The Arts at Connecticut College

Since our founding, the arts have played a seminal role in the educational mission of Connecticut College. We were the first baccalaureate institution in the country to offer music and art as fully fledged academic subjects. There is good reason for this. Visual art, creative writing, film, music, theater, and dance encourage us to see the world, and ourselves, in entirely new ways. They make us reflect more deeply, think more critically, listen more openly, and act more compassionately. The College launched its first professional concert series in 1917 and never looked back. I am so   pleased to invite our many students, faculty, staff, parents, and friends to participate in one more year of groundbreaking performance at Connecticut College. Come experience the transformative power of art.

 

Guest Artist Series, Dance

David Dorfman Dance - "A(way) Out Of My Body"

Martha Myers Studio, College Center at Crozier-Williams

Friday, Feb. 7, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 8, 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Where do our minds and spirits travel when the weight of everyday life becomes an unbearable load to carry? “A(Way) Out of My Body,” investigates the out-of-body experience as related to intergenerational trauma, and the mental burden and physical impact of surviving personal adversity. David Dorfman and his company of dancers and musicians weave together a memorable evening of dance, live music, and theater, where audiences can explore and realize their own joyous capacity to overcome physical and societal limitations.

Tickets: $24; Seniors: $21; Students: $12 (General Admission)

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Guest Artist Series, Music

A Far Cry, chamber orchestra

Evans Hall

Friday, Feb. 14,

The Grammy-nominated self-conducted string orchestra A Far Cry returns to Connecticut College. The chamber orchestra has developed a distinct approach to music-making, with playing and programming that encourage risk-taking and exploration for both player and audience.  The program for this concert, “Memory,” includes work by Arvo Pärt, W.A. Mozart, Edward Elgar and Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

Tickets: $26; Seniors: $23; Students: $13 (General Admission)

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Theater

Fun Home

Tansill Theater

Friday, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 29, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, March 1, 2:00 p.m.

Book and lyrics by Lisa Kron
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Based on the graphic memoir by Alison Bechdel
Directed by Virginia Anderson

When her father dies unexpectedly, graphic novelist Alison dives deep into her past to tell the story of the volatile, brilliant, one-of-a-kind man whose temperament and secrets defined her family and her life. Moving between past and present, Alison relives her unique childhood playing at the family’s Bechdel Funeral Home, her growing understanding of her own sexuality, and the looming, unanswerable questions about her father’s hidden desires. “Fun Home” is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

Tickets: $18; Seniors: $8; Students: $8; Military: 8 (General Admission)

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Music

Band Sampler Concert

Evans Hall

Wednesday, Mar. 4

Gary Buttery, director

Featuring the Concert Band, Traditional Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble.

Free Admission (General Admission)

 

Guest Artist Series, Theater

L.A. Theatre Works - "Seven"

Evans Hall

Tuesday March 31,

Susan Albert Loewenberg, Producing Director

Seven” is a riveting documentary play by seven female writers based on personal interviews with seven remarkable women who faced life-threatening obstacles before bringing heroic changes to their home countries of Pakistan, Nigeria, Ireland, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Russia and Cambodia. “Seven” makes the powerful and timeless statement that even in the darkest times, one person, one voice, and a single act of courage, can change the lives of thousands.

Tickets: $22; Seniors: $20; Students: $11 (General Admission)

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Music

Spring Choral Concert

Harkness Chapel

Sunday, April 19

Rachel Feldman, conductor

Featuring Chorale and Camel Heard.

 

Free Admission (General Admission)

 

Theater

Theater Capstone Festival

Tansill Theater

Friday, April 24 - Sunday, April 25 2020 Times to be announced

The Department of Theater ends the year with our 7th Annual Theater Capstone Festival, a collective opportunity for our seniors to finish their college careers with a major creative project. We invite them to take risks, to deepen their work, and to find their theatrical voices as theater makers and scholars.

Free Admission (General Admission)

 

Music

Concert Band Concert: Musical Colors of Spring

Evans Hall

Wednesday, April 29

Gary Buttery, director

Featuring the combined concert bands of Connecticut College and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

 

Free Admission (General Admission)