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On Monday, April 16, 2018 the Wesleyan University Orchestra under the direction of Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Nadya Potemkina performed the world premiere of Guggenheim Fellow composer and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Jin Hi Kim’s One Sky II (2018). The concert was opened by Wesleyan’s Korean Drumming and Creative Music Ensemble and cross-cultural performances by faculty and students from Korea, China, Japan, Iran, and the United States; and followed by a Q&A with the audience about their musical experiences.

Photos by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

On Sunday, April 15, 2018 The GRAMMY Award-winning Kronos Quartet returned to Wesleyan to perform a wide-ranging program of music from around the world, featuring adventurous string quartets either written for or arranged for the legendary group, including the world premiere of Jacob Garchik’s arrangement of the John Coltrane tune “Alabama.”

Photos by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

On Saturday, April 7, 2018 The Dance Department honored Susan Lourie’s 40 years of teaching at Wesleyan with a tribute performance featuring invited alumni, guests, and current faculty and students. The performance was preceded by informal movement-based activities and performance by alumni along with Susan Lourie in the Bessie Schönberg Dance Studio.

Photos by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

On Thursday, April 5, 2018 interdisciplinary artist and curator Arnaldo Rodríguez Bagué from San Juan, Puerto Rico presented an artist talk and screening of his recent film “Islxlsl: The Last Island on Earth”. His project considered the colonial Caribbean archipelago through, and in reaction to, the colonial sense of futurity in Roger Corman’s science-fiction B-movie “The Last Woman on Earth” (1960), which was filmed in Puerto Rico. The project’s focus took an ominous turn immediately after Hurricanes Irma and María in Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands in September 2017 in light of the environmental, economic, and political aftermath.

Photos by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

On Wednesday, April 4, 2018 Houston, Texas-based artists Sarah Welch and James Beard discussed the zine making process during a 30 minute “show and tell” in their Reading Room Installation in the lobby of Olin Memorial Library. This featured their most recent zine publication created during their residency at Wesleyan.

Photos by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

On Thursday, March 29, 2018 Proliferation brought contemporary art from Vietnam to the College of East Asian Studies Gallery at Mansfield Freeman Center for the first time. Drawing on her context of living in a rapidly changing country, works by Lêna Bùi ’07 ranged from abstract paintings to candid video, broadly examining the less obvious effects of development on the socio-political and cultural fabrics of the country, and specifically dealing with people’s negotiation with nature in various forms.

Photos by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

On Wednesday, March 28, 2018 A Modern Woman’s Wit was on display at the Wesleyan University Davison Art Center. This performance built on themes in the Slovak folktale A Woman’s Wit and was an interactive installation that combined projection, sound, textile, animation, and movement to explore modern feminist connections to historical texts. A Modern Woman’s Wit was a collaboration between costume designer/textile artist and Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater Cybele Moon and media artist Erica Larsen-Dockray.

Photos by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

On Monday, March 26, 2018 long-time Wesleyan professor, Susan Lourie gave a dance class at the Bessie Schonberg Dance Studio.

Photos by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

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 fuses the traditional with the modern, and the classics with pop. In his Connecticut debut, the first stop on his second tour of the United States, he stretched the limits of his instrument and his art, and took the audience through traditional folk songs, contemporary improvisation, and original compositions.

Photos by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

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 Hamilton and photos by Philip Makanna. This haunting masterpiece is the last opera written by American composer Robert Ashley. Throughout his five-decade career, he radically redefined the operatic genre.

Photos by Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography. Click here to view the full album on Flickr.

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