All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Fri. April 17, Abbey Chapel, 8 pm
MHC Symphony Orchestra: Simple Gifts
Beethovenian Hope and American Pioneers
Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra, Ng Tian Hui, conductor.
Gary Steigerwalt, piano
Featuring the premiere of Hi-Lo Fidelio of Singaporean composer Hoh Chung Shih, paired with excerpts from the opera by Beethoven that inspired it, Fidelio. Pianist Gary Steigerwalt performs the Concertstuck of Helen Hopekirk. Aaron Copeland's iconic Appalachian Spring completes this special program. Ng Tian Hui conducts.
Sat. April 18, Abbey Chapel, 8-10 pm
Spring Choral Concert: Women of Note
The choral ensembles' spring concert will explore works by American female composers, featuring works by Chen Yi, Reena Esmail, Sarah Quartel, Ethel Smyth, and Alice Parker, as well as the premiere of a commissioned work by the Mount Holyoke Chorale and a rare performance of Amy Beach's The Chambered Nautilus by the Mount Holyoke Glee Club.
Sun. April 19, McCulloch Auditorium, 5pm
Faculty Baroque -- April in Paris
Robert Eisenstein, Larry Schipull, Linda Laderach, and Adrianne Greenbaum, with soprano Emily Noel, present 18th century French music; Clérambault’s cantata Orphée, a dazzling Concert for harpsichord with violin and viola da gamba by Rameau, a mini-suite by Marin Marais, and a suite for solo flute by Jean Daniel Braun danced by Nona Monahin.
Tue. April 21, McCulloch Aud., 7:30 pm
Five College West African Drumming Ensemble
The Five College West African Music Ensembles lead by Faith Conant will perform music of southern Togo, Ghana and Benin, including selections from Adjogbo and Atsiagbekor. The ensemble will be joined by Beninese guest artists Samuel, JB, Mathieu and Rose Gnonlonfoun (aka Jomion and the Uklos) and members of the Agbekor Dance and Drum Society of Boston. The concert will be followed by a short audience participation event, in which audience members will be welcome to learn and join in the social dance Agbadja.
Tue. April 21, Abbey Chapel, 8:00 pm
Voces Feminae - New Directions
Vocal and instrumental music from the renaissance; Pérotin, Palestrina, Morales, Gabrieli, Jannequin, Morley and Byrd. With guests from the Five College Loud Band (dir. Dan Stillman) and the Five College Viol Consort (dir. Alice Robbins). Directed by Catherine Bell
Wed. April 22, Warbeke Room, 7:00 pm
Spring "Klezmos" Konsert and Dance!
End-of-Year Klezmer Bash! Music from Eastern Europe and Out of this World! Dance the hora, the sher, and bulgar! Eastern European Jewish music that will drive you to want more! TANTS! ESSEN! Adrianne Greenbaum directs.
Fri. April 24, McCulloch Aud., 7:30 pm
Jazz Ensembles: Spring Jazz "15"
The Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College celebrate their 15th anniversary with a concert of favorite tunes from past performances (with help from faculty and alumni guests) in music by Alan Baylock, George Gershwin, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Manhattan Transfer, and Weather Report. Free admission.