The Arts

Past Events

Indra Spring Flow Tenri Rehearsal

​​Digital scores can change in real time during a performance, allowing for exciting and spontaneous interaction and improvisation. This workshop will explore this emerging performance practice using the software Indra, culminating in a conducted group improvisation. Participants should bring an instrument and a Mac laptop. A student-only event. Registration required.

Modfest word mark

Honoring the founders of MODfest, we celebrate the “meanings and measures” of modern musical works: Richard Wilson’s Avuncularities (2022) for solo trombone and Perplexities (2022) for oboe and English horn, violin, viola, and cello; and Serenity (2021) for solo piano by Jonathan Chenette.

This is an in-person event that will also be streamed live

Sketching Loss and Remembrance: An Art Workshop. Work alongside Kate McGloughlin in creating your own original work using India ink. Art supplies provided free of charge. Please email creativearts@vassar.edu to reserve a spot, space is limited. 

Vassar College’s Muslim Students Association (MSA) presents excerpts from the new play Wedding Scraps by Arshia Iqbal ’23a senior thesis project that serves as a funny peek into the world of diasporic Desi kids and their collective efforts to find home.

Photo graph of photo collage featuring multiple circular images on a white field
Jan 27, 12:00–1:00 p.m.

The Palmer Gallery exhibit Imploding Meaning: Tale-less Tales About Absolutely Nothing and Everything In Between features the work of M. Pettee Olsen, Michael Oatman, Rosanne Walsh, and Monica Church—all of whom will be speaking at this event. 

 

An abstract canvas filled with thick swirls of paint.
Jan 26, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

The Palmer Gallery exhibit Imploding Meaning: Tale-less Tales About Absolutely Nothing and Everything In Between features the work of M. Pettee Olsen, Michael Oatman, Rosanne Walsh, and Monica Church.

A hanging scroll featuring an aerial view of buildings and a waterfall from the Edo period, Japan..

This illustrated lecture by a Wesleyan University professor of art history and East Asian studies will focus on visual narratives spun by the Kumano nuns in early modern Japan for fundraising purposes and the paintings they used, called sankei mandara or “pilgrimage mandalas.”

An aerial view of the entrance to the Loeb Art Center with fall foliage.

Explore the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center while listening to music sung by the Vassar College Women’s Chorus and Choir at 6:30 p.m.

Lessons and carols

This annual Advent service at the Vassar College Chapel features readings, choral anthems, and congregational carols, culminating in a candle lighting ceremony. Vassar College Choir, Chamber Singers, and Women’s Chorus, and Cappella Festiva Ensembles will perform.

This is an in-person event that was recorded.

Illustrative image of a black and white house with a magenta sky and blue ground
Dec 1, 8:00 p.m. through Dec 3

In this Drama Department senior project, Mrs. Lemarchand, a well-to-do woman and a study in megalomania, draws her innocent cleaner, Hilda, into a trap from which there is no escape. 

Campus community only, please.

Eduardo Navega conducting a performance.
Nov 19, 8:00 p.m.

Eduardo Navega, conductor

This concert is free and open to the public.

This is an in-person event that will also be streamed live

Three dancers onstage support a fourth dancer who is leaning back.
Nov 17, 7:00 p.m. through Nov 19

The Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre presents three programs of new choreography by guest choreographers Mike Tyus and Amy Hall Garner, as well as faculty and student works. This is a free but ticketed event, reservations required.

Artist Xu Bing seated in a chair looking towards the left.

One of the best-known artists on the world stage, Xu Bing has made real impact in China and abroad. His talk will be given in Chinese, with simultaneous translation provided.

Campus community only, please.

a closeup of music professor Christine Howlett conducting.

Christine Howlett, conductor

Love Arrives: Music of Debussy, Poulenc, and contemporary compositions by Levente Gyöngyösi, Joan Symko, Tom Trenney, Mari Esabel Valverde, and arrangements of Gilbert and Sullivan by Joel Suben. 

This concert is free and open to the public.

This is an in-person event that will also be streamed live

Two women in red and black Mariachi outfits standing against a red background.

Latin GRAMMY winner Flor de Toloache is New York City’s first and only all­-women mariachi group. Led by singers Mireya I. Ramos and Shae Fiol, the group’s members hail from diverse cultural backgrounds resulting in an edgy, versatile, and fresh take on traditional Mexican music.

a black-and-white still from the 1928 silent film "Joan of Arc" featuring a closeup of the character Joan.

An oratorio with silent film combines a performance of Richard Einhorn’s 1994 choral and orchestral work, Voices of Light, with Carl Theodor Dreyer’s 1928 silent film classic, The Passion of Joan of Arc. At the Bardavon 1869 Opera House. Free tickets are available for Vassar students by emailing concerts@vassar.edu.  Regular tickets are available for purchase at bardavon.com.

headshot of poet and UMass professor Abigail Chabitnoy

Chabitnoy, a Koniag descendant (Aleut) and member of the Tangirnaq Native Village in Kodiak, is an award-winning writer and an Assistant Professor of English at UMass Amherst. Her works include How to Dress a Fish, which addresses the lives disrupted by the Indian boarding school policy of the U.S. government.

Nov 3, 8:00 p.m. through Nov 5

A Drama Department senior project in which the ensemble cast tells the story of Pippin, a young prince who longs to find passion and adventure in his life. Campus community only, please.

 

poet Wayne Koestenbaum seated in front of a table with abstract art works on the wall behind him.

Koestenbaum—a poet, critic, fiction-writer, artist, filmmaker, and performer—has published 22 books and received an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature in 2020. He is a Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

students having lunch at the Bridge Cafe in the Bridge for Laboratory Sciences
Oct 27 through Nov 17

Join us for our 20- to 30-minute lunchtime recital series by members of the Vassar College Chamber Music Program. Thursdays, October 27 and November 3, 10, & 17 at 12 noon.

an art installation featuring a clothing rack hung with garments, masks and wigs.

Blake’s work explores play, eroticism, and the subjective experiences of desire, power, and loss. Inspired by feminist theory and queer subcultures, they address the contradictions of representation in sculptures, drawings, performances, and videos, particularly as it relates to their own identity as a nonbinary multiracial artist.

People wearing broad-brimmed hats seated on the ground strumming stringed instruments with palm trees in the background.

An exploration of individual and collective history as viewed through multiple lenses, proposing alternatives to the systemic representations ordered by colonial narratives. Gallery talk & opening reception: October 28, 2022, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

Hiroshima bombing survivor and former Vassar professor Tomiko Morimoto West standing at a lectern on a dark stage with the film title, Appreciation--the Tomiko Morimoto West Story.

Director/producer Michael Dwyer made this 20-minute film featuring Tomiko Morimoto West, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima who taught Japanese language courses at Vassar for a decade until she retired in 1994. Both will be available for a Q&A session after the screening.

Historian Dora Apel seated in front of a shelf stacked with books.

Art historian Dora Apel considers the dynamic nature of memory, how it can be mobilized for social justice, and how memory is embodied, including through her own experience as a daughter of Holocaust survivors and a cancer survivor. A reception for Dora Apel and artist Buzz Spector will precede the lecture.

Eduardo Navega conducting a performance.
Oct 9, 3:00 p.m.

Eduardo Navega, conductor

This is an in-person event that will also be streamed live

members of the vocal ensemble VOCES8 standing in an outdoor bus shelter at night
Oct 8, 11:00 a.m.

Members of VOCES8 will present a variety of sessions, including composition and choral arranging, vocal production and diction, and career paths in music and music education. Registration required.

members of the vocal ensemble VOCES8 standing in an outdoor bus shelter at night
Oct 7, 6:00 p.m.

Join us for an open master class with members of the internationally renowned choral ensemble VOCES8. 

An abstract black-and-white photograph by Aaron Turner featuring striped patterns.

The Loeb Art Center hosts a public reception celebrating the exhibition On the Grid: Ways of Seeing in Print, followed by a conversation featuring visiting artist Aaron R. Turner, founder/director of the Center for Art as Lived Experience and the Photographers of Color Podcast at the University of Arkansas School of Art.

Oct 6, 8:00 p.m. through Oct 8

A story of sibling love that explores subjects closely linked to science. Reservations for performances on October 6, 7, and 8 can be made by emailing the box office. Campus community only, please.

An aerial view of the entrance to the Loeb Art Center with fall foliage.

Explore the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center while listening to music sung by the Vassar College Women’s Chorus, Chamber Singers, and Choir. Short performances at 6:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.

Headshot of pianist Thomas Sauer

A recital exploring three hundred years of keyboard music, from Bach in 1721 to Nina Shekhar in 2021. A trip through the musical centuries, this recital presents music according to three categories borrowed from the writing of anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss: code, message, and myth.

Harpist James Ruff in concert

James Ruff, tenor and Early Gaelic Harpist, explores the famous Marian pilgrimage site in Walsingham, England, and the music from three periods: Medieval pilgrimage, Tudor destruction and lamentation, and the shrine’s restoration exactly one hundred years ago. 

 

Music faculty member Robert Osborne wearing a tuxedo.

Featuring Vassar faculty member Robert Osborne, bass-baritone, Tammy Hensrud, mezzo-soprano, and Richard Pearson Thomas, piano, this entertaining cabaret revue will shed light on the remarkable Alma Mahler through a broad array of art songs, cabaret tunes, satirical songs, and vocal duets.

 

an abstract painting by a member of the LongReach Arts cooperative
Sep 22 through Oct 20

The artists’ cooperative LongReach Arts is an important part of the Hudson Valley’s cultural life. Opening reception Thursday, September 22, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.