The Department of Music will present a lecture by musicologist Jessica Waldoff and a recital and lecture with baritone Thomas Meglioranza during the Music Colloquium series April 14 and 23, 2009.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY--The Vassar College Department of Music's April Music Colloquium series will present a lecture by musicologist Jessica Waldoff on Thursday, April 16, and a recital and lecture by baritone Thomas Meglioranza, accompanied by pianist Thomas Sauer, on Thursday, April 23. Both these presentations, which are free and open to the public, will begin at 5pm in Thekla Hall (room 400) of the Skinner Hall of Music.

Musicologist Jessica Waldoff will examine the two of Mozart's operas in the lecture, "When is Love Not a Duet: The Art of Seduction in the Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni" (4/16, 5pm).

Waldoff, an internationally recognized scholar of the 18th-century and opera studies, specializes in the intersection of literature and music and in literary approaches to music. Her publication, Recognition in Mozart's Operas, was published by Oxford University Press (OUP). Current projects include an essay for OUP's new Mozart Compendium, a paper on the topic of the sentimental in late 18th-century Italian opera, and a larger study on recognition and enlightenment in Mozart's operas. She is an associate professor of music at the College of the Holy Cross.

Baritone Thomas Meglioranza, who has been hailed for his "vocal distinction and expressive warmth" (The Boston Globe), will be joined by pianist Thomas Sauer, a member of the Vassar music faculty, for the program, "Beethoven in 1816: The Distant Beloved and Late Style" (4/23, 5pm).

Meglioranza, one of the country's most sought-after and unique young singers, was a winner of the 2005 Walter W. Naumburg International Competition, 2002 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, the 2002 Joy in Singing Award, among others. His recent projects included a number of concerts and recitals in New York City, London, Houston, Panama City, Sarasota, Saratoga Springs, the Lanaudičre Festival and at his alma mater, Grinnell College. This year also saw the release of his first solo CD devoted entirely to Franz Schubert's songs.

Pianist Sauer is highly sought after as soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. A member of the Mannes Trio, ensemble-in-residence at the Mannes College of Music in New York City, he also collaborates frequently with the renowned instrumentalists Midori and Colin Carr.

Music has occupied a place of prominence at Vassar College since its founding, in its curriculum, faculty, student activities, and facilities. Formed in 1865, the Department of Music offers an extensive program encompassing opportunities for majors and non-majors to explore performance, composition, history, and theory in depth. Students are encouraged to gain a broad perspective in several or all of these areas. With a student-to-faculty ratio of approximately eleven to one, and an average class size of fifteen, the department is able to support individual students as they work to realize their full musical potential.

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

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, April 8, 2009