Thursday, September 04, 2014

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Reinier van Houdt (8pm Concert)

The Connecticut debut of Netherlands-based pianist Reinier van Houdt will feature an absorbing program of piano solos, including "Waves 1 - 3" by the young Dutch composer Peter Adriaansz; sound journal 36 "Enfilades" for piano and tape by Luc Ferrari; a piano variation of "Chimanzzi" by the late eccentric Texas genius Jerry Hunt; and "Fields Have Ears #1" by Michael Pisaro.

Mr. van Houdt studied piano at the Liszt-Akademie in Budapest and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. His programmatic choices involve a fascination with matters that escape notation--sound, timing, space, physicality, memory, noise, and environment--and points where interpretation touches improvisation. Mr. van Houdt has worked with John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Olivier Messiaen, and Luc Ferrari. He has premiered music by Robert Ashley, Alvin Curran, Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji, Francisco Lopez, Charlemagne Palestine, Yannis Kyriakides, Maria de Alvear, Jerry Hunt, Michael Pisaro, and John Oswald.

Memorial Chapel

Friday, September 05, 2014

08:00 pm - 09:15 pm

Bach to School

Annual opening of the concert year by Artist in Residence and University Organist Ronald Ebrecht, performing music from his globe-spanning concerts. Co-sponsored by the American Guild of Organists with a pre-concert dinner. For more information, please contact

Memorial Chapel

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

05:30 pm - 07:00 pm

CD Launch Party: Walking Still

Celebrate the release of the album "Walking Still" by the London-based choral group Vocal Constructivists, directed by Wesleyan Associate Professor of Music Jane Alden.

The CD launch party will include some remarks by composers, recorded performance, projections of the visual scores, conversation, and drinks.

To attend the party, please RVSP to Sandra Brough by Friday, September 5, 2014.

Davison Art Center, 301 High Street

Saturday, September 13, 2014

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Youth Gamelan Ensemble Classes Start

Sign up your child for Wesleyan Youth Gamelan!

Saturday morning classes are held from 10am to 11am in World Music Hall, starting on Saturday, September 13, 2014.

Only $30 for a semester of lessons and rehearsals. No prior experience necessary; open to children ages 7 to 14. Your child can visit on the first day to try the gamelan--if they like it, sign them up!

The Youth Gamelan Ensemble was founded as a Center for the Arts program in 2002 by Wesleyan Artist in Residence I.M. Harjito, who guides the group along with University Professor of Music Sumarsam and Director Joseph Getter. The group learns traditional music from Java, Indonesia, and rehearses during both the fall and spring semesters.

The fall classes conclude on Saturday, November 29, 2014, and the fall performance with the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble is on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 7pm.

To register, please contact the Wesleyan University Box Office at 860-685-3355 or

World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Avenue

Sunday, September 14, 2014

03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Giacomo Gates: A Milestone Concert

Vocalist and Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Giacomo Gates, winner of DownBeat's 2012 Critics Poll for "Rising Star Male Vocalist," performs tunes from the Great American Songbook, along with jazz, blues, vocalese, and some historical, humorous, and esoteric material, accompanied by guitarist and Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Tony Lombardozzi and bassist Jeff Fuller.

Russell House All Rooms

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

04:15 pm - 05:15 pm

Women's Voices, Verbal Ability, and Symbolic Power: The Case of Moroccan Shikhat

Alessandra Ciucci analyzes a wedding celebration in Morocco to determine the role(s) of the "shikhat," a class of professional female singer-dancers.

This event is part of "Muslim Women's Voices at Wesleyan."

Music Rehearsal Hall, Daltry Room 003, 60 Wyllys Avenue

Thursday, September 18, 2014

07:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Panel Discussion: Gender, Islam, and the "Muslim Problem"

Organized and moderated by Professor of Religion Peter Gottschalk, this panel will feature a discussion about Islamophobia and anti-Muslim sentiments, which have proven so influential among non-Muslim Americans and Europeans. The panel will ask questions that will prepare the community for the larger, year-long look into the complexities that challenge what are often one-dimensional popular portrayals of Islam, gender, and Muslim groups and cultures.

Panelists will include Associate Professor of French and Letters Typhaine Leservot, Lebanese American writer, performer, and teaching artist Leila Buck '99, Dr. M. Saud Anwar, Mayor of South Windsor, Connecticut, and Aida Mansoor, President of the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut.

Co-sponsored by Wesleyan's Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life.

This event is part of "Muslim Women's Voices at Wesleyan."

CFA Hall, 287 Washington Terrace

Saturday, September 20, 2014

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meryem Saci Workshop: Music Is Medicine - Hip Hop Therapy for the Bifurcated Soul

Singer-songwriter and rapper Meryem Saci will explore her experiences as a refugee, an artist, and a Muslim woman, unpacking the therapeutic and spiritual benefits that music can provide, and pulling examples and lessons from her own history and life story.

Lunch included for participants.

This event is part of "Muslim Women's Voices at Wesleyan."

World Music Hall

Saturday, September 20, 2014

01:45 pm - 03:15 pm

Maimouna Youssef Workshop: Freestyling through the History of American Music - Improvisation 101

A hip hop workshop with Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter, poet, and emcee Maimouna Youssef a.k.a. Mumu Fresh, based in Washington, D.C. She will take participants on a vocal journey chronologically through various genres of American music using the pillars of Islam from a female perspective. Participants will learn to use improvisation techniques to share their personal experiences while having loads of musical fun.

Lunch provided for participants.

This event is part of "Muslim Women's Voices at Wesleyan."

World Music Hall

Saturday, September 20, 2014

03:30 pm - 04:30 pm

Poetic Pilgrimage Workshop: The Art of Rhyme - Exploring Islam and Hip Hop through Verse Writing

London's spoken-word duo Poetic Pilgrimage will explore the topic of Islam and hip hop using poetry and verse writing, supported by a live DJ. After a short lecture, participants will have an opportunity to write a four-bar verse on a topic relating to the subject of Islam and hip hop. Poetic Pilgrimage will coach participants through the process, and participants will have the opportunity to present their verses at the Planet Hip Hop Festival Concert at 9pm.

Lunch provided for participants.

This event is part of "Muslim Women's Voices at Wesleyan."

World Music Hall

Saturday, September 20, 2014

09:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Planet Hip Hop Festival Concert

Afternoon workshops and evening performances by international Muslim women in hip hop, including London's spoken-word duo Poetic Pilgrimage, the U.S. debut of Montreal-based Algerian singer-songwriter and rapper Meryem Saci as a solo artist, and Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter, poet, and emcee Maimouna Youssef a.k.a. Mumu Fresh, based in Washington, D.C.

This event is part of "Muslim Women's Voices at Wesleyan."

Fayerweather Beckham Hall, 55 Wyllys Avenue

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

09:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Peter Blasser: Sidrazzi Gamelan

A sidrazzi is an electronic organ that emits a spectrum of pitched and chaotic sounds. The gamelan is an ensemble of gongs and a music of multiple-layered aesthetics. Through compositions and improvisations, graduate music student Peter Blasser's ensemble will weave the two together.

World Music Hall

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

04:15 pm - 05:30 pm

Navaratri Festival: Richard Wolf - The Voice in the Drum, Creative Non-Fiction, and Ethnomusicology

This talk by Richard K. Wolf, Professor of Music and South Asian Studies at Harvard University--based on fieldwork done in India and Pakistan over a 28-month period in late 1996 and on shorter visits extending into the late 2000s--concerns the experiences of drummers, dancers, and other participants at a Sufi shrine in Lahore, Pakistan. The talk is adapted from Mr. Wolf's forthcoming book, "The Voice in the Drum: Music, Language, and Emotion in Islamicate South Asia."

CFA Hall

Thursday, September 25, 2014

07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Navaratri Festival: Henna and Chaat

Experience South Asian culture through henna art and sampling of chaat (savory snacks), hosted by Shakti, Wesleyan's South Asian Students' Association.

Olin Library Lobby, 252 Church Street

Friday, September 26, 2014

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Navaratri Festival: B. Balasubrahmaniyan - Vocal Music of South India

Vocalist B. Balasubrahmaniyan, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music, is joined by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music David Nelson on mridangam and L. Ramakrishnan on violin.

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, September 27, 2014

08:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Navaratri Festival: Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Keyboard Sathya

"One of the greatest and most expressive slide players in the world."
--Acoustic Guitar Magazine

A disciple of Ravi Shankar, Padmashree Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt mesmerizes audiences with his fiery music on the Mohan Veena, a modified archtop guitar, held in the lap like a slide guitar. "Meeting by the River," Pt. V. M. Bhatt's improvised collaborative album with Ry Cooder, won the Grammy Award for "Best World Music Album" in 1994. At Wesleyan, he presents the United States debut of duets with 19-year-old keyboardist Yukal Bharathi K. Sathyanarayanan, who has performed over 1,000 concerts since he was 6 years old.

Co-sponsored by the Raga Club of Connecticut.

Crowell Concert Hall

Sunday, September 28, 2014

11:00 am - 01:00 pm

Navaratri Festival: Saraswati Puja (Hindu Ceremony)

This religious service, led by A. V. Srinivasan, marks the most auspicious day of the year for beginning new endeavors. The audience may participate and bring instruments, manuscripts, and other items for blessing.

World Music Hall

Sunday, September 28, 2014

04:00 pm - 05:30 pm

Recital: Filippo Mariottini

In co-operation with the American Guild of Organists, Wesleyan University presents Filippo Mariottini from Rome.

Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 50 Emmanuel Church Road, Killingworth

Sunday, October 05, 2014

08:00 am - 11:00 pm

The West End String Quartet: Works by Shostakovich and Mozart (3pm Concert)

The West End String Quartet: Works by Shostakovich and Mozart (Concert from 3pm to 4:30pm)

The West End String Quartet--featuring Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Jessica Meyer on violin and fellow Wesleyan chamber music instructors Sarah Washburn on violin, Anne Berry on cello, and John Biatowas on viola--presents an afternoon of string quartet music, including Dmitri Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 3 in F Major, Op. 73 and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's String Quartet No. 21 in D Major, K. 575.

Russell House All Rooms

Sunday, November 09, 2014

08:00 am - 11:00 pm

Sam Friedman '13: Just Breathe - A Harmonica Retrospective (3pm Concert)

Sam Friedman '13: Just Breathe - A Harmonica Retrospective (Concert from 3pm to 4:30pm)

Sam Friedman and Friends demonstrate some of the many ways that the harmonica has been utilized in the nearly 200 years since its invention. A variety of original and traditional pieces will illuminate different points along the cross-cultural evolution of this small instrument's amazing journey. Mr. Friedman will be accompanied by percussion, piano, guitar, and bass.

Russell House All Rooms

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm

In the Heights

Wednesday, November 12 through Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 8pm
Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 2pm and 8pm

"In the Heights" tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood--a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams, and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind.

With book by Wesleyan's Shapiro Distinguished Professor of Writing and Theater Quiara Alegria Hudes, "In the Heights" is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for "Best Musical," "Best Original Score" (Lin-Manuel Miranda, Theater '02), "Best Choreography," and "Best Orchestrations" (Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman, Music '02). The Wesleyan production is a collaboration between the Music Department and Theater Department, directed by Associate Professor of Theater Claudia Tatinge Nascimento, with music direction by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina.

CFA Theater

Friday, November 21, 2014

05:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The Slot (9pm Concert)

The MIDI system of the concert organ in Memorial Chapel goes live on the web. Similar to previous presentations of computer-generated music using the organ as synthesizer, this concert will feature new works by linking the organ to the internet and allowing composers from around the world who have submitted works for this concert to perform them live with a return webcast of the concert.

Memorial Chapel