Eleventh Annual Summer Classical Series Begins July 9

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – The chamber music of Johannes Brahms, Franz Schubert, Anton Webern, and Maurice Ravel, and the organ music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Heinrich Scheidemann and Georg Bohm performed on Vassar's 2, 418-pipe Paul Fritts organ, will highlight the college's eleventh annual summer classical series, opening Sunday evening July 9 at the Skinner Hall of Music. Pianists Todd Crow and Richard Wilson, organist Merellyn Gallagher, mezzo-soprano Mary Nessinger, and cellist Sophie Shao, all from the Vassar faculty, will be featured performers and composers in the series of three free public concerts:

Sunday, July 9, 8:00 p.m.
Stephanie Chase, violin
Mark Shuman, cello
Patrick Pridemore, horn
Todd Crow, piano
Music of Webern (Two Pieces for Cello and Piano), Brahms (Trio for Horn,
Violin, and Piano, Op. 40,
) and Ravel (Piano Trio in A minor)

Sunday, July 16, 3:00 p.m.
Merellyn Gallagher, organist
Music of J.S. Bach, Scheidemann, and Bohm, performed on the Paul Fritts organ

Sunday, July 23, 3:00 p.m.
Mary Nessinger, mezzo-soprano
Rolf Schulte, violin
Sophie Shao, cello
Richard Wilson, piano
Music of Schubert (Trio in B-flat, work for violin and piano) and Wilson (Music for Violin and Cello)

All three concerts in the series are free and open to the public. For more information, call (845) 437-7294, and go to

The air conditioned Skinner Hall of Music is wheelchair-accessible, and people with disabilities requiring accommodations should call the Office of Campus Activities (845-437-5370). Free parking is available at Skinner Hall, and the campus's adjoining south parking lot. Directions to the Town of Poughkeepsie campus are available at

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, June 2, 2006