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December

Ensemble Pamplemousse presents New Music from Wesleyan (DATE, TIME, VENUE, AND TITLE CHANGED)
Ensemble Pamplemousse presents New Music from Wesleyan (DATE, TIME, VENUE, AND TITLE CHANGED)
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Featuring works by graduate music students Tomek Arnold, Jordan Dykstra, Warren Enström, Omar Fraire, Aurora Nealand, Dave Scanlon, and Matt Wellins performed by the composer/performer collective Ensemble Pamplemousse.
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Winter Dance Concert
Winter Dance Concert
Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
Advanced student choreographers present recent works.
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Winter Dance Concert
Winter Dance Concert
Friday, December 9, 2016 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
Advanced student choreographers present recent works.
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Javanese Gamelan
Javanese Gamelan
Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
Beginning students of the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble will present an evening of Javanese music, performing a selection of repertoire for celebratory events, with a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of Joseph Getter.
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John Cage’s Musicircus
John Cage’s Musicircus
Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 3:15pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Students from the adventurous MUSC 109 “Introduction to Experimental Music” class present a series of overlapping performances alongside special mystery guests in this rendition of John Cage's Musicircus.
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South Indian Music Student Recital
South Indian Music Student Recital
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
Students of Adjunct Assistant Professors of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan and David Nelson perform a recital of music from the Karnatak tradition of South India.
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Elliott Sharp’s Port Bou—a chamber opera
Elliott Sharp’s Port Bou—a chamber opera
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (former CFA Hall) - VENUE CHANGE
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.
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WesWinds Fall Concert
WesWinds Fall Concert
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Under the direction of William Sand, the Wesleyan Wind Ensemble performs an exciting array of pieces for winds and percussion.
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Wesleyan Chamber Music Concert
Wesleyan Chamber Music Concert
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 12:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Students from the Wesleyan chamber music program perform works by various composers on a variety of instruments.
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Ebony Singers Winter Concert
Ebony Singers Winter Concert
Monday, December 5, 2016 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
An evening of great gospel music featuring the Wesleyan University Ebony Singers conducted by Marichal Monts ’85.

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Concert Choir
Concert Choir
Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 3:00pm
Memorial Chapel

Under the direction of Nadya Potemkina, the Wesleyan University Concert Choir, joined by Brian Fairley on piano, presents a concert featuring both a cappella and accompanied selections from classical and modern choral repertoire.

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Worlds of Dance Concert
Worlds of Dance Concert
Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 2:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Introduction to Dance, beginning and intermediate dance students perform works in various styles, including Bharata Natyam (South Indian Classical dance).
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Wesleyan University Orchestra
Wesleyan University Orchestra
Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

The Wesleyan University Orchestra, under direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina and student Assistant Conductor Hanhee Song ’17, present an exciting program featuring Wesleyan Private Lesson Instructor Charlie Suriyakham on clarinet.

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West African Drumming and Dance Concert
West African Drumming and Dance Concert
Friday, December 2, 2016 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

Featuring master drummer Emmanuel Attah Poku, choreographer and artist in residence Iddi Saaka, joined by their students, Kiniwe African Dance Ensemble from Tufts university, and guest artists.

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Javanese Puppet Play
Javanese Puppet Play
Friday, December 2, 2016 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
University Professor of Music and puppet master Sumarsam and the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble under the direction of I.M. Harjito, with guest musicians, will present a Javanese wayang puppet play.
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Music from East Asia
Music from East Asia
Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Featuring Wesleyan's three East Asian ensembles--the Taiko Drumming Ensemble directed by Visiting Instructor in Music Barbara Merjan, the Chinese Music Ensemble directed by Ph.D. candidate Huan Li, and the Korean Drumming Ensemble, directed by Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Jin Hi Kim.
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Music from East Asia
Music from East Asia
Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Featuring Wesleyan's three East Asian ensembles--the Taiko Drumming Ensemble directed by Visiting Instructor in Music Barbara Merjan, the Chinese Music Ensemble directed by Ph.D. candidate Huan Li, and the Korean Drumming Ensemble, directed by Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Jin Hi Kim.
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November

A Reading by Writer Jonathan Galassi
A Reading by Writer Jonathan Galassi
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 5:00pm
Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Jonathan Galassi is a poet, a novelist, and renowned translator of Italian poetry.
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Charles Mee’s Summertime
Charles Mee’s Summertime
Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 2:00pm
CFA Theater (TIME CHANGED FROM 8PM TO 2PM)
Charles Mee’s pulsating romantic comedy Summertime (2000) weaves together elements of William Shakespeare, Molière, and René Magritte.
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Charles Mee’s Summertime
Charles Mee’s Summertime
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
Charles Mee’s pulsating romantic comedy Summertime (2000) weaves together elements of William Shakespeare, Molière, and René Magritte.
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Darrell Jones: Hoo-Ha
Darrell Jones: Hoo-Ha
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall
The New England debut of choreographer Darrell JonesHoo-Ha in a salon format merges voguing and postmodern dance to express the release of the oppressed feminine in the male body.
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The Women’s Bandura Ensemble of North America
The Women’s Bandura Ensemble of North America
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 6:00pm
Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown
The Women’s Bandura Ensemble of North America features 20 musicians who perform traditional Ukrainian songs and accompany themselves on the bandura, a 55-string instrument whose tone is often described as a blend of the piano and the harp.
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Charles Mee’s Summertime
Charles Mee’s Summertime
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 2:00pm
CFA Theater (ADDED MATINEE)
Charles Mee’s pulsating romantic comedy Summertime (2000) weaves together elements of William Shakespeare, Molière, and René Magritte.
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Darrell Jones: Hoo-Ha
Darrell Jones: Hoo-Ha
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 2:00pm
World Music Hall
The New England debut of choreographer Darrell JonesHoo-Ha in a salon format merges voguing and postmodern dance to express the release of the oppressed feminine in the male body.
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Charles Mee’s Summertime
Charles Mee’s Summertime
Friday, November 18, 2016 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
Charles Mee’s pulsating romantic comedy Summertime (2000) weaves together elements of William Shakespeare, Molière, and René Magritte.
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Darrell Jones: Hoo-Ha
Darrell Jones: Hoo-Ha
Friday, November 18, 2016 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall
The New England debut of choreographer Darrell JonesHoo-Ha in a salon format merges voguing and postmodern dance to express the release of the oppressed feminine in the male body.
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Charles Mee’s Summertime
Charles Mee’s Summertime
Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
Charles Mee’s pulsating romantic comedy Summertime (2000) weaves together elements of William Shakespeare, Molière, and René Magritte.
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Charles Mee’s Summertime
Charles Mee’s Summertime
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater (CANCELED)
Charles Mee’s pulsating romantic comedy Summertime (2000) weaves together elements of William Shakespeare, Molière, and René Magritte.
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Warren Enström: Place in Exhaustion
Warren Enström: Place in Exhaustion
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 9:00pm
World Music Hall
A graduate music recital by Warren Enström.

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Artful Lunch Series: Julia Randall
Artful Lunch Series: Julia Randall
Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 12:10pm
Davison Art Center, Alsop House Dining Room
Join the Friends of the Davison Art Center for a presentation by Wesleyan University’s Associate Professor of Art Julia Randall about her favorite work in the Davison Art Center collection.
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Tony Lombardozzi
Tony Lombardozzi
Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 3:00pm
The Russell House
Jazz guitarist and Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Tony Lombardozzi performs in The Russell House.
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Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 8:00pm
Patricelli '92 Theater
A collection of new works presented by senior choreographers as part of their culminating project for the dance major.
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Tour of New York City Grolier Club Exhibit and Print Fair
Tour of New York City Grolier Club Exhibit and Print Fair
Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 11:15am
New York City
Visit the distinctive galleries of the Grolier Club and the International Fine Print Dealer Association Print Fair in New York City.
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Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Friday, November 4, 2016 at 8:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater
A collection of new works presented by senior choreographers as part of their culminating project for the dance major.
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Derek Gripper
Derek Gripper
Friday, November 4, 2016 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
South African musician Derek Gripper interprets kora (21 string harp) compositions for solo classical guitar during his New England debut at Wesleyan.
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Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Fall Senior Thesis Dance Concert
Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 8:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater
A collection of new works presented by senior choreographers as part of their culminating project for the dance major.
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Tomek Arnold: Happy Hybrid
Tomek Arnold: Happy Hybrid
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 9:00pm
World Music Hall
A graduate music recital by Tomek Arnold.
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Opening Reception: FLYING CARPETS—new paintings by David Schorr
Opening Reception: FLYING CARPETS—new paintings by David Schorr
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 4:30pm
Main Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Professor of Art David Schorr explores the conviction of childhood imagination, remembering the pleasure of playing with toys on his grandmother’s oriental carpets.
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October

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble
Nrityagram Dance Ensemble
Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The internationally acclaimed Nrityagram Dance Ensemble from Bangalore, India,  redefines both dance and theater with powerful imagery and captivating dance as part of the 40th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan.
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Saraswati Puja (Hindu Ceremony)
Saraswati Puja (Hindu Ceremony)
Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 11:00am
World Music Hall
This religious service, led by A. V. Srinivasan, marks the most auspicious day of the year for beginning new endeavors. The audience may participate and bring instruments, manuscripts, and other items for blessing.
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Fall Faculty Dance Concert - CANCELED
Fall Faculty Dance Concert - CANCELED
Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 8:00pm
Patricelli '92 Theater
Wesleyan Dance Department faculty will share an evening of new works with guest artist collaborations.
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Shenkar
Shenkar
Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Indian-born American violinist, singer, and composer L. Shankar Ph.D. ’74 will perform as part of the 40th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan.
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Family Weekend Preview: FLYING CARPETS—new paintings by David Schorr
Family Weekend Preview: FLYING CARPETS—new paintings by David Schorr
Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 2:00pm
Main Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery

Professor of Art David Schorr’s solo exhibition and site-specific installation FLYING CARPETS revisits his childhood days spent playing on his grandmother’s Persian rugs.

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B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India
B. Balasubrahmaniyan: Vocal Music of South India
Friday, October 28, 2016 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
Vocalist and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan is joined by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music David Nelson on mridangam, violinist Sandhya Anand, and Karthik Venkataraman on kanjira as part of the 40th annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan.
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Fall Faculty Dance Concert - CANCELED
Fall Faculty Dance Concert - CANCELED
Friday, October 28, 2016 at 8:00pm
Patricelli ’92 Theater
Wesleyan Dance Department faculty will share an evening of new works with guest artist collaborations.
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Music Department Colloquium Building a Home: The First Half-Century of Music and Dance of India at Wesleyan
Music Department Colloquium Building a Home: The First Half-Century of Music and Dance of India at Wesleyan
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 11:50am
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (former CFA Hall)
Ph.D. candidate Joseph Getter presents the historical background of Indian music and dance in the United States, the Wesleyan University World Music Program, and the Navaratri Festival.
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Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn
Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

Grammy Award-winning banjo and vocal duo (and husband and wife) Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn perform original music, Appalachian murder ballads, gospel, chamber music, and blues.

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Tula Telfair: Invented Landscapes—Michael S. Roth Interviews Henry Adams
Tula Telfair: Invented Landscapes—Michael S. Roth Interviews Henry Adams
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 6:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall (former CFA Hall)
Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth ’78 interviews Henry Adams about Professor of Art Tula Telfair’s new book, Tula Telfair: Invented Landscapes. A book signing and reception to follow at 7pm in Zilkha South Gallery.
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Omar Fraire: Quotation_Synergies
Omar Fraire: Quotation_Synergies
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 9:00pm
World Music Hall
A graduate music recital by Omar Fraire.
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Artful Lunch Series: Michael Meere
Artful Lunch Series: Michael Meere
Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 12:10pm
Davison Art Center, Alsop House Dining Room
Join the Friends of the Davison Art Center for a presentation by Wesleyan University’s Assistant Professor of French Michael Meere about his favorite work in the Davison Art Center collection.
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West End String Quartet
West End String Quartet
Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 3:00pm
The Russell House
Wesleyan chamber music instructors Sarah Washburn, Anne Berry, and John Biatowas perform a world premiere by Neely Bruce, as well as works by Robert Schumann and Max Reger.

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Camille A. Brown and Dancers: BLACK GIRL—Linguistic Play
Camille A. Brown and Dancers: BLACK GIRL—Linguistic Play
Friday, October 7, 2016 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
Camille A. Brown & Dancers perform the Connecticut premiere of BLACK GIRL: Linguistic Play (2015), presenting a nuanced spectrum of black womanhood in a racially and politically charged world.
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Getting to Know You
Getting to Know You
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 9:00pm
World Music Hall
Featuring works by graduate music student composers Jordan Dykstra, Aurora Nealand, Dave Scanlon, and Matt Wellins.
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September

This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part X
This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part X
Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce presents the tenth in a series of fifteen CD-length recitals of his piano music.
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Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: William Earle Williams—A Stirring Song Sung Heroic: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom, 1619 to 1865
Opening Reception and Gallery Talk: William Earle Williams—A Stirring Song Sung Heroic: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom, 1619 to 1865
Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 5:00pm
Davison Art Center
William Earle Williams traces the overlooked histories of African Americans through 60 plus photographs, plus historic books, maps, newspapers, and manuscripts.
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Opening and Gallery Talk: Draw Yourself In
Opening and Gallery Talk: Draw Yourself In
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 12:00pm
Mansfield Freeman Center

Reimagine exhibited works with pencils and paper as part of the audience-participation exhibition Draw Yourself In.

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Alex Waterman: Solo Cello from A to X
Alex Waterman: Solo Cello from A to X
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 9:00pm
World Music Hall
Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Alex Waterman will give a recital of radical music for cello and voice with and without electronics.
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Harmonia V
Harmonia V
Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 3:00pm
The Russell House

Woodwind quintet Harmonia V, featuring Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Robert Hoyle on French horn, performs works by Wesleyan's John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce and other composers.

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Kaneza Schaal: GO FORTH
Kaneza Schaal: GO FORTH
Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 8:00pm
CFA Theater
The New England premiere of GO FORTH (2016) by Kaneza Schaal ’06 animates a series of burial vignettes with projection, sound, and dance inspired by the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
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Kaneza Schaal: GO FORTH
Kaneza Schaal: GO FORTH
Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 2:00pm
CFA Theater
The New England premiere of GO FORTH (2016) by Kaneza Schaal ’06 animates a series of burial vignettes with projection, sound, and dance inspired by the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
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Kaneza Schaal: GO FORTH
Kaneza Schaal: GO FORTH
Friday, September 16, 2016 at 10:00pm
CFA Theater
The New England premiere of GO FORTH (2016) by Kaneza Schaal ’06 animates a series of burial vignettes with projection, sound, and dance inspired by the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
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Kaneza Schaal: GO FORTH
Kaneza Schaal: GO FORTH
Friday, September 16, 2016 at 7:00pm
CFA Theater
The New England premiere of GO FORTH (2016) by Kaneza Schaal ’06 animates a series of burial vignettes with projection, sound, and dance inspired by the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
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Opening Reception: here is new york—a democracy of photographs
Opening Reception: here is new york—a democracy of photographs
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 5:30pm
Main Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Marking the fifteenth anniversary of September 11, this exhibition is the first time that the photographs from here is new york have been exhibited in Connecticut.
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In Conversation: Charles Traub and Michael S. Roth
In Conversation: Charles Traub and Michael S. Roth
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 4:30pm
Main Gallery, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery
Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth ’78 talks with artist Charles Traub, Chair of the M.F.A. in Photography and Related Media Department at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, about the here is new york project.
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Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble Classes Start
Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble Classes Start
Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 10:00am
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.
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Bach to School
Bach to School
Friday, September 9, 2016 at 8:00pm
Memorial Chapel
Artist in Residence and University Organist Ronald Ebrecht’s seventh annual opening of the Wesleyan concert calendar will mark the 30th anniversary of the death of Maurice Duruflé with performance by Mr. Ebrecht of his restored editions of the complete organ works of Mr. Duruflé.
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The Mash
The Mash
Friday, September 9, 2016 at 2:00pm
Various locations on campus
Inspired by Fete de la Musique, also known as World Music Day, this fifth annual festival highlights Wesleyan's student music scene.
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A World of Arts in the Heart of Connecticut