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Fall 2012 Concert Schedule

September

3 Mon. 8:00pm Welcome Concert for the Class of 2016
Presented by members of the music department faculty.
15 Sat. 8:00pm Guest Event: “The Things That Make Us Sing”
Jennie Litt and David Alpher. Join husband-and-wife cabaret and songwriting duo David Alpher, pianist/composer, and Jennie Litt, singer/lyricist, for a program of hilarious and profound originals and great standards. The duo celebrates the intimacy of the voice/piano pairing through classically-influenced arrangements, jazz, blues, art song, and vaudeville.

Main Building, Rose Parlor
16 Sun. 3:00pm Guest Event: SATORI
The Lehigh Valley based ensemble of winds, strings, and piano will present “Chamber Music in America,” featuring music by American composers, or composers who made America their home: Arthur Foote, Joan Tower, Charles Loeffler, Robert Muczynski, and others. Performing with the seven member ensemble are Vassar faculty member Cheryl Bishkoff, oboe, and Vassar alumna Martha Schrempel, piano.
23 Sun. 3:00pm Faculty Recital
Blanca Uribe, professor emerita, and Richard Wilson present a program of music for two pianos by Busoni/Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Debussy, and Poulenc. Presented in memory of Gregory S. Schwartz, Class of 1978
28 Fri. 8:00pm Guest Event: CANTUS
Hailed as the “premier men’s vocal ensemble in the United States” (Fanfare) and recognized for its artistic excellence and musical versatility, the nine members of Cantus will present “On the Shoulders of Giants,” with repertoire that explores the roots of inspiration spanning nearly 900 years. A Jane Prouty Smith ’32 Event

October

6 Sat. 8:00pm

Vassar College Orchestra
* Concert will be webcast.

Eduardo Navega, conductor.
7 Sun. 3:00pm Guest Event: Zakir Hussain, tabla.
Internationally regarded as the greatest classical tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain’s brilliant and exciting performances have established him as one of India’s reigning cultural ambassadors. Joining him will be Rakesh Chaurasia, bamboo flute, in a program of scintillating Indian classical music.

A Dickinson-Kayden Event
26 Fri. 8:00pm Faculty and Guest Recital
A 100th anniversary celebration of Arnold Schoenberg’s melodramatic and mystical 1912 masterpiece “Pierrot Lunaire” (or “Moonstruck Pierrot”), a setting of 21 poems by the Belgian writer Albert Giraud. The program, featuring acclaimed mezzo-soprano and Vassar faculty member Mary Nessinger and five members of the new music ensemble Sequitur, also includes 20th century works by Claude Vivier and Sebastian Currier.
27 Sat. 8:00pm Guest Jazz Event: Christian McBride and Inside Straight
Grammy-winning bassist extraordinaire, composer, arranger, and educator Christian McBride and the performers of Inside Straight – Steve Wilson, saxophone, Warren Wolf, vibraphone, Peter Martin, piano, and Carl Allen, drums – will present an evening of music rooted in the jazz tradition. A Dickinson-Kayden Event
28 Sun. 3:00pm Faculty Recital
Todd Crow, piano. Sonatas by Joseph Haydn.

November

2 Fri. 8:00pm Faculty and Guest Recital
The Polonsky/Weiss Duo. Faculty member Anna Polonsky and Orion Weiss present a program of music for two pianos by Poulenc, Brahms, and Schumann.
3 Sat. 1:30pm Senior Recital
Michael Hofmann, baritone. Assisted by David Alpher, piano. Music of Caccini, Wolf, Ravel, Vaughan Williams, William Healy ’12, and others.
3 Sat. 8:00pm Vassar College Women’s Chorus
* Concert will be webcast. 
Christine R. Howlett, conductor. Music of Handel and Haydn, and newly commissioned works by Eleanor Daley and Joelle Wallach.
4 Sun. 3:00pm Faculty and Guest Recital
Lithuanian pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute, Lincoln Center Chamber Music society flutist Tara Helen O’Connor, and Daniel Phillips of the Orion String Quartet join faculty members Danielle Farina, viola, and Sophie Shao, cello, to present a program of stellar works by Haydn, Brahms, and Martinu.
11 Sun. 3:00pm Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble
* Concert will be webcast. 
James Osborn, conductor.
17 Sat. 4:00pm Senior Recital
Michael Cristina, trumpet and guitar. Assisted by Thomas Sauer, piano. Music of Arutunian, Hovhaness, Kennan, Thelonius Monk, Michael Cristina, and others.
17 Sat. 8:00pm Vassar College Orchestra
* Concert will be webcast. 
Eduardo Navega, conductor.
18 Sun. 3:00pm Vassar College Madrigal Singers
* Concert will be webcast. 
Drew Minter, conductor. “Light Perpetual.” Songs about light and death by Purcell, Wood, Morales, Whitacre, Tavener, Byrd, Hancock, and others.
30 Fri. 8:00pm Faculty and Guest Recital
Faculty member Frank Cassara, drums and percussion, is joined by guest artists Andrew Sterman, saxophones, Mary Ann McSweeney, bass, and Mick Rossi, piano, for an evening of new jazz compositions by Frank Cassara. The concert will include straight ahead jazz tunes as well as selections featuring such ethnic instruments as the berimbau (Brazilian one stringed instrument), congas, African gyil (Ghanaian xylophone), and other surprises.

December

2 Sun. 7:00pm A Service of Lessons and Carols
* Concert will be webcast. 
Vassar College Choir, Women’s Chorus, Madrigal Singers, and Cappella Festiva Chamber and Treble Choirs. Christine R. Howlett, Drew Minter, and Susan Bialek ’86, conductors.

Chapel
7 Fri. 8:00pm Vassar College Jazz Ensembles
* Concert will be webcast. 
James Osborn, director.
8 Sat. 7:00pm MESSIAH
* Concert will be webcast. 
The Vassar College Choir and Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir, Christine R. Howlett, conductor, collaborate with a professional Baroque orchestra to present Handel’s masterpiece, Messiah. Featuring professional soloists Teresa Wakim, soprano, Drew Minter, countertenor, James Ruff, tenor, and Philip Cutlip, baritone.

Chapel
9 Sun. 3:00pm Faculty Recital
Danielle Farina, viola, and Richard Wilson, piano, present a recital featuring Bach’s G Major Sonata, Schubert’s beloved Arpeggione Sonata, and Wilson’s Sonata for Viola and Piano.

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.