Spring 2016 Concert Series
All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Saturday, January 30
Songs of a Wayfarer - A Benefit Concert for Refugees
Featuring performances by Music Department students, faculty, and ensembles, 100% of proceeds to benefit local refugee resettlement programs: Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts and Catholic Charities of Worcester County. *Suggested donation: $3-5 or pay what you can.
Wednesday, February 17
Abbey Interfaith Chapel
Hidden in Plain Sight: Medieval Manuscripts in the MHC Archives – A Public Event and Mini-Concert
We celebrate the three music manuscript leaves in LITS Archives/Special Collections, two of which are newly discovered. We will install a high-quality reproduction of the Interfaith leaf in the Sanctuary, debut the leaves' updated catalogue records, and describe how MHC students, faculty, and staff came together to identify and learn from these treasures. As a final treat, a small "schola" will sing the chants notated on the leaves.
Sunday, February 28
Pre-Concert Talk in the Warbeke Room begins at 3 pm*
Muller-Steigerwalt Piano Four-Hands
The duo offers the premiere of Lewis Spratlan’s newly commissioned Dreamworlds, in addition to Franz Schubert’s powerful Fantasy in F Minor, Felix Mendelssohn’s ebullient Andante and Allegro, and Maurice Ravel’s colorful Rapsodie Espagnole.
*Join us for a pre-concert conversation with composer Lewis Spratlan and the performers to discuss Dreamworlds, Spratlan’s evocative new work for piano, four hands.
Sunday, March 6
2 and 7 pm
MHC Jazz Ensembles Present -- "The Big Broadcast!" -- 11th Anniversary
Our annual not-to-be-missed recreation of a 1940s radio broadcast created and directed by Mark Gionfriddo, featuring WWLP-TV’s Brian Lapis as emcee “Fred Kelley,” performing well-known tunes by big names from the swing era – Bing Crosby, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, the Andrews Sisters.
Tickets are available at the UMASS Fine Arts Center Box Office, at the Odyssey Bookshop, Village Commons, So. Hadley, and at the door (subject to availability). By phone: 413-545-2511 or 1-800-999-UMASS; and at the UMass FAC Box Office online.
Friday, April 1 at 8 pm
Saturday, April 2 at 3pm
Techno Lives -- MHSO
Collaborative concert with students of the MHC Dance Dept. and the Five College Film Program
Explore the vivid ways in which we live our lives with technology through the work of MHC Dance professor Rose Flachs, and the students of Five College Visiting Assistant Professor of Film Bernadine Mellis in this multi-disciplinary production featuring music for orchestra and electronics. Ng Tian Hui conducts.
Sunday, April 3
Chorale Spring Concert -- Aglepta
Lindsay Pope directs. Join the Mount Holyoke Chorale for an afternoon of really old works juxtaposed against really new (weird) works. Featured pieces by Hildegaard, Felix Mendelssohn, and Nicola Porpora alongside Philip Glass, Arne Mellnas, and a world premiere by Mount Holyoke's own Peter Jones. Special guest performances by the Mount Holyoke Chamber Singers and the Amherst College Glee Club (Mallorie Chernin, conductor).
Saturday, April 9
Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra Fifth Annual Concerto Competition
Students from the College present one movement of a concerto or its equivalent to a panel of judges, usually comprising of faculty from the Five Colleges and area professions, to win the chance to perform a solo work with the orchestra in Fall 2016.
Friday, April 22
Spring Jazz Concert
Saturday, April 23
MHC Glee Club with the Cornell Glee Club Performs Martin Mass for Double Choir
The Mount Holyoke College Glee Club welcomes the Cornell Glee Club for a collaborative choral performance. Each choir will perform an individual set, culminating in a combined performance of the 20th century a cappella masterwork, Mass for Double Choir by Frank Martin. Lindsay Pope conducts the combined forces.