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Concerts and Events

All concerts are free and open to the public.

The Music Department at Vassar College welcomes you to its Fall 2018 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 Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall stage this semester including residency programs with guest artists Lorelei Ensemble, A Palo Seco Flamenco Company, and internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe.

We also look forward to 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.

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!

Fall 2018

Sun, Sep 2, 8:00pm Welcome Concert for the Class of 2022

Presented by members of the music department faculty: Yenne Lee, guitar, Mary Nessinger, mezzo-soprano, Thomas Sauer, piano, and Amy Schroeder, violin.

Fri, Sep 14, 8:00pm Faculty Recital: An evening of jazz

Featuring current and former Vassar College Music Department faculty members including Jim Osborn, trumpet & flugelhorn, Dr. Christopher Brellochs, saxophone, Peter Tomlinson, piano, Lou Pappas, bass, and Tom Melito, drums. The concert will feature original compositions and jazz standards.

Sat, Sep 22, 8:00pm Guest Recital: Lorelei Ensemble

Boston’s Lorelei Ensemble is recognized nationally for its bold and inventive programs that champion the extraordinary flexibility and virtuosic capability of the human voice. Lorelei is an all-professional vocal ensemble, comprising nine women whose expertise ranges from early to contemporary repertoire.

A Dickinson-Kayden Event

Sun, Sep 23, 3:00pm Faculty Recital: Chamber Music and Opera Scenes by Jonathan Chenette

This concert of original compositions includes Fantasy and Fugue on BACH for violin, cello, and piano, Duo Variations for double bass and harp, Elegy and Affirmation for cello and piano, and five scenes from the opera Eric Hermannson’s Soul, based on a story by Willa Cather. Performers will include Vassar faculty, members, and guests.

With generous support provided by Dr. Lawrence M. Fishman and Suzanne Rubenstein Fishman '55 P'94.
Fri, Oct 5, 8:00pm Guest Recital: Stephanie Blythe

Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe is considered to be one of the most highly respected artists of her generation. Ms. Blythe was named Musical America’s Vocalist of the Year for 2009, recipient of the 2007 Opera News Award, the 1999 Richard Tucker Award, and is also the Artistic Director of the Fall Island Vocal Arts Seminar at the Crane School of Music. She will appear with her regular collaborator Craig Terry, Music Director and The Jannotta Family Endowed Chair of the Ryan Opera Center of the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Accompanied by Craig Terry, piano.

Sat, Oct 6, 1:00pm Voice Master Class with Stephanie Blythe

Students from the department will participate in a voice master class with Stephanie Blythe.  Assisted by Susan Brown, piano.

With generous support from Lucia V. Torian ’69 and the Jane Prouty Smith ’32 Fund.

Sat, Oct 6, 8:00pm Vassar College Orchestra

Eduardo Navega, conductor.

Featuring the music of Tchaikovsky and Bizet. Eduardo Navega, conductor. 
Sat, Oct 13, 3:30pm A Day at Vassar Concert

Presented by members of the music department faculty.

Sat, Oct 27, 8:00pm Guest Recital: A Palo Seco

Hailed as “a feast for the eyes and the ears,” A Palo Seco Flamenco Company strives to develop a unique voice, employing their Flamenco expertise, while also taking into account the context in which they live. Their work aims to expose people to an innovative way of looking at Flamenco, combining traditional techniques with a modern, metropolitan flare. “A Palo Seco” refers to a bare-bones style of flamenco music, often consisting of singing or percussion alone. This stripped-down aesthetic has become a central theme in artistic director Rebeca Tomas’ choreography, characterizing her biggest departures from tradition, while also rooting her work in the emotional rawness that lies at the heart of the art of Flamenco.

A Dickinson-Kayden Event

Sun, Oct 28, 3:00pm Faculty & Guest Recital: Shouldering the Dead

Courtenay Budd, soprano, Sophie Shao, cello, Erika Switzer, piano present songs for soprano, cello, and piano on the themes of death, sensuality, longing, and separation. “Auf dem Strom,” Schubert’s homage to Beethoven, is followed by Aaron Jay Kernis’ “Love Scenes” (poetry by Anna Swir), Eric Moe’s setting of Dorianne Laux’s "Shouldering the Dead", and finally Ned Rorem’s “Last Poems of Wallace Stevens.”

*Please note there was a time misprint in an earlier publication. This program is confirmed at 3pm*

Thu, Nov 1, 12:00pm Music on the Bridge

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.

Sat, Nov 3, 8:00pm Vassar College Women’s Chorus

Works by Ysaye Barnwell, Abbie Betinis, David Lang, Dale Trumbore, and featuring Moon Goddess by Jocelyn Hagen. Christine Howlett, conductor and Susan Brown, piano.

Sun, Nov 4, 12:00pm * Senior Recital: Daniel Melody
*Please note: This concert has been rescheduled to Dec. 9 at 3 p.m.
Sun, Nov 4, 3:00pm Faculty & Guest Recital: Frank Cassara, percussion, Helen Lin, piano

This husband and wife team will present a concert of contemporary music written for or arranged for the piano/percussion combination as well as pieces from their solo repertoire. Composers will include Stravinsky, Adams, Mellits, Xenakis, and Glass.

Thu, Nov 8, 12:00pm Music on the Bridge

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.

Sat, Nov 10, 1:30pm Senior Recital: Allison Breeze

Assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano.

Sat, Nov 10, 4:00pm Senior Recital: Ava Linvog, piano

Featuring works by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, and Liszt.

Sat, Nov 10, 8:00pm Vassar College Chamber Singers

Featuring Flower Songs by Persichetti with string quintet. Ronald A. Bemrich, conductor.

Sun, Nov 11, 3:00pm Vassar College & Community Wind Ensemble

James Osborn, conductor.

Thu, Nov 15, 12:00pm Music on the Bridge

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.

Sun, Nov 18, 2:00pm Pre-Concert Talk with Professor Kathryn Libin
Sun, Nov 18, 3:00pm Vassar College Choir: Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor K. 427
Join us to discover the mysteries behind one of Mozart’s most grandiose—yet unfinished—works in a new edition.
Thu, Nov 29, 12:00pm Music on the Bridge

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.

Sat, Dec 1, 8:00pm Vassar College Orchestra

Music by Wolf Ferrari, Brahms, and the Elger cello concerto. 
Yves Dharamraj, cello

Eduardo Navega, conductor.

View the program.

Sun, Dec 2, 7:00pm Lessons & Carols

This annual Advent service includes readings, choral anthems, and congregational carols that culminates in a stunning candle lighting ceremony. Featuring the Vassar College Choir, Chamber Singers, and Women’s Chorus, and Cappella Festiva Chamber and Treble Choir. Christine Howlett, Ronald Bemrich, and Matt Zydel, conductors. Sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and the Vassar College Music Department.

Thu, Dec 6, 8:00pm Vassar College Chamber Ensembles

Eduardo Navega, director.

Fri, Dec 7, 8:00pm Vassar College Jazz Ensembles & Jazz Combos

James Osborn, director

Sat, Dec 8, 1:30pm Senior Recital: George Luton, voice and composition
Sun, Dec 9, 3:00pm Senior Recital: Daniel Melody, viola

Assisted by Thomas Sauer, piano. 

(Note 8/22: Time subject to change, please check back for confirmation)

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.