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Annual "Service of Lessons and Carols" features readings, choral anthems, and carols with a candle lighting ceremony, December 6, 2009.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—The annual “Service of Lessons and Carols,” a service of readings, choral anthems, and congregational carols, that culminates in a candle lighting ceremony, will be held at Vassar College in the Vassar Chapel on Sunday, December 6. This popular event, free and open to the public, will begin at 7:00pm. A free will offering will be taken to support Dutchess Outreach of Poughkeepsie, via the college's "Community Works" campaign (see http://communityworks.vassar.edu/index.html). The doors will open at 6:30pm, with seating on a first-come, first-served basis.


Quadricentennial celebration includes exhibitions, concerts, and poetry readings are featured through December 24, 2009.

This fall, from September through December, there will be a wide array of activities at Vassar College offered in conjunction with the celebration of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial. All of these will celebrate some aspect of the Hudson River and Valley – either through art, literature, or music. Highlights include the Art Center’s exhibition Drawn by New York (through 11/1); the Vassar College Libraries Poetry of the Hudson (through 12/24); the Palmer Gallery’s The River (11/5-12/17); a poetry reading (10/15); and concerts featuring choirs from the east and west bank of the River (9/26); an outdoor concert by the legendary Pete Seeger. All events are free and open to the public.


Chart-topping German pop star Sebastian Krumbiegel in concert, September 22, 2009

Sebastian Krumbiegel, the chart-topping German singer and musician now touring the East Coast of the U.S., will perform at Vassar College on Tuesday, September 22. The concert, co-sponsored by the German Studies Department and the Department of Music, is free and open to the public and will begin at 7pm in the Villard Room (located on the second floor of the College Center, in Vassar’s historic Main Building).


Peace Week will feature film screening, lectures, panels, and a peace vigil, September 21-25, 2009.

The Women's Studies Program at Vassar College has organized "Peace Week" (9/21-25) in celebration of the International Day of Peace on September 21, in order to bring attention to peace activism around the world and in the Hudson Valley and Vassar communities. Among the speakers will be Academy Award-nominated, Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Gini Reticker and Liberian peace activist, Leymah Gbowee, recipient of the 2009 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award All the events are free and open to the public.


Department of Music presents 25 concerts during the fall 2009 semester, August 30 – December 6, 2009.

The Vassar Department of Music will present 25 concerts during the fall 2009 semester, beginning with the class of 2013 "Welcome Concert" and closing with "A Service of Lessons and Carols." 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 vocal ensemble Chanticleer, early music ensemble La Follia Barocca, Brazilian guitarists Sérgio and Odair Assad, and Steve Turre from the Saturday Night Live Orchestra with his jazz ensemble, the Steve Turre Sextet. Unless otherwise noted, the programs will all take place in the acoustically-superb Martel Recital Hall in Skinner Hall of Music at Vassar College. All programs are free and open to the public, with no reservations needed for general seating.


Annual summer concert series offers four concerts by world-renowned artists, June 14 - August 2, 2009.

Beginning on Sunday, June 14, the Vassar Department of Music will offer the 14th annual free summer concert series, held in the acoustically superb (and air-conditioned) Martel Recital Hall of the Skinner Hall of Music on the Vassar College campus. This series of four concerts will open with an afternoon of chamber music on June 14 at 3pm—performed by violinist Joseph Genualdi, cellist Sophie Shao, and pianist Richard Wilson—and will continue with concerts on June 21 (violinist Stephanie Chase, cellist Mark Shuman, mezzo-soprano Mary Ann Hart, and pianist Todd Crow, 3pm); July 10 (cellist Colin Carr and pianist Thomas Sauer, 8pm), and August 2 (pianist Brian Mann, with guest artists including jazz violinist Iain Mann, 3pm).


Vassar music ensembles will perform in New York City at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 26, 2009.

On April 26, 2009, the Vassar College ensembles will perform in the Frederick P. Rose Hall of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. The performance will begin at 3pm and is open to the public. Tickets are required ($7.50 each), and are available for purchase online at wwww.jalc.org, by telephone at (212) 721-6500, or in-person at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office, Columbus Circle (Broadway a 60th Street).


The Department of Music will present a lecture by musicologist Jessica Waldoff and a recital and lecture with baritone Thomas Meglioranza during the Music Colloquium series April 14 and 23, 2009.

The Vassar College Department of Music's April Music Colloquium series will present a lecture by musicologist Jessica Waldoff on Thursday, April 16, and a recital and lecture by baritone Thomas Meglioranza, accompanied by pianist Thomas Sauer, on Thursday, April 23. Both these presentations, which are free and open to the public, will begin at 5pm in Thekla Hall (room 400) of the Skinner Hall of Music.


Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center and Vassar’s Music Department team up to offer a series of free noontime concerts at the Art Center through April 29, 2009.

This April on Wednesday’s at noon, a musical interlude will be offered at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College. “Notes on Art: Noontime Concerts at the Art Center,” will feature works by Chausson, Gershwin, Dvorak, Mozart, Ravel, and Vaughn Williams and will be performed by students from Eduardo Navega’s chamber music course.

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