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Music Department Events

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Upcoming Events

This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part XIV
This Is It! The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce: Part XIV
Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 3:00pm
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.
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Tom Buckner sings Robert Ashley
Tom Buckner sings Robert Ashley
Friday, March 2, 2018 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

Baritone Tom Buckner performs a series of works for voice by Robert Ashley.

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Robert Ashley's Life and Work
Robert Ashley's Life and Work
Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 1:00pm
The Russell House

Kyle Gann, Tom Hamilton, Mimi Johnson, David Behrman, and Alvin Lucier, John Spencer Camp Professor of Music, Emeritus, present talks about Robert Ashley's life and work.

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Wesleyan University Orchestra: Children's Concert and Musical Instrument Petting Zoo
Wesleyan University Orchestra: Children's Concert and Musical Instrument Petting Zoo
Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 3:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
An hour-long dinosaur-themed performance by the Wesleyan University Orchestra, under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina, is followed by a multi-station musical instrument petting zoo.
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 Robert Ashley's Crash
Robert Ashley's Crash
Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 8:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
A new generation of artists perform Robert Ashley's haunting masterpiece.
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Toneburst Sampler Concert
Toneburst Sampler Concert
Monday, March 5, 2018 at 8:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
Wesleyan's Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble presents new works and works in progress for live electronics.
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Graduate Recital: Jordan Dykstra
Graduate Recital: Jordan Dykstra
Monday, March 26, 2018 at 8:00pm
Memorial Chapel
A graduate recital by Jordan Dykstra.
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Senior Recital: Jeremy Freeman and AJ Girard [VENUE CHANGE]
Senior Recital: Jeremy Freeman and AJ Girard [VENUE CHANGE]
Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 9:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
A senior recital performed by Jeremy Freeman and AJ Girard.
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Noah Baerman
Noah Baerman
Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 3:00pm
The Russell House
Director of the Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble since 2007, pianist Noah Baerman performs.
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Senior Recital: Benjamin Klausner [DATE CHANGE]
Senior Recital: Benjamin Klausner [DATE CHANGE]
Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
A senior recital performed by Benjamin Klausner.
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Graduate Recital: David Scanlon
Graduate Recital: David Scanlon
Sunday, April 8, 2018 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall
A graduate recital by David Scanlon.
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WesFest Concert I: Choir, Organ, Chamber, and Laptop Ensembles
WesFest Concert I: Choir, Organ, Chamber, and Laptop Ensembles
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 7:00pm
Memorial Chapel
A concert featuring short performances on the University organ, Wesleyan's Concert Choir, the Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble, and other chamber ensembles.
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The Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Keyboard Competition
The Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Keyboard Competition
Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 12:00pm
Memorial Chapel
A recital featuring the participants of the Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Keyboard Competition.
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WesFest Concert II—Gamelan, Korean, and Taiko Drumming Ensembles
WesFest Concert II—Gamelan, Korean, and Taiko Drumming Ensembles
Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 6:00pm
World Music Hall
A concert featuring multiple short performances by Wesleyan's Javanese GamelanKorean Drumming and Creative Music Ensemble, and Taiko Drumming Ensemble.
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Senior Recital: Josh Davidoff
Senior Recital: Josh Davidoff
Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
A senior recital by Josh Davidoff.
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Kronos Quartet
Kronos Quartet
Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 7:00pm
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.
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One Sky Concert
One Sky Concert
Monday, April 16, 2018 at 7:00pm
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 (2018).
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Music Department Colloquium: One Sky Film Screening and Panel Discussion [VENUE CHANGE]
Music Department Colloquium: One Sky Film Screening and Panel Discussion [VENUE CHANGE]
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 4:30pm
Powell Family Cinema, Center for Film Studies, 301 Washington Terrace, Middletown
A panel discussion about the current political conflict and U.S. and North Korean policy, as well as South Korean urban culture; followed by a film screening of a documentary about the two Koreas.
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Senior Recital: Declan Hindman
Senior Recital: Declan Hindman
Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 9:00pm
Ring Family Performing Arts Hall
A senior recital performed by Declan Hindman.
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Senior Recital: Isabelle Csete
Senior Recital: Isabelle Csete
Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 4:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
A senior recital performed by Isabelle Csete.
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Senior Recital: Johnnie Gilmore
Senior Recital: Johnnie Gilmore
Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 7:00pm
Memorial Chapel
A senior recital performed by Johnnie Gilmore.
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Senior Recital: Connor Bennion
Senior Recital: Connor Bennion
Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 3:00pm
Memorial Chapel
A senior recital performed by Connor Bennion.
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Songs by Schubert, Ives, and Bruce
Songs by Schubert, Ives, and Bruce
Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 7:00pm
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.
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Wesleyan Korean Drumming and Creative Music Ensemble
Wesleyan Korean Drumming and Creative Music Ensemble
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 7:00pm
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.
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Wesleyan University Collegium Musicum Spring Concert
Wesleyan University Collegium Musicum Spring Concert
Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 6:00pm
Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown
The Collegium Musicum, under the direction of Pau Rius Valor '20 and supervised by Associate Professor of Music Jane Alden, performs music of the English and Spanish Golden Age.
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Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble
Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble
Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 8:00pm
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 of Central Java.
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Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and Real-Time Autoschediasms for Electroacoustic Creative Orchestra
Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and Real-Time Autoschediasms for Electroacoustic Creative Orchestra
Friday, April 27, 2018 at 8:00pm
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.
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Celebrating 100 Years of Thelonious Monk featuring the T.S. Monk Sextet
Celebrating 100 Years of Thelonious Monk featuring the T.S. Monk Sextet
Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 8:00pm
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. 
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A Night of Music from China and Taiwan
A Night of Music from China and Taiwan
Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall
Wesleyan's Chinese Music Ensemble performs both traditional and contemporary musical works from China and Taiwan under the direction of Visiting Instructor in Music Ender Terwilliger.
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South Indian Music Student Recital
South Indian Music Student Recital
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 7:00pm
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.
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Javanese Gamelan
Javanese Gamelan
Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 7:00pm
World Music Hall
Experience the culture of Java with beginning students of the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble. The concert includes a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble.
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Wesleyan Taiko Concert
Wesleyan Taiko Concert
Friday, May 4, 2018 at 8:00pm
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.
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Wesleyan Concert Choir
Wesleyan Concert Choir
Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 7:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

The Wesleyan Concert Choir and friends, under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina, celebrate the legacy of Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990).

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Wesleyan University Orchestra
Wesleyan University Orchestra
Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan University Orchestra, under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina, features the winners of annual Concerto Competition, and celebrates the legacy of Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990).
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Ebony Singers Spring Concert
Ebony Singers Spring Concert
Monday, May 7, 2018 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
An evening of great gospel music featuring Wesleyan's Ebony Singers under the direction of Marichal Monts '85. Come to sing, clap, and be encouraged.
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Wesleyan Chamber Music Concert
Wesleyan Chamber Music Concert
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 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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WesWinds Spring Concert
WesWinds Spring Concert
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 8:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall
The Wesleyan Wind Ensemble performs an exciting array of pieces for winds and percussion.
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EarthSounds, Autoschediasms, and Tonebursts [DATE CHANGE]
EarthSounds, Autoschediasms, and Tonebursts [DATE CHANGE]
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 8:00pm
World Music Hall
Wesleyan's new Real-Time Autoschediasms for Electroacoustic Creative Orchestra, and the Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble, perform the world premiere of new works involving EarthSounds ceramic percussion instruments.
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Annual Organ Romp
Annual Organ Romp
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 10:00pm
Memorial Chapel, 221 High Street, Middletown
Wesleyan student organists ("rompers") put on a new show each spring, featuring dancing, costumes for performers and audience alike, and performances of music ranging from rock to schlock, accompanied by multiple ensembles of instruments.
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West African Drumming and Dance
West African Drumming and Dance
Friday, May 11, 2018 at 3:00pm
CFA Courtyard
An invigorating performance filled with the rhythms of West Africa.
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A World of Arts in the Heart of Connecticut