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Concerts and Events

Attacca Quartet

3/17/2020: All VC Music Department concerts and events are postponed until further notice.
We appreciate your support and understanding, and will do our best to reschedule and provide webcasts as the opportunity allows.

Check back soon for updates.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and keep the music playing.

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Spring 2020

February 2020
Fri, Feb 14, 8:00pm Faculty Recital: Drew Minter

Down with Love

A Valentine’s Day cabaret of a different stripe, dedicated to all those who have been stiffed by love, couldn’t care less about being in love, or just want to call the whole thing off. Featuring songs by Harold Arlen, Cole Porter, Kurt Weill and a host of others, including the premiere of Alpher and Litt’s new smash commission for this very evening, “Luv, Schmuv!”

With support from a member of the class of ’59 in honor of their 60th reunion.

Sun, Feb 23, 3:00pm Vassar College & Community Wind Ensemble

James Osborn, conductor.

Sat, Feb 29, 8:00pm Vassar College Orchestra

Eduardo Navega, conductor

March 2020
Fri, Mar 27, 8:00pm Guest Artists: Flor De Toloache

The Latin Grammy® winning, New York based,​​ all-female ensemble, Flor de Toloache continue to win the hearts of both progressive and traditional mariachi music fans alike through their distinct artistic vision and sophisticated, enlightened interpretation of traditional mariachi instruments.  

A Jane Prouty Smith ’32 Event.

Sat, Mar 28, 1:30pm Senior Recital: Daniel Rosen, voice

Featuring works by Beethoven, Prokofiev, and Schumann. 

Sat, Mar 28, 4:00pm Senior Recital: Malcolm Callagy, cello

From Baroque to Bluegrass. Music of Bach, Barber, Malcolm Callagy, and Henryson. Assisted by Barbara Gonzaléz-Palmer and faculty member, Yves Dharamraj.

Sun, Mar 29, 3:00pm Faculty Recital: Gail Archer, organ

A Dutch Treat ~ Fritts Organ

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck was one of the most influential organists, composers, and teachers of the 17th century. His father Hans, Jan himself and his son Dirck were organists at the Oude Kirk in Amsterdam for nearly 100 years.  Jan established an organ school in his home which welcomed students from England, Germany and the Netherlands. The toccatas, variation sets, and dances are the bedrock of the North German organ school which will culminate in the 18th century in the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

April 2020
Fri, Apr 3, 8:00pm Guest Artists: Attacca Quartet

Op. 95, Op. 18, No. 6, and Op. 131 to represent all three of Beethoven’s major time periods. Early-Middle-Late Beethoven quartet concert.

A Jane Prouty Smith ’32 Event.

Sat, Apr 4, 1:30pm Senior Recital: Isabel Bielat, soprano

Music of the nineteenth century. Benjamin Prud’homme ’22, classical guitar. Assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano.

Sat, Apr 4, 4:00pm Senior Recital: Ben Papsun, jazz piano

A collection of jazz standards, arrangements, and originals. Louis Pappas, bass; TBD, drums

Sat, Apr 4, 8:00pm Vassar College Women’s Chorus

Christine Howlett, conductor

Sat, Apr 11, 1:30pm Senior Recital: Danyal Rahman, flute and saxophone

Featuring a collection of works by Mozart, Fauré, Piazzolla, Glass, and many more. Assisted by Aaron Rothko, bass, Prashit Parikh, percussion, and others.

Sat, Apr 11, 4:00pm Senior Recital: Junrui Liu, organ

Music by Buxtehude, J.S. Bach, Brahms, and others.

Sun, Apr 12, 3:00pm Vassar College Chamber Singers

Drew Minter, conductor.

Sat, Apr 18, 1:30pm Senior Recital: Aaron Rothko, bass

An afternoon of music by Bach, Marcello, Victor Young, Clifford Brown, and others. Assisted by Benjamin Papsun ’20, piano, Aidan Anderson ’20, drums, Ellis Thompson ’20, tenor saxophone, and Michael Pennington ’20, piano.

Sat, Apr 18, 8:00pm Vassar College Choir

A Silence Haunts Me

A new choral work by Jake Runestad based on Beethoven’s “Heiligenstadt Testament,” a letter he wrote to his brothers in 1802 about his deafness and his despair, with commentary by Professor Kathryn Libin. Christine Howlett, conductor.

Sun, Apr 19, 1:30pm Senior Recital: Alice Woo, soprano

An afternoon of vocal pieces by Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Sondheim, and others. Abigail Goldman, soprano, Helen Johnson, mezzo-soprano. Assisted by Amy Kawa-Posner, piano.

Fri, Apr 24, 8:00pm Vassar College Jazz Ensembles & Jazz Combos

James Osborn, director.

Sat, Apr 25, 1:30pm Senior Recital: Maiel Richards, soprano

An afternoon of arias, art songs, French chansons, and musical theater pieces. Elinor Qiao ’20, accordion. Assisted by Susan Brown, piano.

Sat, Apr 25, 4:00pm Senior Recital: Chloe Catoya, soprano

An afternoon featuring female writers and composers. Assisted by Susan Brown, piano.

Sun, Apr 26, 3:00pm Vassar College & Community Wind Ensemble

James Osborn, conductor.

Thu, Apr 30, 8:00pm Vassar College Chamber Music Program
Eduardo Navega, director.
May 2019
Fri, May 1, 8:00pm Vassar College Orchestra

Eduardo Navega, conductor.

Sat, May 9, 1:30pm Senior Recital: Elysia Roman, harp

An afternoon of Debussy, Salzedo, Hindemith, and others.

Sat, May 9, 4:00pm Senior Recital: William Yuze Li, baritone

An afternoon of music and art songs exploring the journey of life through poetry. Assisted by Susan Brown, piano

Music on the Bridge
Thursdays, April 9, 16, 23, 30 at 12 noon Vassar College Chamber Music Program

Join us for our 20–30 minute lunchtime recital series by members of the Vassar College Chamber Music Program.

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

Additional funding for Faculty and Senior Recitals is provided by the Esther Osborne Fund.

All events not otherwise noted take place in the Skinner Hall of Music’s Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall and are open and free 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 communication devices are to be turned off during performances.