Category Archives: Music

Beginners Javanese Gamelan

Randi Plake writes in:

Experience the culture of Java with beginning students of the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble. The concert will include a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble.

Date: Thursday, May 4th
Time: 7 PM
Place: World Music Hall

Wesleyan Korean Drumming and Taiko Ensembles

Randi Plake writes in:

Wesleyan’s 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 repertoire. Several dynamic and exciting styles will be showcased, demonstrating both traditional and contemporary sounds from each culture.

Date: Friday, May 5th
Time: 8 PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall

A Celebration of Silent Sounds

Randi Plake writes in:

Celebrate the writing excellence of students in Middletown Public Schools, grades 6 through 12, and hear their winning submissions of essays, short stories, and poetry from the annual literary magazine “Silent Sounds.” Co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts, Community and University Services for Education, and the Middletown Public Schools Cultural Council.

Date: Tuesday, May 2nd
Time: 6:30 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel

South Indian Music Student Recital

From Randi Plake:

Students of Adjunct Assistant Professors of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan and David Nelson perform music from the Karnatak tradition of South India. Performances will feature vocal and instrumental music, percussion, and solkattu (spoken rhythm).

Date: Wednesday, May 3
Time: 7pm
Place: World Music Hall

Collegium Musicum concert: Heinrich Isaac—Hofkomponist to Emperor Maximilian I

The CFA invites you to enjoy an exciting evening of Renaissance music:

The Wesleyan University Collegium Musicum, under the direction of Associate Professor of Music and Medieval Studies Jane Alden, performs works by Heinrich Isaac (c.1450-1517), a prolific composer born in the Flemish-speaking Low Countries who achieved international fame and later influenced Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms, Anton von Webern, and Igor Stravinsky.
Featuring the six-voice “Missa ‘Virgo prudentissima,’” and selections from the monumental “Choralis Constantinus,” among other works.

Date: Friday, May 5th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Memorial Chapel

Seasonal Music Across Four Centuries: A Lunchtime Concert

An exciting invitation to a performance by Wesleyan Music Department ensembles:

A lunchtime concert of music at Wesleyan University.
Memorial Chapel – April 19th – 1:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public – all are welcome.

Featuring Wesleyan’s own Concert Choir, Collegium Musicum, and Daniel Esposito ’17 – all in one concert, for the first time ever – performing music with origins spanning across four centuries. Come make history with us!

The Wesleyan University Concert Choir, directed by Professor Nadya Potemkina, will present choral works by Gustav Holst (1874-1934) and Edward Elgar (1857-1934).

The Wesleyan University Collegium Musicum, directed by Professor Jane Alden, will honor the 500th anniversary of the death of the Franco-Flemish composer Heinrich Isaac (c.1450-1517) with a performance of his six-voice Missa ‘virgo prudentissima,’ alongside other sacred and secular songs.

Guitarist Daniel Esposito, a fourth-year student in Music and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, will share solo pieces for classical guitar, including works by Luís de Milan (c.1500-c.1561) and Fernando Sor (1778-1839).

Date: Wednesday, April 19th
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Place: Memorial Chapel
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PHOTOS: Zonker Harris Day 2017

“Flavors, flavors, flavors.”

I donned my most floral of floral shirts and ducked out to Zonker Harris Day earlier today to get some pictures for the blog. The six hour music fest started sometime around 12 with sets from Hex Grrls and Laszlo. I arrived just after at the beginning of Tasty Desert Creatures’ set.

I was pleased to see that the Zonker Harris Day banner made a reappearance after a troubling absence. I began hearing rumors that the banner, which seems to disappear every year, was stolen in the middle of the night a few weeks ago. The thieves only left a single note that read “Nirvana? That’s the place where the powers that be and their friends hang out.” But yeah, I’m glad someone sorted all that out before showtime.

Dan Beats gave his final performance ever at around 1PM. Here’s a video of his farewell:

Zonker Harris Day is Tomorrow So Here’s a Video of This Guy in a Parachute

Zonker Harris Day (fka Ze Who Must Not Be Named Day (fka Zonker Harris Day)) is tomorrow. The holiday in honor of the notable Doonesbury character features a yearly springtime music festival in the West College Dormitory courtyard. Whey Station and Falafel will be there. This year’s theme is ‘TIP THE ICEBERG’ according to the Facebook event description:

Vic Mensa Will Headline Spring Fling and We Totally Called It, We Swear

Did you guess that this year’s Spring Fling headliner would be Vic Mensa? Then you’re in luck! The Chicago rapper will grace us with his presence on May 11, along with garage rock band The Orwells and North Carolina hip-hop artist Rapsody. The show will open with a Wesleyan musical act, to be determined by the upcoming Battle of the Bands show.

Watch the announcement video, and read more about this year’s Spring Fling acts, after the jump.