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Spring 2013 Concert Schedule


24 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 8.  Open daily.

First Floor, Skinner Hall of Music
25 Fri. 9:00pm Modfest Concert: Vassar Jazz Combos
The ensembles present a colorful variety of jazz styles.  James Osborn, Director of the Jazz Ensembles.

Villard Room, Main Building
26 Sat. 2:30-5:30pm Modfest Open Rehearsal
Operatic Works of Vassar Faculty Composers Jonathan Chenette and Susan Botti.
26 Sat. 8:00pm Modfest Concert: Vassar Faculty Composers
Music of Jonathan Chenette, Susan Botti, and Richard Wilson.  Program to include the concert version of the first scene of Jonathan Chenette’s opera Eric Hermannson’s Soul, a monodrama with a McCarthy-esque self-righteous minister persecuting an artist.  Also featured will be Susan Botti’s Telaio: Desdemona, an operatic soliloquy and character study drawn from Shakespeare.  Completing the program will be Richard Wilson’s new clarinet quintet.  Performers include Thomas Meglioranza, baritone, Rachel Handman, violin, Moran Katz, clarinet, and a quartet from the Declassifieds: music faculty members Ashley Jackson, harp, Miriam Charney, piano, and Frank Cassara, percussion
27 Sun. 3:00pm Modfest Concert: An Afternoon of Cabaret
“Eric Bentley’s Brecht-Eisler Song Book,” sung by Karyn Levitt, accompanied by Eric Ostling.  Poems and songs by Bertolt Brecht and other poets adapted into English versions by Eric Bentley and set to music by Hanns Eisler.  Pre-concert talk at 2:30 by Michael Pisani, Professor of Music.  Co-sponsored by the departments of music and German.
31 Thurs. 6:00-8:00pm Modfest Open Rehearsal
Tarik O’Regan, composer, with the Vassar College Choir and Vassar College Women’s Chorus.


1 Fri. 2:00pm Modfest Open Class
The Setting of Words to Music.  With guest composer Tarik O’Regan and music faculty members Jean Kane, Susan Botti, and Richard Wilson.

Thekla Hall, Skinner Hall of Music
1 Fri. 8:00pm Modfest Cabaret Night
A sampling of the Great American Songbook – Gershwin, Kern, Porter, Berlin, Rodgers, Sondheim, and others.  Featuring students from the Vassar College choirs as well as the music department.  At the piano will be David Alpher.

Rose Parlor, Main Building
2 Sat. 11:00am Modfest Open Rehearsal: Mahagonny Ensemble
Conducted by Jesse Greenberg ’13.  Alumnus composer William Healy ’12 coaches the student-run contemporary group in the preparation of his new work Upon Our Looking Glass.  Following the rehearsal, there will be a lunch with an opportunity to speak with the composer in room 303 of Skinner Hall.
2 Sat. 3:00pm Modfest Presentation
Tarik O’Regan discusses his music.  With video clips of his opera Heart of Darkness, based on the novel by Joseph Conrad, recently premiered at the Linbury Studio Theatre of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
2 Sat. 8:00pm Modfest Concert
The Vassar College Choir and Women’s Chorus present the world premiere of Tarik O’Regan’s Night City; the Vassar College Orchestra performs Three Letters by Harold Farberman; and the Mahagonny Ensembles present Upon Our Looking Glass by William Healy ’12, and The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs by John Cage.  Christine Howlett, Eduardo Navega, and Jesse Greenberg ’13, conductors.
3 Sun. 3:00pm Modfest Presentation
Politics and the Arts – An Open Dialogue. Martha Rosler, artist, Stephen Squibb ’05, writer and producer.  Co-sponsored by the departments of music and art and the Dean of the Faculty.

Taylor Hall, Room 203
6 Wed. 3:30pm Modfest Presentation: Music and Words
Presentation of chamber music and original poetry by students from the departments of music and English.

Rose Parlor, Main Building
7 Thurs. 7:00pm Modfest Presentation: Chamber Music and Readings of Original Prose
By Vassar students from classes of Eduardo Navega, Lecturer in Music and Director of the Program in Chamber Music, and Amitava Kumar, Professor of English. 

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
9 Sat. 8:00pm Faculty and Guest Recital
Terry Champlin, guitar, with Helen Avakian, voice/guitar, Sabina Torosjan, violin, Vilian Ivantchev, guitar, and Vassar graduate Chris Connors, percussion will present a program of large chamber works and music for solo guitar by Schubert, Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Terry Champlin.  
10 Sun. 3:00pm Faculty and Guest Recital
Venti. The New York based quartet, whose members include clarinet faculty member Larry Guy, will present a program exploring the tonal possibilities of woodwind instruments in works by Francaix, Golestan, and Ginastera.  
16 Sat. 8:00pm The Donald and Kathleen Pearson Memorial Organ Recital
Internationally acclaimed as one of the finest organists of his generation, James David Christie is Distinguished Artist in Residence at the College of the Holy Cross, Professor of Organ at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, and serves as College Organist at Wellesley College.  To mark the 10th Anniversary of the Paul Fritts organ in Skinner Hall, he will perform works by Sweelinck, J.S. Bach, and Buxtehude.
23 Sat. 8:00pm Guest Event:  Shanghai Quartet
Renowned for its passionate musicality and impressive technique, the Shanghai Quartet has become one of the world's foremost chamber ensembles.  The quartet whose members include Weigang Li, violin, Yi-Wen Jiang, violin, Honggang Li, viola, and Nicholas Tzavaras, cello will present string quartets by Beethoven and Bartok, then will be joined by faculty member Todd Crow for Brahms’ powerful Piano Quintet.
24 Sun. 3:00pm Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble
* View video of webcast.
James Osborn, conductor


2 Sat. 1:30pm Senior Recital
Catherine Shaw, clarinet.  Assisted by Todd Crow, piano.  Works by Brahms, Weber, Bernstein, and others.
2 Sat. 4:00pm Senior Recital
Julia Anrather, soprano. Assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano. Works by Bernstein, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Puccini, Berlin, and others.
2 Sat. 8:00pm Vassar College Orchestra
* View video of webcast.
Eduardo Navega, conductor
3 Sun. 3:00pm Faculty Recital
Thomas Sauer, piano.  Works by Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Peter Lieberson, and Derek Bermel.
30 Sat. 1:30pm Senior Recital
John Plotz, piano.  Works by Shostakovich, Schumann, Liszt, Ravel, Bach, and Chopin.
30 Sat. 4:00pm Senior Recital
John Lee, viola.  Assisted by Todd Crow, piano.  Works by Bach, Bruch, and Bartók.


6 Sat. 4:00pm Senior Recital
Emma Greenstein, soprano.  Assisted by Darren Motise, piano.  Music of Mendelssohn, Barber, Bellini, Donizetti, and Milhaud.
6 Sat. 7:30pm Senior Recital
Rebecca Shulbank-Smith, soprano.  Assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano, Emily Nash ’13, soprano, Case Stewart ’13, soprano, and Ryan Norris ’14, tenor.  Music of Rodgers and Hart, Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Jerry Herman, and Cole Porter.

Alumnae House
7 Sun. 3:00pm Vassar College Women’s Chorus
* View video of webcast.
Ronald Bemrich, conductor.  “Love Bade Me Welcome” with works by Walter Watson, Randall Thompson, Edward Elgar, and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.
12 Fri. 8:00pm Faculty and Guest Recital
Robert Osborne, bass-baritone with Blair MacMillan, piano and Four Nations Ensemble.  Exploring vocal music on the subject of Don Quixote, the musicians will perform works by Ibert, Morin, Ravel, and Rodrigo.
13 Sat. 1:30pm Senior Recital
Jesse Greenberg, composition. Assisted by Todd Crow, piano, Catherine Shaw ’13, clarinet, Evi Lowman ’15, violin, and others in a performance of new works.  Also on the program will be solo works for percussion and piano by Ichiyanagi, Schoenberg, and Xenakis, performed by Jesse Greenberg.
13 Sat. 4:00pm Senior Recital
Olivia Tousignant-Pienkos, soprano.  Assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano.  Music of Gershwin, Gilbert and Sullivan, Holmes, Satie, Mozart, and Bernstein.
14 Sun. 3:00pm Vassar College Choir
* View video of webcast.
Ronald Bemrich, conductor.  “Music From The New World” with works by Charles Ives, Alberto Ginastera, Eric Whitacre, Pablo Casals, and José Nunes-Garcia.
20 Sat. 1:30pm Senior Recital
Elizabeth McLean, soprano.  Assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano.  Music of Granados, Schumann, Mozart, Sondheim, Hahn, Gershwin/Weill, Donaudy, Massenet, Moore/Latouche, and Tesori.
20 Sat. 4:00pm Senior Recital
Thomas Hochla, baritone.  Assisted by David Alpher, piano.  Music of Schubert, Mahler, Handel, and Vaughan Williams.
21 Sun. 3:00pm Vassar College Camerata
26 Fri. 8:00pm Vassar College Jazz Ensembles
* View video of webcast.
James Osborn, director
27 Sat. 1:30pm Mahagonny Ensemble
27 Sat. 8:00pm Vassar College Madrigal Singers
* View video of webcast.
Drew Minter, conductor.  A concert celebrating the St. John’s Bible in conjunction with The Bible Project at Vassar College.
28 Sun. 3:00pm Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble
* View video of webcast.
James Osborn, conductor


3 Fri. 8:00pm Vassar College Orchestra
* View video of webcast.
Eduardo Navega, conductor
10 Fri. 8:00pm Opera Workshop
* View video of webcast.
Drew Minter, director and Miriam Charney, music director.  “Orpheus With His Lute: Scenes from the Orpheus Operas” by Monteverdi, Gluck, Offenbach, and Philip Glass.
25 Sat. 3:00pm Commencement Concert for the Class of 2013
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.