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Spring 2012 Concert Schedule


19 Thurs. Modfest Music Library Display
The Vassar College Music Library presents a display highlighting Modfest music activities and musicians, curated by Sarah Canino, music librarian. On view through February 4. Open daily.
First floor, Skinner Hall of Music
20 Fri. 9:00pm Modfest Concert: Vassar jazz combos and the Body Electric Afrofunk Band
The ensembles showcase a colorful variety of sub- genres of jazz and rock music. James Osborn, director of the jazz combos, and Luke Leavitt ’12, band leader.
Villard Room, Main Building, College Center
21 Sat. 10:00am-1:00pm Modfest Music Workshop: Basic instruction in Sibelius Music
Notation Software, beginner to low intermediate. Presented by Thomas E. Rudolph, music education technology pioneer. Participants must bring their own laptops but do not need to own Sibelius software. Space is limited. Reservations are required and may be made by contacting
Kenyon Hall, Room 216
21 Sat. 1:30pm-4:30pm Modfest Music Workshop: Basic instruction in Sibelius Music
Notation Software, intermediate to advanced. For description, see 10:00am-1:00pm listing above.
Kenyon Hall, Room 216
21 Sat. 8:00pm Modfest Concert: JACK String Quartet
One of the most vibrant young groups on the New York new music scene performs hard-core modernism by Xenakis, Scelsi, and Ligeti.
22 Sun. 4:00pm Modfest Concert
The music of Vassar faculty composers Jonathan Chenette, Peter McCulloch, Harold Meltzer, and Richard Wilson is performed by music faculty members Thomas Sauer and Peter McCulloch, as well as guest artists Paul Appleby, Moran Katz, and others.
23 Mon. 5:00pm Modfest Reading & Concert: Alumnae/i Music, Art, and Writing
W.K. Rose Fellowship Winners: the work of composer Alexandra Gardner ’90; photographer Serge J-F Levy ’95; and writers Carol Ann Davis ’92 and Andrew Porter ’94. This combined concert, reading, discussion, and presentation of artwork spotlights past winners of The W.K. Rose Fellowship, awarded annually since 1970 to a Vassar graduate in the creative arts.
Villard Room, Main Building
27 Fri. 5:00pm, 6:30pm, 8:00pm Modfest Cabaret Night
A sampling of the Great American Songbook--Gershwin, Kern, Porter, Berlin, Rodgers, Sondheim, and others. Featuring singers from the Vassar College choirs as well as the music department. At the piano will be David Alpher, Vassar music department staff accompanist. This fundraiser is in support of the Vassar College choral ensembles’ Spring 2012 tour to England and France. Performances will begin at 5:00pm, 6:30pm, and 8:00pm. Tickets may be purchased in advance by emailing, or by visiting the College Center North Atrium, Main Building, at lunchtime beginning January 18th. Students: $5 in advance, or $7 at the door; adults: $10 in advance, or $15 at the door. Food and beverages will be provided by the Vassar College choral ensembles.
(Please bring your I.D.) Aula, Ely Hall
28 Sat. 11:00am Modfest Open Rehearsal
Mahagonny Ensemble. Alumnus composer Evan James ’07 coaches the student-run contemporary group in the preparation of his new work, You’re Unreal. Following the rehearsal, there is a lunch with an opportunity to speak with the composer. Please make a lunch reservation by contacting
28 Sat. 8:00pm Modfest Concert
Orchestral and Chamber Ensembles. The Vassar College Orchestra and Mahagonny Ensemble perform works by Arvo Pärt, Gerald Finzi, and Almeida Prado in addition to You’re Unreal by Evan James ’07. Conducted by Eduardo Navega, director of the Chamber Music Program, Naomi Dubin ’12, and William Healy ’12.
29 Sun. 3:00pm Modfest Concert
Music faculty member Mary Nessinger, mezzo- soprano, with Akiva Cahn-Lipman, cello, and Judith Gordon, piano, in a presentation of Salvatore Sciarrino’s avant-garde chamber opera Vanitas.


1 Wed. 3:30pm Modfest Presentation: Art, Music, and Word
Presentation of chamber music, art, and original poetry and prose by students of the music, art, and English departments. Hosted by Jonathan Chenette, dean of the faculty and professor of music.
Villard Room, Main Building
4 Sat. 11:00am Modfest Open Rehearsal: Mahagonny Ensemble
Features new works by student composers Connor Mulhern ’14 and Jeremy Bloom ’12. William Healy ’12, conductor. Following the rehearsal, there is a lunch with an opportunity to speak with the composers. Please make a lunch reservation by contacting
Thekla Hall, Skinner Hall of Music
11 Sat. 4:00pm Senior Recital: Jacob Finkle, baritone
Assisted by David Alpher, piano. Music of Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, and others.
11 Sat. 8:00pm Guest Event: The Antioch Chamber Ensemble
Joshua Copeland, artistic director. “the city and the sea.” In its fourteenth season, the ensemble of twelve singers presents the world’s greatest choral literature, both sacred and secular.
16 Thur. 8:00pm Guest and Music Faculty Recital
An evening of chamber music with the celebrated soprano Dominique Labelle and Vassar faculty members Jessica Lee, violin, Sophie Shao, cello, and Todd Crow, piano. Program to feature Shostakovich’s dramatic “7 Romances on Poetry of Alexander Blok” and Ravel’s Piano Trio in A minor.
17 Fri. 12:30pm Voice Master Class with Dominique Labelle, soprano
Featuring students of the music department.
17 Fri. 8:00pm Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble
James Osborn, conductor. Program to include Johan deMeij’s Symphony no. 1, The Lord of the Rings.
18 Sat. 8:00pm Guest Event: The Avalon String Quartet
Described by the Chicago Tribune as “an ensemble that invites you – ears, mind, and spirit –into its music,” the Avalon String Quartet, founded in 1995, has established itself as one of the country’s leading ensembles and came to the fore after participating in Isaac Stern’s Chamber Music Workshop at Carnegie Hall in 1997. The quartet, whose members include Blaise Magniére, violin, Marie Wang, violin, Anthony Devroye, viola, and Cheng Hou Lee, cello, will present string quartets by Beethoven, Ravel, and a new 2011 quartet, Aqua, by Vassar faculty member Harold Meltzer.
19 Sun. 3:00pm Music Faculty Recital: Thomas Sauer, piano
Music of Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Roger Sessions, and others.
25 Sat. 1:30pm Senior Recital: Naomi Dubin, mezzo-soprano
Assisted by Todd Crow, piano. Music by Bach, Handel, Spohr, Duparc, Strauss, Messiaen, and Sondheim.
25 Sat. 4:00pm Senior Recital: Elsie Raymer, mezzo-soprano
Assisted by Gregg Michalak, piano. Music of Handel, Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Bizet, Fauré, Debussy, and Poulenc.
26 Sun. 3:00pm Vassar College Orchestra
Eduardo Navega, conductor. Program to include performances by student winners of the Concerto Competition.


23 Fri. 8:00pm Guest and Music Faculty Recital: Ethos Percussion Group
Recently hailed by the Cleveland Plain Dealer as “extraordinary musicians… (who) played with equal subtlety and power,” Ethos Percusion Group, whose members include Michael Lipsey, Eric Phinney, Yousif Sheronick, and Vassar faculty member Trey Files, will present works for percussion influenced by cultures from around the world. The program will include Steve Reich’s classic Drumming Part One and The Guiros Talk, a work written for Ethos by 2011 MacArthur Fellow Dafnis Prieto.
24 Sat. 1:30pm Senior Recital: April Cha, organ
Music of Sweelinck, Buxtehude, Bach, Mendelssohn, Brahms, and Hindemith.
Skinner Hall of Music and Chapel
25 Sun. 3:00pm Guest and Music Faculty Recital
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra cellist David Heiss and world-renowned pianist Warren Jones (named as “Collaborative Pianist of the Year” for 2010 by the publication Musical America) join Vassar faculty member Robert Osborne, bass-baritone, in a concert of works for cello and piano, solo piano, and voice, cello, and piano. The program will include songs and arias with cello obbligato by Verdi, Glinka, Tchaikovsky, Borodin, and Stravinsky; Schumann’s Fantasy Pieces for cello and piano; and Brahms’ Three Intermezzos, op. 117.
30 Fri. 8:00pm The Donald and Kathleen Pearson Memorial Organ Recital
A graduate of Indiana University and Northwestern University, Janette Fishell is a recitalist and teacher of international standing. She has performed in many of the world’s greatest concert venues and has been a featured recitalist and lecturer at five national conventions and five regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists (AGO). Dr. Fishell is Professor of Organ and Chair of the Organ Department at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Her eclectic recital will include works by Bach, Hindemith, Alain, as well as American composer Calvin Hampton’s “Five Dances for Organ.”
31 Sat. 1:30pm Senior Recital: Andrea Sisco, clarinet
Assisted by Anna Polonsky, piano. Music of Weber, Lefebvre, and featuring Copland’s Clarinet Concerto.
31 Sat. 4:00pm Senior Recital: Alison Goodman, soprano
Assisted by James Fitzwilliam, piano. Music of Bach, Wolf, Debussy, Richard Hundley, and featuring the Bach Wedding Cantata, BWV 202, “Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten.”


1 Sun. 3:00pm Vassar College Women’s Chorus
Christine R. Howlett, conductor. “Women in Song.” Music by American composers Elizabeth Alexander, Jocelyn Hagen, Michelle Roueché, Eleanor Daley, and others.
6 Fri. 5:00pm Senior Recital: Susan Randolph, organ
Music of Buxtehude, Bach, Mendelssohn, Franck, and Messiaen.
7 Sat. 3:00pm Vassar College Madrigal Singers
Drew Minter, conductor. “Ubi caritas et amor Deus ibi est: Songs on the nature of love.”
13 Fri. 8:00pm Vassar College Jazz Ensemble
James Osborn, director.
14 Sat. 4:00pm Senior Recital: Tiffany Shi, piano
Music of Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, and Liszt.
14 Sat. 8:00pm Vassar College Choir
Christine R. Howlett, conductor. A celebration of a cappella gems from the Choir’s recent tour of England and France, featuring Gorecki’s Totus tuus, Biebl’s Ave Maria, and works by Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff, and others.
21 Sat. 1:30pm Senior Recital: Lilli Cooper, soprano, Greg Shapiro, tenor, and Greg Sullivan, tenor.
Assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano. Music of Mozart, Gershwin, Sondheim, and others.
21 Sat. 4:00pm Senior Recital: Gretchen Eng, soprano
Assisted by David Alpher, piano. Music of Handel, Liszt, Strauss, Milhaud, and featuring Schubert’s “Der Hirt auf dem Felsen.”
27 Fri. 8:00pm Vassar College Orchestra
Eduardo Navega, conductor. Featuring performances by student winners of the Concert Competition.
29 Sun. 3:00pm Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble
James Osborn, conductor.


4 Fri. 8:00pm Opera Workshop
“The Magic of Handel’s Magic Operas.” Drew Minter, director, and Miriam Charney, music director.
5 Sat. 1:30pm Senior Recital: Vanora Estridge, piano
Music of Haydn, Chopin, Schumann, Debussy, Gershwin, and Piazzolla.
19 Sat. 3:00pm Commencement Concert for the Class of 2012
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. 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.