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Music department’s free fall concert series includes 24 faculty, visiting artist, and student recital and ensemble performances, September 2-December 8, 2013

Members of the Vassar College music faculty along with Vassar student soloists and ensembles, and such renowned guest artists as the vocal groups Roomful of Teeth and Stile Antico, the New York Chamber Brass, and the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, will perform in the annual free concert series at Skinner Hall of Music from September 2 through December 8.

The twelve exceptional U.K. vocalists in Stile Antico will feature works by Flemish masters, the sounds of Tudor and Jacobean England, and John McCabe’s Woefully arrayed, a tour-de-force of choral textures based on a medieval text and written especially for the group (10/6). The dynamic vocal octet Roomful of Teeth will perform new music including Partita, the Pulitzer Prize-winning work composed for the group by member Caroline Shaw (11/8). Widely varied chamber music performances will also be among the highlights of the Vassar concert series, including: a program by cutting-edge group Decoda (formerly The Declassified) that includes two early string quartets by Vassar professor Richard Wilson (9/21); the distinguished Baroque group The Aulos Ensemble celebrating its fortieth anniversary (10/27); the Bella Winds woodwind ensemble whose members include Vassar faculty bassoonist Elisabeth Romano (11/1); and a New York Chamber Brass concert in memory of Elliot Carter and featuring his rarely performed Brass Quintet (11/3). Organist Kimberly Marshall will perform works by Sweelinck, Buxtehude, J.S. Bach, Frescobaldi, and others on the Paul Fritts organ in Skinner Hall (9/20), and the 16-piece Westchester Jazz Orchestra big band will play two sets showcasing its world-class musicians (10/26).

In September faculty vocalist Robert Osborne, bass-baritone, will be joined by Joy Hermalyn, soprano, and Richard Gordon, piano, for a cabaret concert featuring songs by Academy Award-winner Harry Warren (born Salvatore Guaragna), the only major songwriter from the golden era of the American Songbook who was of Italian heritage (9/22). Also from the faculty this fall, pianist Anna Polonsky and guest Orion Weiss will join together for a Polonsky/Weiss Duo all-Stravinsky program (9/8), and pianist Todd Crow will perform works by Schubert and Brahms (9/29).

Student cello and vocal (mezzo soprano) recitalists will be heard this fall, as will students in the Vassar College Orchestra, Women’s Chorus, Wind Ensemble, Madrigal Singers, Choir, and jazz ensembles. Additionally, seniors Ethan Slater (composer/tenor) and Evan Schlaich (co-writer) will present a workshop of their new original musical “Hub-Crawl”, an exploration of what happens when people meet in the virtual world, create bonds, fall in love, and fight zombie-gangster-orks, only to be thrust into a real life adventure in the real world. [“Hub-Crawl” will become a fully realized Drama Department production in the spring semester.]

The college’s fall music series will once again conclude in the Vassar Chapel with A Service of Lessons and Carols, a beloved community event of seasonal readings, choral anthems, and congregational carols (12/8). Conducted by professors Christine R. Howlett and Drew Minter, and featuring the Vassar College Choir, Women’s Chorus, Madrigal Singers, and Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir, this year’s program will include the premiere of “O True Light” by Canadian composer Leonard Enns.

Free and open to the public, all events take place in the Skinner Hall of Music on the Vassar campus, except A Service of Lessons and Carols held in the Vassar Chapel. 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 or visit the website music.vassar.edu/concerts.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS, SEPTEMBER 2-DECEMBER 8

SEPTEMBER

2
Monday
8:00pm
Welcome Concert for the Class of 2017. Presented by members of the music department faculty, the performance will include works by Aaron Copland and Richard Wilson.

8
Sunday
3:00pm
Faculty and Guest Recital. The Polonsky/Weiss Duo. Faculty member Anna Polonsky and Orion Weiss will present an all-Stravinsky program in a concert for two pianos.

20
Friday
8:00pm
The Donald and Kathleen Pearson Memorial Organ Recital. Kimberly Marshall is the Patricia and Leonard Goldman Endowed Professor of Organ at Arizona State University and maintains an active career as a concert organist. She will perform works by Sweelinck, Buxtehude, J.S. Bach, Frescobaldi, Pamela Decker, and others on the Paul Fritts organ in Skinner Hall.

21
Saturday
8:00pm
Guest Event: Decoda (formerly The Declassified). The cutting-edge chamber music group will present a program that includes two early string quartets by Richard Wilson.

22
Sunday
3:00pm
Faculty and Guest Recital. Evviva Salvatore Guaragna!: The Songs of Harry Warren. Faculty member Robert Osborne, bass-baritone, Joy Hermalyn, soprano, and Richard Gordon, piano, will present a cabaret concert featuring songs by Academy Award-winner Harry Warren (born Salvatore Guaragna) – the only major songwriter from the golden era of the American Songbook who was of Italian heritage.

29
Sunday
3:00pm
Faculty Recital. Todd Crow, piano. Works by Schubert and Brahms.

OCTOBER

5
Saturday
8:00pm
Vassar College Orchestra. Eduardo Navega, conductor.

6
Sunday
3:00pm
Guest Event: Stile Antico. As part of its U.S. tour, the exceptional vocal group from the U.K. will present a program titled “Treasures of the Renaissance” featuring works by Flemish masters, the sounds of Tudor and Jacobean England, and poly-choral fireworks of Vivanco and Praetorius. At the heart of the program will be John McCabe’s Woefully arrayed, a tour-de-force of choral textures based on a medieval text, written especially for the twelve voices of Stile Antico.
A Barbara Woods Morgan Event

26
Saturday
8:00pm
Guest Jazz Event: Westchester Jazz Orchestra. The sixteen-piece big band will perform two sets showcasing its world-class musicians.
A Dickinson-Kayden Event

27
Sunday
3:00pm
Faculty and Guest Recital. Aulos Ensemble. The distinguished Baroque chamber group celebrates its 40th anniversary of exhilarating performances informed with scholarly insight.

NOVEMBER

1
Friday
8:00pm
Faculty and Guest Recital. Bella Winds. A performance by the woodwind chamber ensemble, whose members include bassoon faculty member Elisabeth Romano.

2
Saturday
4:00pm
Senior Recital. William Leith, cello. Assisted by Thomas Sauer, piano. Works by Debussy, Janáček, Bach, and Prokofiev.

3
Sunday
3:00pm
Faculty and Guest Recital. New York Chamber Brass. The ensemble will present a concert in memory of Elliott Carter featuring his rarely performed Brass Quintet. The program will also include works by Graham Ashton and Ingolf Dahl.

8
Friday
8:00pm
Guest Event. Roomful of Teeth. Dedicated to re-imagining singing in the 21st-century, the dynamic young octet performs new music for voices including Partita, the Pulitzer Prize-winning work composed for the group by member Caroline Shaw, and works by Merrill Garbus, Brad Wells, and others.
A Dickinson-Kayden Event

9
Saturday
8:00pm
Vassar College Women’s Chorus. Christine R. Howlett, conductor. “That Music Always Round Me.” Music of David Lang, Lana Walter, Jocelyn Hagen, and featuring Norman Dello Joio’s A Jubliant Song set to poetry by Walt Whitman.

10
Sunday
3:00pm
Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble. James Osborn, conductor.

16
Saturday
8:00pm
Vassar College Madrigal Singers. Drew Minter, conductor. Cantatas and Motets by J.S. Bach.

17
Sunday
2:00pm
Cappella Festiva Treble Choir Festival, Bob Chilcott, guest conductor. A collaborative choral festival for treble singers and visiting choirs led by internationally renowned British composer and conductor, Bob Chilcott, and featuring performances by the Cappella Festiva Treble Choir, Pennsylvania Girls Choir, and the Emma Willard School Women’s Chorus.

23
Saturday
1:30pm
Senior Workshop. Ethan Slater, composer/tenor. Hub-Crawl: A new original musical by Ethan Slater and Evan Schlaich. An exploration of what happens when people meet in the virtual world, create bonds, fall in love, and fight zombie-gangster-orks, only to be thrust into a real life adventure in the real world. Original music by Ethan Slater, and lyrics by Evan Schlaich and Ethan Slater. This fall workshop will become a fully realized Drama Department production in the Spring.

4:00pm
Senior Recital. Stephanie Goldberg, mezzo-soprano. Assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano, Sebastian Bharj '15,piano, Brendan Blendell '15,guitar, Cody Gagen '15,drums,Maxwell Goldstein '15,bass,Benjamin Parra '15,trumpet, and Jack Rowland '15,tenor saxophone. Music of Handel, Bach, Gounod, Satie, Rossini, Billy Joel, William "Smokey" Robinson and more.

24
Sunday
3:00pm
Vassar College Choir. Christine R. Howlett, conductor. “Reflections.” A program of British choral music including Jonathan Dove’s Passing of the Year, a seven-movement work set for double chorus and piano, featuring faculty member, Todd Crow, piano.

DECEMBER

6
Friday
8:00pm
Vassar College Jazz Ensembles. James Osborn, director.

7
Saturday
8:00pm
Vassar College Orchestra. Eduardo Navega, conductor.

8
Sunday
7:00pm
Vassar Chapel
A Service of Lessons and Carols. Vassar College Choir, Women’s Chorus, Madrigal Singers, and Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir. A service of seasonal readings, choral anthems, and congregational carols featuring the premiere of “The True Light” by Canadian composer Leonard Enns. Christine R. Howlett and Drew Minter, conductors.

ABOUT THE VASSAR COLLEGE DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC

Formed with the college’s opening in 1865, the Department of Music offers an extensive program for majors and non-majors to explore performance, composition, history, and theory. Students are encouraged to gain a broad perspective in these areas. With a student-to-faculty ratio of approximately eleven to one, and an average class size of 15, the department is able to support individual students as they work to realize their full musical potential.

Vassar College strives to make its events, performances, and facilities accessible to all. Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations must contact the Office of Campus Activities at least 48 hours in advance of an event, Mondays-Fridays, at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space/and or assistance may not be available. For detailed information about accessibility to specific campus facilities, search for “campus accessibility information” on the Vassar homepage (http://www.vassar.edu).

Vassar College is located at 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY, and directions to the campus can be found at http://www.vassar.edu/directions.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, August 20, 2013

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