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Spring 2010 concert series will feature 28 programs by renowned performers, 2/12 - 5/22

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—The Vassar Department of Music will present 28 concerts during the spring 2010 semester (2/12 – 5/22), in addition to the 30 events scheduled for Vassar’s celebration of the contemporary arts, Modfest (1/21 – 2/7). The concert series will feature world-renowned musicians from Vassar’s music faculty; Vassar vocal, instrumental, and orchestral ensembles; as well as acclaimed guest performers including the Daedalus Quartet (2/20) and organist Renee Anne Louprette (3/26).  
 
“This semester’s offerings are perhaps the most abundant ever,” noted Christine R. Howlett, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Vassar.
 
All the programs will all take place in the acoustically superb Martel Recital Hall in Skinner Hall of Music at Vassar College. The programs are free and open to the public, with no reservations needed for general seating.
 
In addition, several of the concerts will be webcast live from the Skinner Hall of Music. To view the webcasts and the archived recordings, see  http://music.vassar.edu/concerts/webcast/index.html.
 
THE 2010 SPRING CONCERT SERIES
Following the campus-wide events of Modfest, the general programs of the spring concert series will commence on Friday, February 12 and continue through Saturday, May 22.
 
Nine concerts will be offered in February including:
 
·       Pianist Thomas Sauer, who is highly sought after as soloist, chamber musician, and teacher, will perform the music of Schumann, Chopin, William Albright, and Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” on Friday, February 12. A member of the Mannes Trio, ensemble-in-residence at the Mannes College of Music in New York City, Sauer also collaborates frequently with the renowned instrumentalists Midori and Colin Carr (2/12, 8pm).
 
·       Saturday, February 13, will feature the first two of 11 senior recitals this semester. Violinist Sophie Blum ’10, assisted by pianist and faculty member Anna Polonsky, will perform the music of Monti, Bach, and Tchaikovsky on Saturday, February 13. According to the Washington Post, pianist Polonsky is “consistently captivating, especially in transitions” (2/13, 1:30pm). The second senior recital that afternoon will feature mezzo-soprano Gail Nakano ’10, with pianist Richard Mogavero, who has served on the faculty of the Berkshire Choral Festival. They will perform the selections of Mozart, Schumann, Berlioz, and Grieg (2/13, 4:00pm).
 
·       "Songs and Piano Music Inspired by the Poetry of Charles Baudelaire," will highlight the music faculty concert on Friday, February 19. Music of Debussy, Duparc, Faure, Chabrier, Vierne, and others. Interpreting these compositions will be three music faculty members and a special guest: soprano Rachel Rosales, bass-baritone Robert Osborne, pianist Todd Crow, and guest, poet, commentator, and translator Richard Howard. Blessed with a sumptuous voice of magnificent proportions, soprano Rosales is capable of delivering the fiery intensity of Verdi's most demanding works or spinning out the delicate filigree of Handel's intricate embellishments and has achieved both popular and critical acclaim on international stages in opera, oratorio and solo recitals. Bass-baritone Robert Osborne has long been an admired favorite on the American orchestral-concert scene, while equally establishing himself as a respected operatic artist. Crow, the George Sherman Dickinson Professor of Music, has been highly praised for his performances in North and South America, and Europe. The New York Times has described his playing as "heroic, [showing] endless flair, color, and stamina." Poet Richard Howard is a former chancellor of The Academy of American Poets and lives in New York City where he teaches in the Writing Division of the School of the Arts, Columbia University (2/19, 8:00pm).
 
·       The Daedalus Quartet will sweep into Poughkeepsie for a special guest concert that will include performances of Beethoven’s String Quartet, Op. 131; Mozart’s String Quartet, K. 589; and Night Fields, a composition by a Hudson Valley resident and Grammy Award-winner Joan Tower. In the nine years of its existence the quartet has received plaudits from critics and listeners alike: “Polished and vigorous” (The New York Times); “a young quartet whose moment has arrived” (The New York Sun); “jet-propelled rockets of blistering virtuosity . . . the music rang gloriously” (The Washington Post). The quartet members – violinists Min-Young Kim and Kyu-Young Kim, violist Jessica Thompson, and cellist Raman Ramakrishnan – have been praised by The New Yorker as “a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets” (2/20, 8:00pm).
 
·       The afternoon of Saturday, February 27, will feature two senior recitals. The first by violist Emily Bookwalter ’10, assisted by pianist Thomas Sauer, will feature Bach’s Sonata in D Major, Schubert’s Arpeggione in A Minor, Brahms’s Sonata in E-flat Major, and Bloch’s “Rhapsodie” from Suite Hebraique. The second recital will feature bass Jon Roth ’10, assisted by pianist Gregg Michalak. The program will include music of Handel, Mendelssohn, Wolf, Donaudy, and Vaughan Williams (2/27, 8:00pm). That evening, Eduardo Navega will conduct the Vassar College Orchestra in a program that will feature several student soloists who are winners of the concerto competition. Among those featured are pianist William Healy ’12, who will perform Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20; mezzo-soprano Gail Nakano ’10 who will sing “Amour, viens aider ma faiblesse,” from Saint-Saens’ Samson and Dalila; and Ashley Alter ’10, mezzo-soprano, who will also perform a selection from Samson and Dalila, “Mon coeur s’ouvre a ta voix.” The Vassar College Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra with of about 60 students, which performs master works of the symphonic repertoire. In addition, there will be a live webcast of the concert (2/27, 8:00pm).
 
·       A concert by the Vassar College Community and Wind Ensemble, James Osborn, conductor, will be the highlight of Sunday afternoon, February 28 (2/28, 3:00pm)
 
The concert series will resume at the end of the month of March with four programs, including an organ recital, two senior recitals, and a concert by the Vassar College Women’s Chorus.
 
·       Guest artist organist Renée Anne Louprette will be the featured soloist of the fifth Donald M. Pearson Memorial Organ Recital on Friday, March 26. Hailed by the New York Times as “a technically nimble and dynamic organist,” Louprette, associate director of music at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in New York City, has established an international career as an organ recitalist and choral conductor.  She will present an all-Bach program, including the F Major Toccata, and the B Minor Prelude and Fugue to be performed on the Fritts organ (3/26, 8:00pm).
 
·       A senior recital by violinist Sarah Goldfeather ’10 with pianist Anna Polonsky will feature the music of Bach, Beethoven, and Ravel (3/27, 1:30pm). The second offering that afternoon will be a senior recital by mezzo-soprano Ashley Alter ’10, assisted by pianist Richard Mogavero, and guitarist Catherine O’Kelly ’10. This program will feature music of Brahms, Schoenberg, DeFalla, Ives, Poulenc, and Cage. That evening, the Vassar College Women’s Chorus, conducted by Christine R. Howlett, will perform Canadian composer Imant Raminsh’s Missa Brevis. Also, there will be a live webcast of the concert (3/27, 8:00pm).
 
One highlight of the numerous musical offerings during April is the ever-popular opera workshop, the other ten programs will include several presentations by Vassar College music ensembles and senior recitals.
 
·       The student-led Mahagonny Ensemble, Mark Van Hare ’10 and Catherine O’Kelly ’10 conductors, will perform newly composed works for string quintet, clarinet, bassoon, and horn by Cooper Troxell ’11, Toru Momii ’11, and William Healy ’12 on Friday, April 2 (4/2, 8:00pm).
 
·       Soprano Lauren Sherman ’10, assisted by pianist Todd Crow, will perform music of Handel, Schubert, Gounod, Menotti, and Crumb, in a senior recital on Saturday, April 3 (4/3, 1:30pm).
 
·       The afternoon of Saturday, April 10, will feature two senior recitals. The first, by violinist Laura Sousa ’10 with assistance by pianist Todd Crow, will feature music of Beethoven, Bach, Sarasate, Bruch, and Bartok (4/10, 1:30pm). Clarinetist Alexandra Linsalata, also assisted by pianist Todd Crow, as well as violinist Sara Goldfeather ’10, and pianist Tiffany Shi ’12, will perform music of Brahms, Debussy, Von Weber, Béla Kovács, and Aram Khachaturian. (4/10, 4:00pm). That evening will be the first presentation of the opera workshop, “Ariadne – Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Scenes from works by Monteverdi, Conradi, Haydn, Massenet, and Strauss.” Students, under the direction of Drew Minter, and music director Miriam Charney, will perform the semi-staged selections. Also, there will be a live webcast of the Saturday opera workshop (4/10, 8:00pm). This program will be repeated on Sunday afternoon (4/11, 3:00pm).

·       James Osborn will direct the Vassar College Jazz Ensemble in a program, on Friday, April 16, that will showcase a colorful variety of sub-genres of jazz music. Also, there will be a live webcast of the concert (4/16, 8:00pm).

·       A senior recital by pianist Jeremy Shiman ’10 will feature the music of Schubert, Schumann, and Chopin on the afternoon of Saturday, April 17 (4/17, 4:00pm). That evening Christine R. Howlett, conductor, will lead the Vassar College Madrigal Singers in Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music and Mass in G Minor, with pianist Michael Sheetz ’07. Also, there will be a live webcast of the evening concert (4/17, 8:00pm).
 
·       On Saturday, April 24, pianist Brian Kim ’10 will perform the music of Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin, and Ravel in his senior recital (4/24, 4:00pm).
 
·       Drew Minter will conduct the Vassar College Choir, with orchestra, in a performance of Israel in Egypt by George Frideric Handel on Sunday, April 25. Also, there will be a live webcast of the concert (4/25, 3:00pm).
 
·       Student soloists who are winners of the concerto competition will be featured during the second concert of the semester by the Vassar College Orchestra, conducted by Eduardo Navega, on Friday, April 30. A full symphony orchestra with of about 60 students, the orchestra performs master works of the symphonic repertoire. Also, there will be a live webcast of the concert (4/30, 8pm).
 
The Department of Music’s 2010 spring concert series at Vassar College will conclude with three concerts during the month of May, including the Commencement Concert for the Class of 2010.
 
·       A concert by the Vassar College Community and Wind Ensemble, James Osborn, conductor, will be the highlight of Sunday afternoon on May 2 (5/2, 2:00pm). The Vassar Camerata, conducted by Emily Bookwalter ’10, Nicholas Rocha ’11, will perform the music of Josquin, Tallis, Byrd, Arcadelt, Monteverdi, and, with orchestra, Lully’s De Profundis on Sunday evening (5/2, 7:00pm).

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The spring concert series will conclude on Saturday, May 22, with the annual tribute to the Vassar graduates with the Commencement Concert for the Class of 2010. The program will feature performances by members of the music faculty, including Christine R. Howlett, soprano; Cheryl Bishkoff, oboe; Sophie Shao, cello; Todd Crow, piano; and Thomas Sauer, piano (5/22, 3:00pm).

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 15, 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 online at www.vassar.edu/directions.
 
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.
 

2010 Spring Semester Concert Schedule
Presented by the Department of Music at Vassar College
(845) 437-7294 or http://music.vassar.edu

Please note that all programs are subject to change.
All programs are free and open to the public.
Seating is on a first come, first served basis.
 
FEBRUARY
 
Friday, February 12
 
Music Faculty Concert
Skinner Hall of Music
8:00pm
Music Faculty Concert:  Thomas Sauer, piano.  Music of Schumann, Chopin, William Albright, and featuring Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata.”
 
Saturday, February 13
 
Senior Recital
Skinner Hall of Music
1:30pm
Sophie Blum, violin, assisted by Anna Polonsky, piano, and Laura Sousa ’10, violin.  Music of Monti, Bach, and Tchaikovsky.

Senior Recital
Skinner Hall of Music
4:00pm
Gail Nakano, mezzo-soprano, with Richard Mogavero, piano.  Music of Mozart, Schumann, Berlioz, and Grieg.
 
Friday, February 19
 
Music Faculty Concert
Skinner Hall of Music
8:00pm
"Songs and Piano Music Inspired by the Poetry of Charles Baudelaire." Rachel Rosales, soprano, Robert Osborne, bass-baritone, Todd Crow, piano, and Richard Howard, poet, commentator, and translator. Music of Debussy, Duparc, Faure, Chabrier, Vierne, and others.
 
Saturday, February 20
 
Guest Concert: The Daedalus Quartet
Skinner Hall of Music
8:00pm
Daedalus Quartet performs Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 131, Mozart’s String Quartet K 589, and Joan Tower’s Night Fields.

Saturday, February 27
 
Senior Recital
Skinner Hall of Music
1:30pm
Emily Bookwalter, viola, assisted by Thomas Sauer, piano. Featuring the Sonata in D Major by Bach, Arpeggione in A Minor by Schubert, Sonata in E-flat Major by Brahms, and “Rhapsodie” from Suite Hebraique by Bloch.
 
Senior Recital
Skinner Hall of Music
4:00pm
Senior Recital:  Jon Roth, bass, assisted by Gregg Michalak, piano.  Music of Handel, Mendelssohn, Wolf, Donaudy, and Vaughan Williams.
 
Concert: Vassar College Orchestra
Skinner Hall of Music
8:00pm
Vassar College Orchestra. Eduardo Navega, conductor. Featuring student soloists, winners of the concerto competition.
 
Sunday, February 28
 
Concert: Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble
Skinner Hall of Music
3:00pm
Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble.  James Osborn, conductor.
 
MARCH
 
Friday, March 26
 
The Fifth Donald M. Pearson Memorial Organ Recital
Skinner Hall of Music
8:00pm
Renée Anne Louprette, organ.  Hailed by the New York Times as “a technically nimble and dynamic organist,” Louprette, associate director of music at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in New York City, has established an international career as an organ recitalist and choral conductor.  She presents an all-Bach program, including the F Major Toccata, and the B Minor Prelude and Fugue to be performed on the Fritts organ.
 
Saturday, March 27
 
Senior Recital
Skinner Hall of Music
1:30pm
Sarah Goldfeather, violin, with Anna Polonsky, piano.  Music of Bach, Beethoven, and Ravel.
 
Senior Recital
Skinner Hall of Music
4:00pm
Ashley Alter, mezzo-soprano, assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano, and Catherine O’Kelly ’10, guitar.  Music of Brahms, Schoenberg, DeFalla, Ives, Poulenc, and Cage.
 
Concert: Vassar College Women’s Chorus
Skinner Hall of Music
8:00pm
Vassar College Women’s Chorus.  Christine R. Howlett, conductor.  Missa Brevis by Canadian composer, Imant Raminsh.
 
APRIL
 
Friday, April 2
 
Concert: Mahagonny Ensemble
Skinner Hall of Music
8:00pm
Mahagonny Ensemble.  Mark Van Hare ’10 and Catherine O’Kelly ’11, conductors. Featuring newly composed works for string quintet, clarinet, bassoon, and horn by Cooper Troxell ’11, Toru Momii ’11, and William Healy ’12.
 
Saturday, April 3
 
Senior Recital
Skinner Hall of Music
1:30pm
Lauren Sherman, soprano, assisted by Todd Crow, piano.  Music of Handel, Schubert, Gounod, Menotti, and Crumb.
 
Saturday, April 10
 
Senior Recital
Skinner Hall of Music
1:30pm
Laura Sousa, violin, assisted by Todd Crow, piano.  Music of Beethoven, Bach, Sarasate, Bruch, and Bartok.
 
Senior Recital
Skinner Hall of Music
4:00pm
Alexander Linsalata, clarinet, assisted by Todd Crow, piano, Sarah Goldfeather ’10, violin, and Tiffany Shi ’12, piano.  Music of Brahms, Debussy, Von Weber, Béla Kovács, and Aram Khachaturian.
 
Opera Workshop
Skinner Hall of Music
8:00pm
“Ariadne – Between a Rock and a Hard Place:  Scenes from works by Monteverdi, Conradi, Haydn, Massenet, and Strauss.” Drew Minter, director, and Miriam Charney, music director.
 
Sunday, April 11
 
Opera Workshop
Skinner Hall of Music
3:00pm
“Ariadne – Between a Rock and a Hard Place:  Scenes from works by Monteverdi, Conradi, Haydn, Massenet, and Strauss.” Drew Minter, director, and Miriam Charney, music director.
 
Friday, April 16
 
Concert: Vassar College Jazz Ensemble
Skinner Hall of Music
8:00pm
Vassar College Jazz Ensemble.  James Osborn, director.
 
Saturday, April 17
 
Senior Recital
Skinner Hall of Music
4:00pm
Jeremy Shiman, piano. Music of Schubert, Schumann, and Chopin.
 
Concert: Vassar College Madrigal Singers
Skinner Hall of Music
8:00pm
Vassar College Madrigal Singers. Serenade to Music and the Mass in G Minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Christine R. Howlett, conductor, and Michael Sheetz ’07, piano.
 
Saturday, April 24
 
Senior Recital
Skinner Hall of Music
4:00pm
Brian Kim, piano. Music of Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin, and Ravel.
 
Sunday, April 25
 
Concert: Vassar College Choir
Skinner Hall of Music
3:00pm
Vassar College Choir.   Israel in Egypt by George Frideric Handel, with orchestra.  Drew Minter, conductor.
 
Friday, April 30
 
Concert: Vassar College Orchestra
Skinner Hall of Music
8:00pm
Vassar College Orchestra.  Eduardo Navega, conductor.  Featuring student soloists, winners of the concerto competition.
 
May            
 
Sunday, May 2
 
Concert: Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble
Skinner Hall of Music
2:00pm
Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble. James Osborn, conductor.
 
Concert: Vassar Camerata
Skinner Hall of Music
7:00pm
Vassar Camerata. Emily Bookwalter ’10 and Nicholas Rocha ’11, conductors. Music of Josquin, Tallis, Byrd, Arcadelt, Monteverdi, and De Profundis by Lully with orchestra.
 
Saturday, May 22
 
Commencement Concert for the Class of 2010
Skinner Hall of Music
3:00pm
Presented by members of the music faculty

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, January 28, 2010