Arts Blog

  • Music from Johannes Brahms - Photo from Yale University

    German Liederabend

    February 21, 2015

    On Saturday, February 21, Carleton students currently enrolled in voice lessons will be presenting "German Liederabend", which is an evening of German art song. This vocal recital will begin at 7:30pm in the Concert Hall. Each song will be performed in German and the concert features pieces from Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Richard Strauss, and Carl Bohm. The collection of pieces range from the Classical period to the Romantic period and into the twentieth century. ...

  • art by Susanne Clark

    Debut of Student Musical Compositions

    February 18, 2015

    On Saturday, March 7th, members of the Twin Cities' Zeitgeist New Music Ensemble will be performing musical compositions written by seven Carleton students. These students are members of Jeff Treviño's Composition Studio class, an intimate music course that encourages unique and passionate musical composition with the help of in-class workshops and frequent personal instruction from the professor. In a musical event lasting from 9am to 5pm in the Concert Hall, each student will have one hour to showcase their piece, give an artistic statement about their piece, and receive feedback from a panel of jurors.

    Read on for an interview with Josh Ruebeck '17, a student musician who based his compositions on haiku.

  • Map of places member of class of 2014 cried from laughter - from Carltography

    Carltography: The Exhibition

    February 17, 2015

    What began as a simple collaborative map-making project has grown into an impressive work of art, beautifully capturing the diverse experiences found in the common place that is Carleton College. Carltography was created by Carleton Students Peter Barron '17, Vayu Maini Rekdal '15, and Jackson Van Fleet '15. Students, alumni, faculty, staff, and other members of the Northfield community have all contributed to Carltography by submitting hand-drawn maps of the campus and their own comments. While some people document the locations of their personal experiences on these maps, others have created entirely new, imaginative worlds on the campus maps. ...

  • Nuclear plants behind a family's home - featured in DOCUMERICA

    Picturing US: DOCUMERICA and the American Environmental Movement

    February 17, 2015

    After decades of unregulated and unchecked land development in America, the country's natural landscapes were left ravaged and sick by the end of the 1960s. Ever increasing amounts of air, noise, and water pollution seem to be a constant reminder of the damage that has been done to the earth. Shortly after its creation, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officially announced its newest and ultimately most influential photodocumentary project: DOCUMERICA. Gifford D. Hampshire, the project director, clearly establishes the project's mission to "pictorially document the environmental movement in America during this decade." Select portions of DOCUMERICA are on display in the Gould Library until March 15, 2015. ...

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    N55 at Carleton: artistic residency and class become an exhibition

    February 16, 2015

    A hectic design lab, connecting a Danish art collective N55 and Carleton students, was transformed on February 6 into a polished exhibition featuring the proposal for a hypothetical new Arboretum Center. On view in Perlman Teaching Museum through March 11, the exhibition reveals the design process incorporating research regarding the Arboretum’s history, Northfield community perspectives on “the Arb”, and experimental structural models. ...

  • Essam Rafea

    An Evening of Arab Music presented by Essam Rafea

    February 6, 2015

    Essam Rafea's childhood roots in Damascus, Syria have instilled in him a deep passion for traditional Arabic music. Now the chair of the Arabic Music Department at High Institute of Music in Damascus and the principal conductor of Syrian National Orchestra for Arabic Music, Rafea spends his free days traveling the world and sharing the music of his homeland. Rafea is a professional Oud player who has presented for audiences in France, Morocco, Iraq, Lebanon, Kuwait, Egypt, and Spain. His performances have won him numerous international prizes including the first prize in the Oud category at the 2000 Cairo Improvisation Competition. Essam founded the award-winning Syrian takht ensemble Twais and the international ensemble Hewar, both of which have been internationally successful. In addition, he has collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including Jean-Christophe Frish's Musiques des Lumières XVIII-21, and Blur frontman Damon Albarn, on his project Gorillaz.

    The performance will be on Thursday, February 12th, in the Concert Hall from 8:00-10:00pm.