Tag Archives: Piano

“Mad Rush”—Pianist Lisa Moore plays Philip Glass

lisa moore

From the CFA:

Wesleyan Private Lessons Teacher Lisa Moore has been described in The New Yorker as “New York’s queen of avant-garde piano.” At the Russell House, she will present highlights from the Philip Glass solo piano collection featured on her new album “Mad Rush” (Orange Mountain Music). The roots of the music lie in motion pictures (“The Thin Blue Line,” “The Hours”), opera and Ghandi (“Satyagraha”), and Buddhism (the Dalai Lama’s entrance into St. John the Divine Cathedral).

Date: Sunday, November 15
Time: 3-4 PM
Place: Russell House
CFA link

“This Is It!” The Complete Piano Works of Neely Bruce

Neely BruceFrom the CFA:

John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce presents the seventh
in a series of CD-length recitals of his piano music, featuring his
Fourth Piano Sonata; the world premiere of “Memories of Phoolan;”
and “Piano Rock Album,” the composer’s tribute to popular piano
styles (rock, pop, cocktail piano, and ragtime) and the pianists who
have mastered them (including Richard Manuel and Jerry Lee Lewis). And
special guest guitarist Thomas Schuttenhelm will perform the world
premiere of Mr. Bruce’s “The Sacred Guitar”—seven improvisations
on selected tunes from “The Sacred Harp.”

Date: Sunday, November 1
Time: 3-4 PM
Place: Crowell Concert Hall

Kim Cheol Woong Piano Concert

From Deborah Ko ’15:

Please come join us to listen a concert by Kim Cheol Woong, a North Korean defector, and his flight to musical freedom.
He previously played in venues for the U.S. State Department, at Carnegie Hall and Columbia University. Currently, he teaches music at a university and has his own weekly music feature on Radio Free Asia, the U.S. Congress-supported station that broadcasts into North Korea and other Asian countries.

This event is sponsored by KSA (Korean Students Association) – and it is a FREE event and requires NO TICKETS.

Date: Thursday, September 18th
Time: 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Place: Crowell Concert Hall
Cost: Free! (No tickets required.)

The Elizabeth Verveer Tishler Piano Competition


Music Department Administrative Assistant Sandy Brough has an opportunity for you to show off those piano skills:

Open to all full-time Wesleyan University undergraduate students except previous winners of the competition. Pre-registration required.

Registration Deadline – Monday, March 31, 2014
See Sandy Brough in Music Studios 109 to register
Additional information about auditions, recital, and requirements after the jump!

What a Crazy Random Happenstance: Both Ex-Members of Das Racist, and Amanda Palmer, Drop Music Videos in Same Week

I bet you guys called each other up and coordinated it. Don’t lie. I know you did.

Himanshu Suri ’07 (Heems) and Victor Vazquez ’06 (Kool A.D.) were Das Racist, Wesleyan (and critic)’s favorite slack-rap duo. And then suddenly they weren’t. That’s about all the history about those two I’m gonna give you, because let’s be honest, you know all of this. It’s not like we don’t post about them every other day or something.  

So, the two decided back in December to call it quits, go their own ways, and pursue their already-blooming solo careers: Heems making music as Heems, and Kool A.D. as Kool A.D.

And then yesterday, probably maybe definitely unintentionally, each released a new music video. What a crazy random happenstance.  Then again, they’re still friends, so maybe it was coordinated, or a conspiracy, or both. Cabaret-rocker Amanda Palmer ’98 also released a music video about a week ago, but I’m pretty sure she wasn’t in on Kool A.D. and Heems’ plan.

Read on about the three, very very different, music videos after the jump.

Music Recitals goin’ down on Saturday

Hey folks! Just a quick note to bring some attention to these two senior music theses things going down tomorrow. It’s a perfect place to unwind if you’re still hung over from the night before, or if you’re looking for an excuse to take somebody out to something without it having to be too awkward, or indeed, if it is the case you actually enjoy music.

Lana “Lana” Lana ’12 is playing the Memorial Chapel at 2pm, with a focus on 20th century piano works of Indonesian composers and works related to Indonesian music in general. Click here for the facebook event, which has more information.

Andrew “Chungle” Chung ’12 is playing Crowell at 7pm. According to his facebook event, it’s entitled #OCCUPYNEWMUSIC with the description being: “…because 99% of all recitals feature the top 1% of composers. or something.” He concludes: “come watch me touch a lot of piano.” Click here for the Fb event and details.

Peace out – it’s party time.

Dylan Griffin Thesis Performance

Continuing our winning streak of music thesis performances, Dylan Griffin ’12 cordially invites you to a performance of solo piano tonight in Crowell:

Dylan Griffin ’12 is performing a recital of solo piano in Crowell Concert Hall tonight at7 PM as a capstone to the music major. The night will feature works by Franz Schubert and Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Hope to see you there!

Date: Saturday, March 31
Time: 7 pm
Place: Crowell Concert Hall
Cost: Free

Don’t think you’re familiar with Pictures at an Exhibition? Guess again:

Pianist and TA Needed For Opera and Oratorio

Wesleyan’s Opera and Oratorio class is looking for a piano accompaniest and TA for the upcoming semester. Duties are very simple, namely accompanying one night a week and leading a TA session one other day. Normaly Wesleying doesn’t post jobs, but this does pay well, or you can take it for credit, and Professor Gale (who is a wonderful professor) is in need of a pianist immediately.

You can read more about the class here on wesmaps. Having done this once myself, I can say it was a lot of fun and wish I could do it again, but senior obligations make that difficult, so if you are at all interested, please contact Professor Priscilla Gale at pgale (at) wesleyan (dot) edu

Piano Recital

Nicholas Luby, winner of last year’s Elizabeth Verveer Tischler Piano Competition, and Wesleyan University Concerto Competition, will perform selected works of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, and Shostakovich. Featuring cellist and former Concerto Competition winner Lucy Strother.

Come support great classical music at Wesleyan! Facebook event here.

  • Date: Friday, November 20
  • Time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Place: Memorial Chapel
  • Cost: Free