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.

Fall 2015

August 2015
Aug 30 (Sun) 8:00pm Welcome Concert for the Class of 2019

Presented by members of the music department faculty: Gail Archer, organ, Paul Bellino, trombone, Mary Nessinger, mezzo-soprano, Robert Osborne, bass-baritone, Thomas Sauer, piano, and Richard Wilson, piano.

September 2015
Sep 5 (Sat) 8:00pm Dover Quartet

The exceptional young string quartet performs Wolf’s Italian Serenade and Janáček’s Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters.” Faculty member Todd Crow then joins the ensemble for Schumann’s exuberant Piano Quintet.

A Barbara Woods Morgan Event
Sep 20 (Sun) 3:00pm Blanca Uribe, professor emerita, and Richard Wilson, piano.

The duo presents music for two pianos by Schumann, Stravinsky, Infante, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Britten, marking the 40th anniversary of their first two-piano program at Vassar. 

Sep 27 (Sun) 3:00pm The Donald and Kathleen Pearson Memorial Organ Recital

Professor of Organ at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, Robert Bates has been hailed by The American Organist as having “a beautifully refined technique, a profound understanding of rhythm and its subtleties, and a thorough sense of style.” He will present works by J.S. Bach, Buxtehude, and Brahms on the Paul Fritts organ in Skinner Hall.

October 2015
Oct 3 (Sat) 8:00pm Vassar College Orchestra

Eduardo Navega, conductor.

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Oct 4 (Sun) 3:00pm Todd Crow, piano.

Works by Bartók, Debussy, Chopin and others.

Oct 24 (Sat) 8:00pm Fall Jazz Event

Faculty members James Osborn, trumpet, Peter Tomlinson, piano, and Louis Pappas, bass, present an evening of jazz collaborations including original works by Mr. Tomlinson.

Oct 25 (Sun) 3:00pm Aulos Ensemble with Drew Minter, countertenor
“Handel’s London.” George Frederic Handel had an extraordinary international career, in an age when most of the great composers spent their lives close to the place of their birth. When he visited London for the first time in 1711 and permanently settled there one year later, he was welcomed as the most acclaimed composer of his day. He found a city hungry for his operas and when he left his native Germany for Italy, he quickly assimilated the styles and culture (notably the music of Henry Purcell) of his new home. The program contains Purcell’s Suite from The Fairy Queen and selected airs, Handel’s Agrippina and some chamber music from his time in London, and a quartet by Georg Philip Telemann, a life-long friend and correspondent of Handel.
Oct 30 (Fri) 8:00pm Vassar College Women’s Chorus

Christine Howlett, conductor. “A Little Night Music.” Music for Allhallowtide featuring works by Mendelssohn, Verdi, Britten, Libby Larsen, and others.

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November 2015
Nov 7 (Sat) 8:00pm Vassar College Choir

Christine Howlett, conductor, Drew Minter, stage director. Purcell’s beloved Dido and Aeneas is presented in a semi-staged version with orchestra.

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

James Osborn, conductor

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Nov 14 (Sat) 12:00pm Senior Recital: Patrick Walker, organ.

Works for solo organ by Buxtehude, J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn, Messiaen, and Reger. Members of the Vassar Camerata join for Handel's Concerto for Organ No. 13, "The Cuckoo and the Nightingale." The concert will begin in Skinner Hall and, after a brief intermission, will conclude in the Chapel.

Nov 15 (Sun) 3:00pm Gail Archer, organ.

An all-Russian program on the Vassar College Chapel’s Gress-Miles organ.


Nov 21 (Sat) 4:00pm Senior Recital: Corinne Cotta, soprano.

Assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano. Works by J.S. Bach, Brahms, Gounod, Mozart, Rossini and others.

Nov 21 (Sat) 8:00pm Vassar College Orchestra

Eduardo Navega, conductor

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Nov 22 (Sun) 3:00pm Apollo’s Fire: The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra

“The Power of Love: Fireworks from Handel & Vivaldi.” Jeannette Sorrell, conductor, and Amanda Forsythe, soprano. Vassar alumna Ms. Forsythe ’98 collaborates with the esteemed early music ensemble.

A Dickinson-Kayden Event

December 2015
Dec 4 (Fri) 8:00pm Vassar College Jazz Ensembles

James Osborn, director.

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Dec 5 (Sat) 3:00pm Vassar College Madrigal Singers

Drew Minter, conductor. "Caroling, Caroling Near and Far: A Program of Seasonal Carols from Different Lands."

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Dec 6 (Sun) 7:00pm A Service of Lessons and Carols

Christine Howlett and Drew Minter, conductors. Vassar College Choir, Madrigal Singers, and Women’s Chorus, and Cappella Festiva Chamber and Treble Choir. This annual Christmas service includes readings, choral anthems, and congregational carols that culminates in a candle lighting ceremony.


Please note: Live webcasts cannot be streamed from the Chapel. Video will be recorded and posted at a later date.

Dec 11 (Fri) 7:00pm Vassar Camerata

Patrick Walker ’16 and Sarah Johnson ’16, directors.

Dec 12 (Sat) 8:00pm Mahagonny Ensemble

Jaylin Remensperger ’17 and Joseph Sopchak ’16, directors

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.