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Fall music series to span early vocals, Hindustani songs, a contemporary jazz piano duet, and varied chamber music and orchestral performances, September 1-December 7

From September 1 through December 7 the Vassar music department will continue its tradition of presenting a varied series of free public concerts on campus, tapping the talent of the college’s faculty and students as well as such guest artists as the jazz pianists Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes (9/13), organist Nathan Laube (9/6), Hindustani vocalist Warren Senders (9/20), and the Pomerium early music vocal ensemble (9/21).

Pianist Todd Crow (9/28) and cellist Sophie Shao (11/16) will both give solo faculty recitals. Faculty performances will also feature guitarist Terry Champlin (9/27) and violist Danielle Farina (9/19), each performing with two guest artists. In a special collaborative program music professors from Vassar and nearby Bard College will perform Brahms waltzes for vocal quartet and four-hand piano (11/23). An evening length performance of the famed Carl Orff work Carmina Burana will also bring several faculty members together with renowned baritone Charles Wesley Evans and the Hudson Valley-based Cappella Festiva Treble Choir (11/15).

The college’s fall music series will once again conclude in the Vassar Chapel with a “Service of Lessons and Carols.” This beloved community event of seasonal readings, choral anthems, and congregational carols is conducted by professors Christine R. Howlett and Drew Minter, and features the Vassar College Choir, Women’s Chorus, and Madrigal Singers, as well as the Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir (12/7).

Skinner Hall of Music is the primary venue for the series, with the Vassar Chapel serving as the site for three events: Nathan Laube’s organ recital, the performance of Carmina Burana, and the Service of Lessons and Carols. All programs in the concert series are subject to change. For further information and up-to-date details on all Department of Music concerts, please call (845) 437-7294 or visit the website music.vassar.edu/concerts.

CONCERT DETAILS

Welcome Concert for the Freshmen Class of 2018

September 1

8:00pm         

Skinner Hall of Music

-- Members of the music department faculty will perform works by Grandjany, Dukas, Brahms, and others.

Nathan Laube, organist 

September 6 

8:00pm         

Vassar Chapel

-- Laube has quickly earned a place among the organ world’s elite performers. His creative programming of repertoire spanning five centuries, including his own virtuoso transcriptions of orchestral works, has earned high praise from critics and peers alike.

 

Bill Charlap and Renee Rosnes, pianos

September 13                      

8:00pm         

Skinner Hall of Music

-- Individually these premier jazz pianists bring passion, swing, elegance, adventure, and dynamism to their performances. As a husband and wife team thye will collaborate on extraordinary duets by Antonio Carlos Jobim, George Gershwin, Joe Henderson, Lyle Mays, and others.

Danielle Farina (adjunct instructor in music), viola, Jeewon Park and Anthony Newman, piano.

September 19          

8:00pm         

Skinner Hall of Music

-- Works by Hummel, Newman, and Schumann.

Warren Senders, Hindustani vocalist, with Rohan Prabhudesai, harmonium, and Dibyarka Chatterjee, tabla

September 20

8:00pm
Skinner Hall of Music

-- Senders is an internationally recognized vocalist, composer, and performer who has studied and rendered Northern Indian Classical ("Hindustani") music for over 30 years, and this program will present a variety of song styles of Hindustani music. The New England Conservatory of Music faculty member has extensive training in the Gwalior and Kirana gharana styles of khyal singing.  

Pomerium, vocal ensemble

September 21

3:00pm         
Skinner Hall of Music

-- This early music vocal group presents “Music for Imperial Augsburg, 1518-1548”, including excerpts from Henricus Isaac’s grand Missa Argentum et aurum, Nicolas Gombert’s Missa Sur tous regrets, and ceremonial motets by Henricus Isaac, Ludwig Senfl, and Thomas Crecquillon. Their performance is in conjunction with the exhibition "Imperial Augsburg 1475-1540: Renaissance Prints and Drawings" at Vassar’s Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, which is touring from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. 

Terry Champlin (adjunct artist in music), guitar, Helen Avakian, voice and guitar, and Sabina Torosjan, violin

September 27

8:00pm         

Skinner Hall of Music

-- A program of large chamber works and music for solo guitar by Mozart, Bach, and Champlin.

Todd Crow, piano.

September 28          

3:00pm         

Skinner Hall of Music

-- Crow (professor of music) presents a program of music inspired by the writings of E. T. A. Hoffmann, to include works by Hoffmann, Schumann, Brahms, and Tchaikovsky. Hoffman (1776-1822) is the German Romantic author, jurist, composer, music critic, draftsman and caricaturist whose novella The Nutcracker and the Mouse King is the basis for the famous ballet The Nutcracker.

Vassar College Orchestra, conducted by Eduardo Navega (lecturer in music).

October 11

8:00pm         

Skinner Hall of Music

American Choral Directors Association conference

October 31                

7:30pm         

Skinner Hall of Music

-- The Highbridge Voices Chamber Choir conducted by Mary Clementi, and the St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School Bel Canto Chorale conducted by Jared Berry, will perform as part of the annual conference of the New York State chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. The conference also features lectures and master classes, including by keynote speaker Jeffrey Douma, professor of conducting at Yale University. Concerts are free and open to the public, while lectures, master classes, and interest sessions require registration (nyacda.org).

American Choral Directors Association conference

November 1              

3:00pm

Skinner Hall of Music

-- The professional ensemble eVoco directed by David Fryling, as well as the Vassar College Choir and Women's Chorus conducted by Christine Howlett (associate professor of music), will perform as part of the annual conference of the New York State chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. The conference also features lectures and master classes, including by keynote speaker Jeffrey Douma, professor of conducting at Yale University. Concerts are free and open to the public, while lectures, master classes, and interest sessions require registration (nyacda.org).

Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble, conducted by James Osborn (adjunct artist in music).

November 9  

3:00pm         

Skinner Hall of Music

Vassar College Choir and Women’s Chorus, conducted by Christine Howlett (associate professor of music).

November 15

8:00pm         

Vassar Chapel

-- An evening length performance of the famed Carl Orff work Carmina Burana will include faculty members Todd Crow (professor of music) and Michael Pisani (professor of music), pianos, Frank Cassara (adjunct artist in music) and Trey Files (adjunct artist in music), percussion, James Ruff (adjunct artist in music), tenor, as well as guest artist Charles Wesley Evans, baritone, and the Hudson Valley-based Cappella Festiva Treble Choir.

Sophie Shao, cello.

November 16 Sunday                     

3:00pm         

Skinner Hall of Music

 -- Shao (adjunct artist in music) will feature Bach and Reger suites.

Jessie Lanza, soprano, and Jane Cardona, piano, assisted by Vassar seniors Evi Lowman  and Ilse Heine, violin, Megan Lewis, viola, and Zachary Lucero, cello.

November 22

1:30pm         

Skinner Hall of Music

-- Works by Chopin, Debussy, Schumann, Porter, Sondheim, and Bernstein. 

Vassar College Madrigal Singers, conducted by Drew Minter (lecturer in music)

November 22

8:00pm         

Skinner Hall of Music

 

Vassar and Bard faculty joint voice and piano concert

November 23
3:00pm

Skinner Hall of Music

-- A program of lilting waltzes for vocal quartet and four-hand piano will feature both sets of the Liebeslieder waltzes by Johannes Brahms. Performers will include Bard College faculty members Rufus Müller, tenor, Teresa Buchholz, mezzo-soprano, and Blair McMillan, piano, joined by Vassar College faculty members Rachel Rosales (adjunct artist in music), soprano, Robert Osborne (adjunct artist in music), bass-baritone, and Todd Crow (professor of music), piano.

 

Vassar College Jazz Ensembles, directed by James Osborn (adjunct artist in music).

December 5              

8:00pm         

Skinner Hall of Music

Vassar College Orchestra, conducted by Eduardo Navega (lecturer in music).

December 6

8:00pm

Skinner Hall of Music

A Service of Lessons and Carols, conducted by Christine Howlett (associate professor of music) and Drew Minter (lecturer in music)

December 7  

7:00pm         

Vassar Chapel

-- Vassar College Choir, Women’s Chorus, Madrigal Singers, and the Cappella Festiva Chamber and Treble Choir will perform.

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Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, August 20, 2014