Music Events

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Upcoming Events

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.
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. The Connecticut Indonesian Community Gamelan, under the direction of University Professor I.M. Harjito, will perform at the start of the concert.
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.
The Complete Chamber Works of Neely Bruce: Part I
Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

FREE!

Following the completion of a seventeen-concert cycle of his complete piano music at Wesleyan in March 2019, John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce embarks on a new recital series featuring his chamber works.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 [CANCELED]
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.