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Music Department announces schedule of free concerts for the spring 2015 semester

The Vassar College Music Department has announced its concert schedule for the spring 2015 semester. From January 28 through May 30, the department will present a varied series of free public concerts on campus, including the talent of the college’s faculty and students as well as guest group Decoda (2/21), a dynamic chamber ensemble.

Several concerts are part of Modfest, Vassar’s annual exploration of 20th and 21st century arts, including a Cabaret Night (2/6) and a Valentine’s Day Jazz Show (2/14) featuring the Brian Mann Trio. Other highlights of the spring concert series include a performance, Alice in Our Times: Fantasy Surrealism and Nonsense (1/31), inspired by the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice in Wonderland. This concert features music by Vassar faculty composers Susan Botti, Jonathan Chenette, and Richard Wilson based on texts by Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, and the acclaimed poet Edward Hirsch, who will read as part of the program.

The college’s musical groups, the Vassar College Orchestra, Vassar College Choir, Vassar Women’s Chorus, Mahagonny Ensemble and the Community Wind ensemble will also perform at various times.

A series of senior recitals will begin February 28, showcasing the work of Vassar’s graduating class of music students.

Skinner Hall of Music is the primary venue for the series, though exceptions are noted in the concert listings. 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

JANUARY

28 Wednesday
Modfest Music Library Display:  The Vassar College Music Library presents a display highlighting Modfest music activities and musicians, curated by Sarah Canino, music librarian. Open daily.
Skinner Hall of Music, first floor

30 Friday

9:00pm
Modfest Concert: Vassar Jazz Combos.  The student ensembles present a colorful variety of jazz styles. James Osborn, director of the jazz groups.
Main Building, Villard Room, second floor

 

31 Saturday

8:00pm
Modfest Concert: Alice In Our Times: Fantasy, Surrealism, and Nonsense.  

Music by Vassar composers Jonathan Chenette, Susan Botti and Richard Wilson on texts by Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, James Norman Hall, Joe Orton (somewhat), and Edward Hirsch, who will read as part of the program.
Skinner Hall of Music

Note: emergency snow date is Sunday, February 8 at 3:00pm.
In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be rescheduled for Sunday, February 8 at 3:00pm. Please contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370 for the most current information regarding weather-related cancellations.

 

FEBRUARY

1 Sunday
3:00pm

Modfest Concert: Percussion and Viola

Violist Ralph Farris and percussionist Frank Cassara, adjunct artist in music, in a program of works for this unusual combination.  Among the composers are Farris and Cassara themselves as well as Janice Giteck, Kenji Bunch, Linda Bouchard, and Randy Woolf.

Skinner Hall of Music

2 Monday

8:00pm

Modfest Presentation: Hearing Wonderland: The Strange Sounds of Alice's Adventures.

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of first publication of Alice in Wonderland, this talk examines the sound worlds created by Lewis Carrol in 'Alice in Wonderland' and the various ways in which filmmakers have sought to present this classic tale through film score and sound design. Presented by Justin Patch, adjunct assistant professor in music.

Skinner Hall of Music, Music Library Listening Classroom, first floor

5 Thursday

7:00pm
Modfest Concert: ChoralFest. Cappella Festiva Treble Choir, Vassar College Choir and Vassar College Women's Chorus.  Christine Howlett, conductor.

"ChoralFest" will begin with the young voices of the Cappella Festiva Treble Choir, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland with performances of Beautiful Soup by Tom Benjamin, Will you walk a little faster? by John Carter and Jabberwocky by David Brunner.  The Vassar College Choir and Women’s Chorus will perform music of composers including Thomas Juneau, Tarik O'Regan, Timothy Takach, Maxim Vladimiroff, and others.

Skinner Hall of Music

6 Friday

8:00pm

Modfest Cabaret Night.

A sampling of the Great American Songbook: Gershwin, Kern, Porter, Berlin, Rodgers, Sondheim, and others. Featuring students from the Vassar College Music Department. At the piano will be music department accompanist David Alpher, with direction by cabaret singer Jennie Litt.

Main Building, Rose Parlor, second floor

7 Saturday

11:00am

Modfest Open Rehearsal. Mahagonny Ensembles.

Conducted by Julia Boscov-Ellen ’15 and Samuel Plotkin ’15. Composers Timothy Takach and Jesse Greenberg ’13 coach the student-run contemporary groups in the preparation of their works. Following the rehearsal, there will be a lunch with an opportunity to speak with the composers in room 303 of Skinner Hall.

Skinner Hall of Music

8:00pm

Modfest Concert by the Vassar Ensembles.

The Vassar College Orchestra performs works by Pete Hope and Osvaldo Lacerda; Vassar Madrigals, prepared by Drew Minter, performs works by Irving Fine and William Schuman; and the Mahagonny Ensembles perform a work by composers Timothy Takach and a première by alumnus Jesse Greenberg ’13. Eduardo Navega, Julia Boscov-Ellen ’15 and Samuel Plotkin ’15, conductors.

Skinner Hall of Music

12 Thursday

4:00 pm

7:00pm

Modfest Presentation at Late Night at the Lehman Loeb.

Chamber music and readings of original prose and poetry by Vassar students from the classes of Eduardo Navega, lecturer in music and director of the program in chamber music, and Jean Kane and Michael Joyce, professors of English.

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

14 Saturday

8:00pm

Modfest Concert: My Funny Valentine; Jazz for Valentine’s Day

The Brian Mann Trio.

Brian Mann, associate professor of music, piano; with Sean Smith, double bass, and Craig Wuepper, drums.

Skinner Hall of Music

15 Sunday    

3:00pm         

Faculty Recital. Paul Bellino, trombone, with James Fitzwilliam, piano. Works by Galliard, Larsson, Bernstein, and Mahler.

Skinner Hall of Music

21 Saturday              

8:00pm         

Guest Event. Decoda. The dynamic chamber group, an Affiliate Ensemble of Carnegie Hall, completes its three-day residency at Vassar with a concert featuring works by Mozart, Brahms, Britten, Hersant, and the world premiere of “Distractions,” a sextet written for Decoda by Richard Wilson.
Skinner Hall of Music

28 Saturday              

1:30pm

Senior Recital: Lydia Ciaputa, soprano. Assisted by David Alpher, piano. Featuring works by Handel, Faure, Rachmaninoff, Mozart, Schubert, Fields, Barber, and Bernstein.
Skinner Hall of Music

4:00   

Senior Recital: Patrick Brady, tenor. Assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano. Music of Handel, Bach, Beethoven, Sondheim, and more. 

Skinner Hall of Music

MARCH

 

1 Sunday                   

3:00pm         

Faculty Recital. Thomas Sauer, piano. Works by Mozart, George Walker, Thomas Adès, and Chopin.

Skinner Hall of Music

7 Saturday                

1:30pm         

Senior Recital: Julia Boscov-Ellen, conducting and composition. Featuring choral music by Hildegard von Bingen, Mozart, Takach, Lauridsen and more, as well as original works by Boscov-Ellen for instrumental ensembles. Assisted by members of the Vassar College Choir, Women’s Chorus, Mahagonny Choir and others. 
Skinner Hall of Music

4:00pm         

Senior Recital: Hannah Snyder-Samuelson, soprano. Assisted by James Fitzwilliam, piano. With Evi Lowman ’15 and Ilse Heine ’15, violins, Megan Lewis ’15, viola, and Zachary Lucero ’15, cello, Rachel Fuerstman ’16, alto, and Sarah Ragan ’17, alto. Works by J.S. Bach, Handel, Schubert, Poulenc, and others.
Skinner Hall of Music

8:00pm         

Vassar College Orchestra. Eduardo Navega, conductor.

Skinner Hall of Music

8 Sunday
3:00pm         

Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble. James Osborn, conductor.
Skinner Hall of Music

12 Thursday

8:00pm         

Faculty Recital. Blanca Uribe, professor emerita, and Richard Wilson present music for two pianos by Schumann, Stravinsky, Infante, Rimsky-Korsakov and Britten, marking the 40th anniversary of their first two-piano program at Vassar. POSTPONED: NEW DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Skinner Hall of Music

APRIL

 

4 Saturday                

1:30pm         

Senior Recital: Jack Cazet, guitar. Featuring solo works for guitar by Sor, Brouwer, Giuliani, Bogdanović, and others.
Skinner Hall of Music

 

11 Saturday              

1:30pm         

Senior Recital: Madison Hayes, mezzo-soprano. Assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano, and Ella Middleton '15, soprano. Works by Mozart, Fauré, Hahn, and Purcell. 
Skinner Hall of Music

4:00pm         

Senior Recital: Evi Lowman and Ilse Heine, violins, Megan Lewis, viola, and Zachary Lucero, cello. Assisted by Jane Cardona ’15, piano. Chamber works by Beethoven, Ester Mägi, and Schumann.
Skinner Hall of Music

8:00pm
Vassar College Choir. Christine Howlett, conductor.

Skinner Hall of Music

18 Saturday
1:30pm         

Senior Recital: Matthew Mendoza, piano, and Sam Fritschel, guitar. Assisted by Max Goldstein ’15, bass, Sam Judkis ’14, drums, and Chris Rosenberg’15, saxophone. A night of contemporary jazz solo, duo, and combo performances featuring works by Kurt Rosenwinkel, Robert Glasper, Wayne Shorter, Thelonious Monk, Sam Fritschel, and Matthew Mendoza.
Skinner Hall of Music

4:00pm         

Senior Recital: Ella Middleton, soprano. Assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano, and Madison Hayes ’15, mezzo-soprano. Music of Handel, Schubert, Mozart, Fauré, Gluck, and Verdi.
Skinner Hall of Music

 

8:00pm
Vassar College Madrigal Singers. Drew Minter, conductor.

Skinner Hall of Music

 

25 Saturday
1:30pm         

Senior Recital: Jacob Damsky, baritone, and Frank Hoffman, piano. Assisted by David Alpher, piano. Works by Vaughan Williams, Wolf, Duparc, Chopin, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and others. 
Skinner Hall of Music

 

4:00pm         

Senior Recital: Zoe Adams, mezzo-soprano, and Alexandra Prow, mezzo-soprano. Assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano. Works by Debussy, Berlioz, Mozart, Monteverdi, Mahler, and Rorem. 
Skinner Hall of Music


8:00pm         

Vassar College Women’s Chorus. Christine Howlett, conductor.

Skinner Hall of Music

 

 

 

MAY

 

1 Friday                     

8:00pm         

Vassar College Jazz Ensembles.  James Osborn, director.
Skinner Hall of Music

2 Saturday                

1:30pm         

Senior Recital: Sam Plotkin, composition. A program of original works performed by Noah Boden ’17 and Jake Sheehy ’15, violins, Joanna Plotkin ’17, viola, Zachary Lucero ’15, cello, and many others.
Skinner Hall of Music

4:00pm         

Senior Recital: Regina Krawiec, soprano. Assisted by David Alpher, piano. Works by Britten, Purcell, Tosti, Rossini, Schumann, Berlioz and others.

Skinner Hall of Music

3 Sunday

3:00pm

Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble.  James Osborn, conductor.

Skinner Hall of Music

8 Friday
8:00pm         

Vassar College Orchestra.  Eduardo Navega, conductor.

Skinner Hall of Music

30 Saturday              

3:00pm         

Commencement Concert for the Class of 2015. Presented by members of the music department faculty.

Skinner Hall of Music

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, December 3, 2014