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2009 Modfest Schedule

2009 MODFEST Schedule

All events are open to the public without charge, except for dance rehearsal on February 1.

Thu., Jan. 22, 5:00 MODFEST 1: Teen Visions, Words and Sounds.
An exhibit of original artwork by students attending the Art Institute of Mill Street Loft followed by musical performances and original poetry. Features area high school students from Stringendo and Mill Street Loft’s girls empowerment programs.
James W. Palmer III Gallery, Main Building
Sat., Jan. 24, 2:00 MODFEST 2: Workshop on Ghanaian Drumming.
Featuring percussionist and storyteller Joakim Lartey. Born in Ghana, he graduated from Vassar in 1978 and currently lives in the Hudson Valley.  He performs widely in schools, community centers, and for businesses.
Villard Room, Main Building
Wed., Jan. 28, 6:00 MODFEST 3: Film with Discussion: Journalist and the Jihadi.
The HBO documentary, narrated by Christiane Amanpour, tracks the parallel lives of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl and British born jihadi Omar Sheikh.  Introduction and discussion led by Mia Mask, film critic and associate professor of film at Vassar College.
Rosenwald Film Theater, Room 109 in the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film
Thu., Jan. 29, 5:00 MODFEST 4: Lecture: Steve Reich and His Music.
Presented by Harold Meltzer, composer and member of the Vassar College Department of Music.
Thekla Hall, Room 400 in Skinner Hall of Music
Fri., Jan. 30, 8:00 MODFEST 5: Concert: The Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble, Vassar Mahagonny Chorus, and Vassar College Orchestra.
James Osborn, Ashley Alter ’10, and Eduardo Navega, conductors. The Vassar Mahagonny Chorus is a student-run group of singers specializing in contemporary classical music. Works by Virgil Thomson, Arvo Pärt, Ro Ogura, and others.
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music
Sat., Jan. 31, 10:30am and 12:30pm MODFEST 6: Workshop on Electronic Music.
The workshop will explore basic techniques of tape music, including sound editing, transformations, and free software tools. Open to all with no experience necessary. Space is limited and participants must provide their own laptops.  For reservations, please email Led by Peter McCulloch, composer and member of the Vassar College Department of Music. Two equal sessions.
Electronic Music Studio, Room 326 in Skinner Hall of Music.
Sat., Jan. 31, 3:00 MODFEST 7: Art, Music, and Poetry.
Music recital and poetry readings by students of the Music and English Departments, with an exhibit of art and photography by students in the Art Department. Hosted Christopher Roellke, dean of the college.
Villard Room, Main Building
Sat., Jan. 31, 8:00 MODFEST 8: Concert by Signal: Reich’s Daniel Variations and Music for Eighteen Musicians.
Works by Steve Reich performed by Signal, an ensemble comprising some of the most outstanding musicians based in New York, directed by Brad Lubman. Seating by ticket only; free tickets available at the College Information Center in the College Center North Atrium beginning Thursday, January 22, at 9am.  Ticket holders must be seated by 7:45pm for the performance; unoccupied seats will be released to non-ticket holders at 7:45pm at that time.  Doors will open at 7:15pm.
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music
Sun., Feb. 1, 11:00 MODFEST*: Rehearsal: Steve Reich with Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre
Space limitations preclude opening this meeting to the public.  All are invited to see the performances on February 6, MODFEST 12.
Sun., Feb. 1, 2:00 MODFEST 9: Reich and Wilson in Conversation.
Steve Reich and Richard Wilson, composer and professor of music at Vassar College.
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music
Sun., Feb. 1, 3:00 MODFEST 10: Concert of Percussion Music by Steve Reich.
Typing Music, Music for Pieces of Wood, Nagoya Marimbas, Violin Phase (for marimbas), Drumming Part 1.  Performed by percussionists James Preiss, Garry Kvistad, Dominic Donato, Thad Wheeler, and Vassar College faculty member Frank Cassara.
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music
Thursday, February 5, 1:30 MODFEST 11: Workshop on Chamber Music.
Focuses on the challenges and techniques of preparing a performance of Elliott Carter’s Triple Duo.  The New York New Music Ensemble, which for over 30 years has advocated music of our time, includes Linda Quan, violinist and member of the Vassar College Department of Music.
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music
Friday, February 6, 8:00 MODFEST 12:  Dance Performance.
Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre, a student dance company in residence at Vassar College.  Features The Clearing, with choreography set to Steve Reich’s It’s Gonna Rain by Katherine Wildberger, member of the Vassar College Departments of Dance and of Drama.  Also featured will be Takehiro Ueyama’s production of Shabon, set to Reich’s You Are Where Your Thoughts Are, restaged by Jill Echo, répétiteur and member of the Vassar College Department of Dance.
Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater, Kenyon Hall
Sat., Feb. 7, 11:00 MODFEST 13: Open Rehearsal with the Mahagonny Ensemble.
Gabriel Lubell coaches this student-run ensemble in his new work Hogwarts Sketch Nº 3: The Headmaster’s Office. A 2005 graduate of Vassar College, Mr. Lubell now studies composition at Indiana University.
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music
Sat., Feb. 7, 3:00 MODFEST 14: Four Films by Vassar Students.
Not A Period Correct Gun (2007), directed by Hillary Lavin ’07; A Breath of Life (2007), directed by Anna Moot-Levin ’07; New Uke City (2008), directed by Clyde Folley ’08; and Black Ice (2008), directed by Katie Hickman ’08. Presented with commentary by James Steerman, playwright and professor of drama and film at Vassar College.
Rosenwald Film Theater, Room 109 in Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film
Sat., Feb. 7, 8:00 MODFEST 15: Concert: The Vassar College Women’s Chorus, Madrigal Singers, and Vassar Mahagonny Ensemble.
Christine R. Howlett, Drew Minter, and Mark Van Hare ’10, conductors.  Works by Gustave Holst, Arvo Pärt, and Gabriel Lubell ’05.
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music
Sun., Feb. 8, 3:00 MODFEST 16: Concert: Music of Elliott Carter, Bernard Rands, Richard Wilson, and Harold Meltzer.
Performed by Vassar music faculty Bridget Kibbey, harp; Mary Nessinger, mezzo soprano; James Ruff, tenor; Thomas Sauer, piano; with guest artists Moran Katz, clarinet, and Wilhemina Smith, cello.
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music
Fri., Feb. 13, 5:30 MODFEST 17: Art, Poetry, and Music.
Lecture by Brooke Anderson, director and curator of the Contemporary Center and director of the Henry Study Center at the American Folk Art Museum.  Reception to follow with readings of original poetry written by students in response to works in the exhibit entitled Faith and Fantasy in Outsider Art: Selections from the Permanent Collection.
Lecture: Taylor Hall, Room 203; reception: The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

MODFEST events 8-10 are sponsored by The Dickinson-Kayden Fund.

MODFEST showcases the Vassar College departments of Africana Studies, Art, Dance, English, Film, and Music.

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 or visit our website at 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.

Cell phones and pagers must be silenced during performances.