Tag Archives: Classical music

Javanese Gamelan


From The CFA

A magnificent orchestra of bronze gongs, xylophones, drums, strings, and voices, the gamelan accompanies feasts, ceremonies, and dances. The Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of Artist in Residence I.M. Harjito and University Professor of Music Sumarsam, presents classical music of central Java.

Date: Thursday, December 10th
Time: 7:00PM
Place: World Music Hall, 40 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown


Brooklyn Rider

brooklyn-rider_eventFrom the CFA:

Hailed as “the future of chamber music” (Strings), the string quartet Brooklyn Rider features Nicholas Cords on viola, violinist Johnny Gandelsman, and brothers Colin Jacobsen on violin and Eric Jacobsen on cello. At Wesleyan, the group will perform Franz Schubert’s String Quartet No. 13 in a minor, the United States premiere of the work “on the attraction for felicitous amplitude” for string quartet and electronics by Assistant Professor of Music Paula Matthusen, and selections from their album “The Brooklyn Rider Almanac,” which features commissions by Bill Frisell, Vijay Iyer, Glenn Kotche, and others.

“The dazzling versatility that Brooklyn Rider exhibits is one of the wonders of contemporary music.” — Los Angeles Times

There will be a pre-concert talk by Assistant Professor of Music Paula Matthusen at 7:15pm.

Date: Saturday, November 21
Time: 8-9:30 PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall
Cost: $22 general admission; $20 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students
CFA link

Julie Ribchinsky—“Bach and the Modern World”

julie ribchinskyFrom the CFA:

Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Julie Ribchinsky explores sadness, joy, and the traditions of Yiddish music and Argentinian tango, connecting the suites of Johann Sebastian Bach and the 1991 work “Omaramor” by Osvaldo Golijov in her performance of works for solo cello.

Date: Sunday, Sept. 13
Time: 3-4:30 PM
Place: Russell House, 350 High St.
CFA link: here.

Cello Recital

Andrew Chatfield writes in from the CFA to invite you to a cello studio recital:

Wesleyan cellists under the direction of Private Lessons Teacher Julie Ribchinsky perform music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Frédéric François Chopin, Scott Joplin, and others.

Date: Thursday, April 23rd – today!
Time: 7:00pm
Place: Memorial Chapel

F Holes Auditions

A super-cool musical invitation, courtesy of Matthew Stein ’16:

Come one, come all, to the F Holes auditions! F Holes are Wesleyan University’s very own Student String Collective, and we are looking for all string players from violins to double basses. Auditions will be held in Music Studios Room 301 in the CFA, and will include sight reading some music with the F Holes.

Dates: Tuesday, September 16th AND Thursday, September 18th
Times: 8:00pm – 10:00pm both days
Place: Music Studios (CFA)

Tonight: Grateful Dead’s “Dark Star:” A Psychedelic Lecture by Dr. Graeme Boone


Mickey Capper ’13 reminded me to post about this. Here’s the blurb from the official Facebook page for this event:

Born and raised in San Francisco—the home of the Grateful Dead—Professor of Music Graeme M. Boone attended the University of California at Berkeley, the Universite de Paris, and Harvard University, where he taught before joining the faculty at Ohio State. Following an overview of the band’s early history and style, Dr. Boone’s talk includes the showing of a “mandala movie” which helps elucidate the Dead’s open-ended song “Dark Star,” conveying a holistic, organic analysis of the tune, and incorporating every salient element in the extended, psychedelically evocative improvisations of its first 150 recorded performances.

With lyrics by Robert Hunter and music by Jerry Garcia, “Dark Star” can cover a broad spectrum of moods and musical ideas—incorporating anything from R&B cover songs to outer-space apocalypse—but the attentive listener can also hear lines of force binding the jams together: structuring devices, strategies, and trajectories that direct each improvisation and also serve as fundamental guideposts. An animated movie with changing colors and annotations follows two specific performances of the song, recorded in London on 4/8/72 and 5/23/72 during the band’s European tour that spring (the original 16-track analog tapes of the entire Europe ’72 tour were remixed, mastered in HDCD format, and released by the band in 2011).

Orchestra Spring Concert: Beethoven’s 7th


Harim Jung ’16 cordially invites you to enrich your life with orchestral music:

Come watch the Wesleyan University Orchestra’s comeback concert as it
performs chamber and symphonic works of great Baroque, Classical and
Romantic composers of the 18th and 19th centuries.

The program will include:
Händel’s Water Music in D (Noah Horn, Harpsichord)
Felix Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture from Fingalshöhle
Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony in A Major

Directed by Noah Horn of Yale University

Date: Saturday, April 27
Time: 7 – 9 PM
Location: Crowell Concert Hall
Cost: Free

Survey: Classical Musicians and Improvisation


Nathan Shane ’13 wants to pick your brain about music:

If you have learned classical music at some point in your life, or you are learning it now, then please take this survey! By conducting this survey, I hope to gather information for my undergraduate thesis, the topic of which is improvisation in classical music education. I will ask you questions about your music education, music in your life today, and your thoughts on improvisation. If you have 30 minutes, I would appreciate your participation a lot!

Here’s the link to the survey.

Contact: nwshane(at)wes
Deadline: February 28

Joshua Roman Concert Tonight – Masterclass Tomorrow

DJ Spooky + Joshua Roman » Radiohead from The Voice Project on Vimeo.

The Center for the Arts and the Music Department present cellist Joshua Roman in Crowell Concert Hall as part of the Performing Arts Series TONIGHT, Friday, November 18 at 8:00 PM. At 27, Oklahoma City native Mr. Roman has covered a wide range of repertoire in his performances, from two seasons as the principal cellist for the Seattle Symphony to his collaboration with DJ Spooky (on iPad) to cover Radiohead’s “Everything in Its Right Place” for The Voice Project (shown above).
Mr. Roman, accompanied on piano by Andrius Zlabys, will perform sonatas by Claude Debussy and Johannes Brahms (No. 2 in F Major), Astor Piazzolla’s “Le Grand Tango”, as well as selections from Dan Visconti’s “Americana”, which Mr. Roman premiered in 2010. Yo-Yo Ma has stated “to me, Joshua is one of the great exemplars of the ideal 21st-century musician.”

There will be a pre-concert talk at 7:15 PM by Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Julie Ribchinsky.A master class with Joshua Roman will be held on Saturday, November 19 at 11:00 AM in the Daltry Room (Rehearsal Hall 003). Observers are welcome.

Click past the jump for more information about the performance: