Brian Lee ’13‘s senior thesis recital is tonight in the Chapel. Will be less than an hour long but more than great. Check it out!
Audrey Kiely ’13
Leah Rosen ’13
Mary Foster ’14
Emily Hunt ’13
Mariana Quinn-Makwaia ’14
Paulina Jones-Torregrosa ’15
Brian Hyunsuk Lee ’13
Nathan Shane ’13
Brian Goodell ’13
Marc Whittington ’14
Time: 7-8 p.m.
Place: Memorial Chapel
Looking for a good time? Ashlin Aronin ’13 calls on us to organize:
A famous Frenchman once said, “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” (this is not a pipe organ). Boy, was he wrong!
But don’t take my word for it. Find out for yourself at Ashlin Aronin’s senior recital this Wednesday, March 6 at 8pm in the Memorial Chapel.
The program includes organ works by 20th-century French master Olivier Messiaen, an organ transcription of a piano sonata by his teacher Maurice Emmanuel, and original compositions for small ensemble and computer-controlled organ.
Featuring Kumbi Kuti ’16 (vox), Jessie Marino MA ’13 (cello), Jeremy Webber ’13 (bassoon) and MIDI ‘0101 (organ).
Where: Memorial Chapel
Date: Wednesday, March 6
When: 8:00-9:00 pm
Gabrielle Bruney ’14 writes in with an opportunity to hear an internationally-known chamber music ensemble in what’s definitely the best venue around for that sort of thing:
Enjoy an evening of early vocal music performed by a world-renowned ensemble!
From the Orlando Consort’s website:
“Formed in 1988 by the Early Music Centre of Great Britain, the Orlando Consort has established itself as one of Britain’s most important chamber music ensembles, performing to the highest standards and renowned for its imaginative and innovative programming. Working with leading academics on music that has often never been performed in modern times, they have set new standards of performance, particularly with regard to the pronunciation and tuning of this fascinating repertoire. In recent times the Consort has also attracted praise for its bold programmes of contemporary music, jazz and world music, and for their outstanding education projects which are specifically designed to involve amateur musicians of all ages and abilities.”
Date: February 28, 2013.
Time: 7 – 9 PM
Place: Memorial Chapel
Cost: $6 for Wesleyan students
Easily distracted Internet musings on Friday night’s psychedelia.
Opening up WESU’s much-hyped Spring Concert Series with a fuzzy bang full of wha-wha guitars and freaky visuals, Connecticut’s The Stepkids performed on Friday night in what may be the most psychedelic happening at the Memorial Chapel since the Už Jsme Doma performance in 2010. In the spirit of an old-school Wesleying tradition that has lain dormant for too long, we’re reviewing the show in the form of a Wesleying staff Gchat session. Eventually it devolves into a reflection on Linus, sausage grinders, and Scott Brown’s porn career, because obviously that happens. Read on anyway.
Photos below by me and Goatmilk.
Like rock? Psych pop? Stepchildren? Jesse “Jesse & Brent” Brent ’13 has great news:
We’re kicking off our concert series with a bomb-ass show! The Stepkids, hailing from Bridgeport and signed to Stones Throw Records (J Dilla), are bringing their audiovisual spectacular to the Memorial Chapel this Friday night, supported by New Haven/Brooklyn rocker Sidewalk Dave and Wesleyan’s own Featherwood Bee. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Learn more on our website and join the Facebook event. What up, CT!
What: The Stepkids/Sidewalk Dave/Featherwood Bee
Date: Friday, February 22
When: Doors 7:30; Featherwood Bee 8:00; Sidewalk Dave 8:45; The Stepkids 10:00
Where: Memorial Chapel
Who can attend: Everyone
Bring: Dancing shoes; white shirts. (You’ll see why.)
“You’ve all been very good. I’m sorry, I’m a bit traumatized.”
Neither snow nor ice nor free speech restrictions could stop her: as planned, Judith Butler, famed Professor of Rhetoric and Literature at University of California Berkeley, spoke in Memorial Chapel yesterday to a full-capacity crowd about the writings of philosopher Martin Buber and the promise they may hold for reinstating open dialogue about peace in the Middle East.
Butler was introduced by President Roth, who pointed out that she embodied the Wesleyan mission statement to a tee as a practitioner of “courageous responsibility, which is difficult to carry out to the street and back to the academy.” Professor of Anthropology and American Studies Margot Weiss, who provided background on her for a few minutes afterward, was greeted by a enthusiastic wave of applause when she rose to the stage. Realizing what had happened due to her faintly resembling Butler, she shouted, “I am not Judith Butler, but thank you!” She went on to draw connections between Butler’s current work and the work on gender that she is best known for, saying that her most recent book, Parting Ways, sees Judaism as a kind of “anti-identitarian project.”
Butler’s approach to critiquing Israeli policies was so carefully measured and focused on separating the Jewish people from the idea of the Jewish state that she paused halfway through to assure people she wasn’t a robot. She also thanked the audience for their patient listening and respect for her views, saying, “You’ve all been very good. I’m sorry, I’m a bit traumatized.” Laughter ensued.
All right, Admissions Office, you can stop trying to recruit people. Your job is done. Christopher Owens has us covered.
As you well remember, former-member-of-the-band-Girls-and-current-solo-artist Christopher Owens romanced a full-capacity audience at Memorial Chapel last Thursday, playing the entirety of his solo debut/mini-rock opera Lysandre as well as a handful of cover songs. The concert itself was extremely enjoyable, including the opening set by Mara Connor (Wes/Vassar ’13), though nobody could be quite certain what Owens himself thought about the concert, or the audience or atmosphere or mood or time of day— his sub-hour-long performance was incredibly short on stage banter, by which I mean he said “thank you” and nothing else.
Which was fine. His Cali-beach-rock sound and golden-haired-god image work well with a strong-but-silent attitude. The music spoke enough for the both of them.
If doubts existed about the ability of a rock opera to translate from the recording studio to the resonating acoustics of Wesleyan’s own Memorial Chapel, let them be dispelled. Christopher Owens, formerly of the indie-beach-punk duo Girls, brought along a posse of eight other musicians to perform the entirety of his recent solo album, Lysandre, to a full and surprisingly attentive crowd.
Mara Connor (Wes/Vassar ’13) opened the show with an enjoyable acoustic set, bringing Henry Hall ’14 to add electric guitar and some rock flair for a few songs. After Connor ended with a cover of one of Owens’ own tunes, the golden-haired Adonis himself came onstage to sing about, well, girls.
Lysandre, of course, is really only a rock opera in form, not length. Owens and company plowed through the album in little over a half hour. Although the 11 album tracks differentiate themselves well enough along the California pop-rock spectrum, the simple but versatile “Lysandre’s Theme” reprises throughout in the keyboard, sax, flute, and guitar parts. Album highlights “New York City” and “Here We Go Again” were the most energetic and successful performances, while the awkward am-I-a-bad-songwriter tune “Love Is In The Ear of the Listener” was the only down moment in the set.
Before Iceage, Christopher Owens will be starting off one of the best concert double-headers since My Brightest Diamond and Bear Hands:
Christopher Owens, former lead songwriter of Girls and part time model, will perform his new solo album, Lysandre, with an 8-piece band in the Memorial Chapel. The new material will sound somewhat familiar to fans of Girls, and appeal particularly to those who favored Owens’ hushed ballads of love lost. You can listen to Lysandre here.
The show takes place today, Thursday, January 24th, from 8:30-10pm (with doors at 8). Our first show of the new year is an early one, and notably, will not overlap with Iceage’s performance at Eclectic later that night. You can have your cake and mosh/crowd-surf on it too!
Opening for Owens is Mara Connor (Wes/Vassar ’13), playing pretty acoustic guitar jams.
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Date: Thursday, January 24
Time: Doors at 8, Music from 8:30-10pm
Place: Memorial Chapel
Katie McLaughlin ’15 invites you to one of the top ten Eastern European and Balkan a cappella performances of 2012:
Slavei, one of Wesleyan’s top five co-ed Eastern European and Balkan a cappella groups, is performing this Saturday at 5pm in the chapel! If you’ve ever wondered what Nikolu is hunting, why the grandmother is getting a scarf or where the young bachelors like to hang out, come to the see our last performance of 2012.
Date: December 8, 2012
Time: 5:00 pm – 5:45 pm
Place: The Chapel