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Concerts and Events

The award winning Attacca Quartet presents the world premiere of String Quartet No. 6 by Richard Wilson and Gabriella Smith’s Carrot Revolution - Saturday, February 2 at 8pm. Photo credit: Amber Gress.

View the 2019 Modfest Schedule

All concerts are free and open to the public.

The Music Department at Vassar College welcomes you to its Spring 2019 series of concerts at Belle Skinner Hall of Music. We are delighted to continue Vassar’s tradition of great music by offering a rich variety of performances by guest artists, faculty, and students.

We are proud to welcome several outstanding guest artists to the Recital Hall stage this semester including an organ recital with Douglas Cleveland, an evening of creole soul with trumpeter Etienne Charles, and baroque band ACRONYM.

We also look forward to presenting numerous senior recitals and concerts by students in the Vassar College Orchestra, Chamber Music Program, Choir, Wind Ensemble, Chamber Singers (formerly the Madrigal Singers), Jazz Ensemble & Combos, and Women’s Chorus.

The annual Modfest celebration takes place from January 31 - February 10 featuring a variety of unique performances by faculty, students, and special guests including Ensemble Mik Nawooj, Joshua Roman and JACK Quartet, and the Attacca Quartet. Please visit music.vassar.edu/concerts for a detailed listing of events.

Whether you are a member of the Vassar community, or a resident of the area, we cordially invite you to this free concert series. We hope you will join us often! 

Spring 2019

February 2019
Fri, Feb 15, 8:00pm Etienne Charles: Creole Soul

NPR’s All Things Considered calls Etienne, “a great young trumpeter…his records filter calypso, reggae and other Afro-Caribbean music into a modern jazz conception.” Critics and audiences alike continue to praise the Trinidadian’s exciting performances, thrilling compositions, and his charismatic onstage presence.

Sat, Feb 16, 8:00pm “Miss Black America.”

Faculty member, Dr. Ashley Jackson, harp, presents an original program that explores the impact of black women on the advancement and uplift of the African American community. Using original text, pre-recorded material, and live performances, Miss Black America challenges audience members to consider how, as pillars of remarkable strength, black women have used the freedom of movement and art to maneuver around multiple forms of racism, thus successfully laying a solid foundation for today’s generation to carry their legacies forward with pride and purpose.

Sun, Feb 17, 3:00pm Guest Recital: Douglas Cleveland, organ

“In Douglas Cleveland’s hands the organ seemed to squeeze the air into towering sculptures.” (The Chicago Tribune) Internationally acclaimed organist Douglas Cleveland gained prominence when he won first prize in the 1994 American Guild of Organists National Young Artists Competition in Dallas. Since then he has performed in 49 of the United States and in prestigious venues around the world.  He will perform works by Bach, Bruhns, Bohm, Dahl, Decker, and Mendelssohn.

Sat, Feb 23, 8:00pm Guest Concert: ACRONYM

Baroque band ACRONYM—an "outstanding young early-music string ensemble" (The New Yorker)—is dedicated to giving modern premieres of the wild instrumental music of the seventeenth century. Faculty member Robert Osborne, bass-baritone, joins ACRONYM in vocal works by Valentini, Rosenmüller, Capricornus, and Ebner.

Sun, Feb 24, 3:00pm Vassar College & Community Wind Ensemble

James Osborn, conductor.

March 2019
Sat, Mar 2, 1:30pm Senior Recital: Emily Drossell, soprano

Music of Mozart, Duparc, Strauss, Griffes, Flaherty, and others. Assisted by Susan Brown, piano.

Sat, Mar 2, 8:00am Vassar College Orchestra

Eduardo Navega, conductor.

Sun, Mar 3, 3:00pm Faculty Recital: Thomas Sauer, piano

Featuring J.S. Bach's magnificent French Overture BWV 831, works by Mendelssohn, American composer, Peter Lieberson, and études by Chopin, Liszt, Abrahamsen and Ligeti. 

Sat, Mar 30, 1:30pm Senior Recital: Raphe Gilliam, baritone

Music of Schumann, Tosti, Ravel, Sondheim, Tesori and others. Assisted by Susan Brown, piano.

Sat, Mar 30, 4:00pm Senior Recital: Noah Papagni, baritone

Featuring works by Tchaikovsky with selections from Somervell's A Shropshire Lad and Schubert's Winterreise. Assisted by David Alpher, piano.

Sat, Mar 30, 8:00pm Vassar College Women’s Chorus

Christine Howlett, conductor.

April 2019
Fri, Apr 5, 8:00pm Birdy delight: Birdsong from the 18th-century until the End of Time

Faculty member Moran Katz, clarinet, performs works by Richard Meares, John Philippe Rameau, and Olivier Messiaen with guests Jesse Mills, violin, Alexis Gerlach, cello, and Amy Yang, piano.

Sat, Apr 6, 1:30pm Senior Recital: Noah Kayser-Hirsh, horn and piano

Featuring works by Persichetti, Mozart, Bernard Heiden, and others. Assisted by Thomas Sauer, piano.

Sun, Apr 7, 3:00pm Faculty Recital: Susan Rotholz, flute, and Todd Crow, piano

An afternoon of American music by Charles Griffes, Robert Muczynski and Lukas Foss, exploring cultural influences and their effect on rhythm and lyricism. The second half of the program features Shulamit Ran’s East Wind(1988) which examines extremes in register, dynamics, and emotion. The program finishes with Cesar Franck’s glorious Sonata in A major.

Fri, Apr 12, 5:00pm Senior Recital: Isabel Morrison, viola

Featuring works of J.S. Bach, Liszt, Reger, and Clarke. Assisted by David Alpher, piano.

Sat, Apr 13, 1:30pm Senior Recital: Bianca Barragan, soprano

Featuring works of J.S. Bach, Mozart, Debussy, and Barber. Assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano.

Sat, Apr 13, 4:00pm Senior Recital: Rachel Altemose, soprano

Featuring works by Brahms, Mozart, Kurt Weill, Richard Hageman, Ambrose Thomas, Harnick and Bock, and others. 

Assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano.

Sun, Apr 14, 3:00pm “From Darkness to the Light"

The Vassar College Chamber Singers perform compositions by Palestrina, Sowerby, Monteverdi, Harris, Byrd, Blachly, Stroope, Botti and others. Drew Minter, conductor.

Sat, Apr 20, 1:30pm Senior Recital: Olivia Lederman, mezzo-soprano

Music of Debussy, Copland, Brahms, Mozart and Handel, as well as a selection of contemporary jazz and standards. With guests Ilan Korman, Ava Linvog, and Jack Reed.

Assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano.

Sat, Apr 20, 4:00pm Senior Recital: Sarah Frank, soprano, and Daniel Rosen, tenor

Featuring works of Fauré, Rimsky-Korsakov, Mozart, and others. Assisted by Gregg Michalak, piano.

Sat, Apr 20, 8:00pm Faculty Recital: Robert Osborne, bass-baritone & Gail Archer, organ

Featuring Dmitri Shostakovich’s final masterpiece, Suite on Poems of Michelangelo Buonarroti, op. 145 (1975), in a rarely heard edition for voice and organ reinstating Michelangelo’s sonnets in their original Renaissance Italian.  

Fri, Apr 26, 8:00pm Vassar College Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Combos

James Osborn, director.

Sat, Apr 27, 1:30pm Senior Recital: Alyssa Vilela, soprano

Featuring works by George Gershwin, Francis Poulenc, Antonín Dvořák, W.A. Mozart, Richard Strauss, and Charles Ives. 

Assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano.

Sat, Apr 27, 8:00pm Vassar College Choir

Christine Howlett, conductor. 

Sun, Apr 28, 3:00pm Vassar College & Community Wind Ensemble

James Osborn, conductor.

May 2019
Thu, May 2, 8:00pm Vassar College Chamber Ensembles

Eduardo Navega, director.

Fri, May 3, 8:00pm Vassar College Orchestra

Eduardo Navega, conductor.

Music on the Bridge
Thursdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25 at 12pm Vassar College Chamber Music Program

Join us for our 30-minute lunchtime recital series by members of the Vassar College Chamber Music Program.

At the Bridge Café in the Bridge for Laboratory Sciences building.

Special Event at Carnegie Hall
May 23, 2019 at 7:30 Todd Crow, piano

Save the date and plan to join us at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall for this one-night-only recital by Professor Emeritus Todd Crow.

This is a ticketed event, please check back in mid-February for more details.

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.