Members of the Vassar College music faculty along with Vassar student soloists and ensembles, and such renowned guest artists as the Dover Quartet, Apollo's Fire: The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, organist Robert Bates, and the Aulos Ensemble, will perform in the annual free concert series at Skinner Hall of Music from August 30 through December 6.
The Dover Quartet, Grand Prize winners of the prestigious Banff International String Quartet Competition, will perform Wolf's Italian Serenade and Janáåek's Quartet No. 2, "Intimate Letters." Piano faculty member Todd Crow then joins the dynamic young ensemble for Schumann's exuberant Piano Quintet (9/5). The Donald and Kathleen Pearson Memorial Organ Recital will feature University of Houston's Moores School of Music professor Robert Bates in concert on the Paul Fritts organ in Skinner Hall (9/27). Vassar alumna Amanda Forsythe '98 will be the featured soprano soloist with Apollo's Fire: The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra in a program titled "The Power of Love: Fireworks from Handel & Vivaldi" (11/22).
Professor emerita Blanca Uribe and faculty member Richard Wilson will mark the 40th anniversary of their first two-piano program at Vassar with works by Schumann, Stravinsky, Infante, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Britten (9/20). In October, professors James Osborn, Peter Tomlinson, and Lou Pappas will present an evening of jazz collaborations, including original works by Mr. Tomlinson (10/24). The Aulos Ensemble, which includes violin faculty member Linda Quan, will present "Handel's London" in collaboration with countertenor and voice faculty member Drew Minter (10/25). Also from the faculty this fall, pianist Todd Crow will perform works by Bartók, Debussy, Chopin and others (10/4), and Gail Archer will perform an all-Russian program on the Vassar College Chapel's Gress-Miles organ (11/15).
Student organ and vocal (soprano) recitalists will be heard this fall, as will students in the Vassar College Orchestra, Women's Chorus, Wind Ensemble, Madrigal Singers, Choir, and Jazz Ensembles. Notably, the Women's Chorus will perform a program for Allhallowtide titled " A Little Night Music," (10/30), and the Vassar College Choir will present Purcell's beloved Dido and Aeneas in a semi-staged version with orchestra.
The college's fall music series will once again conclude in the Vassar Chapel with A Service of Lessons and Carols, a beloved community event of seasonal readings, choral anthems, and congregational carols conducted by professors Christine Howlett and Drew Minter, and featuring the Vassar College Choir, Women's Chorus, Madrigal Singers, and Cappella Festiva Chamber and Treble Choirs (12/6).
Free and open to the public, all events take place in the Skinner Hall of Music on the Vassar campus, unless otherwise indicated. 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 the website http://music.vassar.edu/concerts/.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS, AUGUST 30-DECEMBER 6
Fall 2015 music department concerts
30 Sun. 8:00pm
Welcome Concert for the Class of 2019. Presented by members of the music department faculty: Gail Archer, organ, Paul Bellino, trombone, Mary Nessinger, mezzo-soprano, Robert Osborne, bass-baritone, Thomas Sauer, piano, and Richard Wilson, piano.
5 Sat. 8:00pm
Dover Quartet. The exceptional young string quartet performs Wolf's Italian Serenade and Janáåek's Quartet No. 2, "Intimate Letters." Faculty member Todd Crow then joins the ensemble for Schumann's exuberant Piano Quintet.
A Barbara Woods Morgan Event
20 Sun., 3:00pm
Blanca Uribe, professor emerita, and Richard Wilson, piano. The duo presents music for two pianos by Schumann, Stravinsky, Infante, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Britten, marking the 40th anniversary of their first two-piano program at Vassar.
27 Sun. 3:00pm
The Donald and Kathleen Pearson Memorial Organ Recital. Professor of Organ at the University of Houston's Moores School of Music, Robert Bates has been hailed by The American Organist as having "a beautifully refined technique, a profound understanding of rhythm and its subtleties, and a thorough sense of style." He will present works by J.S. Bach, Buxtehude, and Brahms on the Paul Fritts organ in Skinner Hall.
3 Sat. 8:00pm
Vassar College Orchestra. Eduardo Navega, conductor.
4 Sun. 3:00pm
Todd Crow, piano. Works by Bartók, Debussy, Chopin and others.
24 Sat. 8:00pm
Fall Jazz Event. Faculty members James Osborn, trumpet, Peter Tomlinson, piano, and Louis Pappas, bass, present an evening of jazz collaborations including original works by Mr. Tomlinson.
25 Sun. 3:00pm
Aulos Ensemble with Drew Minter, countertenor. "Handel's London." George Frederic Handel had an extraordinary international career, in an age when most of the great composers spent their lives close to the place of their birth. When he visited London for the first time in 1711 and permanently settled there one year later, he was welcomed as the most acclaimed composer of his day. He found a city hungry for his operas and when he left his native Germany for Italy, he quickly assimilated the styles and culture (notably the music of Henry Purcell) of his new home. The program contains Purcell's Suite from The Fairy Queen and selected airs, Handel's Agrippina and some chamber music from his time in London, and a quartet by Georg Philip Telemann, a life-long friend and correspondent of Handel.
30 Fri. 8:00pm
Vassar College Women's Chorus. Christine Howlett, conductor. "A Little Night Music." Music for Allhallowtide featuring works by Mendelssohn, Verdi, Britten, Libby Larsen, and others.
7 Sat. 8:00pm
Vassar College Choir. Christine Howlett, conductor, Drew Minter, stage director. Purcell's beloved Dido and Aeneas is presented in a semi-staged version with orchestra.
8 Sun. 3:00pm
Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble. James Osborn, conductor.
14 Sat. 12:00pm
Senior Recital: Patrick Walker, organ. Works for solo organ by Buxtehude, J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn, Messiaen, and Reger. Members of the Vassar Camerata join for Handels Concerto for Organ No. 13, "The Cuckoo and the Nightingale." The concert will begin in Skinner Hall and, after a brief intermission, will conclude in the Chapel.
15 Sun. 3:00pm
Gail Archer, organ. An all-Russian program on the Vassar College Chapel's Gress-Miles organ.
21 Sat. 4:00pm
Senior Recital: Corinne Cotta, soprano. Assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano. Works by J.S. Bach, Brahms, Gounod, Mozart, Rossini and others.
21 Sat. 8:00pm
Vassar College Orchestra. Eduardo Navega, conductor.
22 Sun. 3:00pm
Apollo's Fire: The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra. "The Power of Love: Fireworks from Handel & Vivaldi." Jeannette Sorrell, conductor, and Amanda Forsythe, soprano. Vassar alumna Ms. Forsythe '98 collaborates with the esteemed early music ensemble.
A Dickinson-Kayden Event
4 Fri. 8:00pm
Vassar College Jazz Ensembles. James Osborn, director.
5 Sat. 3:00pm
Vassar College Madrigal Singers. Drew Minter, conductor. "Caroling, Caroling Near and Far: A Program of Seasonal Carols from Different Lands."
6 Sun 7:00pm
A Service of Lessons and Carols. Christine Howlett and Drew Minter, conductors. Vassar College Choir, Madrigal Singers, and Women's Chorus, and Cappella Festiva Chamber and Treble Choir. This annual Christmas service includes readings, choral anthems, and congregational carols that culminates in a candle lighting ceremony.
NOTE: This event takes place in the Chapel.