The Vassar College Madrigal Singers will present Giacomo Carissimi's oratorio "Jephte' at 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 17, in the Skinner Recital Hall on the Vassar College campus. The concert, sponsored by the Music Department, is free and open to the public.
The Italian-born Carissimi composed "Jephte' in 1648 on a tragic story from the biblical book of Judges, a text that G.F. Handel set as an oratorio, as well, about a century later. Scored for harpsichord, organ, cello, and voices, this performance features Vassar students Jeffery Brooks '03 as Jephte and Molly Powers '03 as the daughter. All of the Madrigal Singers play smaller roles in the dramatic work as well as form the chorus. The instrumentalists include Vassar College organist Merellyn Gallagher, and the conductor, Charles Kamm, at the harpsichord.
The Madrigal Singers also perform a set of part songs set to German romantic poetry by Johannes Brahms. The concert concludes with a selection of 16th-century European madrigals.
The Vassar College Madrigal Singers are conducted by Kamm, visiting assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Vassar College. The Madrigal Singers are 16 student musicians from all four Vassar classes and a variety of academic majors.
Kamm is an active soloist and chorister as both a tenor and countertenor, Kamm is also the founder and director of Reredos Male Vocal Ensemble, based in Boston.
For more information, call the Vassar College Department of Music at (845) 437-7294. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Cathy Jennings, Office of Campus Activities, (845) 437-5370, as far in advance as possible to request reasonable and appropriate accommodations for the event. Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.