Shabbat Dinner


Friday, April 21, 2017 - 6:00pm
Houghton Chapel Multi Faith Reception Area, Houghton Chapel Multi Faith Room

You are cordially invited to join us for Friday evening Shabbat at 6PM  in the MFC and for a delicious dinner at 7PM at Billings Hall 3rd floor,  Hillel Lounge.



Ghost Light event


Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 5:30pm
Diana Chapman Walsh Alumnae Hall Auditorium (201)

Artists standing in solodarity for the future.



Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra

Babson Sorenson Center


Friday, March 10, 2017 - 7:30pm
Babson College

The Babson/Olin/Wellesley Maria Schneider residency concludes with a concert by the Maria Schneider Orchestra. Reservations and tickets required. For general admission, please click here.

FREE for Students
$10 for BOW Faculty/Staff
$20 General Public

Wellesley students use this link for seat and transportation reservations with your Wellesley College email:
http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=89uaoeoab&oeidk=a07edjzzx43a040d37c

Wellesley music faculty use this link for seat reservations only:
http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=89uaoeoab&oeidk=a07edjzzx43a040d37c

Other faculty/staff from Wellesley, Babson, or Olin use the main Babson reservation link (below) and use the code: babson
https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/967262


This concert takes place on the Babson College campus: Sorenson Center for the Arts, Room: Carling-Sorenson Theater.


“Maria Schneider is a national treasure.”  – National Public Radio

Maria Schneider’s music has been hailed by critics as evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization. She is known for her personal way of writing for her 18-member instrumental collective, tailoring her compositions to highlight the uniquely creative voices of the group. Her music blurs the lines between genres, giving her a long and diverse list of commissioners, stretching from Jazz at Lincoln Center to The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra to David Bowie. She is among the very few musicians to have received Grammy Awards in multiple genres.


Schneider is not only an award-winning composer and instrumentalist but an innovative business entrepreneur and music rights advocate. Her ArtistsShare Commission Project allows investors to step inside the world of musical composition, from the germ of an idea to a fully realized piece of music. A strong voice for music advocacy, her views on Spotify, Pandora, digital rights, and music piracy are frequently quoted in the media.

Generously supported in part by a Babson/Olin/Wellesley Presidential Innovation Grant; BabsonARTS; and the following Wellesley College sources: the Wellesley College Music Department, the Marjorie Copland Baum Memorial Fund, and the Florence Jeup Ford ’22, Mary M. Crawford ’22, and Virginia Ford ’48 Artist in Residence Endowment Fund.



Wellesley Repertory Theatre's Émilie

La Marquise du Chatelet Defends Her Life Tonight


January 5-29, 7:00pm Thu–Sat, 2:00pm Sat–Sun
Alumnae Hall Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre (111)

Although perhaps best known for her 15-year liaison with Voltaire, Émilie du Chatelet was a woman ahead of her time during the Age of Enlightenment—a leading physicist (before the term existed) and a master of math and linguistics. Head or Heart? Émilie du Chatelet never fully answered that question during her lifetime, but now she will take comedic stock of her accomplishments and meditate on the merits of love vs. science.

“Gunderson possesses an antic imagination that seeks to invent its own rules. As soon as we’re drawn in, she shakes us and whisks us 10 or 15 paces ahead.” —Los Angeles Times

$20 general admission, $10 for seniors and students; Call 781.283.2000 for reservations.

Please also join Wellesley Repertory Theatre members in the production for themed talkbacks following the Saturday matinees:

January 1: Cast and Crew Creativity

January 14: Head vs. Heart

January 21: Celebrating Herstory

January 28: Women in Science



Midday Muse: Yuval Ron Ensemble


Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 12:30pm
Houghton Chapel Study Room, Houghton Chapel Upper Chapel

Yuval Ron and his ensemble will join us in our weekly community reflection through sacred music from diverse world traditions, and will lead us in a discussion of the role of music in building bridges across faith and culture.

Reservations are available for this and other events in the Yuval Ron Ensemble residency.


Formed in 1999, The Yuval Ron Ensemble endeavors to alleviate national, racial, religious, and cultural divides by uniting the music and dance of the people of the Middle East into a unique, mystical, spiritual, and inspiring musical celebration. The ensemble includes Jewish, Christian, and Muslim artists who have been actively involved in creating musical bridges between people of various faiths and ethnic groups worldwide. Led by award-winning composer Yuval Ron (who composed the music for the Oscar-winning film West Bank Story), the Ensemble has enjoyed overwhelming community support. It was chosen to be featured in PBS “Holiday Celebration” TV specials and was honored with the Los Angeles Treasures Award and the Lincoln/Standing Bear Gold Medal from the city of Lincoln, Nebraska, in appreciation of its efforts for peace and justice worldwide.

Presented by the Wellesley College Concert Series in collaboration with ORSL and its Art & Soul Series. Generously supported by the Marjorie Copland Baum Memorial Fund, and the Florence Jeup Ford ’22, Mary M. Crawford ’22, and Virginia Ford ’48 Artist in Residence Endowment Fund, and funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.



Jhumpa Lahiri

Reading and Conversation


Monday, January 30, 2017 - 7:00pm
GRH-240 Newhouse Conference Rm, GRH-237 Newhouse Lounge

The Suzy Newhouse Center for the Humanities welcomes award-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri for a selected reading and conversation. Lahiri’s debut collection of stories, Interpreter of Maladies (1999), received multiple awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and The New Yorker Debut of the Year Award.

Born in London and raised in Rhode Island as the daughter of Bengali Indian emigrant parents, Lahiri’s abilities to convey old cultural conflicts in the most immediate fashion and to achieve the voices of many different characters make her work unique. In a New York Times Sunday Book Review of her 2008 collection of short stories, Unaccustomed Earth, the reviewer writes, “Lahiri handles her characters without leaving any fingerprints. She allows them to grow as if unguided, as if she were accompanying them rather than training them through the espalier of her narration.”

Lahiri is also the author of many other short story collections, novels, and non-fiction works, including Namesake (2003), a novel that was later made into a film, and two recent nonfiction books, In Other Words and The Clothing of Books (both 2016). In September 2015 she joined the Lewis Center for the Art’s Program in Creative Writing faculty at Princeton University as professor of creative writing.

Please note: The use of cell phones or cameras is prohibited at this lecture.



Yuval Ron Ensemble: Seeker of Truth


Saturday, February 11, 2017 - 7:30pm
Houghton Chapel Multi Faith Reception Area, Houghton Chapel Multi Faith Room, Houghton Chapel Study Room, Houghton Chapel Upper Chapel

The internationally renowned Yuval Ron Ensemble performs the ecstatic music of the mystical Sufi, Hebrew, and Christian traditions of the Middle East and North Africa. The concert features hypnotic whirling dervishes; sacred songs of the Sufi Turkish tradition; Jewish sacred music from Morocco, Yemen, and Andalucia; and early Christian Armenian chants. A feast for the senses! Reception with the artists will follow in the Multifaith Center.

Reservations are recommended. To register for this and other events in the Yuval Ron Ensemble residency at Wellesley, please click here.


Formed in 1999, The Yuval Ron Ensemble endeavors to alleviate national, racial, religious, and cultural divides by uniting the music and dance of the people of the Middle East into a unique, mystical, spiritual, and inspiring musical celebration. The ensemble includes Jewish, Christian, and Muslim artists who have been actively involved in creating musical bridges between people of various faiths and ethnic groups worldwide. Led by award-winning composer Yuval Ron (who composed the music for the Oscar-winning film West Bank Story), the Ensemble has enjoyed overwhelming community support. It was chosen to be featured in PBS “Holiday Celebration” TV specials and was honored with the Los Angeles Treasures Award and the Lincoln/Standing Bear Gold Medal from the city of Lincoln, Nebraska, in appreciation of its efforts for peace and justice worldwide.

Presented by the Wellesley College Concert Series in collaboration with ORSL and its Art & Soul Series. Generously supported by the Marjorie Copland Baum Memorial Fund, and the Florence Jeup Ford ’22, Mary M. Crawford ’22, and Virginia Ford ’48 Artist in Residence Endowment Fund, and funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.

 



Dinner and Panel Discussion

Sacred Music and Dance: Tradition and Ethics, Exploration and Appropriation


Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 6:00pm
Houghton Chapel Multi Faith Reception Area, Houghton Chapel Multi Faith Room

Join a discussion about the phenomenon of learning cultural spiritual traditions: Where do the lines of appropriation lie? How are traditions changing, both in context and out of context—or in “new” contexts? How can “outsiders” learn and honor dance and music techniques and traditions, with respect? Are there elements of sacred traditions that are embedded in their practice, engendering particular experiences regardless of your relation to the culture’s spirituality? This discussion of arts, ethics, spirituality, and virtuosity will be fascinating and far-reaching…bring your questions!

To register for this and other events in the Yuval Ron Ensemble residency at Wellesley, please click here.


Formed in 1999, The Yuval Ron Ensemble endeavors to alleviate national, racial, religious, and cultural divides by uniting the music and dance of the people of the Middle East into a unique, mystical, spiritual, and inspiring musical celebration. The ensemble includes Jewish, Christian, and Muslim artists who have been actively involved in creating musical bridges between people of various faiths and ethnic groups worldwide. Led by award-winning composer Yuval Ron (who composed the music for the Oscar-winning film West Bank Story), the Ensemble has enjoyed overwhelming community support. It was chosen to be featured in PBS “Holiday Celebration” TV specials and was honored with the Los Angeles Treasures Award and the Lincoln/Standing Bear Gold Medal from the city of Lincoln, Nebraska, in appreciation of its efforts for peace and justice worldwide.

Presented by the Wellesley College Concert Series in collaboration with ORSL and its Art & Soul Series. Generously supported by the Marjorie Copland Baum Memorial Fund, and the Florence Jeup Ford ’22, Mary M. Crawford ’22, and Virginia Ford ’48 Artist in Residence Endowment Fund, and funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.



Chamber Music Society Spring Concert #4


Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 12:30pm
Jewett Art Center Auditorium



Chamber Music Ensemble Spring Concert #3

David Russell and Jenny Tang, Directors


Monday, May 1, 2017 - 7:00pm
Pendleton West Music Salon, Room 101