Music

Events

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Living in Song Workshops

Living in Song
A residency by Dr. M. Louise Robinson, Dr. Shirley Mary Childress and Dr. Nitanju Bolade Casel
Members of Sweet Honey in the Rock

WORKSHOPS
Tuesday, March 25 -- Thursday, March 27, 2014, 7pm-9pm
Tuesday, April 1 -- Thursday, April 3, 2014, 7pm-9pm
Tuesday, April 15 -- Thursday, April 17, 2014, 7pm-9pm

SHOWING
Thursday April 17, 2014 at 7pm
Crowell Concert Hall
FREE!

The Vocal Movement Experience
Dr. Nitanju Bolade Casel is a composer, dancer, cultural organizer, teacher, author, producer, arranger, and singer in the nationally acclaimed a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock. "The Vocal Movement Experience" will focus on breath as the foundation for creating a unique vocal experience. Breathing is a common denominator inclusive of all humankind, regardless of race, culture, age, gender, physical ability, or social status. Beginning with a basic physical warm-up and vocalizing exercises, participants will establish a repertoire of movement that will serve as the catalyst to create the sound. Each movement has at its core a breathing technique upon which a chorus of sound will be built.

The Rhythm Ring
Dr. M. Louise Robinson is an actress, musician, composer, producer, arranger, author, teacher, and singer in the nationally acclaimed a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock. "The Rhythm Ring" is for all who enjoy singing. The workshop will create a musical conversation in the oral tradition of call and response. Through poetry, spoken word, storytelling, rhythm, and harmony, participants will come together and sing songs of change, challenge, celebration, peace, protest, and triumph. All that is required is the desire to explore and play.

Songs in the Way of Hand
Dr. Shirley Mary Childress is a skilled professional sign language interpreter and teacher who has interpreted for such stellar writers as Maya Angelou and Alice Walker, and is the sign language interpreter for the nationally acclaimed a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock. "Songs in the Way of Hand" invites people--deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing--to cultivate the art of signing songs in American Sign Language. Using demonstration, lecture and active group participation, the workshop will consider how music and singing is integral to the culture and lives of many people. Participants will develop techniques to help render visually the emotional, lyrical, and rhythmic nature of singing--culminating in an enhanced stage presence, and a conveyance of the total message of a song.

Each of these three simultaneous workshops are three days per week for three weeks. Attendance at all nine workshop sessions is preferred.

Registration required, limited availability.

Please call or visit the Wesleyan University Box Office at 860-685-3355. For more details, please e-mail boxoffice@wesleyan.edu.

Made possible by Wesleyan's Office of Equity and Inclusion.

Various Locations

Thursday, March 27, 2014

09:00 am - 11:30 pm

SEAMUS Conference

The 28th conference of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, founded in 1984, will be held in New England for the first time since 1998. Throughout the three days, over a dozen concerts featuring new work from composers, performers, sound artists, improvisers, and scholars from around the country will be presented on the Wesleyan campus. Special events include performances involving Memorial Chapel's computer-controlled organ, sound works for sound systems emanating from MiddleOak corporate headquarters off Main Street in Middletown, live-coding, and a recreation of David Tudor's "Rainforest IV" in the Zelnick Pavilion. For more information as well as a detailed listing of events that are open to the public, please visit www.wesleyan.edu/music/seamus.

Various Locations

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Living in Song Workshops

Living in Song
A residency by Dr. M. Louise Robinson, Dr. Shirley Mary Childress and Dr. Nitanju Bolade Casel
Members of Sweet Honey in the Rock

WORKSHOPS
Tuesday, March 25 -- Thursday, March 27, 2014, 7pm-9pm
Tuesday, April 1 -- Thursday, April 3, 2014, 7pm-9pm
Tuesday, April 15 -- Thursday, April 17, 2014, 7pm-9pm

SHOWING
Thursday April 17, 2014 at 7pm
Crowell Concert Hall
FREE!

The Vocal Movement Experience
Dr. Nitanju Bolade Casel is a composer, dancer, cultural organizer, teacher, author, producer, arranger, and singer in the nationally acclaimed a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock. "The Vocal Movement Experience" will focus on breath as the foundation for creating a unique vocal experience. Breathing is a common denominator inclusive of all humankind, regardless of race, culture, age, gender, physical ability, or social status. Beginning with a basic physical warm-up and vocalizing exercises, participants will establish a repertoire of movement that will serve as the catalyst to create the sound. Each movement has at its core a breathing technique upon which a chorus of sound will be built.

The Rhythm Ring
Dr. M. Louise Robinson is an actress, musician, composer, producer, arranger, author, teacher, and singer in the nationally acclaimed a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock. "The Rhythm Ring" is for all who enjoy singing. The workshop will create a musical conversation in the oral tradition of call and response. Through poetry, spoken word, storytelling, rhythm, and harmony, participants will come together and sing songs of change, challenge, celebration, peace, protest, and triumph. All that is required is the desire to explore and play.

Songs in the Way of Hand
Dr. Shirley Mary Childress is a skilled professional sign language interpreter and teacher who has interpreted for such stellar writers as Maya Angelou and Alice Walker, and is the sign language interpreter for the nationally acclaimed a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock. "Songs in the Way of Hand" invites people--deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing--to cultivate the art of signing songs in American Sign Language. Using demonstration, lecture and active group participation, the workshop will consider how music and singing is integral to the culture and lives of many people. Participants will develop techniques to help render visually the emotional, lyrical, and rhythmic nature of singing--culminating in an enhanced stage presence, and a conveyance of the total message of a song.

Each of these three simultaneous workshops are three days per week for three weeks. Attendance at all nine workshop sessions is preferred.

Registration required, limited availability.

Please call or visit the Wesleyan University Box Office at 860-685-3355. For more details, please e-mail boxoffice@wesleyan.edu.

Made possible by Wesleyan's Office of Equity and Inclusion.

Various Locations

Friday, April 04, 2014

12:00 pm - 12:00 am

Senior Recital: Noah Rush

A senior music recital by Noah Rush, "shoestrings."

Memorial Chapel

Friday, April 04, 2014

04:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Senior Recital: Gabe Greenberg

A senior music recital by Gabe Greenberg, "tChime Tree," an interactive sound installation that aims to create an immersive sonic environment that explores composition through fragmentation and cognitive distortion. Rain date: Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 4pm.

CFA Green

Friday, April 04, 2014

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Senior Recital: Tennessee Mowrey

A senior music recital by Tennessee Mowrey, "Actualizing Time," original music based on Zen Buddhism and many of the musical traditions that Tennessee has studied at Wesleyan, including Ghanian, South Indian, and Georgian/Balkan, to be performed by a contemporary rock ensemble with lots of auxiliary percussion.

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, April 05, 2014

07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Senior Recital: Lindsay Schapiro

A senior music recital by Lindsay Schapiro, "Highway Alive: A Concept Album." Join the Boss as he embarks upon the world tour that made him infamous for better or for worse. The tour will start at his home in New Jersey, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the posters that lead the way.

200 Church Street, Middletown

Sunday, April 06, 2014

03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Senior Recital: Richard Choe

A senior music recital by Richard Choe, "A Symphonic Rhapsody."

Crowell Concert Hall

Sunday, April 06, 2014

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm

Senior Recital: Isaac Silk

A senior music recital by Isaac Silk, "From Monophony to Apocalypse."

Fayerweather Beckham Hall

Thursday, April 10, 2014

07:30 pm - 07:30 pm

Senior Recital: Simon Riker

A senior music recital by Simon Riker, "Me Prometheus."

Fayerweather Beckham Hall

Friday, April 11, 2014

07:30 pm - 09:00 pm

Senior Recital: Simon Riker

A senior music recital by Simon Riker, "Me Prometheus."

Fayerweather Beckham Hall

Saturday, April 12, 2014

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Senior Recital: Jeff Berman

A senior music recital by Jeff Berman, "Gratitude: Music by Jeff Berman," which will feature music written by Jeff that is inspired by jazz with West African percussion.

World Music Hall

Saturday, April 12, 2014

07:30 pm - 09:00 pm

Senior Recital: Simon Riker

A senior music recital by Simon Riker, "Me Prometheus."

Fayerweather Beckham Hall

Saturday, April 12, 2014

09:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Senior Recital: Molly Balsam

A senior recital by Molly Balsam. "Unstuck in Time."

Crowell Concert Hall

Sunday, April 13, 2014

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Graduate Recital: Jasmine Lovell-Smith

A graduate music recital by Jasmine Lovell-Smith,
"New Music for Large and Small Ensembles." In this final concert for her M.A. Thesis in Composition, Jasmine Lovell-Smith combines influences from jazz, concert music, folk and art song. The concert will feature an ensemble of talented wind, brass, string, and rhythm section players from Wesleyan and beyond.

World Music Hall

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Living in Song Workshops

Living in Song
A residency by Dr. M. Louise Robinson, Dr. Shirley Mary Childress and Dr. Nitanju Bolade Casel
Members of Sweet Honey in the Rock

WORKSHOPS
Tuesday, March 25 -- Thursday, March 27, 2014, 7pm-9pm
Tuesday, April 1 -- Thursday, April 3, 2014, 7pm-9pm
Tuesday, April 15 -- Thursday, April 17, 2014, 7pm-9pm

SHOWING
Thursday April 17, 2014 at 7pm
Crowell Concert Hall
FREE!

The Vocal Movement Experience
Dr. Nitanju Bolade Casel is a composer, dancer, cultural organizer, teacher, author, producer, arranger, and singer in the nationally acclaimed a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock. "The Vocal Movement Experience" will focus on breath as the foundation for creating a unique vocal experience. Breathing is a common denominator inclusive of all humankind, regardless of race, culture, age, gender, physical ability, or social status. Beginning with a basic physical warm-up and vocalizing exercises, participants will establish a repertoire of movement that will serve as the catalyst to create the sound. Each movement has at its core a breathing technique upon which a chorus of sound will be built.

The Rhythm Ring
Dr. M. Louise Robinson is an actress, musician, composer, producer, arranger, author, teacher, and singer in the nationally acclaimed a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock. "The Rhythm Ring" is for all who enjoy singing. The workshop will create a musical conversation in the oral tradition of call and response. Through poetry, spoken word, storytelling, rhythm, and harmony, participants will come together and sing songs of change, challenge, celebration, peace, protest, and triumph. All that is required is the desire to explore and play.

Songs in the Way of Hand
Dr. Shirley Mary Childress is a skilled professional sign language interpreter and teacher who has interpreted for such stellar writers as Maya Angelou and Alice Walker, and is the sign language interpreter for the nationally acclaimed a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock. "Songs in the Way of Hand" invites people--deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing--to cultivate the art of signing songs in American Sign Language. Using demonstration, lecture and active group participation, the workshop will consider how music and singing is integral to the culture and lives of many people. Participants will develop techniques to help render visually the emotional, lyrical, and rhythmic nature of singing--culminating in an enhanced stage presence, and a conveyance of the total message of a song.

Each of these three simultaneous workshops are three days per week for three weeks. Attendance at all nine workshop sessions is preferred.

Registration required, limited availability.

Please call or visit the Wesleyan University Box Office at 860-685-3355. For more details, please e-mail boxoffice@wesleyan.edu.

Made possible by Wesleyan's Office of Equity and Inclusion.

Various Locations

Thursday, April 17, 2014

07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Living in Song Showing

Dr. M. Louise Robinson, Dr. Shirley Mary Childress and Dr. Nitanju Bolade Casel, three of the five members of the Grammy Award-winning African American female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, currently celebrating their 40th anniversary season, present the culmination of their "Living in Song" residency and workshop series at a free showing featuring all of the workshop participants. "Living in Song" is made possible by Wesleyan's Office of Equity and Inclusion.

Crowell Concert Hall

Friday, April 18, 2014

07:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Senior Recital: Michael Deck

A senior music recital by Michael Deck, "Fascinating Rhythm: Playing with Rhythmic Standards," an exploration of polyrhythmic and shifting pulse/feel perceptions in Ghanaian drumming ensemble and Western rock band contexts.

Crowell Concert Hall

Friday, April 18, 2014

09:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Senior Recital: Daniel H. Light

A senior music recital by Daniel H. Light, "Resonance," an infusion of rock, pop, and jazz with folk music from various cultures.

World Music Hall

Saturday, April 19, 2014

03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Senior Recital: Enobong Etteh

A senior music recital by Enobong Etteh, "Yawgnobonebu--A Sonic Spectacle."

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, April 19, 2014

08:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Senior Recital: Julius Thor Bjornson

A senior music recital by Julius Thor Bjornson, "Apropos Spaces," an exploration of physical and temporal spaces in harmony, structure, and performance.

Memorial Chapel

Thursday, April 24, 2014

07:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Senior Recital: Ian Anderson

A senior music recital by Ian Anderson, "Very Excited," featuring original music written and performed for electric guitar and laptop.

CFA Hall

Thursday, April 24, 2014

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Javanese Gamelan Music with Guest Singer Peni Candra Rini

Experience the culture of Java with advanced students of Javanese gamelan, who perform with special guest singer Peni Candra Rini from The Institute Seni Indonesia in Surakarta.

World Music Hall

Friday, April 25, 2014

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

13th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend: Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Concert

The Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra, directed by Adjunct Professor of Music Jay Hoggard '76, and the Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble, directed by Jazz Ensemble Coach Noah Baerman, will perform exciting programs of classic jazz compositions.

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, April 26, 2014

02:00 pm - 04:00 pm

The Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Piano Recital

A piano recital featuring the participants of the Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Piano Competition.

The recital this year will be held in remembrance of Mrs. Betty Tishler and her wonderful support of the Music Department and piano students at Wesleyan since the creation of the Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Prize in Piano Performance in 1981.

Memorial Chapel

Saturday, April 26, 2014

08:00 pm - 10:30 pm

13th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend: Oliver Lake Big Band

Composer, arranger, poet, bandleader, and saxophonist Oliver Lake is a co-founder of the internationally acclaimed World Saxophone Quartet with Julius Hemphill, Hamiet Bluiett and David Murray; as well as the multi-disciplinary St. Louis collective the Black Artists Group. Mr. Lake has created chamber works for the FLUX String Quartet, collaborated with choreographer Ronald K. Brown, shared the stage with Mos Def and Me'shell Ndegeocello, and arranged for Bjork, Lou Reed, and A Tribe Called Quest. Mr. Lake will perform as part of the Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend with his Big Band, which features 17 musicians, including Hartford native Josh Evans on trumpet. The group's critically-acclaimed album "Wheels" (2013) includes an arrangement of OutKast's "The Whole World," which DownBeat called "the best-ever jazz cover of a hip-hop track."

The Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra, directed by Adjunct Professor of Music Jay Hoggard, will open the concert with a performance of classic jazz compositions.

"Lake's arrangements underscore the alto saxophonist's appreciation of Oliver Nelson,
Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus as well as Sun Ra."
--Jazz Inside Magazine

Crowell Concert Hall

Sunday, April 27, 2014

03:00 pm - 05:30 pm

Graduate Recital: Nathan Friedman

A graduate music recital by Nathan Friedman, "Ambitopia: The Music of Nathan Friedman, Part I," featuring new works for ensemble. The event continues with "Part II" at the MAC650 Gallery on Main Street in Middletown.

Crowell Concert Hall

Sunday, April 27, 2014

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Graduate Recital: Sean Sonderegger

A graduate music recital by Sean Sonderegger, "Sean Sonderegger's 'Wesleyan Musics,'" featuring some of the small ensemble music that Sean Sonderegger has written during his time at Wesleyan.

Crowell Concert Hall

Sunday, April 27, 2014

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Spring Harmony: Chinese Music Concert

Wesleyan's Chinese Music Ensemble performs a variety of Chinese instrumental music--traditional, modern and hybrid--under the direction of graduate student Joy Lu.

World Music Hall

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

07:30 pm - 09:00 pm

Wesleyan Collegium Musicum

The Collegium Musicum, under the direction of Associate Professor of Music and Medieval Studies Jane Alden, is a performance ensemble dedicated to exploring and performing the diverse vocal and instrumental repertories of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods of European music history.

Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown

Thursday, May 01, 2014

07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Javanese Gamelan Music

Experience the culture of Java with beginning students of Javanese gamelan. The concert will include a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble.

World Music Hall

Thursday, May 01, 2014

09:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Graduate Recital: Samuel Dickey

A graduate music recital by Samuel Dickey, "Sam Dickey Thesis Concert," a set of music related to his research on guitar styles of Mali and Guinea, featuring a variety of ensembles and collaborations.

Crowell Concert Hall

Friday, May 02, 2014

08:00 am - 10:00 pm

Graduate Recital: Cristohper Ramos Flores

A graduate music recital by Cristohper Ramos Flores, "Interactive Sound Maze," at 4pm in the Alsop House of the Davison Art Center.

DAC Alsop House Dining Room

Friday, May 02, 2014

09:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Wesleyan Taiko Concert

Beginning, intermediate, and advanced students in the Taiko Drumming Ensemble perform the thunderous and exhilarating rhythms of Japanese Taiko drumming under the direction of Visiting Instructor in Music Barbara Merjan. Several dynamic styles will be showcased, demonstrating both traditional and contemporary Taiko repertoire.

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, May 03, 2014

12:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Graduate Recital: Cristohper Ramos Flores

A graduate music recital by Cristohper Ramos Flores, "Interactive Sound Maze."

Davison Art Center, Alsop House

Sunday, May 04, 2014

12:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Graduate Recital: Cristohper Ramos Flores

A graduate music recital by Cristohper Ramos Flores, "Interactive Sound Maze."

Davison Art Center, Alsop House