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Fall 2016 Concert Schedule

August 2016
Sun, Aug 28, 8:00pm Welcome Concert for the Class of 2020

Presented by members of the music department faculty: Gail Archer, organ, James Ruff, tenor and early Gaelic wire harp, Anna Polonsky, piano, Brian Mann, piano, Sophie Shao, cello, and Richard Wilson, piano.

September 2016
Sat, Sep 10, 3:00pm "27" The Verdi documentary film project. Documentary Film-in-progress screening plus Q & A with the filmmaker.

Filmmaker and writer August Ventura will present scenes from his documentary film-in-progress "27", about the enduring legacy of Giuseppe Verdi whose twenty-seven operas are venerated in surprising ways, both heartfelt and hilarious, by the citizens of Parma, Italy, an opera town like no other!

Co-sponsored by the Italian Department.

Sun, Sep 18, 3:00pm Who Wants Love? Cabaret and Film Songs by Franz Waxman

Robert Osborne, bass-baritone, and Richard Gordon, piano.

Sat, Sep 24, 8:00pm Julian Lage Trio

Heralded by the New York Times as “one of jazz’s breezier virtuosos, possessed of an unflappable technical facility and seemingly boundless curiosity,” Julian Lage performs selections from his latest album, Arclight, joined by trio members Scott Colley, double bass, and Kenny Wollesen, drums.

A Dickinson-Kayden Event

Sun, Sep 25, 3:00pm Todd Crow, piano

Schubert Sonatas in G Major, D. 894, and in B-flat Major, D. 960.

October 2016
Sat, Oct 1, 8:00pm The Gaels’ Honour: Early Music for Voice and Harp from Gaelic Scotland and Ireland

James Ruff, tenor and early Gaelic wire-harp.

‘S ged a thigeadh iad uile, bu leat urram nan Gàidheal’ 
          ‘and even if they all gathered, yours was the Gaels’ honour’ 
                                        – Elegy for Mac Gille Chaluim of Raasay, 1671

Tenor, James Ruff, turns his love and long experience of early music in the direction of the Highlands and Islands: transcribing and arranging early courtly music from Irish and Scottish manuscripts and from Oral Tradition, and presenting an evening of rarely heard gems – centuries-old love songs and formal laments sung in both Scottish Gaelic and Irish, while accompanying himself on the high art-music instrument of the Gael: the wire-strung Clarsach.  Played for a thousand years until its dénouement around 1800, this instrument, technique and repertoire have been brought back to life only in recent decades. You’ll relish the bell-like tones of the Clarsach, bringing to life the music of Turlough O’Carolan and other harper composers, and enjoy its historic kinship with the evocative Pibroch of the Highland Pipes. A magical evening you won’t forget!

Sun, Oct 2, 3:00pm Abendmusik: Early Music String Band presents Italians in Vienna

The 17th century string ensemble showcases rarely performed repertoire composed during and after Europe’s Thirty Years War, as it relates to the cultivation of 17th century German style.

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

Eduardo Navega, conductor. Dvořák Slavonic Dance, Op. 46 No. 4, and Mendelssohn Symphony No. 5, “Reformation.”

Thu, Oct 27, 8:00pm Frank Cassara, percussion. With Ralph Ferris, viola, and dancers Molissa Fenley and Christiana Axelsen.
Ms. Fenley choreographs works by Glass, Xenakis, Cage, and others in an infusion of music and dance.
Sat, Oct 29, 8:00pm Antioch Chamber Ensemble

Under the leadership of founding Artistic Director Joshua Copeland, the ensemble presents a diverse program of the world’s greatest choral literature, both sacred and secular, with a core group of ten to twelve of the New York Metropolitan area’s finest singers.

Sun, Oct 30, 3:00pm Mary Nessinger, mezzo-soprano. With Dominique Labelle, soprano, and Sara Laimon, piano

Featuring La Chanson d’Éve by Gabriel Fauré and Das Buch der Hängenden Gärten by Arnold Schoenberg.

November 2016
Sat, Nov 5, 1:30pm Senior Recital: Zhanwen Phil Chen, piano - Rescheduled for Dec 4
Sat, Nov 5, 8:00pm Vassar College Women’s Chorus

Joseph Haydn's Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo (Little Organ Mass), and Jocelyn Hagen’s How to Survive Winter with string ensemble. Christine Howlett, conductor.


Sun, Nov 6, 3:00pm Escher String Quartet with Todd Crow, piano

The highly acclaimed ensemble is known for its profound musical insight and rare tonal beauty. The quartet’s Vassar debut features Mozart’s Quartet in B-flat Major, K.589, Bartok’s Quartet No. 2, Op. 17, and Dvořák’s Piano Quintet with faculty member Todd Crow.

Sat, Nov 12, 4:00pm Senior Recital: Carlin Purcell, piano
Sat, Nov 12, 8:00pm Vassar College Choir

Joseph Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis (Lord Nelson Mass) with professional orchestra.  Christine Howlett, conductor.

Sun, Nov 13, 3:00pm Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble

Music of Barber, Gould, Bennett, Giroux, and Bösendorfer. James Osborn, conductor.

Sat, Nov 19, 8:00pm Vassar College Orchestra with soloist Richard Wilson, piano.

The music of Rossini, Mozart, Bach, Wilson, and Brahms, with soloist Richard Wilson, piano, and narration. Eduardo Navega, conductor.

Sun, Nov 20, 3:00pm Vassar College Madrigal Singers

Drew Minter, conductor. "Tender Mercies." Music of Byrd, Allegri, Purcell, Poulenc, Thompson, Distler, Mealor, Gjeilo, and others. 

December 2016
Fri, Dec 2, 8:00pm Vassar College Jazz Ensembles

James Osborn, director.

Sat, Dec 3, 3:00pm Chamber Music Recital

Featuring students of the Vassar College Chamber Music Program. Eduardo Navega, director.

Sun, Dec 4, 7:00pm A Service of Lessons and Carols

Christine Howlett and Drew Minter, conductors. Vassar College Choir, Madrigal Singers, and Women’s Chorus, and Cappella Festiva Chamber and Treble Choir. This annual Christmas service includes readings, choral anthems, a commissioned work by James Fitzwilliam, and congregational carols that culminates in a candle lighting ceremony.


Sat, Dec 10, 4:00pm Vassar College Madrigals Reunion and Festival of Lessons and Carols (off-campus event)

Madrigals of the past 15 years reunite with the present group to present a traditional Advent Lessons and Carols service.  All are welcome. Drew Minter, director.

*Please note this event takes place off the Vassar Campus at Christ Church, Poughkeepsie.  

Sat, Dec 10, 8:00pm The Music of Beethoven & Wilson

An evening to honor Professor Richard Wilson's 50+ years of dedication to Vassar College.

Richard Wilson’s Charades (Premiere): Todd Crow, piano;
Richard Wilson’s String Quartet No. 4: The Attacca Quartet;
Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3: The Attacca Quartet

Sun, Dec 11, 2:00pm A retrospective afternoon of music, laughter, and celebration in honor of Professor Richard Wilson

Moran Katz, clarinet
Mary Nessinger, mezzo-soprano
Robert Osborne, baritone
Tom Sauer, piano
Sophie Shao, cello
Vassar College Choir
Richard Wilson, piano

...and surprise performances by faculty, staff, and alumni including Susan Botti, Sarah Canino, Christine Howlett, Kathryn Libin, Brian Mann, Drew Minter, Mark Moriarty, Eduardo Navega, James Osborn, Justin Patch, Michael Pisani, James Ruff, and more.

Please join for a post-performance reception in the Bridge for Laboratory Sciences building.

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