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Linda Gradstein

Covering Conflict

Featuring award-winning journalist Linda Gradstein


Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 12:30pm
Location: Margaret Clapp Library Lecture Room

"Covering Conflict" a talk by Linda Gradstein, award-winning journalist. Linda Gradstein reports for PRI's The World, AOL News and writes for Slate. Gradstein has covered important events in Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip such as the intifada, the mass immigration of Soviet immigrants to Israel, the leadership of Yasser Arafat, Hamas in Gaza, the Persian Gulf war, and major elections in Israel. Gradstein was the Israel correspondent for NPR News from 1990 until 2009. She is a member of the team that received the Overseas Press Club award for her coverage of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, as well as the team that received Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism for her coverage of the Persian Gulf War.


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Welcome Reception: Geoffrey Burleson


Monday, February 23, 2015 - 5:30pm
Location: Wang Campus Center Cow Chair Room (104)

Enjoy a bite and a chat with Artist in Residence, Geoffrey Burleson, on his first day on campus!

Geoffrey Burleson has performed to wide acclaim throughout Europe and North America, and is equally active as a recitalist, concert soloist, chamber musician, and jazz performer. He has appeared as a concerto soloist with numerous orchestras and ensembles, including the Buffalo Philharmonic, New England Philharmonic, Boston Musica Viva, Arlington Philharmonic, and more. Burleson teaches piano at Princeton University, and is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Piano Studies at Hunter College of The City University of New York.

The Boston Globe refers to Mr. Burleson as a "remarkable pianist" and "a first-class instrumental presence" whose performances are "outright thrilling." His numerous acclaimed solo appearances include prominent venues in Paris, New York (Carnegie Recital Hall), Rome (American Academy), Athens (Mitropoulos Hall), Boston, Washington, Switzerland, England, the Netherlands, Spain, and elsewhere. He has also appeared as featured soloist in many international festivals, including the Bard Music Festival, Santander Festival (Spain) and the Talloires International Festival.

Burleson made his New York City solo recital debut at Merkin Concert Hall in 2000, sponsored by the League of Composers/ISCM (International Society for Contemporary Music.) He has appeared as concerto soloist with numerous orchestras and ensembles, including the Buffalo Philharmonic, New England Philharmonic, Boston Musica Viva, Pioneer Valley Symphony, Arlington Philharmonic, and the Holland Symfonia in the Netherlands, performing repertoire ranging from Mozart, Weber and Saint-Saens to Gershwin and Klaas de Vries. 

Currently, Burleson is recording the complete piano works of Camille Saint-Saens, being released on 5 CD volumes on the new Naxos Grand Piano label. Other recent releases include Roy Harris-Complete Piano Music (Naxos), and Vincent Persichetti: Complete Piano Sonatas (New World Records), a 2-CD set on which all twelve of Persichetti's piano sonatas are united on one release for the first time. The Persichetti recording was accorded high acclaim from the BBC Music Magazine ("BBC Music Choice"; 5/5 stars), a laudatory feature review in Gramophone, and was listed among the best recordings released in 2008 by Fanfare and the American Record Guide. 

Burleson was the winner of the Silver Medal in the International Piano Recording Competition, and won Special Commendations in the Vienna Modern Masters International Performers Competition. He was also the recipient of a DAAD grant from the German government to support a residency at the Academy of Arts in Berlin. A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, New England Conservatory, and Stony Brook University (D.M.A.), his principal teachers include Gilbert Kalish, Leonard Shure, Veronica Jochum, Lillian Freundlich, Tinka Knopf, and Audrey Bart Brown.

Mr. Burleson teaches piano at Princeton University and is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Piano Studies at Hunter College of The City University of New York. He is also on the piano faculty of The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.  


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David Rice

#MakeItMatter

A Lecture by David Rice of Morehouse College


Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 5:00pm
Location: Margaret Clapp Library Lecture Room

In light of social justice responses to the objectification and extrajudicial killings of Black bodies, this lecture will look to provide context for the absurd need to declare that Black Lives Matter. This framing will be done through a personality psychology lens that leverages the asset-oriented study of identities of Black men and boys as a tool in understanding psychological strengths. This strengths-based perspective will then be utilized to illustrate Black people—beyond stereotype—as complex human systems that are the same as those that occupy traditionally "normed" spaces. The lecture will also interrogate modern media and popular narratives as these devices have the capacity to influence behaviors in significant ways. The assumption is that those who are in conversation at this lecture know that Black lives matter. Time spent together, however, will emphasize how we can use our human capitals and positions of privilege to make recent, acute injustices matter in pursuit of equality and unadulterated democratic freedoms.

Dr. David Wall Rice is Department Chair and Associate Professor of Psychology at Morehouse College, and Principal Investigator of the Identity Orchestration Research Lab.


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Geoffrey Burleson, piano


Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 8:00pm
Location: Jewett Art Center Auditorium

Enjoy a bite and a chat with Artist in Residence, Geoffrey Burleson, on his first day on campus!

Geoffrey Burleson has performed to wide acclaim throughout Europe and North America, and is equally active as a recitalist, concert soloist, chamber musician, and jazz performer. He has appeared as a concerto soloist with numerous orchestras and ensembles, including the Buffalo Philharmonic, New England Philharmonic, Boston Musica Viva, Arlington Philharmonic, and more. Burleson teaches piano at Princeton University, and is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Piano Studies at Hunter College of The City University of New York.

The Boston Globe refers to Mr. Burleson as a "remarkable pianist" and "a first-class instrumental presence" whose performances are "outright thrilling." His numerous acclaimed solo appearances include prominent venues in Paris, New York (Carnegie Recital Hall), Rome (American Academy), Athens (Mitropoulos Hall), Boston, Washington, Switzerland, England, the Netherlands, Spain, and elsewhere. He has also appeared as featured soloist in many international festivals, including the Bard Music Festival, Santander Festival (Spain) and the Talloires International Festival.

Burleson made his New York City solo recital debut at Merkin Concert Hall in 2000, sponsored by the League of Composers/ISCM (International Society for Contemporary Music.) He has appeared as concerto soloist with numerous orchestras and ensembles, including the Buffalo Philharmonic, New England Philharmonic, Boston Musica Viva, Pioneer Valley Symphony, Arlington Philharmonic, and the Holland Symfonia in the Netherlands, performing repertoire ranging from Mozart, Weber and Saint-Saens to Gershwin and Klaas de Vries. 

Currently, Burleson is recording the complete piano works of Camille Saint-Saens, being released on 5 CD volumes on the new Naxos Grand Piano label. Other recent releases include Roy Harris-Complete Piano Music (Naxos), and Vincent Persichetti: Complete Piano Sonatas (New World Records), a 2-CD set on which all twelve of Persichetti's piano sonatas are united on one release for the first time. The Persichetti recording was accorded high acclaim from the BBC Music Magazine ("BBC Music Choice"; 5/5 stars), a laudatory feature review in Gramophone, and was listed among the best recordings released in 2008 by Fanfare and the American Record Guide. 

Burleson was the winner of the Silver Medal in the International Piano Recording Competition, and won Special Commendations in the Vienna Modern Masters International Performers Competition. He was also the recipient of a DAAD grant from the German government to support a residency at the Academy of Arts in Berlin. A graduate of the Peabody Conservatory, New England Conservatory, and Stony Brook University (D.M.A.), his principal teachers include Gilbert Kalish, Leonard Shure, Veronica Jochum, Lillian Freundlich, Tinka Knopf, and Audrey Bart Brown.

Mr. Burleson teaches piano at Princeton University and is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Piano Studies at Hunter College of The City University of New York. He is also on the piano faculty of The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.  


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Midday Muse: Arcadian Winds

featuring Jane Harrison, oboe


Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 12:30pm
Location: Jewett Art Center Auditorium

This concert will feature Jane Harrison, a member of the Classical Music faculty, on the oboe, with members of her ensemble Arcadian Winds—Mark Miller on clarinet and Janet Underhill on bassoon—with guest artists Jacqueline DeVoe on flute and Fred Aldrich on horn. They will perform music by local composers, including Daniel Pinkham, Walter Piston, and Scott Wheeler. They will present a program of the works of contemporary local composers.

Arcadian Winds is “New England’s Contemporary Wind Quintet” that includes performers Janet Underhill (bassoon), Laura Carter (horn), Mark Miller (Clarinet), Vanessa Holroyd (flute), and Jane Harrison (oboe). The group performs in public, private, and community schools in the Boston area and has premiered almost 50 new works since its founding in 1987.

Jane Harrison earned her Bachelor of Music degree at Ohio Wesleyan University. She attended the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied with John Mack, and later received her Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Elaine Douvas. Before coming to the Boston area, Ms. Harrison played professionally with orchestras and chamber groups in Virginia and New York City. A member of Arcadian Winds since 1989, she is also a member of Emmanuel Music, performing with Music Director Craig Smith as well as guest conductors Seiji Ozawa and Christopher Hogwood. Her other recent appearances include the Boston Academy of Music, Prism Opera, Opera Aperta, The Cantata Singers, Portland Symphony Orchestra, and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra with Keith Lockhart. She has participated in several commercial recordings and radio broadcasts. Ms. Harrison is on the faculty of Wellesley College, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, and All-Newton Music School. (arcadianwinds.org)

 

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WST Presents: Three Sisters


Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 7:00pm
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Three Sisters is Anton Chekhov’s classic 1901 portrait of Russia’s disappearing aristocratic class and their quest for meaning and fulfillment in the ever-changing modern world. Written in 1900 and first produced in 1901, Three Sisters was Chekhov's first specific commission for the Moscow Arts Theatre.

A year after the death of their father, an army officer, the Moscow-bred Prosorovs, including the three sisters Olga, Masha, Irina, and one brother Andrew, are finding life drab and increasingly hopeless in a provincial Russian town. Only the proximity of a nearby artillery post and the company of its officers make their existence bearable. Each of the sisters is in pursuit of love and happiness, but both of these desires seem increasingly out of reach as the play progresses.

The play has often been described as "the decline of the aristocratic and artistic elite coupled with the search for meaning in a modern world." Chekhov offers us the Prozorov siblings, who are refined and cultured youth, raised in Moscow but living a small and "lifeless" provincial town for the past eleven years. With the recent death of their father Colonel Prozorov, they await a return to Moscow where the "good life" can begin again.

From its initial success to current productions, audiences have responded with enthusiasm to this beautiful collision of envisioned dreams and frustrated hopes as well as the memorable characters of the Prozorov family and their friends, lovers, and acquaintances who populate the stage (pcpa.org).

 

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Adam Smith in Calcutta: The Imperial Age

Featuring


Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 5:30pm
Location: Pendleton West 212 Amphitheater Classroom

"Adam Smith in Calcutta: Indian Critics of World Economy in the Imperial Age"presented byKris Manjapra, Associate Professor of History, Program Director, Colonialism Studies, Tufts University. Professor Manjapra's specialties includeIntellectual History, Transnational Studies, Postcolonial Studies,Urban History, Oral History, and Digital Humanities. "My research is in modern South Asian and German history, and I am especially interested in transnational approaches and postcolonial critical perspectives. My most recent book is Age of Entanglement: German and Indian intellectuals across Empire. It compared and connected the rise of modernism in Germany and India in the period of British world power."

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Princess Vasilisa and The Firebird


Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 11:00am
Location: Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Auditorium (201)

Wellesley Summer Theatre Company members collaborate on a new and playful interpretation of classic Russian folktales.

$5 adults, $3 children. No reservations required.

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WST Presents: Three Sisters


Sunday, June 21, 2015 - 2:00pm
Location: Alumnae Hall Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre (111)

Three Sisters is Anton Chekhov’s classic 1901 portrait of Russia’s disappearing aristocratic class and their quest for meaning and fulfillment in the ever-changing modern world. Written in 1900 and first produced in 1901, Three Sisters was Chekhov's first specific commission for the Moscow Arts Theatre.

A year after the death of their father, an army officer, the Moscow-bred Prosorovs, including the three sisters Olga, Masha, Irina, and one brother Andrew, are finding life drab and increasingly hopeless in a provincial Russian town. Only the proximity of a nearby artillery post and the company of its officers make their existence bearable. Each of the sisters is in pursuit of love and happiness, but both of these desires seem increasingly out of reach as the play progresses.

The play has often been described as "the decline of the aristocratic and artistic elite coupled with the search for meaning in a modern world." Chekhov offers us the Prozorov siblings, who are refined and cultured youth, raised in Moscow but living a small and "lifeless" provincial town for the past eleven years. With the recent death of their father Colonel Prozorov, they await a return to Moscow where the "good life" can begin again.

From its initial success to current productions, audiences have responded with enthusiasm to this beautiful collision of envisioned dreams and frustrated hopes as well as the memorable characters of the Prozorov family and their friends, lovers, and acquaintances who populate the stage (pcpa.org).

Wellesley Summer Theatre Company productions are $20 general admission, $10 seniors/students.

Reservations required: 781.283.2000 or tickets@wellesleysummertheatre.com


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Benny Golson - Jazz Legend

with Ralph Peterson, Ron Mahdi, and Hey Rim Jeon


Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 8:00pm
Location: Jewett Art Center Auditorium

Benny Golson is a legendary composer, arranger, lyricist, producer, whose tenor playing has continued to evolve with time, redefining the term "jazz" along the way.  Raised with an impeccable musical pedigree, Golson has played in the bands of world-famous Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, and Art Blakey, among others.  

He is the only living jazz artist to have written 8 standards for jazz repertoire. Golson has recorded more than 30 albums for many recording companies in the United States and Europe under his own name, and innumerable ones with other major artists. A prodigious writer, Golson has written well over 300 compositions. He is also passionate about teaching jazz to young and old alike, leading workshops and clinics throughout the country. 

He has made scores of recordings but has also composed and arranged music for Count Basie, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Sammy Davis Jr., Mama Cass Elliott, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Shirley Horn, David Jones and the Monkees, Quincy Jones, Peggy Lee, Carmen McRae, Anita O'Day, Itzhak Perlman, Oscar Peterson, Lou Rawls, Mickey Rooney, Diana Ross, The Animals (Eric Burden), Mel Torme, George Shearing, Dusty Springfield, among others.

His prolific writing includes scores for hit TV series and films such as M*A*S*H, Mannix, Mission Impossible, Mod Squad, Room 222, Run for Your Life, The Partridge Family, The Academy Awards, and more.

Golson will be joined by internationally acclaimed artists Ron Mahdi on bass, Ralph Peterson on drums, and Hey Rim Jeon on piano. We are honored to have him at Wellesley for an intimate concert.

This program is generously supported by the Marjorie Copland Baum Memorial Fund. 

Reservations are required. To receive reservation links as soon as they are available, please email concerts@wellesley.edu, call the Concert Office at the number below, or text CONCERTS to 42828. 

wellesley.edu/music/concertseries 

781.283.2028