NOVEMBER 8, 2013

Today's Events

9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Laurel Lukaszewski Art Exhibit: Patterns of Place • M. Louise Aughinbaugh Art Gallery, Climenhaga Fine Arts Center

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Department of Modern Languages: Chinese Cultural Celebration Howe Atrium, Boyer Hall

4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
International Festival
Featuring music by Messiah College's United Voices of Praise and from Wisaal, as well as local ethnic food (Thai Palace - $5 per plate, $1 for Thai iced tea and spring rolls) and international craft vendorsLarsen Student Union

IEWWisaal is a Mediterranean fusion group based in Lansing, Mich. The Arabic word wisaal means links, connections, or unities. This reflects an attempt to fuse elements of the Mediterranean musical heritage with klezmer, Indian, and American influences. Formed in 2010, Wisaal has continuously developed and refined their music while performing throughout the United States. Their performances have captivated audiences at diverse venues, including Lotus Festival (Bloomington, Ind.), Concert of Colors (Detroit, Mich.), and Global Rhythms (Miami University, Ohio). Their music has been described as "both engaging and complex, a lively, deeply spiritual tapestry of interwoven influences and melodies, times and cultures."

Wisaal's unique style of music draws influences from around the globe. Instrumental tunes from the Mediterranean
are presented alongside original compositions and arrangements that combine Indian rhythms with melodies from the Balkans, Klezmer-influenced clarinet in a fresh take on an old Gypsy tune, and Arabic melodic ideas with jazz and classical influences.

The band is made up of Igor Houwat (oud), Will Cicola (clarinet), Ben Fuhrman (mandolin), Tim Patterson (bass), Ty Forquer (percussion), and Mike List (percussion).

6:00 p.m. & 9:00 p.m.
Lost Films: Pacific Rim Parmer Cinema, Boyer Hall

Please note that, unless otherwise indicated, all events are free and open to the public. Should you have any suggestions or comments, please contact this year's IEW committee's chair, Kevin Villegas, at