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 21

Bach and the Modern World

12:00 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Concert Hall

A concert and lecture series with Julie Ribchinsky, cellist and Professor of Music at Central Connecticut State University and Private Lessons Teacher at Wesleyan University. For more information, visit the CFA website .

Sponsor: Ribchinsky, Julie Ann

Nov 20

West African Drumming & Dance REHEARSAL

04:30 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Concert Hall

Sponsor: Saaka, Iddrisu

Nov 19

Keyboard Improvisation Masterclass with Nathan Mondry

07:00 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Concert Hall

Wesleyan University's organ department is pleased to present Mr. Nathan Mondry to give a masterclass and lecture on keyboard improvisation in historical styles. This class is open to participants with classical or jazz keyboard backgrounds; participants should posses basic keyboard skills and the ability to play basic chord progressions. To participate in the class, please email Dr. Alcee Chriss at Achriss@wesleyan.edu . This class is limited to 10 participants. Auditors and interested audience members are welcome to attend as well! Mr. Mondry is an internationally acclaimed keyboardist, composer, and improviser. He recently finished a second Master's degree in historical improvisation at the Schola Cantorum in Basil, Switzerland. Nathan is a fantastic and inspiring musician and will give any interested participants a musical "vitamin-boost" toward improvising more comfortably. Please join us in Memorial Chapel for this exciting event!

Sponsor: Saaka, Iddrisu

Wesleyan Chamber Music Concert

08:00 pm

Crowell Concert Hall

Students from the Wesleyan chamber music program perform works by various composers on a variety of instruments. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Nov 16

Wesleyan Concert Choir

09:00 am

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

Sponsor: Potemkina, Nadya

Wesleyan Concert Choir

09:30 am

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Green Room

Sponsor: Potemkina, Nadya

Wesleyan Concert Choir

07:00 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Concert Hall

The Wesleyan Concert Choir and guests perform under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Potemkina, Nadya

Nov 14

For The Love of Bach V

07:30 pm

Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel

Wesleyan student/faculty/staff/alumni/community collective AD HOC BACH presents the next installment of Johann Sebastian Bach's cantatas. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355. PROGRAM Concerto in d minor (after Vivaldi), BWV 596, Alcee Chriss, organ BWV 6, Blieb bei uns, denn es will Abend werden BWV 179 , Siehe zu, da deine Gottesfurcht nicht Heuchelei sei Sinfonia from BWV 169 FEATURING Addy Sterrett, soprano Karolina Wojteczko, alto Richard F. Donohue, tenor William Doreza, baritone Noah Smith & Alex Waterman, continuo Nadya Potemkina, conductor

Sponsor: Westmoreland, T. David

Nov 13

Laura Cetilia

09:00 pm

CFA World Music Hall (CFA C) World Music Hall

A concert of new works by graduate music student Laura Cetilia and others. A silent candlelit prelude will begin at 8pm. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Cetilia, Laura Raquel

Nov 8

The Art of Falling

07:30 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Concert Hall

Writer, director, visual artist, and vocalist Laurie Anderson performs the new work "The Art of Falling," which explores the subject through sounds, images, poems, and electronics. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Coffey, Fiona

Nov 6

Alex Dea: compositions

07:00 pm

CFA World Music Hall (CFA C) World Music Hall

Alex Dea Ph.D. '80 is a performer and composer who works draw on different sources to create a distinctive crossing of musical boundaries. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Kuivila, Ronald J.

Nov 3

Russell House Concert Series

03:00 pm

Russell House Russell House All Rooms

For Homecoming/Family Weekend, cellist and singer/songwriter Melanie Hsu '13 revisits the acoustic songs that she wrote in her freshman dorm room a decade ago at Wesleyan. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Oravec, Hanna G.

Oct 31

Sound Calendar of the Year 2018

12:00 pm

Allbritton Center Allbritton 311

Join Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Jin Hi Kim as she discusses her Sound Calendar of the Year 2018 , a COE Faculty-Student Research Grant project. More about the project here: http://bit.ly/2nTcO14 . This event is free & open to the public. Lunch will be served. About the Sound Calendar for the Year 2018: We are deeply moved by looking at beautiful photographs and conversely a destroyed environment landscape causes us a pain and raises our desire for a better living environment. Environmental sound may emotionally impact us in a similar fashion. Jin Hi encourages us to pay attention to environmental sound daily, monthly, yearly, so that our perception of the living soundscape is a reflection of our human living space and a discovery of profound living environment. Sound Calendar of the Year is a sonic documentation that juxtaposes existing sounds created by both nature and human behavior. Jin Hi will present sound examples and sound mixes hovering between scientific and artistic collaboration of the environmental sounds that had been collected throughout 2018. Her artistic vision encourages and inspires people to contemplate both the current ecological devastation but also to enjoy the profound beauty of the sonic environment.

Sponsor: Kenney, Laurie

Oct 26

Wesleyan University Orchestra: Frankenstein LIVE!

08:00 pm

Goldsmith Family Cinema

The Wesleyan University Orchestra presents the 1931 film "Frankenstein" with live orchestral accompaniment in collaboration with the Connecticut College Orchestra. Co-sponsored by the College of Film and the Moving Image. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department, College of Film

Oct 25

Organ Class and USDAN FRIGHT NIGHT

06:00 pm

Memorial Chapel

Get in the spirit of Halloween by experiencing a psychedelic and experimental evening of frightening sounds and visual effects in the Memorial Chapel. The Wesleyan organ class and USDAN will offer a creepy evening of organ film-music and movies. At 6:00 PM, seven students from Wesleyan's organ class will present frightening film-music exhibitions in the form of compositions, improvisations, and works of Bach and Peeters. These works will accompany stunning extracts of traditional and experimental film. Directly following, USDAN will screen a classical horror film with special, scary, surprises. Don't miss this all encompassing sensory experiences.

Sponsor: Office of the Registrar

Oct 13

Amjad Ali Khan

03:00 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Concert Hall

GRAMMY Award-nominated sarod (19-stringed instrument) master Amjad Ali Khan is joined by his sarod -playing sons Amaan Ali Bangash and Ayaan Ali Bangash to conclude the 43rd annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Coffey, Fiona

Amjad Ali Khan

03:00 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Concert Hall

Sponsor: Coffey, Fiona

Oct 12

Yashoda Thakore

04:00 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Concert Hall

Sponsor: Coffey, Fiona

Oct 11

Navaratri 2019

08:00 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Concert Hall

Vocalist and Adjunct Associate Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan is joined by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music David Nelson on mridangam and violinist Nandini Viswanathan during the 43rd annual Navaratri Festivalat Wesleyan. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Coffey, Fiona

Oct 10

Navaratri Festival Colloquium

04:30 pm

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

Davesh Soneji, Associate Professor and Graduate Chair of the University of Pennsylvanias South Asia Studies Department, will give a talk at the start of the 43rd annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Krishnan, Hari

Oct 8

Sebastian Heindl and Rashaan Allwood in Concert

07:00 pm

Wesleyan Memorial Chapel

Two world renowned organist will present lecture-recitals on Wesleyan's magnificent Holtkamp pipe organ. Sebastian Heindl will present a program of music by Mendelssohn, Medek, Escaich, and Lizst. Mr. Allwood will give a lecture recital on the subtleties of thematic development in the music of Bach, Guilmant, and Schoenberg. THIS IS NOT TO BE MISSED!

Sponsor: Music Department

Oct 6

Russell House Concert Series

03:00 pm

Russell House Russell House All Rooms

Adventurous jazz vocalist and Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Giacomo Gates returns to The Russell House to perform with guitarist and Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Tony Lombardozzi and bassist Jeff Fuller. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Oravec, Hanna G.

Oct 2

Wesleyan Composers

09:00 pm

CFA World Music Hall (CFA C) World Music Hall

A concert of music composed by graduate music students Katie Buono, Webb Kay Crawford, Aliya Ultan-Milat-Meyer, and Stuart Wheeler. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Kuivila, Ronald J.

Sep 28

Piano Music of Bach, Schumann, Bruce and others

08:00 pm

Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel

Pianist Paul Orgel performs music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Robert Schumann, John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce, and others. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Bruce, Neely

Sep 22

Russell House Concert Series

03:00 pm

Russell House Russell House All Rooms

Originally from Montana, GRAMMY Award-winning flutist Rhonda Larson's Winds of the World takes the listener on a journey with an assortment of flutes and her virtual band. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Oravec, Hanna G.

Sep 19

Drag Queens and Radical Faeries and Judys, Oh My!: A panel on gendery performance and queer histories in sound and dance

04:30 pm

Allbritton, Room 311

A panel discussion on gender performance and queer histories in sound and dance hosted by Wesleyans Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Oravec, Hanna G.

Sep 18

Sound/Material

08:00 pm

CFA World Music Hall (CFA C) World Music Hall

Sound/Material is a concert of three pieces focused on the physicality of sound, including "Queen of the South," composed by John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Emeritus Alvin Lucier. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Kuivila, Ronald J.

Sep 8

Connecticut Flute Orchestra

02:00 pm

Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel

The Connecticut Flute Orchestra, a collective of professional flutists, returns to Wesleyan for a third annual concert featuring the sounds, repertoire, and diversity of a multi-flute orchestra conducted by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Potemkina, Nadya

Sep 6

The MASH

03:00 pm

Various locations on campus

Inspired by Fete de la Musique (also known as Make Music Day), the eighth annual The MASH festival highlights Wesleyan's student music scene, with multiple stages on campus featuring everything from a cappella ensembles to student and faculty bands. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Center for the Arts

Bach to School

08:00 pm

Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel

At the tenth annual opening of the Wesleyan concert calendar, Bach to School, Artist in Residence Emeritus Ronald Ebrecht will perform a work by Johann Sebastian Bach and introduce new University Organist Alcee Chriss. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Chriss, Alcee

May 12

Wesleyan New Music Group

06:00 pm

Crowell Concert Hall

The Wesleyan New Music Group directed by Dr. Tyshawn Sorey will perform an open dress rehearsal (Saturday at 2pm) and end-of-semester concert (Sunday at 6pm) featuring works by leading 20th and 21st century music composers. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

May 11

Wesleyan New Music Group

02:00 pm

Crowell Concert Hall

The Wesleyan New Music Group directed by Dr. Tyshawn Sorey will perform an open dress rehearsal (Saturday at 2pm) and end-of-semester concert (Sunday at 6pm) featuring works by leading 20th and 21st century music composers. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

May 9

Organ Romp

10:00 pm

Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel

The annual organ romp is a wild and wacky event featuring student and alumni composers with costumes and crazy music. This years concert includes graduate and undergraduate student performers and composers as well as special guest Wil Smith . We will crown the May Queen during the concert. The concert also features a parting cameo by Artist in Residence and University Organist Ronald Ebrecht , who retires at the end of the month after 30 years of teaching at Wesleyan.

Sponsor: Molokwu, Ariana

May 8

Composing, Performing, and Listening to Experimental Music

08:00 pm

CFA World Music Hall (CFA C) World Music Hall

A concert of live electronic and computer music by Matthew Blackman, Maya Brachfeld, Luca Cereijido, Samia Dudley, Max Gibson, Tyler Jenkins, Myles Johnson, Teddy Keegan, Finn Li, Morgan Maben, Ben Russman, Nicky Schieda, Charles Vogel and Cindy Ye. (All pieces were developed in Professor Ron Kuivilas "Composing, Performing, and Listening to Experimental Music" with the able assistance of Ian Davis and Isaac Price-Slade.)

Sponsor: Kuivila, Ronald J.

May 7

WesWinds Concert

07:30 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Concert Hall

Please join us for an exciting evening of music for Wind Ensemble! The music of such noted composer as Eirc Whitacre, Eric Coates, John Williams, Lalo Schifrin (and many others) have all found their way onto our program. Admission is free and open to all members of the Wesleyan Community. Our Wesleyan Wind Ensemble, WesWinds, is an ensemble that is open to all members within our Wesleyan community as well as community members from throughout Central Connecticut. This cross generation of musicians all share a common bond, that of a musical comerardire mixed with a love of band music reflecting all styles and genres. Make it your mission to be there on the 7th of May at 7:30....Did I mention that we will be playing the music of Lalo Schifrin.. Indeed I did!!

Sponsor: LaRusso, Salvatore

May 5

Chinese Music Ensemble

07:00 pm

CFA World Music Hall (CFA C) World Music Hall

Sponsor: Lu, Chia-Yu Joy

May 3

West African Music and Steelband Concert

03:00 pm

Usdan University Center Usdan Huss Courtyard

Usdan University Center Huss Courtyard Rain location: Crowell Concert Hall FREE! An invigorating performance filled with rhythms and songs of West Africa, featuring Wesleyan Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music and master drummer John Dankwa, joined by students in West African drumming classes, the Wesleyan Steelband ensemble, and guest performers.

Sponsor: Molokwu, Ariana

May 1

South Indian Music

07:00 pm

CFA World Music Hall (CFA C) World Music Hall

Students of Adjunct Associate Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music David Nelson perform music from the Karnataktradition of South India.

Sponsor: Balasubrahmaniyan, B.

Apr 25

Collegium Musicum Spring Concert

06:00 pm

Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel

This program explores musical laments from Europes peripheriespowerful works composed in England and Portugal during the early 17 th century. The centrepiece will be a Requiem Mass for six voices by Duarte Lobo (15651646) . Other featured composers include Manuel Cardoso (c. 15661650), Thomas Tomkins (15721656), and Thomas Weelkes (15761623).

Sponsor: Alden, Jane

Apr 24

Korean Drumming and Creative Music Ensemble & Taiko Drum Ensemble

07:00 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Concert Hall

Korean Drumming and Creative Music Ensemble & Taiko Drumming Ensemble Wesleyan's Taiko Drumming Ensemble , directed by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Barbara Merjan performs the thunderous and thrilling rhythms of Japanesekumi daiko drumming. Korean Drumming and Creative Music Ensemble , directed by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Jin Hi Kim , plays new arrangement of samulnori repertoire, performed on two-headed drums ( janggu ), barrel drums (buk), hand gong ( kwenggari ), and a suspended gong (jing ). The ensemble plays a variety of mesmerizing janggu rhythmic patterns, and also create new pieces, discovering the sounds that are possible through imaginative explorations on their instruments.

Sponsor: Kim, Jin Hi

Mar 28

Grad Recital: Ian Davis

08:00 pm

Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel

Graduate composition student Ian Davis will present Third Memorable Fancy a new, hour-long work for vibraphone, alto saxophone, cello, accordion, piano, feedback, Arp 2600, and MIDI-controlled pipe organ.

Sponsor: Davis, Ian McLellan

Feb 28

For the Love of Bach 4

07:00 pm

Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel

Wesleyan student/faculty/staff/alumni/community collective AD HOC BACH presents the next installment of Johann Sebastian Bachs cantatas: BWV 108 "Es ist euch gut, da ich hingehe," and BWV 102 "Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben." Soloists: TBA Noah Smith , continuo Nadya Potemkina , Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music,conductor

Sponsor: Westmoreland, T. David

Dec 10

Ensemble for 20th and 21st Century Classical and Contemporary Music

06:00 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Concert Hall

This concert will feature all Wesleyan graduate composition students performing previous and current works for different types of ensembles as well as solo performance and spontaneous compositions.

Sponsor: Sorey, Tyshawn

Dec 8

West African Drumming and Dance

07:00 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Concert Hall

An invigorating performance filled with the rhythms of West Africa, featuring Wesleyan Artist in Residence Iddi Saaka and master drummer Mohammed Alidu joined by students in West African Dance classes. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Saaka, Iddrisu

Dec 5

South Indian Music Student Recital

07:00 pm

CFA World Music Hall (CFA C) World Music Hall

Students of Adjunct Associate Professor B. Balasubrahmaniyan and Adjunct Assistant Professor David Nelson will perform their end semester recital of music from the Karnatak tradition of South India. Performance will feature the song forms such as Gitam, Kriti, Tillana, mridangam and Solkattu (spoken rhythm).

Sponsor: Balasubrahmaniyan, B.

Dec 4

WesWinds

08:00 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Concert Hall

Sponsor: LaRusso, Salvatore

Dec 3

Ebony Singers

08:00 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Concert Hall

Sponsor: Monts, Marichal B.

Nov 29

Concert: FOR THE LOVE OF BACH, Vol. 3

07:00 pm

Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel

AD HOC BACH , a group of enthusiastic student, alumni, faculty, staff, and community instrumentalists and singers, presents the third installment of its journey through J.S. Bach's cantatas: the monumental " Ich hatte viel Bekmmernis," BWV 21. Five down - only about two hundred ten cantatas to go!

Sponsor: Potemkina, Nadya

Wesleyan Chamber Music Concert

08:00 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Concert Hall

Students from the Wesleyan chamber music program perform works by Beethoven, Kapustin, Vivaldi, Vaughan Williams, Brahms, Czerny, and more.

Sponsor: Biatowas, John E.

Nov 15

Rags and Riches for the Harpsichord

06:00 pm

Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel

To celebrate the arrival of the Frank Hubbard harpsichord modeled on Taskin, Artist in Residence and University Organist Ronald Ebrecht will perform a program to show the variety of musical styles possible on this instrument. In addition to harpsichord works by the trio Bach, Handel and Scarlatti - all born in 1685, he will present three works not usually played on the harpsichord by Ernesto Nazareth, William Bolcom and Scott Joplin. In addition, the concert will feature the Suite III by Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre.

Sponsor: Ebrecht, Ronald

Nov 10

Symposium: Enacting Ethnicity and Nationalism in Indonesian Performing Arts

09:00 am

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

The performing arts play a primary role in articulating the interacting cultural, social, and political forces in Indonesia. The symposium will address these issues, focusing on the dynamic interaction between the state and Javanese ethnic groups.For more information, visit www.wesleyan.edu/cfa/yogyakarta .

Sponsor: Sumarsam, Prof.

Wayang Golek Puppet Play

02:30 pm

CFA World Music Hall (CFA C) World Music Hall

Yogyakarta Court Puppeteer Ki Gondo Suharno and the Court of Yogyakarta gamelan group , in collaboration with the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble , will perform Wayang Golek, featuring three-dimensional puppets. For more information, visit www.wesleyan.edu/cfa/yogyakarta .

Sponsor: Sumarsam, Prof.

Nov 9

Music and Dance of Yogyakarta

07:30 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Concert Hall

In conjunction with a visit from Hamengkubuwono X , the Sultan of Yogyakarta in Indonesia, Wesleyan University hosts a performance by the court dancers and musicians of Yogyakarta.For more information, visit www.wesleyan.edu/cfa/yogyakarta .

Sponsor: Oravec, Hanna G.

Nov 8

Javanese Dance Lecture Demonstration

11:50 am

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

In conjunction with a visit to Wesleyan of Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X of the Kasultanan court of Yogyakarta, Dr. Suharti will give a lecture and demonstration on Javanese court dance, with the visiting court dancers.For more information, visit www.wesleyan.edu/cfa/yogyakarta .

Sponsor: Kuivila, Ronald J.

ICPP Public Lecture

07:00 pm

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

In this public lecture presented by Wesleyan's Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance, Keng Sen Ong discusses the complex crossings between traditional performance and contemporary art practices.For more information, visit www.wesleyan.edu/cfa .

Sponsor: Lennox, Rosemary

Oct 7

This Is It! #16

03:00 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Concert Hall

This Is It! No. 16. The penultimate event in the series of recitals comprising the complete piano works of Neely Bruce. Featuring the Sixth Piano Sonata and the first performances of Sound Effects (42 extremely short pieces) and Homage to Aronchik (based on the tone row that Aaron Copland was working on, at the time of his death).

Sponsor: Bruce, Neely

Sep 15

Two Seasons

08:00 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Concert Hall

The Hop River Chamber Ensemble , under the direction of David H. Vaughan , perform Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland, and Fall in New England 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: Bruce, Neely

Sep 8

The MASH

02:00 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Concert Hall

Inspired by Fete de la Musique (also known as Make Music Day), the seventh annual The MASH festival highlights Wesleyan's student music scene, with multiple stages on campus featuring everything from a cappella ensembles to student and faculty bands. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Center for the Arts

Sep 7

Bach to School

06:00 pm

Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel

Artist in Residence Ronald Ebrecht 's ninth annual opening of the Wesleyan concert calendar, Bach to School , also marks the start of a celebration of 30 years of his teaching at Wesleyan. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Molokwu, Ariana

Jul 19

Martha Redbone: Bone HillThe Concert

07:30 pm

Crowell Concert Hall

The contemporary musical theater work Bone Hill is inspired by four generations of Martha Redbones Kentucky family lineage. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Center for the Arts

Jul 15

This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part XV

03:00 pm

Crowell Concert Hall

John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce presents the fifteenth in a series of CD-length recitals of his piano music. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Center for the Arts

Jul 5

Sammy Miller and The Congregation

07:00 pm

CFA Courtyard

GRAMMY Award-nominated drummer, singer, and bandleader Sammy Miller and his sextet The Congregation will play joyful, feel-good jazz during their Connecticut debut at Wesleyan. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Center for the Arts

May 11

West African Drumming and Dance Concert

03:00 pm

CFA Green CFA Green

An invigorating performance filled with the rhythms of West Africa, featuring Wesleyan Artists in Residence choreographer Iddi Saaka and master drummer John Dankwa joined by students in West African Dance classes. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355. Rain site: Crowell Concert Hall.

Sponsor: Saaka, Iddrisu

May 4

Wesleyan Taiko Concert

08:00 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Concert Hall

Taiko drumming classes perform thunderous and thrilling rhythms of Japanese kumi daiko drumming under the direction of Visiting Instructor in Music Barbara Merjan. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Merjan, Barbara

May 3

Javanese Gamelan & Dance

07:00 pm

CFA World Music Hall (CFA C) World Music Hall

Experience the music and dance of Java with beginning students of the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble and guest artists. The concert includes a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Yong, Christine

Chamber Music Concert

08:00 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Concert Hall

Students from the Wesleyan chamber music program perform works by various composers on a variety of instruments. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Biatowas, John E.

May 2

South Indian Music and Voice

07:00 pm

CFA World Music Hall (CFA C) World Music Hall

Students of Adjunct Associate Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music David Nelson perform 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: Balasubrahmaniyan, B.

Apr 28

Celebrating 100 Years of Thelonious Monk featuring the T.S. Monk Sextet

08:00 pm

Crowell Concert Hall

Bandleader T.S. Monk has "charted his own course as a composer, arranger and melodic drummer" (NPR), and concludes the 17th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend with a performance by his Sextet. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Apr 27

Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and Real-Time Autoschediasms for Electroacoustic Creative Orchestra

08:00 pm

Crowell Concert Hall

The Wesleyan University Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and the new Real-Time Autoschediasms for Electroacoustic Creative Orchestra perform as part of the 17th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music

Apr 26

Collegium Musicum

07:00 pm

Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel

The Collegium Musicum , under the direction of Pau Rius Valor '20 and supervised by Associate Professor of Music Jane Alden , performs a century of music from Tudor England. Featured composers include William Cornysh, John Taverner, Robert Parsons, and William Byrd.For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Molokwu, Ariana

Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble & Dance

08:00 pm

CFA World Music Hall (CFA C) World Music Hall

The Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of Artist in Residence I.M. Harjito and Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music Sumarsam, presents classical music and dance of Central Java. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Yong, Christine

Apr 25

Korean Drumming & Creative Music

07:00 pm

CFA World Music Hall (CFA C) World Music Hall

Beginning students of Wesleyan's Korean Drumming and Creative Music Ensemble, directed by Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Jin Hi Kim, play new arrangements of samulnori repertoire. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Kim, Jin Hi

Apr 22

Not Just Good : Senior Recital Connor Bennion

03:00 pm

Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel

An hour of small-ensemble a cappella music directed by Connor Bennion '18, featuring current students and alumni. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Oravec, Hanna G.

Songs by Schubert, Ives and Bruce

07:00 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Concert Hall

A concert featuring songs by Franz Schubert and Charles Ives, and the song cycle Whitman Fragments 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: Bruce, Neely

Apr 16

One Sky Concert

07:00 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Concert Hall

The Wesleyan University Orchestra performs the world premiere of Guggenheim Fellow composer and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Jin Hi Kim's One Sky II . For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Kim, Jin Hi

Apr 15

Kronos Quartet

07:00 pm

Crowell Concert Hall

The GRAMMY Award-winning Kronos Quartet returns to Wesleyan to perform a wide-ranging program of music from around the world, featuring adventurous string quartets either written for or arranged for the legendary group. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Center for the Arts, Music Department

Apr 11

WesFest Concert I: Organ, Chamber, Jazz and Laptop Ensembles

07:00 pm

Memorial Chapel Memorial Chapel

A concert featuring short performances on the University organ, Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble under the direction of Associate Professor and Chair of the Music Department Paula Matthusen , Real-Time Autoschediasms for Electroacoustic Creative Orchestra under the direction of Assistant Professor of Music Tyshawn Sorey, Jazz ensembles, and Chamber ensembles . For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Molokwu, Ariana

Mar 2

Thomas Buckner sings: Robert Ashley Concert #1

08:00 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Concert Hall

Baritone Tom Buckner performs a series of works for voice by Robert Ashley. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Matthusen, Paula

Feb 25

This Is It! #14

03:00 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Concert Hall

John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce presents the fourteenth in a series of sixteen CD-length recitals of his piano music. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Bruce, Neely

Feb 18

Megan Sesma with Joshua Thomas: French and Modern Masters

03:00 pm

The Russell House

Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher and Principal Harpist with the United States Coast Guard Band Megan Sesma returns to The Russell House with her Coast Guard Band colleague and saxophonist Dr. Joshua Thomas, a Conn-Selmer artist. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Feb 16

Masayo Ishigure: Koto 360

08:00 pm

Crowell Concert Hall

Masayo Ishigure began playing the koto at the age of five in Gifu, Japan, and continues to stretch the limits of the thirteen-stringed instrument. The program includes a New England premiere by Celil Refik Kaya. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Center for the Arts, Music Department

Feb 5

Psyc Colloq - Winner

12:15 pm

Judd Hall Judd 116

How Art Works: Empirical Approaches to Philosophical Questions" In the Arts and Mind Lab, we carry out research on philosophical questions about the arts, with the aim of understanding lay intuitions about how art works. Some issues we have studied empirically that I will discuss include how we judge skill in abstract art; why we fundamentally alter our evaluation of a work of art if it is discovered to be a forgery; and what art does (and does not) do for us. Ellen Winner is Professor and Chair of psychology at Boston College and Senior Research Associate at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education. She directs the Arts and Mind Lab, which focuses on cognition in the arts in typical and gifted children as well as adults. https://www.ellenwinner.com/

Sponsor: Race, Catherine

Jan 20

Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble Classes Start

10:00 am

World Music Hall

Have your child learn the traditional music of Java, Indonesia, for only $30 for a semester of lessons and rehearsals. Open to ages 7 to 14. No prior experience necessary. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Dec 10

Quasimodal Final Concert

05:00 pm

CFA World Music Hall (CFA C) World Music Hall

Quasimodal is a singing group of creative students that loves performing music from across genres (always with a bit of soul). We are Wesleyan's oldest co-ed a cappella group and more importantly a dynamic collective of unique voices with all original arrangements. We sing from the heart and try to bring others and ourselves beautiful tunes.

Sponsor: Xue, Unique Wenxuan

Nov 6

A Meredith Monk Film Screening: Ellis Island & Book of Days

07:00 pm

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

The CFA presentsa screening oftwo Meredith Monk Films: Ellis Island and Book of Days . Meredith Monk is a multidisciplinary artist; she is acomposer, singer, and director/choreographer and creator of new opera, music-theater works, films and installations. Ms. Monk will be joining us for a week long residency following this screening where she will perform a work-in-progress of her latest work, Cellular Songs. Monk's work, whichshe has been creating for the past 50 years,is timeless. Monk's 1985 film, Ellis Island , and her 1988 film, Book of Days ,are filmed in both color and black and white. Visuals are accompanied by her own compositions, yet the composer also gives silence its own voice. Please join us for an evening of film, music, dance, and artistic exploration!

Sponsor: Phillips, Adriana Lilian

Sep 8

Eighth annual "Bach to School" Concert

08:00 pm

Memorial Chapel

Artist in Residence Ronald Ebrecht's eighth annual opening of the Wesleyan concert calendar follows his European appearance with this program in Arbon, Switzerland. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

May 12

West African Drumming and Dance Concert: Concert

03:00 pm

CFA Green CFA Green

Featuring choreographer and Wesleyan Artist in Residence Iddi Saaka joined by his students and guest artists and drummers, this invigorating performance showcases the vibrancy of West African cultures through their music and dance forms. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Saaka, Iddrisu

May 5

Korean Drumming and Taiko Ensembles

04:00 pm

Crowell Concert Hall

Wesleyans Taiko Drumming Ensemble , directed by Visiting Instructor in Music Barbara Merjan , performs the thunderous and thrilling rhythms of Japanese kumi daiko drumming. The Korean Drumming Ensemble , directed by Visiting Assistant Professor Jin Hi Kim , plays a variety of mesmerizing rhythmic patterns from the samulnori repertorie. Several dynamic and exciting styles will be showcased, demonstrating both traditional and contemporary sounds from each culture.

Sponsor: CFA

Jan 21

Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble Starts

10:00 am

World Music Hall

Have your child learn the traditional music of Java, Indonesia, for only $30 for a semester of lessons and rehearsals. Open to ages 7 to 14. No prior experience necessary. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Jan 20

Open Rehearsal: The Bill of Rights

07:30 pm

Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown

An open rehearsal of Wesleyan's John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce's musical setting of "The Bill of Rights." For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website .

Sponsor: Music Department

Dec 13

Ensemble Pamplemousse

08:00 pm

Crowell Concert Hall

Featuring works by graduate music students Tomek Arnold, Jordan Dykstra, Warren Enstrm, Omar Fraire, Aurora Nealand, Dave Scanlon, and Matt Wellins performed by the composer/performer collective Ensemble Pamplemousse. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Dec 6

Elliott Sharps "Port Bou"

09:00 pm

Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (former CFA Hall)

The New England premiere of Elliott Sharp`s opera "Port Bou" (2014) depicts the last moments in the life of philosopher Walter Benjamin, in 1940, as he was fleeing Nazi-occupied France. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Music Department

Dec 2

West African Drumming and Dance Concert

08:00 pm

CFA Crowell Concert Hall (CFA B) Crowell Concert Hall

Featuring choreographer and Artist in Residence Iddi Saaka joined by his students, guest artists, and drummers, this invigorating performance showcases the vibrancy of West African cultures through their music and dance forms. For more information, please visit the Center for the Arts website or call 860-685-3355.

Sponsor: Olerud, Michele