Here’s what I think about Earth Day.
It is not often that I find myself enjoying the writing in The Argus. With no offense intended for the less inspired journalists of our lovely school newspaper (at one point, myself included), I have found myself quite drawn to Mytheos Holt’s clever, cynical writing which inspires in me laughter (who else has dared to call Roth a “Choo Choo train?”) and provoked some deep thought (unlike my usual haze on Sunday mornings).
After a weekend of interrupted music (thanks PSafe) and a rather jargon-filled Monday night lecture titled “Does Music Translate Anything?” I stumbled into the Memorial Chapel on Tuesday with low expectations for Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, creator of “Sweet Honey in the Rock.” To be honest, I had never heard of her before.
Music lovers filled Crowell Concert Hall this past Friday, ready for the first concert of the weekend-long musical celebration, "Festival of the American Piano." The festival consisted of Friday and Saturday evening performances, an open piano master class, a Saturday afternoon concert, and a festival keynote, given by Joseph Horowitz, which briefly contextualized the piano in the history of American music.
Skilled dancers graced the ’92 with their presence last weekend as they carried out the visions of four senior Dance Majors: Corey Harrower ’07, Meredith Steinberg ’07, Khalia Frazier ’07, and Lydia Bell ’07.
This past weekend the University hosted the fifth round of performances in "The Complete Songs of Charles Ives." The series began in January 2005 by Professor of Music Neely Bruce, and intends to perform all 182 of Ives’s pieces.This past weekend the University hosted the fifth round of performances in "The Complete Songs of Charles Ives." The series began in January 2005 by Professor of Music Neely Bruce, and intends to perform all 182 of Ives’s pieces.
A Wesleyan audience of about 45 members witnessed the soulful, solitary performance of Dr. Chan E. Park, last Wednesday. Sept. 13, at the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies. Park kept her audience engaged with her round drum and tremulous voice. She began with a lecture on Korean culture, history and art.
Last year, when folk musician Dar Williams ’89 visited the relatively new Green Street Arts Center (GSAC), she couldn’t believe the facility had only recently opened its doors. Beginning only its second full season as a community arts center, GSAC offers state-of-the art recording, dance and art studios, a black box theater, and computer/media labs.
Over fifty students, professors, pre-frosh and parents visited the Zilkha Gallery on Wednesday for the opening reception of seven senior art theses. The exhibits consist of three architecture, two painting, one drawing, and one fashion design. The artists were seniors Kathryn Bryant, Alex Muller, Teddy O’Connor, Cassandre Pallas, Sara Ross, Tal Rozen and Emma Rose Silverman.
Artist Ellen Levy presented a slide show on Tuesday as a closure to her exhibit in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery. A part of the Samuel L. Silipo ’85 Distinguished Visitor lecture series, Levy discussed her ongoing career as an artist who has embraced science as a creative source.
The New Horizons Ensemble quietly took the Crowell Stage on Saturday night, but two hours later left to a hollering standing ovation. Headed by the saxophonist Ernest Dawkins, the quintet led the audience down free jazz lane, through contemporary improv, swing, bebop, hip-hop, ballads, avant-garde, and even some klezmer-like melodies.
Project $AVE, a long-gestating project that will use community feedback to turn wasteful spending practices into savings. After only two days, Project $AVE has already received 95 submissions. According to Edwin Below, director of administrative applications and review team chair, approximately 60 percent of suggestions submitted came from the student body, 30 percent came from staff, and 10 percent came from the faculty.