Concerts and Events

All concerts are free and open to the public.

We are delighted, as ever, to offer this outstanding concert series free of charge, and hope you will join us often.

Spring 2015

January 2015
Jan 28 (Wed) Modfest Music Library Display
The Vassar College Music Library presents a display highlighting Modfest music activities and musicians, curated by Sarah Canino, music librarian. Open daily.
Jan 30 (Fri) 9:00pm Modfest Concert

Vassar Jazz Combos.  The student ensembles present a colorful variety of jazz styles. James Osborn, director of the jazz groups.

Villard Room, Main Building

Jan 31 (Sat) 11:00am Modfest Presentation: Creating Music Notation Software

Patrick Litterst ’07, outstanding percussionist while at Vassar, is now in software development, particularly with Notion 4, a music notation and score playback application of recent acclaim.  He will give a workshop about his work, which includes continuing his performing career. Co-sponsored by the Career Development Office.

Following the presentation, there will be a lunch with an opportunity to speak with the Patrick in room 303 of Skinner Hall.

Thekla Hall

Jan 31 (Sat) 8:00pm Modfest Concert: Alice in Our Times: Fantasy, Surrealism, and Nonsense

Music by Vassar composers Jonathan Chenette, Susan Botti and Richard Wilson on texts by Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, James Norman Hall, Joe Orton (somewhat), and Edward Hirsch, who will read as part of the program.

Note: In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be rescheduled for Sunday, February 8 at 3:00pm.

February 2015
Feb 1 (Sun) 3:00pm Modfest Concert: Percussion and Viola

Violist Ralph Farris and percussionist Frank Cassara, adjunct artist in music, in a program of works for this unusual combination.  Among the composers are Farris and Cassara themselves as well as Janice Giteck, Kenji Bunch, Linda Bouchard, and Randy Woolf.

Feb 2 (Mon) 8:00pm Modfest Presentation: Hearing Wonderland: The Strange Sounds of Alice's Adventures

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of first publication of Alice in Wonderland, this talk examines the sound worlds created by Lewis Carroll in his book and the various ways in which filmmakers have sought to present this classic tale through film score and sound design. Presented by Justin Patch, adjunct assistant professor in music.

Music Library Listening Classroom

Feb 5 (Thu) 7:00pm Modfest Concert: ChoralFest

Cappella Festiva Treble Choir, Vassar College Choir and Vassar College Women's Chorus.  Christine Howlett, conductor. "ChoralFest" will begin with the young voices of the Cappella Festiva Treble Choir, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland with performances of Beautiful Soup by Tom Benjamin, Will you walk a little faster? by John Carter and Jabberwocky by David Brunner.  The Vassar College Choir and Women’s Chorus will perform music of composers including Thomas Juneau, Tarik O'Regan, Timothy Takach, Maxim Vladimiroff, and others.

Feb 6 (Fri) 4:30pm Modfest Presentation: Ambition, Adaptation, and Risk: Making Music Your Career

Timothy Takach discusses his career as a singer, composer, and publisher, and the importance of being a “self-starter” to maintain a career in the arts.  Co-sponsored by the Career Development Office.

Music Library Listening Classroom

Feb 6 (Fri) 8:00pm Modfest Cabaret Night

A sampling of the Great American Songbook: Gershwin, Kern, Porter, Berlin, Rodgers, Sondheim, and others. Featuring students from the Vassar College Music Department. At the piano will be music department accompanist David Alpher, with direction by cabaret singer Jennie Litt.

Rose Parlor, Main Building

Feb 7 (Sat) 11:00am Modfest Open Rehearsal. Mahagonny Ensembles

Conducted by Julia Boscov-Ellen ’15 and Sam Plotkin ’15. Composers Timothy Takach and Jesse Greenberg ’13 coach the student-run contemporary groups in the preparation of their works. Following the rehearsal, there will be a lunch with an opportunity to speak with the composers in room 303 of Skinner Hall.

Feb 7 (Sat) 8:00pm Modfest Concert by the Vassar Ensembles

The Vassar College Orchestra performs works by Pete Hope and Osvaldo Lacerda; Vassar Madrigals, prepared by Drew Minter, performs works by Irving Fine and William Schuman; and the Mahagonny Ensembles perform a work by composers Timothy Takach and a première by alumnus Jesse Greenberg ’13. Eduardo Navega, Julia Boscov-Ellen ’15 and Sam Plotkin ’15, conductors.

Feb 11 (Wed) 3:30pm Modfest Presentation: Music, Words, Dance and Images

Dance choreographed by Bella Kosmacher ’14, chamber music and readings of original prose and poetry by students from the classes of Eduardo Navega, lecturer in music and director of the program in chamber music, Jean Kane, associate professor of English and Michael Joyce, professor of English. A display organized by Zoe Lemelson ’17, Sam Schwamm ’16 and Daniel Bialer ’15 will present work by students from Phocus, Vassar College’s photography club. There will be a reception with food, jazz by Matt Mendoza ’15 and time to view the exhibit.

Villard Room, Main Building

Feb 12 (Thu) 7:00pm Modfest Presentation at Late Night at the Lehman Loeb

Chamber music and readings of original prose and poetry by Vassar students from the classes of Eduardo Navega, lecturer in music and director of the program in chamber music, and Jean Kane and Michael Joyce, professors of English.

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Feb 15 (Sun) 3:00pm Faculty Recital

Paul Bellino, trombone, with James Fitzwilliam, piano. Works by Galliard, Larsson, Bernstein, and Mahler.

Feb 21 (Sat) 8:00pm Guest Event: Decoda

The dynamic chamber group, an Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall, completes its three-day residency at Vassar with a concert featuring works by Mozart, Brahms, Britten, Hersant, and the world premiere of “Distractions,” a sextet written for Decoda by Richard Wilson.

Feb 27 (Fri) 8:00pm Modfest Concert: My Funny Valentine; Jazz for Valentine’s Day **Rescheduled from Feb. 14**

The Brian Mann Trio. Brian Mann, associate professor of music, piano; with Sean Smith, double bass, and Craig Wuepper, drums

Feb 28 (Sat) 1:30pm Senior Recital

Lydia Ciaputa, soprano. Assisted by David Alpher, piano. Featuring works by Handel, Faure, Rachmaninoff, Mozart, Schubert, Fields, Barber, and Bernstein.

Feb 28 (Sat) 4:00pm Senior Recital

Patrick Brady, tenor. Assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano. Music of Handel, Bach, Beethoven, Sondheim, and more. 

March 2015
Mar 1 (Sun) 3:00pm Faculty Recital

Thomas Sauer, piano. Works by Mozart, George Walker, Thomas Adès, and Chopin.

Mar 7 (Sat) 1:30pm Senior Recital

Julia Boscov-Ellen, conducting and composition. Featuring choral music by Hildegard von Bingen, Mozart, Takach, Lauridsen and more, as well as original works by Boscov-Ellen for instrumental ensembles. Assisted by members of the Vassar College Choir, Women’s Chorus, Mahagonny Choir and others. 

Mar 7 (Sat) 8:00pm Vassar College Orchestra

Eduardo Navega, conductor. Featuring winners of the Vassar College Concerto Competition: Carlin Purcell ’17, piano, and Shereen Sodder ’17, marimba. Works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schubert, and Rosauro.

View the webcast of the concert here.

Mar 8 (Sun) 3:00pm Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble

James Osborn, conductor.

View the webcast of the concert here.

Mar 12 (Thu) 8:00pm Faculty Recital

*POSTPONED Rescheduled date TBD*

Blanca Uribe, professor emerita, and Richard Wilson present music for two pianos by Schumann, Stravinsky, Infante, Rimsky-Korsakov and Britten marking the 40th anniversary of their first two-piano program at Vassar.

April 2015
Apr 4 (Sat) 1:30pm Senior Recital

Jack Cazet, guitar. Featuring solo works for guitar by Sor, Brouwer, Giuliani, Bogdanović, and others.

Apr 4 (Sat) 4:00pm Senior Recital
Hannah Snyder-Samuelson, soprano. Assisted by James Fitzwilliam, piano. With Evi Lowman ’15 and Ilse Heine ’15, violins, Megan Lewis ’15, viola, and Zachary Lucero ’15, cello, Rachel Fuerstman ’16, alto, and Sarah Ragan ’17, alto. Works by J.S. Bach, Handel, Schubert, Poulenc, and others.
Apr 11 (Sat) 1:30pm Senior Recital
Madison Hayes, mezzo-soprano. Assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano, and Ella Middleton '15, soprano. Works by Mozart, Fauré, Hahn, and Purcell.
Apr 11 (Sat) 4:00pm Senior Recital

Evi Lowman and Ilse Heine, violins, Megan Lewis, viola, and Zachary Lucero, cello. Assisted by Jane Cardona ’15, piano. Chamber works by Beethoven, Ester Mägi, and Schumann.

Apr 11 (Sat) 8:00pm Vassar College Choir

Christine Howlett, conductor.

View the webcast of the concert here.

View the chior program here.

Apr 18 (Sat) 1:30pm Senior Recital

Matthew Mendoza, piano, and Sam Fritschel, guitar. Assisted by Max Goldstein ’15, bass, Sam Judkis ’14, drums, and Chris Rosenberg’15, saxophone. A night of contemporary jazz solo, duo, and combo performances featuring works by Kurt Rosenwinkel, Robert Glasper, Wayne Shorter, Thelonious Monk, Sam Fritschel, and Matthew Mendoza.

Apr 18 (Sat) 4:00pm Senior Recital

Ella Middleton, soprano. Assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano, and Madison Hayes ’15, mezzo-soprano. Music of Handel, Schubert, Mozart, Fauré, Gluck, and Verdi.

Apr 18 (Sat) 8:00pm Vassar College Madrigal Singers

Drew Minter, conductor.

View the webcast of the concert here.

View the program here.

Apr 25 (Sat) 1:30pm Senior Recital

Jacob Damsky, baritone, and Frank Hoffman, piano. Assisted by David Alpher, piano. Works by Vaughan Williams, Wolf, Duparc, Chopin, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and others. 

Apr 25 (Sat) 4:00pm Senior Recital

Zoe Adams, mezzo-soprano, and Alexandra Prow, mezzo-soprano. Assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano. Works by Debussy, Berlioz, Mozart, Monteverdi, Mahler, and Rorem.

Apr 25 (Sat) 8:00pm Vassar College Women’s Chorus

Christine Howlett, conductor.

View the webcast of the concert here.

May 2015
May 1 (Fri) 8:00pm Vassar College Jazz Ensembles

James Osborn, director.

View the webcast of the concert here.

View the program here.

May 2 (Sat) 1:30pm Senior Recital
Sam Plotkin, composition. A program of original works performed by Noah Boden ’17 and Jake Sheehy ’15, violins, Joanna Plotkin ’17, viola, Zachary Lucero ’15, cello, and many others.
May 2 (Sat) 4:00pm Senior Recital

Regina Krawiec, soprano. Assisted by David Alpher, piano. Works by Britten, Purcell, Tosti, Rossini, Schumann, Berlioz and others.

May 3 (Sun) 3:00pm Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble

James Osborn, conductor.

View the webcast of the concert here.

View the program here.

May 8 (Fri) 8:00pm Vassar College Orchestra

Eduardo Navega, conductor.

View the webcast of the concert here.

View the chior program here.

May 30 (Sat) 3:00pm Commencement Concert for the Class of 2015
Presented by members of the music department faculty.

All events not otherwise noted take place in Skinner Hall of Music and are free and open to the public. Programs are subject to change. For further information and up-to-date details on all Vassar College Department of Music concerts, please call (845) 437-7294. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Latecomers will be seated at the performers’ discretion. All audience members are to be seated. Food and beverages are not permitted in the Recital Hall. All electronic devices must be silenced during performances.