Author and editor Kathryn Kulpa, winner of the Vella Chapbook Contest for her flash fiction chapbook Girls on Filmand the Mid-List Press First Series Award for her short story collection Pleasant Drugs, is also the author of Who’s the Skirt?, a micro-chapbook published by the Origami Poems Project. Kupla, whose work has also been featured in anthologies and literary magazines will read from her recent work.
Braxton Shelley, assistant professor of music at Harvard University, is a musicologist who specializes in African American popular music. His research and critical interests, while currently focused on African American gospel performance, extend into media studies, sound studies, phenomenology, homiletics and theology.
This performance by Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble Skylark, explores music inspired by art, and art inspired by music, including a newly commissioned work by Nell Shaw Cohen. The Wheaton Chorale and Chamber Singers will open the program and will join Skylark for a few selections. There will be a pre-concert talk by Skylark Artistic Director Matthew Guard beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Founded by Associate Professor of Music Delvyn Case, the Deus Ex Musica Ensemble is dedicated to presenting sacred concert music in contexts that invite discussion and dialogue. Featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Harbison’s “Samuel Chapter” with soprano Emily Thorner, and Case’s song cycle “Darkness from which I come” with soprano Elisabeth Marshall. Followed by a discussion with Professor Harbison and members of Wheaton’s Department of Religion. www.deus-ex-musica.com
It’s no secret that the video games industry boasts supremely sexually objectified, stereotyped, and downright oppressive portrayals of women. In this talk Anita Sarkeesian explains why. She will give a broad overview of the culture that sustains harassment, exclusion, and objectification in gaming, from the dynamics of sexist cybermobs to recurring tropes in video games that reinforce sexist conceptions of women, before concluding with a look at a few games that manage to get it right.
Latin Grammy Award winning Flor de Toloache is an all-women Mariachi group from Brooklyn, whose diverse cultural and musical backgrounds create “an edgy, versatile and fresh take on traditional Mexican music.” Treating the Mariachi tradition with reverence while introducing modern interpretations, the group has captivated audiences around the world. We are thrilled to highlight Flor de Toloache during Women’s History Month, to enjoy their incredible music, and to celebrate their many accomplishments. Tickets are required but are available free of charge. To reserve tickets, contact the Watson Box Office.
As part of the Wheaton Institute for the Interdisciplinary Humanities’ symposium on Narrative Medicine and the Healing Arts, guest co-host, Haas Visiting Artist and poet Sarah Gambito and Performance Artist Robbie McCauley read from their works. Professor Gambito, director of Fordham University’s MFA creative writing program, brings a poet’s mind to psychic, emotional, and physical healing. Emerson College Professor Emerita Robbie McCauley uses methodologies of theatre and storytelling to address charged issues of race and to frame the personal through the large.
William Hite is well known for his interpretation of Schubert’s magnificent song cycle Winterreise. Written in 1827, the year before Schubert’s death, this work is regarded as one of the most important vocal pieces of the Romantic Era. Hite’s visiting artist residence provides a special opportunity to hear the entire work in the remarkable Cole Memorial Chapel, a beautiful acoustic space that creates a connection between performer and audience.
Lauren Henderson ’09 returns to Wheaton with jazz interpretations and original music. Henderson blends her Latin, Caribbean and African heritage to create a unique vocal approach, backed by NYC-based musicians Damian Sim, Michael Thurber and Allan Mednard. A former member of Wheaton’s Jazz Band and Voices United to Jam, she returns to campus from touring the US, Germany, Russia, Italy, Spain and Mexico. We welcome her back to celebrate her musical successes at home and abroad.
Composer, multi-instrumentalist, and scholar Tyshawn Sorey leads his highly lauded and category-defying trio of piano, bass, and drums. Sorey is a 2017 MacArthur fellow and has performed with musicians including Vijay Iyer, Steve Coleman, John Zorn and Anthony Braxton, as well as the International Contemporary Ensemble. “Here is an extraordinary talent who can see across the entire musical landscape.” —Alex Ross, The New Yorker. Sorey and Assistant Professor of Music, Will Mason will present a pre-concert talk at 6:00 p.m. in the same location.