Events at a Glance

Serious about music ... serious about the liberal arts

Connecticut College offers excellence in music programming and performances for enjoyment and enrichment by musicians and music enthusiasts from the College, the surrounding community and the world.

As a student, you'll find that the College has distinguished itself among the nation's music departments with a curriculum modeled on the best features of both the music conservatory and a liberal arts school of music, offering:

Music lovers and musicians from anywhere can enjoy:

  • Public performances by music students — an essential part of the educational experience — and faculty. Individual students or ensembles present concerts each semester.
  • Visits by internationally renowned performers, composers, and scholars who regularly offer master classes and lectures. Among them: Larry Austin, Emanuel Ax, Milton Babbitt, Pierre Boulez, Frances Blaisdell, Shirlee Emmons, Eliot Fisk, Gary Glaze, Stephen Hinton, Lev Koblyakov, Fred Lerdahl, Allan Neave, Itzak Perlman, Bernard Rands, Paula Robison, and Ben Verdery.
  • onStage Guest Artist Series at Connecticut College, bringing world-class dance, music, art and theater performances and events to our stages and concert halls.
  • A biennial Symposium on Arts & Technology, a major international conference devoted to presenting the edge and exploring the increasing links in the interdisciplinary world of arts, sciences, media, and technology. There are speakers, panels, and concerts that include electro-acoustic music.
 

Music

Jazz Ensemble performance, 2013

Prism: An Ensemble Sampler

Evans Hall

Friday, Sept. 28

A varied Fall Weekend program featuring Camel Heard, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra, New Music Chamber Ensemble, Traditional Jazz Band.

Free Admission

 

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Guest Artists: Syria in my Heart: Classical Music by Contemporary Syrian Composers

Harkness Chapel

Sunday, Oct. 21

Syrian-German violinist Ashraf Kateb and Iraqi- Syrian-Finnish pianist Hamsa Alwadi perform contemporary Arab classical compositions. Co-sponsored by the Department of Music and Global Islamic Studies.

Free Admission

 

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Art Kreiger, Sylvia Pasternack Marx Professor of Music

The Music of Art Kreiger

Evans Hall

Friday, Nov. 2

Free Admission

 

onStage Guest Artist Series, Music

Portrait of Lorelei Ensemble

Lorelei Ensemble: "Crafting a New Normal for Women in Music"

1941 Room, College Center at Crozier-Williams

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018

Demonstration and discussion with Lorelei Ensemble.

Boston's Lorelei Ensemble is quickly becoming recognized as a source of some of the most innovative and inventive programming. Lorelei is an all-professional vocal ensemble comprising nine women whose expertise ranges from early to contemporary repertoire, and whose independent careers as soloists and ensemble singers across the globe lend to the rich and diverse vocal palette that defines the ensemble's "warm, lithe, and beautifully blended" sound (The New York Times).

Free Admission (General Admission)

 

onStage Guest Artist Series, Music

Portrait of Lorelei Ensemble

Lorelei Ensemble

Evans Hall

Friday, Nov. 9, 2018

Boston's Lorelei Ensemble is quickly becoming recognized as a source of some of the most innovative and inventive programming. Lorelei is an all-professional vocal ensemble comprising nine women whose expertise ranges from early to contemporary repertoire, and whose independent careers as soloists and ensemble singers across the globe lend to the rich and diverse vocal palette that defines the ensemble's "warm, lithe, and beautifully blended" sound (The New York Times).

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

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December Winds: Connecticut College Concert Band and U.S. Coast Guard Academy Band

Evans Hall

Monday, Dec. 3

Gary Buttery, director

Free Admission

 

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Students perform in a Jazz Ensemble.

Jazz Seasonings: Jazz Ensemble and Traditional Jazz Band

Evans Hall

Wednesday, Dec. 5

Gary Buttery, Director

Tickets: $5; Seniors: $3; Students: $3

 

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Charles Shackford Memorial Student Composers Concert

Evans Hall

Monday, Dec. 10

Free Admission

 

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A Music Faculty Showcase

Evans Hall

Friday, Feb. 1

Faculty perform works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Carl Reinecke, Gregory Wanamaker, and Jan Dismas Zelenka. Theodore Arm, violin; Christine Coyle, cello; Simon Holt, harpsichord; Mark McCormick, bass; Patrice Newman, piano; Rebecca Noreen, bassoon; Kelli O'Connor, clarinet; Kumi Ogano, piano; Megan Sesma, harp; Joshua Thomas, saxophone; Libby Van Cleve, oboe.

Tickets: $10; Seniors: $5; Students: $5

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March Forth into Spring: A Sampler Concert

Evans Hall

Monday, March 4

Featuring the Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Traditional Jazz Band and the Coast Guard Academy Band.

Gary Buttery, director

Free Admission

 

onStage Guest Artist Series, Music, Literature

Headshot of Donal Fox by Lou Jones.
Lou Jones

Donal Fox, piano, and Quincy Troupe, poet - "Star-Spangled Banner Fractured"

Evans Hall

Friday, March. 29, 2019

Pianist, composer and improviser Donal Fox and renowned poet Quincy Troupe are reuniting for a new collaboration. The program, "Star Spangled Banner Fractured," is a vehicle to inspire, educate and fuel dialogue in the critical fight for social justice in America. The Green Mountain Jazz Messenger described their previous collaboration as "Powerful vernacular poems of African-American experience. These are not only enhanced by Fox's keyboard and string embroidery, but in effect turned into songs ... Fox is an astoundingly swift and alert collaborator, and his running pianistic commentaries reinforce Troupe's impassioned delivery of his works."

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

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Dayton Residency: Choral Masterclasses with Jeremiah Selvey from Santa Monica College

4:15 - 5:45 p.m., Evans Hall; 6 - 7 p.m., Oliva Hall

Tuesday, April 9

Free and open to the public

Free Admission

 

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Dayton Residency: Guest Recital with Stephen Lancaster, baritone from Notre Dame University

Evans Hall

Wednesday, April 10

Free and open to the public

Free Admission

 

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Dayton Residency: Vocal Masterclass with Stephen Lancaster, baritone from Notre Dame University

Evans Hall

Friday, April 12

Free and open to the public

Free Admission

 

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Spring Band Concert: May Day, May Day!

Evans Hall

Wednesday, May 1

Featuring the Connecticut College Concert Band and U.S. Coast Guard Academy Band.

Gary Buttery, director

Free Admission

 

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Jazz Ensemble performance, 2013

Jazz in the Courtyard: Jazz Ensemble and Traditional Jazz Band

Castle Court (Rain location: Evans Hall)

Friday, May 3

Free Admission

 

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Charles Shackford Memorial Student Composers Concert

Evans Hall

Wednesday, May 8

Free Admission