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Concerts and Events

All concerts are free and open to the public.

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 2018

January 2018
Jan 28 (Sun) 3:00pm Faculty Recital: Thomas Sauer, piano

The first half includes variations after Bellini by Chopin and Hans Werner Henze; the second, Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" Sonata.

Modfest 2018: Adapting
Feb 2 (Fri) 7:00pm Modfest: Music, Words, and Images

Music, Words, and Images has been a Modfest tradition since 2010. Performed for the first time in Skinner Hall, this concert will explore the theme of “adapting” with exciting and diverse collaborations featuring students, faculty, campus organizations, and guest artists.  Featuring works by Richard Wilson, Susan Botti, and Zachary Wadsworth, with performances and readings by Barbara Proud, Richard Wilson, current students, members of the voice faculty, and others.

Skinner Hall of Music

Feb 3 (Sat) 7:00pm Modfest: Second Honorary Adene and Richard Wilson Concert

The Music Department at Vassar College is honored to host its second annual “Adene and Richard Wilson Concert.”  This year we feature faculty members Frank Cassara, Danielle Farina, Thomas Sauer, Courtenay Budd, Susan Brown, and faculty emeritus, Richard Wilson, with music by Elliott Carter, Hans Werner Henze, Sally Beamish, and Wilson.

Skinner Hall of Music

Feb 4 (Sun) 3:00pm Modfest: West Side Story: The Mind and Music of Leonard Bernstein - Richard Kogan

Harvard educated psychiatrist and Juilliard trained concert pianist Dr. Richard Kogan will present a lecture/recital that explores the psychological forces that influenced the creative life of the American composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990).  The discussion will be illuminated by performance of some of Bernstein’s most beloved music.

Skinner Hall of Music

Feb 8 (Thu) 7:00pm Modfest: Late Night at the Lehman Loeb

5pm: Gallery Talk on the Warhol exhibition, People are Beautiful: Prints, Photographs with Mary-Kay Lombino, curator.

7pm: Robert Osborne, bass-baritone & David Alpher, piano.  Featuring David Alpher’s Between Twilights: Sevens Songs of Poems of Marsden Hartley and Francis Poulenc's song cycle Le travail du peintre inspired by Picasso, Chagall, Braque, Gris, Klee, Miró, and Villon, performed among the Loeb’s exhibit of works by Hartley and artists referred to in the Poulenc cycle. 

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Feb 10 (Sat) 3:00pm Modfest: Community Youth Concert

Cappella Festiva Cor Capriccio & Treble Choir, and Stringendo perform in a concert featuring our youngest musicians at Modfest. Elizabeth Clifton, Elizabeth Handman, and Matt Zydel, conductors.

Skinner Hall of Music

Feb 10 (Sat) 7:00pm Modfest: Cabaret Night

Students from the Music Department perform classics from the American Songbook and beyond. An intimate exploration of songs by Bernstein,  Lerner & Loewe, Gershwin, Loesser, Kerrigan & Lowdermilk, and many more. David Alpher, piano and Jennie Litt, director.

Skinner Hall of Music

Feb 11 (Sun) 3:00pm Modfest: An Afternoon with Ali Stroker: Making Limitations Your Opportunities

A groundbreaking performer, Ali Stroker made history as the first actress in a wheelchair to appear on Broadway when she originated the role of ‘Anna' in Deaf West's acclaimed 2015 revival of Spring Awakening. She is also the first actress in a wheelchair to graduate from the NYU Tisch drama program. She has starred on both The Glee Project and Glee, and is currently starring alongside Kyra Sedgwick on ABC's new drama 10 Days in the Valley. Stroker’s remarkable ability to improve the lives of others through the arts, whether disabled or not, is captured in her motto: “Making Your Limitations Your Opportunities.”

Supported by the Fisher Fund

Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film/Martel Theater

**Reservations will be available online beginning January 22, 2018. This is a free ticketed event. Reservations are required at https://vassardrama.tix.com. For more information, please email boxoffice@vassar.edu or call (845) 437-5599.

February 2018
Feb 16 (Fri) 8:00pm Handel in Rome

The acclaimed Belgian vocal ensemble Vox Luminis teams up with Juilliard415 for a concert of music written by the young Handel, who took Rome by storm in the early 1700s. Known in Italy as il caro Sassone (the dear Saxon), Handel beguiled audiences with his inventive take on Italianate traditions. This program includes two of Handel’s most virtuosic works for choir, soloists, and orchestra, Nisi dominus and Dixit Dominus as well as the Concerto for Violin in B-flat. Barbara Woods Morgan Event

Feb 17 (Sat) 1:30pm Senior Recital: Tonya Ingerson, soprano

An afternoon featuring works by Mozart, Schubert, Xavier Montsalvatge, Quilter, and more. Assisted by Gregg Michalak, piano.

Feb 17 (Sat) 4:00pm Cancelled: Senior Recital: Chiara Mannarino, soprano

PLEASE NOTE: This program is cancelled. 


Feb 18 (Sun) 3:00pm Faculty Recital: Susan Rotholz, flute, and Todd Crow, piano

A performance of the great 20th century flute sonatas by Poulenc, Martinu, and Prokofieff, woven with newer sounds of Messiaen and Hersant.

Feb 24 (Sat) 1:30pm Senior Recital, Zachary Brashear, tenor

Music of Tchaikovsky, Schumann, Wolf, Vaughan Williams, and showtunes. Assisted by David Alpher, piano.

Feb 25 (Sun) 3:00pm Vassar College & Community Wind Ensemble

James Osborn, conductor.

March 2018
Mar 3 (Sat) 8:00pm Vassar College Orchestra

Eduardo Navega, conductor.

Mar 4 (Sun) 3:00pm The Donald and Kathleen Pearson Memorial Organ Recital

Peter Sykes presents a program of Germanic organ music (in honor of the anniversary of the Reformation), including works of Dietrich Buxtehude, Nikolaus Bruhns, Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Max Reger, and Anton Heiller.

Mar 31 (Sat) 1:30pm Senior Recital: Jordan Peyer, tenor

An afternoon of music featuring Bach, Beethoven, Verdi, Ellington, Schwartz, and more. Assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano.

Mar 31 (Sat) 4:00pm Senior Recital: Elisabeth Boyce-Jacino, soprano

Music of Bach, Berlioz, Brahms, Heggie, and Canteloube. Assisted by Susan Brown, piano.

April 2018
Apr 7 (Sat) 1:30pm Senior Recital: Ari Bell, bass-baritone

Music of Schubert, Brahms, Ibert, and Ives, and more. Assisted by Susan Brown, piano.

Apr 7 (Sat) 4:00pm Senior Recital, Anisa Threlkeld, soprano

Music of Purcell, Mozart, Schubert, Wolf, Debussy, and others. Assisted by James Fitzwilliam, piano.

Apr 7 (Sat) 8:00pm Vassar College Choir

The Vassar College Choir is joined by guest artists for this memorable evening program. Christine Howlett, conductor. 

Apr 14 (Sat) 1:30pm Senior Recital: Yanjie Zheng, piano

Music of Bach, Schubert, Chopin and Mendelssohn. Featuring Phoebe Lippe '21, violin, and Bronwyn Pappas-Byers '21, cello.

Apr 14 (Sat) 4:00pm Senior Recital: Sarah Dolan, soprano & Victoria Abut, mezzo-soprano

Music of Mozart, Granados, Fauré, Puccini, Bernstein, and more. Assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano.

Apr 14 (Sat) 8:00pm Vassar College Women’s Chorus

Anne Frank: A Living Voice with string quartet by Linda Tutas Haugen.  Christine Howlett, conductor.

Apr 21 (Sat) 1:30pm Senior Recital: Alexander Koo, piano

An afternoon featuring works by Chopin, Liszt, Debussy, Brahms, and a self composition. Featuring Noah Kayser-Hirsch '19, horn, and Timothy Yoo '18, violin; Yoon Yoo '20, violin.

Apr 21 (Sat) 4:00pm Senior Recital: Pietro S. Geraci, bass clarinet and clarinet

An afternoon of music, featuring Jonathan Russell's bass clarinet concerto, short works for B-flat clarinet, and Mozart's concerto for A clarinet. Assisted by Susan Brown, piano.

Apr 21 (Sat) 8:00pm Faculty and Guest Recital: “She Wears The Pants”

Mary Nessinger, mezzo-soprano, and Alissa Leiser, piano. Works written for men by Ravel, Schoenberg, Hyla and others.

Apr 22 (Sun) 3:00pm Vassar College Chamber Singers

Rob Bemrich, conductor.

Apr 27 (Fri) 8:00pm Vassar College Jazz Ensemble & Jazz Combos

James Osborn, director.

Apr 28 (Sat) 1:30pm Senior Recital: Gloriana Macagnone & Imani Russell, sopranos

An afternoon of music featuring works by Offenbach, Bizet, Debussy, Strauss, Copland, Delibes, and Sondheim. Assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano.

Apr 29 (Sun) 3:00pm Vassar College & Community Wind Ensemble

James Osborn, conductor.

May 2018
May 3 (Thu) 8:00pm Vassar College Chamber Ensembles

Eduardo Navega, director.

May 4 (Fri) 8:00pm Vassar College Orchestra

Eduardo Navega, conductor.

May 11 (Fri) 8:00pm Faculty and Guest Recital: “I AM CARREÑO” Teresa Carreño: Pianist, Composer, Singer

The mercurial figure of Teresa Carreño (1853-1917) is brought to vivid life in this costumed and semi-staged multimedia recital. Child prodigy, virtuoso pianist, composer, and opera singer, Venezuelan born Carreño was a fiercely independent creative spirit who made her brilliant way in a man’s world for eight decades. This event draws from manuscripts housed in Vassar’s Special Collection and marks the 2017 centennial of her death. Featuring Isabel Pérez Dobarro, piano, Anna Tonna, mezzo-soprano, Robert Osborne, bass-baritone, and Stephanie Chase, violin.

May 12 (Sat) 1:30pm Senior Recital: Micah Katz-Zeiger, electric guitar and tres cubano

An afternoon of jazz guitar works by Wes Montgomery, Sonny Stitt, Kenny Burrell and other canonical composers as well as traditional Cuban compositions played on the tres cubano, and a personal composition. With Ava Linvog, piano, Ellis Thompson, saxophone, Aaron Rothko, bass, and Conor Allerton, drums.

Music on the Bridge
Thursdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26 at 12 noon 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.

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.