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Spring ushers in a series of recitals, concerts, opera workshops, and master classes, February 13 – May 23, 2009.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY-The Vassar Department of Music will offer a wide array of concerts, recitals, workshops, and master classes this spring. Featured among these will be thirteen senior recitals by Vassar music majors, concerts by Vassar College ensembles, as well as recitals by noted faculty members including cellist Sophie Shao, mezzo-soprano Mary Nessinger, and pianists Thomas Sauer, Richard Wilson, and Blanca Uribe. The Music Department also will offer two programs by special guests: a recital by the Cantus vocal ensemble and a master class and recital featuring Broadway star Kelli O'Hara. Unless otherwise noted, the programs will take place in the Martel Recital Hall in Skinner Hall of Music at Vassar College. All are free and open to the public, with no reservations needed for general seating.

In February, the spring series will include a faculty recital by cellist Sophie Shao, assisted by pianist Yao Wang, performing music of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms, on Friday, February 13, at 7:00pm. Winner of the Rostropovich Competition, the XII Tchaikovsky Competition, and the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, cellist Sophie Shao was praised by The Strad, for her "superior sense of style," the World News for her  "sensitive, stylistic playing," and the New York Times for her "eloquent, powerful performance."

Mezzo-soprano Mary Nessinger, assisted by pianist Eric Moe, will perform music of Schuman, Brahms, and Schoenberg, in a faculty recital on Saturday, February 21, at 8:00pm. Mary Nessinger has been heard in concert and recital throughout the United States and Europe. She is rapidly gaining attention for her critically acclaimed performances of some of last and this century's most dynamic works and for her astute interpretations of standard repertoire. Of recent performances, the New York Times has praised her "remarkable fluidity and beauty of tone", and described her interpretive skills as "a tour de force of characterization"; while the New Yorker heralded "her "exacting musicianship and quiet dignity (which) have made her a fixture of the New York scene"

Pianist Thomas Sauer will perform the music of Beethoven, Debussy, Berio, and Philippe Bodin, on Sunday, February 22, at 3:00pm. Highly sought after as soloist, chamber musician, and teacher, Thomas Sauer is a member of the Mannes Trio, ensemble-in-residence at the Mannes College of Music in New York City. He also collaborates frequently with the renowned instrumentalists Midori and Colin Carr.

The Vassar College Orchestra, a full symphony orchestra of about 60 students, conducted by Eduardo Navega, conductor, will perform on Saturday, February 28, at 8:00pm. The group will perform master works of the symphonic repertoire, which covers a wide spectrum of genres and is selected with focus on the technical and musical development of our students.

March will open and close with spectacular programs. On Sunday, March 1, at 3:00pm, a special guest event will feature the Cantus vocal ensemble, performing "A Sound Like This," with music of Gounod, Whitacre, Paulus, Mäntyjärvi, and others. Recognized as one of America's finest professional male vocal ensembles, Cantus enjoys a vigorous schedule of national tours, subscription concerts in its home of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, educational outreach programs, and recording. The Washington Post hails the ensemble's sound as having both "exalting finesse" and "expressive power," and refers to their music-making as "spontaneous grace." The ensemble is known for adventurous programming spanning many periods and genres, including chant, Renaissance music, contemporary works, art song, folk, spirituals, world music, and pop.

The Vassar College Choir, conducted by Christine R. Howlett, will perform repertoire that was featured in their recent tour of Washington, DC; Boston; and Philadelphia. The Choir will present a program for Hudson Valley audiences featuring music of Chilcott, Lauridsen, Hogan, and others, on Saturday, March 28, at 8:00pm. The Choir is an auditioned mixed choral ensemble of approximately 50 singers.

On Monday, April 6, at 12:00pm, the Music Department will present a special guest recital and master class by Tony Award-nominated Broadway star Kelli O'Hara, who will leave the hit South Pacific in March. The master class will feature students of the music department. Kelli O'Hara has garnered a third Tony Award nomination for her role as Nellie Forbush in the revival of South Pacific. She has also recently appeared in the New York Philharmonic production of My Fair Lady and made her Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Pops. Other Broadway roles include The Light in the Piazza (Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations) and the revival of The Pajama Game (Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critic Award nominations). A native of Oklahoma, O'Hara received a degree in Opera, and after winning the State Metropolitan Opera Competition, moved to New York City.

Noted pianists and long-time Vassar faculty members, Richard Wilson and Blanca Uribe, will reunite for a recital featuring the music of Bach, Debussy, and Brahms, on Friday, April 10, at 8:00pm. A member of the Vassar faculty since 1966, Richard Wilson holds an endowed professorship, the Mary Conover Mellon Professor of Music. A pianist and composer, Wilson has composed over 70 works, ranging in medium from solo tuba to full orchestra, which have been played in major halls around the world. Wilson is the recipient of numerous awards and is composer-in-residence with the American Symphony Orchestra, where he gives pre-concert lectures. Born in Bogota, Colombia, into a family of many generations of professional musicians, Vassar professor emeritus, Blanca Uribe studied in Vienna at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Art with Richard Hauser and in New York at the Juilliard School with Rosina Lhevinne and Martin Canin. With an extensive repertoire ranging from Scarlatti to contemporary works, Uribe is particularly noted for her interpretations of the 32 sonatas of Beethoven, which she has performed in cycle on several occasions (including at Vassar), and the complete Iberia Suite of Isaac Albeniz.

Vassar music faculty members Drew Minter and Miriam Charney will direct the two-day Vassar College Opera Workshop on Friday, April 24, and Saturday, April 25, at 8:00pm. Students will perform scenes from three Rossini operas: L'Italiana in Algieri, Il Turco in Italia, and Il Barbiere di Siviglia." Anthony Tommasini of the New York Times wrote of Minter's recent staging of The Book of Daniel that "this production, staged by Drew Minter, with musical direction by Mary Anne Ballard, brought together instrumentalists and singers to create a version that both honored and completely refreshed the sources." Regarded for over two decades as one of the world's finest countertenors, Minter grew up as a boy treble in the Washington Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys and continued his education at Indiana University and the Musik Hochschule of Vienna. He has appeared in leading roles with the opera companies of Brussels, Toulouse, Boston, Washington, Santa Fe, Wolf Trap, Glimmerglass, and Nice, among others. Miriam Charney, enjoys a varied career as opera coach, music director, recital accompanist and teacher. Ms. Charney's opera credits include Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Glimmerglass Opera, Chautauqua Opera, Greater Miami Opera, and the Banff Festival.

The month of April also will feature performances by Vassar ensembles including, on Saturday, April 4, at 8:00pm, the Vassar College Women's Chorus, conducted by Christine R. Howlett, performing music from the Venetian Ospedale: Vivaldi's Gloria RV 589 and Beatus vir RV 588 with guest ensemble, the Botticelli Chamber Players. The Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble, conducted by James Osborn, will perform on Sunday, April 5, at 3:00pm. The Vassar College Madrigal Singers, directed by Drew Minter, will perform music for Holy Week by Gesualdo, Victoria, Tallis, and Carpentras, on Saturday, April 11, at 3:00pm. While the Vassar College Jazz Ensemble, directed by James Osborn, will perform on Friday, April 17, at 8:00pm.

The second concert of the spring series by the Vassar College Orchestra, directed by Eduardo Navega, will be on Friday, May 1, at 8:00pm. A joint concert by Vassar's student ensembles, will be performed on Sunday, May 3, at 3:00pm, and will feature the Vassar Camerata, Mary Elizabeth Alexander '09 and Emily Bookwalter '10, conductors; and the Mahagonny Ensemble, Ashley Alter '10 and Mark Van Hare '10, conductors. The spring 2009 concert series will conclude on Saturday, May 23, at 3:00pm, with the Commencement Concert for the Class of 2009, presented by members of the music faculty.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC

Music has occupied a place of prominence at Vassar College since its founding, in its curriculum, faculty, student activities, and facilities. Formed in 1865, the Department of Music offers an extensive program encompassing opportunities for majors and non-majors to explore performance, composition, history, and theory in depth. Students are encouraged to gain a broad perspective in several or all of these areas. With a student-to-faculty ratio of approximately eleven to one, and an average class size of fifteen, the department is able to support individual students as they work to realize their full musical potential.

For additional information and details on all Vassar College Department of Music concerts, please call (845) 437-7294 or visit the website http://music.vassar.edu. The Skinner Hall of Music at Vassar College is 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 are available at www.vassar.edu/directions.

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

Concert Schedule:
Please note that all programs are subject to change.
 

February 

Friday, Feb. 13, at 7:00pm
Faculty Recital:  Sophie Shao, cello, assisted by Yao Wang, piano.  Music of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms.
Martel Recital Hall , Skinner Hall of Music 

Friday, Feb. 13, at 8:00pm           
Senior Recital:  Emily Dake, soprano, and Zachary Mark, tenor, assisted by David Alpher, piano.  Music of Hahn, Auber, Viardot, Wolf, Strauss, Sondheim, and Rogers.
Rose Parlor, Main Building.

Saturday, Feb. 14, at 1:30pm
Senior Recital:  Mary Elizabeth Alexander, mezzo-soprano, assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano.  Music of Wolf, Bach, Haydn, Fauré, and Respighi.
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music 

Saturday, Feb. 14, at 4:00pm
Senior Recital:  Marisa Bettina, violin, assisted by Thomas Sauer, piano.  Music of Bach, Beethoven, and Bartok.
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music 

Saturday, Feb. 21, at 1:30pm
Senior Recital:  Jacquelyn Matava, mezzo-soprano, assisted by Todd Crow, piano.  Music of Falla, Berlioz, and Rossini.
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

Saturday, Feb. 21, at 4:00pm           
Senior Recital:  Andrew Hoy, violin.  Music of Bach, Beethoven, Elgar, and Lloyd.
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music 

Saturday, Feb. 21, at 8:00pm
Faculty Recital:  Mary Nessinger, mezzo-soprano, assisted by Eric Moe, piano.  Music of Schuman, Brahms, and Schoenberg.
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music 

Sunday, Feb. 22, at 3:00pm
Faculty Recital:  Thomas Sauer, piano.  Music of Beethoven, Debussy, Berio, and Philippe Bodin.
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music 

Saturday, Feb. 28, at 1:30pm
Senior Recital:  J. Rosaleigh Stringfellow, harp, and Janelle Kuntz, violin, assisted by Todd Crow, piano.  Music of Debussy, Salzedo, Bach, and Mendelssohn.
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music 

Saturday, Feb. 28, at 4:00pm
Senior Recital:  Sebastian Weinberg, violin, assisted by Thomas Sauer, piano. Music of Kreisler, Janacèk, Biber, and Harrison.
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music 

Saturday, Feb. 28, at 8:00pm
Vassar College Orchestra.  Eduardo Navega, conductor.
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music 

March 

Sunday, March 1, at 3:00pm           
Special Guest Event:  Cantus vocal ensemble.  “A Sound Like This.”  Music of Gounod, Whitacre, Paulus, Mäntyjärvi, and others.
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music 

Saturday, March 28, at 1:30pm
Senior Recital:  John Wolfe, organ.  Music of Bach, Buxtehude, Sweelinck, Scheidt, and Scheidemann.
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music 

Saturday, March 28, at 4:00pm
Senior Recital:  Claire Walsh, soprano, assisted by Gregg Michalak, piano.  Selections by Mozart, Strauss, Poulenc, and African American songs.
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music 

Saturday, March 28, at 8:00pm           
Vassar College Choir.  Christine R. Howlett, conductor. Repertoire from the choir’s recent tour of Washington D.C., Boston, and Philadelphia, including music of Chilcott, Lauridsen, Hogan, and others.
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music 

April 

Saturday, April 4, at 1:30pm           
Senior Recital:  Jacob St. John, cello and drums, assisted by Anna Polonsky, piano.  Music of Janacèk, Debussy, Kernis, and Ravel, Coltrane, and Davis. 
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music 

Saturday, April 4, at 4:00pm           
Senior Recital:  Peter Ludlow, organ.  Music of Bach, Buxtehude, Bruhns, Mendelssohn, Dupré, and Frank.
This recital will begin in the Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music and move to the Chapel for the second half.

Saturday, April 4, at 8:00pm           
Vassar College Women’s Chorus.  Christine R. Howlett, conductor. 
Music from the Venetian Ospedale: Vivaldi’s Gloria RV 589 and Beatus vir RV 588 with guest ensemble, the Botticelli Chamber Players.
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

Sunday, April 5, at 3:00pm
Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble.  James Osborn, conductor.
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

Monday, April 6, at 12:00pm
Special Guest Recital and Masterclass.  Kelli O’Hara, star of Broadway’s A Light in the Piazza and South Pacific.  Featuring students of the music department.
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

Friday, April 10, at 8:00pm
Faculty Recital:  Richard Wilson and Blanca Uribe, pianos.  Music of Bach, Debussy, and Brahms.
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

Saturday, April 11, at 3:00pm           
Vassar College Madrigal Singers.  Drew Minter, director.  Music for Holy Week by Gesualdo, Victoria, Tallis, and Carpentras.
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music 

Friday, April 17, at 8:00pm
Vassar College Jazz Ensemble.  James Osborn, conductor.
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

Saturday, April 18, at 1:30pm
Senior Recital:  David Wojciechowski, cello, assisted by Anna Polonsky, piano.  Music of Bach, Brahms, Schumann, and Chopin.
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music 

Saturday, April 18, at 4:00pm
Senior Recital:  Peter Walker, bass-baritone, assisted by David Alpher, piano.  Music of Brahms, Marcabru, Ventadorn, Vaughan Williams, and Ireland.
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music 

Friday, April 24, and Saturday, April 25, at 8:00pm
Vassar College Opera Workshop.  Drew Minter and Miriam Charney, directors.  Scenes from L’Italiana in AlgieriIl Turco in Italia, and Il Barbiere di Siviglia, by Rossini.
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music 

May 

Friday, May 1, at 8:00pm
Vassar College Orchestra.  Eduardo Navega, conductor
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music 

Sunday, May 3, at 3:00pm
Joint Student Ensemble Concert:  Vassar Camerata, Mary Elizabeth Alexander ’09 and Emily Bookwalter ’10, conductors; and Mahagonny Ensemble, Ashley Alter ’10 and Mark Van Hare ’10, conductors.
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

 

 

Saturday, May 23, at 3:00pm           
Commencement concert for the Class of 2009.  Presented by members of the music faculty.
Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall of Music

 

All events are free and open to the public. Programs are subject to change. For further information and up-to-date details on all Vassar College Department of Music concerts, please call (845) 437-7294 or visit our website at http://music.vassar.edu/concerts.htmlIndividuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370.



Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, January 29, 2009