Past Events

A seated performer wearing robes strums a stringed instrument.

Mr. Junya Koikawa, a performer of Taishu Engeki (a Japanese performing art with Kabuki origins), will play Tsugaru-shamisen, a traditional Japanese musical instrument.

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A multimedia lecture by musicologist Sophie Fetthauer, PhD of the HfMT University of Hamburg, Germany on the little-known story of how over 400 Jewish refugee musicians were integrated into the cafés, nightclubs, and ballrooms of the “Paris of the East.”

Welcome to Indian Country is an evening-length celebration of Native culture through music and storytelling. A world-class, five-piece musical ensemble is joined by storyteller and Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest. Together they weave new compositions and songs with witty, wise, and poignant poetry and satire to honor the elders and ancestors.


Hailed as a ‘personable polymath’ in the London Times, Bill Barclay ’03 is a director, composer, writer, and producer. He joins us to discuss his work Le Chevalier, a full-length play detailing Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges’ true friendships with Mozart and Marie Antoinette, and his unknown contribution to the abolishment of slavery.

Heidi Latsky

Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre performs works selected from the current repertory by faculty, students, and guest choreographers, including a special appearance by the Heidi Latsky Dance Company. Tickets are free but must be reserved.

Kate McGloughlin

From Requiem to Solace: Artwork Inspired by the Ashokan Reservoir. Artist Kate McGloughlin will speak about how the devastation endured by her ancestors during the creation of the Ashokan Reservoir influences and inspires her work. Sponsored by Late Night at the Loeb and the Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement, and Education.

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.

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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 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.

Black and white photo collage with an image of an old house and the words: New York Supreme Court and Ashokan Reservoir
Jan. 26 – Feb. 19, 2023

An exhibit of artwork by Kate McGloughlin depicts the beauty and sorrow inherent in the Ashokan Reservoir. Kate’s family lost both land and community to reservoir construction. There will also be an artist talk in the second week of the festival during Late Night at the Loeb. This exhibit is sponsored by the Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement, and Education.

Dark blue abstract painting by Nari Ward titled, Breathing Bars Diagonal Left, with radiating gold lines from a diamond shape in the center out
Jan. 21 – Sep. 10, 2023

How do artists help us see or shape the past and future? Works ranging from Matthew Vassar’s initial bequest in 1864 to the Loeb’s most recent gifts and acquisitions will cluster in visual dialogues thematizing past, present, and future as categories in constant states of flux and transformation.

Nov. 3, 8:00 p.m. – Nov. 5, 2022

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.


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A celebration of the American Impressions exhibition at the Loeb Art Center that will include conversations between curators and faculty members as well as music and poetry performed by Vassar students. Registration required.

This event will be live streamed