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Vassar music department spring concert series offers twenty-four faculty, visiting artist, and student recital and ensemble performances, February 9-May 25, 2013

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY -- Members of the Vassar music faculty along with Vassar student soloists and ensembles, and such renowned guest artists as the Shanghai Quartet, Venti wind ensemble, Four Nations vocal ensemble, and organist James David Christie, will perform in the free concert series at the Skinner Hall of Music from February 9-May 25

Among the highlights, on February 16 organist James David Christie will mark the 10th anniversary of the Paul Fritts organ in Skinner Hall with a recital featuring works by Sweelinck, J. S. Bach, and Buxtehude. Later that month, on February 23, the Shanghai Quartet string ensemble will take the stage with works by Beethoven and Bartók, and be joined by professor Todd Crow for Brahms’s powerful Piano Quintet. 

Faculty concerts include guitarist Terry Champlin’s February 9 solo and ensemble recital with Helen Avakian, voice/guitar, Sabina Torosjan, violin, Vilian Ivantchev, guitar, and Vassar graduate Chris Connors, percussion, performing Champlin’s compositions and works by Schubert, Mozart, Mendelssohn; clarinetist Larry Guy in the wind ensemble Venti performing works by Françaix, Golestan, and Ginastera on February 10; and a March 3 recital by pianist Thomas Sauer of works by Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Peter Lieberson, and Derek Bermel. Student clarinet, composition, piano, viola, and voice recitalists will also be heard, as will students in the Vassar College Orchestra (with winners of the student concerto competition), Choir, Wind Ensemble, Madrigal Singers, Jazz Ensemble, and Women’s Chorus.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS, JANUARY 24 – MAY 25, 2013

All events take place in the Skinner Hall of Music on the Vassar campus, free and open to the public. 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.html.

FEBRUARY

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9

8:00pm

Faculty and Guest Recital.

Terry Champlin, guitar, with Helen Avakian, voice/guitar, Sabina Torosjan, violin, Vilian Ivantchev, guitar, and Vassar graduate Chris Connors ’12, percussion, will present a program of large chamber works and music for solo guitar by Schubert, Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Terry Champlin.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10

3:00pm

Faculty and Guest Recital.

Venti, the New York-based quartet whose members include faculty clarinetist  Larry Guy, will explore the tonal possibilities of woodwind instruments in works by Françaix, Golestan, and Ginastera.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16

8:00pm

The Donald and Kathleen Pearson Memorial Organ Recital.

Internationally acclaimed as one of the finest organists of his generation, James David Christie is Distinguished Artist in Residence at the College of the Holy Cross, Professor of Organ at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, and College Organist at Wellesley College. To mark the 10th Anniversary of the Paul Fritts organ in Skinner Hall, he will perform works by Sweelinck, J.S. Bach, and Buxtehude.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23

8:00pm

Guest Event.

Shanghai Quartet. Renowned for its passionate musicality and impressive technique, the Shanghai Quartet has become one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles. The quartet, whose members include Weigang Li, violin, Yi-Wen Jiang, violin, Honggang Li, viola, and Nicholas Tzavaras, cello, will present string quartets by Beethoven and Bartók, and be joined by faculty member Todd Crow for Brahms’s powerful Piano Quintet.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24

3:00pm

Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble. James Osborn, conductor. 

MARCH

SATURDAY, MARCH 2

1:30pm

Senior Recital.

Catherine Shaw, clarinet. Assisted by Todd Crow, piano. Works by Brahms, Weber, Bernstein, and others.

8:00pm

Vassar College Orchestra. Eduardo Navega, conductor.

SUNDAY, MARCH 3

3:00pm

Faculty Recital. Thomas Sauer, piano. Works by Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Peter Lieberson, and Derek Bermel.

SATURDAY, MARCH 30

1:30pm

Senior Recital. John Plotz, piano. Works by Shostakovich, Schumann, Liszt, Ravel, Bach, and Chopin.

4:00pm

Senior Recital. John Lee, viola. Assisted by Todd Crow,piano. Works by Bach, Bruch, and Bartók. 

APRIL

SATURDAY, APRIL 6

4:00pm

Senior Recital. Emma Greenstein, soprano. Assisted by Darren Motise, piano. Music of Mendelssohn, Barber, Bellini, Donizetti, and Milhaud.

7:30pm

Senior Recital. Rebecca Shulbank-Smith, soprano. Assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano, Emily Nash ’13, soprano, Case Stewart ’13, soprano, and Ryan Norris ’14, tenor. Music of Rodgers and Hart, Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Jerry Herman, and Cole Porter.

Alumnae House

SUNDAY, APRIL 7

3:00pm

Vassar College Women’s Chorus. Ronald Bemrich, conductor. “Love Bade Me Welcome,” with works by Walter Watson, Randall Thompson, Edward Elgar, and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

FRIDAY, APRIL 12

8:00pm

Faculty and Guest Recital. Robert Osborne, bass-baritone, with Blair MacMillan, piano, and Four Nations Ensemble. Exploring vocal music on the subject of Don Quixote, the musicians will perform works by Ibert, Morin, Ravel, and Rodrigo.

SATURDAY, APRIL 13

1:30pm

Senior Recital. Jesse Greenberg, composition. Assisted by Todd Crow, piano, Catherine Shaw ’13, clarinet, Evi Lowman ’15, violin, and others in a performance of new works. Also on the program will be solo works for percussion and piano by Ichiyanagi, Schoenberg, and Xenakis, performed by Jesse Greenberg.

4:00pm

Senior Recital. Olivia Tousignant-Pienkos, soprano. Assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano. Music of Gershwin, Gilbert and Sullivan, Holmes, Satie, Mozart, and Bernstein.

SUNDAY, APRIL 14

3:00pm

Vassar College Choir. Ronald Bemrich, conductor. “Music From The New World,” with works by Charles Ives, Alberto Ginastera, Eric Whitacre, Pablo Casals, and José Nunes-Garcia.

SATURDAY, APRIL 20

1:30pm

Senior Recital. Elizabeth McLean, soprano. Assisted by Richard Mogavero, piano. Music of Granados, Schumann, Mozart, Sondheim, Hahn, Gershwin & Weill, Donaudy, Massenet, Moore & Latouche, and Tesori.

4:00pm

Senior Recital. Thomas Hochla, baritone. Assisted by David Alpher, piano. Music of Schubert, Mahler, Handel, and Vaughan Williams.

FRIDAY, APRIL 26

8:00pm

Vassar College Jazz Ensembles. James Osborn, director.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27

5:00pm

Vassar College Madrigal Singers. Drew Minter, conductor. A concert celebrating the St. John’s Bible in conjunction with The Bible Project at Vassar College.

SUNDAY, APRIL 28

3:00pm

Vassar College and Community Wind Ensemble. James Osborn, conductor. 

MAY

FRIDAY, MAY 3

8:00pm

Vassar College Orchestra. Eduardo Navega, conductor.

FRIDAY, MAY 10

8:00pm

Opera Workshop. Drew Minter, director, and Miriam Charney, music director. “Orpheus With His Lute: Scenes from the Orpheus Operas” by Monteverdi, Gluck, Offenbach, and Philip Glass.

SATURDAY, MAY 25

3:00pm

Commencement Concert for the Class of 2013. Presented by members of the music faculty. 

ABOUT THE VASSAR COLLEGE DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC

Formed with the college’s opening in 1865, the Department of Music offers an extensive program for majors and non-majors to explore performance, composition, history, and theory. Students are encouraged to gain a broad perspective in these areas. With a student-to-faculty ratio of approximately eleven to one, and an average class size of 15, the department is able to support individual students as they work to realize their full musical potential.

Vassar College strives to make its events, performances, and facilities accessible to all. Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations must contact the Office of Campus Activities at least 48 hours in advance of an event, Mondays-Fridays, at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space/and or assistance may not be available. For detailed information about accessibility to specific campus facilities, search for “campus accessibility information” on the Vassar homepage (http://www.vassar.edu).

Vassar College is located at 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY, and directions to the campus can be found at http://www.vassar.edu/directions.

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

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, January 31, 2013