Past Events

Major Events

These pages for past special events are maintained for archival interest.

Alvin Lucier: A Celebration: November 4-6, 2011

Ives Vocal Marathon: January 20 - February 1, 2009

Emerging Musical Identities: May 12-14, 2006

Bill Dixon Residency: February 7-12, 2005

Music in Sacred Space: November 22, 2003

Wesleyan World Music Weekend: February 21-23, 2003.

New England Gamelan Weekend: April 19-21, 2002. 

Adzenyah in There: A Tribute Concert DVD: From the February 9, 2002 Concert 

 

 

Listing of Past Events

Nov 20

Snow Raven - SUOR (OLOX): A Neoshamanic Dance Performance & Discussion

05:00 pm

Downey House

Join us for an evening of Neoshamanic dance and discussion with Snow Raven - SUOR (OLOX), who will carry us away on a dance journey to explore our profound power to heal ourselves through sound through traditional songs of the Shamanic communities, a reindeer breath (arctic throat beatbox), trying the sounds of northern birds and animals, moving around and letting go. This is a unique bridge between traditional knowledge and new technologies. Merging with electronic beats a shamanic throat singing, rhythms of mind-altering states, and vibrations of mouth harp/khomus will slide deep into the cells. This event is free and open to the vaccinated public. Cosponsored by the College of the Environment, Religion Department, Music Department, Russian, East European & Eurasian studies and Indigenous Studies Research Network.

Sponsor: $sponsor

Snow Raven - SUOR (OLOX): A Neoshamanic Dance Performance & Discussion

05:00 pm

Downey House

Join us for an evening of Neoshamanic dance and discussion with Snow Raven - SUOR (OLOX), who will carry us away on a dance journey to explore our profound power to heal ourselves through sound through traditional songs of the Shamanic communities, a reindeer breath (arctic throat beatbox), trying the sounds of northern birds and animals, moving around and letting go. This is a unique bridge between traditional knowledge and new technologies. Merging with electronic beats a shamanic throat singing, rhythms of mind-altering states, and vibrations of mouth harp/khomus will slide deep into the cells. This event is free and open to the vaccinated public. Cosponsored by the College of the Environment, Religion Department, Music Department, Russian, East European & Eurasian studies and Indigenous Studies Research Network.

Sponsor: $sponsor

Snow Raven - SUOR (OLOX): A Neoshamanic Dance Performance & Discussion

05:00 pm

Downey House

Join us for an evening of Neoshamanic dance and discussion with Snow Raven - SUOR (OLOX), who will carry us away on a dance journey to explore our profound power to heal ourselves through sound through traditional songs of the Shamanic communities, a reindeer breath (arctic throat beatbox), trying the sounds of northern birds and animals, moving around and letting go. This is a unique bridge between traditional knowledge and new technologies. Merging with electronic beats a shamanic throat singing, rhythms of mind-altering states, and vibrations of mouth harp/khomus will slide deep into the cells. This event is free and open to the vaccinated public. Cosponsored by the College of the Environment, Religion Department, Music Department, Russian, East European & Eurasian studies and Indigenous Studies Research Network.

Sponsor: $sponsor

Nov 15

Graduate Music Student Concert: Parsa Ferdowski, Katrina Mazur, and Tobias Haus

08:00 pm

World Music Hall

Graduate music students Parsa Ferdowski, Katrina Mazur, and Tobias Haus present a concert. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website .

Sponsor: Music Department

Nov 13

Jeremy Zwelling Memorial Concert featuring Trio Sefardi

03:00 pm

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. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Center for the Arts

Nov 8

Manuel J. Perez III - Contextual Concert

08:00 pm

CFA World Music Hall (CFA C) World Music Hall

Graduate music student Manuel J. Perez III presents a contextual concert. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Matthusen, Paula

Oct 19

Suzanne Kite Artist Talk: Nonhuman Futures

07:30 pm

CFA Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (CFA J) CFA Ring Family Performing Arts Hall

Kite aka Suzanne Kite is an award winning Oglala Lakh ota performance artist, visual artist, composer and academic whose groundbreaking scholarship and practice explore contemporary Lakota ontology through research-creation, computational media, and performance. In her lecture, Kite will investigate our current and future relationships to nonhumans, especially to technology and artificial intelligence. She asks: How can humanity create a future that includes relations to technology without an ethical/ontological orientation that helps us understand what is worthy of relation and what is not? In order to create relations with any nonhuman entity, the first steps are to acknowledge, understand, and know that the nonhuman are "being" in the first place. Indigenous ontologies already exist to understand forms of "being" which are outside of humanity.

Sponsor: Arbo, Rani M.

Oct 14

Wesleyan University Orchestra

07:00 pm

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. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Center for the Arts

Oct 9

This Is It! 2.0: The Complete Chamber Music of Neely Bruce - Part II

03:00 pm

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. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Center for the Arts

Oct 7

Work in Progress with Toshi Reagon: You're Having Too Much Fun So We're Gonna Have to Kill You

08:00 pm

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 Wesleyans Center for the Arts developing a new production. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Center for the Arts

Oct 6

Julie Ribchinsky, cello

07:30 pm

Russell House Russell House All Rooms

Sponsor: Potemkina, Nadya

Oct 4

Sonic Introductions Graduate Student Composers at Wesleyan

08:00 pm

CFA World Music Hall (CFA C) 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. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Matthusen, Paula

Oct 1

Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan

07:00 pm

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. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Center for the Arts

Sep 30

B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India

07:00 pm

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 as part of the 46th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Center for the Arts

Sep 28

Virtual Graduate Music Colloquium: Lara Pearson

04:30 pm

Zoom

Dr. Lara Pearson is a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics Music Department. This Music Department Colloquium is hosted 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 46th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan.

Sponsor: Music Department

Apr 21

Black Sounds Matter Music Department Colloquium Series

04:30 pm

Zoom

Black Sounds Matter will explore intersectional (re)connections of African and African American musics at Wesleyan through a seven-part Music Department Colloquium series. Each free talk will be moderated by Professor of Music Jay Hoggard. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Apr 7

Black Sounds Matter Music Department Colloquium Series

04:30 pm

Zoom

Black Sounds Matter will explore intersectional (re)connections of African and African American musics at Wesleyan through a seven-part Music Department Colloquium series. Each free talk will be moderated by Professor of Music Jay Hoggard. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Mar 31

Black Sounds Matter Music Department Colloquium Series

04:30 pm

Zoom

Black Sounds Matter will explore intersectional (re)connections of African and African American musics at Wesleyan through a seven-part Music Department Colloquium series. Each free talk will be moderated by Professor of Music Jay Hoggard. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Mar 3

Black Sounds Matter Music Department Colloquium Series

04:30 pm

Zoom

Black Sounds Matter will explore intersectional (re)connections of African and African American musics at Wesleyan through a seven-part Music Department Colloquium series. Each free talk will be moderated by Professor of Music Jay Hoggard. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Feb 27

"This Is It!" 2.0: The Complete Chamber Music of Neely Bruce - Part I

03:00 pm

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. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Feb 24

Black Sounds Matter Music Department Colloquium Series

04:30 pm

Zoom

Black Sounds Matter will explore intersectional (re)connections of African and African American musics at Wesleyan through a seven-part Music Department Colloquium series. Each free talk will be moderated by Professor of Music Jay Hoggard. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Feb 18

Jin Hi Kim: A Ritual for Covid-19

08:00 pm

Crowell Concert Hall

"A Ritual for Covid-19" is a community purification performance in memory of over 4.5 million deaths worldwide during the pandemic, created by innovative komungo (Korean stringed instrument) virtuoso Jin Hi Kim, Adjunct Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies and Director of Wesleyans Korean Drumming Ensemble. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Center for the Arts

Feb 17

Black Sounds Matter Music Department Colloquium Series

04:30 pm

Zoom

Black Sounds Matter will explore intersectional (re)connections of African and African American musics at Wesleyan through a seven-part Music Department Colloquium series. Each free talk will be moderated by Professor of Music Jay Hoggard. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Feb 11

Nobuntu

07:00 pm

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. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Center for the Arts

Feb 3

Black Sounds Matter Music Department Colloquium Series

04:30 pm

Zoom

Black Sounds Matter will explore intersectional (re)connections of African and African American musics at Wesleyan through a seven-part Music Department Colloquium series. Each free talk will be moderated by Professor of Music Jay Hoggard. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Dec 9

Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble Virtual Mini-Concert and Demonstration: Traditional Music of Java

08:00 pm

YouTube

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 weeks concert features the traditional music of Java with beginning students of the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Dec 7

South Indian Music Student Recital

07:00 pm

YouTube

Students of Adjunct Associate Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan perform their end of semester recital of music from the Karnatak tradition of South India. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Dec 3

Wesleyan Chamber Music: Flute Quartet plays Mozart and Dvorak

03:00 pm

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 Antonin Dvorak. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Wesleyan Chamber Music: String Quartet Plays Arensky

04:00 pm

YouTube

String students from the Wesleyan chamber music program, under the direction of John Biatowas, perform a virtual concert of works by Anton Arensky. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Wesleyan Chamber Music: Flute and Piano Duo plays Taffanel and Mozart

05:00 pm

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. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Dec 2

Wesleyan Concert Choir

05:30 pm

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-Sans, and others. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble Virtual Mini-Concert and Demonstration: Traditional Music of Java

08:00 pm

YouTube

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 weeks concert features the traditional music of Java. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Nov 29

Wesleyan University Orchestra

07:45 pm

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. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Nov 17

An Evening with Toshi Reagon featuring Nona Hendryx and Bill Coleman

08:00 pm

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 Universitys Center for the Arts. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Center for the Arts

Nov 12

The Ad Hoc Bach Collective: For the Love of Bach Vol. 8

07:30 pm

Memorial Chapel

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. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Oct 21

Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble Virtual Mini-Concert and Demonstration: Gadhon

08:00 pm

YouTube

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 a series of 30-minute virtual mini-concerts and demonstrations. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Oct 3

Ustad Shahid Parvez Khans Raag Bhimpalasi

02:00 pm

YouTube

World-renowned sitar virtuoso Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan presents a free, pre-recorded concert as part of the 45th annual Navaratri Festival, 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. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Center for the Arts

Oct 1

B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India

07:00 pm

YouTube

Vocalist and Adjunct Associate Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan will be joined for a free virtual concert by Adjunct Associate Professor of Music David Nelson on mridangam as part of the 45th annual Navaratri Festival. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Center for the Arts

Oct 1

Navaratri Festival: Music Department Colloquium - Anna Morcom

04:30 pm

YouTube

A free virtual talk by Professor of Ethnomusicology and Mohindar Brar Sambhi Chair of Indian Music at U.C.L.A.'s Herb Alpert School of Music Anna Morcom at the start of the 44th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan University. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Navaratri Festival: Film Screening and Conversation with Director Zoe Sherinian

08:00 pm

YouTube

A free screening of the ethnomusicological documentary "Sakthi Vibrations" followed by a virtual conversation with Director Zoe Sherinian and Chair of the Dance Department Hari Krishnan. Moderated by ethnomusicology doctoral student Bianca Iannitti as part of the 44th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan University. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Dance Department, Music Department

Sep 17

NetBlipz Episode Nine: Alcee Chriss

04:00 pm

WESU Middletown 88.1FM

Episode Nine of NetBlipz, the new WESU Middletown 88.1FM series that puts a spotlight on the remarkable skills and imagination of the Wesleyan Music Department, will feature Artist in Residence and University Organist Alcee Chriss and the Wesleyan University organ in Memorial Chapel. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department, WESU Middletown 88.1FM

Sep 11

Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie AndersonEpisode Seven

04:00 am

WESU Middletown 88.1FM

The seventh episode of Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson will feature a conversation between writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson and singer and visual artist Anohni on WESU Middletown 88.1FM. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Center for the Arts, WESU Middletown 88.1FM

Aug 28

Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie AndersonEpisode Six

04:00 am

WESU Middletown 88.1FM

The sixth episode of Party in the Bardo: Conversations with Laurie Anderson will feature a conversation between writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson and writer, therapist, and pleasure activist Don Shewey on WESU Middletown 88.1FM. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Center for the Arts, WESU Middletown 88.1FM

Apr 16

Neely Bruce & Roger Mathew Performance

12:00 pm

Romance Languages Highwaymen Common Room (Romance Languages)

Sponsor: Sherri Condon

Apr 9

Neely Bruce & Roger Mathew Performance

12:00 pm

Romance Languages Highwaymen Common Room (Romance Languages)

Sponsor: Sherri Condon

Feb 23

Russell House Concert Series

03:00 pm

Russell House Russell House All Rooms

Sponsor: Oravec, Hanna G.

Feb 21

Beethoven Birthday Bash

07:30 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Concert Hall

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. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Coffey, Fiona

Feb 20

Neely Bruce & Roger Mathew Performance

12:00 pm

Romance Languages Highwaymen Common Room (Romance Languages)

The second half of noon-time performances which discussed preludes and fugues in the Well Tempered Clavier of Bach. These pieces are longer and more complicated than those in the Fall. Discussion time will follow with the audience.

Sponsor: Sherri Condon

Feb 14

New England Dance on Tour

07:30 pm

CFA Theater (CFA P) CFA Theater

Four regional dance artists showcase the diversity and richness of dance in New England, including the Storied Places Project featuring Wesleyan Dean of the Arts and Humanities and Associate Professor of Dance Nicole Lynn Stanton collaborating with Professor of Music Jay Hoggard.. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Coffey, Fiona

Feb 2

Russell House Concert Series

03:00 pm

Russell House Russell House All Rooms

Sponsor: Oravec, Hanna G.

Jan 31

Sounds of Science performance

07:30 pm

Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel

Cellist Jeffrey Zeigler performs the Connecticut premiere of The Sound of Science at 7:30pm, featuring Pastaza, which reflects on the work of Wesleyan's Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies Barry Chernoff. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Oravec, Hanna G.

Dec 4

Heartbreak County

07:00 pm

CFA Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (CFA J) CFA Ring Family Performing Arts Hall

With a book by Ramsay Burgess '20 and music and lyrics by Payton Millet '21, this musical explores both the light and dark sides of grief, finding hope in the little things. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Alger, Dawn

Steel Pan concert

07:00 pm

Usdan Fayerweather Fayerweather 202 (Beckham Hall)

The Wesleyan Steel Pan Ensemble performs under the direction of Visiting Instructor in Music Briele Scott. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Scott, Briele

Dec 3

WesWinds Fall Concert

06:30 pm

CFA Adzenyah Rehearsal Hall (CFA A) Rehearsal Hall 003 (Daltry Room)

Sponsor: LaRusso, Salvatore

WesWinds Fall Concert

06:30 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Green Room

Sponsor: LaRusso, Salvatore

WesWinds Fall Concert

08:00 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Concert Hall

The venue will open at 7:45pm. Under the direction of Salvatore LaRusso, the Wesleyan University Wind Ensemble (WesWinds) performs selections from "Star Wars" to "Mr. Hollands Opus" and more. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: LaRusso, Salvatore