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Contact: Andrew R. Chatfield, Press & Marketing Manager
Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University
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Middletown, CT 06459-0442
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Type: Music
Title of Event: "Music at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello"
Location: Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Ave., Middletown, CT
Date: Friday, February 1, 2013 at 8pm
Fee: $24 general public; $19 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

"Music is the passion of my soul." —Thomas Jefferson

Curated by violinist Paul Woodiel, the New England premiere of “Music at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello” features what might have been heard after-hours in the Charlottesville, Virginia home of the third U.S. president (the European concert music of Corelli, Handel, Haydn, and Mozart), as well as in the slaves' quarters (African American and European American traditional musics). This concert features performances by singer, guitarist and banjo player Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton, Dennis James on glass harmonica, singer Jennifer Hope Wills, violinists Robert Mealy and Mazz Swift, cellist Katie Rietman, Christopher Layer on bagpipes and flutes, and Wesleyan Professor of Music Neely Bruce on harpsichord. A Crowell Concert Series event presented by the Music Department and the Center for the Arts.

There will be a pre-concert talk at 7:15pm by Wesleyan Professor of Music Neely Bruce.

Type: Music
Title of Event: “Violin & Piano: Dramatic Partners”
Location: The Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown, CT
Date: Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 3pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/zilkha

Description:

Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Erika Schroth maintains a multi-faceted career as a pianist, performing as a solo and collaborative artist across the United States and Europe. She has worked on several productions as Music Director for Yale Repertory Theatre, as well as at the Yale Institute for Music Theatre and the Eugene O'Neill National Theatre Institute. Violinist Netta Hadari was born in London to Israeli parents, and has performed solo engagements all over the world. He conducts the Greater New Haven Youth Orchestra, and composes music for children's stories. At Wesleyan, the duo will perform masterpieces of the repertoire—Violin Sonatas by Claude Debussy and Edvard Grieg (No. 3 in c minor)—as well as other gems, including Jascha Heifetz's arrangement of “It Ain't Necessarily So.”

Type: Gallery Exhibition
Title of Event: Opening Reception for “Traces of Life: Seen Through Korean Eyes, 1945-1992”
Location: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies Gallery, 343 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Date: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at Noon; a luncheon buffet will be served
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-2330
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/mansfield/exhibitions

Description:

“Traces of Life: Seen Through Korean Eyes, 1945-1992” captures the details of Korean people's everyday lives between 1945 and 1992. The exhibition features 27 photographs taken by the first generation of Korean realists, thirteen pioneers whose works evoke nostalgia for a nation in a radical transition from its past. Curator Chang Jae Lee describes the exhibition as a counterpoint to the turbulent history of this period in Korea, featuring "exuberant visual diversity" and "anthropologically important aspects of the nearly forgotten past." Touching and expressive, the photographs show how people used their traditions and humanity to face a new world of independence, industrialization, development and complex political shifts. The exhibition offers a moving visual experience through which to understand and appreciate Korean history, culture, and the arts. The debut of this exhibition at The Korea Society in New York in September 2012 was the first time these black-and-white photographs had been exhibited in the United States. This exhibition is presented by The Korea Society and independent curator Chang Jae Lee with generous loans from the Dong Gang Museum of Photography in Korea and the estates of Kim Kichan and Lee Hyungrok.

Type: Gallery Exhibition
Title of Event: Opening Reception for “(Re)viewing Bodies: Selected American Photographs”
Location: Davison Art Center, 301 High Street, Middletown, CT
Date: Thursday, February 7, 2013 from 5pm to 7pm; Gallery Talk by student curators at 5:30pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-2500
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/dac

Description:

Since the invention of photography, viewers have responded with immediacy to photographs of people. Roland Barthes wrote about the indexical nature of the photograph--the fact that "that has been," the evidence that a certain person once stood in front of the camera. “(Re)viewing Bodies: Selected American Photographs” examines the ways in which 20th-century American photographers have represented the body, whether as subject or compositional element. Topics include the abstracted or fragmented body, the body and labor, the body and performance, the body in social situations, and the body in pain. The exhibition includes works by Diane Arbus, Larry Burrows, Harry Callahan, Judy Dater, Gordon Parks, and Jerry Uelsmann. Organized by Wesleyan University students in the Museum Studies seminar, the show includes more than fifty American photographs from the Davison Art Center collection.

Type: Dance
Title of Event: Studio Showing - Emily Faulkner '86
Location: Bessie Schönberg Dance Studio, 247 Pine Street, Middletown, CT
Date: Friday, February 8, 2013 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

Emily Faulkner '86 is on the faculty of Movement Research and her choreography has been seen at venues in New York and Edinburgh.

Type: Dance
Title of Event: Gallim Dance
Location: CFA Theater, 271 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Date: Friday, February 8 & Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 8pm
Fee: $25 general public; $20 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty & staff, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

"Sexy, reckless and edgy as hell, this performance [is as] exciting as high art can get."­ —Nashville Scene

Andrea Miller, Artistic Director of Gallim Dance, took the Center for the Arts by storm when her company performed at DanceMasters Weekend in 2011. Hailed for their quick wit, technical virtuosity, and visceral movement style, Ms. Miller's works embody fearless physicality. At the same time, her choreography is grounded by deep humanity, and is expressed through the madness and joy of the imagination. At Wesleyan, Gallim Dance will perform the New England premiere of “Mama Call” (2011), a contemporary tale of border-crossing, and “Pupil Suite” (2010), set to the contagious music of Israeli band Balkan Beat Box. Ms. Miller was the 2011 recipient of Wesleyan's Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award. A Breaking Ground Dance Series event presented by the Dance Department and the Center for the Arts. Made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and co-sponsored by the Jewish and Israel Studies Program and the Rosenberg Family Fund for Jewish Student Life.

There will be a pre-performance talk with dance scholar Debra Cash on Friday, February 8 at 7:30pm in CFA Hall, 287 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT.

Type: Theater
Title of Event: Panel Discussion – “Tennessee Williams after Iguana”
Location: CFA Hall, 287 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Date: Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 4:15pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

A panel discussion featuring Lee Breuer, Maude Mitchell, and Thomas Keith, Editor, New Directions Publishing and Dramaturg of “Glass Guignol.” Moderated by Wesleyan Professor of Theater Ronald Jenkins.

Type: Theater
Title of Event: “Glass Guignol: The Brother/Sister Play”
Location: CFA Theater, 271 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Date: Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 8pm
Fee: $25 general public; $20 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

"Experimental theatre that moves the art forward and pushes audiences to think outside the standards." —Classical Voice of North Carolina

Following his 2011 staging of “A Streetcar Named Desire” for the Comedie Francaise in Paris, writer/director Lee Breuer, a founding co-artistic director of the New York-based experimental theater company Mabou Mines, goes the next step in his investigation of the work of Tennessee Williams. Following the French “guignol” tradition of taking realism to the breaking point of horror and hilarity, “Glass Guignol” is an exploration/excavation of the multi-faceted fictional refractions arising from the writer's erotic, voyeuristic relationship with his sister, Rose Williams. This production uses “The Two-Character Play” as a frame, and constructs "the play within the play" with texts from other Williams works, including “Out Cry,” “The Glass Menagerie,” “A Cavalier for Milady,” and “Suddenly, Last Summer.” The first Connecticut performance of “Glass Guignol” will feature Obie Award-winners Maude Mitchell and Greg Mehrten, as well as Jessica Weinstein '02 and Eamonn Farrell from Anonymous Ensemble, and Luly Santangelo. “Glass Guignol” is a Mabou Mines masterclass workshop production.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Graduate Recital - Brian Parks
Location: Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown, CT
Date: Saturday, February 16, 2013 at 8pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

A graduate music recital—“At Wesleyan 2007-2013”—by Brian Parks.

Type: Visual Art
Title of Event: Artist Talk - Janne Höltermann
Location: Room 106, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 4:30pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

A native of Germany, and the Luther Gregg Sullivan Visiting Artist in Wesleyan's Art and Art History Department, Janne Höltermann’s work has been shown internationally in the U.S., Germany, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and in France.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Senior Recital - Brian Goodell
Location: Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown, CT
Date: Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 7pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

A senior music recital—“Music of the Night Chorus”—by Brian Goodell.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Senior Recital - Brian Lee
Location: Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown, CT
Date: Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 7pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

A senior music recital—“Loss & Longing”—by Brian Lee.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Senior Recital - Shauna Pratt
Location: World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT
Date: Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 2pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

A senior music recital—“Sacred Voices”—by Shauna Pratt.

Type: Visual Art
Title of Event: Lecture by Lucy Orta
Location: CFA Hall, 287 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 4:15pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

Artist Lucy Orta will discuss the ideas in the exhibition “FOOD-WATER-LIFE---LUCY+JORGE ORTA.”

Type: Music
Title of Event: Orlando Consort
Location: Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown, CT
Date: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 7pm
Fee: $12 general public; $9 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

The world-famous British a cappella group Orlando Consort performs a concert of music from Medieval Europe.

Type: Theater
Title of Event: “The Kindness of Strangers”
Location: Patricelli '92 Theater, 213 High Street, Middletown, CT
Date: Thursday, February 28 through Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 8pm
Fee: FREE! (Tickets required; call the box office.)
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

A senior thesis production by Emily Hunt '13, “The Kindness of Strangers” is a solo performance exploring the psychological journey of an actress struggling to find herself in the infamous character of Blanche Dubois (“A Streetcar Named Desire”). Konstantin Stanislavski's and Bertolt Brecht's philosophies and methodologies of theater, in particular, will be closely examined in relation to cognitive dissonance--how does one rationalize acting as a different person, a universal form of deception in the normal world, as "moral" on the stage? These performances are in partial fulfillment of Ms. Hunt's Honors Thesis in Theater.

Ongoing Exhibitions at Wesleyan

Type: Gallery Exhibition
Title of Event: Lucy+Jorge Orta—“Food-Water-Life”
Location: Main Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Dates: Friday, January 25 through Sunday, March 3, 2013
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, Noon to 5pm
Free: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/zilkha

Description:

The work of Lucy+Jorge Orta explores the major concerns that define the 21st century: biodiversity, environmental conditions, climate change, and exchange among peoples. At the same time, this work embodies the philosophy that steers their pioneering art practice, “the ethics of aesthetics.” As heirs to the practice of social sculpture, formulated by Joseph Beuys in the 1960s, the Ortas’ works are, in a sense, reflections of their own function--beguiling assemblages that are the platform for the preparation of food, mechanisms that actually purify water, and elements that they created for their 2007 expedition to Antarctica and that are part of an effort to amend Article XIII of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The works in the “Food-Water-Life” exhibition are metaphors-in-action, constructions that perform the tasks of which they are emblematic. It is in their ability to actually function, albeit awkwardly and haltingly, that these objects gain power as works of art created to move us to awareness and action. Lucy+Jorge Orta: “Food-Water-Life” is curated by guest curators Ginger Gregg Duggan and Judith Hoos Fox of c2 curatorsquared, and is co-sponsored by the College of the Environment with additional support from the Department of Art and Art History.

"Parallel and feeding into their studio practice of sculpture and painting, [Lucy+Jorge Orta] stage ephemeral interventions, performances, [and] workshops, which explore the crucial themes of the contemporary world."
–Sublime Magazine (London)

Type: Video Installation
Title of Event: “Remodeling Zilkha” (2012) by Janne Höltermann
Location: North Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Dates: Friday, January 25 through Sunday, March 3, 2013
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, Noon to 5pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/zilkha

Description:

“Remodeling Zilkha” (2012) is a site-specific, two-channel video installation (8:16 min.) by Janne Höltermann, the Luther Gregg Sullivan Visiting Artist in Wesleyan's Art and Art History Department, that shows the filmed gallery space within the same gallery space. The two videos of the installation extend, compress and mirror the room using the inherent architectural characteristics of the gallery (repetition, segmenting, mirroring) to reconfigure space.

Type: Gallery Exhibition
Title of Event: “Traces of Life: Seen Through Korean Eyes, 1945-1992”
Location: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies Gallery, 343 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Dates: Wednesday, February 6 through Sunday, May 26, 2013; Closed March 9 through March 27, 2013
Hours: Tuesday through Friday, Noon to 4pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-2330
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/mansfield/exhibitions

Description:

“Traces of Life: Seen Through Korean Eyes, 1945-1992” captures the details of Korean people's everyday lives between 1945 and 1992. The exhibition features 27 photographs taken by the first generation of Korean realists, thirteen pioneers whose works evoke nostalgia for a nation in a radical transition from its past. Curator Chang Jae Lee describes the exhibition as a counterpoint to the turbulent history of this period in Korea, featuring "exuberant visual diversity" and "anthropologically important aspects of the nearly forgotten past." Touching and expressive, the photographs show how people used their traditions and humanity to face a new world of independence, industrialization, development and complex political shifts. The exhibition offers a moving visual experience through which to understand and appreciate Korean history, culture, and the arts. The debut of this exhibition at The Korea Society in New York in September 2012 was the first time these black-and-white photographs had been exhibited in the United States. This exhibition is presented by The Korea Society and independent curator Chang Jae Lee with generous loans from the Dong Gang Museum of Photography in Korea and the estates of Kim Kichan and Lee Hyungrok.

Opening and Gallery Talk: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at Noon; a luncheon buffet will be served

Type: Gallery Exhibition
Title of Event: “(Re)viewing Bodies: Selected American Photographs”
Location: Davison Art Center, 301 High Street, Middletown, CT
Dates: Friday, February 8 through Thursday, March 7, 2013
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, Noon to 4pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-2500
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/dac

Description:

Since the invention of photography, viewers have responded with immediacy to photographs of people. Roland Barthes wrote about the indexical nature of the photograph--the fact that "that has been," the evidence that a certain person once stood in front of the camera. “(Re)viewing Bodies: Selected American Photographs” examines the ways in which 20th-century American photographers have represented the body, whether as subject or compositional element. Topics include the abstracted or fragmented body, the body and labor, the body and performance, the body in social situations, and the body in pain. The exhibition includes works by Diane Arbus, Larry Burrows, Harry Callahan, Judy Dater, Gordon Parks, and Jerry Uelsmann. Organized by Wesleyan University students in the Museum Studies seminar, the show includes more than fifty American photographs from the Davison Art Center collection.

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 7, 2013 from 5pm to 7pm; Gallery Talk by student curators at 5:30pm

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.

Box Office Phone:   (860) 685-3355                                       Address:             Wesleyan University

Box Office Fax:       (860) 685-3935                                                                  45 Wyllys Ave.

E-mail:                     boxoffice@wesleyan.edu                                                   Middletown, CT 06459-0001

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