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Music Department Colloquium

From the Music Department:

Author and mridangam virtuoso Douglas Knight ’70 will discuss Balasaraswati: Her Art & Life– one book in three editions, for three audiences. The book has appeared in three different editions: an American edition published by Wesleyan University Press in 2010; an English language edition published in India by Westland Books in 2011; and a Tamil translation published by Cre-A Publishers in May 2017. Each edition was intended for a distinct readership, and elicited different responses. He will reflect on how the writing, editing, and publishing of these three editions transformed his understanding of the significance of Bala’s story as it “came home.”

The 41st annual Navaratri Festival of Indian music and dance at Wesleyan University opens with this talk hosted by the Music Department.

Date: Thursday, September 28
Time: 4:30 PM
Place:  Ring Family Performing Arts 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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Toneburst + Music 220 Final Concert

A concert invitation from the CFA:

Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble and Music 220 (Composing, Performing, and Listening to Experimental Music) end of semester concert. An evening of music and sound installations, some with video. Works by John Bischoff, Jonathan Zorn, student composers, and more.

Toneburst Laptop and Electronic Arts Ensemble is:  Greg Hall, Zora Li, David Elkin-Ginnetti, Will Freudenheim, Min Cheol Lee, Alex Rowland, Jakob Shaw, and Wei Wang; and graduate students Hallie Blejewski, and Cleek Schrey.

Composing, Performing, and Listening to Experimental Music is: Greg Hall, Emma Broder, Nick Daley, Vivian Deng, Ben Draghi, Will Freudenheim, Laura Hess, Will King, Adam Osborne, Kate Pappas, Eric Poretsky, Eriq Robinson, Nicole Roman-Johnston, Rachel Rosenman, Jakob Shaw, Matt Weinstein, Anna Yin, and Justin Zhang

Organized by Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Jonathan Zorn and University Professor of Music Ron Kuivila, together with graduate students Dina Maccabee, Daniel Fishkin, and Peter Blasser.

Date: Friday, May 8th – tonight!
Time: 8:00pm
Place: CFA Hall

West African Drumming and Dance Concert

Amy Zhang ’15 invites you to a West African Drumming and Dance performance:

Come enjoy more SUN with us! Get some invigorating drum beats and steps before you start your finals.

Date: Friday, May 8th – today!
Time: 3:00pm
Place: CFA Courtyard

Annual Organ Romp

The CFA invites you to an exciting evening of organ music:

The annual Organ Romp features wacky and wild programming: silly music, unlikely music to be played on the organ, new music, guest artists, and a themed costume suggestion—watch for the poster—come join the fun!

Date: Thursday, May 7th – tonight!
Time: 10:00pm
Place: Memorial Chapel

Recital: South Indian Voice and Solkattu

An exciting invitation from the CFA:

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

Date: Tuesday, May 5th – tonight!
Time: 7:00pm
Place: World Music Hall

WesWinds Spring Concert

The CFA invites you to tonight’s WesWinds concert:

The Wesleyan Wind Ensemble, under the direction of John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce, performs an exciting array of pieces for winds and percussion, including music by Timothy Mahr, Percy Grainger, Karl King, Samuel Hazo, and Eli Fieldsteel.

Date: Tuesday, may 5th – tonight!
Time: 8:00pm
Place: Crowell Concert Hall

Ebony Singers Spring Concert

The CFA invites you to tonight’s Ebony Singers concert:

An evening of great gospel music by Wesleyan’s Ebony Singers under the direction of Dr. Marichal Monts ’85 will sooth your soul and lift your spirits.

Date: Monday, May 4th – tonight!
Time: 8:00pm
Place: Crowell Concert Hall
Cost: $5

Music Department Colloquium – Noah Baerman

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From Andrew Chatfield:

Visiting Instructor in Music Noah Baerman discusses the philosophical origins and musical development of his suite “The Rock and the Redemption” in anticipation of its premiere performance on Saturday, April 25 as part of the 14th annual Wesleyan Jazz Orchestra Weekend. The piece re-imagines the myth of Sisyphus as an inspiring tale of dignity and perseverance through seemingly insurmountable adversity.

Date: Wednesday, April 22
Time: 4:15-5:15
Place: Daltry Room (Music Rehearsal Hall Room 003)
Cost: Free!