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Spring 2009 Concert Schedule

2009 Spring Semester Concerts

Thurs., Jan. 22, 5:00 Modfest 1
Teen Visions, Words and Sounds: a presentation of original art, music and poetry by high school students from the area. James W. Palmer III Gallery and the North Atrium, Main Building.
Sat., Jan. 24, 2:00 Modfest 2
Workshop on Ghanaian drumming with Joakim Lartey ‘78. Villard Room, Main Building.
Wed., Jan. 28, 6:00 Modfest 3
Journalist and the Jihadi, an HBO documentary on the death of Daniel Pearl. Introduction and discussion led by Mia Mask. Rosenwald Film Theater, Room 109, Center for Drama and Film.
Thurs., Jan. 29, 5:00 Modfest 4
Steve Reich and His Music,“ a talk by Harold Meltzer. Thekla Hall, Skinner Hall of Music.
Fri., Jan. 30, 8:00 Modfest 5 The Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble, Vassar Mahagonny Chorus, and Vassar College Orchestra. James Osborn, Ashley Alter ‘10 and Eduardo Navega, conductors. Music by Virgil Thomson, Arvo Pärt, Ro Ogura and others.
Sat., Jan. 31, 10:30 and 12:30 Modfest 6
Electronic Music Workshop led by Peter McCulloch. Open to all regardless of experience; personal laptops necessary. For reservations contact Electronic Music Studio, Room 326, Skinner Hall of Music.
Sat., Jan. 31, 3:00 Modfest 7
Art, Music, and Poetry. Music recital and poetry reading by students of the Music and English departments, with an exhibit of student art works. Hosted by Christopher Roelke, Acting Dean of the College. Villard Room, Main Building.
Sat., Jan. 31, 8:00 Modfest 8
Daniel Variations and Music for Eighteen Musicians. Music by Steve Reich performed by Signal. Seating by ticket only, available through the College Information Center beginning Thursday, January 22 at 9 am. Ticket holders must be seated by 7:45 pm for the performance; unoccupied seats will be opened to non-ticket holders at 7:45pm. Doors will open at 7:15 pm. A Dickinson Kayden Event.
Sun., Feb. 1, 2:00 Modfest 9
Public conversation with Steve Reich and Richard Wilson. A Dickinson Kayden Event.
Sun., Feb. 1, 3:00 Modfest 10
Music by Steve Reich, performed by Frank Cassara and friends. Program to include Typing Music, Nagoya Marimbas, and Drumming Part I. A Dickinson Kayden Event.
Thurs., Feb. 5, 4:00 Modfest 11
Workshop on the challenges of preparing a performance of Elliott Carter’s Triple Duo. The New York New Music Ensemble. Thekla Hall.
Fri., Feb. 6, 8:00 Modfest 12
Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre, featuring The Clearing, Kathy Wildberger's choreography to Steve Reich's It's Gonna Rain, along with Takehiro Ueyama's production of Shabon, restaged by Jill Echo, set to Reich's You Are Where Your Thoughts Are, Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater, Kenyon Hall.
Sat., Feb. 7, 11:00 Modfest 13
Open Rehearsal. Gabriel Lubell ‘05 coaches the Mahagonny Ensemble in his new work Hogwarts Sketch Nº 3: The Headmaster's Office.
Sat., Feb. 7, 3:00 Modfest 14
Four films by Vassar students. Presented with commentary by James Steerman. Rosenwald Film Theater, Room 109, Center for Drama and Film.
Sat., Feb. 7, 8:00 Modfest 15
Vassar College Women’s Chorus with Bridget Kibbey, harp, Mahagonny Ensemble, Vassar Madrigals. Christine R. Howlett, Drew Minter, Mark Van Hare ‘10, conductors. Works by Holst, Pärt and Lubell.
Sun., Feb. 8, 3:00 Modfest 16
Music of Carter, Meltzer, Rands, and Wilson; performed by Moran Katz, Bridget Kibbey, Mary Nessinger, James Ruff, and Thomas Sauer.
Fri., Feb. 13, 5:30 Modfest 17
Art, Poetry, and Music: Lecture by Brooke Anderson at 5:30. Reception to follow with readings of original poetry written by students in response to the exhibit: Faith and Fantasy in Outsider Art: Selections from the Permanent Collection. The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center.
Fri., Feb. 13, 8:00 Senior Recital
Emily Dake, soprano, and Zachary Mark, tenor, assisted by David Alpher, piano. Music of Hahn, Auber, Viardot, Wolf, Strauss, Sondheim, and Rogers. Rose Parlor
Sat., Feb. 14, 1:30 Senior Recital
Mary Elizabeth Alexander, mezzo-soprano, assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano. Music of Wolf, Bach, Haydn, Fauré, and Respighi.
Sat., Feb. 14, 4:00 Senior Recital
Marisa Bettina, violin, assisted by Thomas Sauer, piano. Music of Bach, Beethoven, and Bartok.
Sun., Feb. 15, 3:00 Faculty Recital
Sophie Shao, cello, assisted by Yao Wang, piano. Music of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms.
Sat., Feb. 21, 1:30 Senior Recital
Jacquelyn Matava, mezzo-soprano, assisted by Todd Crow, piano. Music of Falla, Berlioz, and Rossini.
Sat., Feb. 21, 4:00 Senior Recital
Andrew Hoy, violin. Music of Bach, Beethoven, Elgar, and Lloyd.
Sat., Feb. 21, 8:00 Faculty Recital
Mary Nessinger, mezzo-soprano, assisted by Eric Moe, piano. Music of Schuman, Brahms, and Schoenberg.
Sun., Feb. 22, 3:00 Faculty Recital
Thomas Sauer, piano. Music of Beethoven, Debussy, Berio, and Philippe Bodin.
Sat., Feb. 28, 1:30 Senior Recital
J. Rosaleigh Stringfellow, harp, and Janelle Kuntz, violin, assisted by Todd Crow, piano. Music of Debussy, Salzedo, Bach, and Mendelssohn.
Sat., Feb. 28, 4:00 Senior Recital
Sebastian Weinberg, violin, assisted by Thomas Sauer, piano.
Sat., Feb. 28, 8:00 Vassar College Orchestra.
Eduardo Navega, conductor.
Sun., Mar. 1, 3:00 Special Guest Event
Cantus vocal ensemble. “A Sound Like This” Music of Gounod, Whitacre, Paulus, Mäntyjärvi, and others.
Sat., Mar. 28, 1:30 Senior Recital
John Wolfe, organ. Music of Bach, Buxtehude, Sweelinck, Scheidt, and Scheidemann.
Sat., Mar. 28, 4:00 Senior Recital
Claire Walsh, soprano, and Michael Higgins, tenor, assisted by David Alpher, and Gregg Michalak, piano. Music of Mozart, Donizetti, Schubert and Falla.
Sat., Mar. 28, 8:00 Vassar College Choir
Christine R. Howlett, conductor. Repertoire from the choir's recent tour of Washington D.C., Boston and Philadelphia including works by Chilcott, Lauridsen, Hogan and others.
Sat., Apr. 4, 1:30 Senior Recital
Jacob St. John, cello and drums, assisted by Anna Polonsky, piano. Music of Janacek, Debussy, Kernis and Ravel, Coltrane, Davis.
Sat., Apr. 4, 4:00 Senior Recital
Peter Ludlow, organ. Music of Bach, Buxtehude, Bruhns, Mendelssohn, Dupré and Frank. This recital will begin in the Recital Hall and move to the Chapel for the second half.
Sat., Apr. 4, 8:00 Vassar College Women's Chorus
Christine Howlett, conductor. Music from the Venetian Ospedale: Vivaldi's Gloria RV 589 and Beatus vir RV 588 with guest ensemble, the Botticelli Chamber Players.
Sun., Apr. 5, 3:00 Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble
James Osborn, conductor.
Mon., Apr. 6, 12:00 Special Guest Recital and Masterclass
Kelli O’Hara, star of Broadway’s A Light in the Piazza and South Pacific. Featuring students of the music department.
Fri., Apr. 10, 8:00 Faculty Recital
Richard Wilson and Blanca Uribe, pianos.
Sat., Apr. 11, 3:00 Vassar College Madrigal Singers, Drew Minter, director
Music for Holy Week by Gesualdo, Victoria, Tallis and Carpentras.
Fri., Apr. 17, 8:00 Vassar College Jazz Ensemble
James Osborn, conductor.
Sat., Apr. 18, 1:30 Senior Recital
David Wojciechowski, cello, assisted by Anna Polonsky, piano. Music by Bach, Brahms, Schumann, and Chopin.
Sat., Apr. 18, 4:00 Senior Recital
Peter Walker, bass-baritone, assisted by David Alpher, piano. Music of Brahms, Marcabru, Ventadorn, Vaughn Williams, Ireland.
Fri., Apr. 24, 8:00 Vassar College Opera Workshop
Drew Minter and Miriam Charney, directors. Scenes from “L’Italiana in Algieri,” “Il Turco in Italia,” and “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” and other operas by Rossini.
Sat., Apr. 25, 8:00 Vassar College Opera Workshop
Drew Minter and Miriam Charney, directors. Program same as April 24.
Fri., May 1, 8:00 Vassar College Orchestra
Eduardo Navega, conductor
Sun., May 3, 3:00 Joint Student Ensemble Concert: Vassar Camerata
Mary Elizabeth Alexander ‘09 and Emily Bookwalter ‘10, conductors; and Mahagonny Ensemble, Ashley Alter ’10 and Mark Van Hare ‘10, conductors.
Sat., May 23, 3:00 Commencement concert for the Class of 2009
Presented by members of the music faculty.

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 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.