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Washington College

Washington College

Washington College Music Collegium

The Music Collegium brings together students who share a common interest in various concert forms, including classical, jazz and world music. The club provides students the opportunity to network with others interested in the field of study, hold discussion events, invite guest speakers/performers, and organize field trips to regional concerts, festivals, conferences and conventions.

President: Brian Bucher, Vice President: Vicky Peel-Margraf, Treasurer: Cidney Carter, Secretary: Caitlin Klein Faculty Adviser: Kenneth Schweitzer, 410.778.7836, Faculty Adviser: Jonathan McCollum, 410.778.6549,


March 25, 2011 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at The Meyerhoff in Baltimore, MD  8:00 p.m. Ravel - Valses nobles et sentimentales Grieg - Piano Concerto Lutoslawski - Concerto for Orchestra

We will meet in the back of Gibson, near the Art Gallery at 5:00 p.m. The total cost for students is $20.00. This includes amazing tickets that are normally $65.00 as well as transportation costs. We will arrive back to Washington College around midnight. We have room for 23 people. Sign-up fast!

April 22, 2011

Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, a Cuban rumba and folkloric group that formed under the name “Guaguancó Matancero” in 1952, in Barrio Marina, Matanzas, Cuba. Among their first recordings was the song “Los muñequitos” (Esteban Lantri) which made reference to comic strips in Cuba. Such was the popularity of this record that the public changed the name of the group to “Los muñequitos” (Cuban term for comic strips, literally “little dolls”). Three generations of the same family are represented in the band. They have also performed with singer Carlos Embale. Los Muñequitos de Matanzas has been instrumental in the preservation of African traditions such as the secret society of the Abakuá and the Lukumí belief system (see Santeria), while simultaneously looking to their Spanish heritage for inspiration. The music of Los Muñequitos directly reflects the syncretism that exists in Cuba as sacred songs to the orishas often coexist with more secular themes and adaptations of Spanish songs in a single record or performance. Los Muñequitos received a Grammy Award Nomination in 2001. (from Wikipedia)

We will meet in the back of Gibson, near the Art Gallery at 3:00 p.m. The concert is at 8:00 p.m. Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University (GWU). We will also have dinner in DC. Tickets are approximately $25.00.

April 25, 2011 Esteemed Speaker, Dr. Atesh Sonneborn

Discussion with Atesh Sonneborn, Associate Director of Smithsonian Folkways following a presentation of the film Worlds of Sound: The Ballad of Folkways. This documentary film by Richard Carlin and filmmaker Andrea Kalin, documents the 60-year history of Smithsonian Folkways Records and its founder Moses Asch. The film will begin at 7:00 p.m. (Location TBA)

About Dr. Atesh Sonneborn Before coming to the Smithsonian, Atesh Sonneborn wrote new music for theater, film, and dance in the United States and Western Europe, taught piano to children and adults, managed and produced concerts, festivals, recordings and artists. His articles, reviews, and photos appear in The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music and other scholarly publications, and he co-authored Planet Drum (1991) with drummer Mickey Hart and Professor Fredric Lieberman. He lectures internationally on applied ethnomusicology topics, and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at UCLA and University of Maryland. He is chair of the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Audio-Visual Publication Committee and a founding member of its Applied Ethnomusicology Section. Current research interests include Garifuna and other Caribbean percussion traditions, folk music of the Veneto (Italy), music in Sufism, intentionality in music performance, digital music distribution, and arts management methodology. He holds a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from UCLA.

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