All Upcoming Events

Below are all upcoming events. To view the archives of past events, please click here.


2024
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2024

April

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Book Launch and Reading: Katherine Brewer Ball
Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at 5:30pm
Smith Reading Room, Olin Memorial Library, 252 Church Street, Middletown

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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).
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Graduate Recital: Nat Baldwin
Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall

FREE!

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.
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Reception: Senior Thesis Exhibitions Week Four
Wednesday, April 17, 2024 at 4:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

FREE!

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.
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Spring Dance Concert
Friday, April 19, 2024 at 7:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street, Middletown

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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.
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Spring Dance Concert
Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 7:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater, 213 High Street, Middletown

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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.
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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

FREE!

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.
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Senior Recital: Sarah Linsly
Sunday, April 21, 2024 at 4:00pm
Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown

FREE!

A senior music recital by Sarah Linsly ’24, featuring a vocal concert exploring the idea of “I Want” in the musical theater repertoire.
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Reception: Senior Thesis Exhibitions Week Five
Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at 4:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

FREE!

The 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: Luz Celeste Rivera, Aidan Jelveh, Sarah Seabright, Satida (Amy) Limtrajiti, and Zach Murgio.
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Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra and Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble Concert [NEW TIME]
Friday, April 26, 2024 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

FREE!

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 as the start of the 21st annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend.
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Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend: Craig Harris and Friends Play the Music of Sam Rivers
Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

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Trombonist, composer, and bandleader Craig Harris has performed around the world with a wide range of progressive jazz luminaries, including the inimitable Sun Ra, as well as Sam Rivers, Cecil Taylor, Charlie Haden, Muhal Richard Abrams, Henry Threadgill, and Oliver Lake, since 1976. At Wesleyan, Harris’ sextet will make their Connecticut debut, performing the music of saxophonist Sam Rivers (1923–2011) in celebration of Rivers’ centennial anniversary at 8pm. The concert opens at 7pm with a 45-minute set performed by members of the Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra, directed by Professor of Music and African American Studies Jay Hoggard ’76, MA ’91.

May

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Blindada: Poemas de Protección
Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 4:30pm
Highwaymen Common Room, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, 300 High Street

FREE!

For an hour, experience the poetic voice of Yaissa Jiménez (Caribbean poet and performer), the drums and voice of Mobéy Lola Irizarry (multidisciplinary composer and percussionist), and the dance that with Angel Rose (dancer and choreographer) interprets Yaissa’s lyrics and intention. The public is invited to participate through dance and the intimacy provoked by reading poems in the ear. Please note that this is a Spanish-language program.
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Javanese Gamelan and Dance
Thursday, May 2, 2024 at 6:30pm
World Music Hall

FREE!

Wesleyan’s Javanese Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of University Professor of Music Harjito, presents an evening of Javanese gamelan and dance.
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Wesleyan Concert Choir
Thursday, May 2, 2024 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

FREE!

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.
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A Midsummer Night's Dream
Thursday, May 2, 2024 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater

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In William Shakespeare's 16th-century classic A Midsummer Night's Dream, four young lovers tumble into the Athenian forest only to unwittingly find themselves embroiled in the magical, age-old power dynamics governing the fairy kingdom. This Wesleyan production will explore how political turmoil, coming-of-age, and the fantastic elide.
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Wesleyan Chamber Music Concert
Friday, May 3, 2024 at 12:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

FREE!

Students from the Wesleyan chamber music program, under the direction of John Biatowas, perform works by various composers.
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Wesleyan Collegium Musicum Spring Concert: Like a Dove Above the Streams
Friday, May 3, 2024 at 6:00pm
Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown

FREE!

Wesleyan’s Collegium Musicum performs a spring concert under the direction of Jane Alden, Professor of Music, and Chair and Professor of Medieval Studies. The ensemble will premiere new works by the Iranian composer and Visiting Scholar in Music Arshia Rahmati (b. 1991). The Collegium Musicum will also honor the late Wesleyan composer and John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Emeritus Richard K. Winslow ’40, Hon. ’10, P ’71, GP ’23 (1918–2017), performing several of his works from editions made in consultation with composer and scholar William Brooks ’65. The concert will also feature guest Ralph Samuelson MA ’71.
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Wesleyan University Orchestra
Friday, May 3, 2024 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

FREE!

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.
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A Midsummer Night's Dream
Friday, May 3, 2024 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater

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In William Shakespeare's 16th-century classic A Midsummer Night's Dream, four young lovers tumble into the Athenian forest only to unwittingly find themselves embroiled in the magical, age-old power dynamics governing the fairy kingdom. This Wesleyan production will explore how political turmoil, coming-of-age, and the fantastic elide.
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A Midsummer Night's Dream
Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 2:00pm
CFA Theater

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In William Shakespeare's 16th-century classic A Midsummer Night's Dream, four young lovers tumble into the Athenian forest only to unwittingly find themselves embroiled in the magical, age-old power dynamics governing the fairy kingdom. This Wesleyan production will explore how political turmoil, coming-of-age, and the fantastic elide.
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Advanced Javanese Gamelan Concert
Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 7:30pm
World Music Hall

FREE!

Advanced students from Wesleyan's Javanese Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of University Professor of Music Harjito, present the classical music and dance of Central Java.
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A Midsummer Night's Dream
Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater

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In William Shakespeare's 16th-century classic A Midsummer Night's Dream, four young lovers tumble into the Athenian forest only to unwittingly find themselves embroiled in the magical, age-old power dynamics governing the fairy kingdom. This Wesleyan production will explore how political turmoil, coming-of-age, and the fantastic elide.
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Worlds of Dance Showcase
Sunday, May 5, 2024 at 2:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

FREE!

Wesleyan students perform an exciting array of dance styles from a variety of courses, including Javanese Dance, Afro-Brazilian, and Hip Hop.
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Taiko Drumming Ensemble and Korean Drumming and Creative Music Ensemble Spring Concert
Sunday, May 5, 2024 at 4:00pm
World Music Hall

FREE!

Wesleyan’s Taiko Drumming Ensemble performs Japanese drumming under the direction of Visiting Instructor in Music Fumi Tanakadate, followed at 5pm by 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.
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Wesleyan Steel Pan Ensemble Spring Concert
Monday, May 6, 2024 at 6:00pm
Fayerweather Beckham Hall, 55 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown

FREE!

The Wesleyan Steel Pan Ensemble performs a spring concert under the direction of Visiting Instructor in Music Briele Scott.
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Surviving Troubled Waters: Gospel, Rap, and Social Justice [NEW DATE]
Monday, May 6, 2024 at 7:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall

FREE!

Gospel singer Naomi Wilson and rap poet BL Shirelle will be joined by dance and theater artist Dinny Aletheiani in a music theater piece about the trauma of incarceration which echoes Dante’s Inferno. Presented with support from Wesleyan’s Creative Campus Initiative.
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Ebony Singers Spring Concert
Monday, May 6, 2024 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

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The Wesleyan University Ebony Singers present an inspirational evening of traditional and contemporary gospel music conducted by Marichal Monts '85.
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South Indian Music Student Recital
Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at 6:00pm
World Music Hall

FREE!

Students of Adjunct Associate Professors of Music and Global South Asian Studies B. Balasubrahmaniyan and David Nelson PhD ’91 perform their spring semester recital of vocal music and drumming from the Karnatak tradition of South India.
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Gospel, Rap, and Social Justice Final Performance
Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at 7:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall

FREE!

A culminating performance created and presented in collaboration with formerly incarcerated individuals and Wesleyan students in the course THEA 143 "Gospel, Rap, and Social Justice," taught by Professor of Theater Ronald S. Jenkins.
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WesWinds Spring Concert
Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

FREE!

The Wesleyan University Wind Ensemble (WesWinds) performs a spring concert of contemporary concert band literature under the direction of Salvatore LaRusso.
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Chinese Music Ensemble Spring Concert
Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

FREE!

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.
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Toneburst Electroextravaganza
Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 8:30pm
World Music Hall

FREE!

Wesleyan’s Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble, under the direction of Professor of Music Paula Matthusen, performs new works written for and by the ensemble.
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West African Drumming and Dance Concert
Friday, May 10, 2024 at 3:00pm
CFA Green

FREE!

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.

December

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inDANCE: ROWDIES IN LOVE
Friday, December 6, 2024 at 7:00pm
CFA Theater

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inDANCE will perform the world premiere of the work ROWDIES IN LOVE by award-winning choreographer Hari Krishnan, Professor of Dance, Global South Asian Studies, and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
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inDANCE: ROWDIES IN LOVE
Saturday, December 7, 2024 at 7:00pm
CFA Theater

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inDANCE will perform the world premiere of the work ROWDIES IN LOVE by award-winning choreographer Hari Krishnan, Professor of Dance, Global South Asian Studies, and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Spring tickets and reservations are available online or by phone at 860-685-3355.

The Wesleyan University Box Office is open for walk-up and phone sales Monday through Friday from 11am to 2pm.

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