Vassar music ensembles will perform in New York City at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 26, 2009.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY-On April 26, 2009, the Vassar College ensembles will perform in the Frederick P. Rose Hall of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. The performance will begin at 3pm and is open to the public. Tickets are required ($7.50 each), and are available for purchase online at, by telephone at (212) 721-6500, or in-person at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office, Columbus Circle (Broadway a 60th Street).

This special event will feature performances by the Vassar College Orchestra, Eduardo Navega, conductor; the Vassar College Women's Chorus and Vassar College Choir, both conducted by Christine Howlett; the Vassar College Madrigal Singers, directed by Drew Minter; and the Opera Workshop, directed by Drew Minter, with Miriam Charney, music director and pianist.

The Vassar College Orchestra will perform, with the Vassar College Women's Chorus, Claude Debussy's Salut Printemps; with the Vassar College Choir, the finale of Arthur Honegger's Le Roi David; and Franz Liszt's Les Preludes, Symphonic Poem No. 3.

The Vassar College Women's Chorus will perform Ron Jeffers's "Hay un Rio"; "Flos Regalis" from a 14th c. manuscript; Tarik O'Regan's "Columba Aspexit"; Yehudi Wyner's "Shir hashirim"; and Franz Schubert's Psalm 23, Op. 132, accompanied by pianist Bradley Klein, class of 2009.

The Vassar College Choir will perform Lodovico Viadana's "Exsultate justi"; Claude Debussy's "Dieu, qu'il la fait bon regarder" and "L'hiver vous n'etes qu'un villain" from Trois Chansons de Charles d'Orléans with soprano Alyssa Cowley, mezzo-soprano Jacquelyn Matava, tenor Nicholas Hebert, and baritone Remy Canario; Morten Lauridsen's "Dirait-on" from Chansons des Roses, with pianist Peter Ludlow, class of 2009; and Carol Barnett's arrangement of "My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord," with tenor Zachary Mark, class of 2009.

The 19 members of the Vassar College Madrigal Singers will perform Carlo Gesualdo's "O vos omnes" and Thomas Tallis' "The Lamentations of Jeremiah," part 1.

In addition members of the Opera Workshop will be featured in selections from two Rossini operas: L'Italiana in Algeri and Il Barbiere di Seviglia. Mezzo-soprano Jacquelyn Matava (Isabella) with Nicholas Hebert, Seth Biberstein, Jon Roth (Eunuchs) will perform the aria "Cruda sorte" from L'Italiana in Algeri; tenor Nicholas Hebert (Count Almaviva), baritone Seth Biberstein (Figaro), and mezzo-soprano Lauren Sherman (Rosina) will perform a scene from Act I of Il Barbiere di Seviglia, including the aria "L'amoroso e sincero Lindoro" and the duet "All'idea di quell metallo"; for the sextet "Fredda ed immobile" and ensemble "Mi par d'esser con la testa," Sherman (Rosina), Hebert (Count Almaviva), and Biberstein (Figaro) will be joined by Remy Canario (Don Bartolo), Sarah Kelts (Berta), and Jon Roth (Don Basilio) with an ensemble of eight singers: Casey Blair, Alison Goodman, Jacquelyn Matava, Gail Nakano, Allison Ross, Clair Walsh, Zachary Mark, Peter Walker.

The Frederick P. Rose Hall was a gift to Jazz at Lincoln Center by the family foundation of the late Frederick P. Rose and Sandra Priest Rose, Vassar Class of 1950.

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. For additional information visit the website

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

Posted by Office of Communications Monday, April 13, 2009