Fall 2015 Events

All events are free, open to the public, and take place on Mount Holyoke College campus, unless otherwise noted

Piano Four-Hands Favorites with Dana Muller & Gary Steigerwalt
Sun. Sept. 27, 4 pm
McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Music Hall
A program of works for piano four hands, including Felix Mendelssohn's "Fingal's Cave" Overture; three pieces by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel; Johannes Brahms' Variations on a Theme of Robert Schumann; and Darius Milhaud's Suite Francaise and Le Bœuf Sur Le Toît.

Collaborative Faculty Concert – World War II – Composers Voices
Sat. Oct. 3, 7 pm
Sun. Oct. 4, 4 pm
McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Music Hall
Music of the World War II Era.
  In observance of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, music department faculty present two concerts of vocal and instrumental music linked to this tumultuous period.
Saturday Program
Program includes two infrequently heard sonatas for two pianos (Igor Stravinsky) and trumpet and piano (Paul Hindemith); two sets of songs associated with the Holocaust by Samuel Dylan Rosner and Ilse Weber; and Dmitri Shostacovitch’s Piano Trio in E Minor.
Sunday Program

Program comprises Benjamin Britten’s Canticle III for tenor, horn and piano; sets of songs by Hanns Eisler and Vítězslava Kaprálová; sonatas for violin and piano (Serge Prokofiev) and violin and harpsichord (Walter Piston); and a group of popular songs of the era, including La Vie en Rose and God Bless America.

Family and Friends Weekend Jazz – “Ring a Ding Ding!”
Fri. Oct. 23, 7:30 pm
Chapin Auditorium
Join the Big Band, Chamber and Vocal Jazz Ensembles as they commemorate the 100th birthday of one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the twentieth century, Frank Sinatra, with music by Count Basie, Benny Goodman, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, James Van Heusen and others. Mark Gionfriddo, director

Family and Friends Weekend Choral and Orchestra Concert
Sat. Oct. 24, 4 pm
Abbey Chapel
Join us at our annual concert celebrating Family and Friends, a centerpiece of this festive weekend at MHC.  The vocal ensembles will offer multicultural works from Renaissance to contemporary, featuring Will there really be a morning?  by Craig Hella Johnson, Gustav Holst's Choral Hymns to the Rig Veda, Group 3, and A la lune by Mary Montgomery Koppel. The MHSO presents favorites by Johann Strauss and Jan Sibelius, and the concert will culminate in a collaborative performance by the Symphony Orchestra, Choral Ensembles, and the Family & Friends Choir on Eric Benjamin's "Hope is the thing with feathers," with text by Mount Holyoke alumna, Emily Dickinson. Lindsay Pope, Choral Director; Ng Tian Hui, MHSO conductor