The Arts

Past Events

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.

 

In advance of Diving into Math with Emmy Noether, a theater performance by portraittheater Vienna at Vassar on September 20, please join Vassar’s Engaging Sciences Book Club for a conversation with author David Rose, director Sandra Schüddekopf, and actress Anita Zieher. Campus community only, please.

An abstract artwork by Marieken Cochius

A celebration of the Palmer Gallery’s latest exhibition on its last day at the gallery. Evoking the mystery and power of nature through intensely materialist and tactile forms and imagery, Marieken Cochius’s work explores the porous boundary between what is seen and felt, where perception and experience merge.

poster for the film "Balanchine's Classroom" by Connie Hochman showing two photos of choreographer George Balanchine, one of him instructing a dancer and another of him facing the camera, plus a quote from him that says "I don't want dancers who love to dance...I want dancers who NEED to dance.

George Balanchine was one of the most influential 20th century choreographers. Released in September 2021, this film includes newly discovered archival footage of Balanchine and his dancers. Director Connie Hochman will lead a Q&A following the film. Campus community only, please.

Clarinetist Ian Tyson

Trio 212, a New York City-based reed trio, pushes the boundaries of the reed trio repertoire. Vassar faculty member Ian Tyson, clarinet, and guests Mark Sophia, oboe, and Joshua Hodge, bassoon, will present a program by Huguenin, Françaix, Auric, Montano, and Mozart.

 

A painting of a Bird of Paradise plant

A month-long online art auction and three-day, in-person sale to support the Vassar Haiti Project’s Education Initiative in Chermaitre, a rural village in northwest Haiti. Hundreds of original paintings and handcrafts made in Haiti will be offered. 

Organist Gail Archer seated by her instrument.

Presented by members of the Music Department faculty: Gail Archer, organ, Danielle Farina, viola, Susan Rotholz, flute, and Thomas Sauer, piano. Free and open to all.

 

Pianist Richard Wilson and violinist Joseph Genualdi stand together onstage
Jul 24, 3:00 p.m.

Joseph Genualdi, violin, and Richard Wilson, piano, return to Skinner Hall with a program to include Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata.

Program

An abstract artwork by Marieken Cochius

A Palmer Gallery exhibition featuring work that evokes the mystery and power of nature through intensely materialist and tactile forms and imagery; closing reception September 16.

Gail Archer playing the organ with face mask on.

Gail Archer plays a program of contemporary Polish organ literature from her new CD, Cantius, including works by the influential woman composer Grazyna Bacewicz and scholar/composer Pawel Lukazewski.

three actors onstage during a Powerhouse Theater dress rehearsal
Jun 26 through Jul 31

Now in its 36th year, Powerhouse brings together some of today’s most influential theatrical voices and nurtures the next generation of theater artists. This year’s programming lineup includes musicals, plays, and readings—all of which are open to the public. Tickets required for some events.

Skinner Hall Music Building
Jun 26, 2:00 p.m.

The Hudson Valley’s Bachfest returns with works for chorus and orchestra featuring Christ lag in Todesbanden and Der Herr denket an uns. Christine Howlett, director.

Bachfest 2022 Program

Detail of a painting of a Tibetan deity by Tsherin Sherpa

Celebrate the opening of Mastery and Merit: Selections from the Jack Shear Collection of Tibetan Art and Beyond the Threshold: Tibetan Contemporary Art with a reception followed by a panel of speakers.

Painting: A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Georges Seurat, 1884
May 7 through May 8

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by James Lapine. In collaboration with the Departments of Drama and Music. A senior project production directed by Christopher Grabowski and Drew Minter. Reservations required.
Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8 at 4:30 p.m.

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A painting of white swans on a blue lake with the words "Vassar Haiti Project Invites you to the 10th Annual Art and Soul Gala Thursday, April 28.

This virtual event will raise funds for the staffing, supplies, and operation of a medical clinic in Haiti for a full year. This year’s honorees include Grammy Award-winning music producer Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis and the Rotarians of the Hudson Valley. Please register to receive event link.

Music, Spring 2022
Apr 22, 6:00 p.m.

Christine Howlett, conductor

This event will be live streamed

Two dancers dressed in black perform choreography by Kirven Boyd
Apr 14, 7:00 p.m. through Apr 16, 7:00 p.m.

VRDT performs new works by Guest Choreographers Desmond Richardson and Kirven Douthit-Boyd, classical ballet by Marius Petipa, Untitled by Guest Choreographer Jennifer Archibald, new student works, and faculty works selected from the current repertoire. This is a free but ticketed event. 

  A campus map with the words "The Campus Green: The Olmsted Firm’s Designs for Vassar College"

Drawing on new archival research, this exhibition presents the contributions by three generations of the Olmsted firm to the Vassar campus. It is also the inaugural exhibition in a series about the history, preservation, and planning of the campus, organized by the Art Department.

Beijing Opera
Apr 9, 4:30 p.m.

Beijing opera is a colorful, spectacular performance art that dazzles and fascinates. Reservations required.

Music, Spring 2022
Apr 7, 12:00 p.m. through Apr 28

A 20- to 30-minute lunchtime recital series by members of the Vassar College Chamber Music Program every Thursday in April.

Abstract black and white photo by Christina Seely

Christina Seely’s multidisciplinary photographic practice stretches into the fields of science, design, installation, and sound. This talk includes a screening of her short film Dissonance, filmed in summer 2019 on a rapidly melting Greenland ice sheet while traveling with the Institute of Arctic Studies.

Music Professor Brian Mann teaching students

Brian Mann and Friends: An afternoon of jazz featuring Brian Mann, piano, Pat O'Leary, double bass, Craig Wuepper, drums, with special guests appearances by faculty and friends.

This event will be live streamed

Drama award teaser image

Very limited seating—campus guests only. 
A staged reading followed by a reception.
Congratulations to the 2022 award recipients: Gabriella Kimbrough ’22, for her play True Crime, and Louis Blachman ’23, for his play Four Seasons Total Landscaping.

 

Steerman Festival
Mar 24 through Apr 3

Two weeks of productions of new plays written by Drama Department students. Campus community only, please.

Painting of a woman holding up a camouflage-pattern coat by Susan Lichtman

Lichtman, a figurative painter of domestic spaces, will discuss her work. She is the Charles Bloom Professor of the Arts of Design at Brandeis University.

Mar 22 through May 11

A rotating exhibit at the Palmer Gallery featuring student work from classes in Drawing Iⅈ Painting Iⅈ Photography; Printmaking; Sculpture Iⅈ and Video. 

Actress Selina Jones as Medea in the Khameleon Productions film of Euripides's Medea
Mar 21, 5:30 p.m.

Shivaike Shah, Visiting Artist and Producer/Founder of Khameleon Productions (UK), will discuss the making of Khameleon’s upcoming short film on the figure of Medea, based on Khameleon’s stage production of Euripides’s Medea at Oxford in 2018, which reimagined the ancient Greek tragedy with an all-global majority cast and crew. Campus community only, please.