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April

Senior Recital: Sarah Linsly
Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 4:00pm
Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown
A senior music recital by Sarah Linsly ’24. The vocal concert will explore the idea of “I Want” in classical musical theater repertoire. She will also perform a few selections that she has written.
SUM OF ITS PARTS Closes [NEW DATE]
Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 8:00am
Class of 1928 Vitrines, First Floor, Wesleyan Library, 252 Church Street, Middletown
Four vitrines (glass display cases) feature unique projects by student-curators on dance, music, theater, and the visual arts at Wesleyan University. Curated by graduate student Marina Díaz Cañedo-Argüelles, Nallely (Ellie) Salinas ’24, Emerson Jenisch ’25, and Loren Yuehan Wang ’25.
Spring Dance Concert
Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 7:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street, Middletown
Wesleyan students across different class years perform a collection of new works choreographed by students in the course DANC250 “Dance Composition: Choreography Workshop” taught by Associate Professor of the Practice in Dance Doug Elkins. Featuring works by Angelica Crown '25, Emma Clayton '25, Mitchell Gilman '26, Avivi Li '26, Ivan Lopez '26, and Pema Cunnyngham-Mansfield '25.
Spring Dance Concert
Friday, April 19, 2024 at 7:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street, Middletown
Wesleyan students across different class years perform a collection of new works choreographed by students in the course DANC250 “Dance Composition: Choreography Workshop” taught by Associate Professor of the Practice in Dance Doug Elkins. Featuring works by Angelica Crown '25, Emma Clayton '25, Mitchell Gilman '26, Avivi Li '26, Ivan Lopez '26, and Pema Cunnyngham-Mansfield '25.
Reception: Senior Thesis Exhibitions Week Four
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 4:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
The reception for the fourth week of the annual Senior Thesis Exhibitions, held from 4pm to 6pm. Featuring works by seniors in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History: Eliza Austin, Ish Sillah, Claudia Kunney, Varia Voloshin, and Eleonor Andersson.
Graduate Recital: Nat Baldwin
Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall
A graduate music recital by Nat Baldwin, featuring cross-disciplinary works for spoken text and multiple instruments, as well as a new piece for solo double bass.
Book Launch and Reading: Katherine Brewer Ball
Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at 5:30pm
Smith Reading Room, Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church Street, Middletown
The Theater Department presents a gathering in celebration of Assistant Professor of Theater and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Katherine Brewer Ball’s new book The Only Way Out: The Racial and Sexual Performance of Escape (Duke University Press).
Spring Festival of New Theater Works: Find The Moon [NEW TIME]
Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 8:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
Find the Moon is an original fictional musical written by Sonia Guan '24 as a senior project in musical theater writing. Project advised by Visiting Artists in Residence in Theater Robert Baumgartner and Nathan Dame.
Senior Recital: Kriti Williams
Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 7:30pm
The Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown
A senior music recital by Kriti Williams ’24 featuring original compositions based on Western classical music and South Indian and Central Asian traditions.
Spring Festival of New Theater Works: Oh, Muffy! [NEW TIME]
Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 6:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
Written by Vincent Langan '24. Project advised by Assistant Professor of the Practice in Theater Edwin Sanchez.
Spring Festival of New Theater Works: Find The Moon [NEW TIME]
Friday, April 12, 2024 at 8:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
Find the Moon is an original fictional musical written by Sonia Guan '24 as a senior project in musical theater writing. Project advised by Visiting Artists in Residence in Theater Robert Baumgartner and Nathan Dame.
Spring Festival of New Theater Works: Oh, Muffy! [NEW TIME]
Friday, April 12, 2024 at 6:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
Written by Vincent Langan '24. Project advised by Assistant Professor of the Practice in Theater Edwin Sanchez.
Digital Collection Launch: Bardic Tradition of Turkmenistan and Iran
Friday, April 12, 2024 at 12:00pm
Smith Reading Room, Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church Street, Middletown
Mohammad Geldi Geldi Nejad, known as “Oghlan Bakhshi,” a master of the dutar, a two-stringed lute, and an epic bard, will introduce a digital project based on a decade of study in Turkmenistan and fieldwork among Northern Khorasan bards during the summer of 2022 in Iran.
Hana Van Der Kolk: Weirding Desire Workshop
Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 1:20pm
Theater Department
Experiencing desire is a very, very big feature of being human, as is internalizing fears and limitations around desire. Taking cues from Audre Lorde’s ideas about the erotic as power, in this workshop we experientially study desire so that we might cultivate more intimacy with ourselves, others, our work, and the whole heartbreaking/heartbreakingly beautiful world. The workshop is from 1:20pm to 4:10pm.
The Art of Boredom: Performative Lecture by Savannah Knoop - A Specific Form of Touch
Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at 5:00pm
Fayerweather Beckham Hall, Rehearsal Studio 106, 55 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown
"The Art of Boredom" series concludes with a performative lecture by Savannah Knoop, a New York-based artist and writer whose practice traces questions of intimacy, storytelling, and choreography within power relationships.
Reception: Senior Thesis Exhibitions Week Three
Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at 4:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
The reception for the third week of the annual Senior Thesis Exhibitions, held from 4pm to 6pm. Featuring works by seniors in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History: Sasha Detiger, Willow May Frohardt, Dylan Ng, Emma Wilson, Alex Weidenfeld, and Emlyn Mileaf-Patel.
Film Screening and Discussion with Artists: No Rule is Our Rule
Tuesday, April 9, 2024 at 7:30pm
Powell Family Cinema, The Jeanine Basinger Center for Film Studies, 301 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut
A screening of the documentary film No Rule is Our Rule (2023) will be followed by a discussion with the directors and producers, Visiting Artist in Residence in the Dance Department Eiko Otake and Wen Hui.
The Art of Boredom: Workshop with Ben Ross Davis - Moving as Thing
Monday, April 8, 2024 at 5:00pm
Fayerweather Beckham Hall, Rehearsal Studio 106, 55 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown
Building on the writing of André Lepecki and his text on "Moving as Thing," artist Ben Ross Davis invites the audience to work with an item from home to inspire a simple movement in the second of three events in "The Art of Boredom" series.
Spring Faculty Dance Concert [NEW TIME]
Saturday, April 6, 2024 at 7:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street, Middletown
New works will be presented by Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Eury German ’16, Associate Professor and Chair of the Dance Department Katja Kolcio, Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Five Ihza Marchiano, and the Red Line Collective.
imagin/ing: a senior project in devised ensemble collaboration [SOLD OUT]
Saturday, April 6, 2024 at 7:00pm
The Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown
imagin/ing is an immersive exploration into how experimental performance art can serve as a transformative tool on the journey towards QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color) liberation. A Senior Theater Capstone in devised ensemble collaboration directed by Alisha Simmons ’24 and created in collaboration with Xiran Tan ’24, Xingyan Guo ’25, Bre Jordan ’27, and Nina Kibria ’27.
Symposium—“Wesleyan in the 1830s: Historic Preservation and the Stories We Choose To Tell”
Saturday, April 6, 2024 at 9:00am
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall and various locations around campus
This free two-day symposium initiates a conversation regarding several domestic properties of historical significance located on the Wesleyan campus and how they can lend deeper insight into the practices of slavery, trade, and emancipation that served as the geographical and intellectual foundation for the University.
Donald Berman Piano Concert: Other Transcendentalists
Friday, April 5, 2024 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Pianist Donald Berman ’84 returns to Wesleyan to perform a solo piano program, which pairs two works by 20th-century iconoclast composer Charles Ives (1874-1954), in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Ives' birth, with four newly commissioned musical portraits of women who were pivotal figures in American Transcendentalism, written by Eve Beglarian, David Sanford, Marti Epstein, and Elena Ruehr. This concert will be the world premiere of Eve Beglarian’s work "as syllable from sound."
Spring Faculty Dance Concert [NEW TIME]
Friday, April 5, 2024 at 7:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street, Middletown
New works will be presented by Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Eury German ’16, Associate Professor and Chair of the Dance Department Katja Kolcio, Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Five Ihza Marchiano, and the Red Line Collective.
imagin/ing: a senior project in devised ensemble collaboration [SOLD OUT]
Friday, April 5, 2024 at 7:00pm
The Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown
imagin/ing is an immersive exploration into how experimental performance art can serve as a transformative tool on the journey towards QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color) liberation. A Senior Theater Capstone in devised ensemble collaboration directed by Alisha Simmons ’24 and created in collaboration with Xiran Tan ’24, Xingyan Guo ’25, Bre Jordan ’27, and Nina Kibria ’27.
Symposium—“Wesleyan in the 1830s: Historic Preservation and the Stories We Choose To Tell”
Friday, April 5, 2024 at 6:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall and various locations around campus
This free two-day symposium initiates a conversation regarding several domestic properties of historical significance located on the Wesleyan campus and how they can lend deeper insight into the practices of slavery, trade, and emancipation that served as the geographical and intellectual foundation for the University.
Exhibition Opening: Finding the Spirit of Inanga: A Gallery of African Musical Instruments
Friday, April 5, 2024 at 12:00pm
Smith Reading Room, Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church Street, Middletown
A lunch-time exhibition opening for Finding the Spirit of Inanga: A Gallery of African Musical Instruments, a project curated by music graduate student Chance Kinyange.
imagin/ing: a senior project in devised ensemble collaboration [SOLD OUT]
Thursday, April 4, 2024 at 7:00pm
The Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown
imagin/ing is an immersive exploration into how experimental performance art can serve as a transformative tool on the journey towards QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color) liberation. A Senior Theater Capstone in devised ensemble collaboration directed by Alisha Simmons ’24 and created in collaboration with Xiran Tan ’24, Xingyan Guo ’25, Bre Jordan ’27, and Nina Kibria ’27.
Music Department Colloquium: Nye Ffarrabas —“60 Years in Fluxus and Terminal Ironies”
Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at 4:30pm
Boger Hall 112

Sculptor, musician, and conceptual artist Nye Ffarrabas gives a talk entitled “60 Years in Fluxus and Terminal Ironies.”

Reception: Senior Thesis Exhibitions Week Two
Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at 4:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
The reception for the second week of the annual Senior Thesis Exhibitions, held from 4pm to 6pm. Featuring works by seniors in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History: Spencer Klink, Isabella Amenta, Kathy Liang, Coco Brooks, Helen Townsend, and Finnian Spring Kassell Osborne.
The Art of Boredom: Artist Talk and Workshop with Elliot Reed
Monday, April 1, 2024 at 5:00pm
Fayerweather Beckham Hall, Rehearsal Studio 106, 55 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown
"The Art of Boredom" series begins with a talk and workshop by artist Elliot Reed which combines contemporary art, movement, and performance.
Bach at Noon
Monday, April 1, 2024 at 12:15pm
Highwaymen Common Room, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, 300 High Street
A series of performances of selected works by Johann Sebastian Bach, with John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce on piano and commentary by Professor of Music and Dean of the Arts and Humanities Roger Grant, followed by a discussion with the audience.

March

Spring Senior Thesis Dance Concert: ENCOUNTER
Saturday, March 30, 2024 at 7:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street, Middletown
Senior choreographers present a collection of new works as part of the culminating capstone project of the dance major.
Spring Senior Thesis Dance Concert: ENCOUNTER
Saturday, March 30, 2024 at 2:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street, Middletown
Senior choreographers present a collection of new works as part of the culminating capstone project of the dance major.
Spring Senior Thesis Dance Concert: ENCOUNTER
Friday, March 29, 2024 at 7:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street, Middletown
Senior choreographers present a collection of new works as part of the culminating capstone project of the dance major.
Music Department Colloquium: Donald Berman—“Challenging Authority in Editing Ives”
Thursday, March 28, 2024 at 4:30pm
Adzenyah Rehearsal Hall, Room 003 (Daltry Room), 60 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown

Pianist Donald Berman ’84 will speak about “Challenging Authority in Editing Ives.” Berman currently serves as Chair of Keyboard Studies at Longy School of Music of Bard College, and leads Tufts University's New Music Ensemble. He is also President and Treasurer of the Charles Ives Society. On Friday, April 5, Berman returns to Wesleyan to perform a free solo piano concert in Crowell Concert Hall.

Reception: Senior Thesis Exhibitions Week One
Wednesday, March 27, 2024 at 4:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
The reception for the first week of the annual Senior Thesis Exhibitions, held from 4pm to 6pm. Featuring works by seniors in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History: Malcolm Davol, Daniella Porras, Savannah Ryan, Maya Alicki, Tuong Nguyen, and Rebeca Trevino.
Artist Talk by Ari Benjamin Meyers: Rehearsing the Future—On the “Kunsthalle for Music” and Some Recent Works
Tuesday, March 26, 2024 at 7:00pm
Adzenyah Rehearsal Hall, Room 003 (Daltry Room), 60 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown
Ari Benjamin Meyersperformative works and installations exist between music and the fine arts, and in 2017 he institutionalized his approach by founding the “Kunsthalle for Music” for the exhibition of musical performances and music-based art.
Opening Reception: Middletown Public Schools Art Exhibition
Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 3:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
View a wide variety of visual art from children in kindergarten through twelfth grade at the 43rd annual Middletown Public Schools Art Exhibition.
Artist Talk by CASSILS: The Art of Protest
Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at 1:30pm
Frank Center for Public Affairs, Room 100 (238 Church Street, Middletown)
CASSILS is a transgender artist who makes their own body the material and protagonist of their performances. Cassils's art contemplates the history(s) of LGBTQI+ violence, representation, struggle and survival. For Cassils, performance is a form of social sculpture: Drawing from the idea that bodies are formed in relation to forces of power and social expectations, Cassils’s work investigates historical contexts to examine the present moment.
The Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Keyboard Laureate Recital
Sunday, March 3, 2024 at 4:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
A keyboard recital featuring the participants of the Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Keyboard Competition.
Capstone Theater Festival: Small Mouth Sounds [NEW TIME]
Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 8:15pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street, Middletown
Written by Bess Wohl, this Capstone Theater production of Small Mouth Sounds (2017) will be directed by Nina Jakobson '24 in partial fulfillment for honors in theater. The performance starts at 8:15pm with a pre-show experience at 8pm. Wait-list for sold out performances begin at 7:45pm. 
Capstone Theater Festival: Likewise [SOLD OUT]
Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 7:00pm
Theater Department Studio, 275 Washington Terrace, Middletown
PLEASE NOTE: Likewise is sold out. Wait-list begins at 6:30pm. A Senior Project in Solo Performance, the play Likewise was written by Kiera Moran ’24 and advised by Assistant Professor of Theater Maria-Christina Oliveras.
Capstone Theater Festival: Every Brilliant Thing
Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 7:00pm
Downey House Lounge, 294 High Street, Middletown
Written by Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe, this Capstone Theater production of Every Brilliant Thing (2013) will be performed by Mo Andres '24 in partial fulfillment for honors in theater. Wait-list for sold out performances begin at 6:30pm.
Senior Installation: Claire Edwards [NEW TIME]
Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 4:00pm
World Music Hall
A senior music installation by Claire Edwards ’24 will be on display from 4pm to 8pm. Edwards' experimental music thesis looks at the ways in which queer artists express their mental health through their music.
Wesleyan University Orchestra Children’s Concert
Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan University Orchestra presents their eleventh annual children’s concert, playing a family-friendly selection of pieces and telling the stories behind the works, under the direction of Nadya Potemkina, Director of Private Lessons and Adjunct Associate Professor of Music and of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.
Capstone Theater Festival: Small Mouth Sounds [NEW TIME]
Friday, March 1, 2024 at 8:15pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street, Middletown
Written by Bess Wohl, this Capstone Theater production of Small Mouth Sounds (2017) will be directed by Nina Jakobson '24 in partial fulfillment for honors in theater. The performance starts at 8:15pm with a pre-show experience at 8pm. Wait-list for sold out performances begin at 7:45pm. 
The Ad Hoc Bach Collective: “For the Love of Bach” Vol. 13
Friday, March 1, 2024 at 8:00pm
Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown
Wesleyan student/faculty/staff/alumni/community collective Ad Hoc Bach presents the next edition of “For the Love of Bach,” conducted by Nadya Potemkina, Director of Private Lessons, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Music and of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.
Senior Recital: Henry McBride
Friday, March 1, 2024 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
A senior music recital by Henry McBride ’24. Dance as McBride performs six dance tracks he composed, produced, and mixed live as a DJ and on keyboard.
Capstone Theater Festival: Likewise [SOLD OUT]
Friday, March 1, 2024 at 7:00pm
Theater Department Studio, 275 Washington Terrace, Middletown
PLEASE NOTE: Likewise is sold out. Wait-list begins at 6:30pm. A Senior Project in Solo Performance, the play Likewise was written by Kiera Moran ’24 and advised by Assistant Professor of Theater Maria-Christina Oliveras.
Capstone Theater Festival: Every Brilliant Thing
Friday, March 1, 2024 at 7:00pm
Downey House Lounge, 294 High Street, Middletown
Written by Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe, this Capstone Theater production of Every Brilliant Thing (2013) will be performed by Mo Andres '24 in partial fulfillment for honors in theater. Wait-list for sold out performances begin at 6:30pm.

February

Capstone Theater Festival: Small Mouth Sounds [NEW TIME]
Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 8:15pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street, Middletown
Written by Bess Wohl, this Capstone Theater production of Small Mouth Sounds (2017) will be directed by Nina Jakobson '24 in partial fulfillment for honors in theater. The performance starts at 8:15pm with a pre-show experience at 8pm. Wait-list for sold out performances begin at 7:45pm. 
Capstone Theater Festival: Likewise [SOLD OUT]
Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 7:00pm
Theater Department Studio, 275 Washington Terrace, Middletown
PLEASE NOTE: Likewise is sold out. Wait-list begins at 6:30pm. A Senior Project in Solo Performance, the play Likewise was written by Kiera Moran ’24 and advised by Assistant Professor of Theater Maria-Christina Oliveras.
Capstone Theater Festival: Every Brilliant Thing
Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 7:00pm
Downey House Lounge, 294 High Street, Middletown
Written by Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe, this Capstone Theater production of Every Brilliant Thing (2013) will be performed by Mo Andres '24 in partial fulfillment for honors in theater. Wait-list for sold out performances begin at 6:30pm.
Music Department Colloquium: Charlotte D’Evelyn—“Mongolian Throat Singing on the Global Stage: More than Meets the Ear”
Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 4:30pm
Adzenyah Rehearsal Hall, Room 003 (Daltry Room), 60 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown

Charlotte D’Evelyn, Assistant Professor of Music at Skidmore College, gives a talk entitled “Mongolian Throat Singing on the Global Stage: More than Meets the Ear.”

Opening Reception—Exploding and Netting: A Somatic Archive of Transpacific Movement
Thursday, February 29, 2024 at 12:00pm
College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center

An opening reception and celebratory luncheon for the exhibition Exploding and Netting: A Somatic Archive of Transpacific Movement. Curated by Yijing Lai ’24 and Xiran Tan ’24, the exhibition presents mixed-media artworks by Loren Yuehan Wang ’25 to respond to the institutional history of transpacific travel by transgressing and solidifying identities.

Toneburst Sampler [NEW DATE AND TIME]
Wednesday, February 28, 2024 at 7:30pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
Wesleyan’s Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble presents new and arranged works for live electronics under the direction of Professor of Music Paula Matthusen.
Artist in Conversation: Carrie Yamaoka and Claire Grace
Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 4:30pm
Zilkha Uncommons Reading Room, South Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Artist Carrie Yamaoka ’79 and Claire Grace, Associate Professor of Art History and American Studies, and Program Director of Art History in the Department of Art and Art History at Wesleyan University, will be in conversation on the occasion of the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery’s current anniversary exhibition Always Being Relation: Fifty Years of the Gallery at the CFA.
Cello and Piano Concert: Julie Ribchinsky and Carolyn Halsted
Sunday, February 25, 2024 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
In honor of Black History Month, Cello Instructor Julie Ribchinsky and Piano Instructor Carolyn Halsted present a concert featuring works by composers Tania León, George Walker, and Florence Price.
Senior Recital: Bradley DePippo
Saturday, February 24, 2024 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
A senior music recital by Bradley DePippo '24 performing works for piano by Frédéric Chopin, and a piece by Alexander Scriabin.
Organ Recital: Nathan Bayreuther
Friday, February 23, 2024 at 7:00pm
Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown
A recital of masterworks for organ performed by Nathan Bayreuther, Director of Music Ministry at the First Congregational Church of Madison, and keyboardist for Ad Hoc Bach, the Wesleyan community’s collective chorus and orchestra.
Music Department Colloquium: Libby Van Cleve —“Transcription and Transformation: the challenges and joys of creating oboe performance editions of great string repertoire by Mozart and Bach”
Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 4:30pm
Adzenyah Rehearsal Hall, Room 003 (Daltry Room), 60 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown

Oboist and Director of the Yale Oral History of American Music Libby Van Cleve gives a talk entitled “Transcription and Transformation: the challenges and joys of creating oboe performance editions of great string repertoire by Mozart and Bach.” With a performance of the Sinfonia Concertante by Mozart, featuring Van Cleve, Kirsten Lipkins, and Neely Bruce.

Bach at Noon
Monday, February 19, 2024 at 12:15pm
Highwaymen Common Room, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, 300 High Street
A series of performances of selected works by Johann Sebastian Bach, with John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce on piano and commentary by Professor of Music and Dean of the Arts and Humanities Roger Grant, followed by a discussion with the audience.
The Elephant Is Very Like: A Staged Reading
Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 7:30pm
Theater Department Studio, 275 Washington Terrace, Middletown
Written by Ankita Raturi, the one-act play The Elephant Is Very Like tells the story of a woman who cannot say any words that have not been spoken to her, and a man who tries and fails and tries again to help her. Together, they reach for multilingual poetry, prose, and the South Asian dance forms of kathak and bharatanatyam in their pursuit of a language of her own.
Music Department Colloquium: Daniel Weintraub—“Still Listening: The Legacy of Pauline Oliveros”
Thursday, February 15, 2024 at 4:30pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall

Daniel Weintraub, director of the documentary film Deep Listening: The Story of Pauline Oliveros, gives a talk entitled “Still Listening: The Legacy of Pauline Oliveros.” Preceeded by film screening at 2:45pm.

Concert by the Marian Consort
Monday, February 12, 2024 at 4:15pm
Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street
The Marian Consort is a nine-person professional vocal ensemble whose discography includes an album of motets by the Portuguese composer Vicente Lusitano, the first published composer of African descent. Likely born around 1522, his Liber primus epigramatum was issued in Rome in 1551. This will be the first time his music has been performed at Wesleyan.
Ensemble Pamplemousse
Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Featuring works by Visiting Scholar in Music Arshia Rahmati and graduate music students performed by the composer/performer collective Ensemble Pamplemousse.
Scapegoat Garden: Liturgy|Order|Bridge [SOLD OUT]
Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 7:00pm
CFA Theater
Scapegoat Garden, directed by Deborah Goffe MA ’19, presents the latest iteration of Liturgy|Order|Bridge, a participatory dance ritual that fuses sacred traditions and secular performance. Calling on Black church traditions, a group of performers, along with a chorus of local artists and change-makers, bring guests into a collective score of movement, clapping, vocalization, and witnessing.
Scapegoat Garden: Liturgy|Order|Bridge [SOLD OUT]
Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 2:00pm
CFA Theater
Scapegoat Garden, directed by Deborah Goffe MA ’19, presents the latest iteration of Liturgy|Order|Bridge, a participatory dance ritual that fuses sacred traditions and secular performance. Calling on Black church traditions, a group of performers, along with a chorus of local artists and change-makers, bring guests into a collective score of movement, clapping, vocalization, and witnessing.
Sunburned Hand of the Man / Liam Grant / Noa Koffman-Adsit
Friday, February 9, 2024 at 8:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
The Free Sound Collective, founded by Sam Boston ’25 and Emerson Jenisch ’25 in a co-sponsorship with the Music Department Concert Committee, presents a concert of alternative music featuring Sunburned Hand of the ManLiam Grant, and Noa Koffman-Adsit '27.
Scapegoat Garden: Liturgy|Order|Bridge [SOLD OUT]
Friday, February 9, 2024 at 7:00pm
CFA Theater
Scapegoat Garden, directed by Deborah Goffe MA ’19, presents the latest iteration of Liturgy|Order|Bridge, a participatory dance ritual that fuses sacred traditions and secular performance. Calling on Black church traditions, a group of performers, along with a chorus of local artists and change-makers, bring guests into a collective score of movement, clapping, vocalization, and witnessing.
Dance for Every Body: A Workshop with Urban Bush Women [SOLD OUT]
Friday, February 9, 2024 at 4:30pm
Bessie Schönberg Dance Studio, 247 Pine Street, Middletown
PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is now full. This 90-minute movement jam/dance class led by members of the Brooklyn, New York-based performance ensemble Urban Bush Women embraces the ideas that each individual has a unique and powerful contribution to make, and that our bodies are a powerful source of agency. This is a movement class designed for the community so no prior dance experience is needed.
Music Department Colloquium: Sunny Jain—“Never a Dhol Moment: Punjabi rhythms into jazz into story telling”
Thursday, February 8, 2024 at 4:30pm
Adzenyah Rehearsal Hall, Room 003 (Daltry Room), 60 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown
Brooklyn-based composer, performer, drummer, dhol (double-headed drum) player, thought leader, and Visiting Scholar in the Center for the Arts Sunny Jain will give a talk, “Never a Dhol Moment: Punjabi rhythms into jazz into story telling,” as part of the Music Department Colloquium series. 
Film Screening and Artist Conversation: Karrabing Film Collective
Wednesday, February 7, 2024 at 4:30pm
Zilkha Uncommons Reading Room, South Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
The Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery presents Night Fishing with Ancestors (2023, 25 minutes), the most recent work of the Karrabing Film Collective, a grassroots indigenous media group of approximately 30 members living in Australia’s Northern Territory. This screening will be followed by a conversation with Elizabeth A. Povinelli, a founding member of the collective and Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Columbia University, and George Bajalia, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Wesleyan University.
Fifth annual Wesleyan FluteFest Concert [NEW TIME]
Sunday, February 4, 2024 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Enjoy a wide variety of flute chamber ensemble repertoire performed by attendees of the fifth annual FluteFest at Wesleyan.
Art History Talk: Zamansele Nsele
Thursday, February 1, 2024 at 4:30pm
Boger Hall, Room 112, 41 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown
A talk by Zamansele Nsele, Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary African and African Diasporic Art at the University of California at Berkeley, “Framing Afrophobia as the ‘Swart Gevaar’s’ Doppelgänger in Gerald Machona’s Afrofuturistic Vabvakure (People from far away).”
Music Department Colloquium: Aaron Bittel—“Archival Doings, Participatory Collective Remembering, and the CFA’s 100th”
Thursday, February 1, 2024 at 4:30pm
Adzenyah Rehearsal Hall, Room 003 (Daltry Room), 60 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown

In the year that we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Center for the Arts, this presentation is an open call for anyone and everyone to get archivally engaged with both the CFA’s beginnings and it’s eventual (we hope!) centenary. Aaron Bittel, Director of the World Music Archives and Music Librarian at Wesleyan, will lay out the projects already planned or underway for this year, opportunities for participation, and a bigger vision for how we as a creative community can have ongoing exchange with our past and future.

January

Exhibition Opening Party—Always Being Relation: 50 Years of the Gallery at the CFA
Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at 4:30pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Celebrate the launch of the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery’s 50th-anniversary exhibition, Always Being Relation: 50 Years of the Gallery at the CFA, with a party from 4:30pm to 7pm, including remarks at 5pm. Since opening in the fall of 1973, the gallery has hosted exhibitions by Wesleyan students and visiting artists, though usually not at the same time. For Always Being Relation, the notion of “alumni” expands beyond its conventional definition of University graduates, putting in dialogue work by artists who studied at Wesleyan with artists who have previously exhibited their work in the gallery.Be amongst the first to see the work of over 30 artists. The party will continue with free pizza, a hosted bar that includes beer from the keg and other non-alcoholic beverage options, limited edition poster giveaways designed by the artist and designer virgil b/g taylor ’15, and a special live DJ set by outby16 (Isabella Rykoff ’24).


Bach at Noon
Monday, January 29, 2024 at 12:15pm
Highwaymen Common Room, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, 300 High Street
A series of performances of selected works by Johann Sebastian Bach, with John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce on piano and commentary by Professor of Music and Dean of the Arts and Humanities Roger Grant, followed by a discussion with the audience.
SUM OF ITS PARTS Opens
Thursday, January 25, 2024 at 8:00am
Class of 1928 Vitrines, First Floor, Wesleyan Library, 252 Church Street, Middletown
Four vitrines (glass display cases) feature unique projects by student-curators on dance, music, theater, and the visual arts at Wesleyan University. Curated by graduate student Marina Díaz Cañedo-Argüelles, Nallely (Ellie) Salinas ’24, Emerson Jenisch ’25, and Loren Yuehan Wang ’25.

2023

December

Graduate Composers Concert [New Time]
Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 7:45pm
Crowell Concert Hall

A concert featuring new works by Visiting Scholar in Music Arshia Rahmati and Wesleyan graduate music students Nat Baldwin, Lea Bertucci, Marie Carroll, Parsa Ferdowsi, Nick Hallett, Emma Mistele, Shawn O'Sullivan, and Negar Soleymanifar.

Syntactical Ghost Trance Music Ensemble Concert
Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Wesleyan’s new Syntactical Ghost Trance Music Ensemble, under the direction of graduate music student Nick Hallett, performs an end-of-semester concert, featuring Composition No. 254 (2000) by Wesleyan's John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Emeritus Anthony Braxton.
Winter Dance Concert: Moving Pieces
Saturday, December 9, 2023 at 7:00pm
CFA Theater
Wesleyan students across different class years present new group works focusing on a diversity of techniques, methods, and aesthetic approaches. Featuring work from the class DANC 250 “Dance Composition: Choreography Workshop” taught by Associate Professor of the Practice in Dance Doug Elkins.
Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra and Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble Concert
Friday, December 8, 2023 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

The Wesleyan University Jazz Orchestra, directed by Professor of Music and African American Studies Jay Hoggard ’76 MA ’91, and the Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble, directed by Noah Baerman, present an exciting evening of classic and contemporary jazz repertoire.

Winter Dance Concert: Moving Pieces
Friday, December 8, 2023 at 7:00pm
CFA Theater
Wesleyan students across different class years present new group works focusing on a diversity of techniques, methods, and aesthetic approaches. Featuring work from the class DANC 250 “Dance Composition: Choreography Workshop” taught by Associate Professor of the Practice in Dance Doug Elkins.
Fall Senior Thesis Theater Festival
Friday, December 8, 2023 at 7:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street

The Fall Senior Thesis Theater Festival will include two productions: Aca(pan)demic!—The COVID Variety Hour by Joe Greenfield ’24 and Anna Bella Eema written by Lisa D'Amour and directed by Adri Bollinger ’24; and the costume design installation revise/revisar created by By Martinez-Castaneda ’24. 

Electroextravaganza
Friday, December 8, 2023 at 6:30pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
Students in MUSC 221 "Live-Electronics for Composition, Improvisation, and Sound Art," taught by Professor of Music Paula Matthusen, present a concert of their audio-video performances.
Music of Central Asia: Kazakh Songs and Instrumental Tunes
Friday, December 8, 2023 at 4:00pm
World Music Hall
Concert by the Central Asian Music Ensemble led by Assistant Professor of Music Saida Daukeyeva and featuring Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Five Ihza Marchiano
“Instrument—Body:” Ethan Philbrick and Justin Wong [NEW LOCATION]
Friday, December 8, 2023 at 2:00pm
CFA Tunnels (meet in Zilkha Gallery second-floor lobby)
The fourth “Instrument—Body” series performance will feature the series curator, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and cellist Ethan Philbrick, and artist and performer Justin Wong performing a work for two cellos.
Wesleyan Chamber Music Concert
Friday, December 8, 2023 at 12:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Students from the Wesleyan chamber music program, under the direction of John Biatowas, perform works by Max Bruch, Joseph Haydn, Edgar Fikes Girtain IV, Grażyna Bacewicz, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and more.
Piping Performance
Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 9:30pm
Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown
Students of Assistant Professor of Music and University Organist Alcee Chriss present a recital of organ music.
Wesleyan Concert Choir
Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

The Wesleyan Concert Choir presents a program featuring both a cappella and accompanied selections from classical and modern choral repertoire under the direction of Nadya Potemkina, Director of Private Lessons and Adjunct Associate Professor of Music and of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.

Fall Senior Thesis Theater Festival
Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 7:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street

The Fall Senior Thesis Theater Festival will include two productions: Aca(pan)demic!—The COVID Variety Hour by Joe Greenfield ’24 and Anna Bella Eema written by Lisa D'Amour and directed by Adri Bollinger ’24; and the costume design installation revise/revisar created by By Martinez-Castaneda ’24. 

Javanese Gamelan and Dance
Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 6:00pm
World Music Hall
Experience the culture of Java with beginning students of the Wesleyan Javanese Gamelan Ensemble under the direction of Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music Sumarsam. Featuring Javanese dance by choreographer and Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Five Ihza Marchiano from the court of Yogyakarta.
John Cage’s Musicircus [New Time]
Thursday, December 7, 2023 at 1:45pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Students from the adventurous MUSC 109 “Introduction to Experimental Music” class, taught by Professor of Music Paula Matthusen, present a series of overlapping performances in the eighth rendition of John Cage’s Musicircus at Wesleyan since fall 2013.
Fall Senior Thesis Theater Festival
Wednesday, December 6, 2023 at 7:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street

The Fall Senior Thesis Theater Festival will include two productions: Aca(pan)demic!—The COVID Variety Hour by Joe Greenfield ’24 and Anna Bella Eema written by Lisa D'Amour and directed by Adri Bollinger ’24; and the costume design installation revise/revisar created by By Martinez-Castaneda ’24. 

Chinese Music Ensemble Fall Concert
Wednesday, December 6, 2023 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Wesleyan’s Chinese Music Ensemble, under the direction of Chia-Yu Joy Lu, presents a fall concert featuring a variety of music derived from traditional and contemporary works.
WesWinds Fall Concert
Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan University Wind Ensemble (WesWinds) performs a fall concert under the direction of Salvatore LaRusso.
South Indian Music Student Recital
Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at 6:00pm
World Music Hall
Students of Adjunct Associate Professors of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan and David Nelson PhD ’91 perform their fall semester recital of vocal music and drumming from the Karnatak tradition of South India.
Ebony Singers Winter Concert
Monday, December 4, 2023 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

The Wesleyan University Ebony Singers present an inspirational evening of traditional and contemporary gospel music under the direction of Marichal Monts '85. This joyful event is great for the entire family.

Korean Drumming and Creative Music Ensemble and Taiko Drumming Ensemble Fall Concert
Sunday, December 3, 2023 at 4:00pm
World Music Hall
A concert by beginning and advanced students of the Korean Drumming and Creative Music Ensemble, directed by Assistant Professor of the Practice in Music Jin Hi Kim, followed at 5pm by Wesleyan’s Taiko Drumming Ensemble performing Japanese drumming under the direction of Visiting Instructor in Music Fumi Tanakadate.
Worlds of Dance Showcase
Sunday, December 3, 2023 at 2:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Wesleyan students perform an exciting array of dance styles from a variety of courses, including Afro-Brazilian, Bharata Natyam, "Contemporary Dance Technique," Hip Hop, Javanese, and “Introduction to Dance” classes.
Javanese Shadow Puppet Play: Wayang Kulit
Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 7:30pm
World Music Hall

Wesleyan’s Javanese Gamelan Ensemble, Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music and dhalang (puppeteer) Sumarsam, and guest musicians including alumni who performed at the opening of Wesleyan's World Music Hall in 1973, present a Javanese wayang kulit shadow puppet play under the direction of University Professor of Music Harjito. The performance will also be livestreamed on YouTube. 

Fall Faculty Dance Concert: It takes all kinds!
Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 7:00pm
CFA Theater

The Dance Department presents It takes all kinds!, a provocative and intriguing double-bill evening featuring a  meditative duet, Abide, and It takes all kinds! unveiling sixteen fierce, over-the-top solos performed in drag by students from DANC 366 “Queering the Dancing Body: Critical Perspectives on LGBTQ Representation.” A remarkable, one-of-a kind Wesleyan experience conceptualized by Professor of Dance, Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Global South Asian Studies Hari Krishnan

Wesleyan University Orchestra
Friday, December 1, 2023 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan University Orchestra performs under the direction of Nadya Potemkina, Director of Private Lessons and Adjunct Associate Professor of Music and of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. The concert will feature the winner of the 2020 Concerto Competition Dustin Qian ’24 on flute, and Tuba Instructor Steven Wilkinson.
West African Music and Dance Concert [New Date, Time, and Location]
Friday, December 1, 2023 at 6:30pm
CFA Theater
An invigorating performance filled with the rhythms of West Africa, featuring Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa PhD '18 and Assistant Professor of Dance Iddi Saaka joined by students in West African music and dance classes.

November

Nat Baldwin: Fields [New Date]
Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall
A contextual concert by graduate music student Nat Baldwin will include a collage of text, sound, and movement, featuring his own work alongside many other composers, including John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Emeritus Anthony Braxton. 
Alvin Lucier’s “(Hartford) Memory Space”
Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 1:00pm
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 600 Main Street, Hartford, Connecticut

Performers will recreate “(Hartford) Memory Space” (1970) by the late John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Emeritus Alvin Lucier (1931–2021) from 1pm to 2pm. Featuring The Daxophone Consort (Daniel Fishkin MA ’15, Cleek Schrey, and Ron Shalom MA ’17), Professor and Chair of the Wesleyan Music Department Ronald Kuivila ’77, Emerson Jenisch ’25, and Sam Boston ’25. Free museum admission for Wesleyan University students, faculty, and staff with ID.
“Instrument—Body:” Film Screening—Narcissister’s “Organ Player”
Friday, November 17, 2023 at 4:30pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
The third “Instrument—Body” series event will feature the screening of a film by artist and performer Narcissister, followed by a conversation between the artist and Alisha Simmons ’24, a senior Theater and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major taking Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Ethan Philbrick’s course, MUSC 232 “Instrument—Body.”
Everything Everywhere All at Wes: Daniel Kwan and Mary-Jane Rubenstein in Conversation
Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 5:00pm
Goldsmith Family Cinema, The Jeanine Basinger Center for Film Studies, 301 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut
Film director Daniel Kwan and Wesleyan Professor of Religion, Philosophy, Science in Society, and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Dean of the Social Sciences Mary-Jane Rubenstein will host an intimate conversation on various mind-bending topics.
Music Department Colloquium: Aaron Bittel—“Archival Doings, Participatory Collective Remembering, and the CFA’s 100th” [POSTPONED]
Thursday, November 16, 2023 at 4:30pm
Adzenyah Rehearsal Hall, Room 003 (Daltry Room), 60 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown

PLEASE NOTE: This event has been postponed until the spring. Please check the CFA website for updates. In the year that we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Center for the Arts, this presentation is an open call for anyone and everyone to get archivally engaged with both the CFA’s beginnings and it’s eventual (we hope!) centenary. Aaron Bittel, Director of the World Music Archives and Music Librarian at Wesleyan, will lay out the projects already planned or underway for this year, opportunities for participation, and a bigger vision for how we as a creative community can have ongoing exchange with our past and future.

REMEMBERING: Solo Piano Recital by Carolyn Halsted
Sunday, November 12, 2023 at 4:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Program will include Ferruccio Busoni's piano transcription of Johann Sebastian Bach's Chaconne from the Partita in d minor for solo violin, BWV 1004; Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Major, Op. 109; and several of Piano Instructor Carolyn Halsted's own recently composed works in memory of her father.
Wolfcrush
Saturday, November 11, 2023 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
Written by Haygen-Brice Walker and directed by Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater Alex Keegan, Wolfcrush (2018) is a queer, full-moon fever dream about werewolves, small towns, big secrets, first times, sloppy seconds, Mariska Hargitay, and all the lies we tell ourselves to sleep at night.
Wolfcrush
Saturday, November 11, 2023 at 2:00pm
CFA Theater
Written by Haygen-Brice Walker and directed by Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater Alex Keegan, Wolfcrush (2018) is a queer, full-moon fever dream about werewolves, small towns, big secrets, first times, sloppy seconds, Mariska Hargitay, and all the lies we tell ourselves to sleep at night.
Wolfcrush
Friday, November 10, 2023 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
Written by Haygen-Brice Walker and directed by Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater Alex Keegan, Wolfcrush (2018) is a queer, full-moon fever dream about werewolves, small towns, big secrets, first times, sloppy seconds, Mariska Hargitay, and all the lies we tell ourselves to sleep at night.
“Instrument—Body:” Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste - Y’all Don’t Wanna Hear Me (You Just Wanna Dance)
Friday, November 10, 2023 at 2:00pm
South Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
The second “Instrument—Body” series performance will feature artist and performer Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste's "Y’all Don’t Wanna Hear Me (You Just Wanna Dance)," a lecture performance about instruments of sonic torture and state brutality.
Wolfcrush
Thursday, November 9, 2023 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
Written by Haygen-Brice Walker and directed by Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater Alex Keegan, Wolfcrush (2018) is a queer, full-moon fever dream about werewolves, small towns, big secrets, first times, sloppy seconds, Mariska Hargitay, and all the lies we tell ourselves to sleep at night.
Music Department Colloquium: David Fossum—“What’s an Arrangement Worth?: Copyright, Folk Music, and the Value of Creativity in Turkey”
Thursday, November 9, 2023 at 4:30pm
Boger Hall, Room 112, 41 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown

Copyright is supposed to reward creators for their creativity. Yet there are no clear criteria for measuring the value of this creativity or how creative a work is. Drawing on a case study from his book manuscript in progress, Copyright Consciousness: Musical Creativity and Intellectual Property in TurkeyDave Fossum's talk links implicit criteria of creative value to a larger history of nation-building.

Artist Talk by Sam Contis
Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at 4:30pm
South Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Artist Sam Contis will give a lecture about her recent projects, including Overpass, which is currently on view at Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery in New York, as part of the Samuel Silipo ’85 Lecture Series.
The Ad Hoc Bach Collective: “For the Love of Bach” Vol. 12
Friday, November 3, 2023 at 8:00pm
Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown
Wesleyan student/faculty/staff/alumni/community collective Ad Hoc Bach presents the next edition of For the Love of Bach, conducted by Nadya Potemkina, Director of Private Lessons, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Music and of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies.
Music Department Colloquium: Kyle Gann—“How to Make Microtones Fun”
Thursday, November 2, 2023 at 4:30pm
Adzenyah Rehearsal Hall, Room 003 (Daltry Room), 60 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown

Composer and author Kyle Gann will discuss microtonal music, including his work Hyperchromatica for three retuned, computer-driven pianos.

October

A Tribute to William Wasch
Sunday, October 29, 2023 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
A concert in memory of William Wasch ’52, P ’84, ’84, ’92 (1931–2021) will feature the West End String Quartet performing works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the premiere of “A String Quartet for William Wasch” by John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce as part of Wesleyan University’s Homecoming + Family Weekend.
Screening and Conversation with Renée Green [NEW TIME AND VENUE]
Saturday, October 28, 2023 at 1:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
A screening of ED/HF, a 33 minute video by Renée Green ’81, will be followed by a conversation between Green and Associate Director of Visual Arts Benjamin Chaffee ’00, curator of the exhibition No Title: Relays and Relations. Works by Renée Green and Sol LeWitt, which brings together recent artworks by Green and wall drawings by Sol LeWitt (1928-2007), as part of Wesleyan University’s Homecoming + Family Weekend. The talk will be followed by a light reception in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery.
Short Performance and Talk: Wayang Thithi—Multiculturalism and Musealisation of the Javanese Shadow Puppet
Thursday, October 26, 2023 at 7:30pm
World Music Hall
A new genre of shadow puppet art, Wayang Thithi, emerged in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, in the 1880s from sincere acculturation between Javanese and Chinese cultures. Two esteemed Indonesian scholars, Daniel Haryono of the Ullen Sentalu Museum and Dwi Woro Retno Mastuti of Universitas Indonesia, discuss the history of Wayang Thithi. Skilled puppeteer Ki Aneng Kiswantoro of Yogyakarta will also present a brief performance of this rarely seen form of Javanese-Chinese hybrid puppetry, accompanied by the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble. Moderated by Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music Sumarsam.
Music Department Colloquium: Andrew Raffo Dewar—“Musical Experiments Between the Lines” [New Location]
Thursday, October 26, 2023 at 4:30pm
Boger Hall, Room 112, 41 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown

Andrew Raffo Dewar will discuss several of his musical works that explore an area between the visual and aural, ethnography and composition, and science and art. Dewar will also discuss practical aspects of his career as an artist/scholar and academic/artist that may be useful for colloquium attendees’ future plans.

Artist Lecture by Kahlil Irving
Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 4:30pm
South Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Kahlil Robert Irving (b. 1992, San Diego, California) is an artist currently living and working in St. Louis, Missouri. In 2018, Irving’s first large scale exhibition took place at Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts, and was accompanied by a full-color catalog. This talk will focus on his recent work, including his current solo exhibition "Archaeology of the Present" at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 
“Instrument—Body:” Brandon Lopez and Cecilia Lopez
Friday, October 20, 2023 at 2:00pm
Joe Webb Peoples Museum of Natural History: Fourth Floor, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street
The first “Instrument—Body” series performance will feature bassist Brandon Lopez and musician and multimedia artist Cecilia Lopez MA '16 on synthesizers.
Art History Fall Colloquium
Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at 4:30pm
Boger Hall, Room 112, 41 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown
Seniors in the Art History Program of the Department of Art and Art History present their research, with presentations by Olivia Andrews ’24, Bailey Chapin ’24, Emma Flaherty ’24,  Yijing Lai ’24, and Sabrina Tian ’24.
Artist Lecture by Triton Mobley: [En]Coded Keloid Archives
Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at 4:30pm
South Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Triton Mobley is a new media artist and scholar whose interventionist works and guerrilla performances have been exhibited at CURRENTS Virtual Festival, Geidai Games Online at Tokyo University of the Arts, and Art Basel Miami, and staged in New York, Boston, Providence, and across Japan.
A Tribute to Richard K. Winslow
Sunday, October 15, 2023 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
A concert featuring performances of compositions by the late John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Emeritus Richard K. Winslow ’40, Hon ’10, P ’71, GP ’23 (1918–2017) from new scores prepared by William Brooks ’65, featuring guitarist David Leisner ’75, sopranos Kalia Kellogg and Katherine Whyte, and woodwind quintet Harmonia V, and including a new reimagining of the dance work “Abide” originally choreographed by Stephan Koplowitz ’79 and I. Made Bandem PhD ’80 in 1979. Event curated by John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce, who will be conducting the second half of the concert. 
Dance Workshop with Choreographer Nacera Belaza
Sunday, October 15, 2023 at 12:00pm
Cross Street Dance Studio, 160 Cross Street, Middletown
Explore the fundamental notions in French Algerian choreographer Nacera Belaza's work in this two-hour dance workshop. No experience necessary.
Compagnie Nacera Belaza: L’Onde
Saturday, October 14, 2023 at 7:00pm
CFA Theater
L’Onde (2020) is a minimalist dance ritual by French Algerian choreographer Nacera Belaza. As five dancers move in circular motions on a dimly lit stage, the audience is absorbed by a hypnotic sound score—a crossing of disciplines that challenges the senses to embrace the unknown. The performance at Wesleyan will be the United States premiere of the work.
Compagnie Nacera Belaza: L’Onde
Friday, October 13, 2023 at 7:00pm
CFA Theater
L’Onde (2020) is a minimalist dance ritual by French Algerian choreographer Nacera Belaza. As five dancers move in circular motions on a dimly lit stage, the audience is absorbed by a hypnotic sound score—a crossing of disciplines that challenges the senses to embrace the unknown. The performance at Wesleyan will be the United States premiere of the work.
Hidden Volumes, Third Edition
Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 7:30pm
Olin Library, 252 Church Street, Middletown
Taking place throughout Olin Library from 7:30pm to 9:30pm and featuring students from MUSC 221 “Live-Electronics for Composition, Improvisation, and Sound Art” plus special mystery guests, Hidden Volumes, Third Edition is a collaborative framework for improvisation within the library, initiated by Professor of Music Paula Matthusen and visiting scholar Terri Hron in 2017, and now expanded to include many members of the Wesleyan musical community
between systems and grounds: Chapter Three [New Location]
Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 7:30pm
Second Floor Balcony, Olin Library, 252 Church Street, Middletown

between systems and grounds is a collaborative, durational performance and installation project by Professor of Music Paula Matthusen and visual artist Olivia Valentine that creates a feedback loop between textile construction processes and feedback-based live electronic music.

Impossible Tasks: Writing with/as Dance
Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 5:00pm
South Gallery Reading Room, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
In advance of the U.S. premiere of Nacera Belaza’s L’Onde in the CFA Theater, Nora Raine Thompson ’15, along with collaborator and dance artist Chloë Engel, present a 90-minute lecture-demonstration and workshop on writing with/as dance.
Music Department Colloquium with William Brooks ’65— “Wesleyan, Winslow: The Works”
Thursday, October 12, 2023 at 4:30pm
Adzenyah Rehearsal Hall, Room 003 (Daltry Room), 60 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown
The late John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Emeritus Richard K. Winslow ’40, Hon ’10, P ’71, GP ’23 (1918–2017) taught and conducted Music at Wesleyan from 1949 to 1983. During his tenure he helped found Wesleyan’s World Music Program, arrange the publication of John Cage’s Silence (1961), and take the Wesleyan Concert Choir on numerous international tours. William Brooks ’65, who credits much of his thinking to Winslow’s tutelage, is creating editions of significant pieces from Winslow’s substantial compositional oeuvre.
Kathak Dance Performance: Jin Won
Sunday, October 8, 2023 at 2:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Kathak (North Indian classical) dancer and tabla player Jin Won explores the sonic and visual possibilities of rhythm through dance and music with a singular style. Originally from South Korea, she spent over fifteen years training in India. In her Connecticut debut at Wesleyan, Won’s performance will feature two pieces: Nolpan: Khoj’ and Nrrita.
Saraswati Puja (Hindu Ceremony)
Sunday, October 8, 2023 at 11:00am
World Music Hall
This religious service, led by Joseph Getter MA ’99, 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. This event is part of the 47th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan.
Pīlu: Suhail Yusuf Khan and Henry Hodder with Vishal Nagar
Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
At Wesleyan, North Indian sarangi (bowed string instrument) master and PhD candidate Suhail Yusuf Khan MA ’18 and California-native guitarist and songwriter Henry Hodder ’20 perform the world premiere of tunes from their forthcoming debut EP Soon, developed as part of “Music and Mysticism of the Indian Subcontinent,” Hodder’s senior tutorial at Wesleyan directed by Khan. The duo will be joined by tabla virtuoso Vishal Nagar and vocalist Marni Loffman '19. A talk-back moderated by Professor of Music Jane Alden will follow the performance.
The Akkarai Sisters Violin Duet: Akkarai S. Subhalakshmi and Akkarai S. Sornalatha
Friday, October 6, 2023 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Akkarai SistersS. Subhalakshmi and S. Sornalatha—are renowned for their soulful and nuanced, creative interpretations of classical Karnatak (South Indian) violin and vocal duets. The duo has collaborated with musicians working in genres ranging from Hindustani to jazz and Western classical. Their performances have graced stages globally, captivating audiences with their musical virtuosity. This performance at Wesleyan will be their Connecticut debut.
B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India [CANCELED]
Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
PLEASE NOTE: This concert has been canceled. Vocalist and Adjunct Associate Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan will be joined by Adjunct Associate Professor of Music David Nelson PhD ’91 on mridangam (double-headed drum) for their 20th annual Navaratri Festival concert together. The duo will be accompanied by violinist L. Ramakrishnan.
Graduate Music Colloquium: Garrett Field—“Rethinking Rāga in Free Rhythm: Karnatak Ālāpana and Eloquent Writing” [New Date and Location]
Thursday, October 5, 2023 at 4:30pm
Adzenyah Rehearsal Hall, Room 003 (Daltry Room), 60 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown

Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology/Musicology at Ohio University Garrett Field MA ’08, PhD ’13 examines the playing of South Indian Karnatak mandolinist U. Srinivas (1969–2014) to offer a clearer view of the interesting musical processes that occur during improvisational performances.

HALO: A Tribute to Alvin Lucier by String Noise Violin Duo
Tuesday, October 3, 2023 at 7:30pm
World Music Hall

Violin duo String Noise presents a tribute to the late legendary composer Alvin Lucier (1931-2021). In addition to the three works from their self-titled album String Noise on Black Truffle Records (”Tapper,” “Love Song,” and “Halo”), they will perform three new works written specifically for them in homage to the composer by Orlando Jacinto Garcia, Jacob David Sudol, and Professor of Music Paula Matthusen.

Digital Death Dive: Poetry Workshop with Jayson Keery
Tuesday, October 3, 2023 at 1:20pm
Theater Studios, Room 114, 275 Washington Terrace, Middletown

"Digital Death Dive" is a dip into finding poetic inspiration via digital technology. In this workshop, participants will discuss the ethics and theories of technology as a means of artistic production, weaving in the history of techno music, then launch into different means of unlocking a poetic flow through the use of personal technology. Please be prepared to use a smartphone and bring a laptop. Workshop is from 1:20pm to 4:10pm.

Liturgy|Order|Bridge: Movement and Storytelling Workshop
Monday, October 2, 2023 at 5:30pm
Theater Studios, Jones Room (Room 101), 275 Washington Terrace, Middletown
Join Hartford choreographer Deborah Goffe MA ’19 for this participatory workshop around the themes of her new work which explores communal experience. Liturgy | Order | Bridge will be performed in the CFA Theater in February 2024 and there will be roles for Wesleyan students to play. 

September

Arthur Russell’s “City Park” [VENUE CHANGE]
Friday, September 29, 2023 at 4:30pm
World Music Hall
Graduate music student Nick Hallett directs a performance of the work “City Park” (1973) by composer and cellist Arthur Russell (1951–1992), which integrates chamber music, electronics, concrete poetry, turntablism, and modern rock, in World Music Hall. 
Lessons in Drag with LaWhore Vagistan
Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 6:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
Touching on themes that include globalization, feminist theory, and islamophobia, Dr. Vagistan stages the nightclub as a site of politics and pleasure. The show demonstrates how much drag teaches us, even requires us, to be in relation with the rest of the world.
Sonic Introductions: Composers at Wesleyan
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall
A concert of compositions and collective improvisations by composers in the Wesleyan music community.
Opening Reception for No Title: Relays and Relations. Works by Renée Green and Sol LeWitt
Tuesday, September 26, 2023 at 4:30pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
The opening reception for an exhibition which brings together recent artworks by Renée Green ’81 and wall drawings by Sol LeWitt (1928–2007) with installation by current students at Wesleyan. Green is interested in what acts of aesthetic exchange and support could be offered to younger artists today, thereby extending the transmission of conceptualism in new directions. Remarks by the artist and curator, Associate Director of Visual Arts Benjamin Chaffee ’00, at 5pm.
Concert by Sunny Jain’s “Wild Wild East”
Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 2:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Center for the Arts’ 50th Birthday Party kicks off with a free, jubilant performance by Brooklyn-based composer and dhol (double-headed drum) player Sunny Jain's "Wild Wild East,” which has turned the myth of the American West on its head to reflect on his experience as a first-generation South Asian-American and global musician. This performance in Crowell Concert Hall at Wesleyan is the band's Connecticut debut. This event will move indoors due to the forecasted rain. 
Trisha Brown’s Skymap
Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 2:00pm
CFA Theater

Drop in to the CFA Theater to experience Trisha Brown’s Skymap (1969) as part of the Center for the Arts’ 50th Birthday Party. The Trisha Brown Dance Company performed at Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts in 1983 and 2003. 

Center for the Arts 50th Birthday Party
Saturday, September 23, 2023 at 2:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Center for the Arts opened in September 1973. Join us for an afternoon to celebrate 50 years of the iconic eleven-building complex and the interdisciplinary arts programming they continue to make possible. 

This event will move indoors due to the forecasted rain. 
LARAAJI: Celestial Sound Bath
Friday, September 22, 2023 at 6:00pm
World Music Hall
An immersive sound experience led by multi-instrumentalist LARAAJI, who puts the healing and mystical properties of music into practice. He has performed ambient music on piano, electric zither (stringed instrument), and mbira (thumb piano) since 1979.
Workshop with LARAAJI: Laughter Playshop
Thursday, September 21, 2023 at 4:30pm
World Music Hall
Multi-instrumentalist LARAAJI leads a meditative opening to inner laughter through guided chanting and laughter-cises.
Understanding China in the Age of the Unequal Treaties Exhibition Opens
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 12:00pm
College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center
The exhibition Understanding China in the Age of the Unequal Treaties, curated by Sabrina Tian ’24, will be on display through Friday, December 8, 2023 in the College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center.
between systems and grounds: Chapter Three Part I [CANCELED]
Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 12:00pm
Second Floor Balcony, Olin Library, 252 Church Street

PLEASE NOTE: This event has been canceled. A collaborative, durational performance and installation project from Noon to 3pm by Professor of Music Paula Matthusen and visual artist Olivia Valentine creates a feedback loop between textile construction processes and feedback-based live electronic music. 

DIY Electronic Sound Workshops with Nicolas Collins [SOLD OUT]
Saturday, September 16, 2023 at 10:00am
The Disengineering Lab, Room 220, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street
In two do-it-yourself workshops co-sponsored by the Wesleyan student group The Disengineering Society, Nicolas Collins ’76, MA ’79 will guide participants in prototyping three different devices.
Concert by Nic Collins
Friday, September 15, 2023 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall
Nicolas Collins ’76, MA ’79 presents a concert of recent live electronic music works, including several Connecticut premieres, performed by various instrumentalists.
DIY Electronic Sound Workshops with Nicolas Collins [SOLD OUT]
Friday, September 15, 2023 at 1:00pm
The Disengineering Lab, Room 220, Exley Science Center, 265 Church Street
In two do-it-yourself workshops co-sponsored by the Wesleyan student group The Disengineering Society, Nicolas Collins ’76, MA ’79 will guide participants in prototyping three different devices.
Politics, Bleeps, and Bloops with the Election Profit Makers
Thursday, September 14, 2023 at 7:00pm
Smith Reading Room, Olin Library, 252 Church Street
Join David Rees (Get Your War On, Going Deep with David Rees) and Jon Kimball, hosts of the indie podcast Election Profit Makers, for a discussion of political prediction markets, field recording, tinnitus, Geoguessr and Google Earth, and maybe some other things.*

August

Barbara McClane: Blessed Not Bitter
Monday, August 21, 2023 at 5:00pm
Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore, 413 Main Street, Middletown, Connecticut
Wesleyan University Embodying Antiracism Community Fellow and author Barbara McClane presents a book talk and signing featuring her autobiography Blessed Not Bitter at Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore.

June

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and Joel Christian Gill: Stamped from the Beginning - A Graphic History of Racist Ideas in America
Tuesday, June 27, 2023 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
National Book Award winner and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Ibram X. Kendi and award-winning illustrator Joel Christian Gill will be in discussion and Q&A highlighting their new graphic novel "Stamped From the Beginning: A Graphic History of Racist Ideas in America" (2023).
Talk by Joshua Lubin-Levy '06: “E.G. [Evening Gown] Orgy” - Jack Smith And Abstract Gender in the 1960s
Tuesday, June 20, 2023 at 1:00pm
Zoom
Director of the Center for the Arts Joshua Lubin-Levy '06 presents a virtual talk focused on artist Jack Smith and abstract gender in the 1960s for the Wildenstein Plattner Institute.
Juneteenth Parade and Liberation Day Festival
Monday, June 19, 2023 at 11:00am
Main Street and Harbor Park, Middletown
Wesleyan University community members will walk in the inaugural Juneteenth parade starting at 11am, followed by a festival of free food, food trucks, music, and live entertainment until 6pm.
Summer Sounds at the CFA: Free Outdoor Concert featuring Funky Dawgz Brass Band
Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 7:00pm
Center for the Arts Courtyard, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut
Connecticut’s Funky Dawgz Brass Band delivers a contagious, upbeat mix of original hip hop and funk, plus today’s top hits with a brass twist. Bring a picnic, then dance with family and friends at this free outdoor concert. SoulFully Vegan Food Truck provides food for sale, starting at 6:30pm.
Summer Leadership Institute Informal Sharing: “The Power of We”
Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 5:00pm
Fayerweather Beckham Hall, 55 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, Connecticut
Participants in the Summer Leadership Institute of Wesleyan’s Embodying Antiracism Initiative “The Power of We,” presented in partnership with Urban Bush Women, Junebug Productions, and The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, present an informal final sharing.
Urban Bush Women Workshop: “How We Got to the Funk” and “The Block Party”
Thursday, June 8, 2023 at 7:00pm
Fayerweather Beckham Hall, 55 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, Connecticut
This 90-minute combined dance workshop, led by Urban Bush Women’s Founder and Chief Visioning Partner Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Performing Artist and Associate Producer Cheri Stokes, is a fun, participatory exploration of history through the lens of African American social dances from the ’50s through the ’70s, as well as the block party aesthetic in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn in the ’80s and ’90s. All ages, no dance experience necessary.
A Conversation with Michelle Miller and Stephanie McKee-Anderson: Embodying Antiracism Summer Leadership Institute Opening Keynote [Postponed with New Date]
Tuesday, June 6, 2023 at 5:30pm
Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown, Connecticut

PLEASE NOTE: This event has been postponed until Tuesday, June 6, 2023.

Michelle Miller, a co-host of "CBS Saturday Morning” and author of the recently published memoir Belonging: A Daughter’s Search for Identity Through Loss and Love (Harper Collins, 2023), will be in conversation with Stephanie McKee-Anderson, Executive Artistic Director of Junebug Productions, one of the three partnering organizations of Wesleyan’s Embodying Antiracism Initiative.

May

Senior Thesis Showcase Reception
Saturday, May 27, 2023 at 2:30pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
The reception in Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery for the Senior Thesis Showcase exhibition of the work of the Class of 2023’s thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program includes a conversation with Associate Professor of Art History Nadja Aksamija, Associate Director of Visual Arts and Adjunct Instructor in Art Benjamin Chaffee, and the student curators Bailey Chapin ’24, Emma Flaherty ’24, and Sabrina Tian ’24 at 3pm.
Sound Systems and Chamber Electronics [New Time]
Friday, May 12, 2023 at 4:30pm
World Music Hall

Students in Professor and Chair of the Music Department Ronald Kuivila’s Sound Systems and Chamber Electronics course (MUSC 225) present their compositions.

Researching Irish Traditional Music Manuscripts: A Lecture-Demonstration With Gerry O’Connor
Friday, May 12, 2023 at 2:00pm
Davison Rare Book Room, Olin Library, 252 Church Street

Join the celebrated Irish traditional fiddle player, music producer, record label owner, and luthier Gerry O’Connor for a lecture-demonstration on the music of the Oriel region of Ireland from early 20th-century music manuscripts in the Luke Donnellan collection. This collection served as the basis for his modern edition of these regional tunes in The Rose in the Gap: Dance Music of Oriel from the Donnellan Collection.

Ritual for Earth: New Works for Laptop Ensemble and EarthSounds Instruments
Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at 8:30pm
World Music Hall
Wesleyan’s Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble premieres new works, including the world premiere of Ritual for Earth by Assistant Professor of the Practice in Music Jin Hi Kim written for the Laptop Ensemble, EarthSounds Instruments, and members of the Korean Drumming and Creative Music Ensemble. The evening of premieres includes works by ensemble members, in addition to pieces by composers Matthew Evan Taylor and Toneburst alum James P. Falzone.
Chinese Music Ensemble Spring Concert
Wednesday, May 10, 2023 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Wesleyan’s Chinese Music Ensemble, under the direction of Chia-Yu Joy Lu, presents a spring concert featuring a variety of music derived from traditional and contemporary works.
Wesleyan Organ Studio: Piping Performance
Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at 9:30pm
Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown
Students of Assistant Professor of Music and University Organist Alcee Chriss present a recital of organ music.
WesWinds Spring Concert
Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan University Wind Ensemble (WesWinds) performs under the direction of Salvatore LaRusso.
South Indian Music Student Recital
Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at 6:00pm
World Music Hall
Students of Adjunct Associate Professors B. Balasubrahmaniyan and David Nelson will perform their end of semester recital of music from the Karnatak tradition of South India.
Senior Theater Capstone: Staged Reading of Crush! Crush! Crush!
Monday, May 8, 2023 at 8:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
A Senior Theater Capstone Project by Scarlett Chenchen Long ’23, with music by Ben Sulzinsky ’23 and directed by April Schwartz ’24 and Sida Chu ’26.
Ebony Singers Spring Concert
Monday, May 8, 2023 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan University Ebony Singers present an evening of gospel music under the direction of Marichal Monts ’85. This joyful, inspiring event is great for the entire family.
African Pop Music and West African Drumming Concert [New Time]
Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 7:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
Wesleyan’s African Pop Music Band and students from West African Drumming, directed by Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa, present an invigorating performance of traditional and contemporary African music and dance.
Korean Drumming and Creative Music Ensemble and Taiko Drumming Ensemble Spring Concert
Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 4:00pm
World Music Hall
Beginning and advanced students of the Korean Drumming and Creative Music Ensemble, directed by Assistant Professor of the Practice in Music Jin Hi Kim, play new arrangements of samulnori (percussion quartet) repertoire. Wesleyan’s Taiko Drumming Ensemble performs the thunderous and thrilling rhythms of Japanese drumming under the direction of Visiting Instructor in Music Fumi Tanakadate.
Worlds of Dance Showcase
Sunday, May 7, 2023 at 2:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Worlds of Dance Showcase features Wesleyan students performing an exciting array of dance styles from a variety of courses, including Javanese Dance, Bharata Natyam, Hip Hop, and “Introduction to Dance” classes. *Please note that masks are required for this event.
Ocean Filibuster
Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
Linking below-the-surface mystery with above-the-surface climate issues, the Connecticut premiere of Ocean Filibuster puts audiences in the middle of a human/ocean showdown. “The Ocean” gets the chance to tell its side of the story in this new music theater experience from Assistant Professor of Theater Katie Pearl’s Obie Award-winning company PearlDamour in collaboration with the Center for the Arts, the Wesleyan Theater Department, the College of the Environment, and the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life.
Javanese Gamelan and Dance
Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 7:30pm
World Music Hall
Wesleyan’s Javanese Gamelan ensemble, under the direction of University Professor of Music Harjito and Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music Sumarsam, presents an evening of Javanese gamelan and dance, with a prelude by the Indonesian Community Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of Professor Harjito. The performance features a dance by Visiting Professor of Dance Veronica Retnaningsih, from the Kasultanan court of Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and a guest singer Heni Savitri.
Oceanic Journey: A Free Interactive and Immersive Installation
Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 6:30pm
Theater Studio 001, 275 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut
How are humans and our love of plastic changing the ocean? Wander into the depths of the ocean to explore and uncover the answer. Conceived and designed by Assistant Professor of the Practice Courtney Gaston with student designers Romy Beckham ’25, Joaquina Guevara ’23, Henry Owens ’25, and Sarah Schlosberg ’25, this installation is presented by the Theater Department and produced in conjunction with Ocean Filibuster. Free timed tickets are for 15-minute intervals.
Ocean Filibuster
Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 2:00pm
CFA Theater
Linking below-the-surface mystery with above-the-surface climate issues, the Connecticut premiere of Ocean Filibuster puts audiences in the middle of a human/ocean showdown. “The Ocean” gets the chance to tell its side of the story in this new music theater experience from Assistant Professor of Theater Katie Pearl’s Obie Award-winning company PearlDamour in collaboration with the Center for the Arts, the Wesleyan Theater Department, the College of the Environment, and the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life.
Wesleyan Chamber Gamelan Concert and Celebration for Sumarsam’s Forthcoming Book History and Myth, Interculturalism and Interreligiosity:   The In-Between in Javanese Performing Arts
Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 1:00pm
Smith Reading Room, Olin Library, 252 Church Street, Middletown, CT
Wesleyan University’s World Music Archives and Music Department present a Wesleyan Chamber Gamelan mini-concert in celebration of Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music Sumarsam’s forthcoming book, published by Wesleyan University Press, History and Myth, Interculturalism and Interreligiosity: The In-Between in Javanese Performing Arts. This hour-long event includes the concert, featuring guest singer Heni Savitri, and a presentation by Sumarsam entitled “History and Mythology in Javanese Performing Arts,” followed by a reception.
Oceanic Journey: A Free Interactive and Immersive Installation
Saturday, May 6, 2023 at 12:30pm
Theater Studio 001, 275 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut
How are humans and our love of plastic changing the ocean? Wander into the depths of the ocean to explore and uncover the answer. Conceived and designed by Assistant Professor of the Practice Courtney Gaston with student designers Romy Beckham ’25, Joaquina Guevara ’23, Henry Owens ’25, and Sarah Schlosberg ’25, this installation is presented by the Theater Department and produced in conjunction with Ocean Filibuster. Free timed tickets are for 15-minute intervals.
Wesleyan University Orchestra Masterworks Concert
Friday, May 5, 2023 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

The Wesleyan University Orchestra, under the direction of Visiting Instructor of Music Britney Alcine, performs works by Franz Schubert and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. The concert also features the winners of the annual Concerto Competition Junu Lee ’25 and Mrinal Bhatnagar ’25, playing movements from concertos by Maurice Ravel and Antonín Dvořák.

Ocean Filibuster
Friday, May 5, 2023 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
Linking below-the-surface mystery with above-the-surface climate issues, the Connecticut premiere of Ocean Filibuster puts audiences in the middle of a human/ocean showdown. “The Ocean” gets the chance to tell its side of the story in this new music theater experience from Assistant Professor of Theater Katie Pearl’s Obie Award-winning company PearlDamour in collaboration with the Center for the Arts, the Wesleyan Theater Department, the College of the Environment, and the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life.
Wesleyan Collegium Musicum: Gealdorcha—Sung Rituals in Celtic Light and Shadow [New Time]
Friday, May 5, 2023 at 6:00pm
Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown
Wesleyan’s Collegium Musicum, under the direction of Professor of Music Jane Alden, performs a concert with music spanning 900 years by Hildegard of Bingen, Philip the Chancellor, B. de Cluny, John Dunstable, Binchois, John Taverner, Robert White, Thomas Tallis, John Dowland, Robert Ramsey, Arvo Pärt, and a new work by Grace O’Duffy.
Oceanic Journey: A Free Interactive and Immersive Installation
Friday, May 5, 2023 at 5:00pm
Theater Studio 001, 275 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut
How are humans and our love of plastic changing the ocean? Wander into the depths of the ocean to explore and uncover the answer. Conceived and designed by Assistant Professor of the Practice Courtney Gaston with student designers Romy Beckham ’25, Joaquina Guevara ’23, Henry Owens ’25, and Sarah Schlosberg ’25, this installation is presented by the Theater Department and produced in conjunction with Ocean Filibuster. Free timed tickets are for 15-minute intervals.
Wesleyan Chamber Music Concert
Friday, May 5, 2023 at 12:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Students from the Wesleyan chamber music program, under the direction of John Biatowas, perform works by Shostakovich, Beach, Vanhal, Beethoven, and Gal.
Senior Thesis Showcase Exhibition Opens [New Date]
Friday, May 5, 2023 at 12:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
The Senior Thesis Showcase exhibition opens, featuring the work of the Class of 2023’s thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program.
Ocean Filibuster
Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
Linking below-the-surface mystery with above-the-surface climate issues, the Connecticut premiere of Ocean Filibuster puts audiences in the middle of a human/ocean showdown. “The Ocean” gets the chance to tell its side of the story in this new music theater experience from Assistant Professor of Theater Katie Pearl’s Obie Award-winning company PearlDamour in collaboration with the Center for the Arts, the Wesleyan Theater Department, the College of the Environment, and the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life.
Wesleyan Concert Choir
Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan Concert Choir, under the direction of Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Ellen Gilson Voth, presents a program featuring both a cappella and accompanied selections from classical and modern choral repertoire.
Javanese Gamelan and Dance Beginning Students
Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 6:30pm
World Music Hall
Experience the culture of Java with beginning students of the Wesleyan Javanese Gamelan ensemble, under the direction of University Professor of Music Harjito and Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music Sumarsam, and Javanese Dance, under the direction of Visiting Professor of Dance Veronica Retnaningsih.
Oceanic Journey: A Free Interactive and Immersive Installation
Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 5:00pm
Theater Studio 001, 275 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut
How are humans and our love of plastic changing the ocean? Wander into the depths of the ocean to explore and uncover the answer. Conceived and designed by Assistant Professor of the Practice Courtney Gaston with student designers Romy Beckham ’25, Joaquina Guevara ’23, Henry Owens ’25, and Sarah Schlosberg ’25, this installation is presented by the Theater Department and produced in conjunction with Ocean Filibuster. Free timed tickets are for 15-minute intervals.
Reading and Reception for Allison Orr's "Dance Works: Stories of Creative Collaboration"
Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 4:30pm
Romance Languages and Literatures Lounge, 300 High Street, Middletown, Connecticut
Celebrate the release of the Wesleyan University Press book Dance Works: Stories of Creative Collaboration by Allison Orr, Research Fellow of the College of the Environment and Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies. Orr is Founder and Artistic Director of Forklift Danceworks based in Austin, Texas.

April

Akua Dixon and Quartette Indigo
Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Cellist, composer, conductor, and educator Akua Dixon is considered “amongst the treasures of contemporary jazz” (The Star-Ledger, New Jersey), having performed with artists from Duke Ellington and Max Roach to Ray Charles and Lionel Hampton. At Wesleyan, Dixon makes her Connecticut debut with her string quartet, Quartette Indigo, which has been called ”jazz’s leading string quartet” (The Boston Globe). This concert is the conclusion of the 20th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend.
Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble
Friday, April 28, 2023 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble, directed by Noah Baerman, performs as the opening concert of the 20th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend. The ensemble presents an exciting program of small-group jazz representing a variety of modern jazz traditions and techniques.
Senior Talks in the History of Art
Thursday, April 27, 2023 at 4:30pm
Boger Hall, Room 112, 41 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown
Seniors in the Art History Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History present their talks.
Opening Reception: Senior Thesis Exhibitions Week Five
Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at 4:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
The opening reception for the fifth week of the annual Senior Thesis Exhibitions, held from 4pm to 6pm. Featuring works by seniors in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History: Michael Eustace, Stella Guggenheim, Harrison Haft, Julia Kaubisch, Leah Levine, Nélida Samara Zepeda Mendoza, and Savannah Russo.
Graduate Recital: Parsa Ferdowsi [Canceled]
Tuesday, April 25, 2023 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall

PLEASE NOTE: This event has been canceled. A graduate music recital by Parsa Ferdowsi, featuring a music-theater performance.

Spring Dance Concert
Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 7:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street, Middletown

Wesleyan students across different class years present new group works focusing on a diversity of techniques, methods, and aesthetic approaches. *Please note that masks are required for this event.
Spring Dance Concert
Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 2:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street, Middletown

Wesleyan students across different class years present new group works focusing on a diversity of techniques, methods, and aesthetic approaches. *Please note that masks are required for this event.
Fireside Ocean Jam
Friday, April 21, 2023 at 8:00pm
CFA Courtyard Pop-Up Fire Pit, 283 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut
Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Raquel Bryant and Assistant Professor of Theater Katie Pearl host an informal fireside cabaret. Sing, tell stories, and dive deep into a celebration of the ocean-human ecosystem from 8pm to 11pm.
Spring Dance Concert
Friday, April 21, 2023 at 7:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street, Middletown

Wesleyan students across different class years present new group works focusing on a diversity of techniques, methods, and aesthetic approaches. *Please note that masks are required for this event.
The Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Keyboard Recital [New Location]
Thursday, April 20, 2023 at 7:30pm
Crowell Concert Hall
A keyboard recital featuring the participants of the Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Competition.
Opening Reception: Senior Thesis Exhibitions Week Four
Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at 4:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
The opening reception for the fourth week of the annual Senior Thesis Exhibitions, held from 4pm to 6pm. Featuring works by seniors in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History: Lex Bryan, Archie Caride, Jolexis DeJesus, Florence Colette Finkelstein, Tommy Graves, Lucy Ward, and Henry Weed.
Bach at Noon
Monday, April 17, 2023 at 12:10pm
Highwaymen Common Room, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, 300 High Street
A series of noon-time performances of selected works by Johann Sebastian Bach, with John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce on piano and commentary by Professor of Music and Dean of the Arts and Humanities Roger Grant, followed by a discussion with the audience.
Senior Installation: Jalen Lee
Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 11:00am
World Music Hall

A senior music installation by Jalen Lee ’23, open from 11am to 5pm.

Movement Through The Valley: Excerpts from Chrome Valley
Friday, April 14, 2023 at 7:00pm
Bessie Schönberg Dance Studio, 241 Pine Street, Middletown
Students from the “Dance as Activism” course (DANC 379), taught by Assistant Professor of the Practice in Dance and African American Studies Joya Powell, perform an end-of-semester showing of movement activations. Created from Shapiro-Silverberg Distinguished Writer in Residence Mahogany L. Browne’s new poetry collection Chrome Valley (2023), the showing is directed by Jonathan McCrory, Executive Artistic Director of the National Black Theatre in Harlem.
Sea Creature Sewing: Entangled and Ingested
Friday, April 14, 2023 at 11:00am
Huss Courtyard—outside of Usdan University Center, 45 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown
Researcher and artist Dr. Katharine Owens is creating a series of life-sized murals of sea animals harmed by plastic pollution. Help sew a new ocean mural from discarded plastic and learn more about plastic pollution. No sewing skills or experience are required.
Opening Reception: Senior Thesis Exhibitions Week Three
Wednesday, April 12, 2023 at 4:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
The opening reception for the third week of the annual Senior Thesis Exhibitions, held from 4pm to 6pm. Featuring works by seniors in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History: Sarah Emily Haas Albert, Catherine Capeci, Claire Femano, Nina Kagan, Tatiana Meyer, Kelly Nano-Miranda, and Annie Wendorf.
Spring Faculty Dance Concert
Saturday, April 8, 2023 at 7:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street, Middletown

The Spring Faculty Dance Concert features a collection of new works by Visiting Associate Professor of Dance Doug Elkins and Wesleyan students in the DANC 378 "Repertory and Performance" class. Also performing new work is Visiting Instructor in Dance Sarah Konner with guest artists. *Please note that masks are required for this event.

Spring Faculty Dance Concert
Saturday, April 8, 2023 at 2:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street, Middletown

The Spring Faculty Dance Concert features a collection of new works by Visiting Associate Professor of Dance Doug Elkins and Wesleyan students in the DANC 378 "Repertory and Performance" class. Also performing new work is Visiting Instructor in Dance Sarah Konner with guest artists. *Please note that masks are required for this event.

Spring Faculty Dance Concert
Friday, April 7, 2023 at 7:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street, Middletown

The Spring Faculty Dance Concert features a collection of new works by Visiting Associate Professor of Dance Doug Elkins and Wesleyan students in the DANC 378 "Repertory and Performance" class. Also performing new work is Visiting Instructor in Dance Sarah Konner with guest artists. *Please note that masks are required for this event.

Edo Kotobukijishi (Japanese Traditional Lion Dance)
Friday, April 7, 2023 at 4:30pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Eien Hunter-Ishikawa gives a demonstration and workshop of Edo Kotobukijishi (Japanese traditional lion dance).
Talk It Out and Artist Book Open House: Humans viz Ocean?
Thursday, April 6, 2023 at 5:30pm
Olin Library, Special Collections and Develin Room, 252 Church Street, Middletown, Connecticut
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Science in Society Joseph Weiss, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Elise Springer, and the Ocean Filibuster cast will talk out the human/ocean relationship at 6:30pm in the Develin Room, following a hands-on viewing of ocean-related artist books from Wesleyan Library’s Special Collections and Archives at 5:30pm.
Lecture by Colombian Artist Felipe Arturo: The Migration of Plants
Thursday, April 6, 2023 at 4:30pm
Fries Center for Global Studies, Fisk Hall 201, 262 High Street
Associate Professor at the Universidad del Rosario, Colombian artist Felipe Arturo presents a selection of works that span a 15-year period of artistic practice based on the migration of plants in recent history and their impact in contemporary cultural practices. A reception follows the lecture.
Music Department Colloquium: Felicia Sandler—“African Art Music: The Case of Dr. Ephraim Amu”
Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at 4:30pm
Zoom

Felicia Sandler is a composer teaching at the New England Conservatory. Her scholarship centers on the music of Ghanaian composer Dr. Ephraim Amu, recognized as the “Father of Ghanaian art music,” and the architect of the regional choral idiom. Her presentation will introduce and analyze music from various periods of Amu’s activity, demonstrating how the composer created a cohesive expression that was novel, fresh, Ghanaian and, simultaneously, his own. The colloquium is organized by Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa and Assistant Professor of Music and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Saida Daukeyeva as part of the Music Department Colloquium Series.

Opening Reception: Senior Thesis Exhibitions Week Two
Tuesday, April 4, 2023 at 4:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
The opening reception for the second week of the annual Senior Thesis Exhibitions, held from 4pm to 6pm. Featuring works by seniors in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History: Shasekh Infinity Augustin; Allie Godwin; Finley Jacobsen; Leevon Matthews, Jr; Mim Pomerantz; and Tess Solot-Kehl.
Bach at Noon
Monday, April 3, 2023 at 12:10pm
Highwaymen Common Room, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, 300 High Street
A series of noon-time performances of selected works by Johann Sebastian Bach, with John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce on piano and commentary by Professor of Music and Dean of the Arts and Humanities Roger Grant, followed by a discussion with the audience.
Senior Installation: Max Murgio
Saturday, April 1, 2023 at 8:00pm
Digital Design Commons 100
A senior sound installation by Max Murgio ’23, open from 8pm to 10pm.
Spring Senior Thesis Dance Concert: Rooted
Saturday, April 1, 2023 at 7:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street, Middletown

Senior choreographers present a collection of new works as the culminating project of the dance major. Featuring works by Amaal Ladha, Keren Lebrón Ramos, Charissa Lee, and Halle Newman. Please note that masks are required for this event.

Spring Senior Thesis Dance Concert: Rooted
Saturday, April 1, 2023 at 2:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street, Middletown

Senior choreographers present a collection of new works as the culminating project of the dance major. Featuring works by Amaal Ladha, Keren Lebrón Ramos, Charissa Lee, and Halle Newman. Please note that masks are required for this event.

March

Spring Senior Thesis Dance Concert: Rooted
Friday, March 31, 2023 at 7:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street, Middletown

Senior choreographers present a collection of new works as the culminating project of the dance major. Featuring works by Amaal Ladha, Keren Lebrón Ramos, Charissa Lee, and Halle Newman. Please note that masks are required for this event.

Revivals in the Dark Workshop: On Revivals and Animating Theater History with CLASSIX
Friday, March 31, 2023 at 1:30pm
CFA Theater Studio, 275 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut
A free workshop with CLASSIX, featuring Brittany Bradford, A.J. Muhammad, Dominique Rider, Arminda Thomas, and Awoye Timpo. Open to all students, no experience necessary. 
A Concert of Kora/Pipa Duo: Strings from West Africa and China [CANCELED]
Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

PLEASE NOTE: This concert has been canceled. We apologize for any inconveniences.

Gao Hong (pipa - Chinese lute) and Kadialy Kouyaté (Senegalese kora - 21-string harp, and voice) perform as a pipa and kora duo in their world premiere concert at Wesleyan. Pre-concert talk at 7:30pm.

Revivals in the Dark Panel Discussion: On Reviving Black Theater History
Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 6:30pm
Vanguard Lounge, Center for African American Studies, 343 High Street, Middletown, Connecticut
A panel discussion with CLASSIX, featuring A.J. Muhammad, Dominique Rider, and Awoye Timpo. Moderated by Associate Professor of English, Theater, and African American Studies Rashida Z. Shaw McMahon.
Art Lecture by Anna Vallye: Mapping Urban Renewal in New London, CT, 1940–1975
Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 4:30pm
Boger Hall, Room 112
Anna Vallye is Assistant Professor of Art History and Architectural Studies, Connecticut College.
SIDEBAND +++ TONEBURST!   
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at 8:00pm
Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown
Sideband is an electroacoustic ensemble, comprised of composer-performers dedicated to exploring the potential of the laptop orchestra. Wesleyan’s Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble presents new and arranged works for live electronics under the direction of Professor of Music Paula Matthusen.
Music Department Colloquium: Anya Shatilova—“Nizovaia Traditsiia and The Great Russian Orchestra: National Identity and Music in Late Nineteenth-Century Russia”—and Manuel J. Perez III—“Unmanifest Merging: Compositional Structures for (Communal) Reflection, Healing, Actualization, and Embodiment”
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at 4:30pm
Zoom

Anya Shatilova is a Ph.D. candidate in Ethnomusicology at Wesleyan University. Her paper will focus on Vasilii Vasil’evich Andreev’s project of modernizing Russian plucked lutes—domra and balalaika—in late Imperial Russia. Manuel J. Perez III is a second-year M.A. Composition student at Wesleyan University. His talk will explore the relationship between artwork and the artist’s conception of self and lived experience through an analysis of his selected compositions. The colloquium is organized by Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa and Assistant Professor of Music and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Saida Daukeyeva as part of the Music Department Colloquium Series.

Opening Reception: Senior Thesis Exhibitions Week One
Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at 4:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
The opening reception for the first week of the annual Senior Thesis Exhibitions, held from 4pm to 6pm. Featuring works by seniors in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History: Riya Devi-Ashby, Alec Black, Peter Ketels Fulweiler, Skye Gao, Eden Lanois, and Bell Rush.
Art and Policy Salon: Acting on Climate Change
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at 7:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall and on Zoom (link below)
Artists help us imagine possible futures. How can they effect actual change? Assistant Professor of Theater Katie Pearl, Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Raquel Bryant, artist and researcher Dr. Katharine Owens, and Save the Sound’s inaugural Environmental Justice Specialist Alex Rodriguez will look at the potent relationship between imagined futures and mappable realities. Moderated by Strategic Advisor in the Arts Michael Feldman ’84. If not able to attend in-person, view also on Zoom.
42nd annual Middletown Public Schools Art Exhibition Opening Reception
Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 3:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
The opening reception for the 42nd annual Middletown Public Schools Art Exhibition is sponsored by the Middletown Board of Education, Middletown Public Schools Cultural Council, and Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts. Exhibition is on view through Sunday, March 19, 2023.
Music Department Colloquium: Florian Carl—“Ghana Gospel: Christian Popular Music, Ritual Performance, and Digital Media in 21st-Century West Africa”
Wednesday, March 8, 2023 at 4:30pm
Zoom

Florian Carl is an Associate Professor in the Department of Music and Dance at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, and currently a research fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. His talk will explore the Ghanaian gospel phenomenon at the intersection of popular culture, religious ritual, and everyday life, tracing indigenous forms of Christian popular music through a range of media, performance, and reception contexts. The colloquium is organized by Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa and Assistant Professor of Music and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Saida Daukeyeva as part of the Music Department Colloquium Series.

A Conversation with Nathan Lee Graham, hosted by Maria-Christina Oliveras
Wednesday, March 8, 2023 at 1:00pm
Zoom
Wesleyan Assistant Professor of Theater and Embodying Antiracism Faculty Fellow Maria-Christina Oliveras holds a conversation with Nathan Lee Graham. A Grammy Award-winning star of Broadway, film, and television, Graham is also known for his activism, promoting the impact of queer studies outside of academia, and was the recipient of the José Esteban Muñoz award from The Center for LGBTQ Studies (CLAGS) at the City University of New York. He is currently playing Hermes in the Broadway national tour of Hadestown.
Toneburst Sampler
Monday, March 6, 2023 at 8:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
Wesleyan’s Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble presents new and arranged works for live electronics under the direction of Professor of Music Paula Matthusen. Featuring works by Lainie Fefferman, Jin Hi Kim, Paula Matthusen, Joo Won Park, and Matthew Evan Taylor.
Excerpts from The Clear Blue Skies: Diaries from Ukraine
Monday, March 6, 2023 at 7:00pm
Cross Street Dance Studio, 160 Cross Street, Middletown, Connecticut
Actors Kyle Cameron, Raquel Chavez, and Alexandra Templer workshop excerpts from the new theater project The Clear Blue Skies: Diaries from Ukraine, created by Scott Illingworth and Oleksandra Oliinyk.
Red Line: A Collaborative Dance Performance by Iddi Saaka
Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 7:00pm
Cross Street Dance Studio, 160 Cross Street, Middletown
Red Line, a collaborative multifaceted dance performance conceived and directed by Assistant Professor of Dance Iddi Saaka as part of his fellowship with Wesleyan University’s Embodying Antiracism Initiative. The work draws on the experiences of five scholar-artist collaborators to interrogate how a place of origin can open opportunities for some but close doors to others.
Thesis Theater Production: Top Girls (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 5:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street, Middletown
Directed by Annabella Machnizh ’23, Top Girls follows the promotion of Marlene, a second wave capitalistic feminist, who decides to celebrate with a group of women across history and art.
Wesleyan University Orchestra Children’s Concert: Our Favorite Childhood Fairy Tales
Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan University Orchestra presents their tenth annual children’s concert under the direction of Visiting Instructor of Music Britney Alcine. Before our beloved fairy tales of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, and others were made into films, they were ballets and operas. These were the ways composers like Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Humperdinck, and more were able to tell the stories we all know and love today. Come hear the Wesleyan Orchestra play selections of pieces telling these stories and others.
The Ad Hoc Bach Collective: “For the Love of Bach” Vol. 11
Friday, March 3, 2023 at 8:00pm
Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown
Wesleyan student/faculty/staff/alumni/community collective Ad Hoc Bach presents the next installment of Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantatas.
Thesis Theater Production: Top Girls (SOLD OUT)
Friday, March 3, 2023 at 7:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street, Middletown
Directed by Annabella Machnizh ’23, Top Girls follows the promotion of Marlene, a second wave capitalistic feminist, who decides to celebrate with a group of women across history and art.
Pianist Emanuele Arciuli [New Time]
Friday, March 3, 2023 at 4:30pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Italian classical pianist Emanuele Arciuli performs five of the Geographical Preludes (1998-2000) by John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce, and the monumental set of 36 variations on “The People United Will Never Be Defeated” (1975) by Frederic Rzewski, in his Connecticut debut concert.
Dance Alumni Chat Series: Anyone Can Dance!
Friday, March 3, 2023 at 12:00pm
Zoom (Eastern Standard Time)
The Dance Department’s fourth Alumni Chat Series event features three amazing Wesleyan alumni discussing the benefits of a dance degree, and how their dance education at Wesleyan transformed their lives beyond the University. Featuring David Brick ’91, Degan Mercado Leopold ’03, and Djibril Sall ’16. Moderated by University Professor of Dance Patricia Beaman.
Thesis Theater Production: Top Girls (SOLD OUT)
Thursday, March 2, 2023 at 7:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street, Middletown
Directed by Annabella Machnizh ’23, Top Girls follows the promotion of Marlene, a second wave capitalistic feminist, who decides to celebrate with a group of women across history and art.
Film Screening: A Rising Fury
Thursday, March 2, 2023 at 7:00pm
Powell Family Cinema, The Jeanine Basinger Center for Film Studies, 301 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut
A Q&A with the co-director, screenwriter, and producer Lesya Kalynska and producer TJ Collins will follow the screening of the documentary film A Rising Fury (2022), which tracks the evolution of the conflict in Ukraine.
Music Department Colloquium: Richard K. Wolf—“Wakhi Poetic Imagination in Tajikistan and Afghanistan”
Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 4:30pm
Zoom

Richard K. Wolf, Professor of Music and South Asian Studies at Harvard University, is an ethnomusicologist, filmmaker, and photographer who has conducted research in South and Central Asia. His presentation will draw from his research with Wakhi bards in Tajikistan and Afghanistan featured in his film Two Poets and a River (2020). The colloquium is organized by Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa and Assistant Professor of Music and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Saida Daukeyeva as part of the Music Department Colloquium Series.

Artist Conversation: Carrie Yamaoka and Claire Grace [CANCELED]
Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 4:30pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Associate Professor of Art History Claire Grace joins artist Carrie Yamaoka ’79 in a conversation about her exhibition seeing is forgetting and remembering and forgetting again, on display in the Main Gallery of the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery through Sunday, March 5, 2023.
Opening Reception: Understanding China in the Age of the Unequal Treaties Exhibition
Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 12:00pm
College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center
Celebrate the opening of the new exhibition Understanding China in the Age of the Unequal Treaties, curated by Sabrina Tian ’24 in the College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center. A light lunch will be provided following a Q&A with the curator. The exhibition is on display through Saturday, May 27, 2023.

February

Lecture by Jonathan Flatley—Du Bois With Lenin: Theorizing the Revolutionary Counter-Mood
Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 4:30pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Room 202
In this lecture, Jonanthan Flatley examines W.E.B. Du Bois (1868–1963) and Vladimir Lenin (1870–1924) as theorists of revolutionary counter-moods, those moments when discouraged, cynical, alienated, or otherwise disconnected people come together in solidarity to form energetic, hopeful, and demanding collectives, which then engage in transformative political action.
Art Lecture by Joseph Henry—Dreams of Non-Contingency: Primitivism and Sachlichkeit in Wilhelmine Germany
Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 4:30pm
Boger Hall, Room 112
Joseph Henry is a PhD Candidate in Art History at CUNY Graduate Center and a 2022–23 Diamonstein-Spielvogel Fellow, Department of Drawings and Prints, Metropolitan Museum of Art.
This Is It! 2.0: The Complete Chamber Music of Neely Bruce—Part III [New Date]
Sunday, February 26, 2023 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
This is the third in a series of concerts featuring the chamber music of John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce, especially music for string instruments and song cycles. This concert consists of the world premiere of An Album for String Sextet, and the second performance of a work written in honor of Suzy Taraba, Songs for Suzy.
Book Talk with Barbara McClane: Blessed Not Bitter–The Barbara McClane Journey
Friday, February 24, 2023 at 4:30pm
Olin Library, Smith Reading Room, 252 Church Street, Middletown, Connecticut
Photographer, author, and Embodying Antiracism Initiative Community Fellow Barbara McClane shines a light into her new memoir. Blessed Not Bitter: The Barbara McClane Journey is a transparent, inspiring, and hope-giving story of McClane’s life challenges, self-discovery, and finding her family after 60 years.
The Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Diane Weiss ’80 Memorial Lecture: Lecticia Alvarado—“To Have and To Hoard: Xandra Ibarra’s Object Lessons”
Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 4:30pm
Judd Hall, Room 116, 207 High Street, Middletown, Connecticut
How do minoritized artists navigate spaces rife with problematic practices of extraction, rooted in the institutional objectification of individuals in the service of empires and how are engaged audiences called into reflection on their continuing legacies? In this talk, Professor Lecticia Alvarado orients us to consider the object lessons proffered in the cultural production of Oakland-based artist Xandra Ibarra.
Music Department Colloquium: Jin Hi Kim—“Komungo Abroad in the Digital Age: No Boundary between Ancient and Contemporary”
Thursday, February 23, 2023 at 4:30pm
Adzenyah Rehearsal Hall, Room 003 (Daltry Room), 60 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown

Jin Hi Kim is an innovative komungo (fretted board zither) virtuoso, a Guggenheim Fellow composer, and a United States Artists Fellow who teaches Korean Drumming and Creative Music at Wesleyan University. The colloquium is organized by Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa and Assistant Professor of Music and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Saida Daukeyeva as part of the Music Department Colloquium Series.

Festival of Live Electronic Music—Idiopreneurial Entrephonics II: Four Pieces by David Behrman
Saturday, February 18, 2023 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall
The second evening of the Idiopreneurial Entrephonics II festival of live electronic music features four pieces by composer David Behrman, performed by Behrman and members of the Wesleyan music community.
Festival of Live Electronic Music—Idiopreneurial Entrephonics II: Special Open Meeting of Wesleyan Disengineering Society
Saturday, February 18, 2023 at 2:00pm
World Music Hall

On Saturday afternoon, the Idiopreneurial Entrephonics II festival of live electronic music features a special open meeting of the Wesleyan Disengineering Society. The group regularly gathers to hack hardware, software, and e-waste for sonic repurposing and re-engineering.

Senior Piano Recital: Henry Weed
Saturday, February 18, 2023 at 12:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Henry Weed ’23 performs a piano recital, featuring works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Claude Debussy, and Maurice Ravel.
Festival of Live Electronic Music—Idiopreneurial Entrephonics II: Performances by Bonnie Jones and John Bischoff
Friday, February 17, 2023 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall

The first evening of the Idiopreneurial Entrephonics II festival of live electronic music begins with performances by Bonnie Jones and John Bischoff.

Music Department Colloquium: Michael Frishkopf—“Music for Global Human Development Promoting Health and Wellbeing in Liberia, Ghana, and Ethiopia: Theory, Method, and Impact”
Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 4:30pm
Zoom

Michael Frishkopf is Professor of Music, Director of the Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology, and Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Religious Studies at the University of Alberta, as well as Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Communication and Cultural Studies, at the University for Development Studies (Ghana). His talk will outline Music for Global Human Development, a theoretical, activist ethnomusicology fostering human development through sustainable, music-centric, collaborative projects, drawing on case studies from Liberia, Ghana, and Ethiopia. The colloquium is organized by Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa and Assistant Professor of Music and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Saida Daukeyeva as part of the Music Department Colloquium Series.

Artist Talk: Ilana Harris-Babou
Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 4:30pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Assistant Professor of Art and Luther Gregg Sullivan Fellow in Art Ilana Harris-Babou talks about her exhibition Liquid Gold. The exhibition is on display from Monday, January 30 through Sunday, March 5, 2023.
Lotto Royale Workshop
Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at 4:00pm
Fayerweather Beckham Hall, Room 108, 55 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, Connecticut
Artists Camila Malenchini and Layton Lachman host a performance art workshop focusing on the creation of new work through the frame of site-specific dance and performance art. The workshop is in dialogue with the Berlin-based project Lotto Royale, a festival of one-on-one performances located in public space. A new iteration of Lotto Royale is being produced by John Hoobyar for the forthcoming “River To River Festival” through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. This workshop is from 4pm to 7pm.
Cynthia Novack In Memoriam Lecture by Stephan Koplowitz: Site-Specific Performance Creation and Problem Solving—Real-World Stories and Strategies
Friday, February 10, 2023 at 12:00pm
Cross Street Dance Studio, 160 Cross Street, Middletown
Stephan Koplowitz ’79, director/choreographer and producer, gives a media-centered talk on his book On Site- Methods for Creating Site-Specific Performance (Oxford University Press, 2022). Koplowitz, whose site-specific work has been seen in various sites and contexts both in the U.S. and abroad for the past 35 years, delves into several topics: Why make site-specific work? What defines a site-specific work? What are some strategies for creating site performances and overcoming production logistics and challenges? An abundance of films and photographs accompany this lecture, followed by a reception.
Film Screening and Discussion: Marvin McNeill and Edward “Juicey” Jackson—“From the Mouthpiece on Back”
Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 7:00pm
Wesleyan Library, Music Seminar Room (Olin 327B), 252 Church Street, Middletown and Zoom
Marvin McNeill (Wesleyan Ph.D. candidate in ethnomusicology, and Assistant Professor of Music and African American Studies, Emory University) and New Orleans musician Edward “Juicey” Jackson present a virtual screening of the hour-long documentary From the Mouthpiece on Back, about the TBC (To Be Continued) Brass Band from New Orleans before and after Hurricane Katrina. The screening will be followed by a discussion about music, climate change, housing inequity, and gentrification in New Orleans and the impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Ida. Attend in person to watch the event as a community (space is limited, RSVP with “Reserve Now” link), or attend virtually by Zoom. Organized by the World Music Archives, Wesleyan University Library. 
Raquel Gutiérrez Reading
Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at 6:00pm
Allbritton Center, Room 311, 222 Church Street
Raquel Gutiérrez is a critic, essayist, poet, and educator. Gutiérrez is a 2021 recipient of the Rabkin Prize in Arts Journalism, as well as a 2017 recipient of The Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. Gutiérrez teaches in the Oregon State University-Cascades Low Residency Creative Writing M.F.A. Program. Gutiérrez’s first book Brown Neon (Coffee House Press) was named as one of the best books of 2022 by The New Yorker.
Opening Reception: The Wayland Rudd Collection Exhibition
Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at 4:30pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, South Gallery

The Wayland Rudd Collection exhibition opening reception with remarks by Assistant Professor of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Roman Utkin, followed by a reception with refreshments. The exhibition is on display from Friday, February 3 through Tuesday, February 28, 2023.

The Wayland Rudd Collection Exhibition Opens
Friday, February 3, 2023 at 12:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, South Gallery

The Wayland Rudd Collection exhibition opens in Zilkha’s South Gallery. The exhibition is on display from Friday, February 3 through Tuesday, February 28, 2023.

January

Opening Reception: Ilana Harris-Babou—Liquid Gold
Monday, January 30, 2023 at 4:30pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, North Gallery
The exhibition by Assistant Professor of Art and Luther Gregg Sullivan Fellow in Art Ilana Harris-Babou opens with remarks by the artist and curator Benjamin Chaffee, Associate Director of Visual Arts and Adjunct Instructor in Art, at 5pm. The reception is from 4:30pm to 6pm. The exhibition is on display from Monday, January 30 through Sunday, March 5, 2023.
Opening Reception: Carrie Yamaoka—seeing is forgetting and remembering and forgetting again
Monday, January 30, 2023 at 4:30pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Main Gallery
The exhibition by artist Carrie Yamaoka ’79 opens with remarks by the artist and curator Benjamin Chaffee, Associate Director of Visual Arts and Adjunct Instructor in Art, at 5pm. The reception is from 4:30pm to 6pm. The exhibition is on display from Monday, January 30 through Sunday, March 5, 2023.

2022

December

fron/terra cognita + Hostile Terrain (HT94) Exhibition Closes
Sunday, December 11, 2022 at 5:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
fron/terra cognita + Hostile Terrain (HT94) is an exhibition comprising a series of lectures, performances, readings, and art installations on the broad theme of borders, migration, displacement, and violence. The exhibition programming reflects on the territorial dimensions of borders and their consequential effects.
String Noise Performs Works by Wesleyan Graduate Student Composers
Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall

New York violin duo String Noise, composed of violinists Conrad Harris and Pauline Kim Harris, performs works by Wesleyan graduate student composers.

Winter Dance Concert: 11 Short Stories
Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 7:00pm
CFA Theater

Wesleyan students across different class years present new group works focusing on a diversity of techniques, methods, and aesthetic approaches in the Winter Dance Concert, 11 Short Stories. Please note that masks are required for this event.
Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert
Friday, December 9, 2022 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble, directed by Noah Baerman, will present an exciting program of small-group jazz representing a variety of modern jazz traditions and techniques.
Senior Thesis Theater Production: Antigonick [SOLD OUT]
Friday, December 9, 2022 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater Studio, 275 Washington Terrace, Middletown
Anne Carson brings Sophocles’ Greek tragedy Antigone into the contemporary world by fracturing it into stupendous imagery and startling, spare language. This production will use the structure of Carson’s Antigonick to explore how theater can function as a ritual to create community and connection. Directed by Sarah Shapiro ’23.
Winter Dance Concert: 11 Short Stories
Friday, December 9, 2022 at 7:00pm
CFA Theater

Wesleyan students across different class years present new group works focusing on a diversity of techniques, methods, and aesthetic approaches in the Winter Dance Concert, 11 Short Stories. Please note that masks are required for this event.
Wesleyan Chamber Music Concert
Friday, December 9, 2022 at 12:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Students from the Wesleyan chamber music program, under the direction of John Biatowas, perform works by Beethoven, Roussel, Reinstein, and more!
Wesleyan Organ Studio: Piping Performance
Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 9:30pm
Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown
Students of Artist in Residence and University Organist Alcee Chriss present a recital of organ music.
Wesleyan Concert Choir
Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan Concert Choir, under the direction of Adjunct Associate Professor of Music and Director of Private Lessons Nadya Potemkina, presents a program featuring both a cappella and accompanied selections from classical and modern choral repertoire.
Senior Thesis Theater Production: Antigonick [SOLD OUT]
Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater Studio, 275 Washington Terrace, Middletown
Anne Carson brings Sophocles’ Greek tragedy Antigone into the contemporary world by fracturing it into stupendous imagery and startling, spare language. This production will use the structure of Carson’s Antigonick to explore how theater can function as a ritual to create community and connection. Directed by Sarah Shapiro ’23.
Beginning Students of the Javanese Gamelan Ensemble
Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 6:30pm
World Music Hall
Experience the culture of Java with beginning students of the Wesleyan Javanese Gamelan ensemble, under the direction of University Professor of Music Harjito and Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music Sumarsam.
John Cage’s Musicircus [Time Changed]
Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 1:45pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Students from the adventurous MUSC 109 “Introduction to Experimental Music” class present a series of overlapping performances in the seventh rendition of John Cage's Musicircus at Wesleyan since fall 2013.
Senior Thesis Theater Production: Antigonick [SOLD OUT]
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater Studio, 275 Washington Terrace, Middletown
Anne Carson brings Sophocles’ Greek tragedy Antigone into the contemporary world by fracturing it into stupendous imagery and startling, spare language. This production will use the structure of Carson’s Antigonick to explore how theater can function as a ritual to create community and connection. Directed by Sarah Shapiro ’23.
Chinese Music Ensemble Fall Concert
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Wesleyan’s Chinese Music Ensemble, under the direction of Chia-Yu Joy Lu, presents a fall concert featuring a variety of music derived from traditional and contemporary works.
WesWinds Fall Concert
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan University Wind Ensemble (WesWinds) performs under the direction of Salvatore LaRusso.
South Indian Music Student Recital
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at 6:00pm
World Music Hall
Students of Adjunct Associate Professors B. Balasubrahmaniyan and David Nelson will perform their end semester recital of music from the Karnatak tradition of South India.
Ebony Singers Winter Concert
Monday, December 5, 2022 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan University Ebony Singers present an evening of gospel music under the direction of Marichal Monts ’85. This joyful, inspiring event is great for the entire family.
Steel Pan Fall Concert
Monday, December 5, 2022 at 6:00pm
Fayerweather Beckham Hall, 55 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown
The Wesleyan Steel Pan Ensemble performs under the direction of Visiting Instructor in Music Briele Scott.
West African Drumming and Dance Concert
Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
An invigorating performance filled with the rhythms of West Africa, featuring Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa and Assistant Professor of Dance Iddi Saaka, joined by students in West African music and dance classes. *Please note that masks are required for this event.
Korean Drumming and Creative Music Ensemble and Taiko Drumming Ensemble Fall Concert
Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 4:00pm
World Music Hall
Beginning and advanced students of the Korean Drumming and Creative Music Ensemble, directed by Assistant Professor of the Practice in Music Jin Hi Kim, play new arrangements of samulnori (percussion quartet) repertoire. Wesleyan’s Taiko Drumming Ensemble performs the thunderous and thrilling rhythms of Japanese drumming under the direction of Visiting Instructor in Music Fumi Tanakadate.
Worlds of Dance Concert
Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 2:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Worlds of Dance Showcase will feature Wesleyan students performing an exciting array of dance styles from a variety of courses, including Javanese Dance, Bharata Natyam, Hip Hop, Afro-Brazilian, and “Introduction to Dance” classes. *Please note that masks are required for this event.
Advanced Javanese Gamelan Concert
Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 7:30pm
World Music Hall
Wesleyan's Javanese Gamelan ensemble, under the direction of University Professor of Music Harjito and Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music Sumarsam, presents the classical music and dance of Central Java. The concert will include a prelude by the Indonesian Connecticut Community Gamelan Ensemble, directed by Professor Harjito.
Fall Faculty Dance Concert: For the LOVE (of Humanity)
Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 7:00pm
CFA Theater
The Fall Faculty Dance Concert will feature Assistant Professor of the Practice in Dance and African American Studies Joya Powell's company Movement of the People and Wesleyan students and alumni performing the work in progress What's Left of Spring. Visiting Professor of Dance Veronica Retnaningsih will present the solo work Golek Ayun-Ayun on Friday, December 2, 2022. *Please note that masks are required for this event.
Wesleyan University Orchestra
Friday, December 2, 2022 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan University Orchestra performs under the direction of Adjunct Associate Professor of Music and Director of Private Lessons Nadya Potemkina.
Senior Thesis Theater Staged Reading: Mulaqat
Friday, December 2, 2022 at 8:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
A staged reading of Mulaqat, written by Malaika Fernandes '23 in partial fulfillment of Honors in Theater, which explores how we can redefine a South Asian community by pushing the boundaries of language in a world where understanding each other is vital. Directed by Avanti Sheth '23 and stage managed by Sabrina Ladiwala '24.
Fall Faculty Dance Concert: For the LOVE (of Humanity)
Friday, December 2, 2022 at 7:00pm
CFA Theater
The Fall Faculty Dance Concert will feature Assistant Professor of the Practice in Dance and African American Studies Joya Powell's company Movement of the People and Wesleyan students and alumni performing the work in progress What's Left of Spring. Visiting Professor of Dance Veronica Retnaningsih will present the solo work Golek Ayun-Ayun on Friday, December 2, 2022. *Please note that masks are required for this event.
Senior Thesis Theater Staged Reading: Mulaqat
Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 8:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
A staged reading of Mulaqat, written by Malaika Fernandes '23 in partial fulfillment of Honors in Theater, which explores how we can redefine a South Asian community by pushing the boundaries of language in a world where understanding each other is vital. Directed by Avanti Sheth '23 and stage managed by Sabrina Ladiwala '24.
Panel Discussion: Borders of Cuba and Cubanidad
Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 4:30pm
Romance Languages and Literatures Common Room, 300 High Street, Middletown

How do diaspora and exile shape or contest the (imagined) borders of Cuba? Who gets to define “cubanidad,” that is, what it means to be Cuban? Invited speakers grapple with these questions by turning to late nineteenth- to twentieth-century archives and literary works that shed light on the consolidation of anticolonial efforts across the Caribbean, the links between Cuba and the island of Fernando Pó (now Equatorial Guinea), and the shifting racial borders of cubanidad.

Resilience in Times of War [Date Changed]
Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 12:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
A performance presentation about the convergence of the arts, politics, and survival in Ukraine, held in conjunction with the exhibition Women at War, will feature Associate Professor of Dance, Environmental Studies, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and Education Studies Katja Kolcio joined by vocalist and collector of Ukrainian folk songs Nadia Tarnawsky, with livestream guests from Ukraine: theater artist and vocalist Vira Hanchar in Lviv, and writer and dancer Larissa Babij in Kyiv. Wesleyan students will also be featured in the performance.

November

Sound Performance by Artists Nadia Shihab and Szu-Han Ho: two/fold
Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 1:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Szu-Han Ho and Nadia Shihab will perform in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery as part of a series of events held in conjuction with the exhibtion fron/terra cognita + Hostile Terrain (HT94), on display through December 11, 2022.
Virtual Symposium—How We Do: Dance Making, Praxis in Our Own Words
Friday, November 18, 2022 at 1:00pm
Zoom

This symposium will shed light on the magic of the praxis. Most Black dance makers go unrecognized for their contributions and tools they have shared in the field. How they do what they do. The symposium will highlight intergenerational conversations on the processes of dance making, which is often left within dance studio walls. The conversations will be centered around our processes, tools, devices that are used in our choreographic praxis, as akin to a kitchen table conversation. Sponsored and co-presented by: Angela’s Pulse’s North Star Arts Incubator, Wesleyan University’s Dance Department and Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, and The Committee on Black Performing Arts (CBPA) at The Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA) at Stanford University.

Music Department Colloquium: Jennifer Kyker—Seeking Bad Debt: Ethnography, Mutuality, and Hunhu/Ubuntu
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 4:30pm
Zoom
Jennifer W. Kyker holds a joint appointment as Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at the Eastman School of Music and as Associate Professor of Music in the College Music Department at the University of Rochester. Her talk will suggest possibilities for ethnographic work centered on the Zimbabwean indigenous philosophy of hunhu/ubuntu. The colloquium is organized by Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa and Assistant Professor of Music and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Saida Daukeyeva as part of the Music Department Colloquium Series.
Graduate Music Student Concert: Parsa Ferdowsi, Katrina Mazur, and Tobias Haus
Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall
Graduate music students Parsa Ferdowsi, Katrina Mazur, and Tobias Haus present a concert.
Jeremy Zwelling Memorial Concert featuring Trio Sefardi
Sunday, November 13, 2022 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce presents a concert in memory of Jeremy Zwelling, Associate Professor of Religion, Emeritus, who passed away in May 2022 at the age of 81. The concert will feature Trio Sefardi, a Virginia-based ensemble that, since 2010, has performed traditional songs of the Sephardim, the descendants of Jews exiled from Spain in 1492.
Everybody
Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
In Everybody, written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, five of the nine actors choose their parts by lottery before every performance. Directed by Assistant Professor of Theater Katie Pearl and co-directed by Visiting Professor of Theater Erica Wray, Everybody is a wild, involving, provocative,​ hilarious journey for both the actors and the audience. This production will also serve as the Senior Theater Capstone Project in Lighting Design for Sam Harris ’23.
Everybody
Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 2:00pm
CFA Theater
In Everybody, written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, five of the nine actors choose their parts by lottery before every performance. Directed by Assistant Professor of Theater Katie Pearl and co-directed by Visiting Professor of Theater Erica Wray, Everybody is a wild, involving, provocative,​ hilarious journey for both the actors and the audience. This production will also serve as the Senior Theater Capstone Project in Lighting Design for Sam Harris ’23.
Everybody
Friday, November 11, 2022 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
In Everybody, written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, five of the nine actors choose their parts by lottery before every performance. Directed by Assistant Professor of Theater Katie Pearl and co-directed by Visiting Professor of Theater Erica Wray, Everybody is a wild, involving, provocative,​ hilarious journey for both the actors and the audience. This production will also serve as the Senior Theater Capstone Project in Lighting Design for Sam Harris ’23.
Everybody
Thursday, November 10, 2022 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
In Everybody, written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, five of the nine actors choose their parts by lottery before every performance. Directed by Assistant Professor of Theater Katie Pearl and co-directed by Visiting Professor of Theater Erica Wray, Everybody is a wild, involving, provocative,​ hilarious journey for both the actors and the audience. This production will also serve as the Senior Theater Capstone Project in Lighting Design for Sam Harris ’23.
Talk by Jason De León, Undocumented Migration Project and creator of Hostile Terrain 94—The Land of Open Graves: Raising Awareness about Migrant Life and Death along the U.S./Mexico Border
Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 4:30pm
Zoom
Jason De León is Executive Director of the Undocumented Migration Project and the Colibri Center for Human Rights. He is Professor of Anthropology and Chicana, Chicano, and Central American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and Head Curator of the ongoing global exhibition Hostile Terrain 94. He is the author of the award-winning book The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail and a 2017 MacArthur Fellow. This talk is held in conjunction with the exhibition fron/terra cognita + Hostile Terrain (HT94), on display in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery through Sunday, December 11, 2022.
Graduate Music Composition Recital: Manuel J. Perez III
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall
Graduate music composition student Manuel J. Perez III presents a contextual concert. The recital A Line Between Two Points features an evening of curated works that meet at the liminal space between memory, lived history, sociality, and spontaneous performance.
Standing with Ukraine: An International Conversation
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at 12:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery and livestreamed
An in-person and live-streamed international conversation on Election Day will offer direct and unique insight into the current situation in Ukraine.
The Ad Hoc Bach Collective: “For the Love of Bach” Vol. 10
Friday, November 4, 2022 at 8:00pm
Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown
Wesleyan student/faculty/staff/alumni/community collective Ad Hoc Bach presents a celebratory tenth edition of For the Love of Bach.
The Critical Response Process in Action: A Webinar in Celebration of the Release of Critique Is Creative
Friday, November 4, 2022 at 12:30pm
Zoom
Celebrate the release of Critique Is Creative: The Critical Response Process in Theory and Action (2022) by Wesleyan University Press. Hear from co-authors Liz Lerman and John Borstel and some of the 21 contributors to the book’s exploration of Critical Response Process and its applications, featuring samples from the book and lively conversation.
Talk by Seth Berkman—Sports in East Asia in the 21st Century: A Global Phenomenon
Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 4:30pm
College of East Asian Studies Seminar Room at Mansfield Freeman Center, 343 Washington Terrace
Seth Berkman is a journalist based in New York. Since 2012, he has been a regular contributor to The New York Times Sports section, while also occasionally covering business and investigative news. His book A Team of Their Own: How an International Sisterhood Made Olympic History was published in 2019. This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Karen Xu: Massive Power Ball, on display through Friday, December 9, 2022.
Art History Public Lecture by Dr. Vyta Pivo—A World Cast in Concrete: How the US Built its Empire
Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 4:30pm
Zoom
A World Cast in Concrete: How the US Built its Empire weaves together two stories: how the US cement and concrete industries expanded their material and technological reach across the globe and into outer space. Dr. Vyta Pivo is a postdoctoral scholar and assistant professor of architecture at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan.
Music Department Colloquium: Adriana Helbig—Romani Musical Resistance During Russia’s War in Ukraine
Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 4:30pm
Zoom
Adriana Helbig is Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Music at the University of Pittsburgh. Her presentation will discuss how Romani musical responses to the war in Ukraine have brought them into the center of Ukraine’s resistance narrative. The colloquium is organized by Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa and Assistant Professor of Music and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Saida Daukeyeva as part of the Music Department Colloquium Series.
Talk by Saida Hodžić
Wednesday, November 2, 2022 at 4:30pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Saida Hodžić is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Cornell University. She studies women’s rights activism, NGO advocacy, humanitarianism, and civic environmental activism. Her first book, The Twilight of Cutting: African Activism and Life after NGOs (University of California Press, 2017) has won the Michelle Rosaldo Book Prize by the Association for Feminist Anthropology, granted to a first book that embodies the theoretical rigor, ethnographic richness and advancement of feminist scholarship, as well as the Amaury Talbot Book Prize for African Anthropology by the Royal Anthropological Institute. This talk is held in conjunction with the exhibition fron/terra cognita + Hostile Terrain (HT94), on display in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery through Sunday, December 11, 2022.
fron/terra cognita + Hostile Terrain (HT94) Exhibition Opens
Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 12:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
fron/terra cognita + Hostile Terrain (HT94) is an exhibition comprising a series of lectures, performances, readings, and art installations on the broad theme of borders, migration, displacement, and violence. Programming will provoke reflections on the territorial dimensions of borders and their consequential effects.

October

Community Workshop for the Creation of the Zilkha Gallery Installation of Hostile Terrain 94—Volunteers Needed
Friday, October 28, 2022 at 11:30am
Usdan University Center, Room 110, 45 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown
To prepare for the installation of Hostile Terrain 94 in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, this workshop will ask volunteers to fill out the toe tags and bear witness to the humanitarian crisis that is happening at our southern border.
Music Department Colloquium: Galen Joseph-Hunter—Out of the Air: 25 Years of Transmission Art
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at 4:30pm
Zoom
Galen Joseph-Hunter is the Executive Director of Wave Farm. She will introduce the origins and activities behind this 25 year-old organization driven by experimentation with broadcast media and the airwaves. The colloquium is organized by Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa and Assistant Professor of Music and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Saida Daukeyeva as part of the Music Department Colloquium Series.
Women at War Exhibition Opens
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at 12:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, South Gallery
Women at War features works by a selection of the leading contemporary women artists working in Ukraine, and provides context for the current war, as represented in art across various media. Exhibition on display through Sunday, November 20, 2022.
Artist Talk: Suzanne Kite—Nonhuman Futures
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 7:30pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
Suzanne Kite is an award winning Oglála Lakȟóta performance artist, visual artist, composer and academic whose groundbreaking scholarship and practice explore contemporary Lakota ontology through research-creation, computational media, and performance. Sponsored by the Center for the Arts Creative Campus Initiative, Science and Society Program, and Music Department.
Music Department Colloquium: Kay Kaufman Shelemay—Sentinel Musicians of the Ethiopian American Diaspora
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 4:30pm
Zoom
Kay Kaufman Shelemay is the G. Gordon Watts Professor of Music and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Her talk will introduce the background and scope of the author’s recent book, Sing and Sing On: Sentinel Musicians and the Making of the Ethiopian American Diaspora. The colloquium is organized by Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa and Assistant Professor of Music and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Saida Daukeyeva as part of the Music Department Colloquium Series.
TALK IT OUT: How We Have Died—Antigonick and Everybody
Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 6:00pm
The Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown
Each semester, the Theater Department produces a show. That show contains a conversation. Let’s TALK IT OUT together.
Queer Horror: Gravest Hits
Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 7:00pm
Goldsmith Family Cinema, The Jeanine Basinger Center for Film Studies, 301 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut
Portland, Oregon's Queer Horror is the only LGBTQ+ feature-length horror screening series in the United States. The East Coast premiere of Gravest Hits presents the silliest and most ghoulish international short films hosted by drag clown Carla Rossi, leaving the audience shook, slain, and screaming for more.
Wesleyan University Orchestra
Friday, October 14, 2022 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
In this concert, the Wesleyan University Orchestra, under the direction of Adjunct Associate Professor of Music and Director of Private Lessons Nadya Potemkina, will feature Private Lessons Instructors Libby Van Cleve (oboe) and Charlie Suriyakham (clarinet), performing music by John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce.
Talk by Miriam Ticktin—Borders and Commons: the Struggle over Political Imagination
Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 5:00pm
The Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown
Miriam Ticktin is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York. Previously, she was at The New School for Social Research, where she co-directed the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility. This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition fron/terra cognita + Hostile Terrain (HT94), on display from Tuesday, November 1 through Sunday, December 11, 2022.
Music Department Colloquium: Paul Berliner—Reflections on Immersive Study and Collaborative Research with Zimbabwean Mbira Musicians, 1969–2022
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 at 4:30pm
Zoom
Paul F. Berliner is the Arts and Sciences Professor Emeritus of Music at Duke University. In his talk, he will elaborate the goals of the sequel to his first book, The Soul Mbira: Music and Traditions of the Shona People of Zimbabwe, which grew out of his dissertation as a Wesleyan doctoral candidate. The colloquium is organized by Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa and Assistant Professor of Music and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Saida Daukeyeva as part of the Music Department Colloquium Series.
This Is It! 2.0: The Complete Chamber Music of Neely Bruce - Part II
Sunday, October 9, 2022 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
This is the second in a series of concerts featuring the chamber music of John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce, especially music for string instruments and song cycles.
Work in Progress with Toshi Reagon: You're Having Too Much Fun So We're Gonna Have to Kill You
Friday, October 7, 2022 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
Get a special first glimpse into the creative process of singer, composer, musician, curator, activist, producer, and storyteller Toshi Reagon as she concludes her year-long artist residency at Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts developing a new production.
Artist Talk by Nick Raffel
Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 4:30pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Nick Raffel’s work in sculpture, installation, and digital modeling considers architectural and infrastructural systems which facilitate the flow of air, water, and gas.
Music Department Colloquium: Levi Gibbs—Encountering Modernity in the Yellow Earth: Innovation in a ‘Traditional’ Repertoire
Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 4:30pm
Zoom
Levi S. Gibbs is Associate Professor of Chinese Literature and Culture in the Asian Societies, Cultures, and Languages Program at Dartmouth College. His lecture will examine how singers, composers, and scholars in contemporary China have adapted traditional songs to represent their regions within the nation and around the world. The colloquium is organized by Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa and Assistant Professor of Music and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Saida Daukeyeva as part of the Music Department Colloquium Series.
Sonic Introductions: Graduate Student Composers at Wesleyan
Tuesday, October 4, 2022 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall
This concert will feature Wesleyan graduate music students performing previous and current works for different types of ensembles as well as solo performance and spontaneous compositions.
Dance Performance: Nrithya Pillai
Sunday, October 2, 2022 at 2:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

Nrithya Pillai is an acclaimed performer and activist from the hereditary community of South India’s former courtesan artists. She presents her dance in the context of critical perspectives on the form, and her New England debut performance will be accompanied by live musicians. A talk-back moderated by Professor and Chair of the Dance Department and Professor of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Hari Krishnan will follow the performance. This event is part of the 46th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan.
Saraswati Puja (Hindu Ceremony)
Sunday, October 2, 2022 at 11:00am
World Music Hall
This religious service, led by Joseph Getter MA ’99, 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. This event is part of the 46th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan.
Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan
Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
World-renowned sitar virtuoso Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan belongs to the seventh generation of an influential musical lineage. His playing focuses on exploring and expanding the possibilities of the melodic framework for improvisation in North Indian classical music, or raag, often to mind-blowing effect. This concert is part of the 46th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan.
Master Class with Sujata Goel: Bollywood Dance—A Globalized Body
Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 11:00am
Bessie Schönberg Dance Studio, 247 Pine Street, Middletown
This Master Class, led by Indian-American choreographer and dancer Sujata Goel, is an introduction to Bollywood dance. Originating in the 1930s, Bollywood dance is a hybrid form that fuses eastern and western dance styles. In this class, participants will look at the history of Bollywood through its different styles spanning the 1940s to present day. The class is open to all, no previous experience or training is required. Sujata Goel is part of SAEDA (South Asian Experimental Dance Artists).

September

B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India
Friday, September 30, 2022 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Vocalist and Adjunct Associate Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan will be joined by Adjunct Associate Professor of Music David Nelson on mridangam and Pranav Swaroop, violin, as part of the 46th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan.
Dance in the Round with Parijat Desai
Friday, September 30, 2022 at 12:15pm
Center for the Arts Courtyard (in front of Ring Family Performing Arts Hall)
India-born, U.S.-raised choreographer/dancer Parijat Desai leads an inclusive workshop based on the "garba" circle dance from Gujarat, India. No experience necessary. Visual elements of Desai's performance project "How Do I Become WE" are featured in the SAEDA (South Asian Experimental Dance Artists) exhibition Kinetic Visualities.
Film Screening: The Other Song
Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 7:00pm
Powell Family Cinema, The Jeanine Basinger Center for Film Studies, 301 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut
The Connecticut premiere screening of the documentary The Other Song will be followed by a Zoom conversation with Director Saba Dewan based in India, and moderated by Assistant Professor of Film Studies Anuja Jain as part of the 46th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan.
Kinetic Visualities Exhibition Opens
Thursday, September 29, 2022 at 12:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, South Gallery
The exhibition Kinetic Visualities will present art processes by the members of SAEDA (South Asian Experimental Dance Artists), a United States-based collective which explores shared and divergent artistic processes and disrupts representations of South Asian bodies in the diaspora. This exhibition is part of the 46th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan.
Music Department Colloquium: Lara Pearson—Interacting with Melody Through Movement: Co-singing Gesture in Karnatak Vocal Performance
Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 4:30pm
Zoom
Lara Pearson is a musicologist and researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics (Frankfurt am Main, Germany). Her paper will reflect on the relationship between gesture and melody in the South Indian style known as Karnāṭaka Saṅgīta (Karnatak music). The colloquium is organized by Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa and Assistant Professor of Music and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Saida Daukeyeva as part of the Music Department Colloquium Series. It is also part of the 46th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan.
A Reading with Renee Gladman
Tuesday, September 27, 2022 at 4:30pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
In conjunction with her solo exhibition THE DREAMS OF SENTENCES, writer and artist Renee Gladman will present a special reading of her work in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery. Gladman is the author of three collections of drawing-writing—Prose Architectures (2017), One Long Black Sentence (2020), and Plans for Sentences (2022)—as well as many works of fiction, essay, and poetry. For this event, Gladman will read across many of their works.
Talk by Writer and Art Critic Emmanuel Iduma: The Movement of the Other
Monday, September 26, 2022 at 4:30pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Room 202
This talk by writer and art critic Emmanuel Iduma is co-sponsored by Wesleyan’s Anthropology Department and African Studies and is held in conjunction with the exhibition fron/terra cognita + Hostile Terrain (HT94), on display from Tuesday, November 1 through Sunday, December 11, 2022.
Book Release and Performative Lecture with Michael Sakamoto - An Empty Room: Imagining Butoh and the Social Body in Crisis
Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 5:00pm
College of East Asian Studies Seminar Room, Mansfield Freeman Center, 343 Washington Terrace, Middletown
Celebrate the release of the new Wesleyan University Press book An Empty Room: Imagining Butoh and the Social Body in Crisis by interdisciplinary artist, scholar, educator, and curator Michael Sakamoto who will perform and show excerpts from his work, followed by a Q&A and book signing.
Music Department Colloquium: Ron Kuivila—Bellona Times: the Turbulence of the Present
Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 4:30pm
Adzenyah Rehearsal Hall, Room 003 (Daltry Room), 60 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown
Professor and Chair of the Music Department Ron Kuivila will present his sound installation Bellona Times and discuss its gestation. The colloquium is organized by Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa and Assistant Professor of Music and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Saida Daukeyeva as part of the Music Department Colloquium Series.
Opening Reception—Karen Xu: Massive Power Ball
Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 12:00pm
College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center

Celebrate the opening of the new exhibition Massive Power Ball by Karen Xu ’22 in the College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center. Refreshments will be provided following a talk by the curators and a walkthrough of the exhibition.

Opening Reception: Nick Raffel - airfoil
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 4:30pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Nick Raffel’s work in sculpture, installation, and digital modeling considers architectural and infrastructural systems which facilitate the flow of air, water, and gas. This reception for the exhibition airfoil will include a curator talk by Associate Director of Visual Arts and Adjunct Instructor in Art Benjamin Chaffee at 5pm.
Opening Reception: Renee Gladman—THE DREAMS OF SENTENCES
Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 4:30pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Writer and artist Renee Gladman is preoccupied with crossings, thresholds, and geographies as they play out at the intersections of poetry, prose, drawing and architecture. This reception will include a talk by exhibition curator, Associate Director of Visual Arts, and Adjunct Instructor in Art Benjamin Chaffee at 5pm.

June

The Kobzar’s Prayer for Ukraine: The Sacred National Instruments of Ukraine
Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 5:30pm
Outdoor Stage at The Church of the Holy Trinity, 381 Main Street, Middletown, Connecticut
Ukrainian-American musician Jurij Fedynskyj will make his Connecticut debut in a free outdoor concert, The Kobzar’s Prayer for Ukraine: The Sacred National Instruments of Ukraine, at The Church of the Holy Trinity.

May

Senior Thesis Showcase Reception
Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 3:30pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
The reception in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery for the Senior Thesis Showcase exhibition of the work of the Class of 2022’s thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program will include a conversation with Assistant Professor of Art History and American Studies Claire Grace, Associate Director of Visual Arts and Adjunct Instructor in Art Benjamin Chaffee ’00, and student curator Gabby Farina ’23 at 4pm.
“Gospel, Rap, and Social Justice” with Naomi Wilson, BL Shirelle, Julio Medina, and Carlos Roche [New Date]
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 7:00pm
YouTube

Introduced by Julio Medina, Director of Exodus Transitional Community. Special guest Carlos Roche, a survivor of the Attica prison massacre, will introduce songs by gospel singer Naomi Wilson and rap poet BL Shirelle, honoring the men who sacrificed their lives to demand justice during the 1971 uprising. They will present their songs and stories in collaboration with Wesleyan students in the course THEA 115 “America in Prison: Theater Behind Bars,” taught by Professor and Chair of the Theater Department Ronald S. Jenkins.

Mini-Festival of Dance in Three Parts [Moved to rain site]
Friday, May 6, 2022 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

A mini-festival of dance in three parts, featuring a duet with Alexi Salazar and Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Eury German ’16; a West African Drumming and Dance Concert, featuring Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa and Assistant Professor of Dance Iddi Saaka joined by students in West African music and dance classes; and a performance of new works by Assistant Professor of Dance Iddi Saaka, Graduate Liberal Studies student Shirley Sullivan ’21, and Serena Aimen '22 in collaboration with Wesleyan students in the "Repertory and Performance" course (DANC 378).

Free Film Screening: WesWorks [Moved to rain location]
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 7:30pm
Goldsmith Family Cinema, The Jeanine Basinger Center for Film Studies, 301 Washington Terrace, Middletown, Connecticut
Celebrate the movement and stories of Wesleyan University employees at the premiere screening of the film WesWorks, which documents the performance with Facilities staff that took place outdoors on Friday, October 15, 2021.
Steel Pan Concert
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 6:30pm
Fayerweather Beckham Hall, 55 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, Connecticut
The Wesleyan Steel Pan Ensemble performs under the direction of Visiting Instructor in Music Briele Scott.
Process>>Processional: Toneburst + MUSC 221 Final Electroextravaganza [Updated with final program]
Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 12:00pm
Starting on Andrus Field, 55 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, Connecticut
Wesleyan’s Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble and students from the “Live-Electronics for Composition, Improvisation, and Sound Art” class (MUSC 221) present an afternoon of new and arranged works for live electronics in various locations, under the direction of Professor of Music Paula Matthusen. View the  Toneburst + MUSC 221 Final Electroextravaganza program here.
African Pop Music Concert
Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Wesleyan’s African Pop Music Band, directed by Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa, presents an invigorating performance of contemporary African music and dance. Genres to be performed include highlife, reggae, hiplife, and gospel highlife, among others.
South Indian Music Student Recital
Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
Students of Adjunct Associate Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan will perform their end of semester recital of music from the Karnatak tradition of South India. Performance will feature the song forms Gitam, Kriti, and Tillana, an instrumental piece, and Solkattu (spoken rhythm). 
Senior Thesis Showcase Exhibition Opens
Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 12:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
The Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery showcases the work of the Class of 2022’s thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program.
In Love and War: Performed by Dancers from "Bharata Natyam III"
Monday, May 2, 2022 at 12:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

The "Bharata Natyam III" advanced class (DANC 382), taught by Professor and Chair of the Dance Department Hari Krishnan, will present new works in this invigorating end-of-semester performance with live music.

Taiko Drumming Ensemble Spring Concert
Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 4:00pm
World Music Hall
Wesleyan’s Taiko Drumming Ensemble performs the thunderous and thrilling rhythms of Japanese drumming under the direction of Visiting Instructor in Music Fumi Tanakadate. Several dynamic and exciting styles will be showcased, demonstrating both traditional and contemporary Taiko repertoire.
Worlds of Dance Showcase
Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 2:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

The Worlds of Dance Showcase will feature Wesleyan students performing an exciting array of dance styles from a variety of courses, including Indonesian Dance, Bharata Natyam, Jazz Dance, Afro-Brazilian, and “Introduction to Dance,” under the direction of Visiting Associate Professor of Dance Doug Elkins, Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Maho Ishiguro MA ’12 Ph.D. ’18, Associate Professor of Dance Katja Kolcio, Professor and Chair of the Dance Department Hari Krishnan, and Assistant Professor of the Practice in Dance Joya Powell.

April

Wesleyan University Orchestra
Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
In this concert, the Wesleyan University Orchestra, under the direction of Adjunct Associate Professor of Music and Director of Private Lessons Nadya Potemkina, will feature the winners of the annual Concerto Competition: pianist Umi Ito ’22 and violinist Julia Kan ’22.
Chinese Music Ensemble Spring Concert
Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
Wesleyan’s Chinese Music Ensemble, under the direction of Joy Lu, presents a variety of Chinese and Taiwanese music derived from traditional and contemporary musical works.
Spring Dance Concert: [parentheses]
Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 7:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater
Student choreographers present works created after a semester of dance composition studies. Featuring works by Zoe Austin '22, Ellis Collier '23, Christian Denny '22, Ellie Flynn '24, Abby Frazee '23, Skye Gao '23, Amaal Ladha '23, graduate student Langston Lynch, Leo Mercado '25, Nallely Salinas '24, Sarah Shapiro '23, Jeremy Sherman '24, and Teddy Shusterman '24.
Wesleyan Concert Choir
Friday, April 29, 2022 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan Concert Choir, under the direction of Adjunct Associate Professor of Music and Director of Private Lessons Nadya Potemkina, presents a program featuring both a cappella and accompanied selections from classical and modern choral repertoire.
Spring Dance Concert: [parentheses]
Friday, April 29, 2022 at 7:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater
Student choreographers present works created after a semester of dance composition studies. Featuring works by Zoe Austin '22, Ellis Collier '23, Christian Denny '22, Ellie Flynn '24, Abby Frazee '23, Skye Gao '23, Amaal Ladha '23, graduate student Langston Lynch, Leo Mercado '25, Nallely Salinas '24, Sarah Shapiro '23, Jeremy Sherman '24, and Teddy Shusterman '24.
Korean Drumming and Creative Music
Friday, April 29, 2022 at 3:00pm
World Music Hall
Beginning and advanced students of the Korean Drumming and Creative Music Ensemble, directed by Adjunct Assistant Professor Jin Hi Kim, play new arrangements of samulnori (percussion quartet) repertoire.
Wesleyan Chamber Music Concert
Friday, April 29, 2022 at 12:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Students from the Wesleyan chamber music program, under the direction of John Biatowas, perform works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Max Reger, Johannes Brahms, Karl Goldmark, Niccolò Paganini, and Manuel Ponce.
Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble [New Location]
Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall
Experience the culture of Java with a concert featuring beginning students of the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of University Professor of Music Harjito and Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music Sumarsam.
Graduate Recital: Ridvan Aydinli—Turkish makam to Turkmen mukam
Monday, April 25, 2022 at 9:00pm
Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street
A journey between Turkish classical makam and Turkmen mukam musical traditions via ney (end-blown flute) and dutar (two-stringed lute) by graduate music students Ridvan Aydinli and Mohammad Geldi Geldi Nejad.
Faculty Theater Production: Sonnets for an Old Century by José Rivera
Sunday, April 24, 2022 at 2:00pm
CFA Theater

The Theater Department presents Sonnets for an Old Century by José Rivera. Directed by Assistant Professor of the Practice in Theater Edward Torres.

The Makanda Project
Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

The Boston-based ensemble The Makanda Project performs as the conclusion of the 19th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend. Formed in 2005, the fourteen-member big band explores the previously unrecorded original compositions of Dr. Makanda Ken McIntyre (1931–2001), an innovator who explored new directions in jazz, playing woodwinds on recordings with Cecil Taylor, Eric Dolphy, and Charlie Haden, and who taught at Wesleyan from 1969 to 1971. The group, which features several former Wesleyan faculty and alumni, will also perform two compositions by the late saxophonist Bill Barron, and will be joined at this concert by four dancers. 

Faculty Theater Production: Sonnets for an Old Century by José Rivera
Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater

The Theater Department presents Sonnets for an Old Century by José Rivera. Directed by Assistant Professor of the Practice in Theater Edward Torres.

Faculty Theater Production: Sonnets for an Old Century by José Rivera
Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 2:00pm
CFA Theater

The Theater Department presents Sonnets for an Old Century by José Rivera. Directed by Assistant Professor of the Practice in Theater Edward Torres.

Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble
Friday, April 22, 2022 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble, directed by Noah Baerman, performs as the opening concert of the 19th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend.
Faculty Theater Production: Sonnets for an Old Century by José Rivera
Friday, April 22, 2022 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater

The Theater Department presents Sonnets for an Old Century by José Rivera. Directed by Assistant Professor of the Practice in Theater Edward Torres.

The Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Keyboard Recital
Friday, April 22, 2022 at 12:00pm
Memorial Chapel
A keyboard recital featuring the participants of the Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Competition.
Javanese Shadow Puppet Play: Wayang Kulit [New Location]
Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall

The Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble and guest musicians, under the direction of University Professor of Music Harjito with Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music and puppet master (dhalang) Sumarsam, will present a Javanese shadow puppet play (wayang).

Senior Talks in the History of Art
Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 4:30pm
Boger Hall, Room 112, 41 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown
Seniors in the Art History Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History will present their talks.
Virtual Colloquium Series: BLACK SOUNDS MATTER—INTERSECTIONAL (re)CONNECTIONS OF AFRICAN and AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSICS AT WESLEYAN
Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 4:30pm
YouTube
Dwight Andrews and bass trombonist for The Makanda Project and former Wesleyan Artist in Residence Bill Lowe will give talks as part of the final Black Sounds Matter Colloquium Series event this spring.
Artists in Conversation: Senior Thesis Exhibition Week Five
Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 4:30pm
Zoom
Zilkha Gallery showcases the work of the Class of 2022’s thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program. The exhibition presents works by Rhea Aggarwal, Vida Behar, Jonah Newmark, Maia Panlilio, Magine Slonaker, and Benjamin Vuchetich. Join Associate Director of Visual Arts Benjamin Chaffee in an online conversation with students about their work.
Senior Thesis Exhibitions Week Five Opening Reception
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 4:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Join us for the opening reception for the fifth week of the annual Senior Thesis Exhibitions, from 4pm to 6pm. Featuring works by seniors in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History: Rhea Aggarwal, Vida Behar, Jonah Newmark, Maia Panlilio, Magine Slonaker, and Ben Vuchetich.
Senior Recital: Dachelle Washington
Saturday, April 16, 2022 at 7:00pm
Movement House, 200 High Street
A senior music recital by Dachelle Washington ’22, “Songs That Taught Me How to Dream.”
Senior Recital: Nic Catalan
Friday, April 15, 2022 at 9:00pm
Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street
A senior music recital by Nic Catalan ’22, "By Myself/Based on What."
Artists in Conversation: Senior Thesis Exhibition Week Four
Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 4:30pm
Zoom
The Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery showcases the work of the Class of 2022’s thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program. The fourth week of the exhibition presents works by Joseph Cohen, Nomi Kligler, Morgan Maben, Elisa Pettinato, Mia Sakamoto, and Carmen Scott-Henning. Associate Director of Visual Arts and Adjunct Instructor in Art Benjamin Chaffee will be in conversation with students about their work on Zoom.
Opening Reception: Senior Thesis Exhibitions Week Four
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 4:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
The opening reception for the fourth week of the annual Senior Thesis Exhibitions will be held from 4pm to 6pm. Featuring works by seniors in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History: Joseph Cohen, Nomi Kligler, Morgan Maben, Elisa Pettinato, Mia Sakamoto, and Carmen Scott-Henning.
Virtual Colloquium Series: BLACK SOUNDS MATTER—INTERSECTIONAL (re)CONNECTIONS OF AFRICAN and AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSICS AT WESLEYAN
Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 4:30pm
YouTube
Portia K. Maultsby and Assistant Professor of Sociology Courtney Patterson-Faye will give talks as part of the Black Sounds Matter Colloquium Series.
Artists in Conversation: Senior Thesis Exhibition Week Three
Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 4:30pm
Zoom
The Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery showcases the work of the Class of 2022’s thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program. The third week of the exhibition presents works by Dotan Appelbaum, Helena Girardoni, Niamh Henchy, Ina Kim, Wiralpach “Mi” Nawabutsitthirat, and Olivia Thanadabout. Associate Director of Visual Arts and Adjunct Instructor in Art Benjamin Chaffee will be in conversation with students about their work on Zoom.
Opening Reception: Senior Thesis Exhibitions Week Three
Wednesday, April 6, 2022 at 4:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
The opening reception for the third week of the annual Senior Thesis Exhibitions will be held from 4pm to 6pm. Featuring works by seniors in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History: Dotan Appelbaum, Helena Girardoni, Niamh Henchy, Ina Kim, Wiralpach “Mi” Nawabutsitthirat, and Olivia Thanadabout.
Graduate Recital: Ryan Seward—Recent Works, 2020–2022
Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 7:00pm
Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street

Ryan Seward and friends perform five recent works for four copper pipes and various surfaces, glockenspiel bars and sine tones, organ, three snare drums activated by miniature loudspeakers and sine tones, and five or so sustaining instruments. four copper pipes drawn over various surfaces will begin before the recital at 6:15pm outside of Memorial Chapel.

Spring Faculty Dance Concert [CANCELED]
Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 8:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater

PLEASE NOTE: This event has been canceled.

The Spring Faculty Dance Concert highlights new works by the faculty in the Dance Department.

Senior Recital: Pablo Puente
Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
A senior music recital by Pablo Puente ’22, "How to Keep Going."
Senior Recital: Clay Rodgers
Friday, April 1, 2022 at 9:00pm
World Music Hall
A senior music recital by Clay Rodgers ’22, featuring the Clay Rodgers Band performing long-form improvised music in the style of the Grateful Dead.
Spring Faculty Dance Concert [CANCELED]
Friday, April 1, 2022 at 8:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater

PLEASE NOTE: This event has been canceled.

The Spring Faculty Dance Concert highlights new works by the faculty in the Dance Department.

March

Virtual Colloquium Series: BLACK SOUNDS MATTER—INTERSECTIONAL (re)CONNECTIONS OF AFRICAN and AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSICS AT WESLEYAN
Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 4:30pm
YouTube

Wesleyan's John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce and Associate Professor of English, Theater, and African American Studies Rashida Z. Shaw McMahon will give talks as part of the Black Sounds Matter Colloquium Series.

Artists in Conversation: Senior Thesis Exhibition Week Two
Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 4:30pm
Zoom
The Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery showcases the work of the Class of 2022’s thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program. The second week of the exhibition presents works by Eli Baden-Lasar, Mia Gleiberman, Julia Kan, Kelsey Morgan, Haishi Teng, and Forrest Walker. Associate Director of Visual Arts and Adjunct Instructor in Art Benjamin Chaffee will be in conversation with students about their work on Zoom.
Dance Alumni Chat Series: Anyone Can Dance!
Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 12:00pm
Zoom
The Dance Department’s third Alumni Chat Series event features four amazing Wesleyan alumni discussing the benefits of a dance degree, and how their dance education at Wesleyan transformed their lives beyond the University. Featuring Michael Bodel ’03; Darrah Carr ’96; Gabe Hurlock ’20; and SheenRu Yong ’02. Moderated by Associate Professor Katja Kolcio, with an introduction by the Center for the Arts Associate Director for Programming and Performing Arts Fiona Coffey.
Opening Reception: Senior Thesis Exhibitions Week Two
Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at 4:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
The opening reception for the second week of the annual Senior Thesis Exhibitions will be held from 4pm to 6pm. Featuring works by seniors in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History: Eli Baden-Lasar, Mia Gleiberman, Julia Kan, Kelsey Morgan, Haishi Teng, and Forrest Walker.
Cynthia Novack Lecture in Memoriam: “Dancing A Love Like That” — A Talk and Workshop with Ananya Chatterjea
Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at 4:40pm
Bessie Schönberg Dance Studio, 247 Pine Street, Middletown
Presented by the Dance Department, this year’s Cynthia Novack Lecture in Memoriam will be a talk and workshop. “Dancing A Love Like That” will feature Ananya Chatterjea, artistic director of Ananya Dance Theatre, a dance company of BIPOC [Black, Indigenous, People of Color] femmes, and co-founder of the Shawngrām Institute for Performance and Social Justice. Chatterjea is also a Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at the University of Minnesota. Her talk at Wesleyan will be held in conjunction with the class DANC 379 "Dance as Activism," taught by Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance and African American Studies Joya Powell.
Spring Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 7:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street, Middletown
Senior choreographers present a collection of new works as the culminating project of the dance major. Featuring works by Gabrielle Baba-Conn, Christian Denny, Annie Kidwell, Natasha Marder, Zoe McCracken, Spenser Stroud, and Maren Westgard.
Spring Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Saturday, March 26, 2022 at 2:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street, Middletown
Senior choreographers present a collection of new works as the culminating project of the dance major. Featuring works by Gabrielle Baba-Conn, Christian Denny, Annie Kidwell, Natasha Marder, Zoe McCracken, Spenser Stroud, and Maren Westgard.
Spring Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Friday, March 25, 2022 at 7:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street, Middletown
Senior choreographers present a collection of new works as the culminating project of the dance major. Featuring works by Gabrielle Baba-Conn, Christian Denny, Annie Kidwell, Natasha Marder, Zoe McCracken, Spenser Stroud, and Maren Westgard.
Artists in Conversation: Senior Thesis Exhibition Week One
Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 4:30pm
Zoom
The Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery showcases the work of the Class of 2022’s thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program. The first week of the exhibition presents works by Romina Beltrán Lazo, Jared Christopher, Nina Criswell, Daniela Sweet-Coll, Karen Xu, and Jiayao Zhu. Associate Director of Visual Arts and Adjunct Instructor in Art Benjamin Chaffee will be in conversation with students about their work on Zoom.
Opening Reception: Senior Thesis Exhibitions Week One
Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 4:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
The opening reception for the first week of the annual Senior Thesis Exhibitions will be held from 4pm to 6pm for Wesleyan students, faculty, and staff. Featuring works by seniors in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History: Romina Beltrán Lazo, Jared Christopher, Nina Criswell, Daniela Sweet-Coll, Karen Xu, and Jiayao Zhu.
Toneburst Sampler [NEW DATE]
Monday, March 7, 2022 at 8:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
Wesleyan’s Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble presents new and arranged works for live electronics under the direction of Professor of Music Paula Matthusen.
Public Deinstall: Dana DeGiulio’s Live or Die [NEW DATE]
Sunday, March 6, 2022 at 4:30pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
To mark the end of Dana DeGiulio’s Live or Die exhibition in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, the artist will join curator Benjamin Chaffee, Associate Director of Visual Arts and Adjunct Instructor in Art, to discuss the works in the show, their installation, and the artist’s practice.
Wesleyan University Orchestra: Virtual Children’s Concert
Saturday, March 5, 2022 at 3:00pm
YouTube Live
The Wesleyan University Orchestra presents a virtual children’s concert under the direction of Adjunct Associate Professor of Music and Director of Private Lessons Nadya Potemkina.
Senior Thesis Theater Production: Abby Meyers—To Play or Not to Play
Friday, March 4, 2022 at 7:00pm
CFA Theater Studio, 275 Washington Terrace

A Senior Thesis Theater Production by Abby Meyers ’22, To Play or Not to Play is an original solo acting thesis that interrogates the tension and overlap between theater and athletics, through the autobiographical lens of Meyers’ experiences trying to do both at a high level throughout her life.

Movement Workshop: Yangge Dance and Politics in China with Ellen Gerdes ’05
Friday, March 4, 2022 at 12:30pm
College of East Asian Studies Seminar Room at Mansfield Freeman Center, 343 Washington Terrace
In this workshop with Ellen Gerdes ’05, participants will learn basic Yangge (Chinese folk dance) movement with stepping patterns, group lead-follow dynamics, and fan skills.
Senior Thesis Theater Production: Abby Meyers—To Play or Not to Play
Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 7:00pm
CFA Theater Studio, 275 Washington Terrace

A Senior Thesis Theater Production by Abby Meyers ’22, To Play or Not to Play is an original solo acting thesis that interrogates the tension and overlap between theater and athletics, through the autobiographical lens of Meyers’ experiences trying to do both at a high level throughout her life.

Virtual Colloquium Series: BLACK SOUNDS MATTER—INTERSECTIONAL (re)CONNECTIONS OF AFRICAN and AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSICS AT WESLEYAN
Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 4:30pm
YouTube

Professor of Music Eric Charry and Ph.D. candidate in ethnomusicology Marvin McNeill will give talks as part of the Black Sounds Matter Colloquium Series.

Senior Thesis Theater Production: Abby Meyers—To Play or Not to Play
Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 7:00pm
CFA Theater Studio, 275 Washington Terrace

A Senior Thesis Theater Production by Abby Meyers ’22, To Play or Not to Play is an original solo acting thesis that interrogates the tension and overlap between theater and athletics, through the autobiographical lens of Meyers’ experiences trying to do both at a high level throughout her life.

Artist Talk by Diane Burko: Visualizing Environmental Change
Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 12:20pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Room 202

Diane Burko will give an artist talk about Visualizing Environmental Change. Her exhibition of the same name is on display in the South Gallery of the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery through Thursday, March 3, 2022.  

February

This Is It! 2.0: The Complete Chamber Music of Neely Bruce - Part I
Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 3:00pm
YouTube Live
This is the first in a series of concerts featuring the chamber music of John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce, especially music for string instruments and song cycles. The program for this virtual concert will include the Grand Duo for Cello and Piano and the song cycle “Whitman Fragments,” with baritone Christopher Grundy and cellist Alex Waterman.
Elevator Repair Service: Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge [SOLD OUT]
Friday, February 25, 2022 at 7:00pm
CFA Theater
Actors Greig Sargeant and Ben Jalosa Williams of the New York-based ensemble Elevator Repair Service perform the New England premiere of their verbatim staging of the provocative and profoundly insightful confrontation between one of the most powerful figures of the Civil Rights Movement and the father of 20th century patrician conservatism.
Elevator Repair Service: Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge [SOLD OUT]
Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 7:00pm
CFA Theater
Actors Greig Sargeant and Ben Jalosa Williams of the New York-based ensemble Elevator Repair Service perform the New England premiere of their verbatim staging of the provocative and profoundly insightful confrontation between one of the most powerful figures of the Civil Rights Movement and the father of 20th century patrician conservatism.
Virtual Colloquium Series: BLACK SOUNDS MATTER—INTERSECTIONAL (re)CONNECTIONS OF AFRICAN and AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSICS AT WESLEYAN
Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 4:30pm
YouTube
Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa and Associate Professor of Music Su Zheng will give talks as part of the Black Sounds Matter Colloquium Series.
Artist Talk: A Conversation with Brandon Ndife and Anthony Ryan Hatch
Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 6:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
On the occasion of Brandon Ndife's solo exhibition Down to the Spoons and Forks in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, the artist will speak with Anthony Ryan Hatch, Chair and Associate Professor of Science in Society, African American Studies, Sociology, Environmental Studies, and the College of the Environment, and Coordinator for Sustainability and Environmental Justice at Wesleyan University.
Jin Hi Kim: A Ritual for Covid-19
Friday, February 18, 2022 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
A Ritual for Covid-19 (2021) is a community purification performance in memory of over 5.5 million deaths worldwide during the pandemic, created by innovative komungo (Korean stringed instrument) virtuoso Jin Hi Kim, Adjunct Assistant Professor and Director of Wesleyan’s Korean Drumming Ensemble.
Virtual Colloquium Series: BLACK SOUNDS MATTER—INTERSECTIONAL (re)CONNECTIONS OF AFRICAN and AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSICS AT WESLEYAN
Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 4:30pm
YouTube
Ruth Naomi Floyd and Marichal Monts '85, Conductor of Wesleyan's Ebony Singers, will give talks as part of the Black Sounds Matter Colloquium Series.
Diane Burko’s Visualizing Environmental Change Exhibition Opens
Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 12:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

Diane Burko’s exhibition Visualizing Environmental Change opens the South Gallery of the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery.  

Virtual Panel Discussion: The Fire This Time—How the Baldwin/Buckley Debate Can Energize Our Politics
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 7:30pm
YouTube

This virtual panel discussion will feature Wesleyan University Assistant Professor of African American Studies Garry Bertholf and Linfield University Professor Nicholas Buccola, author of The Fire is Upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr., and the Debate over Race in America. Their conversation will help provide historical and political context in advance of the New England premiere performances of Elevator Repair Service’s staging of the 1965 debate at Wesleyan on Thursday, February 24 and Friday, February 25, 2022.

Opening Reception: Strong Bodies for the Revolution
Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 12:15pm
College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center

Celebrate the opening of the new exhibition Strong Bodies for the Revolution: Pursuing Health and Power in the People’s Republic of China. Wesleyan students, faculty, and staff will first view the exhibition, and then hear remarks by College of East Asian Studies Collections Assistant Sam Smith ’20, Assistant Professor of History and East Asian Studies Ying Jia Tan, and Mark Sidel, the son of Ruth and Victor Sidel, who originally donated the posters to Wesleyan.

Nobuntu
Friday, February 11, 2022 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The five members of the a cappella ensemble Nobuntu from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe celebrate their identity as African women through their songs and dance, which feature the traditional sounds of their country rooted in Afro-jazz and gospel music, in their Connecticut debut.
Ananya Dance Theatre: Dastak—I Wish You Me [CANCELED]
Friday, February 4, 2022 at 7:00pm
CFA Theater

PLEASE NOTE: This event has been canceled.

Choreographed by Artistic Director Ananya Chatterjea and performed by the artists of Minneapolis’ Ananya Dance Theatre, Dastak: I Wish You Me (2021) is a meditation on borders, loss, belonging, home, and liberation.

Opening Reception: Dana DeGiulio and Brandon Ndife
Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 4:30pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery: Dana DeGiulio’s Live or Die and Brandon Ndife’s Down to the Spoons and Forks. Both artists will be present, and curator Benjamin Chaffee, Associate Director of Visual Arts and Adjunct Instructor in Art, will make remarks at 5pm. For Wesleyan students, faculty, and staff.

2021

December

Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble
Friday, December 24, 2021 at 8:00pm
YouTube
The Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Noah Baerman, performs Baerman’s composition Fuller Throttle. Recorded on December 7, 2021 in the Adzenyah Rehearsal Hall, the performance is available to view now.
Chinese Music Ensemble Fall Concert
Friday, December 24, 2021 at 7:00pm
YouTube
Wesleyan’s Chinese Music Ensemble, directed by Joy Lu, presents a virtual fall concert. Pre-recorded at the end of the semester, this concert is available to view now.
Winter Dance Concert: COUNTER/ACT
Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 7:00pm
CFA Theater
Wesleyan student choreographers across different class years present new group works focusing on a diversity of techniques, methods, and aesthetic approaches.
Winter Dance Concert: COUNTER/ACT
Friday, December 10, 2021 at 7:00pm
CFA Theater
Wesleyan student choreographers across different class years present new group works focusing on a diversity of techniques, methods, and aesthetic approaches.
Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble Virtual Mini-Concert and Demonstration: Traditional Music of Java
Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 8:00pm
YouTube Live
While COVID-19 is still with us this semester, the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of University Professor of Music I.M. Harjito and Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music Sumarsam, offers a series of 30-minute virtual mini concerts and demonstrations. This week’s concert features the traditional music of Java with beginning students of the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble.
Thesis Theater Production: Heroes of the Fourth Turning
Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 8:00pm
Patricelli '92 Theater
Heroes of the Fourth Turning directed by Anna Buchmueller ’22 creates opportunities for audiences to hold space for competing beliefs and listen to those for whom they may have the impulse to block out.
Thesis Theater Production: Heroes of the Fourth Turning
Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 8:00pm
Patricelli '92 Theater
Heroes of the Fourth Turning directed by Anna Buchmueller ’22 creates opportunities for audiences to hold space for competing beliefs and listen to those for whom they may have the impulse to block out.
Thesis Theater Production: Heroes of the Fourth Turning
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 8:00pm
Patricelli '92 Theater
Heroes of the Fourth Turning directed by Anna Buchmueller ’22 creates opportunities for audiences to hold space for competing beliefs and listen to those for whom they may have the impulse to block out.
South Indian Music Student Recital
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 7:00pm
YouTube
Students of Adjunct Associate Professors B. Balasubrahmaniyan and David Nelson will perform their end semester recital of music from the Karnatak tradition of South India. Performance will feature the song forms Gitam, Kriti, Tillana, Instrumental piece and Solkattu.
Senior Thesis Exhibition—Harry Slattery: Scarlet Comfort Opens
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 12:00pm
South Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
With the installation Scarlet Comfort, Harry Slattery ’22 presents an immersive experience of light and form.
Worlds of Dance Showcase
Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 2:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Worlds of Dance Showcase will feature Wesleyan students performing an exciting array of dance styles from a variety of courses, including Indonesian Dance, Bharata Natyam, Hip Hop, and “Introduction to Dance."
West African Drumming and Dance Concert
Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
An invigorating performance filled with the rhythms of West Africa, featuring Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa and Assistant Professor of Dance Iddi Saaka joined by students in West African music and dance classes.
Fall Faculty Dance Concert: FULL SPEED AHEAD!
Friday, December 3, 2021 at 7:00pm
CFA Theater
Forging ahead with gusto and excitement, the Wesleyan Dance Department presents a mixed bill of dance works intertwining activism, race, identity, dance history, somatics, and dynamic movement featuring Artist in Residence in Dance Patricia Beaman, Associate Professor of Dance Katja Kolcio, Visiting Instructor in Dance Nik Owens ’12, and Assistant Professor of Dance Iddi Saaka.
Wesleyan Chamber Music: Flute and Piano Duo plays Taffanel and Mozart
Friday, December 3, 2021 at 5:00pm
YouTube
Flute and piano students from the Wesleyan chamber music program, under the direction of John Biatowas, perform a virtual concert of works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Claude-Paul Taffanel.
Wesleyan Chamber Music: String Quartet Plays Arensky
Friday, December 3, 2021 at 4:00pm
YouTube
String students from the Wesleyan chamber music program, under the direction of John Biatowas, perform a virtual concert of works by Anton Arensky.
Wesleyan Chamber Music: Flute Quartet plays Mozart and Dvořák
Friday, December 3, 2021 at 3:00pm
YouTube
Flute students from the Wesleyan chamber music program, under the direction of John Biatowas, perform a virtual concert of works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonín Dvořák.
Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble Virtual Mini-Concert and Demonstration: Traditional Music of Java
Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 8:00pm
YouTube Live
While COVID-19 is still with us this semester, the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of University Professor of Music I.M. Harjito and Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music Sumarsam, offers the second in a series of 30-minute virtual mini-concerts and demonstrations. This week’s concert features the traditional music of Java.
Fall Faculty Dance Concert: FULL SPEED AHEAD!
Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 7:00pm
CFA Theater
Forging ahead with gusto and excitement, the Wesleyan Dance Department presents a mixed bill of dance works intertwining activism, race, identity, dance history, somatics, and dynamic movement featuring Artist in Residence in Dance Patricia Beaman, Associate Professor of Dance Katja Kolcio, Visiting Instructor in Dance Nik Owens ’12, and Assistant Professor of Dance Iddi Saaka.
Wesleyan Concert Choir [new date]
Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 5:30pm
YouTube

The Wesleyan Concert Choir under the direction of Adjunct Associate Professor of Music and Director of Private Lessons Nadya Potemkina presents a livestreamed dress rehearsal of music by Ysaye Maria Barnwell, Electric Light Orchestra, Karl Jenkins, Francis Poulenc, Camille Saint-Saëns, and others.

November

Wesleyan University Orchestra [new time]
Monday, November 29, 2021 at 7:45pm
YouTube
The Wesleyan University Orchestra under the direction of Adjunct Associate Professor of Music and Director of Private Lessons Nadya Potemkina presents a livestreamed open dress rehearsal featuring Vasily Kalinnikov's Symphony No. 1.
Capstone Theater Production: The Party at the Edge of the World [CANCELED]
Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 9:30pm
College of the Environment (284 High Street)

PLEASE NOTE: All Sunday performances have been canceled.

Ten year old Georgie lives in a house that was supposed to be underwater, that is sinking, that is already sunk, and that soon will sink for good. This capstone theater production by Liz Woolford ’22 is an original play about childhood, togetherness, and how we embrace both grief and joy in the face of the massively unthinkable.

Capstone Theater Production: The Party at the Edge of the World [CANCELED]
Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 7:30pm
College of the Environment (284 High Street)

PLEASE NOTE: All Sunday performances have been canceled.

Ten year old Georgie lives in a house that was supposed to be underwater, that is sinking, that is already sunk, and that soon will sink for good. This capstone theater production by Liz Woolford ’22 is an original play about childhood, togetherness, and how we embrace both grief and joy in the face of the massively unthinkable.

Capstone Theater Production: The Party at the Edge of the World [CANCELED]
Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 5:00pm
College of the Environment (284 High Street)

PLEASE NOTE: All Sunday performances have been canceled.

Ten year old Georgie lives in a house that was supposed to be underwater, that is sinking, that is already sunk, and that soon will sink for good. This capstone theater production by Liz Woolford ’22 is an original play about childhood, togetherness, and how we embrace both grief and joy in the face of the massively unthinkable.

Capstone Theater Production: The Party at the Edge of the World [CANCELED]
Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 9:30pm
College of the Environment (284 High Street)

PLEASE NOTE: All Sunday performances have been canceled.

Ten year old Georgie lives in a house that was supposed to be underwater, that is sinking, that is already sunk, and that soon will sink for good. This capstone theater production by Liz Woolford ’22 is an original play about childhood, togetherness, and how we embrace both grief and joy in the face of the massively unthinkable.

Capstone Theater Production: The Party at the Edge of the World [CANCELED]
Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 7:30pm
College of the Environment (284 High Street)

PLEASE NOTE: All Sunday performances have been canceled.

Ten year old Georgie lives in a house that was supposed to be underwater, that is sinking, that is already sunk, and that soon will sink for good. This capstone theater production by Liz Woolford ’22 is an original play about childhood, togetherness, and how we embrace both grief and joy in the face of the massively unthinkable.

Capstone Theater Production: The Party at the Edge of the World [CANCELED]
Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 5:00pm
College of the Environment (284 High Street)

PLEASE NOTE: All Sunday performances have been canceled.

Ten year old Georgie lives in a house that was supposed to be underwater, that is sinking, that is already sunk, and that soon will sink for good. This capstone theater production by Liz Woolford ’22 is an original play about childhood, togetherness, and how we embrace both grief and joy in the face of the massively unthinkable.

Capstone Theater Production: The Party at the Edge of the World [CANCELED]
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 9:30pm
College of the Environment (284 High Street)

PLEASE NOTE: All Sunday performances have been canceled.

Ten year old Georgie lives in a house that was supposed to be underwater, that is sinking, that is already sunk, and that soon will sink for good. This capstone theater production by Liz Woolford ’22 is an original play about childhood, togetherness, and how we embrace both grief and joy in the face of the massively unthinkable.

Capstone Theater Production: The Party at the Edge of the World [CANCELED]
Friday, November 19, 2021 at 7:30pm
College of the Environment (284 High Street)

PLEASE NOTE: All Sunday performances have been canceled.

Ten year old Georgie lives in a house that was supposed to be underwater, that is sinking, that is already sunk, and that soon will sink for good. This capstone theater production by Liz Woolford ’22 is an original play about childhood, togetherness, and how we embrace both grief and joy in the face of the massively unthinkable.

Capstone Theater Production: The Party at the Edge of the World [CANCELED]
Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 7:00pm
College of the Environment (284 High Street)

PLEASE NOTE: All Sunday performances have been canceled.

Ten year old Georgie lives in a house that was supposed to be underwater, that is sinking, that is already sunk, and that soon will sink for good. This capstone theater production by Liz Woolford ’22 is an original play about childhood, togetherness, and how we embrace both grief and joy in the face of the massively unthinkable.

An Evening with Toshi Reagon featuring Nona Hendryx and DJ Bill Coleman
Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 8:00pm
YouTube
World-renowned singer, composer, musician, curator, activist, producer, and storyteller Toshi Reagon will be joined by two featured guests for an evening of music and conversation: vocalist, record producer, songwriter, musician, author, and actress Nona Hendryx of Labelle; and artist manager, producer, remixer, music supervisor, performer, recording artist, writer, and DJ Bill Coleman. This live-streamed improvisational performance from the Free Center in Middletown is the inaugural event of Toshi Reagon's 2021-2022 artist residency at Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts.
Artist Talk by Julien Creuzet
Monday, November 15, 2021 at 12:00pm
Zoom
An online artist talk by Julien Creuzet held in conjunction with the exhibition The Language in Common, on display in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery through Sunday, December 12, 2021.
Oedipus El Rey [SOLD OUT]
Sunday, November 14, 2021 at 2:00pm
CFA Theater

A production of Oedipus El Rey, an urgent examination of the criminal justice system, societal barriers, and the influence of storytelling for those bold enough to challenge the gods of our time, written by playwright Luis Alfaro, directed by Assistant Professor of Theater Katie Pearl, and featuring a senior theater capstone performance by Milton Espinoza '22.

Oedipus El Rey [SOLD OUT]
Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater

A production of Oedipus El Rey, an urgent examination of the criminal justice system, societal barriers, and the influence of storytelling for those bold enough to challenge the gods of our time, written by playwright Luis Alfaro, directed by Assistant Professor of Theater Katie Pearl, and featuring a senior theater capstone performance by Milton Espinoza '22.

Oedipus El Rey [SOLD OUT]
Saturday, November 13, 2021 at 2:00pm
CFA Theater

A production of Oedipus El Rey, an urgent examination of the criminal justice system, societal barriers, and the influence of storytelling for those bold enough to challenge the gods of our time, written by playwright Luis Alfaro, directed by Assistant Professor of Theater Katie Pearl, and featuring a senior theater capstone performance by Milton Espinoza '22.

Oedipus El Rey [SOLD OUT]
Friday, November 12, 2021 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater

A production of Oedipus El Rey, an urgent examination of the criminal justice system, societal barriers, and the influence of storytelling for those bold enough to challenge the gods of our time, written by playwright Luis Alfaro, directed by Assistant Professor of Theater Katie Pearl, and featuring a senior theater capstone performance by Milton Espinoza '22.

The Ad Hoc Bach Collective: “For the Love of Bach” Vol. 8
Friday, November 12, 2021 at 7:30pm
Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown
The Ad Hoc Bach Collective, featuring Wesleyan student/faculty/staff/alumni/community members, presents volume eight in their continuing series of concerts “For the Love of Bach," directed by Adjunct Associate Professor of Music and Director of Private Lessons Nadya Potemkina.
Language as a Site of Struggle: A Conversation with Lou Cornum, Jeffers Lennox, and Steve Lyons
Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 4:30pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
A conversation with Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Native American Studies Lou Cornum, Associate Professor of History Jeffers Lennox, and artist and art historian Steve Lyons held in conjunction with the exhibition The Language in Common, on display in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery through Sunday, December 12, 2021. This event is co-sponsored by the American Studies Department.
A Convo with Meiyin Wang
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 4:30pm
Zoom
Assistant Professors of Theater Katherine Brewer Ball and Maria-Christina Oliveras will be in conversation with Meiyin Wang about producing, performance festivals, and sustaining live arts. They will specifically explore the world of performance funding, curating, and social engagement. Sponsored by the Theater Department.
Artists in Conversation: Tanya Lukin Linklater and Raven Chacon
Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at 6:00pm
Zoom
This online event features artist Tanya Lukin Linklater in conversation with composer, performer, and installation artist Raven Chacon from Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation. The artists will discuss the concepts of the score as related to their work, held in conjunction with the exhibition The Language in Common, on display in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery through Sunday, December 12, 2021.

October

Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 7:00pm
Patricelli '92 Theater
A collection of new works will be presented by senior choreographers as part of their culminating project of the dance major. Featuring works by Annie Kidwell ’22, Natasha Marder ’22, Spenser Stroud ’22, and Maren Westgard ’22.
Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Friday, October 29, 2021 at 7:00pm
Patricelli '92 Theater
A collection of new works will be presented by senior choreographers as part of their culminating project of the dance major. Featuring works by Annie Kidwell ’22, Natasha Marder ’22, Spenser Stroud ’22, and Maren Westgard ’22.
Talk It Out: Oedipus El Rey - Self-Determination Versus the Weavers of Fate
Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 5:30pm
Downey House Lounge, 294 High Street, Middletown
The Wesleyan Theater Department presents a "Talk It Out" interdisciplinary, open conversation around the issues of fate and self-determination framed by their November production of Oedipus El Rey directed by Assistant Professor of Theater Katie Pearl and featuring a senior theater capstone performance by Milton Espinoza ’22.
Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble Virtual Mini-Concert and Demonstration: Gadhon
Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 8:00pm
YouTube Live
While COVID-19 is still with us this semester, the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of University Professor of Music I.M. Harjito and Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music Sumarsam, offers the first in a series of 30-minute virtual mini-concerts and demonstrations. This week’s concert features Gadhon, a small ensemble featuring soft sounding instruments.
Forklift Danceworks: WesWorks—A Performance with Wesleyan University Facilities Staff
Friday, October 15, 2021 at 7:00pm
Starting at Andrus Field (55 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, Connecticut)

WesWorks (2021) is a multi-site, free outdoor performance that features the movement and stories of Wesleyan University employees as directed by Forklift Danceworks of Austin, Texas. The company is led by Artistic Director Allison Orr, Distinguished Fellow in the College of the Environment and Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies.

Forklift Danceworks: WesWorks—A Performance with Wesleyan University Facilities Staff
Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 7:00pm
Starting at Andrus Field (55 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, Connecticut)

WesWorks (2021) is a multi-site, free outdoor performance that features the movement and stories of Wesleyan University employees as directed by Forklift Danceworks of Austin, Texas. The company is led by Artistic Director Allison Orr, Distinguished Fellow in the College of the Environment and Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies.

Performance and Artist Talk by Cecilia Vicuña
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 6:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
A performance and artist talk by Cecilia Vicuña held in conjunction with the exhibition The Language in Common, on display in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery through Sunday, December 12, 2021.
Thesis Theater Project: Fall Harvest Gathering
Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 5:30pm
Long Lane Farm, 243 Long Lane, Middletown
Part of the thesis theater project of Elam Grekin ’22, the Fall Harvest Gathering at Long Lane Farm is an opportunity for Wesleyan students, faculty, and staff who feel a connection to the land that Wesleyan occupies to gather with others and enact community, including a dinner and bonfire.
Poetry Reading by Tanya Lukin Linklater
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 4:30pm
Zoom
This online event features a poetry reading by Tanya Lukin Linklater, held in conjunction with the exhibition The Language in Common, on display in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery through Sunday, December 12, 2021. She will read from her first book, Slow Scrape (Anteism, 2020), which is, in the words of poet Layli Long Soldier, “an expansive and undulating meditation on time, relations, origin and colonization.”
Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan’s Raag Bhimpalasi
Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 2:00pm
YouTube
World-renowned sitar virtuoso Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan belongs to the seventh generation of an influential musical lineage. This free, pre-recorded concert with accompaniment by Sri Subhajyoti Guha on tabla as part of the 45th annual Navaratri Festival will be followed by a live discussion and Q&A with the artist moderated by sarangi (bowed string instrument) player and vocalist and Wesleyan graduate student Suhail Yusuf.
Dance Workshop and Conversation with The Post Natyam Collective
Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 2:00pm
Zoom
The Post Natyam Collective (Sandra Chatterjee, Cynthia Ling Lee, and Shyamala Moorty) will engage with this free workshop's participants through creative exercises and video documentation of performance works from the past fifteen years as part of the 45th annual Navaratri Festival. Moderated by Professor and Chair of the Dance Department and Professor of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Hari Krishnan.
B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India
Friday, October 1, 2021 at 7:00pm
YouTube
Vocalist and Adjunct Associate Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan will be joined in this free virtual concert by Adjunct Associate Professor of Music David Nelson on mridangam as part of the 45th annual Navaratri Festival.

September

Film Screening and Discussion: Kattumaram (Catamaran)
Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 7:00pm
YouTube
Part of an emerging queer cinema from South India, this free virtual screening of the 2019 film Kattumaram (Catamaran) as part of the 45th annual Navaratri Festival will be followed by a discussion with director Swarnavel Eswaran and Assistant Professor of Film Studies Anuja Jain, moderated by Chair of the Dance Department and Professor of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Hari Krishnan.
Opening Reception: 25th Anniversary of the College of East Asian Studies Japanese Garden (Shôyôan Teien)
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 12:00pm
College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center
The College of East Asian Studies celebrates the 25th anniversary of its Japanese Garden (Shôyôan Teien) with an exhibition in their gallery at the Mansfield Freeman Center. The curated show will feature archival photographs, poetry, video, and an installation demonstrating the breadth of the garden’s cultural connections over the last two and a half decades. The opening reception for Wesleyan students, faculty, and staff will include a talk by garden curator and caretaker Stephen Morrell.
Dance Alumni Chat Series: Anyone Can Dance!
Friday, September 24, 2021 at 12:00pm
Zoom
The Dance Department’s second Alumni Chat Series event features four amazing Wesleyan alumni, discussing the benefits of a dance degree and how their dance education at Wesleyan transformed their lives beyond the University. Featuring Trinithas Boyi ’16, MA ’18; elle hong ’17; John Jordan ’86; and Abdul Lateef Rasheed ’97. Moderated by Artist in Residence in Dance Patricia Beaman, with an introduction by the Center for the Arts' Associate Director for Programming and Performing Arts Fiona Coffey.
Gallery Tours with Artist - Behind Enemy Lines: The Prison Art of Ojore Lutalo [DATE CHANGE]
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 6:00pm
South Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Artist Ojore Lutalo will give tours of “Behind Enemy Lines: The Prison Art of Ojore Lutalo," an exhibition of his prison protest art, on display through Sunday, October 17, 2021 as part of the series "Remembering Attica: Legacy of a Prison Revolt."
Opening Reception: The Language in Common
Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 4:30pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
The group exhibition The Language in Common presents artistic practices that site language in the space between poetry, visual art, and their performance. The opening reception will feature a curator talk by Associate Director of Visual Arts and Adjunct Instructor in Art Benjamin Chaffee at 5pm.
Echoes of Attica
Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 3:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
Echoes of Attica, a play about the 1971 Attica Prison revolt, will receive a world premiere for Wesleyan students, faculty, and staff as performed by formerly incarcerated actors and musicians to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the uprising, and to raise awareness about its relevance to the current outbreak of state violence against communities of color. The cast also features Wesleyan Assistant Professor of the Practice in Theater Edward Torres, who spent ten years working with men on death row while co-founding the award-winning theater company Teatro Vista in Chicago.

July

Chinese Music Ensemble Spring Concert
Monday, July 26, 2021 at 12:00pm
YouTube
Wesleyan’s Chinese Music Ensemble, under the direction of Joy Lu, presents a virtual concert, featuring a variety of Chinese music derived from traditional and contemporary works.
Nrityagram Dance Ensemble
Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 7:30pm
Online via Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival
Our friends at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, led by Executive and Artistic Director Pamela Tatge ’84, MALS’10, P’16, present an exclusive virtual performance by the Nrityagram Dance Ensemble. The internationally acclaimed Indian classical dance company performed in Crowell Concert Hall as the conclusion of the 40th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan in October 2016.

May

Wesleyan University Orchestra Children’s Concert: The Conductor’s Spellbook
Friday, May 28, 2021 at 12:00pm
YouTube
The Wesleyan University Orchestra, under the direction of Adjunct Associate Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina, presents Paul Dooley’s The Conductor's Spellbook, which introduces audiences to music, orchestral instruments, and conducting. Narrated by Payton Millet ’21. This virtual concert will be available to view online from noon on Friday, May 28 through noon on Monday, May 31, 2021.
The Ad Hoc Bach Collective: “For the Love of Bach” Vol. 7
Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 12:00pm
YouTube
The Ad Hoc Bach Collective presents volume seven in their continuing series of concerts “For the Love of Bach.” The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020 meant that collective rehearsals and performances were no longer possible. Ad Hoc Bach rose to the occasion by devising a socially distanced concert-like experience. This virtual concert with program notes is available to view now on YouTube.
A Body with Fukushima: Film and Performance [NEW DATE - SOLD OUT]
Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 8:30pm
Outdoors between World Music Hall (40 Wyllys Avevnue) and the Music Studios building
A Body with Fukushima is a live performance work by Eiko Otake with projections of A Body in Fukushima, a video she edited from selected photographs taken by William Johnston during their five trips to Fukushima. Marking ten years since the triple disaster—the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdowns—in March 2011, Eiko will perform outdoors while projecting the Fukushima landscape and her body in Fukushima onto the wall of the Music Studios building. The performance features an original score by violinist David Harrington, who played thinking of the grave nuclear disaster and his friend Eiko performing in desolate Fukushima.
Pedro Pietri's The Masses are Asses
Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 10:00pm
WESU Middletown 88.1FM
The Masses are Asses (1974) by Pedro Pietri is an absurdist satire that exposes issues of social class, parodies the notion of the American Dream, and plays with political parody. This radio play is directed by Visiting Instructor of Theater Miranda Haymon '16.
Korean Drumming and Creative Music Virtual Performance
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 12:00pm
YouTube
Beginning and advanced students of the Korean Drumming and Creative Music Ensemble, directed by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Jin Hi Kim, play new arrangements of samulnori (percussion quartet) repertoire.
Dance Workshop: Embodied Global Storytelling at Wesleyan’s Dance Department
Monday, May 17, 2021 at 6:00pm
The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University
In this multifaceted workshop, Wesleyan Dance Department Chair Hari Krishnan and faculty members Joya Powell and Iddi Saaka will explore their individual approaches of rooting their work in accessibility, and question how we create and nurture a space where dance is both cathartic and transformative.
She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms [Dates Changed]
Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 2:00pm
Online
Designed specifically for online performances, the virtual production of She Kills Monsters (2011) is a dramatic comedy romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games. Directed by Assistant Professor of the Practice in Theater Edward Torres.
She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms [Dates Changed]
Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 8:00pm
Online
Designed specifically for online performances, the virtual production of She Kills Monsters (2011) is a dramatic comedy romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games. Directed by Assistant Professor of the Practice in Theater Edward Torres.
She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms [Dates Changed]
Friday, May 14, 2021 at 8:00pm
Online
Designed specifically for online performances, the virtual production of She Kills Monsters (2011) is a dramatic comedy romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games. Directed by Assistant Professor of the Practice in Theater Edward Torres.
West African Drumming and Dance Concert
Friday, May 14, 2021 at 7:00pm
YouTube Premiere
An invigorating virtual performance filled with the rhythms of West Africa, featuring Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa and Assistant Professor of Dance Iddi Saaka, joined by students in West African music and dance classes.
Pedro Pietri's The Masses are Asses
Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 10:00pm
WESU Middletown 88.1FM
The Masses are Asses (1974) by Pedro Pietri is an absurdist satire that exposes issues of social class, parodies the notion of the American Dream, and plays with political parody. This radio play is directed by Visiting Instructor of Theater Miranda Haymon '16.
“I Am Sitting In A Room:” Alvin Lucier’s 90th Birthday Celebration
Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 8:00pm
Streaming on ISSUE Project Room’s website
ISSUE presents a streamed program celebrating the occasion of revolutionary American composer and Wesleyan's John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Emeritus Alvin Lucier’s 90th birthday. Spanning nearly 30 hours, the program features 90 artists staging their own performances of Lucier’s paradigmatic 1969 work I am sitting in a room.
Senior Recital: Matt Muldowney
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 8:00pm
YouTube Live
A capstone cello recital by Matt Muldowney '21 will include works by Johann Sebastian Bach, David Popper, and Dmitri Shostakovich. Featuring Michael Brandt ’21 on pianoand fellow cellists Sam Rapkiewicz ’24 and Zealin Glickrieman ’24.
Graduate Music Series: Installment Four
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at 8:00pm
YouTube
The fourth installment of the Graduate Music Series this spring will feature a presentation by current graduate student Stuart Wheeler.
African Pop Music Concert [DATE CHANGE]
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 7:00pm
YouTube Live
Wesleyan’s new African Pop Music Band, directed by Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa, presents an invigorating performance of contemporary African music and dance. Genres to be performed include highlife, reggae, hiplife, and gospel highlife, among others.
Dance as Activism: Virtual Artivist Sharings
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 5:00pm
Zoom
How does art effect change? In what ways does dance instigate action as a means of resistance? These are essential questions posed in the course DANC 379: "Dance as Activism." Experience new artivist sharings created by Wesleyan students facilitated by Visiting Assistant Professor Joya Powell and assisted by Annie Kidwell ’22.
Wesleyan Collegium Musicum—From Cantigas to the Cries of London: Generations of Song
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 1:00pm
Zoom
The Wesleyan Collegium Musicum, under the direction of Associate Professor of Music Jane Alden, presents a concert of vocal music ranging from Hildegard of Bingen through troubadour repertoires, chansons, and Renaissance street cries. Featuring a premiere of a new piece by John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Emeritus Alvin Lucier, who celebrates his 90th birthday on Friday May 14.
Jay Hoggard Quartet
Monday, May 10, 2021 at 7:00pm
Livestream on Hartford Jazz Society Facebook
The Hartford Jazz Society, Middletown Commission on the Arts, and The Library Studio present vibraphonist Jay Hoggard, Professor of Music and African American Studies and Chair of the Music Department, in a free livestreamed concert with his quartet featuring James Weidman on piano, Yoron Israel on drums, and Belden Bullock on bass.
Black Middletown Lives: The History and Legacies of Middletown’s Beman Triangle
Monday, May 10, 2021 at 7:00pm
Zoom
Explore the history and legacies of Middletown’s Beman Triangle through Wesleyan student research from AFAM307: "Black Middletown Lives" with their instructor Jesse Nasta, Visiting Assistant Professor of African American Studies,  in collaboration and with performances by Assistant Professor of Theater Maria-Christina Oliveras and actor and cellist David Blasher.
Worlds of Dance Concert
Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 1:00pm
YouTube Premiere
The spring 2021 virtual Worlds of Dance Concert will feature Wesleyan students performing an exciting array of dance styles from a variety of courses, including Afro-Brazilian, Bharata Natyam, Javanese Dance, Hip Hop, and “Introduction to Dance,” under the direction of Chair and Professor of Dance Hari Krishnan, Visiting Assistant Professors of Dance Milka Djordjevich, Maho Ishiguro, and Joya Powell, and Visiting Associate Professor of Dance Doug Elkins. Video editing by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dance and Technical Director Chelsie McPhilimy.
"Grown Belly from Eating Summers" — A Senior Performance by Jace Arouet
Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 9:00pm
Outside of Zelnick Pavilion, 221 High Street, Middletown
Wesleyan students, faculty, and staff will stand outside of Zelnick Pavilion to watch the performance happening inside of the building, "Grown Belly from Eating Summers" by Jace Arouet '21.
Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson—Episode Eleven
Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 10:00pm
WESU Middletown 88.1FM
The eleventh and final episode of “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” features a conversation about love between writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson and the return of her first guest, writer Jonathan Cott on WESU Middletown 88.1FM.
Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble Mini-Concert and Demonstration: Wayang Shadow Puppet Play
Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 8:00pm
YouTube Live
While COVID-19 is still with us this semester, the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of University Professor of Music I. Harjito and Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music Sumarsam, offers the third in a series of biweekly 30-minute virtual mini-concerts and demonstrations. This week’s concert features an excerpt of Javanese shadow puppet performance (wayang) by puppet master Sumarsam.
Artist Talk by Ian Boyden: Dearest Elephant—Collaborations between Ian Boyden and Tsering Woeser [New Date]
Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 4:30pm
Zoom Webinar
Ian Boyden ’95—a visual artist, poet, and translator—will discuss his collaborations with the Tibetan poet and political dissident Tsering Woeser, focusing on works presented in the exhibition Flames of My Homeland, previously displayed in the gallery (February 23-April 1, 2021).
Graduate Music Series: Installment Three
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 8:00pm
YouTube
The third installment of the Graduate Music Series this spring will feature presentations by current graduate student Webb Crawford and alumnus Eliot Bates MA ’97 with Ars Troitski.
FromFest
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 7:00pm
YouTube
Students in Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa's MUSC 447 "West African Music and Culture - Advanced" will perform at the first "FromFest" featuring the Fɔntɔmfrɔm drumming of the Akan of Ghana.
Incarcerated Stories: Remembering Attica
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 7:00pm
Zoom Webinar
Wesleyan students in the course THEA114-01 “Incarcerated Stories: Documenting In/Justice” taught by Chair and Professor of Theater Ronald S. Jenkins collaborate with formerly incarcerated individuals and their families. The guest MC will be rap artist and activist BL Shirelle. Other featured musicians will be Simply Naomi and Maserati E. The performance will be followed by a dialogue with Attica survivors Tyrone Larkins and Carlos Roche.
"Race / Art History" Talk by Andrea Achi: “Masked Dancers and Praises for Mother Mary: A Nubian Wall Painting and Its Implications for Pre-Modern Critical Race Studies”
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 4:30pm
Zoom
“Race / Art History” is a year-long series of talks by scholars working at the intersections of art history and critical race studies. This talk will be given by Andrea Achi of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Linked Together around Alvin Lucier’s Gentle Fire (1971)
Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 3:00pm
YouTube
John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Emeritus Alvin Lucier’s Gentle Fire (1971) provides the “bonfire” demanded by Pauline Oliveros for the culmination of her immersive theater piece Link (1971), which will be performed on the Wesleyan University campus at 2pm. Gentle Fire, the final event of the day, takes place live and online in a pioneering acoustic version, directed by Associate Professor of Music Jane Alden.
The Sound Walk: Pauline Oliveros’ Link (1971)
Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 2:00pm
Wesleyan University campus
In Pauline Oliveros’s Link (1971), later published as Bonn Feier, “the whole city or campus becomes a theater, and all of its inhabitants, players.”
A Conversation with Mati Diop
Sunday, May 2, 2021 at 1:00pm
Zoom
As the fifth and final talk of Into the Deluge—an exhibition and series of lectures exploring bodies of water as archives of memory, sites of history, and forms of knowledge—award-winning filmmaker and actor Mati Diop will talk about her work.
Spring Faculty Dance Concert
Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 7:00pm
YouTube Live

A triple-bill evening of world premieres: Assistant Professor of Dance Iddi Saaka will present his new solo work Letting Go to Move On. Visiting Associate Professor of Dance Doug Elkins will present his new work Qualia, featuring Wesleyan students and faculty, with original music by Pete Di Gennaro. The program also includes Wes DANCE/WeDANCE—a video-dance tribute created by 41 Wesleyan dance alumni with original music by Jace Arouet ’21, celebrating 40 years of dance at Wesleyan.

Senior Capstone Installation by Jack Kraus: Hymn in C
Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 12:00pm
The Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown
A senior capstone installation by Jack Kraus ’21. The installation will be on display for Wesleyan students, faculty, and staff from Noon to 7pm.

April

Graduate Recital by Stuart Wheeler: Performance of John Cage’s Empty Words
Friday, April 30, 2021 at 8:17pm
Zoom
In this virtual graduate music recital, Stuart Wheeler will perform John Cage’s 12-hour overnight piece Empty Words (1974).
Wesleyan Chamber Music
Friday, April 30, 2021 at 7:00pm
YouTube Live
Students from the Wesleyan chamber music program, under the direction of John Biatowas, perform works by Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Bohuslav Martinů, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giovanni Battista Viotti, César Franck, and Johannes Brahms.
Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson—Episode Ten
Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 10:00pm
WESU Middletown 88.1FM
The tenth episode of “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” features a conversation between writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson and bassist and composer Christian McBride on WESU Middletown 88.1FM.
Senior Talks in the History of Art
Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 4:30pm
Zoom
Seniors in the Art History Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History will present their talks: Nia Felton, Maya Hayda, and Riley Richards. In addition, College of Letters major Francesco Duffy-Boscagli and University major Maximilien Chong will also be presenting.
Graduate Music Series: Installment Two
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 8:00pm
YouTube
The second installment of the Graduate Music Series this spring will feature presentations by current graduate student Ridvan Aydinli and alumnus and Adjunct Associate Professor of Music David Nelson Ph.D '91.
Senior Thesis Exhibitions Week Three Virtual Reception
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 4:30pm
Zoom

At the virtual reception for the third week of Senior Thesis Exhibitions, Associate Director of Visual Arts Benjamin Chaffee will host a video walk-through of the gallery featuring works by seniors in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History, and talk to each of the artists: Alyssa DaSilva, Dana Kim, Verónica Socorro Matos, Rachel Mondshine, Ciara O’Flynn, Ben Schneier, and Dayna Weissman.

M. NourbeSe Philip: XAqua
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 4:30pm
Zoom
As the fourth talk of Into the Deluge—an exhibition and series of lectures exploring bodies of water as archives of memory, sites of history, and forms of knowledge—unembedded poet, essayist, novelist, playwright, and independent scholar M. NourbeSe Philip will talk about her work.
Senior Talks in the History of Art
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 4:30pm
Zoom
Seniors in the Art History Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History will present their talks: Nia Felton, Maya Hayda, and Riley Richards. In addition, College of Letters major Francesco Duffy-Boscagli and University major Maximilien Chong will also be presenting.
Graduate Recital: Webb Crawford
Sunday, April 25, 2021 at 1:00pm
The Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown
An interactive graduate music thesis installation by Webb Crawford, "Of Blacke Cholor, Without Boyling," will be installed in four rooms on the first floor of The Russell House from 1pm to 5pm. Limited capacity for Wesleyan students, faculty, and staff.
Graduate Recital: Webb Crawford
Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 1:00pm
The Russell House, 350 High Street, Middletown
An interactive graduate music thesis installation by Webb Crawford, "Of Blacke Cholor, Without Boyling," will be installed in four rooms on the first floor of The Russell House from 1pm to 5pm. Limited capacity for Wesleyan students, faculty, and staff.
Graduate Recital: DOWN, a film by Aliya Ultan
Friday, April 23, 2021 at 7:00pm
YouTube Live
In this graduate music recital, Aliya Ultan will present her single-channel video DOWN, featuring a series of performance pieces that form a loop. After the 60-minute screening, there will be a Q&A with Ultan and her collaborators. And a Zoom reception will follow—a free reservation through the Box Office is required to attend the reception.
Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson—Episode Nine
Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 10:00pm
WESU Middletown 88.1FM
The ninth episode of “Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson” features a conversation between writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson and multi-instrumentalist Kevin Hearn from the multi-platinum selling band Barenaked Ladies.
Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble Virtual Mini-Concert and Demonstration: Traditional Music of Java
Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 8:00pm
YouTube Live
While COVID-19 is still with us this semester, the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of University Professor of Music I. Harjito and Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music Sumarsam, offers the second in a series of biweekly 30-minute virtual mini-concerts and demonstrations. This week’s concert features the traditional music of Java.
Music at The Russell House: Lucience
Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 4:00pm
WESU Middletown 88.1FM
As part of the "Music at The Russell House" series at Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts, WESU Middletown 88.1FM will broadcast a virtual concert by the chamber ensemble Lucience featuring Wesleyan Oboe Instructor Libby Van Cleve.
Cynthia Novack Lecture in Memoriam: “Aristocratic Posturing: Presenting the ‘Other’ in French Baroque Ballet” with Patricia Beaman
Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 2:50pm
Zoom
This year's Cynthia Novack Lecture in Memoriam, “Aristocratic Posturing: Presenting the ‘Other’ in French Baroque Ballet,” will feature speaker Patricia Beaman, Wesleyan Artist in Residence in Dance, and celebrate her book “World Dance Cultures: From Ritual to Spectacle.”
Graduate Music Series: Installment One
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 8:00pm
YouTube
The first installment of the Graduate Music Series this spring will feature alumnus Omar Fraire MA '17 and current graduate students Garrett Groesbeck and Hector Gonzalez.
Senior Thesis Exhibitions Week Two Virtual Reception
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 4:30pm
Zoom

At the virtual reception for the second week of Senior Thesis Exhibitions, Associate Director of Visual Arts Benjamin Chaffee will host a video walk-through of the gallery featuring works by seniors in the Art Studio Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History, and talk to each of the artists: Gabriela Banda, Tyler Barr, Luisa Bryan, Candice April Cirilo, Ben Lyon, and An Pham.

Photography and Tibet: Widening the Frame with Clare Harris [CANCELED]
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 4:30pm
Zoom Webinar

This lecture has been canceled.

A lecture on the history of the photographic representation of Tibet, exploring the wider context for Tsering Dorje’s photographs from the Cultural Revolutionary period, with Clare Harris, Professor of Visual Anthropology and Curator for Asian Collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, UK and author of Photography and Tibet.