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Given Auditorium, Bixler Bldg., Colby College

Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME

March 2015

Queering the Nation from the Other Side: Juan Gabriel, Performance, and the Margins of Mexicanidad

March 5, 2015, 7:00 PM
Given Auditorium, Bixler Bldg., Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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Alberto Aguilera Valadez, known as Juan Gabriel, is one of the most prolific and successful Mexican songwriters and performers of the last 40 years and an icon of contemporary Mexican popular culture. His effeminate public persona has prompted fans and critics alike to question his masculinity. Alejandro Madrid, professor of musicology at Cornell, will discuss the films Al otro lado del puente and El Noa Noa, the songs "La frontera" and "Canción 187," and the album El México que se…

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October 2015

James McNeill Whistler and the Case for Beauty

October 8, 2015, 6:30 PM
Given Auditorium, Bixler Bldg., Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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Screening of the 2014 PBS documentary James McNeill Whistler and the Case for Beauty. Discussion and Q&A with Justin McCann, Lunder Consortium for Whistler Studies Fellow, to follow. Cosponsored by the Cinema Studies Program and the Colby Museum of Art.

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November 2015

Colby Jazz Band: Cover Me … or Not!

November 14, 2015, 7:30 PM
Given Auditorium, Bixler Bldg., Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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John Coltrane's "Lady Bird" draws upon Tadd Dameron's composition by the same name and foreshadows the famous Coltrane changes. Freddie Hubbard's cool hard bop chart "Lo, How A Rose E'er Blooming" is a jazz rendition of the classic 16th century hymn. Patty Darling's "Idioteque" is a big-band arrangement of the band Radio Heads' hit. But Duke Ellington's Such Sweet Thunder suite and Denis DiBlasio's "Strong Like Bull!" are all their own. Directed by Eric Thomas.

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April 2016

Jazz Stylin’!

April 16, 2016, 7:30 PM
Given Auditorium, Bixler Bldg., Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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The Colby Jazz Band’s final concert of the season will feature idiomatic examples of a variety of classic jazz styles. Gordon Goodwin’s “Race to the Bridge” has a harmonic scheme based on what jazz players call “rhythm changes.” Bob Minzer’s “Oro Preto” is built on different Brazilian grooves and “Swangalang,” his hybrid of jazz and blues styles, is referred to as a swinger. Michael Philip Mossman’s “Tanganova” draws upon classic tango rhythms. Topping it all off, the band adds some…

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October 2016

Prentice Lecture: Leonardo Drew

October 27, 2016, 7:00 PM
Given Auditorium, Bixler Bldg., Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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Artist Leonardo Drew will present the museum’s annual Miles and Katharine Culbertson Prentice Distinguished Lecture with a discussion of his recent work and Untitled, Number 104, 2005, currently on view in the museum’s Gordon Gallery.

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November 2016

Sponsored by the Letter B

November 12, 2016, 7:30 PM
Given Auditorium, Bixler Bldg., Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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This concert is dedicated to all things inspired by the letter B. In most jazz charts the letter B denotes the “bridge” section whose qualities usually include less memorable thematic material and less stable harmony, which can be the improviser’s great playground. Featuring tunes whose titles or forms start with B and many more. Works include “Blues Up and Down,” “Santa Baby,” “Besame Mucho,” “Birks Works,” “Boogie Stop Shuffle,” “Boston Bernie,” and “Bad Guys.”

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February 2017

African Music Ensemble Performance

February 12, 2017, 7:00 PM
Given Auditorium, Bixler Bldg., Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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Hear and watch students in the African Music Ensemble Jan Plan class perform music and dance. Led by master drummer Jordan Benissan, a native of Togo, West Africa, the Colby African Drumming Ensemble offers students a chance to perform music from various African cultures. Students gain hands-on experience with various instruments, including drums, rattles, and bells, and learn several traditions of African singing and dancing.

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March 2017

Artist Talk: Arnold Chang

March 30, 2017, 7:00 PM
Given Auditorium, Bixler Bldg., Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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Ink painter and scholar Arnold Chang will discuss the painting of several of Zao Wou-Ki’s contemporaries who left China and made their artistic homes on foreign shores.

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April 2017

Colby Jazz Band: A Touch of Soul

April 15, 2017, 7:30 PM
Given Auditorium, Bixler Bldg., Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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Since the 1950s jazz has been infused with influences from soul, gospel, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian styles. For its spring concert, the Colby Jazz Band presents an eclectic program of varied styles, such as hard bop, R&B, gospel, and funk. Works include “Sister Sadie” by Horace Silver, “My Jelly Soul” by Charles Mingus, and many more.

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The Surrealist Revolution

April 20, 2017, 5:00 PM
Given Auditorium, Bixler Bldg., Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
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Beginning in the 1920s, the Surrealists sought to instigate a revolution that was both mental and material. Art making was central to this endeavor. As a concrete manifestation of poetic thought, visual art was proof that it was possible to remake reality to accord with the unrestrained inventions of the creative mind. This talk by Kim Grant, associate professor of art history and chair of the art department, University of Southern Maine, will discuss the multiple strategies used by Surrealist…

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July 2017

Atlantic Music Festival Piano Music Concerts

July 15, 2017, 3:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 3:00pm on Saturday, repeating until July 22, 2017

Given Auditorium, Bixler Bldg., Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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Participants in the AMF's Piano Institute and Seminar presents a collection of master pieces. Check the AMF website a day or two before each performance for the list of performers and works.

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AMF String Seminar Recital

July 26, 2017, 4:00 PM
Given Auditorium, Bixler Bldg., Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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The AMF String Seminar presents a collection of master pieces performed by the Institute's finest students.

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September 2017

Lunder Institute for American Art Inaugural Lecture

September 19, 2017, 6:00 PM
Given Auditorium, Bixler Bldg., Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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The museum invites you to celebrate the launch of the Lunder Institute for American Art with the inaugural artist in residence Theaster Gates. A sculptor, musician, urban planner, and community organizer, Gates will discuss his work combining art and social progress to transform and revitalize urban neighborhoods. Join us at 5 p.m. for a reception in the William D. Adams Gallery in the museum.

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April 2018

Artist Lecture: Yoshua Okón

April 12, 2018, 5:00 PM
Given Auditorium, Bixler Bldg., Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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Mexican artist Yoshua Okón’s videos blur the lines between documentary, reality, and fiction. He collaborates closely with his actors (often amateurs) to create sociological examinations that ask viewers to contemplate uncomfortable situations and circumstances. In this talk, he will focus on a select group of works produced over the last twenty years including Oracle, now on view at Colby, and Octopus, a piece made in Los Angeles in 2011. Public reception to follow in the Museum’s William D. Adams Lobby.…

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Is Jazz History Linear? (Part 2)

April 14, 2018, 7:30 PM
Given Auditorium, Bixler Bldg., Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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The Colby Jazz Band takes up travels from a more left-coast perspective with Jimmy Giuffre’s “Four Brothers,” artist Shorty Rogers’s “Popo,” Count Basie saxophonist and composer Frank Foster’s “Shiny Stockings,” followed by Humberto Ramirez’s ballad/bolero for trumpet “Midnight Talk,” Paquito D’Rivera’s Latin funk tune “Mariel,” and Papo Vazquez’s Bomba-style work “Blue Ray.” Sponsored by the Department of Music.

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Community Discussion with Philadelphia’s Monument Lab

April 24, 2018, 6:30 PM
Given Auditorium, Bixler Bldg., Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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Taking civic dialogue and imagination as forces for social change, Philadelphia’s Monument Lab asks the question, “What is an appropriate monument for our city?” Monument Lab, along with Colby faculty and students, will facilitate a community conversation on the role of public art. This event is part of the “Space for Conversation” series — discussions about public art co-hosted by Waterville Creates! and the Colby College Museum of Art.

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June 2018

Artist Talk with Walter Iooss

June 8, 2018, 3:00 PM4:30 PM
Given Auditorium, Bixler Bldg., Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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Walter Iooss, whose work is on view at the Colby College Museum of Art through June 24 in the exhibition Game Time: The Sports Photography of Walter Iooss, is an award-winning photographer focusing on sports and beauty. Iooss has worked for Sports Illustrated for more than 50 years, and his work has graced the cover of the magazine more than 300 times in his career. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

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September 2018

Colby Choral Kickoff

September 11, 2018, 7:00 PM9:00 PM
Given Auditorium, Bixler Bldg., Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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This year, Colby-Kennebec Choral Society features a musical theatre concert of Leonard Bernstein, a Stephen Sondheim revue, annual Carols and Lights performances, two concerts with the Colby Symphony Orchestra, and an appearance at the Waterville Opera House! We welcome special guests from around the country, including a concert by New England-based chamber ensemble, Renaissance Men, as a Wellness Seminar event. We also offer voice lessons with internationally renowned faculty — all levels of experience are welcome. Want to sing with…

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October 2018

Artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith

October 17, 2018, 6:00 PM
Given Auditorium, Bixler Bldg., Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
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The Colby Museum is pleased to welcome artist, curator, and educator Jaune Quick-to-See Smith to deliver the 2018 Miles and Katharine Culbertson Prentice Lecture. One of the most acclaimed Native American artists working today, Smith considers herself a cultural art worker, underscoring her social activism and her commitment to the preservation of Native American culture. Smith, a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation of Montana, is based in New Mexico and creates paintings and prints that combine appropriated…

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November 2018

From Ella, with the Colby Jazz Band

November 10, 2018, 7:30 PM
Given Auditorium, Bixler Bldg., Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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We tour Ella Fitzgerald’s musical life, from her audition at the Apollo Theater to her work at the helm of the Chick Webb Band, and give a special nod to her Live in Berlin album. “A Tisket A Tasket,” “Black Coffee,” “Angel Eyes,” “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” “Mack the Knife,” and other classic tunes will be featured. We’ll also touch on hits from Nelson Riddle, Ray Brown, Joe Pass, the Duke, and the Count, and some of…

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Theaster Gates on Land

November 15, 2018, 6:00 PM
Given Auditorium, Bixler Bldg., Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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The museum’s Lunder Institute for American Art is pleased to host an evening with inaugural distinguished artist Theaster Gates. Sharing his ongoing artistic endeavors on questions of land ownership, displacement, and miscegenation, Gates will reflect on how his practice has explored aspects of Maine’s history. A conversation between Gates and Maine-based artists Daniel Minter and Myron Beasley will follow the talk, facilitated by Lee Glazer, director of the Lunder Institute. This event is free and open to all, however, seating is limited, so please RSVP here or…

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#BernsteinAt100: Words, Words, Words

November 17, 2018, 7:30 PM
Given Auditorium, Bixler Bldg., Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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Choirs at Colby and the Colby-Kennebec Choral Society will join in the international celebration of the centennary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with a survey of choral and ensemble numbers from Bernstein’s theater and concert works, including Candide, West Side Story, and On the Town, among others. Also included will be multimedia presentations from Bernstein’s famous “Young People’s Concert” video series.

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February 2019

#BernsteinAt100: Children and Art

February 15, 7:30 PM
Given Auditorium, Bixler Bldg., Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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Arguably America’s most iconic musical theater composer, Stephen Sondheim’s early career successes include his work as a lyricist for Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story and Candide. Colby College Chorale and the Colby-Kennebec Choral Society will present solo and ensemble numbers from Sondheim’s catalog, including Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, and Anyone Can Whistle. We will gain insight on the duo’s relationship through readings of letters written between them, many now available in print.

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Renaissance Men: RenMentality

February 24, 3:00 PM
Given Auditorium, Bixler Bldg., Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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Renaissance Men, New England's Professional Male Vocal Chamber Ensemble, presents RenMentality as part of the 2018-19 Colby College Wellness Seminar series. Renaissance Men will explore sacred and secular compositions by those who suffered with mental and behavioral disorders, including works by Schumann, Beethoven, Ives, Monteverdi, and Mussorgsky. American composer Jay Mobley will premiere a major work for male voices based on written testimonials. A concert in three acts, each will be introduced a song from Nirvana's MTV Unplugged in New…

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March 2019

DavisConnects Health Forum Keynote Address

March 8, 4:00 PM
Given Auditorium, Bixler Bldg., Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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Please join us for the inaugural DavisConnects Health Forum keynote address by Dr. Steve Collins, a medical doctor with a doctorate in nutrition. In 2001 he received a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to humanitarianism. He is a respected academic who publishes widely in major international journals. Collins is also a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Child Health in London and sits on the council of the Commonwealth Association…

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April 2019

Turkish Music Concert

April 5, 7:30 PM
Given Auditorium, Bixler Bldg., Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
Waterville, ME
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Join us for a rare opportunity to hear Turkish classical and folk music, featuring virtuoso Amos Libby (oud) and Sarah Mueller (violin). Parking available in the Roberts Lot, adjacent to Bixler, and along Bixler Drive. The concert is part of the New England Chapter for the Society of Ethnomusicology conference.

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From Dizzy: Colby Jazz Band

April 13, 7:30 PM
Given Auditorium, Bixler Bldg., Colby College, Mayflower Hill Drive
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We explore the roots of bebop first planted by Dizzy Gillespie in the Latin jazz featured in his later work. Gillespie’s compositions “Con Alma,” “Manteca,” and “Salt Peanuts” will be featured along with works by composers associated with Gillespie’s career such as Cab Calloway, Arturo Sandoval, Tito Puente, Chuck Mangione, Esperanza Spalding, and Paquito de Rivera.

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