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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! 

Fall 2017

August
Aug 27 (Sun) 8:00pm Welcome Concert

Presented by members of the music department faculty including Gail Archer, organ, Stephanie Chase, violin, Moran Katz, clarinet, Mary Nessinger, soprano, and Thomas Sauer, piano.

September
Sep 9 (Sat) 8:00pm John Pizzarelli Trio - Jazz Concert

World-renowned guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli, one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the Great American Songbook, presents an evening of jazz.

Sep 17 (Sun) 3:00pm Faculty Recital: Gail Archer, organ

Gail Archer, international concert organist, presents a recital featuring works by Max Reger. Chapel.

Sep 30 (Sat) 8:00pm Vassar College Orchestra

Eduardo Navega, conductor.

October
Oct 1 (Sun) 3:00pm Faculty Recital: Sophie Shao, cello

Sophie Shao and guest Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano, present works by Purcell, Bridge, Britten, and Barber. 

Oct 27 (Fri) 8:00pm Faculty Recital: Danielle Farina, viola, and Thomas Sauer, piano

Featuring Hans Werner Henze’s Sonata for Viola and Piano, Kenji Bunch’s Suite for Viola and Piano, and Paul Hindemith’s Sonata Op. 11 No. 4 for Viola and Piano.

Oct 28 (Sat) 8:00pm “Remembering the Great War: Songs, Poetry, and Images of WWI.”

A mixed-media evening dedicated to the art of WWI with art song, popular song used to rally the forces, poetry of the period, and projections of posters, art, and photographs. Faculty performances by Miriam Charney, piano and music director, Susan Botti, soprano, Rachel Rosales, soprano, James Ruff, tenor, Michael Pisani, piano, Drew Minter, narrator, and guest artist Mario Diaz-Moresco, baritone.

Oct 29 (Sun) 3:00 Panel; 4:30pm Concert 500th Anniversary of the Reformation: Panel Discussion & Concert

Join panelists Bishop Robert Alan Rimbo, Bishop of the Metropolitan New York Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ (Sisters of St. Joseph), Distinguished Professor of Theology at Fordham University, with Rev. Samuel Speers, Vassar’s Director of Religious & Spiritual Life, moderating a discussion on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The performance will include J.S. Bach’s Reformation Cantata Ein feste Burg, and a commissioned work by James Fitzwilliam. Sponsored by the Music Department, the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life, Bruderhof Communities, St. John’s Evangelical Church, Central Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and Cappella Festiva.  

CHAPEL

November
Nov 4 (Sat) 1:30pm Senior Recital: Michael Oosterhout, baritone

Music of Mozart, Schubert, Fauré, and Barber. Assisted by Gregg Michalak, piano and the Vassar Chamber Music string quartet.

Nov 5 (Sun) 3:00pm “The Spirit of All that is Art.”

A choral concert honoring Vassar’s Eleventh President, Elizabeth H. Bradley. Featuring Handel's "Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened," Britten's Ceremony of Carols, Ola Gjeilo’s Luminous Night of the Soul, and a newly commissioned work “I cannot hold thee close enough” by Eric William Barnum with text by Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay, class of 1917. The Vassar College Choir, Women's Chorus and members of the Orchestra perform with guest artist Rita Costanzi, harp, and faculty members Linda Quan, violin, and Sophie Shao, cello. Christine Howlett, conductor.

Nov 11 (Sat) 8:00pm Pablo Aslan Quintet - World Music
Argentine bassist and producer Pablo Aslan plays jazz-infused contemporary tango, but sometimes he serves it up straight. He performs with a stellar quintet of New York-based Argentine musicians.
Nov 12 (Sun) 3:00pm Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble

James Osborn, conductor.

Nov 18 (Sat) 8:00pm Brentano String Quartet

Currently Artists in Residence at Yale University, the Brentano String Quartet has been described as “passionate, uninhibited, and spellbinding.” Known for especially imaginative projects combining old and new music, the program will include works by Gesualdo, Brahms, and Shostakovich. 

Nov 19 (Sun) 3:00pm Vassar College Chamber Singers: “A Weekend in the Country with Mr. Byrd.”

Despite the fact that he was England’s most respected Tudor composer, William Byrd could not present his celebrated Mass for Five Voices in the reformed church of his own day, due to his “illegal” status as a Catholic.  Instead, Byrd’s Catholic church music was performed in “secret” services in the great houses of noble Catholics, where the imported groups of mixed professional women and men might also have added secular songs to the festivities.  Music of William Byrd, Thomas Tallis and John Dowland. Drew Minter, director.

Nov 30 (Thu) 8:00pm Vassar College Chamber Music Concert

Eduardo Navega, conductor.

December
Dec 1 (Fri) 8:00pm Vassar College Jazz Ensembles

James Osborn, conductor.

Dec 2 (Sat) 8:00pm Vassar College Orchestra

Eduardo Navega, conductor.

Dec 3 (Sun) 7:00pm A Service of Lessons and 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, Madrigal Singers, and Women's Chorus, and Cappella Festiva Chamber and Treble Choir. Christine Howlett, Drew Minter, and Matt Zydel, conductors. Sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and the Vassar College Music Department.

Chapel

Dec 8 (Fri) 8:00pm Faculty Recital: Frank Cassara, percussion

A celebratory program of old and new works with guest artists.

Dec 9 (Sat) 1:30pm Senior Recital: Nicholas Ruggeri, conductor

Vassar College Majors presents a program of unaccompanied and accompanied choral works.

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.