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

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.

May 23

Celtic Diaspora music event with Kitchen Ceili, and North Indian vocal with Stan Scott '97

07:30 pm

Kitchen (kich-en) n: a room for the preparation of foodCeili (kay-lee) n: an informal gathering for music, dance, stories, and song. As their name implies, the Irish/New England band Kitchen Ceili aims to serve up healthy portions of spirited tunes and songs in an atmosphere of unpretentious good humor. Their repertoire includes the driving reels and lilting jigs and hornpipes one would find in an Irish pub session, as well as stately waltzes, slow airs, and old and new songs of emigrants, soldiers, lovers, lawyers and computer programmers from both sides of the Atlantic. The band features George Wilson on fiddle, banjo and vocals, Dora Hast '94 on tin whistle and recorders, and Stan Scott '97 on guitar, mandolin, banjo, and vocals. A native of Hudson Falls, New York, George Wilson is a talented multi-instrumentalist whose repertoire is drawn from a wide variety of traditional and folk styles from New England, the Adirondacks, Quebec, Cape Breton, Ireland, Scotland, and Shetland. Dora Hast has collected a unique repertoire of traditional tin whistle tunes through several trips to Ireland. Her book Music in Ireland (Oxford University Press), co-authored with her band-mate and husband Stan Scott, is a standard resource in Irish music studies. She has an M.M. in Music Education from the New England Conservatory of Music, and wrote her doctoral dissertation on New England contra dance music. Stan Scott is a composer, singer, guitarist, and instrumentalist, whose eclectic musical interests have led him many times to Ireland where he has lectured and performed at the Willie Clancy Summer School and the Clare Festival of Traditional Singing, and to India where he has widely performed. In 2011, Stan was honored with the Mumbai Music Forum award for his contribution to Indian music. He teaches Hindustani music at Yale and Wesleyan (where he also teaches mandolin, banjo and guitar), and teaches many members of Connecticut's South Asian community through his Rangila School of Music. His Ph.D dissertation (Wesleyan 1997) focused on vocal training in northern India.Kitchen Ceili's performance...was one of the highlights of the Summer Series.- B. Joan Hickey, Director, Center for Creative Youth, Wesleyan University

Sponsor: Arts

May 9

Feet to the Fire: Riverfront Encounter

12:00 pm

Spend an afternoon at Feet to the Fire: Riverfront Encounter, featuring live music, visual art installations, plein air painters, a kids' activity zone, environmental education exhibits, a craft fair, farmer's market, and much more to bring you closer to the rich culture, history, and science of the Connecticut River.

Sponsor: Arts

May 8

West African Drumming and Dance Concert

03:00 pm

An invigorating performance filled with the rhythms of West Africa, featuring choreographer Iddi Saaka and master drummer Abraham Adzenyah with their students in three levels of West African Dance courses, plus guest artists.

Sponsor: Arts

MUSC 220 Final Concert

08:00 pm

Final concert of electronic and media works by students in Music 220, Composing, Performing, and Listening to Experimental Music, taught by Chair of the Music Department, University Professor of Music, and Director of the Electronic Music and Recording Studios Ronald Kuivila.

Sponsor: Arts

May 7

Annual Organ Romp

10:00 pm

The annual Organ Romp features wacky and wild programming: silly music, unlikely music to be played on the organ, new music, guest artists, and a themed costume suggestion. Come join the fun.

Sponsor: Arts

May 5

Wesleyan Chamber Music Concert

12:00 pm

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

Sponsor: Arts

South Indian Voice and Solkattu

07:00 pm

Students of Adjunct Assistant Professors of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan and 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).

Sponsor: Arts

WesWinds Spring Concert

08:00 pm

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

Sponsor: Arts

May 4

Ebony Singers Spring Concert

08:00 pm

An evening of great gospel music by Wesleyan's Ebony Singers under the direction of Dr. Marichal Monts '85 will sooth your soul and lift your spirits.

Sponsor: Arts

May 3

Wesleyan Concert Choir

03:00 pm

The Wesleyan Concert Choir, conducted by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina, will perform Theodore Dubois' Requiem for Solo Voices and Chorus with Organ, featuring University Organist and Artist in Residence Ronald Ebrecht.

Sponsor: Arts

Middle Kingdom in Middletown: A Night of Chinese Music

07:00 pm

The Chinese Music Ensemble presents their spring semester concert including music from traditional and contemporary repertoire. Co-directed by graduate students Joy Lu and Ender Terwilliger.

Sponsor: Arts

May 2

Wesleyan University Orchestra featuring Concerto Competition Winners

08:00 pm

The Wesleyan University Orchestra, under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina, presents a winning dish from October 2014's a la carte menus--the audience voted for Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition--and the winners of the Wesleyan University Concerto Competition: Josh Davidoff '18, clarinet; Harim Jung '16, double bass; Paula Tartell '18, piano.

Sponsor: Arts

Senior Recital: Zachary Kantor

09:00 pm

A senior music recital by Zachary Kantor, In Return.

Sponsor: Arts

May 1

Experimental Music for Vocal Quartet

08:00 pm

Four members of the New York Virtuoso Singers, conducted by Harold Rosenbaum, will present a concert of new and recent music for voice by Wesleyan graduate students and others.Featuring vocalists Eliza Bagg, Suzanne Schwing, Michael Steinberger, and John Rose; and compositions by Johannes Ockeghem; premieres by Wesleyan's John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce; graduate students Cleek Schrey, Ron Shalom, Hallie Blejewski, Cecilia Lopez, and Dina Maccabee; and Ben Zucker '15.

Sponsor: Arts

Apr 30

Javanese Gamelan

07:00 pm

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

Sponsor: Arts

Wesleyan Taiko Concert

09:00 pm

Beginning, intermediate, and advanced students in the Taiko Drumming Ensemble perform 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.

Sponsor: Arts

Apr 29

Collegium Musicum

08:00 pm

The Collegium Musicum is a performance-based chamber vocal ensemble dedicated to exploring and performing sacred and secular music from the western European canon, particularly music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and early Baroque periods.This concert will feature Tomas Luis de Victoria's Missa O Magnum Mysterium. The movements of this larger work will be interpolated with small sets of madrigals and motets. The Collegium Musicum, directed by Visiting Instructor in Music Robert Strebendt, will be joined by harpsichordist Simon Jacobs.

Sponsor: Arts

Apr 26

Senior Recital: Vivian Deng

03:00 pm

A senior cello recital by Vivian Deng.

Sponsor: Arts

WesleyPan Steelband Spring Concert

06:00 pm

WesleyPan, the Wesleyan University Steelband, will present a selection of music from popular, classical, and folk traditions in Trinidad.

Sponsor: Arts

Senior Recital: Christopher Sailor and Zack Cohen

08:00 pm

A senior music recital by Christopher Sailor and Zack Cohen, Diving.

Sponsor: Arts

Apr 25

Noah Baerman Resonance Ensemble

08:00 pm

The Noah Baerman Resonance Ensemble presents the world premiere of his extended work The Rock and the Redemption as part of the 14th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend. There will be short opening set by Wesleyan jazz students performing works by Mr. Baerman

Sponsor: Arts

Apr 24

Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble

07:00 pm

The Wesleyan University Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble, directed by Noah Baerman, present an exciting evening of jazz repetoire by Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Wayne Shorter, and others. This event is part of the 14th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend.

Sponsor: Arts

Wayang Kulit: Javanese Puppet Play

08:00 pm

University Professor of Music and dhalang (puppet master) Sumarsam and the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, directed by Artist in Residence I.M. Harjito, will present a Javanese wayang kulit, the puppet play employing intricately carved leather puppets, accompanied by an ensemble of instrumentalists and vocalists.

Sponsor: Arts

Senior Recital: Jacob Feder

09:00 pm

A senior music recital by Jacob Feder, All is Fair.

Sponsor: Arts

Apr 22

Music Department Colloquium: Noah Baerman

04:15 pm

Visiting Instructor in Music Noah Baerman discusses the philosophical origins and musical development of his suite The Rock and the Redemption in anticipation of its premiere performance on Saturday April 25. The piece re-imagines the myth of Sisyphus as an inspiring tale of dignity and perseverance through seemingly insurmountable adversity. This event is part of the 14th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend.

Sponsor: Arts

This is How we Fly

08:00 pm

This is How we Fly perform folk and improvised music from Dublin, Ireland during their Connecticut debut on their first tour of the United States.

Sponsor: Arts

Apr 21

Jonathan Zorn: Language as Dust

08:00 pm

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Jonathan Zorn presents two composition for speech and electronics, Language as Dust and Perforation.

Sponsor: Arts

Apr 19

Graduate Recital: Jason Brogan

03:00 pm

A graduate thesis musical recital by Jason Brogan, including an installation and reading performance.

Sponsor: Arts

Apr 18

The Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Piano Recital

02:00 pm

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

Sponsor: Arts

Senior Recital: J. Parker Wilson

07:00 pm

A senior music recital by J. Parker Wilson, In the Willow Garden, a performance of American folk songs arranged for a small jazz ensemble.

Sponsor: Arts

Senior Recital: Raechel Rosen

08:00 pm

A senior music recital by Raechel Rosen, Lodia.

Sponsor: Arts

Apr 17

Senior Recital: Raechel Rosen

08:00 pm

A senior music recital by Raechel Rosen, Lodia.

Sponsor: Arts

Apr 16

Senior Recital: Raechel Rosen

08:00 pm

A senior music recital by Raechel Rosen, Lodia.

Sponsor: Arts

Mabuhay

08:00 pm

Mabuhay is a Filipino greeting, which carries various meanings including, May you live! and Welcome! Mabuhay at Wesleyan is an Asian and Asian American Show that celebrates the diverse cultures on campus. The show seeks to provide a performance space for Wesleyan's Asian/Asian American community in order to celebrate the talent and unique perspectives of this special community. Mabuhay also serves as a platform on which the voices of these students can be heard. Join us as we celebrate diversity at Wes!

Sponsor: Arts

Apr 12

Senior Recital: Jaime de Venecia

07:00 pm

A senior music recital by Jaime de Venecia, empty_mirror, a conceptual electronic music project examining the theme of reflections in a postmodern era. Set in a shadowy, futuristic world, a focus on introspection and the self will be highlighted.

Sponsor: Arts

Apr 11

Senior Recital: Robert Don

07:00 pm

A senior music recital by Robert Don, Humble: An Indie Game Expo.

Sponsor: Arts

Senior Recital: Tim Gallivan

09:00 pm

A senior music recital by Tim Gallivan, Let There Be Light!

Sponsor: Arts

Apr 10

Contra Dance

08:00 pm

Sponsor: Arts

The Nile Project

08:00 pm

The Connecticut premiere of The Nile Project features a dozen musicians drawn from countries along the Nile Basin - including Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Uganda - performing collaboratively composed songs, intertwining diverse traditions into a unified sound that is joyous and even raucous (NPR Music).

Sponsor: Arts

Apr 9

Senior Recital: Eriq Robinson

07:00 pm

A senior music recital by Eriq Robinson, The Reality Ends Here: Beginning of the End.

Sponsor: Arts

Senior Recital: Jacob Masters

09:00 pm

A senior music recital by Jacob Masters, Exploring F#.

Sponsor: Arts

Apr 3

Senior Recital: Oluwaseun Odubiro (Crowell Concert Hall)

07:00 pm

A senior music recital by Oluwaseun Odubiro, Flies Flucht.

Sponsor: Arts

Apr 1

The Universal Flute: Old and New Music for the Shakuhachi

08:00 pm

Asian Cutural Council Senior Advisor Ralph Samuelson MA '71 performs traditional music on shakuhachi (Japanese flute), followed by a performance with dancer/choreographer Eiko Otake.

Sponsor: Arts

Mar 29

Music of Survival

01:30 pm

Sponsor: Arts

Senior Recital: Merry Li

03:00 pm

A senior music recital by Merry Li, offering a glimpse into the social and artistic life of the average person during the cultural revolution in China. Revolutionary songs are both weapons of propaganda and shields from harsh realities. They contain inciting and indoctrinating lyrics that were aimed at educating the masses, and were often sang with genuine passion.

Sponsor: Arts

Dina Maccabee

07:00 pm

Graduate Thesis Recital including works for instrumental and vocal ensembles

Sponsor: Arts

Mar 28

Senior Recital: Ming Zhu

07:00 pm

A senior music recital by Ming Zhu, featuring the guqin, an ancient Chinese plucked string instrument with a history of over 5,000 years. The program will includes solos and duets with other instrumentalists and singers.

Sponsor: Arts

Mar 27

Omnia Hegazy

08:00 pm

Singer-songwriter Omnia Hegazy combines guitar-driven American pop/rock and Arabic folk.This event is part of Muslim Women's Voices at Wesleyan.

Sponsor: Arts

Mar 24

Graduate Recital: Daniel Fishkin

09:00 pm

A graduate music recital by Daniel Fishkin, Composing the Tinnitus Suites (2015).

Sponsor: Arts

Mar 5

Senior Recital: Ben Zucker

07:00 pm

A senior music recital by Ben Zucker, 'Poetics in Motion.'

Sponsor: Arts

Mar 1

Stanley Maxwell

03:00 pm

Hearing this quartet bop their way through their own brand of modern jazz is like a cleanser for the overexposed mind, as the four players manage to create an ensemble-sized sound with a wealth of nuance and compositional thoughtfulness.--Home Grown Music NetworkThe Connecticut-based quartet Stanley Maxwell plays original music that blends tight arrangements with intricate group improvisation. The conservatory-trained group of musicians features Andy Chatfield on drumset and percussion, Mark Crino on bass, Eric DellaVecchia on alto saxophone, and Evan Green on piano and melodica.The group has built a grassroots name for themselves at colleges and festivals throughout the northeast since 2001, combining the virtuosic and the simple into a visceral concoction, which helped lead to their winning Best Jazz Band in the Hartford Advocate's Grand Band Slam Readers' Poll in 2007, 2009, and 2010.Mousetrap is an eleven-bar blues influenced by Thelonious Monk from their debut album Don't Wake The Baby! The band's recording of the composition by pianist Evan Green attracted international attention, including Mousetrap winning Best Jazz Song in the 7th annual Independent Music Awards in December 2007. This event is part of the Music at The Russell House series.

Sponsor: Arts

Feb 28

Wesleyan University Orchestra: CATcerto and Musical Beasts

01:00 pm

A children's concert featuring very special guest Nora the Piano Cat and an orchestral suite from the animated Disney/Pixar movie 'Up!' (2009), performed by the Wesleyan University Orchestra under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina.

Sponsor: Arts

Feb 27

Contra Dance

08:00 pm

Sponsor: Arts

Tari Aceh! Music and Dance from Northern Sumatra

08:00 pm

Pre-performance talk by Wesleyan graduate student Maho Ishiguro and Ari Palawi, Program Coordinator, Syiah Kuala University's Center for the Arts, at 7:15pmThe Connecticut premiere of 'Tari Aceh! (Dance Aceh!)' featuring a group of nine female performers from Aceh, Indonesia on their first-ever tour of the United States. Their dances, inherited from their ancestors, are stunning in their synchronicity. They include rhythmic body percussion and the singing of both Islamic liturgical and folk texts, accompanied by percussion. The dancers are between the ages of 14 and 24, and study at Syiah Kuala University on the northernmost tip of Sumatra, Indonesia. A Breaking Ground Dance Series event presented by the Dance Department and the Center for the Arts. Presented in association with the Asia Society, New York. This event is also part of the Performing Arts Series, as well as 'Muslim Women's Voices at Wesleyan.'

Sponsor: Arts

Feb 25

Panel Discussion: Expressing and Contesting Indonesia-Islam Encounters in Performing Arts - Dance and Music in Aceh

04:15 pm

Organized and moderated by University Professor of Music Sumarsam, this panel will discuss performing art as a space for expressing Indonesia-Islam encounters. The panel discussion will be followed by an informal presentation of the music and dance of Indonesia. This event is part of 'Muslim Women's Voices at Wesleyan.'

Sponsor: Arts