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Fall 2014 Concert Schedule

Mon, Sep 1, 8:00pm Welcome Concert for the Class of 2018

Presented by members of the music department faculty, the performance includes works by Grandjany, Dukas, Brahms and others.

Sat, Sep 6, 8:00pm The Donald and Kathleen Pearson Memorial Organ Recital

Nathan Laube has quickly earned a place among the organ world’s elite performers. His creative programming of repertoire spanning five centuries, including his own virtuoso transcriptions of orchestral works, have earned high praise from critics and peers alike. Known for his brilliant playing and gracious demeanor, Mr. Laube performs this concert on the Vassar College Chapel’s Gress-Miles organ. 

Sat, Sep 13, 8:00pm Guest Jazz Event

Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes, pianos.  Individually these premier jazz pianists bring passion, swing, elegance, adventure, and dynamism to their performances. Collaborating as husband and wife, they present an evening of extraordinary duets by Antonio Carlos Jobim, George Gershwin, Joe Henderson, Lyle Mays, and others.
A Dickinson-Kayden Event  

Fri, Sep 19, 8:00pm Faculty and Guest Recital

Danielle Farina, viola, Jeewon Park and Anthony Newman, piano. An evening of music for viola and piano with works by Hummel, Newman, and Schumann.

Sat, Sep 20, 8:00pm Guest Event

Warren Senders, Hindustani vocalist.

Warren Senders is an internationally recognized vocalist, composer, and performer who has studied and rendered Northern Indian Classical music for over 30 years.  He presents a variety of song styles of Hindustani music accompanied by Rohan Prabhudesai, harmonium, and Dibyarka Chatterjee, tabla

A Barbara Woods Morgan Event
Sun, Sep 21, 3:00pm Guest Event

Pomerium.  “Music for Imperial Augsburg, 1518-1548.” The early music a cappella vocal group presents excerpts from Henricus Isaac’s grand Missa Argentum et aurum, Nicolas Gombert’s Missa Sur tous regrets, and ceremonial motets by Isaac, Ludwig Senfl, and Thomas Crecquillon.  During the reigns of Maximilian I and Charles V these works were, or can reasonably be assumed to have been, performed at the diets (general assemblies) of the prince-electors of the Holy Roman Empire.  This program is being presented in conjunction with the opening of "Imperial Augsberg 1475-1540: Renaissance Prints and Drawings" at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, an exhibition on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. 
A Dickinson-Kayden Event 

Sat, Sep 27, 8:00pm Faculty and Guest Recital

Terry Champlin, guitar, Helen Avakian, voice and guitar, and Sabina Torosjan, violin present a program of large chamber works and music for solo guitar by Mozart, Bach, and Terry Champlin.

Sun, Sep 28, 3:00pm Faculty Recital

Todd Crow, piano. Music inspired by the writings of E. T. A. Hoffmann (1776-1822). Program to include works by Hoffmann, Schumann, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky.

Sat, Oct 11, 8:00pm Vassar College Orchestra

Eduardo Navega, conductor.

Fri, Oct 31, 7:30pm Faculty and Guest Choral Event

In conjunction with the Music Department, the New York American Choral Directors Association presents a series of lectures, conducting master classes, and choral concerts featuring keynote speaker, Jeffrey Douma, professor of conducting at Yale University and eVoco Voice Collective, a professional choral ensemble directed by David Fryling.  Also performing are the Highbridge Voices Chamber Choir, Mary Clementi, conductor; St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School Bel Canto Chorale, Jared Berry, conductor; and the Vassar College Choir and Women's Chorus, Christine Howlett, conductor. Concerts are free and open to the public. Lectures, master classes, and interest sessions require registration. Please visit to register.

Nov 1 (Sat) 3:00pm Faculty and Guest Choral Event

See October 31 for event description.

Sun, Nov 9, 3:00pm Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble

James Osborn, conductor

Sat, Nov 15, 8:00pm Vassar College Choir and Women’s Chorus

Carmina Burana by Carl Orff featuring faculty members Todd Crow and Michael Pisani, pianos, Frank Cassara and Trey Files, percussion, James Ruff, tenor, and guest artist Charles Wesley Evans, baritone, and the Cappella Festiva Treble Choir.  Christine Howlett, conductor.

Sun, Nov 16, 3:00pm Faculty Recital

Sophie Shao, cello. An afternoon of solo cello music featuring Suites by Bach and Reger.

Fri, Nov 21, 8:00pm Vassar Camerata
Ella Middleton '15, Maria Ramsey '15, and Patrick Walker '16, co-directors. "Music for their Majesties". The student-run chamber ensemble presents a program of choral and orchestral works composed for the royal and imperial courts of Renaissance and Baroque England and Germany. Music of C.P.E. Bach, Dowland, Byrd, and Gibbons, as well as Handel's 1727 coronation anthem, "Zadok the Priest".
Sat, Nov 22, 1:30pm Senior Recital

Jessie Lanza, soprano, and Jane Cardona, piano. Assisted by Evi Lowman ’15 and Ilse Heine ’15, violin, Megan Lewis ’15, viola, and Zachary Lucero ’15, cello. Works by Chopin, Debussy, Schumann, Porter, Sondheim, and Bernstein. 

Sat, Nov 22, 8:00pm Vassar College Madrigal Singers

Drew Minter, conductor

Weeping at the Grave Creates the Song. Works by Campion, Josquin, Tavener, Cornysh, Purcell, Monteverdi, Howells, and Schuman. 

Sun, Nov 23, 3:00pm Faculty and Guest Recital

An exciting collaborative performance featuring both sets of Brahms’s Liebeslieder Waltzes.  Bard College faculty members Rufus Müller, tenor, Teresa Buchholz, mezzo-soprano, and Blair McMillan, piano, join Vassar College faculty members Rachel Rosales, soprano, Robert Osborne, bass-baritone, and Todd Crow, piano, in an infectious bouquet of lilting waltzes for vocal quartet and four-hand piano.

Fri, Dec 5, 8:00pm Vassar College Jazz Ensembles

James Osborn, director.

Sat, Dec 6, 8:00pm Vassar College Orchestra

Eduardo Navega, conductor. Todd Crow, piano. Works by Sibelius, Delius, Tchaikovsky, and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1.

Sun, Dec 7, 7:00pm A Service of Lessons and Carols

Vassar College Choir, Women’s Chorus, Madrigal Singers, and the Cappella Festiva Chamber and Treble Choir. Christine Howlett and Drew Minter, conductors.


Sat, Dec 13, 4:00pm Mahagonny Ensemble
Sam Plotkin '15, ensemble director, and Julia Boscov-Ellen '15, choir director. The student-run chamber ensemble performs works by Gjeilo, Takach, Beibl, and Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf.