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Spring 2010 Concert Schedule

2010 Spring Semester Concerts

January

21 Thurs. Modfest Music Library Exhibition
The Vassar College Music Library presents an exhibition highlighting Modfest 2010 activities and musicians, curated by Sarah Canino, music librarian. On view through February 7. Open daily. 
Skinner Hall of Music, First Floor.
22 Fri. 8:00 Modfest Concert: Biava Quartet.
The string ensemble, the Biava Quartet, performs the music of Ginestera, Schoenberg and the premiere of Richard Wilson’s String Quartet No. 5.
23 Sat. 11:00 Modfest Discussion: Sound Design for Theater.
Sound designer and alumnus Fitz Patton ’88 discusses the process of matching sound and music to dramatic purpose.
Thekla Hall, Room 400
23 Sat. 8:00 Modfest Concert: Jazz with Joe McPhee and Friends.
Noted saxophone and trumpet virtuoso Joe McPhee performs with Richard Teitelbaum, electronics and piano, and Thurman Barker, percussion.
24 Sun. 2:00 Modfest Composers in Conversation.
Richard Wilson in conversation with the influential modernist composer Milton Babbit.
24 Sun. 3:00 Modfest Concert: Argento Ensemble.
The Argento Ensemble, a six-member chamber orchestra, performs the music of Milton Babbitt and of Vassar music faculty members Harold Meltzer and Jonathan Chenette.
24 Sun. 6:00 Modfest Art and Music for Late Night at the Lehman Loeb.
Recital featuring “Why Patterns?” for flute, piano, and glockenspiel (1978) by Morton Feldman, and “Ursonate” for speaker (1922-32) by Kurt Schwitters, with music lecturer John Solum, speaker and flute, music professor Todd Crow, piano, and Alex Goldberg ’11, percussion. 
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
27 Wed. 5:00 Modfest Readings: Translation As An Art.
A reading of foreign language poetry in their original tongue and their translations by Vassar students. Hosted by Kathleen Hart, chair of the Department of French and Francophone Studies. Includes a musical performance by the Mahagonny Choral Ensemble, a student-run contemporary group, directed by Catherine O’Kelly ’11. Presented by the departments and programs of foreign language study at Vassar.
Villard Room, Main Building
28 Thur. 6:00 Modfest Art and Music for Late Night at the Lehman Loeb.
See January 24 for program details.
29 Fri. 6:30 Modfest at the Art Center – Performance, Exhibition, and Opening Reception.
Adrienne Elisha, composer and violist, performs works written in response to the Art Center’s installation Harry Roseman: Hole in the Wall. An opening reception for this exhibition follows. 
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
30 Sat. 11:00 Modfest Open Rehearsal: Mahagonny Ensemble.
Alumnus composer Nathan Hall ’04 coaches the student-run contemporary group, Mahagonny Ensemble, in the preparation of Hall’s new work, Dark Interval.
30 Sat. 8:00 Modfest Concert: Orchestral and Vocal Ensembles.
The Vassar College Orchestra, Mahagonny Ensemble, Vassar College Women’s Chorus, and the Vassar College Choir, accompanied by Vassar faculty member Frank Cassara and the Botticelli Chamber Orchestra, perform music of Libby Larsen, Nathan Hall ’04, and Tarik O’Regan. Christine R. Howlett, Eduardo Navega, and Mark Van Hare’11, conductors.
31 Sun. 3:00 Modfest Presentation: Art, Music, and Poetry.
A recital and poetry reading by students of the Music and English departments, with an exhibition of art and photography by students of the Department of Art. Hosted by Jonathan Chenette, dean of the faculty.
Main Building, Villard Room

February

2 Tues. 7:30 Modfest Foreign Film Screening: Hangmen Also Die
Directed by Fritz Lang, story by Bertholt Brecht and Lang, music by Hanns Eisler. The creative team was part of a group of German exiles and émigrés who lived in southern California in the 1940’s. With commentary by music professor Michael Pisani and German Studies professor Elliott Schreiber. 
Taylor Hall, Room 203
3 Wed. 5:00 Modfest Alumna Author Talk.
Dorothy Lamb Crawford ’54 discusses her recent book A Windfall of Musicians: Hitler’s Emigrés and Exiles in Southern California. Jointly sponsored by the departments of Music and German Studies. 
Thekla Hall, Room 400
4 Thurs. 6:00 Modfest Art and Music for Late Night at the Lehman Loeb.
Performance by Adrienne Elisha, composer and violist, of works written in response to the Art Center’s installation Hole in the Wall, by art professor Harry Roseman. 
Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
6 Sat. 10:30 Modfest Open Rehearsal: Mahagonny Ensemble.
Features new works by student composers Will Healy ’12, Toru Momii ’11, and Cooper Troxell ’11, Mark Van Hare ’11, conductor. Thekla Hall.
6 Sat. 4:00 Modfest: Vassar College Jazz Ensemble.
The ensemble will showcase a colorful variety of sub-genres of jazz music. James Osborn, conductor.
 All Campus Dining Center, Second Floor
7 Sun. 3:00 Modfest Alumnae/i Music, Art, and Writing: W. K. Rose Fellowship Winners.
Featuring the work of the composer Jonathan Elliott ’84, painters Eleanor Daniels ’66 and Katherine Mangiardi ’09, and writers, Ralph Sassone ’83 and Kate Brattin ‘07. This combined concert, reading, discussion, and presentation of artwork spotlight past winners of the W.K. Rose Fellowship, awarded annually since 1970, to a Vassar graduate in the creative arts.
Main Building, Villard Room
12 Fri. 8:00 Music Faculty Concert: Thomas Sauer, piano.
Music of Schumann, Chopin, William Albright, and featuring Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata.”
13 Sat. 1:30 Senior Recital: Sophie Blum, violin, assisted by Anna Polonsky, piano, and Laura Sousa ’10, violin.
Music of Bach, Tchaikovsky, Sarasate, and the second movement of Prokofiev’s Sonata for Two Violins.
13 Sat. 4:00 Senior Recital: Gail Nakano, mezzo-soprano, with Richard Mogavero, piano.
Music of Mozart, Schumann, Berlioz, and Grieg.
19 Fri. 8:00 Music Faculty Concert: Rachel Rosales, soprano, Robert Osborne, bass-baritone, Todd Crow, piano, and Richard Howard, poet, commentator, and translator.
Music by the familiar: Debussy, Duparc, Fauré, Zemlinsky, Chausson, Chabrier, Hindemith, Charpentier, and Vierne and the not so familiar: Caplet, Gretchaninov, Taneyev, Sauget, Cras, Diepenbrock, Sévérac, Bréville, and Capdevielle.
20 Sat. 8:00 Guest Event: Daedalus Quartet performs Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 131, Mozart’s String Quartet K 589, and Joan Tower’s Night Fields.
27 Sat. 1:30 
Senior Recital: Emily Bookwalter, viola, assisted by Thomas Sauer, piano.
Featuring the Sonata in D major by Bach, Arpeggione in A minor by Schubert, Sonata in E-flat major by Brahms, and “Rhapsodie” from Suite Hebraique by Bloch.
27 Sat. 4:00 Senior Recital: Jon Roth, bass, assisted by Gregg Michalak, piano.
Music of Handel, Mendelssohn, Wolf, Donaudy, and Vaughan Williams.
27 Sat. 8:00 Vassar College Orchestra.
Eduardo Navega, conductor. Featuring student soloists, winners of the concerto competition.
28 Sun. 3:00 Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble.
James Osborn, conductor.

March

26 Fri. 8:00 Guest Event: Renée Anne Louprette, organ.
Hailed by The New York Times as “a technically nimble and dynamic organist,” Ms. Louprette, Associate Director of Music at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in New York City, has established an international career as an organ recitalist and choral conductor. She will present an all-Bach program, including the F major Toccata and the B minor Prelude and Fugue to be performed on the Fritts organ. 
The Fifth Donald M. Pearson Memorial Organ Recital.
27 Sat. 1:30 Senior Recital: Sarah Goldfeather, violin, with Anna Polonsky, piano.
Music of Bach, Beethoven, and Ravel.
27 Sat. 4:00 Senior Recital: Ashley Alter, mezzo-soprano, assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano, and Catherine O’Kelly ’10, guitar.
Music of Brahms, Schoenberg, DeFalla, Ives, Poulenc, and Cage.
27 Sat. 8:00 Vassar College Women’s Chorus.
Christine R. Howlett, conductor. Missa Brevis by Canadian composer, Imant Raminsh.

April

2 Fri. 8:00 Mahagonny Ensemble.
Mark Van Hare ’10 and Catherine O’Kelly ’11, conductors. Featuring newly composed works for string quintet, clarinet, bassoon, and horn by Cooper Troxell ’11, Toru Momii ’11, and William Healy ’12.
3 Sat. 1:30 Senior Recital: Lauren Sherman, soprano, assisted by Todd Crow, piano.
Music of Handel, Schubert, Gounod, Menotti, and Crumb.
10 Sat. 1:30 Senior Recital: Laura Sousa, violin, assisted by Todd Crow, piano.
Music of Beethoven, Bach, Sarasate, Bruch, and Bartok.
10 Sat. 4:00 Senior Recital: Alexander Linsalata, clarinet, assisted by Todd Crow, piano, Sarah Goldfeather ’10, violin, and Tiffany Shi ’12, piano.
Music of Brahms, Debussy, Von Weber, Béla Kovács, and Aram Khachaturian.
10 Sat. 8:00 Opera Workshop. “Ariadne – Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Scenes from works by Monteverdi, Conradi, Haydn, Massenet, and Strauss.”
Drew Minter, director, and Miriam Charney, music director.
11 Sun. 3:00 Opera Workshop. “Ariadne – Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Scenes from works by Monteverdi, Conradi, Haydn, Massenet, and Strauss.”
Drew Minter, director, and Miriam Charney, music director.
16 Fri. 8:00 Vassar College Jazz Ensemble.
James Osborn, director.
17 Sat. 4:00 Senior Recital: Jeremy Shiman, piano. Music of Schubert, Schumann, and Chopin.
17 Sat. 8:00 Vassar College Madrigal Singers. Serenade to Music and the Mass in G minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Christine R. Howlett, conductor, and Michael Sheetz ’07, piano.
24 Sat. 4:00 Senior Recital.
Brian Kim, piano. Music of Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin, and Ravel.
25 Sun. 3:00 Vassar College Choir.
Israel in Egypt by George Frideric Handel, with orchestra. Drew Minter, conductor.
30 Fri. 8:00 Vassar College Orchestra.
Eduardo Navega, conductor. Featuring student soloists, winners of the concerto competition.

May

2 Sun. 2:00 Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble.
James Osborn, conductor.
2 Sun. 7:00 Vassar Camerata.
Emily Bookwalter ’10 and Nicholas Rocha ’11, conductors. Music of Josquin, Tallis, Byrd, Arcadelt, Monteverdi, and De Profundis by Lully with orchestra.
22 Sat. 3:00 Commencement Concert for the Class of 2010.
Presented by members of the music faculty.