repertoire that spans 150 years of American music; and the Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church Choir, singing contemporary gospel, praise and worship music under the direction of Wesleyan University Adjunct Professor of Music and vibraphonist Jay Hoggard.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Merita Halili & The Raif Hyseni Orchestra (Albania) & La Cumbiamba eNeYé (Colombia)
Location: Fayerweather Beckham Hall, 45 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT
Date: Friday, November 9th, 2012 at 8:30pm
Admission: $15 general public; $12 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff, non-Wesleyan students; $5 Wesleyan students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

Ethel Raim, Artistic Director of New York City’s Center for Traditional Music and Dance, curates an evening of performances by Merita Halili & The Raif Hyseni Orchestra and La Cumbiamba eNeYé. Merita Helili is one of Albania’s top performers, renowned for her stunning voice,prodigious range and technique. Raif Hyseni, originally from the Republic of Kosova, leads the most sought-after Albanian music ensemble in the United States. Together their performances thrill with masterful interpretations of instrumentals and urban folk songs from both Albania and the Republic of Kosova. Martin Vejarano is a multi-percussionist and the director of the powerfully rhythmic ensemble La Cumbiamba eNeYé. Taking its name from traditional open-air gatherings, La Cumbiamba explores the Colombian musical styles of cumbia, puya and mapalé with the use of traditional instruments from the African diaspora, as well as those of the Indians of Colombia and the European settlers.

Type: Critic Talk
Title of Event: Music & Public Life: Ben Ratliff of The New York Times
Location: Daltry Room (Music Rehearsal Hall 003), 50 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT
Date: Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 at 4:15pm
Admission: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

Ben Ratliff has been a jazz and pop critic for The New York Times since 1996. He has written three books: The Jazz Ear: Conversations Over Music (2008); Coltrane: The Story of a Sound (2007) a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and Jazz: A Critic’s Guide to the 100 Most Important Recordings (2002).

Type: Performance Now Film Series
Title of Event: Puppet Musicals by Artists
Location: Powell Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies, 301 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Date: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 7pm
Admission: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

This program pairs two musical films made by visual artists working with very different types of puppets. Featuring Nathalie Djurberg's Untitled (Working Title Kids & Dogs) (2007) and Laurie Simmons' The Music of Regret (2006). Film Series is co-sponsored by Wesleyan's Center for Film Studies.

Type: Theater
Title of Event: The Last Days of the Old Wild Boy
Location: CFA Theater, 271 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Date: Thursday, November 15th through Saturday, November 17th at 8pm
Admission: $8 general public; $5 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff, non-Wesleyan students; $4 Wesleyan students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

Written and directed by Rinde Eckert,
Performed by Rinde Eckert and Wesleyan Students

"[Rinde Eckert is] an artist who travels regularly into the upper strata of myth, philosophy, classical music and world literature." --The New York Times

An inaugural recipient of a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award (2012), Rinde Eckert has built a dynamic theatrical logic that is fiercely interdisciplinary. The Grammy Award-winning musician, writer, composer, librettist, and director will perform the world premiere of a new work developed during his residency at Wesleyan. The Last Days of the Old Wild Boy is about a man raised by wolves who finds himself toward the end of his life at the top of the food chain. Powerful and erudite, he longs for a return to the wildness of the wolf he was--but how does one recover one's original, less conditioned or acculturated self? What is gained in the effort? What is lost in translation? This work is commissioned by the Center for the Arts, and is made possible by the Creative Campus Initiative and leadership support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Dither Electric Guitar Quartet
Location: Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT
Date: Friday, November 16th, 2012 at 8pm
Admission: $22 general public; $18 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

Pre-performance talk by Wesleyan Assistant Professor of Music Paula Matthusen at 7:15pm
"The electric guitar quartet Dither, typifying this nebulous twenty-first century, brings massive chops with an egalitarian sense of purpose to every piece of music." —Free Music Archive

Dither, an electric guitar quartet formed in 2007 by Taylor Levine, David Linaburg, Joshua Lopes, and James Moore, is dedicated to an eclectic mix of experimental repertoire which spans from new commissions and original compositions to improvisation, electronic manipulation, and multimedia works. With sounds ranging from clean pop textures to heavily processed noise, from tight rhythmic unity to cacophonous sound mass, Dither's music wholeheartedly embraces the beautiful, engulfing, and often gloriously loud sound of electric guitars. A Crowell Concert Series event presented by the Music Department and the Center for the Arts.

Type: Artist lecture
Title of Event: Performance Now Lecture by RoseLee Goldberg
Location: CFA Hall, 287 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Date: Saturday, November 17th at 2pm
Admission: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

Ms. Goldberg will discuss ideas in her upcoming book, Performance Now, to be published by Thames & Hudson in 2014.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Wesleyan Orchestra Winter Concert
Location: Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT
Date: Saturday, November 17th, 2012 at 8pm
Admission: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

The Wesleyan University Orchestra under Music Director Peter Hadley presents symphonic repertoire from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Braxton Ensemble Concert
Location: Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT
Date: Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 at 8pm
Admission: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

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

Type: Art Talk
Title of Event: Art Lecture by André Dombrowski
Location: CFA Hall, 287 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Date: Thursday, November 29th, 2012 at 4:30pm
Admission: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

University of Pennsylvania Assistant Professor of Art History Andre Dombrowski considers the relationship between Post-Impressionism and the history of modern, industrial time-keeping, focusing in particular on the advent of universal time in 1884 and the serried order of Georges Seurat's pointillist technique developed around the same time. This lecture further proposes new interpretative means for assessing some of the chronometric devices in impressionist criticism written by Jules Laforgue and Felix Feneon. Sponsored by the Wesleyan University Department of Art and Art History.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Ghanaian Drumming and Singing
Location: Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Avenye, Middletown, CT
Date: Thursday, November 29th, 2012 at 7pm
Admission: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

A festive concert featuring the drumming music of Ghana with Adjunct Professor of Music Abraham Adzenyah and his advanced drumming class. The beginning class features a chorus singing traditional songs.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Music From East Asia
Location: World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT
Date: Friday, November 30th, 2012 at 7pm
Admission: $3 general public; $3 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff, non-Wesleyan students; $2 Wesleyan students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

This concert features Wesleyan's East Asian Ensembles presenting a variety of musical styles and repertories from East Asian cultures.

Type: Music
Title of Event: West African Dance Concert
Location: Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT
Date: Friday, November 30th, 2012 at 8pm
Admission: $8 general public; $8 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

Choreographer and Artist in Residence Iddi Saaka will be joined by students and guest artists for an invigorating performance showcasing the vibrancy of West African cultures through music and dance forms.

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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