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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Andrew R. Chatfield, Press & Marketing Manager
Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University
283 Washington Terrace
Middletown, CT 06459-0442
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Type: Music
Title of Event: Graduate Recital—Liz Allbee
Location: Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT
Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 8pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

A graduate music recital by Liz Allbee.

Type: Dance
Title of Event: Celebrating Four Decades of Javanese Dance—A Retirement Celebration Honoring Artist in Residence Urip Sri Maeny
Location: World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT
Date: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 7pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

A performance featuring Javanese dance students as well as special guests to honor Artist in Residence Urip Sri Maeny.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Senior Recital: David Preddy
Location: The Alsop House, Davison Art Center, 301 High Street, Middletown, CT
Date: Thursday, May 2 & Friday, May 3, 2013 at 8pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-2500
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

A senior music recital—“The Entropy of Dynamic Structures”—by David Preddy.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Annual Organ Romp
Location: Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown, CT
Date: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 10pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

Wesleyan student organists perform new music, silly music, rock, pop, Bach, and slop.

Type: Dance
Title of Event: Annual Dr. Cynthia Novak Lecture & Symposium—Decades of Javanese Dance at Wesleyan
Location: World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT
Date: Friday, May 3, 2013 at 2pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

A symposium and retirement celebration in honor of Urip Sri Maeny, Artist in Residence in Indonesian Dance at Wesleyan University for the past 40 years. Dr. Diyah Larasati, dance scholar, choreographer, cultural theorist and author of “The Dance That Makes You Vanish: Cultural Reconstruction in Post Genocide Indonesia” (University of Minnesota Press, 2013), will give the annual Cynthia Novak Lecture and Keynote Address, with special guests honoring Maeny and the legacy of Indonesian dance at Wesleyan. The lecture will be followed by a reception at 4:30pm in the Alsop House at the Davison Art Center.

Type: Music
Title of Event: WesTaiko Spring Concert
Location: Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT
Date: Friday, May 3, 2013 at 7pm
Fee: $2 Wesleyan students, $3 all others
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

Beginning, Intermediate, 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, 213 High Street, Middletown, CT
Date: Friday, May 3 & Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 8pm
Fee: $4 Wesleyan students, $5 all others
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: Chinese Music Concert
Location: Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT
Date: Saturday May 4, 2013 at 7pm
Fee: $2 Wesleyan students, $3 all others
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

Wesleyan's Chinese Music Ensemble, directed by Huan Li, performs a variety of Chinese instrumental music—traditional, modern and hybrid.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Senior Recital—Madeline Holland
Location: World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT
Date: Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 9pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

A senior music recital—“American Balungan”—by Madeline Holland.

Type: Dance
Title of Event: Worlds of Dance Concert
Location: Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT
Date: Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 2pm
Fee: $2 Wesleyan students, $3 all others
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) and Javanese dance.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Power to the WesKorean Drumming Beats
Location: World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT
Date: Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 7pm
Fee: $2 Wesleyan students, $3 all others
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

The Wesleyan Korean Drumming Ensemble, directed by Kyunghee Kang, performs a variety of traditional Korean drumming music and dance.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Ebony Singers Spring Concert
Location: Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT
Date: Monday, May 6, 2013 at 8pm
Fee: $7 general public; $6 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/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 '85.

Type: Writing
Title of Event: A Celebration of “Silent Sounds”
Location: CFA Hall, 287 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 6:30pm
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
Title of Event: WesWinds Spring Concert
Location: Crowell Concert Hall, 50 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT
Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 8pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

The Wesleyan Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Sarah Stockton, performs an exciting array of pieces for winds and percussion.

Type: Music / Dance
Title of Event: Javanese Gamelan & Dance
Location: World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT
Date: Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 7pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/zilkha

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, under the direction of Joseph Getter.

Type: Music / Dance
Title of Event: West African Drumming & Dance
Location: CFA Courtyard (Rain site: Crowell Concert Hall)
Date: Friday, May 10, 2013 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 and Master Drummer Abraham Adzenyah will perform with their students in West African Dance courses, as well as guest artists and drummers.

Type: Music
Title of Event: Toneburst Laptop & Electronic Arts Ensemble
Location: World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Ave, Middletown, CT
Date: Friday, May 10, 2013 at 8pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/cfa

Description:

The debut concert by the Toneburst Laptop & Electronic Arts Ensemble, directed by Assistant Professsor of Music Paula Matthusen, begins with a series of works for live electronics, including premieres of new works written for the group by Professor of Music Ronald Kuivila and Carl Testa '06.

Type: Festival
Title of Event: MiddletownRemix: Hear More, See More — A Festival of Art and Sound
Location: Festival Information Center —575 Main Street, Middletown (in front of It’s Only Natural Market)
Date: Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 2pm to 5pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.middletownremix.org

Description:

After a year of exploring, sharing, and remixing the sounds of Middletown on the MiddletownRemix website (www.middletownremix.org), celebrate the city’s acoustic identity at a festival featuring live sets by DJ Arun Ranganathan and Wesleyan student DJs; the world premiere of the sound installation "Lighthouse, beside the point" by Wesleyan University Professor of Music Ronald Kuivila; the world premiere of "MTRX" (2012) by Jason Freeman of UrbanRemix performed by Wesleyan's Toneburst Laptop & Electronic Arts Ensemble, directed by Assistant Professor of Music Paula Matthusen; a recreation of David Tudor's "Rainforest IV" (1973); a commissioned flash mob dance, choreographed by Wesleyan student Kelsey Siegel '13 to a hip-hop soundtrack incorporating sounds from MiddletownRemix; a North End Gallery Walk; two commissioned art/sound installations; and food trucks. For more information about the festival, please visit www.middletownremix.org.

Type: Visual Art
Title of Event: Thesis Art Exhibition Reception
Location: Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Date: Saturday, May 25, 2012 from 2pm to 4pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/dac

Description:

Zilkha Gallery showcases the work of the Class of 2013'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

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.

Type: Gallery Exhibition
Title of Event: “Artists Take Action: Protest Posters Today”
Location: Davison Art Center, 301 High Street, Middletown, CT
Date: Friday, April 5 through Sunday, May 26, 2013
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, Noon to 4pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/dac

Description:

In 2011, the Occupy movement filled town squares across the country in protest of economic inequality. Artists and graphic designers created vivid posters to spread the word. This exhibition looks at the resurgence of protest posters today, whether advocating for climate change issues, reproductive rights, gender rights, or treatment for war veterans. Included are works by more than fifty artists from around the United States and beyond. The exhibition includes the collaborative print portfolio “This Is an Emergency! A Reproductive Rights and Gender Justice Portfolio” (2012), as well as “Occuprint” (2012), a portfolio of Occupy posters from around the world. The show also features two print portfolios organized by the Justseeds Artists' Cooperative. “War Is Trauma” (2012) was produced by Justseeds in collaboration with the Iraq Veterans Against the War. Justseeds also organized the portfolio “Resourced” (2010), which addresses issues of climate change and environmental inequality. The exhibition is organized by the Davison Art Center in collaboration with Special Collections & Archives, Olin Library.

Type: Gallery Exhibition
Title of Event: Thesis Art Exhibition
Location: Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, CT
Date: Tuesday, April 30 through Saturday, May 25, 2013
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, Noon to 5pm
Fee: FREE!
Phone: 860-685-3355
Website: www.wesleyan.edu/zilkha

Description:

Zilkha Gallery showcases the work of the Class of 2013'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.

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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