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Spring 2017 Concert Schedule

Modfest: Ongoing Exhibits
January 26–February 5, 2017 Modfest: Engage! The Artist's Voice

An exhibit of historical and contemporary printed works of protest, vision, and social engagement by artists for the greater good. The exhibition features works from 1945 to now, highlighting national and global issues such as World War II to the Civil Rights Movement, from Environmental Sustainability to Economic Equality. The bold and powerful collection of works should incite dialogue around our contemporary climate, asking each of us how we might...SPEAK UP.

Curated by Rick Jones, Earth Science.

Old Bookstore, College Center

February 2–16, 2017 Modfest: The World After January 20, 2017: Works by Contemporary Artists and Poets

Opening Reception on Thursday, February 2, 2017 5-7 pm

Poetry, political cartoons, documentary photography, drawings, paintings, and more that address, reflect, and comment on what the first 100 days of the Trump presidency might mean. Artists and poets include Gerardo Castro, Monica d. Church, Michaela Coplen VC'18, Judith Nichols, Peter Steiner, Virginia Lavado, Sam Vernon, and others.

The Palmer Gallery, College Center
January 2017
Thu, Jan 26, 7:00pm Modfest 2017 Opening Night Concert & Reception

Join us for an exciting and moving opening night for Modfest 2017. At 7pm, begin your journey in the Vassar Chapel, from there a short walk will find you in the Main Library, and finally the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. Along the way enjoy performances by the Vassar College Women’s Chorus and string quartet presenting “How to Survive Winter” by American composer Jocelyn Hagen and poetry by Julia Klatt Singer, musical offerings featuring students from various groups and our chamber music ensembles as well as members of the Vassar College Choir. The evening ends with a preview of the new exhibit, “The Art of Devastation: Medals and Posters of the Great War” and an opening night reception.

Chapel. Thompson Library, Jade Room in Taylor Hall, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Fri, Jan 27, 7:00pm Modfest Panel: Raising Healing Voices

With a focus on creative healing, a panel of guests with varied experiences will discuss how they use music, therapy, and narratives in their work. Christine Radman, an accomplished opera singer, health attorney, and speech pathologist whose private practice focuses on, "the diagnosis and treatment of vocal problems experienced by professional voice users" will be joined by clinical social worker, Shanna Richey, and Vassar College student, Joseph DeGrand ’17. The panel will be moderated by Vassar’s own Michael Jones, a former music therapist who currently serves as the Assistant Director for Alumnae/i Outreach and Partnerships in the Office of Career Development.

The Rosenwald Film Theater, Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film

Sat, Jan 28, 11:00am Modfest Workshop: Raising Professional Voices

Join us for a professional development workshop for young people in the arts. Learn from Vassar’s experienced performers and artists how to begin to market your skills as you transition from college student to young professional. Representatives from the Art, Dance, Drama, and Music departments will share their experience and expertise. Bring your resume to this workshop!

Sat, Jan 28, 8:00pm Modfest Performance: First Honorary Adene and Richard Wilson Concert

To celebrate Dee Wilson’s inspired direction of Modfest and professor emeritus Richard Wilson’s 50 remarkable years of teaching and making music at service to Vassar College, the Music Department is honored to host its first annual “Adene and Richard Wilson Concert.” This concert features music by Vassar composers including Sylvia Songs and the Jitterbug Waltz by Susan Botti, Duo Variations for double bass and harp by Jonathan Chenette, Annea Lockwood’s I Give You Back, and Richard Wilson’s Dithyramb for Oboe and Clarinet and Gnomics for Flute, Oboe, and Clarinet. Performers include the first Affiliate Chamber Ensemble of Carnegie Hall, Decoda, and guests including Sooyun Kim, flute, Stuart Breczinski, oboe, Moran Katz, clarinet, Anna Elashvili, violin, Siwoo Kim, violin, Yves Dharmaraj, cello, and Brian Ellingsen, bass. Vassar faculty members include Susan Botti, soprano, Ashley Jackson, harp, and Mary Nessinger, mezzo-soprano.

Skinner Hall of Music

Sun, Jan 29, 3:00pm Modfest Performance: Tom Sauer, piano

Featuring Haydn’s Sonata in C Major, Beethoven’s Sonata in C minor, Op. 111, selections from Hans Abrahamsen’s Études, and Stephen Harke’s Sonata.

Skinner Hall of Music
February 2017
Wed, Feb 1, 3:30pm Modfest Presentation: Music Words, Dance and Images

A tradition since 2010, students of the Music, English, and Art Departments come together to present poetry, photography, and chamber music, featuring compositions by David Alpher, Jacques Ibert, and Derecskei Andras.  

Villard Room, Main Building.

Thu, Feb 2, 7:00pm Modfest Workshop: Connecting Voices

Artist Ann Daly will discuss her ongoing collaboration with Spanish musician Álvaro Marcos. Marcos has been instrumental in connecting Daly with the Madrid punk scene which experienced an explosive shift following Franco’s Death in 1975. The pair will be speaking about the nature of their creative collaboration and the many successes and challenges that come from solidarity building with strangers. This talk will be moderated by Professor of Music Justin Patch and Professor of Political Science Katherine Hite, who is collaborating with the artistic duo in her upcoming seminar, “The Politics of Memory.”

Afterwards, workshop members will be invited to find their own collaborative partners for the semester to think about solidarity and collaboration at Vassar. Thinking to campus, community, national, and transnational conflict and movements–we hope this evening will provide insight on how creative activism can look at Vassar.

Old Bookstore, College Center

Fri, Feb 3, 7:00pm Modfest Dance Performance: Vassar Repertory Theatre

Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre performs works selected from the current repertory, created by faculty members, Steve Rooks, Kathy Wildberger, and Abby Saxon, as well as guest choreographer David Dorfman. The evening will also feature student choreography. For reservations write to or call the Dance office at (845) 437-5541.

Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater, Kenyon Hall

Sat, Feb 4, 7:00pm Modfest Performance: Vassar Ensembles

The Vassar College Orchestra performs “A Child’s London” by Professor Emeritus Richard Wilson. The Madrigal Singers perform settings of “Ubi caritas” by Duruflé, Mealor, and Gjeilo, “There are some men” by Philip Glass with text by Leonard Cohen, and Ysaye Barnwell’s “Wanting Memories. Conducted by Eduardo Navega and Drew Minter.

Skinner Hall of Music

Sat, Feb 4, 8:30pm Modfest Performance: Cabaret Night

Students from the Music Department perform classics from the American Songbook. An intimate exploration of songs by the Gershwins, Ellington, Porter, Sondheim, Berlin, Bolcom, Ahrens and Flaherty, Stephen Schwartz, and more. David Alpher, piano and Jennie Litt, director.

Skinner Hall of Music

Sun, Feb 5, 3:00pm Modfest Performance: Raising Voices: An Afternoon with Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald, soprano, Mia Mask, Professor of Film on the Mary Riepman Ross ’32 Chair

Broadway superstar Audra McDonald visits Vassar for an afternoon of music and reflection. The versatile National Medal of Arts winner is one of the country's most decorated performers, and her vast talent, insight, wit, and outspokenness about the human condition make her a beloved figure to a wide audience.  Ms. McDonald will perform some of her favorite works with music director, Andy Einhorn, and later sit down with faculty member, Mia Mask, for a conversation on some of her most passionate causes.

Please note: this is a reserved seating program. Online reservations are required, tickets are not available via phone. A link to will be available on the top right section of this page, under header marked "Tickets." Reservations will be open on January 16, 2017 at 12 noon.

Skinner Hall of Music

Fri, Feb 10, 8:00pm Piano & Cello Recital
Faculty member Anna Polonsky, piano, with Peter Wiley, cello present this program of Brahms, Debussy, Faure, and Chopin.
Sat, Feb 11, 8:00pm Electric Lady
Dr. Ashley Jackson, harp, is joined by Anna Urrey, flute, Tia Allen, viola, and other guest artists celebrating Jackson's collaboration with distinguished female composers whose compositions form the heart of this dynamic program.
Sun, Feb 19, 3:00pm The Donald and Kathleen Pearson Memorial Organ Recital
Renée Anne Louprette, organ. Selections from Clavier-Übung III of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), including pedaliter chorales and Prelude and Fugue in E-flat.
Sat, Feb 25, 1:30pm Senior Recital: Camilla Hippee, soprano

Featuring Italian, German, and French music. Richard Mogavero, piano.

Sat, Feb 25, 8:00pm Brian Mann & Friends: Jazz Concert
Faculty member Brian Mann, piano, with Lou Pappas, double bass, and friends present a memorable evening of jazz.
Sun, Feb 26, 3:00pm Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble
James Osborn, conductor.
March 2017
Sat, Mar 4, 1:30pm Senior Recital: Ana Isabel Torruella, soprano

Susan Brown, piano.

Sat, Mar 4, 8:00pm Vassar College Orchestra

Eduardo Navega, conductor.

Sun, Mar 5, 3:00pm Ars Longa Gulumbá Gulumbé: Early vocal music

Cuban early music group Ars Longa focuses on music written in Cuba in the 17th and 18th centuries including chanting, dance rhythms/percussion and lyrics with onomatopoeia from the African languages.

Fri, Mar 31, 8:00pm Elisabeth Romano, bassoon, and guests

Featuring baroque, romantic, and 21st century works.

April 2017
Sat, Apr 1, 1:30pm Senior Recital: Gileann Tan, soprano

Works by Bach, Debussy, Purcell, Schubert, Kim, and Sondheim. David Alpher, piano, Alexander Bonus, harpsichord and organ, Christine Gummere, cello.

Sat, Apr 1, 4:00pm Senior Recital: Melanie Donnelly, mezzo-soprano

Music of Handel, Schumann, Rossini, Mussorgsky, Menken and others. James Fitzwilliam, piano.

Sat, Apr 1, 8:00pm Vassar College Women’s Chorus

Mozart’s Mass in C major “Sparrow Mass” with orchestra.

Christine Howlett, conductor.

Sun, Apr 2, 3:00pm New York Symphonic Brass

Faculty member, Paul Bellino, with Kenneth DeCarlo, John Sheppard, Lawrence DiBello, and Morris Kainuma present the music of J.S. Bach, Dvorak, Copland, Tetsuro Hoshii, Ian Ng, and others.

Sat, Apr 8, 1:30pm Senior Recital: Christa Ventresca, alto saxophone

Music of Creston, Bozza, Wiedoeft, and others. Susan Brown, piano.

Sat, Apr 8, 4:00pm Senior Recital: Jingyi Gao, flute

Music of Martinu, Bach, Mozart, and Bloch.

Saturday April 8, 8:00pm & Sunday April 9, 2:00pm Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius — Special Off-campus Event

Featuring The Orchestra Now and musicians from the Bard Conservatory Orchestra with the Bard College Chamber Singers, Vassar College Choir, and Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir. Leon Botstein, conductor.

The Fisher Center for Performing Arts, Sosnoff Theater, Bard College

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Sat, Apr 15, 1:30pm Senior Recital: Logan Emmett Fletcher Pitts, baritone

Music of Dowland, Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Gounod, Ravel, Porter, and others. David Alpher, piano.

Sat, Apr 22, 1:30pm Senior Recital: Laura Barreto, soprano

Works by Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Fauré, Léon, de Falla, Poulenc, Viardot, Barber, and others. Susan Brown, piano.

Sat, Apr 22, 8:00pm Severall Friends

Faculty member Drew Minter, countertenor, with Mark Rimple, lutes and gittern, and Mary Springfels, vielle present music from Dante's Commedia.

Sun, Apr 23, 3:00pm Vassar College Madrigal Singers

The flourishing of Italian poetry: Dante, Petrarch, Michelangelo and the music they inspired. Drew Minter, director.

Fri, Apr 28, 8:00pm Vassar College Jazz Ensemble

James Osborn, director.

Sat, Apr 29, 4:00pm Senior Recital: Daniel Young, tenor

Music by Purcell, Schubert, Tosti, and American songs from musical theater. David Alpher, piano.

Sat, Apr 29, 8:00pm Beethoven: Ninth Symphony — Special Off-campus Event

The Hudson Valley Philharmonic performs Beethoven’s iconic Ninth Symphony with the Vassar College Choir and Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir.  Randall Fleischer, conductor.

Ulster Performing Arts Center

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Sun, Apr 30, 3:00pm Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble

James Osborn, conductor.

May 2017
Thu, May 4, 8:00pm Chamber Music Recital

Eduardo Navega, director.

Fri, May 5, 8:00pm Vassar College Orchestra
Eduardo Navega, conductor.
Fri, May 12, 8:00pm Vassar College Opera Workshop: "Tales of Offenbach."

Excerpts from Offenbach's operas La Périchole, Les Brigands, La Belle Hélène, Les Contes d'Hoffmann and Orfée aux Enfers.  Drew Minter, director. Miriam Charney, music director. View the performance.

Sat, May 13, 1:30pm Senior Recital: Lauren Workman, mallet percussion

A culmination of studies including well-known and original compositions.

Sat, May 27, 3:00pm Commencement Concert

Presented by members of the music department faculty.