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

May 11

West African Drumming and Dance Concert

03:00 pm

An invigorating performance filled with the rhythms of West Africa, featuring Wesleyan Artists in Residence choreographer Iddi Saaka and master drummer John Dankwa joined by students in West African Dance classes. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355. Rain site: Crowell Concert Hall.

Sponsor: Saaka, Iddrisu

May 4

Wesleyan Taiko Concert

08:00 pm

Taiko drumming classes perform thunderous and thrilling rhythms of Japanese kumi daiko drumming under the direction of Visiting Instructor in Music Barbara Merjan. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Merjan, Barbara

May 3

Javanese Gamelan & Dance

07:00 pm

Experience the music and dance of Java with beginning students of the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble and guest artists. The concert includes a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Yong, Christine

Chamber Music Concert

08:00 pm

Students from the Wesleyan chamber music program perform works by various composers on a variety of instruments. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Biatowas, John E.

May 2

South Indian Music and Voice

07:00 pm

Students of Adjunct Associate Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music David Nelson perform music from the Karnatak tradition of South India. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Balasubrahmaniyan, B.

Apr 28

Celebrating 100 Years of Thelonious Monk featuring the T.S. Monk Sextet

08:00 pm

Bandleader T.S. Monk has "charted his own course as a composer, arranger and melodic drummer" (NPR), and concludes the 17th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend with a performance by his Sextet. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Apr 27

Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and Real-Time Autoschediasms for Electroacoustic Creative Orchestra

08:00 pm

The Wesleyan University Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and the new Real-Time Autoschediasms for Electroacoustic Creative Orchestra perform as part of the 17th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music

Apr 26

Collegium Musicum

07:00 pm

The Collegium Musicum , under the direction of Pau Rius Valor '20 and supervised by Associate Professor of Music Jane Alden , performs a century of music from Tudor England. Featured composers include William Cornysh, John Taverner, Robert Parsons, and William Byrd.For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Molokwu, Ariana

Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble & Dance

08:00 pm

The Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of Artist in Residence I.M. Harjito and Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music Sumarsam, presents classical music and dance of Central Java. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Yong, Christine

Apr 25

Korean Drumming & Creative Music

07:00 pm

Beginning students of Wesleyan's Korean Drumming and Creative Music Ensemble, directed by Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Jin Hi Kim, play new arrangements of samulnori repertoire. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Kim, Jin Hi

Apr 22

Not Just Good : Senior Recital Connor Bennion

03:00 pm

An hour of small-ensemble a cappella music directed by Connor Bennion '18, featuring current students and alumni. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Oravec, Hanna G.

Songs by Schubert, Ives and Bruce

07:00 pm

A concert featuring songs by Franz Schubert and Charles Ives, and the song cycle Whitman Fragments by John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Bruce, Neely

Apr 16

One Sky Concert

07:00 pm

The Wesleyan University Orchestra performs the world premiere of Guggenheim Fellow composer and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Jin Hi Kim's One Sky II . For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Kim, Jin Hi

Apr 15

Kronos Quartet

07:00 pm

The GRAMMY Award-winning Kronos Quartet returns to Wesleyan to perform a wide-ranging program of music from around the world, featuring adventurous string quartets either written for or arranged for the legendary group. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Center for the Arts, Music Department

Apr 11

WesFest Concert I: Organ, Chamber, Jazz and Laptop Ensembles

07:00 pm

A concert featuring short performances on the University organ, Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble under the direction of Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Department Paula Matthusen , Real-Time Autoschediasms for Electroacoustic Creative Orchestra under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Tyshawn Sorey, Jazz ensembles, and Chamber ensembles . For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Molokwu, Ariana

Mar 2

Thomas Buckner sings: Robert Ashley Concert #1

08:00 pm

Baritone Tom Buckner performs a series of works for voice by Robert Ashley. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Matthusen, Paula

Feb 25

This Is It! #14

03:00 pm

John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce presents the fourteenth in a series of sixteen CD-length recitals of his piano music. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Bruce, Neely

Feb 18

Megan Sesma with Joshua Thomas: French and Modern Masters

03:00 pm

Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher and Principal Harpist with the United States Coast Guard Band Megan Sesma returns to The Russell House with her Coast Guard Band colleague and saxophonist Dr. Joshua Thomas, a Conn-Selmer artist. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Feb 16

Masayo Ishigure: Koto 360

08:00 pm

Masayo Ishigure began playing the koto at the age of five in Gifu, Japan, and continues to stretch the limits of the thirteen-stringed instrument. The program includes a New England premiere by Celil Refik Kaya. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Center for the Arts, Music Department

Feb 5

Psyc Colloq - Winner

12:15 pm

How Art Works: Empirical Approaches to Philosophical Questions" In the Arts and Mind Lab, we carry out research on philosophical questions about the arts, with the aim of understanding lay intuitions about how art works. Some issues we have studied empirically that I will discuss include how we judge skill in abstract art; why we fundamentally alter our evaluation of a work of art if it is discovered to be a forgery; and what art does (and does not) do for us. Ellen Winner is Professor and Chair of psychology at Boston College and Senior Research Associate at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education. She directs the Arts and Mind Lab, which focuses on cognition in the arts in typical and gifted children as well as adults. https://www.ellenwinner.com/

Sponsor: Race, Catherine

Jan 20

Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble Classes Start

10:00 am

Have your child learn the traditional music of Java, Indonesia, for only $30 for a semester of lessons and rehearsals. Open to ages 7 to 14. No prior experience necessary. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Dec 10

Quasimodal Final Concert

05:00 pm

Quasimodal is a singing group of creative students that loves performing music from across genres (always with a bit of soul). We are Wesleyan's oldest co-ed a cappella group and more importantly a dynamic collective of unique voices with all original arrangements. We sing from the heart and try to bring others and ourselves beautiful tunes.

Sponsor: Xue, Unique Wenxuan

Nov 6

A Meredith Monk Film Screening: Ellis Island & Book of Days

07:00 pm

The CFA presentsa screening oftwo Meredith Monk Films: Ellis Island and Book of Days . Meredith Monk is a multidisciplinary artist; she is acomposer, singer, and director/choreographer and creator of new opera, music-theater works, films and installations. Ms. Monk will be joining us for a week long residency following this screening where she will perform a work-in-progress of her latest work, Cellular Songs. Monk's work, whichshe has been creating for the past 50 years,is timeless. Monk's 1985 film, Ellis Island , and her 1988 film, Book of Days ,are filmed in both color and black and white. Visuals are accompanied by her own compositions, yet the composer also gives silence its own voice. Please join us for an evening of film, music, dance, and artistic exploration!

Sponsor: Phillips, Adriana Lilian

Sep 8

Eighth annual "Bach to School" Concert

08:00 pm

Artist in Residence Ronald Ebrecht's eighth annual opening of the Wesleyan concert calendar follows his European appearance with this program in Arbon, Switzerland. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

May 12

West African Drumming and Dance Concert: Concert

03:00 pm

Featuring choreographer and Wesleyan Artist in Residence Iddi Saaka joined by his students and guest artists and drummers, this invigorating performance showcases the vibrancy of West African cultures through their music and dance forms. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Saaka, Iddrisu

May 5

Korean Drumming and Taiko Ensembles

04:00 pm

Wesleyans Taiko Drumming Ensemble , directed by Visiting Instructor in Music Barbara Merjan , performs the thunderous and thrilling rhythms of Japanese kumi daiko drumming. The Korean Drumming Ensemble , directed by Visiting Assistant Professor Jin Hi Kim , plays a variety of mesmerizing rhythmic patterns from the samulnori repertorie. Several dynamic and exciting styles will be showcased, demonstrating both traditional and contemporary sounds from each culture.

Sponsor: CFA

Jan 21

Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble Starts

10:00 am

Have your child learn the traditional music of Java, Indonesia, for only $30 for a semester of lessons and rehearsals. Open to ages 7 to 14. No prior experience necessary. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Jan 20

Open Rehearsal: The Bill of Rights

07:30 pm

An open rehearsal of Wesleyan's John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce's musical setting of "The Bill of Rights." For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website .

Sponsor: Music Department

Dec 13

Ensemble Pamplemousse

08:00 pm

Featuring works by graduate music students Tomek Arnold, Jordan Dykstra, Warren Enstrm, Omar Fraire, Aurora Nealand, Dave Scanlon, and Matt Wellins performed by the composer/performer collective Ensemble Pamplemousse. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Dec 6

Elliott Sharps "Port Bou"

09:00 pm

The New England premiere of Elliott Sharp`s opera "Port Bou" (2014) depicts the last moments in the life of philosopher Walter Benjamin, in 1940, as he was fleeing Nazi-occupied France. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Dec 2

West African Drumming and Dance Concert

08:00 pm

Featuring choreographer and Artist in Residence Iddi Saaka joined by his students, guest artists, and drummers, this invigorating performance showcases the vibrancy of West African cultures through their music and dance forms. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Olerud, Michele

Nov 19

The Womens Bandura Ensemble of North America

06:00 pm

The Womens Bandura Ensemble of North America features 20 musicians who perform traditional Ukrainian songs and accompany themselves on the bandura, a 55-string instrument whose tone is often described as a blend of the piano and the harp. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Dance Department

Nov 6

Tony Lombardozzi

03:00 pm

Jazz guitarist and Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Tony Lombardozzi performs in The Russell House. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Oct 27

Navaratri Festival: Henna and Chaat

07:00 pm

Experience South Asian culture through henna art and sampling of chaat (savory snacks), hosted by Shakti, Wesleyan's South Asian Students' Association. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Shakti

Oct 10

Wadada Leo Smith

12:00 pm

Trumpeter and composer Wadada Leo Smith presents the first in a series of lectures looking at music and its emotional functions. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life

Sep 18

Harmonia V

03:00 pm

Woodwind quintet Harmonia V, featuring Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Robert Hoyle on French horn, performs works by Wesleyan's John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce and other composers. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life

Sep 10

Youth Gamelan Ensemble Classes Start

10:00 am

Sign up your child for the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble. Saturday morning classes are held from 10am to 11am in World Music Hall. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Sep 9

Bach to School

08:00 pm

Artist in Residence and University Organist Ronald Ebrechts seventh annual opening of the Wesleyan concert calendar featires a performance of the complete organ works of Maurice Durufl. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Jul 10

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

03:00 pm

John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce will perform two world premiere fugues, among other piano works. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Jul 7

Jimmy Greene Quartet

08:00 pm

Grammy Award-nominated jazz saxophonist Jimmy Greene brings his Quartet to Wesleyan. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Center for the Arts

Jul 6

Ani Cordero

12:00 pm

New York singer-songwriter Ani Cordero will discuss the inspiration she found in classic Latin American songs of love and protest from the 1930s through the 1970s. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Center for the Arts

Jun 30

Nation Beat

07:00 pm

Dance to northeast Brazilian grooves and New Orleans funk as the Brooklyn-based collective Nation Beat returns to Wesleyan. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Center for the Arts

May 7

Adzenyah Retirement Ceremony

04:00 pm

After 46 years of teaching at Wesleyan, master drummer Abraham Adzenyah, Adjunct Professor of Music, Retired, is being honored with the naming of the Abraham Adzenyah Rehearsal Hall. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Traditional West African Drumming, Singing, and Dancin

04:30 pm

Master drummer Abraham Adzenyah, Adjunct Professor of Music, Retired, returns for a farewell concert and reunion featuring past and present students. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

All-Night Highlife Dance Party

07:30 pm

An all-night highlife dance party in celebration of master drummer Abraham Adzenyah, Adjunct Professor of Music, Retired. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Apr 28

Javanese Gamelan

07:00 pm

Experience the culture of Java with beginning students of the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, with a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble.

Sponsor: Music

Apr 16

Ideas on the Move: A Conference in Honor of Mark Slobin

08:30 am

A conference in honor of the retirement of Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music Mark Slobin. For more information, please visit the conference website .

Sponsor: Music Department

Spring Faculty Dance Concert: Storied Places

08:00 pm

"Storied Places" features choreography and direction by Chair and Associate Professor of Dance Nicole Stanton, original composition and musical direction by Adjunct Professor of Music Jay Hoggard, and narrative text by Class of 1958 Distinguished Professor of African American Studies Lois Brown. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Dance Department

Ideas on the Move Concert

08:00 pm

A concert in honor of the retirement of Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music Mark Slobin. For more information, please visit the conference website .

Sponsor: Music Department

Javanese Wayang Puppet Play

09:30 pm

The Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of I.M. Harjito, with guest musicians, and puppet master Sumarsam will present a Javanese shadow puppet performance. The performance is dedicated to Professor Mark Slobin in honor of his leadership of the World Music Program at Wesleyan University. We wish him to find beauty and tranquility in his retirement.

Sponsor: Music

Apr 15

Spring Faculty Dance Concert: Storied Places

08:00 pm

"Storied Places" features choreography and direction by Chair and Associate Professor of Dance Nicole Stanton, original composition and musical direction by Adjunct Professor of Music Jay Hoggard, and narrative text by Class of 1958 Distinguished Professor of African American Studies Lois Brown. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Dance Department

Apr 1

Wu Man and the Shanghai Quartet

08:00 pm

The Shanghai Quartet returns to Wesleyan for their Connecticut debut with pipa virtuosa Wu Man performing "A Night in Ancient and New China," plus Beethoven's "String Quartet No.11." For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Feb 28

Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part VIII

03:00 pm

John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce presents the eighth in a series of CD-length recitals of his piano music. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Feb 5

Gaida: In Concert

08:00 pm

The Connecticut debut of Syrian vocalist/songwriter Gaida, one of the most effusive and charming (Timeout New York) singers on the world-music scene. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Oravec, Hanna G.

Dec 10

John Cage's Musicircus

01:10 pm

Students from MUSC 109 "Introduction to Experimental Music" and special mystery guests stage their original work as part of a series of overlapping performances in their realization of John Cage's "Musicircus." For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Matthusen, Paula

Dec 9

Wesleyan Organ Students in Recital

12:00 pm

Organ students share a seasonal program at South Congregational Church. A soup and sandwich lunch follows in the parish hall, for which a free-will offering is suggested. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

South Indian Music Student Performance

07:00 pm

Students of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan will perform their fall semester recital from the Karnatak tradition of South India. The performance will feature vocal and instrumental music. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Dec 8

Wesleyan Chamber Music Concert

12:00 pm

Students from the Wesleyan chamber music program perform works by various composers on a variety of instruments. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Biatowas, John E.

WesWinds Fall Concert

07:00 pm

The Wesleyan Wind Ensemble performs an exciting array of pieces for winds and percussion. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Datum: Datura

09:00 pm

"As seductive as the color and shape and fragrance of a flower," sound and image will bend and twist in response to the gentle pressures of language, data, and attention. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Dec 6

New Works for Mantra Percussion

05:00 pm

Renowned percussion ensemble Mantra Percussion premieres new works written for them by Wesleyan student composers. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Wesleyan Taiko Concert

07:00 pm

The Taiko Drumming Ensemble performs thunderous and thrilling rhythms of Japanese Taiko drumming under the direction of Visiting Instructor in Music Barbara Merjan. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Merjan, Barbara

Dec 5

Beginners Javanese Gamelan

07:00 pm

Experience the culture of Java with beginning students of the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble. The concert will include a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Sumarsam, Prof.

Wesleyan University Orchestra and Concert Choir

08:00 pm

The Wesleyan University Orchestra and Concert Choir present a selection of popular holiday classics under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Potemkina, Nadya

Dec 4

West African Drumming and Dance Concert

08:00 pm

Master drummer and Adjunct Professor of Music Abraham Adzenyah celebrates his final performance with his students after 45 years at Wesleyan. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Olerud, Michele

Dec 3

Todd Reynolds: Still Life with Microphone

08:00 pm

Violinist Todd Reynolds performs music written for him by R. Luke DuBois, Assistant Professor of Music Paula Matthusen, and David Lang. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Center for the Arts

Dec 2

Chinese Music Ensemble

07:00 pm

The Chinese Music Ensemble presents traditional and contemporary repertoire under the direction of graduate music student Joy Lu. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Wesleyan Chinese Music Ensemble Concert

07:00 pm

The Chinese Music Ensemble presents traditional and contemporary repertoire under the direction of graduate music student Joy Lu. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Lu, Chia-Yu Joy

Winter Songs: Koliada and Music From the Carpathian Mountains

08:00 pm

The Koliadnyky, five male singers from the Carpathian Mountains in western Ukraine, will sing traditional winter songs from the village of Kryvorivnia, accompanied by a troista (trio) of instrumentalists, and special guests including bandurist Julian Kytasty, members of Hartford's Yevshan Choir and Wesleyans own a cappella group, Slavei. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Lu, Chia-Yu Joy

Nov 21

A Conversation and Workshop with Brooklyn Rider

02:00 pm

String quartet Brooklyn Rider will talk about their groundbreaking multi-disciplinary project The Brooklyn Rider Almanac, followed by a workshop performance by Wesleyan's student-run strings chamber collective, the F Holes. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Center for the Arts and Music Department

Brooklyn Rider

08:00 pm

Hailed as the future of chamber music (Strings), groundbreaking string quartet Brooklyn Rider performs works by Franz Schubert, Bill Frisell, Vijay Iyer, Glenn Kotche, and a U.S. premiere by Assistant Professor of Music Paula Matthusen. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department and Center for the Arts

Nov 20

Hard Data Redux

08:00 pm

R. Luke DuBois presents a generative composition for musicians that uses data sets and real-time information as the basis for its score. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Nov 17

TED/Mencken

09:00 pm

"TED/Mencken" is a live recitation rendered breathless through circuitry and interleaved with explanatory digressions in the manner of a TED talk. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Kuivila, Ronald J.

Nov 15

Mad Rush: Pianist Lisa Moore plays Philip Glass

03:00 pm

Private Lessons Teacher Lisa Mooreperforms highlights from the Philip Glass solo piano collection featured on her new album"Mad Rush." For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Nov 12

In Conversation: Luke DuBois and Reid Farrington

05:00 pm

New media artist, theater director, and designer Reid Farrington in conversation with composer, artist, and performer R. Luke DuBois. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Roos-Brown, Erinn

Nov 10

Ron Shalom Grad Concert

09:00 pm

Dick wants just one thing for his last meal. A semi-staged abstraction of a nihilo-pornography-in-progress set in dialogue with Carolee Schneemann's 1965 film "Fuses." Presented by graduate music student Ron Shalom. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Shalom, Ron Chanan

Nov 7

R. Luke DuBois: In Real Time Curator Talk and Gallery Walkthrough

02:00 pm

Join "R. Luke DuBois: In Real Time" exhibition guest curator Lauren Rosati for a talk and walk through the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery from 2pm to 3pm. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Art and Art History

46 Years of Adzenyah at Wesleyan: West African Drumming and its Role in Liberal Arts Education

03:00 pm

Ghanaian master drummer and Adjunct Professor of Music Abraham Adzenyah is retiring after 46 years at Wesleyan. Join alumni and Mr. Adzenyah's students as they reflect on Mr. Adzenyahs influence on them and the trajectory of their lives. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Art and Art History

West African Drumming and Dance Workshop

07:30 pm

Adjunct Professor of Music Abraham Adzenyah and Artist in Residence Iddi Saaka teach a joyful and engaging workshop in Ghanaian drumming and dance. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Art and Art History

West African Drumming and Dance Share

09:00 pm

Students from the 7:30pm workshop give an informal performance of what they have learned, joined by Adjunct Professor of Music Abraham Adzenyah and alumni on drums. Followed by a performance by current Wesleyan students. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Art and Art History

Nov 3

Cleek Schrey

09:00 pm

Experience graduate music student Cleek Schrey's realisation of John Cage's graphic score "Variations II" for violin and six loudspeakers, alongside original compositions and improvisations. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Schrey, Erwin Cleek

Nov 1

This is it! Part VII

03:00 pm

John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce performs the world premiere of "Memories of Phoolan;" and guitarist Thomas Schuttenhelm performs the world premiere of Mr. Bruces "The Sacred Guitar." For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Bruce, Neely

Oct 20

Grad Concert: Cecilia Lopez

09:00 pm

A concert of music by Gustavo Ribicic (for mixed media and small ensemble) and video/sound pieces by Cecilia Lopez. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Lopez, Cecilia

Oct 18

Wesleyan University Orchestra and Choir

03:00 pm

The Wesleyan University Orchestra and Wesleyan Concert Choir, with pianist Brian Fairley, and Wesleyan Private Lessons Teachers Libby Van Cleve on English horn and Peter Standaart on flute, present music by Johannes Brahms, Daniel Elder, Arthur Honegger, Carl Nielsen, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Lopez, Cecilia

Oct 17

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

08:00 pm

Violinist Martin Hayes and guitarist Dennis Cahill perform adventurous interpretations of traditional Irish tunes with irresistible rhythm. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Lopez, Cecilia

Oct 10

Navaratri Sri Rajesh Vaidya

04:00 pm

Sri Rajhesh Vaidya's veena (plucked string instrument) playing will be accompanied by two mridangam players, plus tabla and gatam as part of the 39th annual Navaratri Festival. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Oravec, Hanna G.

Dinner: Navaratri Bhojanum

06:30 pm

Treat yourself to vegetarian Indian delicacies at the 39 annual Navaratri Festivals Bhojanam (Feast) following the 4pm concert by Sri Rajesh Vaidya . For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Oravec, Hanna G.

Oct 9

Navaratri Vocal Music of South India

08:00 pm

Vocalist and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan is joined by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music David Nelson on mridangam and violinist K.V.S. Vinay as part of the 39th annual Navaratri Festival. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Oravec, Hanna G.

Oct 7

Colloquium: Prof. Hari Krishnan and Prof. B. Balasubrahmaniyan Eroticism, Metaphor, and Music in South Indian Court Dance

04:15 pm

A talk and performance by Assistant Professor of Dance Hari Krishnan and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan as part of the 39th annual Navaratri Festival. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Oravec, Hanna G.

Oct 1

Luke DuBois Conversation with Sara Hendren

05:00 pm

Artist, design researcher, and Olin College Assistant Professor of Design Sara Hendren will be in conversation with composer, artist, and performer R. Luke DuBois. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Roos-Brown, Erinn

Sep 23

Zimbabwean Mbira Music

08:00 pm

Musician, singer, song-writer, composer, author and teacher Chartwell Dutiro performs a evening concert of mbira music from Zimbabwe. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Charry, Eric S.

Sep 18

Workshop with Nicholas Payton

04:15 pm

Sponsor: Oravec, Hanna G.

Nicholas Payton Pre-concert Talk

07:15 pm

Pre-concert talk by Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble Coach Noah Baerman at 7:15pm

Sponsor: Oravec, Hanna G.

Nicholas Payton Trio featuring Vicente Archer and Herlin Riley

08:00 pm

Grammy Award-winning trumpet player Nicholas Payton performs with his Trio featuring bassist Gerald Cannon and drummer Herlin Riley. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Oravec, Hanna G.

Sep 16

Luke DuBois Artist Talk

04:30 pm

Genre-defying composer, artist, and performer R. Luke DuBois discusses "In Real Time," the first major gallery presentation of his work. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Backlund, Anya Morgan

Luke DuBois Opening Reception

05:30 pm

Genre-defying composer, artist, and performer R. Luke DuBois creates maps, scores, and videos that use real-time data flows and media footage to raise questions of artistic agency, privacy, and fair use. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Backlund, Anya Morgan

Jul 25

Blackbird: A Benefit Concert for the Stephanie Nelson Memorial Scholarship Fund

08:00 pm

An "all-star band" will be performing The Beatles' White Album (1968) in its entirety as a benefit concert to create a scholarship fund in memory of Stephanie Nelson. Funds raised will go towards Middlesex Community College students in support of internships at Wesleyan University. $45 dinner and concert; $25 concert only. There is a limited number of $45 tickets available for a dinner which will be held from 5pm to 7pm before the evening concert at Wesleyan University. The dinner will take place in the Pavilion at Middlesex Community College , located at 100 Training Hill Road in Middletown, Connecticut. For $45 tickets for the combined dinner and concert: please call (860) 882-9415 or (860) 983-8625. $25 concert only tickets are available at the following locations: -- Nardelli's Grinder Shoppe , 396 Washington Street, Middletown, CT 06457 -- Illiano's Ristorante & Pizzeria , 534 Washington Street, Middletown, CT 06457 The "all-star" band will include drummer Andy Chatfield , bassist Mark Crino, and saxophonist Eric DellaVecchia of Stanley Maxwell ; Jeff Howard (the founding guitarist from the band The McLovins ); lead vocalist Julie Corbalis ; James Anderson of Jean-Claude Trans/Am on percussion; keyboard player Glen Nelson (of Spaghetti Cake and High Adventure ); lead vocalist Alice-Anne Harwood Sherrill and backup vocalist Shona Kerr (of The Future Heavies ); Shawn Persinger (guitarist for Prester John , 11twelve13 , The Luck Pushers , and Boud Deun ); Claire Tuxill McKenney on French horn; saxophonist Dustin Kreidler; Jennifer Berman on flute; Catherine Rousseau on clarinet and saxophone; Matthew Russo on trombone;John Gaiser on tuba; Nick Di Maria on trumpet; Dan Fecteau on violin; Ravenna Michalsen on cello; Wesleyan University Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina on viola; and Megan Sesma on harp. Join this event on Facebook here . If you cannot attend the event, but would like to make a donation instead, please make checks payable to the "MXCC College Foundation," with a note in the subject line that clearly states that it is for the "Stephanie Nelson Scholarship Fund." Donations can also be made by visiting mxcc.edu/donate and adding a note that clearly states that it is for

Sponsor: Backlund, Anya Morgan

Benefit for Stephanie Nelson Memorial Scholarship

08:00 pm

Sponsor: Chatfield, Andrew R.

Jul 23

Work-In-Progress Showing of "/peh-LO-tah/" and Conversation with Marc Bamuthi Joseph

08:00 pm

Marc Bamuthi Joseph returns to Wesleyan with a free work-in-progress showing of /peh-LO-tah/ a collaborative work featuring spoken word poetry, dance, music, and shadow animation. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Oravec, Hanna G.

Jul 16

Regina Carter Quartet

08:00 pm

Jazz violinist Regina Carter returns to Wesleyan with the U.S. debut of her Quartet featuring guitarist Marvin Sewell , bassist Chris Lightcap , and drummer Alvester Garnett . For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Oravec, Hanna G.

Jul 12

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

03:00 pm

John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce presents the sixth in a series of CD-length recitals of his piano music, featuring a work inspired by Erik Satie ( Furniture Music in the Form of Fifty Rag Licks ); Esercizi (five extended minimalist pieces, without titles); the world premiere of Four Friendly Fugues (for Janet [Bruce, ne Gross], Anna Barron, Joyce Hubbard, and Mary Burgess); and bits of Mr. Bruce's preteen effusions. To commemorate the 198th anniversary of the birth of Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817), Mr. Bruce will perform a special improvisation; and guest artist baritone Christopher Grundy will perform the song Thoreau by Charles Ives. This recital will include a brief intermission and refreshments.

Sponsor: Shore, Deborah A.

Jul 1

Las Cafeteras

07:00 pm

Enjoy the urban folk of Las Cafeteras from East Los Angeles! The band fuses traditional Afro-Mexican music with alternative sounds.

Sponsor: Oravec, Hanna G.

Las Cafeteras

07:00 pm

Sponsor: Oravec, Hanna G.

Las Cafeteras RAIN SITE

07:00 pm

Sponsor: Oravec, Hanna G.

Jun 7

Rehearsal

09:00 am

Sponsor: Chatfield, Andrew R.