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On Tuesday, March 6, 2018 a rare performance by Michiyoshi Sato outside of Japan took place at Wesleyan University’s World Music Hall. He is one of Japan’s leading practitioners of tsugaru-jamisen, an improvisatory musical style performed on a Japanese three-stringed spike lute called a shamisen. Mr. Sato is known for a cutting-edge performance style that […]

Spring Photos: Robert Ashley’s Crash

On Saturday, March 3, 2018 a new generation of artists performed Crash (2014), featuring vocalists Gelsey Bell, Brian McCorkle, Paul Pinto, Dave Ruder ’05, and Aliza Simons ’09 from the music collective Varispeed, as well as Amirtha Kidambi. The six singers rotated through the three characters of the opera, with sound by Music Director Tom […]

On Friday, March 2, 2018 Baritone Thomas Buckner, a longtime Robert Ashley collaborator, performed works written for him, including The Producer Speaks featuring John Spencer Camp Professor of Music Neely Bruce on piano, Tract, and The Mystery of the River arranged by Tom Hamilton; plus Litany, a new work written for this celebration by Alvin […]

On Friday, February 23, 2018 Performance collective Manual Cinema created live film on stage, combining cinematic techniques, theatricality, handmade shadow puppetry, innovative sound, and live music. The Connecticut premiere of Ada/Ava (2013) used a story of the fantastic and supernatural to explore mourning and melancholy, self and other. Bereaved of her twin sister Ava, septuagenarian […]

On Tuesday, February 20, 2018 The discussion, “Resistance and Civic Action in Ukraine,” took place, followed by a ticketed concert featuring the premiere performance of “This Side of the Curtain.” Photos by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

On Friday, February 16, 2018 A musical dialogue between the east and west, Koto 360° featured traditional Japanese instruments alongside classical guitar, tap dancing, and percussion. This concert included contemporary compositions by Hikaru Sawai, John Neptune, and a New England premiere by Celil Refik Kaya. Photos by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view […]

On Sunday, February 11, 2018 The West End String Quartet featured Wesleyan chamber music instructors Sarah Washburn on violin, Anne Berry on cello, and John Biatowas on viola, plus the group’s new violinist Marianne Vogel. The quartet was joined by clarinetist Charles Yassky and John Spencer Camp Professor of Music and pianist Neely Bruce who […]

On Saturday, December 9, 2017 Wesleyan students in award-winning Visiting Filmmaker Michael Pope’s filmmaking class “The Art of Doing: Creative Project Production and Making It Happen” presented their final project, followed by a brief performance by singer/musician/writer Amanda Palmer ’98, Visiting Artist at Large in the College of Film and the Moving Image. Photos by […]

On Friday, December 8, 2017 the Wesleyan University Jazz Orchestra, directed by Jay Hoggard, the Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble, directed by Noah Baerman, and the new Real-Time Autoschediasms, directed by Tyshawn Sorey, performed an end-of-the-semester concert. Photos by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

Fall Photos: Javanese Gamelan

On Thursday, December 7, 2017 beginning students of the Wesleyan Gamelan Ensemble presented an evening of Javanese music, performing a selection of repertoire for celebratory events, with a prelude by the Wesleyan Youth Gamelan Ensemble, under the direction of Joseph Getter. Consisting mostly of gong- and metallophone-type instruments, the gamelan is an essential accompaniment to […]

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