Vassar College

Borromeo String Quartet, medieval music group TREFOIL, and award-winning organist Gerre Hancock will headline Vassar’s Fall Concert Series

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (August 24, 2007) — The Vassar College music department will feature the classical music of the Borromeo String Quartet and organist Gerre Hancock, and the medieval Iberian harp songs of TREFOIL (the trio featuring Vassar lecturer Drew Minter) during its fall concert series.

Several programs will be presented by Vassar faculty including the piano wind trio Three's a Charm, featuring faculty member Elisabeth Romano; the Excelsior Trombone Ensemble, featuring faculty member Paul Bellino; percussionist and adjunct artist Frank Cassara; and harpist Bridget Kibbey.

The series opens on Wednesday, August 29 at the Skinner Hall of Music and will include nearly 30 concerts plus a new feature this year: two colloquia designed to further enhance the scholarly aspect of the concerts. The concert series will include several special guest performances, Vassar faculty recitals, and students' senior recitals.



The Excelsior Trombone Ensemble was formed in 2000 and its mission is to provide audiences with the opportunity to experience the unique sonority of the trombone, its history, and its repertoire. Paul Brantley is an accomplished composer whose music is played by major artists around the world.


TREFOIL is a trio of singer/instrumentalists with a passion for early music. TREFOIL debuted in New York and Philadelphia in 2000 with a program of 14th century French music, which prompted The Philadelphia Inquirer to call them "a hearty trio of medieval music specialists" and their work "an intricate, enigmatic vocal art." Since then, the trio has delighted audiences across the country.
[Left: Drew Minter of TREFOIL]


Beethoven and Brahms may be familiar, but the Oberlin Fortepiano Trio's fresh approach makes them new again. Masters of their instruments and ardent about their repertoire, the Oberlin Fortepiano Trio brings eighteenth- and nineteenth-century style to life.


Above: Borromeo String Quartet (photo by Liz Linder)

The critically acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet is one of the most sought after string quartets in the world. Each season, it performs more than one hundred concerts of classical and contemporary music across three continents. The quartet has performed at Lincoln Center and on National Public Radio, and is the faculty Quartet-in-Residence at the New England Conservatory of Music.


Gerre Hancock is one of America's most highly acclaimed concert organists and choral directors, and is Professor of Music at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Hancock held the position of Organist and Master of Choristers at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City, where, for more than 30 years, he set a new standard for church music in America.

All Modfest programs will be held at the college's Skinner Hall of Music, unless otherwise indicated.

January 2008
Fri., Jan. 25, 8:00 p.m.
Modfest 1: Olivier Messaien Centennial Concert
Gail Archer, organ
Pre-concert talk by Kathryn Libin
Vassar Chapel
A tribute to the French composer, organist, and teacher Olivier Messaien
Sat., Jan. 26, 10:30 a.m.
Modfest 2: Open Rehearsal with David Del Tredici
David Del Tredici, coaching
Mahagonny Ensemble
Performing David Del Tredici's Haddock's Eyes
Sat., Jan. 26, 2:30 p.m.
Modfest 3: Art, Music, and Poetry
Hosted by Judy "J.J." Jackson, dean of the college
Music recital and poetry ready by students of the Music and English Departments, with an exhibit of student art works
Villard Room, Main Building (2nd floor)
Sat., Jan. 26, 8:00 p.m.
Modfest 4: An Evening of Mostly Solos
Sophie Shao, cello; Moran Katz, clarinet; Lisa Boost-Sandberg, flutes; Peter McCulloch, electronics; Yann Dubost, bass; Jie Chen, harpsichord; David Del Tredici, piano; Adrienne Elisha, viola.
Music of Del Tredici, Elisha, Henze, Kirchner, McCulloch, Meltzer, Stravinsky, and Wilson
Sun., Jan. 27, 3:00 p.m.
Modfest 5: The Mannes Trio
Hiroko Yajima, violin; Wilhelmina Smith, cello; Thomas Sauer, piano
Music of Robert Middleton and David Del Tredici
February 2008
Fri., Feb. 1, 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
Modfest 6: Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre
Featuring Grand Duo by Lou Harrison
Choreography by Mark Morris
Daniel Pressler, piano, and Sebastian Weinberg '09, violin
Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater, Kenyon Hall
Sat., Feb. 2, 10:30 a.m.
Modfest 7: Workshop – The Contemporary Viola
Presentation on its uses and repertoire by Adrienne Elisha
Thekla Hall, Skinner Hall of Music
Sat., Feb. 2, 2:00 p.m.
Modfest 8: Public conversation with David Del Tredici and Richard Wilson
Thekla Hall, Skinner Hall of Music
Sat., Feb. 2, 4:00 p.m.
Modfest 9: Art, Poetry, and Music
Saul Steinberg: lluminations – an exhibition at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
Reception with original poetry and prose by Vassar College English Department students
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College
Sat., Feb. 2, 5:00 p.m.
Modfest 10: Lecture by William K. McManus, Vassar College Art Department
Gallery talk focusing on the permanent collection photography, art, and on Saul Steinberg
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
Sat., Feb. 2, 8:00 p.m.
Modfest 11: Vassar College Orchestra and Vassar Mahagonny Ensemble
Rachel Rosales, soprano; Eduardo Navega and Lidiya Yankovskaya '08, conductors
Sun., Feb. 3, 3:00 p.m.
Modfest 12: Vassar College Women's Chorus and Community Wind Ensemble
Christine R. Howlett and James Osborn, conductors
Fri., Feb. 8, 8:00 p.m.
Special Guest Event: "A Cappella Masterpieces"
Tiffany Consort. Nicholas White, director.
Sat., Feb. 9, 4:00 p.m.
Senior Recital: Joshua DeLeeuw, composer.
Sat., Feb. 9, 8:00 p.m.
Music Faculty Recital: Sophie Shao, cello, and Thomas Sauer, piano. Music of Beethoven and Chopin.
Sun., Feb. 17, 3:00 p.m.
Music Faculty Recital: Mary Nessinger, mezzo-soprano. With Ted Mook, cello. Music of Judith Weir, Ezra Sims, Harold Meltzer, and Harry Partch.
Thu., Feb. 21, 5:00 p.m.
Vassar College Music Colloquium: Martha Feldman, lecture. "The Man Who Pretended to Be Who He Was: Castrati and other Strange Tales."
Thekla Hall.
Sat., Feb. 23, 1:30 p.m.
Senior Recital: Katherine Wolf, soprano. Assisted by David Alpher, piano. Music of Dowland, Tosti, Fauré, Schubert, and Schumann.
Sat., Feb. 23, 4:00 p.m.
Senior Recital: Erin Bergevin, clarinet. Assisted by Todd Crow, piano. Music of Rabaud, Messager, Weber, and Rossini.
Sun., Feb. 24, 3:00 p.m.
Special Guest Event: Formosa String Quartet. With special guest, Richard Wilson, piano. Music of Mozart, Brahms, and Wilson.
March 2008
Sat., Mar. 1, 8:00 p.m.
Vassar College Orchestra. Eduardo Navega, conductor.
Sun., Mar. 2, 3:00 p.m.
Vassar College & Community Wind Ensemble. James Osborn, conductor.
Fri., Mar. 28, 8:00 p.m.
Music Faculty Recital: Gail Archer, organ. Johann Sebastian Bach's Organ Chorale Preludes from the Leipzig Autograph - "The Great Eighteen."
Sat., Mar. 29, 8:00 p.m.
Vassar College Women's Chorus. Christine R. Howlett, conductor. "Music from Around the World." Featuring repertoire from the Chorus' recent tour of Spain including music of Vittoria, Mendelssohn, Casals, Hatfield, and arrangements of South African freedom songs and American Folk Songs.
Sun., Mar. 30, 3:00 p.m.
Special Faculty Event: Music for two pianos with Blanca Uribe and Richard Wilson. Program to feature works of Ravel and Debussy.
April 2008
Thu., Apr. 3, 3:00 p.m.
Master Class: Ricky Ian Gordon, composer of songs, operas, and musicals. Featuring students of the Music Department.
Sat., Apr. 5, 3:00 p.m.
Special Guest Event: Gamelan Galak Tika, a 25 member ensemble specializing in the performance of Balinese traditional and new music. Evan Ziporyn, director.
Sun., Apr. 6, 3:00 p.m.
Music Faculty Recital: Mary Nessinger, mezzo-soprano; Robert Osborne, baritone; Todd Crow, piano. Duets, solo songs, and piano music by Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms.
Thu., Apr. 10, 5:00 p.m.
Vassar College Music Colloquium: Ellen Harris, lecture. "Handel's Musical Postcards from Italy." Thekla Hall.
Sat., Apr. 12, 1:30 p.m.
Senior Recital: Cara Grieco, soprano. Assisted by Gregg Michalak, piano. Music of Mozart, Turina, Berlioz, Quilter, and Sondheim.
Sat., Apr. 12, 4:00 p.m.
Senior Recital: Richard Pinero, guitar. Music of Bach, Mozart, Albeniz, Tarrega, and première of Richard Pinero's The Invisible Color.
Sat., Apr. 12, 8:00 p.m.
Vassar College Choir. Christine R. Howlett, conductor. "Past and Present." Featuring music by master composers of the Renaissance, Talllis and Palestrina, and contemporary works by Morten Lauridsen and Eric Whitacre.
Sun., Apr. 13, 3:00 p.m.
Vassar Camerata. Sebastian Weinberg '09, and Mary Elizabeth Alexander '09, conductors.
Fri., Apr. 18, 8:00 p.m.
Vassar College Jazz Ensemble: James Osborn, conductor.
Sat., Apr. 19, 1:30 p.m.
Senior Recital: Andrew Atkin, guitar. Assisted by Gordon Millsaps '08 and Terry Champlin, guitars. Music of Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Sor, Theodorakis, Champlin, and Atkin.
Sat., Apr. 19, 4:00 p.m.
Senior Recital: Christopher Flannery-McCoy, trumpet and piano. Assisted by Anna Polonsky, piano. Music of Hummel, Leopold Mozart, Chopin, Grieg, Tchaikovsky, and others.
Sat., Apr. 19, 8:00 p.m.
Earth Day Concert. A musical celebration of Earth Day featuring members of the music faculty, guest soloists, Vassar College Choir and Women's Chorus, and Cappella Festiva Chamber and Treble Choirs.
Sun., Apr. 20, 3:00 p.m.
Vassar Mahagonny Ensemble. Lidiya Yankovskaya '08, conductor. Program to include Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring and Timothy Susse's '08 Clarinet Concerto, with Erin Bergevin '08, clarinet.
Fri., Apr. 25, 8:00 p.m.
Vassar College Opera Workshop and Vassar College Madrigal Singers. Presenting Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell.
Sat., Apr. 26, 3:00 p.m.
Vassar College Opera Workshop and Vassar College Madrigal Singers. See April 25.
Sat., Apr. 26, 8:00 p.m.
Vassar College Opera Workshop and Vassar College Madrigal Singers. See April 25.
Sun., Apr. 27, 3:00 p.m.
Vassar College Opera Workshop and Vassar College Madrigal Singers. See April 25.
May 2008
Fri., May. 2, 8:00 p.m.
Vassar College Orchestra. Eduardo Navega, conductor.
Sun., May. 4, 3:00 p.m.
Vassar College & Community Wind Ensemble. James Osborn, conductor.
Sat., May. 24, 3:00 p.m.
Commencement Concert for the Class of 2008. Presented by members of the music faculty.

All Modfest programs are free admission and open to the public. For further information contact Karen Murley, Concert Administrator for the Department of Music, at (845) 437-7294.

Skinner Hall of Music, Main Building, Kenyon Hall, and the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center are wheelchair-accessible, and individuals with disabilities should contact Cathy Jennings, Campus Activities Office, (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available.

Free parking is available at Skinner Hall, and the campus's adjoining south parking lot. Directions to the Vassar College campus in the Town of Poughkeepsie are available at

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

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or information on accessibility should contact Campus Activities, (845) 437–5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available.

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

Skinner Hall of Music [photo]
Skinner Hall of Music is air-conditioned and wheelchair-accessible.  Concerts are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

For up-to-date information on all music concerts, please call Karen A. Murley, concert administrator, at (845) 437-7294.

People with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370.

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