Past Events

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Feb 17, 8:00 p.m.

Drew Minter and John Carden, baritones, and David Alpher and Bryan Reeder, pianists, perform a program of standards and duets—some seasonal, some universal.

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Feb 10, 8:00 p.m.

Love and torment in the music of Monteverdi, Rossi, Mazzocchi, Caccini, and others. This performance features superstar soprano Amanda Forsythe ’98!

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MODfest 2024

Vassar’s brilliant music faculty perform the music of Rogerson, Richard Wilson, and Stravinsky’s iconic L’Histoire du Soldat. Scored for seven instrumentalists and narrator, L’Histoire is the story of a soldier named Joseph who meets the Devil in disguise.

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MODfest 2024

A concert and conversation with the creators and performers of Shanghai Sonatas—a new musical theater work, based on first-person accounts, which tells the true story of daily life for musicians from Europe during World War II who used their optimism, humor, and musical talents to survive, forging friendships with their Chinese neighbors who helped save their lives. Moderated by Associate Professor and Chair of Music Justin Patch.

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MODfest 2024

Music in this film is used to subtly define and separate the two identities of the main character, and throughout the film there is a strong recurring theme of boundaries between one thing and another, and the strange intersections between them. With introduction by Assistant Professor of Music Táhirih Motazedian.

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Annual Advent service with readings, choral anthems, congregational carols and candle lighting ceremony.

 

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Nov 30, 12:00 p.m.

A 20–30 minute lunchtime recital series by members of the Vassar College Chamber Music Program in a relaxed atmosphere outside the Bridge Cafe.
 

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Nov 18, 8:00 p.m.

Featuring Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto with Faculty Member Ari Isaacman-Beck, violin
Eduardo Navega, conductor

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

Three musicians playing horn instruments
Nov 16, 12:00 p.m.

A 20–30 minute lunchtime recital series by members of the Vassar College Chamber Music Program in a relaxed atmosphere outside the Bridge Cafe.

Two women singing in a choir
Nov 11, 8:00 p.m.

Christine Howlett, conductor

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

Overhead view of man planing piano, someone playing a violin and someone playing a horn
Nov 9, 12:00 p.m.

A 20–30 minute lunchtime recital series by members of the Vassar College Chamber Music Program in a relaxed atmosphere outside the Bridge Cafe. 
 

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Nov 3, 8:00 p.m.

Duo recital by two artists who have appeared together for decades. Peter Wiley, cello, and Anna Polonsky, piano. Free and open to the public.

Three musicians playing instruments in the Bridge Building.
Nov 2, 12:00 p.m.

A 20–30 minute lunchtime recital series by members of the Vassar College Chamber Music Program in a relaxed atmosphere outside the Bridge Cafe.