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Miami String Quartet, Be-Bop Legend Phil Woods, and Grammy-winning Chanticleer Will Headline Vassar's Fall Concert Series

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Performances by the dynamic young Miami String Quartet, the renowned jazz saxophonist Phil Woods, and the Grammy-winning a cappella ensemble Chanticleer, will be among the highlights of the Vassar College music department's fall concert series, opening Saturday evening September 9 at the Skinner Hall of Music. The series will also feature the Toronto Children's Chamber Choir, and the award-winning French organist Pierre Pincemaille, as well as several Vassar faculty and student recitals.

Vassar's on-campus music series is free and open to the public, and performances will be held at the Skinner Hall of Music unless noted below (see listings for October 27, November 10, and December 3):

Saturday, September 9, 8:00 p.m.
Jazz at Vassar
Phil Woods Quartet
Phil Woods, the longtime alto saxophonist, bandleader, composer, arranger, and soloist has performed with such jazz luminaries as Benny Goodman, Quincy Jones, Thelonious Monk, and Dizzy Gillespie.
Woods has made numerous solo and group recordings, including with Sonny Rollins, Billy Joel, Stephane Grappelli, Steely Dan, and Paul Simon.

Sunday, September 10, 3:00 p.m.
Vassar Faculty Concert
Christine Howlett, soprano, Drew Minter, countertenor, with Todd Crow, harpsichord, and Arthur Fiacco, cello.
Vocal music of the baroque featuring works by Claudio Monteverdi, Alessandro Stradella, and Johann Sebastian Bach.

Friday, September 22, 8:00 p.m.
Vassar Faculty Concert
Anna Polonsky, piano.

Saturday, September 23, 8:00 p.m.
Vassar Faculty Concert
Terry Champlin, guitar, with Helen Avakian, voice and guitar, Kate Emermann, soprano, Katie Andrews, harp, Danilo Bonina and Jane Kitterage, violins, Christiana Liberis, viola, and Laura Metcalf, cello.
Major works for guitar, voice, string quartet and harp

Friday, September 29, 8:00 p.m.
Jazz at Vassar
James Osborn, trumpet, Lou Pappas, bass, Peter Tomlinson, piano, Ed Xiques, saxophone, Tom Ferguson '07, saxophone, Ian Hartsough '07, piano, and Vince Vincent '08, vocals.

Sunday, October 1, 3:00 p.m.
Vassar Faculty Concert
Todd Crow, piano.
Music of Robert Schumann and Béla Bartók.

Thursday, October 5, 2:00 p.m.
Choral lecture and demonstration
Led by Chanticleer, the internationally acclaimed a cappella choral ensemble, and featuring Vassar student musicians.

Thursday, October 5, 8:00 p.m.
Hailed by The New Yorker magazine as "America's favorite choral ensemble," the Grammy Award-winning male vocal ensemble Chanticleer has earned rave reviews around the globe. Their Vassar program "Love's Messengers," will feature music of Francisco Guerrero, Carlo Gesualdo, Orlando di Lasso, Francis Poulenc and Oliver Messiaen.

Friday, October 6, 7:30 p.m.
The Toronto Children's Chorus Chamber Choir and Vassar College Women's Chorus. Jean Ashworth Bartle and Christine Howlett, conductors.
Founded in 1978 by Jean Ashworth Bartle, the Toronto Children's Chorus is widely recognized as one of the world's leading choral ensembles for children. The TCC has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Royal Albert Hall, and been artist-in-residence for international children's choir festivals in Tuscany and Sydney.

Saturday, October 7, 4:30 p.m.
Senior Recital
Michael Sheetz, piano.
Music of Johannes Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Liszt, Claude Debussy, and Alberto Ginastera.

Saturday, October 7, 8:00 p.m.
Vassar College Orchestra
Eduardo Navega, conductor.

Friday, October 27, 8:00 p.m., Vassar Chapel
Pierre Pincemaille, organist
Program to include French romantic and symphonic works by Maurice Duruflé, César Franck, and Louis Vierne.
After winning five First Prizes from the National Music Conservatory in Paris, Pincemaille has gone on to successively win five International Prizes in Lyon, Beauvais, Strasbourg, Montbrison, and Chartres. In 1987 Pincemaille was named Titular Organist of the Cathedral of Saint-Denis, near Paris and he currently teaches at the Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris and at the Conservatories of both Saint-Maur-des-Fossés and Saint-Germain en Laye.

Saturday, October 28, 8:00 p.m.
Faculty Concert
Robert Osborne, bass-baritone, with Malcolm Halliday, piano.
Schwanengesang, D. 957 by Franz Schubert.

Friday, November 3, 8:00 p.m.
Vassar Mahagonny Ensemble
Ian Garvie '07 and Lidiya Yankovskaya '08, conductors.

Saturday, November 4, 2:00 p.m.
Senior Recital
Evan James, tenor.
Music of Hugo Wolf, Benjamin Britten, and Hans Werner Henze.

Friday, November 10, 8:00 p.m., Vassar Chapel
Vassar College Choir
Christine Howlett, conductor, with Carol Choate, organ, and the Botticelli Chamber Players.
Requiem by Maurice Duruflé and works for organ by Olivier Messiaen.

Saturday, November 11, 2:00 p.m.
Senior Recital
Benjamin Seltzer, tenor.

Saturday, November 11, 8:00 p.m.
Miami String Quartet
Ivan Chan, violin, Cathy Meng Robinson, violin, Chauncey Patterson, viola, and Keith Robinson, cello
Described by The New York Times as having "everything one wants in a quartet: a rich, precisely balanced sound, a broad coloristic palette, real unity of interpretive purpose and seemingly unflagging energy," the Miami String Quartet's recent seasons have included performances at Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center, engagements in Boston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, San Francisco, Seattle, and its own concert series in Palm Beach, Florida. The Quartet has recently toured with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and they appear annually with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.

Sunday, November 12, 11:00 a.m.
String Master Class
Led by the Miami String Quartet and featuring Vassar student musicians.

Sunday, November 12, 3:00 p.m.
Vassar College Wind Ensemble
James Osborn, conductor.

Friday, November 17, 8:00 p.m.
Vassar College Camerata
Alison DeSimone '07 and Vince B. Vincent '08, conductors.

Saturday, November 18, 8:00 p.m.
Faculty Concert
Mary Nessinger, mezzo soprano, assisted by Jeanne Golan.
"Innocence Lost": the Berg/Debussy project including Alban Berg's Sieben fröhe Lieder, Debussy's Chansons de Bilitis and new works by contemporary composers including Del Tredici and Moe.

Sunday, November 19, 3:00 p.m.
Vassar College Madrigal Singers
Drew Minter, conductor.

Friday, December 1, 8:00 p.m.
Vassar College Women's Chorus
Christine Howlett, conductor.
Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten.

Saturday, December 2, 8:00 p.m.
Vassar College Orchestra
Eduardo Navega, conductor.

Sunday, December 3, 7:00 p.m., Vassar Chapel
A Service of Lessons and Carols
Vassar College Choir, Women's Chorus, and Madrigal Singers, with the guest ensemble Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir and Children's Chorus.
Christine Howlett and Drew Minter, conductors.

Friday, December 8, 8:00 p.m.
Vassar College Jazz Ensemble
James Osborn, conductor.

Saturday, December 9, 2:00 p.m.
Senior Recital
Ian Hartsough, composer, with Thomas Sauer, piano, and students of the Vassar music department.

The Skinner Hall of Music at Vassar College is air-conditioned and wheelchair-accessible. People with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Free parking is available at Skinner Hall, and the campus's adjoining south parking lot. Directions to the Vassar Campus in the Town of Poughkeepsie are available at www.vassar.edu/directions.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, August 15, 2006