Concerts & Events

All events not otherwise noted take place in the Skinner Hall of Music's Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall and are free and open to the public. Please check individual listings for updated information about event requirements, reservations, and registration.

Fall 2022

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.

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.

Past Concerts

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

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.

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.

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 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.

 

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.

 

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

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.

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

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.

Download the Program

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.

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