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

Kathleen Tagg and Andre Petersen - "Where Worlds Collide"

Evans Hall

Friday, Sept. 20, 2019

“Where Worlds Collide” brings together two of South Africa’s most celebrated pianists, one eclectic classical and one jazz artist, in a unique collaboration. Kathleen Tagg and Andre Petersen draw from the rich sonic tapestries of classical music, jazz improvisation, and the nuances of South African jazz and indigenous southern African music, to explore the diverse realms of sound that can be created with pianos.

 

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

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Music

Prism Concert: An Ensemble Sampler

Evans Hall

Friday, Oct. 11

Gary Buttery, Mathias Elmer, Rachel Feldman and Peter Jarvis, conductors

A Fall Weekend Concert featuring the Camel Heard, Chorale, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, New Music Ensemble, Orchestra and Traditional Jazz Band.

 

Free Admission (General Admission)

 

Guest Artist Series, Music

Kittel & Co.

Evans Hall

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019

Jeremy Kittel is “a super, super musical force as a violinist, fiddler, composer and improviser. He has a well-earned reputation as one of the most exceptional violinists and fiddlers of his generation, with influences as diverse as jazz, Scottish and Irish fiddle, bluegrass, classical music, and more,” WGBH.  Kittel is joined by mandolin phenom Josh Pinkham and genre-bending guitarist Quinn Bachand.

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

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Theater

Passage

Tansill Theater

Friday, Oct 11, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 12, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 13, 2:00 p.m.

By Christopher Chen
Directed by Kenneth Prestininzi

Christopher Chen’s “Passage” is a sharply rendered and surprising take on colonialism past and present.  In Country X, scenes of daily life are revealed to be paradoxically welcoming and troubling. Characters on both sides of the power divide try to find human connection while living in a continuously unjust world. Friendship and affection may arise naturally, but what happens when the rules of dominance and social interactions break us apart?  Chen’s playful theatrical riff on E. M. Forster's novel A Passage to India re-imagines occupation without the romance of imperial nostalgia.

 

Tickets: $15; Seniors: $6; Students: $6; Military: 6 (General Admission)

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Music

Frankenstein Live!

Evans Hall

Thursday, Oct. 31

Presented by the Connecticut College and Wesleyan University Orchestras, Michael Shapiro's score will be played during the screening of the 1931 film.

Free Admission (General Admission)

 

Guest Artist Series, Music

Kseniya Simonova, artist

The Forgotten Kingdom - Sand Stories

Evans Hall

Friday, Nov. 1, 2019

Performed by Sand Artist Kseniya Simonova and Guy Mendilow Ensemble

International sand art superstar Kseniya Simonova and Guy Mendilow Ensemble team up on an extraordinary show bringing to life Sephardi women's voices lost to war. Simonova creates, morphs and obliterates sand imagery in real-time, crafting a flowing narrative driven by the ensemble's evocative music and radio theatre-style storytelling.

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

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Theater

The Wolves

Tansill Theater

Friday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 16, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 17, 2:00 p.m.

by Sarah DeLappe
Directed by Rachel Jett, National Theater Institute Artistic Director

Fierce and blunt, a pack of suburban girls stretch and warm-up to compete and win as they take on American problems big and small on the soccer field. Sarah DeLappe’s “The Wolves” was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and winner of the American Playwriting Foundation’s Relentless Award. The play is a dizzying display of attitude, bewilderment and volatility.

 

Tickets: $15; Seniors: $6; Students: $6; Military: 6 (General Admission)

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Music

Fall Choral Concert

Harkness Chapel

Sunday, Nov. 17

Rachel Feldman, conductor

Featuring Chorale and Camel Heard.

 

Free Admission (General Admission)