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The MASH: Interviews with Good Morning CT, Bonanza, and Johnnie Gilmore ’18

The Mash at Wesleyan University, Sept. 9. (Photo by Caroline Kravitz)

As you probably know by now, there is a fun event coming up this weekend called The MASH. The MASH is a performance event that happens every year during the first week of classes. It provides spaces and resources for different bands, singers, and artists to share their talent. Shoutout to Harrison Nir ’19, the student intern who has done a ton of work to make this event happen this year, and also Hanna Orovec, the staff member in the CFA that oversees the event. Give Josh‘s post a read if you want to know more about how this all came together. All of the groups that perform are Wesleyan affiliated, whether it be alumni bands like the one Michael Roth ’78 is in, faculty artists, or new ensembles like Good Morning Connecticut (GMCT). Below are some short interviews of student bands, including the aforementioned group GMCT, and another called Bonanza. We’ve also got some words from bassist Johnnie Gilmore ’18.

Wesleyan Concert Choir

Randi Plake writes in:

The Wesleyan Concert Choir, under direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina, presents a program featuring both a cappella and accompanied selections from classical and modern choral repertoire.

Date: Sunday, May 7th
Time: 4 PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall

Wesleyan Chamber Music Concert

Randi Plake writes in:

Students from the Wesleyan chamber music program perform works by various composers on a variety of instruments.

Date: Friday, May 5th
Time: 12:00 PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall

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

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

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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An Evening With Girltype Behaviors

16649267_332810073779825_8218259577912254684_nIt’s Sunday night, and I’m sitting on the ground of the Long Lane Farm parking lot with the members of the Wesleyan band Girltype Behaviors: lead vocalist and keyboardist May Klug ‘19,  vocalist and drummer Shea Fitzpatrick ‘18, guitarist Sallie Fullerton ‘18, and bassist Gemma Shay ‘18. An orange light pours down on us from a nearby streetlamp, and what could generously be called a bonfire sits in the center of our circle. The light and fire give the setting a post-apocalyptic vibe that the packets of Capri Sun Roarin-Waters being passed around soften with their sweetness and nostalgia.