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2020
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2020

January

Opening Reception for Diane Simpson: Cardboard-Plus, 1977–1980
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 4:30pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

FREE!

Opening reception for the exhibition Diane Simpson: Cardboard-Plus, 1977–1980, which presents her large-scale cardboard sculptures and collaged constructions in their most comprehensive presentation since 1980. Artist talk by Diane Simpson at 5pm.
Golden Hornet’s The Sound of Science featuring Jeffrey Zeigler
Friday, January 31, 2020 at 7:30pm
Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown

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Cellist Jeffrey Zeigler performs the Connecticut premiere of The Sound of Science, featuring Pastaza, which reflects on the work of Wesleyan's Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies Barry Chernoff.

February

Hidden Volumes
Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 12:00pm
Olin Library, 252 Church Street, Middletown

FREE!

A durational performance of Hidden Volumes is expanded to include music faculty, graduate students, alumni, and other improvisors.
Living Tones
Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 6:00pm
Smith Reading Room, Olin Library, 252 Church Street, Middletown

FREE!

The conclusion of a two-part celebration of the Music Library’s recent acquisition of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Jin Hi Kim’s scores for Living Tones.
Fred Simmons Duo
Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 3:00pm
The Russell House

FREE!

Pianist and Private Lessons Teacher Fred Simmons returns to The Russell House with Professor of Music and African American Studies Jay Hoggard on vibraphone.
Susan Howe and David Grubbs: WOODSLIPPERCOUNTERCLATTER
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 4:30pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

FREE!

WOODSLIPPERCOUNTERCLATTER is the fourth collaboration in a decade from poet Susan Howe and musician/composer David Grubbs.
New England Dance on Tour
Friday, February 14, 2020 at 7:30pm
CFA Theater

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Four regional dance artists showcase the diversity and richness of dance in New England, including Wesleyan Dean of the Arts and Humanities and Professor of Dance Nicole Lynn Stanton.
Fourth annual Wesleyan FluteFest Concert
Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

FREE!

Enjoy a wide variety of flute chamber ensemble repertoire performed by attendees of the fourth annual FluteFest at Wesleyan.
9 Beet Stretch in Olin Library
Monday, February 17, 2020 at 9:00am
Olin Library

FREE!

Stop by the first floor of Olin Library to browse books about Ludwig van Beethoven and experience Leif Inge’s sound installation 9 Beet Stretch (2002), which stretches Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony into a 24-hour recording.
9 Beet Stretch in Olin Library
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 9:00am
Olin Library

FREE!

Stop by the first floor of Olin Library to browse books about Ludwig van Beethoven and experience Leif Inge’s sound installation 9 Beet Stretch (2002), which stretches Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony into a 24-hour recording.
9 Beet Stretch in Olin Library
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 9:00am
Olin Library

FREE!

Stop by the first floor of Olin Library to browse books about Ludwig van Beethoven and experience Leif Inge’s sound installation 9 Beet Stretch (2002), which stretches Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony into a 24-hour recording.
9 Beet Stretch in Olin Library
Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 9:00am
Olin Library

FREE!

Stop by the first floor of Olin Library to browse books about Ludwig van Beethoven and experience Leif Inge’s sound installation 9 Beet Stretch (2002), which stretches Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony into a 24-hour recording.
For the Love of Bach: Vol. 6
Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 7:30pm
Memorial Chapel

FREE!

Wesleyan student/faculty/staff/alumni/community collective AD HOC BACH presents the next installment of Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantatas.
9 Beet Stretch in Olin Library
Friday, February 21, 2020 at 9:00am
Olin Library

FREE!

Stop by the first floor of Olin Library to browse books about Ludwig van Beethoven and experience Leif Inge’s sound installation 9 Beet Stretch (2002), which stretches Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony into a 24-hour recording.
Beethoven’s 250th Birthday Bash
Friday, February 21, 2020 at 7:30pm
Crowell Concert Hall

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The Wesleyan Music Department community celebrates the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) with an inspired, diverse mix of traditional and experimental tributes.
French 75 Dixieland Jazz Band
Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 3:00pm
The Russell House

FREE!

Formed in 2016, the French 75 Dixieland Jazz Band performs hits from 1900 through the ’40s, embracing the New Orleans-inflected sounds of American mavericks such as Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, and Jelly Roll Morton.
Millie Kapp and Matt Shalzi
Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 5:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

FREE!

New York-based collaborative duo Millie Kapp and Matt Shalzi present a commissioned performance made in response to Diane Simpson’s exhibition Cardboard-Plus, 1977–1980 and the architectural space of the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery.
Tabaimo and Maki Morishita: Fruits borne out of rust
Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7:30pm
CFA Theater

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The New England premiere of the whimsical, mischievous multimedia work Fruits borne out of rust, conceived and directed by Japanese visual artist Tabaimo in collaboration with choreographer Maki Morishita.
Tabaimo and Maki Morishita: Fruits borne out of rust
Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 2:00pm
CFA Theater

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The New England premiere of the whimsical, mischievous multimedia work Fruits borne out of rust, conceived and directed by Japanese visual artist Tabaimo in collaboration with choreographer Maki Morishita.

March

Wesleyan University Orchestra: Children’s Concert and Musical Instrument Petting Zoo
Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

FREE!

The Wesleyan University Orchestra presents their seventh annual children’s concert under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina.
Toneburst Sampler
Monday, March 2, 2020 at 8:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall

FREE!

Wesleyan’s Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble performs new works for live electronics under the direction of Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Department Paula Matthusen.
Thesis Theater Production: Phoebe in Winter by Jen Silverman
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 7:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater

FREE!

When three veteran brothers return home from a distant war, they prepare to settle into their old lives. But a knock at the door yields a girl named Phoebe who accuses them of killing her own three brothers and demands reparations—that they must become her new family. Directed by Ava Calabrese Grob ’20.
Thesis Theater Production: Phoebe in Winter by Jen Silverman
Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 7:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater

FREE!

When three veteran brothers return home from a distant war, they prepare to settle into their old lives. But a knock at the door yields a girl named Phoebe who accuses them of killing her own three brothers and demands reparations—that they must become her new family. Directed by Ava Calabrese Grob ’20.
Thesis Theater Production: Phoebe in Winter by Jen Silverman
Friday, March 6, 2020 at 7:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater

FREE!

When three veteran brothers return home from a distant war, they prepare to settle into their old lives. But a knock at the door yields a girl named Phoebe who accuses them of killing her own three brothers and demands reparations—that they must become her new family. Directed by Ava Calabrese Grob ’20.
39th annual Middletown Public Schools Art Exhibition Opening Reception
Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 5:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

FREE!

Please join us for the 39th annual Middletown Public Schools Art Exhibition’s opening reception, from 5pm to 7pm. This event is sponsored by the Middletown Board of Education, Middletown Public Schools Cultural Council, and Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts. Exhibition on view through Sunday, March 15, 2020.
Senior Thesis Exhibitions Week One Opening Reception
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 4:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

FREE!

Join us for the opening reception for the first 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: Molly D’Arcy, Noah Langat, Noel Salvador Dominguez, Lucas Cereijido, Wei-Ling Carrigan, Asa Spurlock, and Malcolm Phillips.
Spring Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 8:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater

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Senior choreographers present a collection of new works as the culminating project of the dance major.
Spring Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Friday, March 27, 2020 at 8:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater

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Senior choreographers present a collection of new works as the culminating project of the dance major.
Spring Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 7:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater

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Senior choreographers present a collection of new works as the culminating project of the dance major.

April

Senior Thesis Exhibitions Week Two Opening Reception
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 4:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

FREE!

Join us for the opening reception for the second 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: Alexander Olvera, Erin Rose, Ella Miodownik, Rafe Forman, Grace Morenko, Charles Allen, and Solenne Spitalier.
Japanese Music Showcase [CANCELED]
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall

FREE!

A concert featuring traditional and contemporary music of Japanese origin performed by faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and alumni under the direction of Adjunct Instructor in Music Barbara Merjan.
Spring Faculty Dance Concert
Friday, April 3, 2020 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater

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The Spring Faculty Dance Concert highlights riveting works by Associate Professor of Dance Pedro Alejandro and Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance and African American Studies Joya Powell for an engaging evening of extraordinary embodied conversations.
Spring Faculty Dance Concert
Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater

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The Spring Faculty Dance Concert highlights riveting works by Associate Professor of Dance Pedro Alejandro and Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance and African American Studies Joya Powell for an engaging evening of extraordinary embodied conversations.
Senior Thesis Exhibitions Week Three Opening Reception
Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 4:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

FREE!

Join us for the opening reception for the third 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: Christopher Desanges, Jake Abraham, Ruby Beenhouwer, Levi Ask, Joey Young, Sung Joon Kim, and Ava Bradlow.
Capstone Theater Production: …an ode
Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 7:00pm
CFA Theater Studio

FREE!

A senior capstone project by Ella Larsen ’20, …an ode (pronounced: one beat, two beat, three beat /ən oʊd/) is a one-woman show based on interviews with women about their experiences with menstruation and menopause.
Capstone Theater Production: The Schizophrenic Slut
Friday, April 10, 2020 at 7:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall

FREE!

A senior capstone project by Gabe Brosius ’20, The Schizophrenic Slut is a staged reading of a one-man play about schizophrenia and queer culture.
Senior Thesis Exhibitions Week Four Opening Reception
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 4:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

FREE!

Join us for the opening reception for the fourth 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: Sara Pinsonault, Kate Awalt-Conley, Oriana Tannenbaum, Emelia Gertner, Elinor Weissberg, Sige Zheng, and Bella Convertino.
WesFest Concert I
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 7:00pm
Memorial Chapel

FREE!

A concert featuring performances by Wesleyan Music Department ensembles including jazz, new music, organ compositions, chamber and choral music, and works by graduate composers.
The Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Keyboard Competition
Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 12:00pm
Memorial Chapel

FREE!

A keyboard recital featuring the participants of the Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Competition. Reception to follow the concert.
WesFest Concert II
Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 6:00pm
World Music Hall

FREE!

A concert featuring performances by Wesleyan Music Department ensembles including the Concert Choir directed by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina, Javanese Gamelan directed by visiting professor Aloysius Suwardi, Taiko Drumming Ensemble directed by Adjunct Instructor in Music Barbara Merjan, and Korean Drumming and Creative Music Ensemble directed by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Jin Hi Kim.
Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble
Friday, April 17, 2020 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

FREE!

The Wesleyan University Jazz Orchestra, directed by Jay Hoggard, and the Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble, directed by Noah Baerman, perform as part of the 19th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend.
Wesleyan Jazz Summit
Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 7:30pm
Crowell Concert Hall

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The Wesleyan Jazz Summit celebrates the range of the music called jazz performed by the University’s own astounding teachers.
Senior Talks in the History of Art
Monday, April 20, 2020 at 4:30pm
Boger Hall, Room 112

FREE!

Seniors in the Art History Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History will present their talks.
Senior Talks in the History of Art
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 4:30pm
Boger Hall, Room 112

FREE!

Seniors in the Art History Program of Wesleyan’s Department of Art and Art History will present their talks.
Muriel Miguel: A Retrospective
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at 6:00pm
Allbritton Center, Room 311

FREE!

Founding member and Artistic Director of New York City’s Spiderwoman Theater, Muriel Miguel will share the fascinating journey from her roots in Brooklyn to her landmark contributions to the contemporary feminist and indigenous theater movements in the United States, Canada, and around the world.
Senior Thesis Exhibitions Week Five Opening Reception
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 4:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

FREE!

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: Cade Sorgman, Molly Sullivan, Maya Brachfeld, Lucy de Lotbiniere, Clara Curbera, Josh Rabineau, and Vivien Sun.
Gamelan: Classical and Contemporary Music of Java
Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall

FREE!

The Wesleyan Javanese Gamelan, under the direction of visiting professor Aloysius Suwardi, presents the classical and contemporary music of Java.
Wesleyan Concert Choir
Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

FREE!

The Wesleyan Concert Choir and friends, under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina, present a program featuring both a cappella and accompanied selections from classical and contemporary choral repertoire.
South Indian Music Student Recital
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall

FREE!

Students of Adjunct Associate Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music David Nelson perform a recital of music from the Karnatak tradition of South India.
Wesleyan Chamber Music Concert
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

FREE!

Students from the Wesleyan chamber music program, under the direction of John Biatowas, perform works by various composers.
Toneburst Electroextravaganza
Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 12:00pm
World Music Hall

FREE!

Wesleyan’s Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble, under the direction of Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Department Paula Matthusen, performs new works written for and by the ensemble.
Wesleyan University Collegium Musicum Spring Concert
Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 6:00pm
Memorial Chapel

FREE!

Wesleyan’s Collegium Musicum, directed by Associate Professor of Music and Medieval Studies Jane Alden, performs the diverse vocal and instrumental repertories of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods of European music history.
Beginning and Youth Gamelan Concert
Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall

FREE!

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

May

Wesleyan Korean Drumming and Creative Music and Taiko Drumming Ensembles
Friday, May 1, 2020 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

FREE!

A concert featuring Wesleyan’s Taiko Drumming Ensemble directed by Adjunct Instructor in Music Barbara Merjan, and the Korean Drumming and Creative Music Ensemble directed by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Jin Hi Kim.
The Method Gun
Friday, May 1, 2020 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater

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Created by Rude Mechs and directed by Assistant Professor of Theater Katie PearlThe Method Gun (2010) explores the life and techniques of Stella Burden, an actor-training guru of the ’60s and ’70s, and creator of “The Approach” (referred to as “the most dangerous acting technique in the world”).
The Method Gun
Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 2:00pm
CFA Theater

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Created by Rude Mechs and directed by Assistant Professor of Theater Katie PearlThe Method Gun (2010) explores the life and techniques of Stella Burden, an actor-training guru of the ’60s and ’70s, and creator of “The Approach” (referred to as “the most dangerous acting technique in the world”).
Wesleyan University Orchestra
Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

FREE!

The Wesleyan University Orchestra, under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina, features the winners of the annual Concerto Competition.
The Method Gun
Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater

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Created by Rude Mechs and directed by Assistant Professor of Theater Katie PearlThe Method Gun (2010) explores the life and techniques of Stella Burden, an actor-training guru of the ’60s and ’70s, and creator of “The Approach” (referred to as “the most dangerous acting technique in the world”).
Worlds of Dance Concert
Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 2:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

FREE!

DANC 111 “Introduction to Dance” and other beginning dance students perform works of various styles, including Afro-Brazilian dances of the Orixás.
The Method Gun
Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 2:00pm
CFA Theater

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Created by Rude Mechs and directed by Assistant Professor of Theater Katie PearlThe Method Gun (2010) explores the life and techniques of Stella Burden, an actor-training guru of the ’60s and ’70s, and creator of “The Approach” (referred to as “the most dangerous acting technique in the world”).
Chinese Music Ensemble Spring Concert
Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall

FREE!

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.
Ebony Singers Spring Concert
Monday, May 4, 2020 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

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Enjoy an incredible evening of gospel music with the Wesleyan University Ebony Singers, directed by Marichal Monts ’85, that is sure to lift your spirits and leave a song in your heart.
WesWinds Spring Concert
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 7:30pm
Crowell Concert Hall

FREE!

The Wesleyan Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Salvatore LaRusso, presents an evening of contemporary American wind music.
Spring Dance Concert
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 8:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater

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Student choreographers present works created after a full year of dance composition studies.
Voices from Prison
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 7:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall

FREE!

Written by the T.R.U.E. Program Mentors and Mentees of Cheshire Correctional Institution and inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy. Presented by 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. Featuring a talkback with formerly incarcerated individuals.
Spring Dance Concert
Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 8:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater

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Student choreographers present works created after a full year of dance composition studies.
Annual Organ Romp
Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 10:00pm
Memorial Chapel

FREE!

The annual organ romp concert, considered part of the students’ Spring Fling event, features Wesleyan faculty, students, and special guests performing music ranging from standard repertoire to new compositions and wacky works. Audience costumes encouraged.
West African Drumming and Dance Concert
Friday, May 8, 2020 at 3:00pm
CFA Courtyard (Rain site: Crowell Concert Hall)

FREE!

An invigorating performance filled with the rhythms of West Africa, featuring Assistant Professor of Music John Dankwa and Associate Professor of the Practice in Dance Iddi Saaka, joined by students in West African music and dance classes.
Wesleyan New Music Ensemble
Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 6:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

FREE!

Building upon contemporary musical performance practice developed since the early 1960s, the Wesleyan New Music Ensemble, directed by Assistant Professor of Music Tyshawn Sorey, performs works by leading 20th and 21st century composers along with student compositions.
Senior Thesis Showcase Reception
Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 3:30pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

FREE!

Join us for a reception in Zilkha Gallery for a showcase exhibition of the work of the Class of 2020’s thesis students in the Department of Art and Art History’s Art Studio Program.

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