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Vassar Music Department releases Fall Concert Series

Three guest recitals and more than a dozen performances by Vassar students and faculty are on tap for the Music Department’s Fall Concert Series at Belle Skinner Hall of Music

Boston’s nine-woman Lorelei Ensemble will kick off the guest appearances with a concert on Sept. 22. Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, Music America’s Vocalist of the Year in 2009, will give a performance Oct. 5, and the Flamenco group A Palo Seco will perform Oct. 27.

The concert series begins Sept. 2 with a “Welcome to the Class of 2022,” featuring Vassar faculty members Mary Nessinger, Yenne Lee, Thomas Sauer and Amy Schroeder. The series continues Sept. 14 with Music faculty and guests presenting An  Evening of Jazz .

Following is a complete list of fall concerts. All performances are free and open to the public. Doors generally open a half-hour prior to the event, and no reservations are required. For more information, visit

Sunday, Sept. 2, 8 p.m.: Welcome Concert for the Class of 2022
Presented by members of the music department faculty: Yenne Lee, guitar, Mary Nessinger, mezzo-soprano, Thomas Sauer, piano, and Amy Schroeder, violin.

Friday, Sept. 14, 8 p.m.: Faculty Recital: An evening of jazz, featuring current and former Vassar College Music Department faculty members including Jim Osborn, trumpet and flugelhorn, Dr. Christopher Brellochs, saxophones, Peter Tomlinson, piano, Lou Pappas, bass, and Tom Melito, drums. The concert will feature original compositions and jazz standards.

Saturday, Sept. 22, 8 p.m.: Guest Recital by Lorelei Ensemble, recognized nationally for its bold and inventive programs that champion the virtuosic capability of the human voice. Lorelei is an all-professional vocal ensemble comprising nine women whose expertise ranges from early to contemporary repertoire.

Sunday, Sept. 23, 3 p.m.: Faculty Recital: Chamber Music and Opera Scenes by Jonathan Chenette
This concert of original compositions includes Fantasy and Fugue on BACH for violin, cello, and piano, Duo Variations for double bass and harp, Elegy and Affirmation for cello and piano, and five scenes from the opera Eric Hermannson's Soul, based on a story by Willa Cather. Performers will include Vassar faculty members and guests.
Friday, Oct. 5, 8 p.m.: Guest Recital by Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe. Blythe was named Vocalist of the Year in 2009 by Music America and is the recipient of the 2007 Opera News Award and the 1999 Richard Tucker Award. On Oct. 6, Ms. Blythe will present a master class for Vassar music students.

Saturday, Oct. 6, 8 p.m.: Vassar College Orchestra Eduardo Navega, conductor.

Saturday, Oct. 13, 3:30 p.m.: A Day at Vassar Concert, presented by members of the music department faculty.

Saturday, Oct. 27, 8 p.m.: Guest Recital by A Palo Seco Flamenco Company. Hailed as “a fest for the eyes and the ears,” A Palo Seco Flamenco Company aims to expose people to an innovative way of looking at Flamenco, combining traditional techniques with a modern, metropolitan flair. “A Palo Seco” refers to bare-bones style of flamenco music, often consisting of singing or percussion alone. This stripped-down aesthetic has become a central theme in artistic director Rebeca Tomas’ choreography, characterizing her biggest departures from tradition while also rooting her work in the emotional rawness that lies at the heart of the art of Flamenco.

Sunday, Oct. 28, 3 p.m.*: Faculty & Guest Recital: Shouldering the Dead. Courtenay Budd, soprano; Sophie Shao, cello; and Erika Switzer, piano, present songs for soprano, cello, and piano on the themes of death, sensuality, longing, and separation.
* Please note: a previous printed piece had a misprint of 8 p.m.; the confirmed time is 3 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 3, 8 p.m.: Vassar College Women's Chorus. 
Works by Ysaye Barnwell, Abbie Betinis, David Lang, Dale Trumbore, and featuring Moon Goddess by Jocelyn Hagen. Christine Howlett, conductor and Susan Brown, piano.

Sunday, Nov. 4, 3 p.m.: Faculty and Guest Recital: Frank Cassara, percussion, Helen Lin, piano
This husband and wife team will present a concert of contemporary music written for or arranged for the piano-percussion combination as well as pieces from their solo repertoire. Composers will include Stravinsky, Adams, Mellits, Xenakis and Glass.

Saturday, Nov. 10, 1:30 p.m.: Senior Recital: Allison Breeze, assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano. Featuring sworks by Faure, Gounod, Sondheim and others.

Saturday, Nov. 10, 4 p.m.: Senior Recital: Ava Linvog, piano, featuring works by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, and Liszt.

Saturday, Nov. 10, 8 p.m.: Vassar College Chamber Singers, featuring Flower Songs by Persichetti with string quintet. Ronald A. Bemrich, conductor.

Sunday, Nov. 11, 3 p.m.: Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble. James Osborn, conductor.

Sunday, Nov. 18, 2 p.m.: Pre-Concert Talk with Professor Kathryn Libin. 3 p.m.: Vassar College Choir: Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor K. 427.  Discover the mysteries behind one of Mozart’s most grandiose, yet unfinished, works in a new edition. Christine Howlett, conductor.

Saturday, Dec. 1, 8 p.m.: Vassar College Orchestra Eduardo Navega, conductor.

Sunday, Dec. 2, 7 p.m.: Lessons & Carols. This annual Advent service includes readings, choral anthems, and congregational carols that culminates in a stunning candle lighting ceremony. Featuring the Vassar College Choir, Chamber Singers, and Women's Chorus, and Cappella Festiva Chamber and Treble Choir. Christine Howlett, Ronald Bemrich, and Matt Zydel, conductors. Sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and the Vassar College Music Department.

Thursday, Dec. 6, 8 p.m.: Vassar College Chamber Ensembles Eduardo Navega, director.

Friday, Dec. 7, 8 p.m.: Vassar College Jazz Ensembles & Jazz Combos James Osborn, director.

Saturday, Dec. 8, 1:30 p.m.: Senior Recital: George Luton, voice.

Sunday, Dec. 9, 3 p.m.: Senior Recital: Daniel Melody, viola. Assisted by Thomas Sauer.

Music on the Bridge:  Thursdays, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 29 at noon: 12pm.
Join us at the Bridge Café in the Bridge for Laboratory Sciences for 30-minute lunchtime recital series by members of the Vassar College Chamber Music Program.

Vassar College is a coeducational, independent residential liberal arts college in Poughkeepsie, NY, founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, August 31, 2018