Concerts

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.

January 2014

23 Thurs. Modfest Music Library Display
The Vassar College Music Library presents a display highlighting Modfest musicians, curated by Sarah Canino, music librarian. Open daily.
24 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
25 Sat. 8:00pm Modfest Concert: Poetic Realizations
This program consists of works by Susan Botti and Richard Wilson. Botti’s “The Journey without Her” and “Dido Refuses to Speak,” from Gates of Silence, derive their theme from Virgil’s Aeneid. The first is for piano trio; the second is for soprano and piano trio and will be sung by the composer. It is a setting of poetry by the noted American poet and Pushcart Prize winner Linda Gregerson. Wilson’s The Cello Has Many Secrets is a new scoring for ten players of his work from 2008 for cello, mezzo-soprano, and orchestra. The three poems set are by Adam Zagajewski, one of the major figures of the Polish New Wave literary movement. Soloists will be Vassar faculty members Sophie Shao and Mary Nessinger.
31 Fri. 4:30pm Modfest Open Class/Presentation
Jamie Christopherson ‘97, award-winning composer of music for film, video games, television, and documentaries, will discuss his career making music for new media. Music Library Classroom, Skinner Hall of Music
31 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 David Alpher. Rose Parlor, Main Building

February 2014

1 Sat. 11:00am Modfest Open Rehearsal
Mahagonny Ensembles. Conducted by Julia Boscov-Ellen ‘15 and Sam Plotkin ‘15. Composers Diana Hill ‘07 and Jamie Christopherson ‘97 coach the student-run contemporary groups in the preparation of their new works. Following the rehearsal, there will be a lunch with an opportunity to speak with the composers in room 303 of Skinner Hall.
1 Sat. 8:00pm Modfest Concert by the Vassar Ensembles
The Vassar College Orchestra performs works by Charles Ives and Lennie Niehaus; the Vassar College Women’s Chorus presents a program of works by Jocelyn Hagan, David Lang, Arvo Pärt, Judith Shatin, and Eleanor Daley; and the Mahagonny Ensembles perform works by alumnae/i composers Diana Hill ’07 and Jamie Christopherson ’97. Eduardo Navega, Christine Howlett, Julia Boscov-Ellen ’15, and Sam Plotkin ‘15, conductors.
2 Sun. 3:00pm Modfest Concert: Light in Winter
Cappella Festiva Chamber and Treble Choirs present Kodaly's Ave Maria, Chilcott's Peace Mass, Roueché's Lux Aeterna, and Lauridsen's Mid-Winter Songs. Christine Howlett, associate professor of music, and Susan Bialek ‘86, conductors; James Fitzwilliam, piano.
5 Wed. 3:30pm Modfest Presentation
Music, Words and Images. Chamber music and readings of original prose and poetry by students from classes of Eduardo Navega, lecturer in music and director of the program in chamber music, Michael Joyce and Amitava Kumar, professors of English. A display organized by Alden Rose ‘14, Emily Whicheloe ‘14, and Oliver Tell ‘14 will present work by students from Phocus, Vassar College’s photography club. There will be a reception with time to view the exhibit.
Villard Room, Main Building
6 Thurs. 7:00pm Modfest Presentation at Late Night at the Lehman Loeb
Chamber Music and Readings of Original Prose. By Vassar students from classes of Eduardo Navega, lecturer in music and director of the program in chamber music, and Amitava Kumar, professor of English.
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
8 Sat. 8:00pm Guest Event
Amernet String Quartet. Lauded for their “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” playing by the New York Times, the ensemble has garnered worldwide praise and recognition as one of today’s exceptional string quartets. Their debut at Vassar features works by Haydn, Janáček, and Mendelssohn.
9 Sun. 3:00pm Faculty Recital
Thomas Sauer, piano. Sonatas by Beethoven and the L.A.-based composer Stephen Hartke, as well as the twenty-four Preludes of Chopin.
14 Fri. 8:00pm Faculty Recital
"A Tale of Two Voices." In his cabaret with David Alpher, piano, Drew Minter explores the tension between his three-decade career as an internationally renowned countertenor and the baritone voice that has traveled with him throughout.
15 Sat. 3:00 and 8:00pm Faculty and Guest Recital
"Beethoven Cello Marathon.” The renowned cellist Peter Wiley and piano faculty member Anna Polonsky perform the complete works by Beethoven for cello and piano – five sonatas and three sets of variations – spanning the composer’s entire creative trajectory.
16 Sun. 3:00pm Faculty Recital
“The French Muse.” James Ruff, tenor, and Miriam Charney, piano. A vocal recital featuring Gabriel Fauré’s sensuous song cycle to the poetry of Paul Verlaine: “La Bonne Chanson.” Selected songs by other early 20th-century composers such as Albert Roussel, Pierre Capdevielle, Reynaldo Hahn and Francis Poulenc further enhance the afternoon’s exploration of the French poetic and harmonic genius.
21 Fri. 8:00pm Faculty and Guest Recital
Terry Champlin, guitar, Helen Avakian, voice and guitar, Sabina Torosjan, violin, Vilian Ivantchev, guitar, and Chris Connors ‘12, percussion, present a program of large chamber works and music for solo guitar by Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, and Terry Champlin.
22 Sat. 8:00pm Guest Event
Empire Brass. The venerable ensemble performs music by Bach, Berio, Bernstein, and more. Also featured on the program is the world premiere of a new work written for Empire Brass by Zhou Tian.

March 2014

1 Sat. 1:30pm Senior Recital
Miranda Alquist and Alice Thornburgh, sopranos. Assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano. Works by Handel, Rameau, Carissimi, Strauss, Schubert, Brahms, Mozart, Purcell, Britten, Debussy, and Fauré.
1 Sat. 8:00pm Vassar College Orchestra
Eduardo Navega, conductor
* View video of webcast.
2 Sun. 3:00pm Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble
* View video of webcast.
James Osborn, conductor.
6 Thurs. 8:00pm Faculty Recital
Blanca Uribe, professor emerita, and Richard Wilson present a program of music for two pianos by Clementi, Debussy, and Brahms.
28 Fri. 8:00pm Faculty and Guest Recital
Faculty members Mary Nessinger, mezzo-soprano, and Rachel Rosales, soprano, present a semi-staged vocal and period-instrument chamber concert exploring florid, dramatic vocalisms of 17th-century Italian stile rappresentativo compared, contrasted and complemented with 20th-century Italian avant-garde, experimental, surrealist, twelve-tone, electronic and microtonal idioms. They are joined by members of the American Virtuosi/Baroque Opera Theatre, led by its artistic and music director, Kenneth Hamrick.
29 Sat. 1:30pm Senior Recital
Aidan Kahn, tenor. Assisted by Gregg Michalak, piano. Works ranging in style from Fauré and Britten to selections from contemporary musicals such as Closer than Ever and It's Only Life.
29 Sat. 4:00pm Senior Recital
Emily Breeze, mezzo-soprano. Assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano. Music of Mozart, Schubert, Sondheim, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and more.
30 Sun. 3:00pm Faculty Recital
Gail Archer, organ. The Muse's Voice: A Celebration of Women Composers. Works by French, Russian, British, and American composers are featured in this concert on the Vassar College Chapel’s Gress-Miles organ. Chapel

April 2014

5 Sat. 1:30pm Senior Recital
Samantha Smith, mezzo-soprano, composer, guitar. Assisted by David Alpher, piano, Vassar College Jazz Combo, and friends. An eclectic program of Mahler, Mozart, Chaminade, jazz standards, and originals by Samantha Smith.
5 Sat. 4:00pm Senior Recital
Paul Spanagel, baritone. Assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano. Works of Finzi, Brahms, Ravel, and more.
6 Sun. 3:00pm Vassar College Women’s Chorus
Christine Howlett, conductor
* View video of webcast.
12 Sat. 8:00pm Vassar College Madrigal Singers
Drew Minter, conductor. A Program of Psalms, including Handel's Dixit Dominus with string orchestra and guest leader Linda Quan, a world premiere by faculty member Susan Botti, and works by Purcell, McFerrin, and others.
* View video of webcast.
19 Sat. 1:30pm Senior Recital
Connor Mulhern, piano and composition. Piano music of Schubert, Chopin, Brahms, Debussy, and John Field, and a composition for string quartet by Connor Mulhern.
19 Sat. 4:00pm Senior Recital
Elizabeth Ruiz, horn, and Rebecca Miller, trumpet. Works for horn by Saint-Saëns, Strauss, and Mozart, and music for trumpet by Hindemith and Enescu. The students will also premiere an original duet for trumpet and horn by Alyssa Reit.
25 Fri. 8:00pm Vassar College Jazz Ensembles
James Osborn, director
* View video of webcast.
26 Sat. 1:30pm Senior Recital
David Piwarski, piano and composition. Music of Beethoven, Prokofiev, Schoenberg, Uematsu, Piwarski and others.
26 Sat. 4:00pm Senior Recital
Chelsea Yamada, soprano. Assisted by Thomas Sauer, piano. Works by Schoenberg, Ives, Menotti, Schubert, and Gardel.
26 Sat. 8:00pm Vassar College Choir
Christine Howlett, conductor
* View video of webcast.
27 Sun. 3:00pm Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble
James Osborn, conductor
* View video of webcast.

May 2014

2 Fri. 8:00pm Vassar College Orchestra
Eduardo Navega, conductor
* View video of webcast.
9 Fri. 8:00pm Opera Workshop
Drew Minter, director and Miriam Charney, music director. Scenes from the operas of Benjamin Britten.
* View video of webcast.
10 Sat. 4:00pm Senior Recital
William Leith, cello. Assisted by Thomas Sauer, piano. Works by Debussy, Janáček, Bach, and Prokofiev.
24 Sat. 3:00pm Commencement Concert for the Class of 2014
Presented by members of the music 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. Cell phones and pagers must be silenced during performances.

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