For the Common Moment 2011, the Center for the Arts commissioned a new work by Asphalt Orchestra, an off-shoot of Bang on a Can, which is one of the premeire experimental music groups of our time. Trading Futures, composed by Asphalt member Stephanie Richards, was designed to physically connect the Feet to the Fire energy themed readings, assigned to the incoming students over the summer, through a participatory community experience. Students where divided into groups and taught a music and performance piece using recycled materials such as tin cans, newspapers, tin foil and fabric. Each group performed before the entire group and then all of the students came down from Foss Hill to perform the finale together. With over 650 first year students in attendance, this was the largest Common Moment gathering so far.
Made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the New England Foundation for the Arts and Wesleyan's Office of Student Affairs.