Music

Past Events

Major Events

These pages for past special events are maintained for archival interest.

Alvin Lucier: A Celebration: November 4-6, 2011

Ives Vocal Marathon: January 20 - February 1, 2009

Emerging Musical Identities: May 12-14, 2006

Bill Dixon Residency: February 7-12, 2005

Music in Sacred Space: November 22, 2003

Wesleyan World Music Weekend: February 21-23, 2003.

New England Gamelan Weekend: April 19-21, 2002. 

Adzenyah in There: A Tribute Concert DVD: From the February 9, 2002 Concert 

 

 

Listing of Past Events

Thursday, October 30, 2014

04:30 pm - 07:00 pm

The Punk Singer: Film Screening and Discussion

Join us for a screening of the film followed by a panel discussion on the sonic life of third wave feminism, feminist rage, queer and minoritarian politics and aesthetics, queer and feminist archives, and narratives of illness and disability. On the panel will be the film's director, Sini Anderson, Professor of Performance Studies at NYU, Tavia Nyong'o, and Wesleyan faculty, Katherine Brewer Ball, Theater, and Rachel Ellis Neyra, English.

Film Studies 190 (Powell Family Cinema)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

09:00 pm - 10:45 pm

Daniel Fishkin: Transcriptions

"Daniel Fishkin is an artist with the kind of tenacity that is mostly reserved for politicians and mountain climbers."<br/>--Flavorwire<br/><br/>Graduate music student Daniel Fishkin presents a diverse program of American avant-garde composition and the experimental canon, filtered through and radically reinterpreted by invented instruments. Daxophone (played by drawing a bow over a thin piece of wood), 20-foot piano strings, and oscilloscopes (electronic test instruments) combine to create new timbral real estate for iconic pieces.

World Music Hall

Saturday, October 25, 2014

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

A Symphony a la carte

Sample some of the greatest treasures of orchestral literature as the Wesleyan University Orchestra, under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina, showcases a selection of movements from several large-scale symphonic works, and presents an opportunity for the audience vote on which composition they would like to hear in its entirety in the spring. Become a part of the repertoire decision-making process!

Crowell Concert Hall

Friday, October 24, 2014

05:30 pm - 06:30 pm

Yiddish Dance Extravaganza

An evening of live klezmer music by Wesleyan's klezmer band Veeblefetzer and Yiddish dancing led by Steve Weintraub.

The Bayit, 157 Church Street

Friday, October 24, 2014

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Sonatas and Interludes: Keyboard Music by Cage, Scarlatti, and Macbride

"In David Macbride's music, one finds technical skills of a high order, a direct lyricism that informs the most complex passages."<br/>--Newsday <br/><br/>David Macbride, Professor of Composition and Music Theory at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford, performs selected sonatas by John Cage, Domenico Scarlatti, and original works based on those composers for harpsichord, piano, and prepared piano. The program will be announced using chance operations.

Crowell Concert Hall

Sunday, October 12, 2014

03:00 pm - 04:15 pm

This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part IV

John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce presents the fourth of twelve CD-length recitals of his piano music, featuring his "Andante Variee" and "Variations on a Polonaise," and, as a change of pace, "A Book of Pieces for the Harpsichord."<br/>

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, October 11, 2014

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Vijay Iyer Trio

Grammy Award-nominated composer-pianist Vijay Iyer is "one of the most interesting and vital young pianists in jazz today" (Pitchfork). At Wesleyan, Mr. Iyer will perform with bassist Stephan Crump and drummer Tyshawn Sorey MA '11. JazzTimes described a recent performance by Mr. Iyer's trio as "intensely improvisational" in which "rhythm was paramount," the group's "precision made possible by their decade of playing together...The fun was in witnessing the group's distinctive redefinition of the jazz piano trio." <br/><br/>A Crowell Concert Series event presented by the Music Department and the Center for the Arts.

Crowell Concert Hall

Thursday, October 09, 2014

04:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Klezmer Concert

A concert and lecture about old klezmer traditions and new Yiddish music by clarinetist Michael Winograd and accordion player Christina Crowder.

Music Rehearsal Hall, Daltry Room 003, 60 Wyllys Avenue

Thursday, October 09, 2014

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm

Tomomi Adachi

Japanese vocal and electronics performer, composer, and instrument builder Tomomi Adachi presents his wide-ranging activities with special guest Ayako Kataoka.

CFA Hall

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

09:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Getting to Know You

Featuring works by graduate music students Jose Juan Garcia, Cecilia Lopez, Ron Shalom, Cleek Schrey, and others.

World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Avenue

Sunday, October 05, 2014

03:00 pm - 06:00 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)<br/><br/>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, October 05, 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. <br/><br/>Please e-mail 1onthehill@snet.net for more information.

Higganum Congregational Church, 23 Parsonage Road, Higganum

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

02:30 pm - 04:00 pm

Masterclass: Filippo Mariottini

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

Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown

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.<br/>

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. <br/>

Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 50 Emmanuel Church Road, Killingworth

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."<br/>--Acoustic Guitar Magazine<br/><br/>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. <br/><br/>Co-sponsored by the Raga Club of Connecticut.<br/>

Crowell Concert Hall

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.<br/>

Crowell Concert 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.<br/>

Olin Library Lobby, 252 Church Street

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."<br/>

CFA Hall

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

04:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Women's Voice in the Hasidic Community

A lecture by the Director of the Yiddish Language Institute at the Yiddish Book Center Asya Vaisman Schulman.

Music Studios Room 301

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

When You're Home: A Look Back at the Origins of In the Heights - A Talk by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Tony Award-winning composer/lyricist and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda '02 speaks about the creation of the musical "In the Heights" during his time at Wesleyan. An Outside the Box Theater Series event presented by the Theater Department and the Center for the Arts.

CFA Hall

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

Saturday, September 20, 2014

11:00 am - 12:30 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.<br/><br/>Lunch included for participants.<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>Lunch provided for participants.<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>Lunch provided for participants.<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>This event is part of "Muslim Women's Voices at Wesleyan."

Fayerweather Beckham Hall, 55 Wyllys Avenue

Thursday, September 18, 2014

04:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Yiddish Foodways

A lecture and workshop on Jewish food traditions<br/>by culinary ethnographer Eve Jochnowitz.

World Music Hall, 40 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. <br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>Co-sponsored by Wesleyan's Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life.<br/><br/>This event is part of "Muslim Women's Voices at Wesleyan."

CFA Hall, 287 Washington Terrace

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.<br/><br/>This event is part of "Muslim Women's Voices at Wesleyan."

Music Rehearsal Hall, Daltry Room 003, 60 Wyllys Avenue

Sunday, September 14, 2014

03:00 pm - 06:00 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

Saturday, September 13, 2014

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Youth Gamelan Ensemble Classes Start

Sign up your child for Wesleyan Youth Gamelan!<br/><br/>Saturday morning classes are held from 10am to 11am in World Music Hall, starting on Saturday, September 13, 2014.<br/><br/>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! <br/><br/>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. <br/><br/>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. <br/><br/>To register, please contact the Wesleyan University Box Office at 860-685-3355 or boxoffice@wesleyan.edu.

World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Avenue

Saturday, September 13, 2014

01:30 pm - 06:00 pm

Freedom Summer Symposium

1:30pm<br/>Panel: "Go South, Young Wes Men" - Freedom Summer 1964 and Wesleyan Student Activism<br/>Panelists: Ron Young '86, John Suter '67, Stephen Oleskey '64<br/>Moderator: Ashraf Rushdy, African American Studies Program and English Department, Wesleyan University<br/><br/>3pm<br/>Panel: Unwavering Courage - Civil Rights Activists of Freedom Summer<br/>Panelists: Penny Patch, Muriel Tillinghast, Gwendolyn Simmons<br/>Moderator: Anna Wasescha, President, Middlesex Community College<br/><br/>4:30pm<br/>Keynote Lecture: Freedom Summer 50 - Redressing State Violence<br/>Margaret Burnham, Professor of Law and Founder of Civil Rights And Restorative Justice Institute at Northeastern University<br/><br/>Co-sponsored by the Center for African American Studies, Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, Olin Library and Special Collections, the Center for the Arts, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, Academic Affairs, Green Street Arts Center, and Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church.

Fayerweather 202 (Beckham Hall)

Friday, September 12, 2014

09:00 am - 05:00 pm

Exhibition: Civil Rights Activism and Wesleyan

An exhibition featuring historic Civil Rights-era Wesleyan materials, documents, and photographs.<br/><br/>On display Friday, September 12, 2014 from 3pm to 5pm; and Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 9am to Noon<br/><br/>For additional Freedom Summmer events:<br/>http://www.wesleyan.edu/afam/freedomsummer

Olin Library, 252 Church Street

Friday, September 12, 2014

06:00 pm - 06:30 pm

Freedom Summer Rolling Concert

6pm<br/>Location: Dance Department, 100 Cross Street<br/>Performers: Unity Choir, Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church<br/><br/>6:30pm<br/>Location: Olin Library Steps, 252 Church Street<br/>Performers: Middletown High School Choir and Wesleyan Singers<br/><br/>7pm<br/>Location: Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street<br/>Performers: Children's Choir of Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church, Dar Williams '89, Kim and<br/>Reggie Harris <br/><br/>Co-sponsored by the Center for African American Studies, Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, Olin Library and Special Collections, the Center for the Arts, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, Academic Affairs, Green Street Arts Center, and Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church.

Dance Department, 100 Cross Street

Friday, September 12, 2014

06:30 pm - 07:00 pm

Freedom Summer Rolling Concert

6pm<br/>Location: Dance Department, 100 Cross Street<br/>Performers: Unity Choir, Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church<br/><br/>6:30pm<br/>Location: Olin Library Steps, 252 Church Street<br/>Performers: Middletown High School Choir and Wesleyan Singers<br/><br/>7pm<br/>Location: Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street<br/>Performers: Children's Choir of Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church, Dar Williams '89, Kim and<br/>Reggie Harris <br/><br/>Co-sponsored by the Center for African American Studies, Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, Olin Library and Special Collections, the Center for the Arts, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, Academic Affairs, Green Street Arts Center, and Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church.

Olin Library Steps, 252 Church Street

Friday, September 12, 2014

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Freedom Summer Rolling Concert

6pm<br/>Location: Dance Department, 100 Cross Street<br/>Performers: Unity Choir, Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church<br/><br/>6:30pm<br/>Location: Olin Library Steps, 252 Church Street<br/>Performers: Middletown High School Choir and Wesleyan Singers<br/><br/>7pm<br/>Location: Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street<br/>Performers: Children's Choir of Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church, Dar Williams '89, Kim and<br/>Reggie Harris <br/><br/>Co-sponsored by the Center for African American Studies, Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, Olin Library and Special Collections, the Center for the Arts, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, Academic Affairs, Green Street Arts Center, and Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church.

Memorial Chapel and Zelnick Pavilion

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.<br/><br/>The CD launch party will include some remarks by composers, recorded performance, projections of the visual scores, conversation, and drinks. <br/><br/>To attend the party, please RVSP to Sandra Brough by Friday, September 5, 2014.

Davison Art Center, 301 High Street

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

04:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Yiddish Song on Stage

A musical presentation on song in the Yiddish<br/>theater by mezzo-soprano Monica Krajewska and pianist Natasha Ulyanovsky.

Music Rehearsal Hall, Daltry Room 003, 60 Wyllys Avenue

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 alan.rodi@gmail.com.<br/>

Memorial Chapel

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.<br/><br/>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

Sunday, July 20, 2014

03:00 pm - 04:30 pm

This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part III

John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce presents the third of twelve CD-length recitals of his piano music. This recital will feature "Geographical Preludes," 36 short pieces composed from sketches made in 30 towns in the continental United States, including Alpharetta, Birmingham, Buena Vista, Cape Canaveral, Champaign, and Damariscotta.

Crowell Concert Hall

Thursday, July 17, 2014

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm

Joe Lovano Trio with special guest Judi Silvano

Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano has searched for new modes of artistic expression within the jazz idiom for over three decades, performing with many artists including Dr. Lonnie Smith, Bill Frisell, Bobby Hutcherson, Ed Blackwell, Dave Liebman, and Eric Harland. Mr. Lovano's recent recordings on Blue Note have featured James Weidman and Lionel Loueke. This performance at Wesleyan will be the world premiere of Mr. Lovano's trio with special guest vocalist Judi Silvano. <br/><br/>"It's fair to say that [Lovano] is one of the greatest musicians in jazz history." <br/>--Ben Ratliff, The New York Times

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, July 12, 2014

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm

WESU 75th Anniversary Doo Wop Extravaganza: Jay Siegel's Tokens and Super Girl Group

Lovers of vintage doo wop, rhythm & blues, and rock 'n' roll should mark their calendars for a night to remember when 88.1 FM WESU Middletown presents a fundraising concert in celebration of 75 years of community radio & 35 years of the "Moondog Matinee" radio show on July 12 at The Middletown High School Performing Arts Center. Headlining the show will be Jay Siegel's Tokens, the legendary group that recorded the mega hit, "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"! They'll be joined by The Super Girls Group, featuring original members of some of the greatest female groups of rock 'n' roll, including: Louise Murray of The Hearts & Jaynetts ("Lonely Nights" & "Sally Go Round The Roses"); Lillian Walker of The Exciters ("Tell Him" & "Doo Wah Diddy"); Margaret Ross of The Cookies ("Chains" & "Don't Say Nothing Bad About My Baby"); Beverly Warren of The Raindrops ("The Kind of Boy You Can't Forget" & "What a Guy"); & Nanette Licari of Reparata & The Del Rons ("Whenever A Teenager Cries" & "Tommy"). <br/> <br/>WESU has been broadcasting 'oldies' music for 35 years on Saturday mornings on the Moondog Matinee radio show (11am-1pm). WESU General Manager Ben Michael, says "While most commercial radio stations have abandoned this musical format, our 'oldies' programs are among our most popular shows. This is a great examples of how community radio, like WESU, serves the needs of listeners who are marginalized by main stream media. We hope people will come out to support this amazing event we have put together" adding that "I don't think Middletown has ever seen an 'oldies' concert of this caliber."<br/> <br/>Proceeds from this event will benefit the 75-year-old community radio station's capital campaign to implement a backup power system and upgrade aging equipment in the studios. WESU has been without a backup power system to keep the station on air during power outages since its studios were relocated back in 2000. "It's one of those situations where you don't miss the water until the well runs dry, like it did back in 2012, when hurricane Sandy shut WESU down for nearly a week," says Michael. "The mixing consoles in our studios are over 25 years old and need to be replaced," he said, adding that "after fifteen years in our 'new' studios, we are really in need of an upgrade." <br/> <br/>The WESU 75th Anniversary Doo Wop Extravaganza invites you to travel back in time to celebrate a landmark anniversary of one of the first student-owned and -operated radio stations in the country and 35 years of the legendary "Moondog Matinee" radio show! Don't miss this opportunity to experience a night of memories and classic American music with superstars Jay Siegel's Tokens and some of the greatest female groups from the dawn of rock 'n' roll on Saturday July 12. This event is sponsored in part by The Middletown Commission On the Arts.<br/> <br/>Tickets are $30 each and on sale now at www.wesufm.org or by calling call 860-685-3355. Group rate for 10 or more = $25/ticket.<br/>Contact: Ben Michael, generalmanager@wesufm.org, 860-685-7707<br/>

The Middletown High School Performing Arts Center

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Zili Misik

Dance to the powerful New World Soul rhythms of Zili Misik! Based in Boston, the all-female group was founded by Kera M. Washington '95, who was a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Hand Drumming Competition. The band traces their roots to five countries and three continents, and has been bridging cultures since 2005, opening for artists such as Boukman Eksperyans and Zap Mama. Reconnecting Haitian and Jamaican roots music with the West African influences in Brazilian samba, Cuban son, and American neo soul, Zili Misik's original creations and traditional folksongs feature five vocalists singing lyrics in English, Kreyol, Portuguese, and Spanish over trombone, sax, piano, bass, guitar, drums, and percussion.

CFA Courtyard, Rain Location: Crowell Concert Hall

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

Banning Eyre: Tales from the Afropop Road--Bringing the World to American Public Radio

Banning Eyre is an author, guitarist, journalist, and Senior Editor at Afropop.org. His work with the public radio series Afropop Worldwide has taken him to over a dozen African countries to research local music, especially guitar styles; he recently completed a five-part radio series on music and history in Egypt. Mr. Eyre comments on world music for NPR's "All Things Considered," and will soon publish a book about Thomas Mapfumo and the history of Zimbabwe.

CFA Hall

Saturday, May 24, 2014

04:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Aurora Borealis meets Hiatus Pitch meets L'orgueilleux -- in the Garden

Featuring chamber music composed by Wesleyan alumni Ben Broening '89, Judy Dunaway MA'00, Anne Lemos Edgerton MALS'78, Walter Frank MA'05, Ed Jessen MA'98, Chris Jonas MA'99, Liang Liang MA'01, Chris McDonald '06, Keith Moore MA'98, Brian Parks MA'09 MA'13, and Brett Terry '90; performed by Wesleyan's West End String Quartet and assisting artists on flute, oboe, saxophone, piano, and balloons; curated by John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce.

Crowell Concert Hall

Monday, May 12, 2014

12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

Banjo, Mandolin, North Indian Vocal and Tabla

Music Seminar Room 301

Saturday, May 10, 2014

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm

Songs of Neely Bruce

Songs of Neely Bruce<br/>Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 8pm<br/>Crowell Concert Hall<br/>FREE!<br/>Baritone Christopher Grundy, pianist Neely Bruce, John Spencer Camp Professor of Music, and featured guest bassoonist Gary Bennett present a concert of vocal works by Mr. Bruce, Volume One of his songs for low voice. <br/>

Crowell Concert Hall

Friday, May 09, 2014

03:00 pm - 06:00 pm

West African Drumming and Dance Concert

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.<br/><br/>(Rain site: Crowell Concert Hall)

CFA Green

Friday, May 09, 2014

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Toneburst Electroextravaganza

Wesleyan's Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble, directed by Assistant Professsor of Music Paula Matthusen, performs works written by ensemble members.<br/>

World Music Hall

Thursday, May 08, 2014

10:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Annual Organ Romp

Wesleyan student organists perform new music, pop, rock, jazz, and other unlikely pieces, with other musicians, instruments and percussion, costumes, video, and more.

Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

Chamber Music Ensemble

Crowell Concert Hall

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

South Indian Music Concert

Wesleyan students perform an annual recital of music from the Karnatak tradition of South India.

World Music Hall

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

WesWinds Spring Concert

The Wesleyan Wind Ensemble, under the direction of John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina, performs an exciting array of pieces for winds and percussion.

Crowell Concert Hall

Monday, May 05, 2014

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ebony Singers Spring Concert

Your spirits will be lifted by the Wesleyan Ebony Singers who share their inspirational message of hope through gospel music under the direction of Dr. Marichal Monts '85.

Crowell Concert Hall

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."<br/>

Davison Art Center, Alsop House

Sunday, May 04, 2014

02:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Worlds of Dance Concert

Introduction to Dance and beginning dance students perform works of various styles including Bharata Natyam (South Indian classical dance), jazz, and hip hop.

Crowell Concert Hall

Sunday, May 04, 2014

03:00 pm - 04:30 pm

Senior Recital: Adam Johnson

A senior music recital by Adam Johnson, "Welcome to Beckham Hall (or So Long and Thanks for All the Books.)"<br/>

Fayerweather Beckham Hall

Sunday, May 04, 2014

07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Korean Traditional Music Concert

The Wesleyan Korean Drumming Ensemble, under the direction of Chunseung Lee, performs a dynamic mixture of the traditional percussion music of Korea, including the complex and extravagant rhythms of Moon Gut, Samdo Sulchangoo, Samdo Samulnori, and Daechwita, a traditional Korean marching-band style that was part of the guarding parade for the kings and queens of Korean dynasties.

World Music 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."<br/><br/>

Davison Art Center, Alsop House

Saturday, May 03, 2014

07:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Senior Recital: Benjamin Keeshin

A senior music recital by Benjamin Keeshin, "Soul Ensemble," will feature several choral-type pieces from various genres including gospel, R and B, and South African acapella.

World Music Hall

Saturday, May 03, 2014

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm

Choral-Orchestral Masterworks

The Wesleyan University Orchestra and Wesleyan Concert Choir present an evening of choral-orchestral music under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina.

Crowell Concert Hall

Friday, May 02, 2014

04:00 pm - 06:00 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

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

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

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.<br/>

World Music 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.<br/><br/>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." <br/><br/>The Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra, directed by Adjunct Professor of Music Jay Hoggard, will open the concert with a performance of classic jazz compositions.<br/><br/>"Lake's arrangements underscore the alto saxophonist's appreciation of Oliver Nelson,<br/>Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus as well as Sun Ra."<br/>--Jazz Inside Magazine

Crowell Concert 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

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.<br/>

World Music 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

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 Light

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

World Music Hall

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

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Living in Song Workshops

Living in Song<br/>A residency by Dr. M. Louise Robinson, Dr. Shirley Mary Childress and Dr. Nitanju Bolade Casel<br/>Members of Sweet Honey in the Rock<br/><br/>WORKSHOPS <br/>Tuesday, March 25 -- Thursday, March 27, 2014, 7pm-9pm<br/>Tuesday, April 1 -- Thursday, April 3, 2014, 7pm-9pm<br/>Tuesday, April 15 -- Thursday, April 17, 2014, 7pm-9pm<br/><br/>SHOWING<br/>Thursday April 17, 2014 at 7pm<br/>Crowell Concert Hall<br/>FREE!<br/><br/>The Vocal Movement Experience<br/>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. <br/><br/>The Rhythm Ring<br/>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.<br/><br/>Songs in the Way of Hand<br/>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.<br/><br/>Each of these three simultaneous workshops are three days per week for three weeks. Attendance at all nine workshop sessions is preferred.<br/><br/>Registration required, limited availability. <br/><br/>Please call or visit the Wesleyan University Box Office at 860-685-3355. For more details, please e-mail boxoffice@wesleyan.edu.<br/><br/>Made possible by Wesleyan's Office of Equity and Inclusion.

Various Locations

Sunday, April 13, 2014

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Graduate Recital: Jasmine Lovell-Smith

A graduate music recital by Jasmine Lovell-Smith, <br/>"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.<br/>

World Music 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."<br/>

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."<br/>

Crowell Concert Hall

Friday, April 11, 2014

07:30 pm - 09:00 pm

Senior Recital: Simon Riker

A senior music recital by Simon Riker, "Me Prometheus."<br/>

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." <br/>

Fayerweather Beckham Hall

Thursday, April 10, 2014

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures

The Wesleyan University Experimental Music Group presents Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures:<br/><br/>Adam Rudolph<br/>handrumset (kongos, djembe, tarija, zabumba) thumb pianos, sintir, multiphonic vocal, percussion<br/><br/>Graham Haynes<br/>cornet, flugelhorn, bamboo horn<br/><br/>Stephen Haynes<br/>cornets, conch, flugelhorn, alto horn<br/><br/>James Hurt<br/>sogo, kidi, igbo bell, udu, percussion<br/><br/>Tim Keiper '02<br/>dusungoni, pandiero, udu, percussion<br/><br/>Alex Marcelo<br/>piano, fender rhodes piano<br/><br/>Damon Banks<br/>electric bass<br/><br/>Wesleyan University Experimental Music Group members will join the ensemble during the second set:<br/><br/>Matt Chilton/reeds and flutes<br/>Nathan Friedman/clarinet<br/>Jasmine Lovell-Smith/saxophones<br/>Sean Sonderegger/reeds and flutes<br/>Ben Zucker/vibes, brass, percussion<br/><br/>The Wesleyan University Experimental Music Group is a collective of undergraduate and graduate students devoted to curating diverse and engaging concerts on campus. Each season the group books a varied program that traverses the spectra of electronic and acoustic, composition and improvisation, sound and space. All members of the Wesleyan University Experimental Music Group are distinctive performers themselves.

Crowell Concert Hall

Sunday, April 06, 2014

03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Senior Recital: Richard Choe

A senior music recital by Richard Choe, "A Symphonic Rhapsody."<br/>

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."<br/>

Fayerweather Beckham 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

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

Friday, April 04, 2014

09:00 pm - 12:00 am

Senior Recital: Noah Rush

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

Memorial Chapel

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Living in Song Workshops

Living in Song<br/>A residency by Dr. M. Louise Robinson, Dr. Shirley Mary Childress and Dr. Nitanju Bolade Casel<br/>Members of Sweet Honey in the Rock<br/><br/>WORKSHOPS <br/>Tuesday, March 25 -- Thursday, March 27, 2014, 7pm-9pm<br/>Tuesday, April 1 -- Thursday, April 3, 2014, 7pm-9pm<br/>Tuesday, April 15 -- Thursday, April 17, 2014, 7pm-9pm<br/><br/>SHOWING<br/>Thursday April 17, 2014 at 7pm<br/>Crowell Concert Hall<br/>FREE!<br/><br/>The Vocal Movement Experience<br/>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. <br/><br/>The Rhythm Ring<br/>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.<br/><br/>Songs in the Way of Hand<br/>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.<br/><br/>Each of these three simultaneous workshops are three days per week for three weeks. Attendance at all nine workshop sessions is preferred.<br/><br/>Registration required, limited availability. <br/><br/>Please call or visit the Wesleyan University Box Office at 860-685-3355. For more details, please e-mail boxoffice@wesleyan.edu.<br/><br/>Made possible by Wesleyan's Office of Equity and Inclusion.

Various Locations

Saturday, March 29, 2014

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm

SEAMUS Concert #14

Concert #14 will feature pianist Kathleen Supove performing "Sonata for Piano and Tape" by Todd Kitchen (based on the melody from the chorale "Christ lag in Todesbanden"), as well as two movements from "Metal Works" for piano and electronics by Nina Young (a suite of pieces inspired by scientific, poetic, and historic concepts of metal). Ms. Young is the first prize 2013 ASCAP/SEAMUS Commission Winner. <br/><br/>The concert will also feature the final movement of "The Chamber of False Things, from The Barnum Museum (2009-2012)" for fixed media by Barry Schrader (an electronic tone poem based on a short story by Steven Millhauser). The winner of the 2014 SEAMUS Award, Mr. Schrader is a founder and the first president of SEAMUS, described by Gramophone as a composer of "approachable electronic music with a distinctive individual voice to reward the adventurous."<br/><br/>This concert will also include "Hephaestus' Fire: Music for Anvil and Electronics" by Paul Leary (named after the Greek god of blacksmithing, metallurgy, and volcanoes, and performed with keyboards, foot pedals, a gaming joystick, an anvil, various hammers, and industrial metals); "Z-77 for paper and computer" by Jennifer Hill (an interpretation of Richard Wagner's "gesamtkunstwerk" performed along with Ryan Fellhauer); and "N'air sur le lit," a collaboration by pianist Jon Appleton and vocalist Paul J. Botelho with fixed media.

Crowell Concert Hall

Friday, March 28, 2014

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm

SEAMUS Concert #9

Concert #9 will feature "Meditation on Pattern and Noise," a multi-modal exploration of communication and disruption, with music and language by vocalist Jonathan Zorn '02 MA '07. This concert will also include guitarist Bryan Jacobs performing his "Syncro-Vox and Other Cheap Animation Techniques" with Natacha Diels on alto flute (reading the music off a scrolling score on a computer display); pianist Kari Johnson performing "time, forward" by Chin Ting Chan (with fixed sample playbacks and live processing techniques), as well as "Leander's Swim" by Sam Wells (with live electronics, inspired by Cy Twombley's painting "Hero and Leandro, Part I"); pianist Shiau-Uen Ding performing "Composition for S#!++\/ Piano with Drum Samples, Concrete Sounds, and Processing" by Christopher Bailey (a percussive piece full of funky rhythms, joyous chaos, and cacophony); "Motions of Maria Makiling" for four-channel fixed media by Deovides Reyes III (depicting the bodily movements of the mythical Filipino character); and cellist Jason Calloway performing "Vanished into the Clouds" by Jacob David Sudol (with live electronics, titled from a chapter in the Japanese novel "The Tale of Genji").

Crowell Concert Hall

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, March 25, 2014

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Living in Song Workshops

Living in Song<br/>A residency by Dr. M. Louise Robinson, Dr. Shirley Mary Childress and Dr. Nitanju Bolade Casel<br/>Members of Sweet Honey in the Rock<br/><br/>WORKSHOPS <br/>Tuesday, March 25 -- Thursday, March 27, 2014, 7pm-9pm<br/>Tuesday, April 1 -- Thursday, April 3, 2014, 7pm-9pm<br/>Tuesday, April 15 -- Thursday, April 17, 2014, 7pm-9pm<br/><br/>SHOWING<br/>Thursday April 17, 2014 at 7pm<br/>Crowell Concert Hall<br/>FREE!<br/><br/>The Vocal Movement Experience<br/>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. <br/><br/>The Rhythm Ring<br/>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.<br/><br/>Songs in the Way of Hand<br/>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.<br/><br/>Each of these three simultaneous workshops are three days per week for three weeks. Attendance at all nine workshop sessions is preferred.<br/><br/>Registration required, limited availability. <br/><br/>Please call or visit the Wesleyan University Box Office at 860-685-3355. For more details, please e-mail boxoffice@wesleyan.edu.<br/><br/>Made possible by Wesleyan's Office of Equity and Inclusion.

Various Locations

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Wesleyan Creative Music Ensemble Concert

Cornet player and Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Taylor Ho Bynum '98 leads the Wesleyan Creative Music Ensemble in a concert of post-1960s repertory and original music exploring various strategies for the integration of composition and improvisation. <br/>

World Music Hall

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Brian Parks in Recital

Brian Parks MA '09 performs organ works by Jehan Alain, Johann Sebastian Bach, Maurice Durufle, Cesar Franck, and Herbert Howells; as well as the spectacular piece "Fantasia Chromatica" by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, and representative Italian Renaissance harpsichord music that inspired the composer. <br/>

Memorial Chapel

Monday, March 03, 2014

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Toneburst Sampler

Wesleyan's Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble, directed by Assistant Professsor of Music Paula Matthusen, performs works for live-electronics and previews upcoming pieces to be performed as part of the conference of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (Thursday, March 27 through Saturday, March 29, 2014--www.wesleyan.edu/music/seamus).<br/>

CFA Hall

Sunday, March 02, 2014

03:00 pm - 04:30 pm

Carolyn Halsted and Anhared Stowe: The Mystery of Tones

Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher and pianist Carolyn Halsted and Hartford Symphony Orchestra Principal Second Violinist Anhared Stowe will play sonatas for violin and piano by Cesar Franck and Edward Elgar, plus Fratres by Arvo Paert.<br/>

Russell House All Rooms

Saturday, March 01, 2014

01:00 pm - 02:00 pm

Children's Concert

The Wesleyan University Orchestra and Wesleyan Concert Choir, under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina, and in collaboration with the Theater Department, present a fun family afternoon of musical storytelling. <br/>

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, March 01, 2014

07:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Senior Recital: S. Atticus Swartwood

A senior music recital by S. Atticus Swartwood. "P-Force: People, Places, Power, and Percussion."

World Music Hall

Friday, February 28, 2014

07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Senior Recital: Nathan Repasz

A senior music recital by Nathan Repasz, "Some Drums."

Crowell Concert Hall

Thursday, February 27, 2014

07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Graduate Recital: A. Gabriel Kastelle

A graduate music recital by A. Gabriel Kastelle, "Sing Gabriel's 'Kairos for All' Tunebook."

Fayerweather Beckham Hall

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

08:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Touch Tones, TV's, and Time: An Elegy for Debased Media

"Touch Tones, TV's, and Time: An Elegy for Debased Media" is an evening length work by University Professor of Music Ronald Kuivila for singing and speaking voices, live electronics, and various media past their prime. Enumeration and iteration abound in an exploration of the extent to which a listener (human or otherwise) can be trained to be entranced by the entrance of entrainment. The heterophonic kabelsalat that results includes the ring tones, dial tones, and busy signals of the world's land lines, the Wesleyan carillon in effigy, an electro-ideological party line and an ever-present chorus lurking in a state of auditory denial.<br/>

Fayerweather 202 (Beckham Hall)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Trio Da Kali: Traditional Music from Mali

Trio Da Kali is an extraordinary ngoni (lute), bala (xylophone), and vocal trio from Mali. Trio Da Kali's project of rescuing old styles with a creative and modern approach arises naturally from their own upbringing at the source of tradition. All members of the trio belong to intensely musical lineages of hereditary musicians, who have passed on to them an astonishing wealth of songs and musical knowledge. Much of this captivating repertoire is now forgotten or neglected, and yet it represents the heart of a musical culture that has stood the test of time across many centuries. <br/><br/>This concert is presented in collaboration with the Aga Khan Music Initiative, a program of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Sponsored by the Music Department and African Studies Cluster at Wesleyan University.

CFA Hall

Sunday, February 16, 2014

03:00 pm - 04:15 pm

This is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part II

John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce presents the second of twelve CD-length recitals of his piano music. This recital will feature various Friendly Fugues, The Partita for Virginia Ellen, and Introduction & Variations. <br/>

Crowell Concert Hall

Friday, February 14, 2014

07:15 pm - 07:45 pm

Pre-Concert Talk: Vadym Kholodenko

"Besides its illustrious list of laureates, the importance of its prizes, quality of its judges and rigorous selection process sets [the Cliburn Competition] apart."<br/>--Gramophone (London)<br/> <br/>Enjoy an evening of classical and Romantic music at Wesleyan on Valentine's Day at this concert by 26-year old Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko, the Gold Medalist of the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Mr. Kholodenko competed against 29 other pianists during May and June 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. <br/> <br/>Born in Kiev, Mr. Kholodenko has performed across the globe in Austria, China, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, and the United States. He has released recordings of the music of Franz Liszt and Sergei Rachmaninov, and currently resides in Moscow, where he attends the capital city's Tchaikovsky Conservatory.<br/> <br/>The sensational victory by pianist Van Cliburn (1934-2013) at the first Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow in 1958 heralded a new confidence in the quality of American music-making, as well as a new era in cultural relations between the Soviet Union and the U.S. The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, dedicated to the discovery of the world's finest pianists, has taken place every four years since 1962.

Crowell Concert Hall

Friday, February 14, 2014

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Gold Medalist: Vadym Kholodenko

"Besides its illustrious list of laureates, the importance of its prizes, quality of its judges and rigorous selection process sets [the Cliburn Competition] apart."<br/>--Gramophone (London)<br/> <br/>Enjoy an evening of classical and Romantic music at Wesleyan on Valentine's Day at this concert by 26-year old Ukrainian pianist Vadym Kholodenko, the Gold Medalist of the 2013 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Mr. Kholodenko competed against 29 other pianists during May and June 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas. <br/> <br/>Born in Kiev, Mr. Kholodenko has performed across the globe in Austria, China, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Switzerland, and the United States. He has released recordings of the music of Franz Liszt and Sergei Rachmaninov, and currently resides in Moscow, where he attends the capital city's Tchaikovsky Conservatory.<br/> <br/>The sensational victory by pianist Van Cliburn (1934-2013) at the first Tchaikovsky International Competition in Moscow in 1958 heralded a new confidence in the quality of American music-making, as well as a new era in cultural relations between the Soviet Union and the U.S. The Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, dedicated to the discovery of the world's finest pianists, has taken place every four years since 1962.

Crowell Concert Hall

Sunday, February 09, 2014

03:00 pm - 04:30 pm

Wesleyan Consort

The inaugural concert by the Wesleyan Consort, an instrumental and vocal ensemble composed of Wesleyan faculty and invited guests, will include a range of music from early classics to contemporary works, featuring compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, John Dowland, Gustav Mahler, and Michael Praetorius, as well as <br/>Wesleyan composers.<br/>

Russell House All Rooms

Saturday, February 01, 2014

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Youth Gamelan Ensemble Classes Start

Open to all children ages 7 to 14. No prior experience necessary. Your child can visit on the first day to try the gamelan - if they like it, sign them up! Classes conclude with a performance on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 7:30pm.

World Music Hall

Saturday, February 01, 2014

07:15 pm - 07:45 pm

Pre-Concert Talk: Ignacio Berroa Trio

A native of Havana, Cuba, Ignacio Berroa has been recognized by many as one of the greatest drummers of our times. Born in 1953, he began his professional career in 1970 and moved to New York in 1980. Since then, he has recorded and played with a wide range of musicians including Dizzy Gillespie, Danilo Perez, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Joe Lovano, Ron Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Jackie McLean, Milt Jackson, and Tito Puente, among many others. Mr. Berroa's first album as a leader ["Codes" (2006), on Blue Note Records] was nominated for the "Best Latin Jazz Album" Grammy Award in 2007. This concert at Wesleyan will be the Connecticut debut of Mr. Berroa's trio, which features pianist Luis Perdomo and bassist Ricardo Rodriguez.

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, February 01, 2014

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ignacio Berroa Trio

A native of Havana, Cuba, Ignacio Berroa has been recognized by many as one of the greatest drummers of our times. Born in 1953, he began his professional career in 1970 and moved to New York in 1980. Since then, he has recorded and played with a wide range of musicians including Dizzy Gillespie, Danilo Perez, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Joe Lovano, Ron Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Jackie McLean, Milt Jackson, and Tito Puente, among many others. Mr. Berroa's first album as a leader ["Codes" (2006), on Blue Note Records] was nominated for the "Best Latin Jazz Album" Grammy Award in 2007. This concert at Wesleyan will be the Connecticut debut of Mr. Berroa's trio, which features pianist Luis Perdomo and bassist Ricardo Rodriguez.

Crowell Concert Hall

Monday, December 09, 2013

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Banjo, Mandolin and Tabla Students of Stan Scott

Students of Stan Scott will perform old-time, bluegrass, and Hindustani music on mandolin, banjo and tabla.

Music Seminar Room 301

Monday, December 09, 2013

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm

New Works by Graduate Student Composers

Graduate students at Wesleyan University present their final works for the semester to be performed by the cutting edge ensemble loadbang.<br/>

CFA Hall

Friday, December 06, 2013

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

West African Drumming

An invigorating performance of the Akan, Ga, and Ewe repertoires of West Africa by a full chorus and drumming ensemble of students in the "West African Music and Culture" courses directed by Master Drummer Abraham Adzenyah.

Crowell Concert Hall

Thursday, December 05, 2013

01:30 pm - 02:30 pm

John Cage's Musicircus

Hear a wealth of new pieces, collaborations, performances, and surprising sonic intersections as a series of works developed by Wesleyan students overlap with one another in unexpected ways. The first of John Cage's Musicircus "happenings" took place in 1967 at the University of Illinois.

Crowell Concert Hall

Thursday, December 05, 2013

07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Javanese Gamelan

Experience the culture of Java with beginning students of Javanese gamelan. The concert will include a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble under the direction of Joseph Getter. <br/>

World Music Hall

Thursday, December 05, 2013

09:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Mande Music Ensemble

The Mande Music Ensemble presents the musical traditions of Mande (Maninka and Bamana) peoples of western Africa, performing on guitars and ngonis (traditional lutes) under the direction of Wesleyan graduate student Samuel Dickey '14.<br/>

Crowell Concert Hall

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

07:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Wesleyan Concert Choir

The Wesleyan Concert Choir performs under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina.

Memorial Chapel

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Braxton Ensemble Concert

John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Anthony Braxton's student ensemble performs his compositions.

Crowell Concert Hall

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

12:00 pm - 01:30 pm

Wesleyan Chamber Music Concert

Wesleyan chamber music students perform works by various composers.

Crowell Concert Hall

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm

WesWinds Fall Concert

The Wesleyan Wind Ensemble under the direction of Bob Hoyle, performs major works for wind band in an exciting evening performance spanning a variety of genres, cultures, and points in history.<br/>

Crowell Concert Hall

Monday, December 02, 2013

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ebony Singers Winter Concert

Your sprits 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.

Crowell Concert Hall

Sunday, November 24, 2013

03:00 pm - 04:30 pm

Wesleyan World Guitar Ensemble

Wesleyan guitarists present music from around the world under the direction of Cem Duruoz.

World Music Hall

Sunday, November 24, 2013

07:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Wesleyan Steelband Concert

WesleyPan, The Wesleyan University steelband, will perform Carribean soca, dancehall, and calypso unes, as well as pieces by composers Terry Riley and Frederic Rzewski. Directed by Hallie Blejewski.

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, November 23, 2013

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Gamelan: Classical Music of Central Java

The Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, a magnificent orchestra of bronze gongs, xylophones, drums, strings, and voices under the direction of University Professor of Music Sumarsam and Artist in Residence I.M. Harjito, presents classical music of Central Java and electronic music for gamelan composed by Professor Emeritus Alvin Lucier.<br/>

World Music Hall

Friday, November 22, 2013

07:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Music from East Asia

This concert features performances by Wesleyan's Chinese Music and Japanese Taiko Drumming ensembles. Co-sponsored by the Music Department and Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies.<br/>

Crowell Concert Hall

Friday, November 22, 2013

09:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Sanctuary Songs: Jess Best's Senior Recital

A senior music recital by Jessica Best.

Memorial Chapel

Saturday, November 16, 2013

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm

Wesleyan University Orchestra Fall Concert

The Wesleyan University Orchestra presents symphonic repertoire under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina.<br/>

Crowell Concert Hall

Thursday, November 14, 2013

08:00 pm - 09:15 pm

Jaap Blonk

A concert of composed and improvised vocal text/sound music with videos, scores, interactive animations, live sound to silent films. Premiered at the San Francisco Cinematheque in March 2012, a reviewer described the concert as a "sly study in opposites."

CFA Hall

Sunday, November 10, 2013

03:00 pm - 04:30 pm

Mazz Swift: Solo MazzMuse

Fresh off a five-week tour of Africa as a cultural ambassador on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, singer, Juilliard trained violinist, and freestyle, electro-organic composer Mazz Swift has engaged audiences all over the world with the signature weaving of song, melody and improvisation that she calls MazzMuse. Expect electric violin, acoustic violin, soulful singing and improvisation that speaks directly to your soul. Ms. Swift also performed in the concert "Music at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello" at Wesleyan in February 2013.

Russell House All Rooms

Saturday, November 09, 2013

07:15 pm - 07:45 pm

Pre-Concert Talk: Juice Vocal Ensemble

Pre-concert talk by Wesleyan University John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce at 7:15pm. He will be joined by composer Toby Twining MA '06.

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, November 09, 2013

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Juice Vocal Ensemble

London's Juice Vocal Ensemble, an experimental a cappella trio that mixes contemporary classical with folk, jazz, world music, pop, and electronica, features sopranos Anna Snow and Sarah Dacey, and alto Kerry Andrew. The group's influences range from Meredith Monk and the Beach Boys to Camille (France) and Bjoerk (Iceland). Their playful debut album "Songspin" (2011) won an Independent Music Award for "Best Contemporary Classical Album" in May 2012.<br/><br/>For their first U.S. tour since an appearance at the South by Southwest Festival in March 2011, at Wesleyan the group will perform vibrant classical works including the world premiere of "Ferrara Redux" by New York-based composer and Wesleyan alumnus Toby Twining MA '06; six U.S. premieres, including one work written by Anna Snow, plus compositions by Mica Levi, Anna Meredith, Dai Fujikura, Jim Moray, and Peter Moran; and unusual arrangements of British folk songs and pop music by Guns N' Roses, Erasure, Mariah Carey, and Flatt and Scruggs. <br/>

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, November 02, 2013

02:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Homecoming/Family Weekend Reception: The Alumni Show II

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Center for the Arts, "The Alumni Show II" looks back at four decades of Wesleyan artists. Building on "The Alumni Show" held in November and December 2003 in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the CFA, this exhibition features an entirely new selection of seventeen alumni artists. Their work spans a broad range of contemporary practice and media, including painting, sculpture, drawing, installation art, video art, performance, and films. The artists featured in this exhibition are Ian Boyden '95, Stephanie Calvert '08, Rutherford Chang '02, Nicolas Collins '76 MA '79, Renee Green '81, Raphael Griswold '06, John Hatleberg '79, Gabriela Herman '03, Elsie Kagan '99, Liz Magic Laser '03, Danielle Mysliwiec '98, Ed Osborn '87, Juliana Romano '04, Aki Sasamoto '04, Arturo Vidich '03, Stephanie Washburn '03, and Ben Weiner '03.<br/><br/>There will be a talk at 2:30pm by Guest Curator John Ravenal '81, P '15, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. <br/><br/>Special gallery hours on November 2 will be from Noon to 6pm, with the free event "We Buy White Albums" by Rutherford Chang '02 taking place from 2pm to 6pm. The public will be able to browse a collection of over 750 first-pressings of The Beatles' "The White Album" (1968), and sell copies to Mr. Chang. He usually pays up to $20 per copy, and also happily accepts donations of copies of the album. He has also created a new version of the album--which visitors can play in the gallery--by layering recordings from 100 albums in his collection over one another.

Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

Saturday, November 02, 2013

02:00 pm - 06:00 pm

We Buy White Albums: Event by Rutherford Chang '02

Browse and listen to a collection of over 750 first pressings of The Beatles' "The White Album" (1968), and sell your copy to Rutheford Chang '02. He usually pays up to $20 per copy, and also happily accepts donations of copies of the album. He has also created a new version of the album--which visitors can play in the gallery--by layering recordings from 100 albums in his collection over one another. <br/><br/>The installation "We Buy White Albums" started in New York City (January through March 2013), then traveled to the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art in June and July 2013. Mr. Chang catalogues and reorders familiar cultural markers by imposing a new, external logic. For more information about Mr. Chang, please visit http://rutherfordchang.com. <br/><br/>This event is part of "The Alumni Show II" in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Center for the Arts, which looks back at four decades of Wesleyan artists. Building on "The Alumni Show" held in November/December 2003 in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the CFA, the exhibition features an entirely new selection of seventeen alumni artists. Their work spans a broad range of contemporary practice and media, including painting, sculpture, drawing, installation art, video art, performance, and films.<br/><br/>There will be a talk at 2:30pm by "The Alumni Show II" Guest Curator John Ravenal '81, P '15, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond.<br/><br/>Special gallery hours on November 2 will be from Noon to 6pm.

Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery (look for We Buy White Albums sign)

Saturday, November 02, 2013

08:00 pm - 11:00 pm

CFA 40th Anniversary Celebration Concert: Amy Crawford + STORM and mamarazzi Featuring Music Alumni of the Past Decade

Join Wesleyan music alumni of the past decade as they perform in honor of the 40th Anniversary of the Center for the Arts. Songwriter, pianist and vocalist Amy Crawford '05 has made a name for herself touring and recording as a member of the reunited Brazilian rock band Os Mutantes, and opening for a diverse range of artists including the Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band. She was a finalist in the Shure/Montreux International Jazz Vocal Competition, and also served as Assistant Producer on the recording of Anthony Braxton's opera "Trillium E" (2010). At Wesleyan, Ms. Crawford will explore the possibilities of her songwriting with the new collective jazz ensemble STORM featuring bassist Ike Sturm, guitarist Jesse Lewis, drummer Jared Schonig, and vibraphonist Chris Dingman '02. <br/><br/>Founded in 2008, the Brooklyn-based band mamarazzi includes bassist Eric Herman '05, guitarist Andrew Aprile '06, percussionist Sam Bathrick '04, tenor saxophonist Tacuma Bradley '04, keyboardist Rob Cohen '06, vocalist Tavi Fields '02, and drummer Andrea Belfiore. The group likens their sound to a laced grapefruit, with tart funk, acidic groove, pulp-n-rind hip hop, and nectar of ancient lullaby; and they draw from diverse influences ranging from Thom Yorke, Maceo Parker, and Lauryn Hill to Fela Kuti and Frank Zappa.

Crowell Concert Hall

Friday, November 01, 2013

09:00 pm - 11:00 pm

THIS IS WHY - Dar Williams '89 in Concert

On Campus During HC/FW: Dar Williams in Concert<br/>Wesleyan favorite singer-songwriter Dar Williams '89 uses her beautiful soprano voice to weave stories personal, social, and political. Says Elmore magazine, "Dar aims for the brain and heart." This event benefits financial aid.<br/>

Crowell Concert Hall

Sunday, October 27, 2013

03:00 pm - 04:30 pm

Megan Sesma with Theodore Arm: Fantaisie, Tango and Sonata for Harp and Violin

Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher and harpist Megan Sesma has shared the stage with contemporary and popular music artists such as Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall, and Dianne Reeves. She is also Principal Harpist with the United States Coast Guard Band. At The Russell House, Ms. Sesma will be joined by violinist Theodore Arm, performing works by Jacques Ibert, Sergiu Natra, Louis Spohr, Gaetano Donizetti, Camille Saint-Saens, and Jules Massenet.<br/>

Russell House All Rooms

Saturday, October 26, 2013

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

So Much of Any Year is Flammable: Mantra Precussion + Paula Matthusen

An evening of works by Assistant Professor of Music Paula Matthusen performed by Mantra Percussion and special guest vocalist Jamie Jordan.

Memorial Chapel

Friday, October 25, 2013

07:15 pm - 07:45 pm

Pre-Concert Talk by Samuel Dickey '14

Pre-concert talk by Wesleyan graduate student Samuel Dickey '14 at 7:15pm.<br/><br/>Often called the "Hendrix of the Sahara," Vieux Farka Toure was born in Niafunke, Mali in 1981. He is the son of legendary guitar player Ali Farka Toure (1939-2006). Vieux Farka Toure started playing guitar when he was 20. He is known for dazzling audiences with his speed and dexterity on the instrument, combining West African music with blues, rock, and reggae. His first performance in the United States took place at Wesleyan in February 2007. He was one of the featured artists at the opening ceremony of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa along with Alicia Keys, Angelique Kidjo, Hugh Masekela, and others; and his recent albums have featured guests such as Toumani Diabate, Dave Matthews, John Scofield, and Derek Trucks. Mr. Farka Toure's band includes Wesleyan alumni Tim Keiper '02 on drums and percussion, Moussa Diabate on ngoni and accompanying guitar, and John Bashengezi on bass guitar. <br/><br/>A Crowell Concert Series event presented by the Music Department and the Center for the Arts. Co-sponsored by the Center for African American Studies and the African Studies Course Cluster.

Crowell Concert Hall

Friday, October 25, 2013

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm

Vieux Farka Toure

Often called the "Hendrix of the Sahara," Vieux Farka Toure was born in Niafunke, Mali in 1981. He is the son of legendary guitar player Ali Farka Toure (1939-2006). Vieux Farka Toure started playing guitar when he was 20. He is known for dazzling audiences with his speed and dexterity on the instrument, combining West African music with blues, rock, and reggae. His first performance in the United States took place at Wesleyan in February 2007. He was one of the featured artists at the opening ceremony of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa along with Alicia Keys, Angelique Kidjo, Hugh Masekela, and others; and his recent albums have featured guests such as Toumani Diabate, Dave Matthews, John Scofield, and Derek Trucks. Mr. Farka Toure's band includes Wesleyan alumni Tim Keiper '02 on drums and percussion, Moussa Diabate on ngoni and accompanying guitar, and John Bashengezi on bass guitar. <br/><br/>A Crowell Concert Series event presented by the Music Department and the Center for the Arts. Co-sponsored by the Center for African American Studies and the African Studies Course Cluster.

Crowell Concert Hall

Thursday, October 17, 2013

08:00 pm - 09:45 pm

Sonic Introductions: Graduate Student Composers at Wesleyan

An evening of works and performances by Wesleyan graduate student composers Peter Blasser, Hallie Blejewski, Jason Brogan, Sam Dickey, Daniel Fishkin, Nathan Friedman, Allen Gabriel Kastelle, Jasmine Lovell-Smith, Dina Maccabee, Cristohper Ramos Flores, and Sean Sonderegger.

CFA Hall

Saturday, October 12, 2013

03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Lecture/Demonstration: Shashank Subramanyam

Trained by his father and vocal maestros R.K. Srikantan and Palghat K.V. Narayanaswami, Shashank Subramanyam started performing in 1984 at the age of six. Today, Mr. Subramanyam is considered one of the best bamboo flute artists in Indian classical music. He has collaborated with Zakir Hussain, John McLaughlin, and Ustad Sultan Khan.

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, October 12, 2013

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Shashank Subramanyam

Trained by his father and vocal maestros R.K. Srikantan and Palghat K.V. Narayanaswami, Shashank Subramanyam started performing in 1984 at the age of six. Today, Mr. Subramanyam is considered one of the best bamboo flute artists in Indian classical music. He has collaborated with Zakir Hussain, John McLaughlin, and Ustad Sultan Khan. At Wesleyan, Mr. Subramanyam will be accompanied by violinist Nishanth Chandran and Sai Giridhar on mridangam.

Crowell Concert Hall

Friday, October 11, 2013

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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, violinist L. Ramakrishnan, and Sriram Ramesh on kanjira. <br/>

Crowell Concert Hall

Thursday, October 10, 2013

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Henna and Chaat hosted by Shakti

Experience South Asian culture through henna art and sampling of chaat (savory snacks), hosted by Shakti, Wesleyan's South Asian Students' Association. Shakti is comprised of students that are united by their love for, connection to, or interests in South Asian culture. Shakti is an organization devoted to promoting cultural awareness among South Asians and the greater community. The organization is committed to emphasizing the social, political, and cultural aspects of the South Asian diaspora through lectures, cultural events, and fundraisers.

Olin Library Lobby, 252 Church Street, Middletown

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Film Screening: John Cohen's "Dancing with the Incas"

Screening of John Cohen's film "Dancing with the Incas" (1992), part of his series of now-historic Peruvian ethnographic films in conjunction with his residency at Wesleyan. The film, in Mr. Cohen's signature style, features the lives and performances of mountain immigrants to Lima, centering on huayno song and dance. Mr. Cohen, now 80, is being celebrated for his work on Appalachian music and the art/poetry/music scene of 1950s-1960s New York.

CFA Hall

Sunday, September 29, 2013

03:00 pm - 04:30 pm

This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part I

The first of twelve CD-length recitals by Wesleyan John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce of his piano music, to take place every fall, spring, and summer, concluding in the summer of 2017. This recital will feature the world premieres of "A Partita for Wilhelm Gertz" (1927-2007), and "A Fugue for Sophia," written for Sophia Rosoff to celebrate her 92nd birthday. Mr. Bruce will be joined by guest vocalist Christopher Grundy, who will sing "Five Songs on Poems of John Finlay."<br/>

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, September 28, 2013

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

New Works by Brown University Graduate Student Composers

New music from graduate students at Brown University as part of a collaboration between the Music Departments of Brown and Wesleyan.

CFA Hall

Sunday, September 15, 2013

03:00 pm - 04:30 pm

Music at The Russell House: Chai-lun Yueh

A native of China, Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Chai-lun Yueh has a dramatic, dark, and powerful baritone voice. He has been heard with The National Opera of China, Beijing; Connecticut Opera; Opera Theater of Connecticut; Austin Lyric Opera; Baltimore Opera; and Hawaii Opera. He is also Music Director for the Connecticut Women's Chorale. At the Russell House, he will sing 17th and 18th century Italian songs and arias accompanied by Sarah Meneely-Kyder on piano.

Russell House All Rooms

Saturday, September 14, 2013

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Youth Gamelan Ensemble Classes Start

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 ensemble is open to all children ages 7 to 14. The group learns traditional music from Java, Indonesia, and rehearses Saturday mornings from 10am to 11am during both the fall and spring semesters. Fall classes conclude with a performance with the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble on Thursday, December 5 at 7pm. To register, please contact the Wesleyan University Box Office at 860-685-3355 or boxoffice@wesleyan.edu.

World Music Hall

Friday, September 06, 2013

12:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Exhibition: The Alumni Show II

In honor of the 40th anniversary of the Center for the Arts, "The Alumni Show II" looks back at four decades of Wesleyan artists. Building on "The Alumni Show" held in November and December 2003 in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the CFA, this exhibition features an entirely new selection of seventeen alumni artists. Their work spans a broad range of contemporary practice and media, including painting, sculpture, drawing, installation art, video art, performance, and films. The artists featured in this exhibition are Ian Boyden '95, Stephanie Calvert '08, Rutherford Chang '02, Nicolas Collins '76 MA '79, Renee Green '81, Raphael Griswold '06, John Hatleberg '79, Gabriela Herman '03, Elsie Kagan '99, Liz Magic Laser '03, Danielle Mysliwiec '98, Ed Osborn '87, Juliana Romano '04, Aki Sasamoto '04, Arturo Vidich '03, Stephanie Washburn '03, and Ben Weiner '03. <br/><br/>Guest Curator: John Ravenal '81, P '15, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. <br/><br/>Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 from 4pm to 6pm. Performance by Aki Sasamoto '04 at 7:30pm.<br/><br/>Homecoming/Family Weekend Reception: Saturday, November 2, 2013 from 2pm to 4pm. Talk at 2:30pm by Guest Curator John Ravenal; Special Gallery Hours: Noon to 6pm.<br/><br/>Closed Wednesday, November 27 through Monday, December 2, 2013.

Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

Friday, September 06, 2013

08:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Bach to School

Hear major works composed for the organ in various styles during the 19th century by Marco Enrico Bossi, Cesar Franck, Franz Liszt, and Felix Mendelssohn as well as later works by Maurice Durufle, performed by Wesleyan Artist in Residence and University Organist Ronald Ebrecht.

Memorial Chapel

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

12:10 pm - 01:00 pm

Stephen Bennett: Harp Guitar

A native of Oregon, teacher, composer, and performer Stephen Bennett is a master of the harp guitar, a 12-stringed instrument with an extended sound chamber and 6 sub-bass strings. Based in Milford, he has released 25 albums and is the founder of the Harp Guitar Gathering, an annual event that brings together players, luthiers, scholars and fans for performances and workshops in Connecticut since 2003.

Crowell Concert Hall

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

07:00 pm - 09:30 pm

Hartford Steel Symphony

This concert will take place in Memorial Chapel, located at 221 High Street.<br/><br/>Dance to the island rhythms of the Hartford Steel Symphony! Founded in 1989, this premier Connecticut steel pan group performs calypso, reggae, pop, classical, and jazz tunes under the musical direction of Kelvin Griffith and Curtis Greenidge, and has shared the stage with artists such as the great panist Len "Boogsie" Sharpe of Trinidad.

Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street

Monday, May 13, 2013

03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Students of Stan Scott: Vivaldi, Irish, American and Hindustani Music for voice, mandolin, banjo, tabla and guitar

Vivaldi, Old-time, Irish, Bluegrass, and Hindustani Music for Mandolin, Banjo, Guitar, Voice and Tabla

Music Seminar Room 301

Saturday, May 11, 2013

02:00 pm - 05:00 pm

MiddletownRemix: Hear More, See More - A Festival of Art and Sound

After a year of exploring, sharing, and remixing the sounds of Middletown on the MiddletownRemix website, celebrate the city's acoustic identity at a festival featuring live sets by DJ Arun Ranganathan and Wesleyan student DJs Coral Foxworth '15 and William Brewster Lee '13; 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 and 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 including exhibitions at Green Street Arts Center, MAC 650 Gallery, Middletown Framing, The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center, and Ursel's Web; the commissioned art/sound installations "Camera Obscura" by Joe McCarthy and Peter Albano, and "Projected World Experience" by Marc Pettersen with Cheryl Elliott and Matt Weston; improvised sketches and scenes using sounds collected from MiddletownRemix by The Great Make Believe Society; Connecticut graffiti artist Ryan Christenson of RC Murals creating and demonstrating graffiti artwork; and food trucks from NoRA's Cupcake Company, The Whey Station, Lucky Taco, High Tide Gourmet.<br/><br/>

For more information about the festival, please visit www.middletownremix.org.<br/><br/>Presented by Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts and Green Street Arts Center; made possible with support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Middletown Commission on the Arts; and in partnership with the City of Middletown, Middletown Public Schools, WESU 88.1FM, Community Health Center of Middletown, It's Only Natural Market, MAC 650 Gallery, Middletown Framing, North End Action Team, NoRA Cupcake Company, and The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts and Cultural Center. The festival is also part of the year-long campus and community-wide exploration Music and Public Life.

Festival Information Center: 575 Main Street, Middletown, CT (in front of It's Only Natural Market)

Friday, May 10, 2013

03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

West African Drumming and Dance

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.

CFA Green

Friday, May 10, 2013

08:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble

The debut concert by the Toneburst Laptop and 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.

World Music Hall

Thursday, May 09, 2013

07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Javanese Gamelan and Dance

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.<br/>

World Music Hall

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

12:00 pm - 01:00 pm

Wesleyan Chamber Music Concert

Students from the Wesleyan Chamber Music program perform works by various composers on a variety of instruments.

Crowell Concert Hall

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

South Indian Music Student Recital

Students of Adjunct Assistant Professor B. Balasubrahmaniyan and Artist in Residence David Nelson will perform their annual recital of music from the Karnatak tradition of South India. Performances will feature vocal and instrumental music, percussion, and solkattu (spoken rhythm).

World Music Hall

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm

WesWinds Spring Concert

The Wesleyan Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Sarah Bouchard Stockton, performs the works of Grainger, Ticheli, Stamp, Whitacre, and Leemans.

Crowell Concert Hall

Monday, May 06, 2013

08:00 pm - 09:45 pm

Ebony Singers Spring Concert

Your spirits will be lifted by the Wesleyan <br/>University Ebony Singers, conducted by one of <br/>New England's leading authorities on gospel music, <br/>Dr. Marichal Monts '85.

Crowell Concert Hall

Sunday, May 05, 2013

07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Power to the WesKorean Drumming Beats

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

World Music Hall

Saturday, May 04, 2013

07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Chinese Music Concert

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

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, May 04, 2013

09:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Senior Recital: Madeline Holland

Madeline Holland's senior recital, "American Balungan."

World Music Hall

Friday, May 03, 2013

07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

WesTaiko Spring Concert

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.

Crowell Concert Hall

Thursday, May 02, 2013

10:00 pm - 12:00 am

Annual Organ Romp

The annual late, great organ concert features student performers as organists, pianists, and percussionists; new music and non-standard organ repertoire. Check the poster for the costume theme, and updated performer information.

Memorial Chapel

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm

Graduate Recital: Liz Allbee

Liz Allbee's graduate music recital.

Crowell Concert Hall

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

08:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Grateful Dead's Dark Star: A Psychedelic Lecture by Dr. Graeme Boone

Following an overview of the band's early history and style, Dr. Boone's talk includes the showing of a mandala movie which helps elucidate the Dead's open-ended song Dark Star.

CFA Hall

Sunday, April 28, 2013

05:00 pm - 06:30 pm

Opera and Oratorio Ensemble Class

Students in the Opera and Oratorio Ensemble perform a variety of selections from its repertory under the direction of Priscilla Gale.

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, April 27, 2013

07:00 pm - 09:30 pm

Wesleyan University Orchestra Spring Concert

The Wesleyan University Orchestra, under the direction of Noah Horn, performs symphonic repertoire from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, April 27, 2013

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm

Indonesian Performing Arts and Public Life Symposium: Sundanese and Javanese Puppet Plays

The Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of I.M. Harjito, and guest musicians will accompany two genres of Indonesian puppet play: Sundanese wayang golek and Javanese wayang kulit. Using three-dimensional rod puppets from the West Javanese puppetry tradition, guest puppeteer Kathy Foley will tell stories drawn from the epic Mahabharata. Sumarsam will tell a story from the same epic, using two-dimensional puppets from the Central Javanese puppetry tradition.

World Music Hall

Friday, April 26, 2013

04:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Indonesian Performing Arts and Public Life Symposium: Talk by Kathy Foley and Sumarsam

Kathy Foley will speak about the presence of Southeast Asian puppetry in the West, and Sumarsam will talk about electricity in contemporary Javanese wayang performance.

World Music Hall

Friday, April 26, 2013

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Indonesian Performing Arts and Public Life Symposium: Talk by Sarah Weiss and Ronald Jenkins

Sarah Weiss, Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at Yale University, will speak about past and present hybridity in gamelan and wayang. Wesleyan Professor of Theater Ronald Jenkins, the discussant, will identify issues and approaches that the presenter offers, and relate them to his own work on Balinese wayang.

World Music Hall

Thursday, April 25, 2013

07:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Indonesian Performing Arts and Public Life Symposium: Indonesian Puppetry Lecture Demonstration

Sundanese three-dimensional rod-puppet plays (wayang golek) and two-dimensional Javanese shadow-puppet plays (wayang kulit) are two of the well-known cultural performances in Indonesia. Kathy Foley, Professor of Theatre Arts at the University of California, Santa Cruz and Institute of Sacred Music Fellow at Yale University, and Wesleyan University Professor of Music Sumarsam will talk about performance technique and musical accompaniment of the plays. The lecture demonstration will be followed by a wayang and gamelan rehearsal by the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of Artist in Residence I.M. Harjito.

World Music Hall

Saturday, April 20, 2013

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

The Role of Artist as Activist: A Conversation with Hugh Masekela

A conversation with Hugh Masekela led by Wesleyan Professor of Music Eric Charry

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, April 20, 2013

07:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Senior Recital: Brewster Lee

Brewster Lee's senior recital, "Virtuality: Myths of Future Imaginations."

World Music Hall

Saturday, April 20, 2013

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm

Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra and Mixashawn's Ghostly Trio

Crowell Concert Hall

Friday, April 19, 2013

07:15 pm - 08:00 pm

Pre--concert talk: Hugh Masekela

Pre-concert talk by Wesleyan Professor of Music Eric Charry

Crowell Concert Hall

Thursday, April 18, 2013

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm

Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra

Crowell Concert Hall

Sunday, April 14, 2013

07:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Senior Recital: Adam Brudnick

"Adam and Adam's Magical Mystery Tour" will feature delectable ditties ranging from raucous rock to funky funk, suave soul to eclectic electronica, and everything in between. Satisfaction guaranteed, or your money back!

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, April 13, 2013

02:00 pm - 04:30 pm

The Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Piano Recital

A piano recital featuring the winner and finalists of the Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Piano Competition.

Russell House All Rooms

Saturday, April 13, 2013

07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Senior Recital: Dan Wissinger

Dan Wissinger's senior recital, "Taiko and Post-Rock."

World Music Hall

Saturday, April 13, 2013

07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Senior Recital: Shauna Pratt

Zelnick Pavilion

Saturday, April 13, 2013

08:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Wesleyan Singers, Chamber Singers, and Brown University Chorus: Haydn Lord Nelson Mass

Pre-concert talk at 7pm<br/><br/>A joint concert of the Wesleyan Singers and Chamber Singers, directed by Arianne Abela, and members of the Brown University Chorus, directed by Bradley Naylor.

Memorial Chapel

Friday, April 12, 2013

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm

Senior Recital: Sam Friedman

Sam Friedman and friends perform his senior recital.

Crowell Concert Hall

Friday, April 12, 2013

09:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Boldy James, Gifted Higgz

WestCo Courtyard

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

08:00 pm - 09:15 pm

Graduate Recital: Rafael Romo-Tavizon

Rafael Romo-Tavizon's "Noise Sculptured" is a set of new works with different configurations, including orchestra, solos, fixed media, live electronics with multichannel arrangements and automated organ and video, all combined into one single piece.

Memorial Chapel

Sunday, April 07, 2013

03:00 pm - 04:30 pm

Senior Recital: Julia Mark

The Russell House

Sunday, April 07, 2013

04:00 pm - 05:30 pm

Senior Recital: Jeremy Webber

Jeremy Webber's senior recital, "Repetition and Stasis."

World Music Hall

Saturday, April 06, 2013

09:30 am - 12:00 pm

Time Stands Still Session #2

CFA Hall

Saturday, April 06, 2013

01:45 pm - 04:00 pm

Time Stands Still Session #3

CFA Hall

Saturday, April 06, 2013

04:30 pm - 05:30 pm

Time Stands Still Roundtable #2

CFA Hall

Saturday, April 06, 2013

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm

Time Stands Still: Concert II

Memorial Chapel

Friday, April 05, 2013

04:30 pm - 05:30 pm

Time Stands Still Roundtable #1

CFA Hall

Friday, April 05, 2013

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm

Time Stands Still: Concert I

Memorial Chapel

Friday, April 05, 2013

09:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Senior Recital: James Rosenberg

James Rosenberg plays jazz for his senior recital "So Far".

World Music Hall

Thursday, April 04, 2013

07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Graduate Recital: John Welsh

Fayerweather Beckham Hall

Thursday, April 04, 2013

09:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Senior Recital: Henry Robertson

Henry Robertson's "Transitive Nightfall of Diamonds" will feature original compositions for exploring the cosmos. The songs have elements of rock, jazz, bluegrass, folk, funk, and Hindustani music and are influenced by the philosophies of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead.

Crowell Concert Hall

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

09:30 am - 05:30 pm

Time Stands Still: Notation in Musical Practice

CFA Hall

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

07:00 pm - 09:30 pm

Senior Recital: Brian Lee

Memorial Chapel

Saturday, March 30, 2013

07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Senior Recital: Zachary Sulsky

"Easy to Love: The Songs of Cole Porter" will feature Zachary Sulsky's mid-sized jazz ensemble performing a selection of original songs, and new arrangements of the songs of Cole Porter.

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, March 30, 2013

09:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Senior Recital: Robert Burvant

"The Melting Pot: A Practice in Variation" is in partial fulfillment of Robert Burvant's Senior Thesis.

World Music Hall

Friday, March 29, 2013

04:00 pm - 05:30 pm

Senior Recital: Alex Lough

Alex Lough's "Reshaping Traditions" draws on traditions from sacred harp singing and Hindustani music while performing with mixed digital media, and aims to create an entirely new sonic experience. Alex will improvise melodies found in the Sacred Harp.

CFA Hall

Thursday, March 28, 2013

09:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Senior Recital: Tobias Butler

A senior music recital by Tobias Butler.

200 Church Street, Middletown, CT

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm

Senior Recital: Ashlin Aronin

Ashlin Aronin's senior music recital, "L'Orgue: A Dialogue with the French Modernists."

Memorial Chapel

Sunday, March 03, 2013

03:00 pm - 04:30 pm

Connecticut College Faculty Reed Trio: Americans & Paris

The Connecticut College Faculty Reed Trio, featuring Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Libby Van Cleve on oboe, Thomas Labadorf on clarinet, and Rebecca Noreen on bassoon, perform a recital featuring pieces by 20th-century French composers such as Darius Milhaud and Joseph Canteloube, and American music, including the new work "Lines of Desire" by Connecticut composer Jack Vees.

The Russell House

Saturday, March 02, 2013

03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Senior Recital: Mark Bennett & Andrew Pfeiffer

Mark Bennett & Andrew Pfeiffer's "Branching Out: In Search of a Sound" attempts to capture various points along a timeline of important musical evolutions in the Americas. The seniors will explore these evolutions of the music within both a full-band context and in an acapella vocal context.

Crowell Concert Hall

Friday, March 01, 2013

09:00 am - 05:00 pm

The New Transnationalisms of Music Symposium

Beverly Diamond (St. John's Memorial University, Newfoundland), Anne Rasmussen (The College of William & Mary), Aram Sinreich '94 (Rutgers University), Joshua Tucker (Brown University) and Marc Perman '94 PhD (Brown University) will engage with Wesleyan faculty and ethnomusicology graduate students on the ways that today's international systems, circuits, and grassroots activists are changing music globally.<br/>

The Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown, CT

Thursday, February 28, 2013

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Orlando Consort

25 years of The Orlando Consort. A celebration of medieval music, featuring Machaut's "Le Voir Dit" and the sacred works of Dunstaple, Dufay, Ockeghem, Josquin Des Prez and Gombert. Co-sponsored by the Thomas and Catharine McMahon Fund, Department of Romance Languages and Literature, Medieval Studies, College of Letters, Music Department, and the Center for the Arts.<br/><br/>

Memorial Chapel

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Q & A Session with Ian Mackaye

Ian MacKaye from the Teen Idles, Minor Threat, Fugazi, and the Evens, will answer your questions on Wednesday, February 27th. He is the owner of Dischord Records and is very prominent in the hardcore/post-hardcore music scene.

CFA Hall

Sunday, February 24, 2013

02:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Senior Recital: Shauna Pratt

Shauna Pratt's "Sacred Voices" sound installation seeks to highlight and unite the musics of many faiths in one space.

World Music Hall

Thursday, February 21, 2013

07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Senior Recital: Brian Goodell

Brian Goodell's senior recital, "Music of the Night Chorus."

Memorial Chapel

Sunday, February 03, 2013

03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Violin & Piano: Dramatic Partners

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."

Russell House All Rooms

Saturday, February 02, 2013

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lecture/Demonstration: Instruments at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

A free lecture/demonstration of the instruments played at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, including fiddle, fife, banjo, harpsichord, and glass harmonica.

Crowell Concert Hall

Friday, February 01, 2013

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Music at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

New England Premiere<br><br/>Pre-concert talk at 7:15pm Wesleyan Professor of Music Neely Bruce<br><br/>"Music is the passion of my soul." --Thomas Jefferson<p><br/>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.<br><br>A Crowell Concert Series event presented by the Music Department and the Center for the Arts. This performance is part of "Music & Public Life", a year-long campus and community-wide exploration, celebrating and studying the sounds, words, and spirit of music at the local, national, and transnational levels through concerts, workshops, gatherings, and courses, all designed to cross disciplines.<br/><br><br><br/>There will also be a free lecture/demonstration of the instruments played during the concert, including fiddle, fife, banjo, harpsichord, and glass harmonica, on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 11am in Crowell Concert Hall.<br/>

Crowell Concert Hall

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

04:15 pm - 06:00 pm

Reception to Celebrate Alvin Lucier's Book, Music 109

Please join us for light refreshments and good conversation, to celebrate the release of Alvin Lucier's Music 109: Notes on Experimental Music. Wednesday, December 12, at 4:15, in Music Rehearsal Room 003 / The Daltry Room. Sponsored by Wesleyan Music Department and Wesleyan University Press.

Rehearsal Hall 003 (Daltry Room)

Saturday, December 08, 2012

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

John Cage & Public Life: "Song Books" by John Cage

David Barron and Wesleyan Professors of Music Ron Kuivila and Neely Bruce perform "Song Books" (1970) by John Cage. Vocalist Anne Rhodes MA '06 will be featured, recreating the role performed by Phyllis Bruce numerous times between 1978 and 1987.

Crowell Concert Hall

Friday, December 07, 2012

04:30 pm - 05:30 pm

John Cage & Public Life: Richard Kostelanetz Lecture

Richard Kostelanetz, the noted literary artist and author of the first biography of John Cage, will discuss the social dimension of John Cage's work. The lecture will be followed by a performance of John Cage's "Lecture on the Weather" (1975), which was commissioned for the U.S. bicentennial and intended to be performed by Americans who have renounced citizenship. The piece is comprised of texts drawn from the writings of Henry David Thoreau, a sequence of environmental recordings by Maryanne Amacher, and a film of fragments from the drawings of Thoreau by Luis Frangella. The work is prefaced with the statement of a political credo read by the composer that seems astonishingly contemporary in its concerns, and concludes with the following dedication: "to the USA, that it may become just another part of the world, no more, no less."

CFA Hall

Friday, December 07, 2012

08:00 pm - 11:00 pm

John Cage & Public Life: Etcetera & HPSCHD

The Wesleyan University Orchestra will perform John Cage's "Etcetera" (1973), which was commissioned by Wesleyan University for the inauguration of the Center for the Arts. This orchestra piece calls for three conductors who stand before stations of two, three, and four chairs. Orchestra members, seated around these stations and gently playing cardboard boxes, may elect to move to a station and submit to the direction of one of the conductors. In this way, the piece presents the orchestra not as a factory of sound unified by the baton of its conductor, but as a heterophonic play of individual freedoms and group commitments.<br/><br/>Following the performance of "Etcetera" will be an extended performance of "HPSCHD" (1969) by the Wesleyan New Music Alliance in Fayerweather Beckham Hall. "HPSCHD" was composed collaboratively by John Cage and Lejaren Hiller as an attempt to enact the possibilities of computer music in terms of abundance and variety rather than singular control. First performed at the University of Illinois, the work is presented as an open environment in which the audience freely moves between up to seven harpsichord soloists while enveloped in a environment of up to 51 distinct channels of sound generated via tape playback systems.

Crowell Concert Hall

Thursday, December 06, 2012

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Javanese Gamelan and Dance

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.

World Music Hall

Thursday, December 06, 2012

09:00 pm - 11:50 pm

Graduate Composer Concert

CFA Hall

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

04:00 pm - 06:00 pm

World Guitar Ensemble Concert

This concert features the World Guitar Ensemble performing a variety of world music under the direction of Carver Blanchard.

Crowell Concert Hall

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

WesWinds presents Sacred Harp

The Wesleyan Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Peter Hadley, will perform music inspired by hymns, carols and more with works by Jay Bocook, Alfred Reed and Morten Laurdisen. Special guests Neely Bruce and other shape note singers.

Crowell Concert Hall

Monday, December 03, 2012

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ebony Singers Winter Concert

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. Be prepared to clap, dance, and sing along.

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, December 01, 2012

07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Candlelight Concert

Experience the Wesleyan Singers performance of George Frideric Handel's oratorio "Israel in Egypt", which is famous for choruses composed with passages from the Book of Exodus about "The Plagues of Egypt" with soloists Jane Abolafia, Maggie Feldman-Piltch, Alexandra Fireman, Rachel Fox, Justin Greene, Andrew Hove, Jason Sheng Jia, Olakumbi Kuti, Katie Lindeman, Teresa Paterson, Gabriel Rosenberg, Borworn Satayopas, and Jeremy Senie; accompanied by Brian Parks, organ. Directed by Artist in Residence and University Organist Ronald Ebrecht.

Memorial Chapel

Saturday, December 01, 2012

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble and Javanese Dance

The Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, an orchestra of bronze gongs, xylophones, drums, string and voices under the direction of Artist in Residence I.M. Harjito and Professor of Music Sumarsam, presents classical music of central Java, and dance directed by Artist in Residence Urip Sri Maeny.

World Music Hall

Friday, November 30, 2012

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Music from East Asia

This concert features Wesleyan's East Asian Music Ensembles presenting a variety of musical styles and repertories from East Asian cultures.

World Music Hall

Thursday, November 29, 2012

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Ghanaian Drumming and Singing

A festive concert featuring the drumming music of Ghana with Adjunct Professor of Music Abraham Adzenyah and his advanced drumming class, with performances by guest dancers Vida Mawufemor and Mama Yaa McCoy as well as alumnus Rob Lancefield '82, MA'93, PhD'05. The beginning class features a chorus singing traditional songs.

Crowell Concert Hall

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Braxton Ensemble Concert

Professor of Music Anthony Braxton's student ensemble performs his compositions.

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, November 17, 2012

02:00 pm - 03:30 pm

"The Last Days of the Old Wild Boy" by Rinde Eckert

An inaugural recipient of a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award (2012), Rinde Eckert has built a dynamic theatrical logic that is fiercely interdisciplinary. The Grammy Award-winning musician, writer, composer, librettist, and director will perform the world premiere of a new work developed during his residency at Wesleyan. "The Last Days of the Old Wild Boy" is about a man raised by wolves who finds himself toward the end of his life at the top of the food chain. Powerful and erudite, he longs for a return to the wildness of the wolf he was--but how does one recover one's original, less conditioned or acculturated self? What is gained in the effort? What is lost in translation? This work is commissioned by the Center for the Arts, and is made possible by the Creative Campus Initiative and leadership support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

CFA Theater

Saturday, November 17, 2012

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Wesleyan Orchestra Winter Concert

The Wesleyan University Orchestra under Music Director Peter Hadley presents symphonic repertoire from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Crowell Concert Hall

Friday, November 16, 2012

07:15 pm - 08:00 pm

Dither Electric Guitar Quartet: Pre-Performance Talk

Pre-performance talk by Wesleyan Assistant Professor of Music Paula Matthusen<br/><br/>Dither, an electric guitar quartet formed in 2007 by Taylor Levine, David Linaburg, Joshua Lopes, and James Moore, is dedicated to an eclectic mix of experimental repertoire which spans from new commissions and original compositions to improvisation, electronic manipulation, and multimedia works. With sounds ranging from clean pop textures to heavily processed noise, from tight rhythmic unity to cacophonous sound mass, Dither's music wholeheartedly embraces the beautiful, engulfing, and often gloriously loud sound of electric guitars. A Crowell Concert Series event presented by the Music Department and the Center for the Arts.<br/><br/><br/>"The electric guitar quartet Dither, typifying this nebulous twenty-first century, brings massive chops with an egalitarian sense of purpose to every piece of music."<br/>--Free Music Archive

Crowell Concert Hall

Friday, November 16, 2012

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dither Electric Guitar Quartet

Dither, an electric guitar quartet formed in 2007 by Taylor Levine, David Linaburg, Joshua Lopes, and James Moore, is dedicated to an eclectic mix of experimental repertoire which spans from new commissions and original compositions to improvisation, electronic manipulation, and multimedia works. With sounds ranging from clean pop textures to heavily processed noise, from tight rhythmic unity to cacophonous sound mass, Dither's music wholeheartedly embraces the beautiful, engulfing, and often gloriously loud sound of electric guitars. A Crowell Concert Series event presented by the Music Department and the Center for the Arts.<br/><br/><br/>"The electric guitar quartet Dither, typifying this nebulous twenty-first century, brings massive chops with an egalitarian sense of purpose to every piece of music."<br/>--Free Music Archive

Crowell Concert Hall

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

04:15 pm - 06:00 pm

Music and Public Life: A Talk by Ben Ratliff of The New York Times

Ben Ratliff has been a jazz and pop critic for <i>The New York Times</i> since 1996. He has written three books: "The Jazz Ear: Conversations Over Music" (2008); "Coltrane: The Story of a Sound" (2007) a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and "Jazz: A Critic's Guide to the 100 Most Important Recordings" (2002).

Rehearsal Hall 003 (Daltry Room)

Friday, November 09, 2012

08:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Music & Public Life: 11th annual Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns - Merita Halili & The Raif Hyseni Orchestra

Ethel Raim, Artistic Director of New York City's Center for Traditional Music and Dance, curates an evening of performances by Merita Halili & The Raif Hyseni Orchestra and La Cumbiamba eNeYe. Merita Halili is one of Albania's top performers, renowned for her stunning voice, prodigious range and technique. Raif Hyseni, originally from the Republic of Kosova, leads the most sought-after Albanian music ensemble in the United States. Together their performances thrill with masterful interpretations of instrumentals and urban folk songs from both Albania and the Republic of Kosova. Martin Vejarano is a multipercussionist and the director of the powerfully rhythmic ensemble La Cumbiamba eNeYe. Taking its name from traditional openair gatherings, La Cumbiamba explores the Colombian musical styles of cumbia, puya and mapale with the use of traditional instruments from the African diaspora, as well as those of the Indians of Colombia and the European settlers.

Fayerweather 202 (Beckham Hall)

Thursday, November 08, 2012

07:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Music and Public Life: 11th annual Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns Keynote Address by Anthony Seeger; Performances by Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem; Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church Unity Choir

Distinguished professor of Ethnomusicology and Director of the Ethnomusicology Archive at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Anthony Seeger has published numerous articles focused on issues of land and human rights for Brazilian Indians, archiving and intellectual property, and ethnomusicological theory and method. Mr. Seeger was the Executive Producer of all recordings issued on the Smithsonian Folkways label between 1988 and 2000. His keynote address will be followed by performances by two Middletown groups: Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, a gleeful string band with sparkling original songs as well as a repertoire that spans 150 years of American music; and the Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church Choir, singing contemporary gospel, praise and worship music under the direction of Wesleyan University Adjunct Professor of Music and vibraphonist Jay Hoggard.

Crowell Concert Hall

Sunday, November 04, 2012

03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Dead Cat Bounce: Chance Episodes

Founded 15 years ago by Matt Steckler '97, the jazz group Dead Cat Bounce invokes Charles Mingus and the World Saxophone Quartet, featuring four saxophonists-- Mr. Steckler, Jared Sims, Charlie Kohlhase, and Terry Goss--plus bassist Dave Ambrosio and drummer Bill Carbone (Ph.D. candidate). The band will perform Mr. Steckler's compositions from their fourth album Chance Episodes (2011), which was praised in Downbeat and Jazz Times magazines.

Russell House All Rooms

Friday, November 02, 2012

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India

Vocalist B. Balasubrahmaniyan, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music, is joined by Artist in Residence David Nelson on mridangam and violinist L. Ramakrishnan in a concert dedicated to the memory of T. Viswanathan. The concert will open with a performance by their students.

Crowell Concert Hall

Thursday, November 01, 2012

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm

Music & Public Life: Kumori Kagura

Experience a centuries-old folk music and dance tradition from northern Japan that even the ferocious earthquake and tsunami of March 2011 could not destroy. Hailing from Tohoku, a region often referred to as a "treasure chest" of folk arts, the practice of Kuromori Kagura can be traced back to the 17th century when it began in honor of the divine spirit of the Kuromori Shrine in Miyako City, Iwate Prefecture. Designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Asset by the Japanese government, the group will perform a selection of dances from their vast repertoire which includes furious jumps, brisk turns and whimsical moves accompanied by percussion and fue (Japanese flute), revealing a whole new dimension of Japan's traditional performing arts. The four-city North American tour of Kuromori Kagura is produced and organized by Japan Society, New York, and is supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in the fiscal year 2012, The Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program, and the Asahi Shimbun Foundation.

Crowell Concert Hall

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

04:15 pm - 06:00 pm

Music & Public Life: Instrumental Influence - A Discussion of Musical Trends in Political Advertising

Using data from the Wesleyan Media Project, this presentation will analyze the content of current political ads and the types of music they contain. The discussion will highlight music's role in political advertising today and the emotions they help convey, and will include numerous audio/visual examples from the 2010 midterm elections and the 2012 presidential election.<br/>

Rehearsal Hall 003 (Daltry Room)

Sunday, October 28, 2012

05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Music & Public Life: Los Trovadores de America

Hartford-based mariachi band Los Trovadores de America will perform in an early celebration of the Mexican holiday, Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). This event includes dinner with the concert. Reservations are required - please call 860-983-7963 or email jcormack@wesleyan.edu.<br/><br/>This event is co-sponsored by Iguanas Ranas and the Middletown House Concert Series, a local not-for-profit organization presenting local, nationally-based, and internationally renowned musicians. The event will be family-friendly and will include a dinner made with ingredients that are typically used for the holiday. There will be both meat and vegetarian options. Desserts especially prepared for Dia de los Muertos will be offered, and goodie bags celebrating Halloween will be distributed to attending children. There will also be a raffle to help support the Middletown House Concert Series, which is now in its 10th year. Items will include all things Mexican or Mexico-themed.

Iguanas Ranas, 484 Main Street, Middletown

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

04:15 pm - 06:00 pm

Music & Public Life: John Troutman - In Honolulu...There is Music Everywhere: Making Meaning of Hawaiian Guitar Culture in the Era of the Overthrow

John Troutman, Assistant Professor of U.S., Cultural, Public, & American Indian History at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette, will talk about the culture of Hawaiian guitar music.

Rehearsal Hall 003 (Daltry Room)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

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, October 21, 2012

03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Navaratri Festival: Rama Vaidyanathan: Bharata Natyam

For the past twenty years, Rama Vaidyanathan has been considered one of the finest interpreters of the South Indian dance form "bharata natyam," having trained intensively under the legendary dancer Yamini Krishnamurty and the eminent Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan. "The New York Times" described Rama's New York debut last October as "keenly focused," "vivid" and "exciting."

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, October 20, 2012

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Navaratri Festival: T.V. Sankaranarayanan

T.V. Sankaranarayanan is one of the most sought-after and widely acclaimed Carnatic vocalists. Performed with his rich and vibrant tone, his singing recaptures the beautiful phrases and "brikas" (ornaments similar to trills) of his uncle and guru, Madurai Mani Iyer. Mr. Sankaranarayanan is particularly noted for his emotional expressiveness and technical virtuosity.

Crowell Concert Hall

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

04:15 pm - 06:15 pm

Navaratri Festival: Colloquium: The Wesleyan Legacy of T. Viswanathan (1927-2002)

The internationally renowned musician and teacher T. Viswanathan taught at Wesleyan from 1975 to 2002 and founded Wesleyan's Navaratri Festival. A panel of his students will discuss aspects of his profound legacy at Wesleyan to commemorate the tenth anniversary of his passing. Wesleyan Music Department faculty members B. Balasubrahmaniyan and David Nelson will be joined by Josepha Cormack Viswanathan Ph.D. '92 and Douglas Knight '70. A reception will follow.

CFA Hall

Sunday, October 07, 2012

03:00 pm - 04:30 pm

Neely Bruce & Constance Gee: "New & Recent Music for Viola and Piano"

Wesleyan Professor of Music and pianist Neely Bruce and violist Constance Gee (Assistant Professor of Viola at the University of South Carolina) will perform Mozart's Sonata in F Major arranged by Henry Brant, Mr. Bruce's "Grand Duo," David Jaffe's "Cluck, Old Hen" Variations for Solo Viola, and Paul Hindemith's first Viola Sonata.

Russell House All Rooms

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

04:15 pm - 06:00 pm

Music Department Colloquium and Book Launch: Rob Rosenthal: "Pete Seeger?His Life In His Own Words"

Wesleyan University John E. Andrus Professor of Sociology and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Rob Rosenthal will discuss "Pete Seeger: His Life In His Own Words," the book he co-edited with his son Sam Rosenthal.

Rehearsal Hall 003 (Daltry Room)

Friday, September 28, 2012

07:15 pm - 07:45 pm

Music & Public Life: Voices of Afghanistan: Pre-Performance Talk

Pre-performance talk by Wesleyan Professor of Music <br/>Mark Slobin<br/><br/>Vocalist Ustad Farida Mahwash, the only woman to receive the title of "master" in Central or South Asia, is celebrated around the globe for her exquisite approach to poetic ghazals (folk songs). Artistic Director and rubab (double-chambered lute) virtuoso Homayoun Sakhi creates an acoustically rich crossroads for sawol-jawab (an interplay of questions and answers), exploring traditional and contemporary Afghan melodies on the inaugural tour of "Voices of Afghanistan," which includes the musicians of The Sakhi Ensemble on tabla, harmonium, and tula (flute). A Crowell Concert Series event presented by the Music Department and the Center for the Arts.<br/><br/>"The ensemble's music, alive with cyclic tabla rhythms and spiraling rubab phrases, somehow echoed the sounds and intensity of the times."<br/>--The New York Times

Crowell Concert Hall

Friday, September 28, 2012

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Music & Public Life: "Voices of Afghanistan"

Vocalist Ustad Farida Mahwash, the only woman to receive the title of "master" in Central or South Asia, is celebrated around the globe for her exquisite approach to poetic ghazals (folk songs). Artistic Director and rubab (double-chambered lute) virtuoso Homayoun Sakhi creates an acoustically rich crossroads for sawol-jawab (an interplay of questions and answers), exploring traditional and contemporary Afghan melodies on the inaugural tour of "Voices of Afghanistan," which includes the musicians of The Sakhi Ensemble on tabla, harmonium, and tula (flute). A Crowell Concert Series event presented by the Music Department and the Center for the Arts. <br/><br/>"The ensemble's music, alive with cyclic tabla rhythms and spiraling rubab phrases, somehow echoed the sounds and intensity of the times."<br/>--The New York Times

Crowell Concert Hall

Thursday, September 27, 2012

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

The Musical Singularity

Wesleyan composers premiere organ works to be played by the Wesleyan University pipe organ's computerized systems. There will also be a performance of a work for all three of the Chapel's organs.

Memorial Chapel

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

04:15 pm - 05:30 pm

Music Department Colloquium: "Voices of Afghanistan"

Ustad Farida Mahwash, "the Voice of Kabul," will discuss her music and life as a female vocalist in Afghanistan. Rubab virtuoso Homayoun Sakhi and members of The Sakhi Ensemble will talk about the group's instrumentation and performance practice.

CFA Hall

Friday, September 07, 2012

08:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Bach to School

Antonio Soler wrote concertos for two organs, which will be performed downstairs in Memorial Chapel on two pipe organs in separate rooms by Alex Kelley '13 and Jason Sheng Jia '13, using their smartphones to coordinate their performance. Segue upstairs, where Artist in Residence and University Organist Ronald Ebrecht will perform works by Bach, Bruce, Mozart, Scott and Sowande.

Memorial Chapel

Thursday, July 19, 2012

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dave Liebman Quartet

Grammy-nominated saxophonist David Liebman has performed with artists including Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, Bob Moses, Chick Corea, John Scofield, and Billy Hart over the past four decades. Since 2002, Mr. Liebman's quartet has featured guitarist Vic Juris, bassist Tony Marino and drummer Marko Marcinko, and has explored a wide variety of contemporary styles ranging from bebop and free jazz to fusion and Brazilian. Mr. Liebman was named a National Endowment for the Arts "Jazz Master" in 2011. <br/><br/>"The intimacy of expression they achieved and the nimbleness of line they articulated attested to the versatility of this band, one of the most accomplished in jazz today."
 <br/>--Chicago Tribune

Crowell Concert Hall

Thursday, July 19, 2012

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

David Liebman Quartet

Grammy-nominated saxophonist David Liebman has performed with artists including Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, Bob Moses, Chick Corea, John Scofield, and Billy Hart over the past four decades. Since 2002, Mr. Liebman's quartet has featured guitarist Vic Juris, bassist Tony Marino and drummer Marko Marcinko, and has explored a wide variety of contemporary styles ranging from bebop and free jazz to fusion and Brazilian. Mr. Liebman was named a National Endowment for the Arts "Jazz Master" in 2012.<br/><br/>"The intimacy of expression they achieved and the nimbleness of line they articulated attested to the versatility of this band, one of the most accomplished in jazz today."
<br/>Chicago Tribune

Crowell Concert Hall

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

12:10 pm - 01:00 pm

Rinde Eckert: Performance Musings

Grammy Award-winning musician, writer, composer, librettist, performer and director Rinde Eckert has built a dynamic theatrical logic that is fiercely interdisciplinary. An inaugural recipient of a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award (2012), this fall Mr. Eckert will be presenting a new play entitled "The Last Days of the Old Wild Boy" at Wesleyan. Mr. Eckert will perform excerpts of his work and discuss his creative process. <br/><br/>Rinde Eckert is a 2012 Danspace / Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance Artist in Residence.<br/><br/>"[Rinde Eckert is] an artist who travels regularly into the upper strata of myth, philosophy, classical music and world literature."
<br/>New York Times

CFA Hall

Thursday, July 05, 2012

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Alma Moyo

Founded 10 years ago in the South Bronx by lead singer and percussionist Alex LaSalle, the intergenerational band Alma Moyo performs Afro-Puerto Rican bomba folk music featuring dynamic drumming, dancing, and rich vocals.<br/><br/>"With the heart and soul of Puerto Rican music, Alma Moyo generates life, heat and love."<br/>
My Latino Voice<br/><br/>(Rainsite: Crowell Concert Hall)

CFA Green

Saturday, May 26, 2012

07:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Exhibition: <i>work divided by time</i> -- A Sound Installation by Assistant Professor of Music <b>Paula Matthusen</b>

HOURS:<br>Friday, May 25 & Saturday, May 26: 7-10pm<br><br/><br/><p><i>work divided by time</i> engages with the cultural concepts of power, energy, and time. The installation derives its inspiration in part from the intricate work of the Bily Brothers, who, having never left a 35-mile radius of their home nestled within the Czech community of Spillville, Iowa, constructed enormous mechanical clocks depicting the world reflected to them by newspaper and other printed publications. <i>work divided by time</i> creatively evokes the work of the Bily Brothers--clearly of a different era--to form a reflective space. The installation features a series of handmade, wooden instruments modeled after Christmas pyramid toys. The space, the instruments, and the sounds emanating from within them pay humble homage to the work of the Bily Brothers, using recordings of the music boxes within the clocks as the basis for the sounds within the space. <i>work divided by time</i> was commissioned by the Center for the Arts as a part of Feet to the Fire: Fueling the Future, made possible by grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and with support from The Bily Clocks Museum in Spillville, Iowa.

Van Vleck Observatory, 96 Foss Hill Drive

Sunday, May 13, 2012

04:00 pm - 06:00 pm

Senior Recital: Fumi Tanakadate

A senior piano recital by Fumi Tanakadate.

Russell House All Rooms

Friday, May 11, 2012

03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

West African Drumming and Dance

An invigorating performance filled with the rhythms of West Africa. Choreographer Iddi Saaka, World Dance Artist in Residence, and Master Drummer Abraham Adzenyah will be performing with their students in West African Dance Courses I, II and III, as well as guest artists and drummers.<br/><br/>Rain site: Crowell Concert Hall

CFA Green

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

07:00 pm - 10:00 pm

South Indian Music Students Recital

Students of B. Balasubrahmaniyan and David Nelson will perform their annual end-of-year recital of Karnatak singing, instrumental music, solkattu and percussion.

CFA Hall

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

WesWinds Spring Concert

The Wesleyan Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Private Lessons Teacher Peter Hadley, will perform an exciting array of pieces for winds and percussion.

Crowell Concert Hall

Monday, May 07, 2012

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ebony Singers Spring Concert

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 '84.

Crowell Concert Hall

Sunday, May 06, 2012

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Power to the WesKorean Drumming Beat

This concert by the Wesleyan Korean Drumming Ensemble showcases the dynamic mixture of traditional drumming dance of Korean p'ungmulnori.

World Music Hall

Sunday, May 06, 2012

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dream of the Red Chamber

The Wesleyan Chinese Music Ensemble, in collaboration with the Wesleyan Orchestra and Chorus, will present works associated with the classic Chinese novel "Dream of the Red Chamber", and music in various regional styles. Vocalist Yang Min will sing some of the most famous pieces composed by Wang Liping.

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, May 05, 2012

09:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Collegium Musicum: 17th Century Funeral Music

The Wesleyan University Collegium Musicum performs the diverse vocal and instrumental repertories of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods of European music history under the direction of Associate Professor of Music Jane Alden.

Memorial Chapel

Friday, May 04, 2012

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

WesTaiko Spring Concert

The Introductory 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.<br/><br/>Watch a video of the performance by the Wesleyan Taiko Ensemble from WTNH's "Connecticut Style" <a href="http://www.wtnh.com/dpp/ct_style/stage-8-the-wesleyan-taiko-ensemble" target="_blank">here</a>.

Crowell Concert Hall

Thursday, May 03, 2012

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

An Evening of Javanese Gamelan and Dance

Experience the culture of Java with students of Wesleyan Javanese Gamelan and Dance under the direction of Professor of Music Sumarsam and Dance Artist in Residence Urip Sri Maeny. <br/>

World Music Hall

Thursday, May 03, 2012

10:00 pm - 12:00 am

Annual Organ Romp

The annual closing of the organ concert series features Wesleyan student organists, pianists and percussionists performing new music and non-standard organ repertoire. Check www.wesleyan.edu/cfa for the costume theme, as well as updated performer and program information.

Memorial Chapel

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Anthony Braxton Large Ensemble

Professor of Music Anthony Braxton's student ensemble performs his compositions.

Crowell Concert Hall

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Balinese Gamelan and Dance

An evening of traditional and contemporary Balinese music and dance.

World Music Hall

Sunday, April 29, 2012

03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Piano Music of Neely Bruce: Part I

Professor of Music Neely Bruce begins a ten-concert cycle of his complete piano works. Each of the concerts in the cycle will feature seventy minutes of music.

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, April 28, 2012

07:00 pm - 09:30 pm

Senior Recital: David Barach

A senior music recital by David Barach, featuring solo piano and chamber music.

Memorial Chapel

Saturday, April 28, 2012

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Jay Hoggard Quartet

Vibraphonist Jay Hoggard will be performing with pianist and organist James Weidman and drummer Yoron Israel, who have performed and recorded as an ensemble with Mr. Hoggard for more than fifteen years. The group will be joined by special guests, including Wesleyan Professor of Music and saxophonist Anthony Braxton, percussionist Kwaku Kwaakye Martin Obeng, bassist Santi Debriano, woodwind player Marty Erlich, and harpist Brandee Younger, to perform Mr. Hoggard's compositions. This concert will feature the world premiere of Mr. Hoggard's multi-part suite Sonic Hieroglyphs from Wood, Metal, and Skin, dedicated to the inspiration of Wangari Maathai, the late Nobel Peace Prize recipient from Kenya.

Crowell Concert Hall

Friday, April 27, 2012

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Concert

The Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra, directed by Adjunct Professor of Music Jay Hoggard, and the Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble, directed by Jazz Ensemble Coach Noah Baerman, perform an exciting program of classic jazz compositions as part of the 11th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend.

Crowell Concert Hall

Thursday, April 26, 2012

09:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Senior Recital: Abaye Steinmetz-Silber

Abaye Steinmetz-Silber
's senior music recital will feature an exploration and performance of several original pieces in a solo and small ensemble setting. <br/>

Memorial Chapel

Sunday, April 22, 2012

07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Senior Recital: Claire Randall "Heavy Sugar"

Vocalist Claire Randall '12 performs with a small ensemble the compositions of jazz legends including Fats Waller, Duke Ellington and Cole Porter. This project offers a retrospective portrait of the female vocalist and bandleader as she has been shaped by jazz music.

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, April 21, 2012

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Wesleyan University Orchestra

The Wesleyan University Orchestra under Music Director Angel Gil-Ordonez presents symphonic repertoire from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Crowell Concert Hall

Friday, April 20, 2012

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Javanese Shadow Puppet Play

Dhalang (puppet master) and Professor of Music Sumarsam presents a Javanese shadow play accompanied by the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble under the direction of Artist-in-Residence I.M. Harjito and guest musicians.

World Music Hall

Thursday, April 19, 2012

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Cello-bration

The Wesleyan Cello Ensemble and Private Lessons Teacher Julie Ribchinsky present music for solo and multiple cellos.<br/>

Russell House All Rooms and Back Garden

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

07:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Film Screening: Rachel Thompson's "Extinction Number Six"

An eccentric narrator's quixotic search for the material traces of Java's colonial, mystical, and paleontological past, a journey haunted in equal measure by the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora and the still murky events of the 1965 Indonesian coup d'etat.<br/><br/>Written/Directed/Edited by Rachel Thompson<br/>with Sound Design/Composition by Jonathan Zorn

CFA Hall

Sunday, April 15, 2012

05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

Opera/Oratorio Ensemble Class

Students in the Opera/Oratorio ensemble perform selections from its repertory under the direction of Priscilla Gale.

Crowell Concert Hall

Sunday, April 15, 2012

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Senior Recital: Barbara Lindsay - Grammar

Senior music recital by Barbara Lindsay - "Grammar".

World Music Hall

Saturday, April 14, 2012

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.

Russell House All Rooms

Saturday, April 14, 2012

03:30 pm - 04:30 pm

Lecture Demonstration: Fernando Otero Quartet

A lecture demonstration by Argentine composer and pianist Fernando Otero and his ensemble, which features Pablo Aslan on acoustic bass, violinist Gabrielle Fink, and cellist Adam Fisher.

Rehearsal Hall 003 (Daltry Room)

Saturday, April 14, 2012

07:15 pm - 07:45 pm

Pre-Concert Talk: Fernando Otero Quartet

Pre-concert talk at 7:15pm. <br/><br/>Argentine composer and pianist Fernando Otero evokes the tango sounds of Buenos Aires with his rhythmically vibrant works. Mr. Otero won a Latin Grammy Award for Best Classical Album for "Vital" (2010). His quartet features Pablo Aslan on acoustic bass, violinist Gabrielle Fink, and cellist Adam Fisher.<br/><br/>"The expressive drama of tango animates his compositions, which also involve aspects of classical chamber music and jazz improvisation."<br/>-The New York Times

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, April 14, 2012

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Fernando Otero Quartet

Argentine composer and pianist Fernando Otero evokes the tango sounds of Buenos Aires with his rhythmically vibrant works. Mr. Otero won a Latin Grammy Award for Best Classical Album for "Vital" (2010). His quartet features Pablo Aslan on acoustic bass, violinist Gabrielle Fink, and cellist Adam Fisher.<br/><br/>There will be a pre-concert talk at 7:15pm.<br/><br/>"The expressive drama of tango animates his compositions, which also involve aspects of classical chamber music and jazz improvisation." <br/>--The New York Times<br/><br/>
Media Sponsor: La Voz Hispana

Crowell Concert Hall

Thursday, April 12, 2012

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Senior Recital: Sean Curtice and Composers of 18th-Century Music

Senior recital - "Sean Curtice and Composers of 18th-Century Music".

Crowell Concert Hall

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

04:15 pm - 06:00 pm

FEAS Lecture Series: Hoomii [throat singing] and Urtiin Duu [long song] in Inner Mongolia-A Lecture by China's Most Prominent Mongolian Music Scholar

Professor Wulalji, Senior Researcher of Mongolian Music at the Central Minzu [Ethnic Minorities] University and Professor Emeritus at the China Conservatory of Music.

FEAS Seminar Room (Mary Houghton Freeman Room)

Saturday, April 07, 2012

02:00 pm - 03:30 pm

Senior Recital: Lana Lana - Piano Sketches of Indonesia

Performing 20th century piano works of Amir Pasaribu (1915-2010), Jaya Suprana (b. 1949), Leopold Godowsky (1870-1938), and some of her original compositions, Lana Lana '12 will explore how the western musical styles and techniques are used to express the traditional sounds of Indonesia. This recital is in partial fulfillment of Lana's Honors Thesis in Music.

Memorial Chapel

Saturday, April 07, 2012

07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Senior Recital: Andrew Chung - Occupy New Music

Senior music recital by Andrew Chung entitled "Occupy New Music".

Crowell Concert Hall

Friday, April 06, 2012

09:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Senior Recital: Nate Mondschein - An Experiment in Poetry and Sound

Senior music recital by Nate Mondschein - "An Experiment in Poetry and Sound".

World Music Hall

Thursday, April 05, 2012

07:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Senior Recital: Noah Heau - Black Ice, Bach & Beethoven

Noah Heau '12 will play pieces by three different composers, each from a different historical time period: Beethoven's Sonata in A Major (Op. 69), Bach's Suite II for unaccompanied violoncello, and three short pieces from Erik Friedlander's album "Black Ice & Propane". Alan Rodi will be the piano accompanist for the Beethoven Sonata.

Memorial Chapel

Thursday, April 05, 2012

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm

Sonagi Project: Korean Percussion Group

Sonagi Project is a Korean percussion group consisting of five musicians, led by Chang Jae Hyo, that creates modern, original music based on traditional Korean rhythms and chants. Drawing from Korea's shamanic culture and the vocal art of pansori, Sonagi's performances carry a strong relation to the emotion and energy of Korean traditional music, offering a contemporary link to Korea's past.

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, March 31, 2012

02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

Senior Recital: Sam Long - "From Source to Sea: A River Album"

"From Source to Sea: A River Album" is a senior music recital by Sam Long. <br/>

Memorial Chapel

Saturday, March 31, 2012

07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Senior Recital: Dylan Griffin - "Schubert Impromptus and Pictures at an Exhibition"

Dylan Griffin's senior music recital - "Schubert Impromptus and Pictures at an Exhibition".

Crowell Concert Hall

Friday, March 30, 2012

09:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Senior Recital: Owen Callahan - Music I Find Myself Playing

Owen Callahan's senior music recital, "Music I Find Myself Playing".

Memorial Chapel

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

08:00 pm - 11:00 pm

On Silence - Juraj Kojs

<p><i>On Silence</i> is a project conceived, produced and performed by Juraj Kojs to celebrate the centennial of John Cage (September 5, 1912 ' August 12, 1992). The project consists of 13 new commissioned compositions, each 4 minutes and 33 seconds long. The duration references Cage's infamous 1952 opus with the title <i>4'33"</i>, which was premiered by David Tudor sitting at the instrument for the assigned time, occasionally turning score pages and performing nothing.<br/><br/><p>Thirteen young and up-and-coming composers from the US, Europe, South America and Japan were invited to reflect on what John Cage means in their creative life. They were asked to compose a work with duration of 4 minutes and 33 seconds, drawing sources from grand piano, software and hardware technologies, everyday objects and musical toys.</p><br/><br/><p>The commissioned composers are Christopher Cerrone (USA), Natacha Diels (USA), Kasia Glowicka (Poland), Andrew Greenwald (USA), Adrian Knight (Sweden), Juraj Kojs (Slovakia/USA), Jessie Marino (USA), Paula Matthusen (USA), Chikashi Miyama (Japan), Spencer Topel (USA), Chester Udell (USA), Jorge Variego (Argentina) and Henry Vega (Venezuela/USA).</p>

Russell House All Rooms

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

06:30 pm - 07:30 pm

March Organ Fete

Wesleyan organ students perform works of Bach, Mendelssohn and Widor. Featuring performances by Jason Jia Sheng, Vivien Lung, Olivia May, Daniel Parcell, and Rain Tianyu Xie.

Memorial Chapel

Sunday, March 04, 2012

03:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Taylor Ho Bynum and Tomas Fujiwara

Composers Taylor Ho Bynum '98 MA '05 (cornet) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums) have been regular collaborators for nearly two decades, documenting their duo on the recordings "True Events" (2007) and "Stepwise" (2010). Both are veterans of the groups of Wesleyan Professor of Music Anthony Braxton. Mr. Bynum has also performed with Myra Melford's Happy Whistlings, the Tyshawn Sorey Quartet, and Cecil Taylor; Mr. Fujiwara has performed with Ravi Coltrane, Amir ElSaffar, and Mary Halvorson '02, among others.

Russell House All Rooms

Sunday, March 04, 2012

06:00 pm - 08:00 pm

Graduate Recital: Nestor Prieto

Graduate music recital by Nestor Prieto.

CFA Hall

Saturday, March 03, 2012

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Graduate Recital: Stephanie Choi - Masil with Kayagum

Graduate music recital by Stephanie Choi - "Masil with Kayagum".

World Music Hall

Saturday, March 03, 2012

09:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Senior Recital: Nathaniel Leich

Nat Leich's senior music thesis concert, "Kaleidoscope", featuring 15 Wesleyan musicians, the Mixtape Orchestra, fusing pop, funk, and rock with the magnificence and versatility of the classical orchestra.

Memorial Chapel

Friday, March 02, 2012

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Senior Recital: Spencer Hattendorf - Language Barrier

Senior music recital by Spencer Hattendorf - "Language Barrier".

Crowell Concert Hall

Friday, March 02, 2012

09:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Senior Recital: Myles Potters - A Groove in a Moment

Senior music recital by Myles Potters - "A Groove in a Moment".

World Music Hall

Thursday, March 01, 2012

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm

American Berserk: Lisa Moore Piano Concert

Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Lisa Moore, the founding pianist of the Bang on a Can All-Stars, performs a program of American masterpieces by John Adams, Martin Bresnick, Henry Cowell, Philip Glass, Jerome Kitzke, Missy Mazzoli and Frederic Rzewski.

Crowell Concert Hall

Thursday, March 01, 2012

10:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Graduate Recital: Christopher Riggs

Graduate music recital by Christopher Riggs.

CFA Hall

Saturday, February 25, 2012

07:15 pm - 07:45 pm

Pre-Concert Talk: Lionel Loueke Trio

Pre-concert talk for Lionel Loueke Trio at 7:15pm.<br/><br/>Benin-born jazz guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke combines harmonic sophistication, soaring melodies and grounding in West African music to create a warm, intimate sound with his trio, which features Swedish-born bassist Massimo Biolcati and Hugarian drummer Ferenc Nemeth. Praised by mentor Herbie Hancock as "a musical painter," Loueke was featured on Hancock's album "River: The Joni Letters" (2007), which won Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Jazz Grammy Awards.

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, February 25, 2012

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Lionel Loueke Trio

Benin-born jazz guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke combines harmonic sophistication, soaring melodies and grounding in West African music to create a warm, intimate sound with his trio, which features Swedish-born bassist Massimo Biolcati and Hugarian drummer Ferenc Nemeth. Praised by mentor Herbie Hancock as "a musical painter," Loueke was featured on Hancock's album "River: The Joni Letters" (2007), which won Album of the Year and Best Contemporary Jazz Grammy Awards. <br/><br/>There will be a pre-concert talk at 7:15pm.

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, February 18, 2012

07:00 pm - 08:30 pm

Senior Recital: Aaron Peisner <br><i>Four Centuries of Choral Music</i>

This concert will showcase unaccompanied choral compositions that span over four centuries if European music. Selections include pieces by Victoria, Brahms, Ligeri, Poulenc, Monteverdi and more.

Memorial Chapel

Friday, February 17, 2012

09:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Graduate Recital: Maxwell Tfirn - Pieces from Nature

"Pieces from Nature" is an experimental graduate music recital by Maxwell Tfirn that explores how plants grow throughout music. Music will include works for the piano, cello, computer and video.

Crowell Concert Hall

Sunday, February 12, 2012

03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Music of Bresnick and Bruce

Flutists Helene Rosenblatt and Peter Standaart (Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher), and pianist Neely Bruce, Professor of Music, will perform a program that includes premieres by Mr. Bruce and composer Martin Bresnick.

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, February 11, 2012

04:00 pm - 05:00 pm

February Organ Fete

A mini-festival of organ music featuring some of the top players at Wesleyan. On Friday evening, Brian Parks MA '09 will perform University Organist and Artist in Residence Ronald Ebrecht's editions of works by Maurice Durufle (1902-1986), including the Prelude Adagio and Choral Varie sur le Veni Creator Op. 4, and the monumental Suite Op. 5. On Saturday afternoon Wesleyan organ students will perform.

Memorial Chapel

Sunday, February 05, 2012

03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Karas String Quartet: Afternoon with Chamber Music

The Karas String Quartet--violinist Cyrus Stevens, pianist Ruriko Kagiyama, violist Michael Wheeler--and guest cellist Julie Ribchinsky, Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher, will perform the world premiere of the Wesleyan Concertante by William Zinn, as well as Mozart's Piano Quartet in g minor and other works.

Russell House All Rooms

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

08:00 pm - 09:30 pm

Judy Dunaway

A concert of music by composer and conceptual artist Judy Dunaway. Featuring "On the Air" for saxophone and musique concrete streamed over Ustream, performed by Owen Callahan '12; and Balloon Symphony No. 2, performed by the audience. For more information about Judy Dunaway, please visit http://emedia.art.sunysb.edu/judydunaway/

CFA Hall

Friday, December 09, 2011

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Phyllis Bruce Memorial Concert

A commemoration of the life of Phyllis Bruce (1940-2010) through the music of Carrie Jacobs-Bond and Neely Bruce, performed by sopranos Kalia Kellogg and Johana Arnold, baritone David Barron, and assisting instrumentalists. Music direction by Neely Bruce. With special guests Jane Lehman and Diane Terry, of The Girlfriends.

Crowell Concert Hall

Thursday, December 08, 2011

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Javanese Gamelan and Dance II

Experience the culture of Java with beginning students of Javanese gamelan and dance.

World Music Hall

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

08:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Anthony Braxton Large Ensemble

Professor Anthony Braxton's student ensemble performs his compositions.

Crowell Concert Hall

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

WesWinds Winter Concert

The Wesleyan Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Peter Hadley, will perform an exciting array of pieces for winds and percussion.

Crowell Concert Hall

Monday, December 05, 2011

07:30 pm - 09:30 pm

Ebony Singers Winter Concert

Your spirits will be lifted by the Wesleyan University Ebony Singers, under the direction of Marichal Monts, as the choir's voices soar. Be prepared to clap, dance, and sing along.

Crowell Concert Hall

Sunday, December 04, 2011

04:00 pm - 05:30 pm

Classical Guitar Ensemble/WesGuitars Concert

Students in the Classical Guitar Ensemble class as well as accomplished Wesleyan guitarists present the results of their work during the semester under the direction of Cem Duruoz.

World Music Hall

Saturday, December 03, 2011

07:00 pm - 09:00 pm

Candlelight Concert

Under the direction of Artist in Residence Ronald Ebrecht, the Wesleyan Singers perform George Frideric Handel's Messiah, Part 1, with soloists Naakai Addy, Connor Bennion, Emma Daniels, Maggie Feldman-Piltch, Tess Jonas, Paulina Jones-Torregrosa, Chloe Lalonde, Chun Kit Ng, Alan Rodi, Borworn Satayopas, and Jeremy Senie, accompanied by Brian Parks.

Memorial Chapel

Saturday, December 03, 2011

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Javanese Gamelan and Dance

The Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, an orchestra of bronze gongs, metallophones, xylophones, drums, string and voices under the direction of I.M. Harjito and Sumarsam, presents classical music of central Java, and dance directed by Urip Sri Maeny.

World Music Hall

Friday, December 02, 2011

07:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Music from East Asia

This concert features Wesleyan's East Asian ensembles presenting a variety of musical styles and repertories from East Asian cultures.

Crowell Concert Hall

Thursday, December 01, 2011

08:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Anthony Braxton Small Ensemble

Saxophonist, composer and professor Anthony Braxton, known for his groundbreaking experimental music, performs in an intimate, small ensemble setting.

Crowell Concert Hall

Sunday, November 20, 2011

07:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Opera/Oratorio Ensemble Class

Students in the Opera/Oratorio Ensemble perform selections from its repertory under the direction of Priscilla Gale.

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, November 19, 2011

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Wesleyan University Orchestra

The Wesleyan University Orchestra under music director Angel Gil-Ordonez performs <i>Finlandia</i> by Sibelius, Symphony No. 8 by Dvorak, and Piano Concerto No. 23 by Mozart featuring Sean Curtice on piano.

Crowell Concert Hall

Friday, November 18, 2011

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Joshua Roman

At 27, Oklahoma City native Joshua Roman has covered a wide range of repertoire in his performances, from two seasons as the principal cellist for the Seattle Symphony to his collaboration with DJ Spooky to cover Radiohead. Mr. Roman, accompanied on piano, will perform sonatas by Claude Debussy and Johannes Brahms (No. 2 in F Major), Astor Piazzolla's <i>Le Grand Tango</i>, and Dan Visconti's <i>Americana</i>, which Mr. Roman premiered in 2010.

Crowell Concert Hall

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

New Works by Graduate Student Composers

A concert of recent, new works by graduate student composers.

CFA Hall

Sunday, November 13, 2011

03:00 pm - 05:00 pm

Music at The Russell House: The Jolly Beggars

The Connecticut-based six-piece band The Jolly Beggars sing traditional stories from Irish folklore with tight vocal harmonies and play arrangements of Celtic reels and jigs on guitars, mandolins, tin whistles, banjo, double bass, bodhran, spoons and more.<br/>

Russell House All Rooms

Friday, November 11, 2011

07:00 pm - 09:30 pm

Ghanaian Drumming and Singing

A festive concert featuring the drumming music of Ghana with Adjunct Professor of Music Abraham Adzenyah and his advanced drumming class. The beginning drumming class features a 35-member chorus singing traditional songs.

Crowell Concert Hall

Thursday, November 10, 2011

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Water is Rising: Music and Dance from the Pacific Atolls of Kiribati, Tokelau, and Tuvalu

Performance and purpose collide in this powerful New England premiere that illuminates the plight of the Pacific Islands. Scientists report the vulnerable coral atolls of Kiribati, Tokelau and Tuvalu are already experiencing rising sea levels as result of global warming and climate change. In their first-ever U.S. tour, 36 dancers and musicians express their deep connection to nature and their ancestral past through multi-part harmonies, poetry, and gracious movement that cascade over dynamic rhythms inspiring us all to be better stewards of our shared planet. Water is Rising harnesses the power of performance art in an impassioned plea for global awareness and social change. For more information, please visit www.waterisrising.com

Crowell Concert Hall

Sunday, November 06, 2011

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Lucier Celebration Symposium: Composers' Roundtable Discussion

Panel to include Robert Ashley, David Behrman, Kyle Gann, Paula Matthusen, Gordon Mumma, Pauline Oliveros and Christian Wolff. Moderated by Anthony Braxton, Professor of Music.

CFA Hall

Sunday, November 06, 2011

02:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Lucier Celebration Concert IV: Tributes

A tribute concert by friends and colleagues of Alvin Lucier.

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, November 05, 2011

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Lucier Celebration Symposium: Performance

Panel to include Charles Curtis, Ronald Kuivila and Richard Lerman. Moderated by Mark Slobin, Professor of Music.

CFA Hall

Saturday, November 05, 2011

12:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Lucier Celebration Film: Tribute to John Cage

Alvin Lucier played a central role as a performer/actor in projects of Charlotte Moorman, George Manupelli, and Nam June Paik. Mr. Lucier's extraordinary contribution to Mr. Paik's "Tribute to John Cage" (1972) captures the wit, verve, and aggression of those performances. This screening will be introduced by John Hanhardt who, as a curator at the Whitney Museum, pioneered the introduction to the museum of sound works, including those of Mr. Lucier. Mr Hanhardt is currently senior curator for Media Arts at the Nam June Paik Media Arts Center of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art.

CFA Hall

Saturday, November 05, 2011

02:00 pm - 04:00 pm

Opening Reception: "Alvin Lucier (and his Artist Friends)"

"Alvin Lucier (and His Artist Friends)" is a broad overview of the composer's distinguished career over nearly six decades. This exhibition will explore the nature of Mr. Lucier's engagement with artists such as John Cage, Sol LeWitt, John Ashbery, Italo Calvino and Lee Lozano. Related works by some of these figures will be juxtaposed with the compositions they inspired. The exhibition will also make the first in-depth exploration of the broad influence of Mr. Lucier's work "I Am Sitting in a Room" (1970). Nearly two dozen audio presentations of his compositions, along with a number of performance videos and an interview with Robert Ashley will be featured. Numerous notated and text-based scores, a select group of artifacts from earlier performances, and an extensive variety of archival memorabilia documenting Mr. Lucier's career to date will be on display. An installation version of Mr. Lucier's "Chambers" (1968) realized as a tribute by former students and colleagues will complete the exhibition.<br/><br/>There will be a Walk-Through at 2pm on Saturday November 5 with Guest Curator Andrea Miller-Keller. 
<br/><br/>Extended Zilkha Gallery hours during Homecoming / Family Weekend: are as follows: <br/><br/>Saturday, November 5, noon-6pm. <br/>Sunday, November 6, 10am-6pm.

Zilkha Main Gallery

Saturday, November 05, 2011

07:00 pm - 09:30 pm

Lucier Celebration Concert II: Ensembles

The Wesleyan University Orchestra, Gamelan Ensemble and Collegium Musicum perform Alvin Lucier's ensemble works "Music for Gamelan Instruments, Microphones, Amplifiers and Loudspeakers" (1994), "Six Geometries" (1993), "Panorama 2" (2011), "Exploration of the House" (2005), and "Shadow Lines" (2008).

Crowell Concert Hall

Saturday, November 05, 2011

10:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Lucier Celebration Concert III: A Concert of Electronic Theatre Music, May 3, 1968

Alvin Lucier's first concert at Wesleyan, "A Concert of Electronic Theatre Music" on Friday, May 3, 1968, will be reconstructed and performed by Mr. Lucier and the original student performers: "Carwiddwen" (1968) by John Fullemann, John Pemberton, and Douglas Simon; "Vespers" (1967) by Mr. Lucier; "Flying, or Possibly Crawling or Sitting Still (Burdocks)" (1971-72) by Christian Wolff; "Distance" (1961) by Toshi Ichiyanagi; and "Rozart Mix" (1965) by John Cage.

Memorial Chapel

Friday, November 04, 2011

12:15 pm - 02:00 pm

Lucier Celebration Symposium: Notations

Panel will include Anthony Burr, Volker Straebel and Daniel Wolf. Moderated by Jane Alden, Associate Professor of Music.

CFA Hall

Friday, November 04, 2011

02:30 pm - 04:00 pm

Lucier Celebration Symposium: Processes

Panel to include Nicolas Collins, Andrew Dewar and Ed Osborn. Moderated by Neely Bruce, Professor of Music.

CFA Hall

Friday, November 04, 2011

04:30 pm - 06:00 pm

Lucier Celebration Film: No Ideas But In Things

The documentary on Alvin Lucier's work and teaching, "No Ideas But In Things" (2012), will be premiered in Berlin next spring. This special preview screening will be introduced by the filmmakers Viola Ruche and Hauke Harder.

CFA Hall

Friday, November 04, 2011

08:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Lucier Celebration Concert I: Solos

A concert featuring Alvin Lucier's works for solo performers, including "Silver Streetcar for the Orchestra" (1988), "A Tribute to James Tenney" (1986), "Still Lives" (1995), "Charles Curtis"(2002), "In Memoriam Jon Higgins" (1985), and "Panorama" (1993).

Crowell Concert Hall