Thursday, October 29, 2009

Friday Music & Dance (October 30)

My apologies that this information is getting to all of you so late.

There are so many events happening on Friday October 30 that an arts aficionado might have a hard time making a choice. I'm not sure staying home is an option.

The Yale Russian Chorus, Mark Bailey, Artistic Director, performs at 7 p.m. in Crowell Concert Hall. The group's repertoire features music that spans from the twelfth century to the twenty-first, and stretches across Eastern Europe from Slovakia to Georgia, including a variety of sacred and secular settings. These include ancient chant, folk songs, and works by Tchaikovsky, Bortnyansky, Kedrov, and Chesnokov, to name a few. The 16-man chorus has been in existence since 1953 and has performed in venues around the world. This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, go to

The Buttonwood Tree presents singers-songwriters Gail Wade and Brooks Williams in concert at 8 p.m. The duo has played the venue several times in the past few years and always draws a crowd. Williams is one of the finest acoustic guitar players on the planet and Ms. Wade has a fine voice and a strong songwriter. They will play separate sets and a few tunes together. For more information, call 347-4957.

The Fall Faculty Dance Concert, featuring new works by the Wesleyan dance faculty, takes place at 8 p.m. in the '92 Theater Friday and Saturday evenings. Faculty members Rachel Boggia and Iddi Saaka will perform solo and duet works in collaboration with several guest artists. For ticket information, go to or call 860-685-3355.

"Hearts Pounding and Skins Taut" is a concert taking place Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. in Wesleyan's Memorial Chapel featuring music for percussion and keyboard instruments. The program includes music composed by Wesleyan faculty members Ron Kuivila, Alvin Lucier (pictured), Neely Bruce and Jay Hoggard as well as works by Christian Wolff, Xiaoyong Chen and Giovanni Mikhailov. Go online at the Wesleyan address above for more information.

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