Spring 2015 Events

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Sun. March 8, Chapin Aud., 2 pm & 7 pm

"THE BIG BROADCAST!" 10th Anniversary
The Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College (directed by Mark Gionfriddo) present the 10th anniversary edition of their annual re-creation of a live 1940's radio show, featuring WWLP-TV meteorologist Brian Lapis as emcee “Fred Kelley”. The Mount Holyoke Big Band, Vocal Jazz, and Chamber Jazz Ensembles perform well-known tunes from the swing era and the American songbook. This year's show will be a veritable 'greatest hits' of the first ten years of this very popular event.

Tickets are general admission. $20.00 premium front and center seating, $15.00 regular seating, and $10.00 seniors and students. Tickets are available (after January 15, 2015) at the UMASS Fine Arts Center Box Office in Amherst, at the Odyssey Bookshop, Village Commons, South Hadley, and at the door (subject to availability). For phone orders: 413-545-2511 or 1-800-999-UMASS. For online orders: https://fac.umass.edu/Online/

For a video trailer of The Big Broadcast: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZg6nMLDT8o&feature=youtu.be

Sat. March 28, McCulloch Aud., 2 pm
4rd annual Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition featuring student performers from Mount Holyoke
Student performers accompanied by Larry Schipull and Gary Steigerwalt, piano. Program to be announced

Sat. March 28, Abbey Chapel, 8pm
MHC Glee Club:  Duruflé Requiem
The Mount Holyoke College Glee Club welcomes the Virginia Glee Club for a collaborative choral performance. Each choir will perform an individual set, culminating in a combined performance of the 20th century choral-orchestral masterwork, Requiem by Maurice Duruflé.

Sat. April 11, McCulloch Aud., 4-5:15 pm
Faculty Lecture/Demonstration with pianist Gary Steigerwalt
Lecture-demonstration on the works of Scottish-American composer Helen Hopekirk. The lecture will  contextualize Hopekirk's Concertstuck for Piano and Orchestra, which will be performed by faculty member Gary Steigerwalt, pianist, with the MHC Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Ng Tian Hui on Friday, April 17 at Abbey Chapel.

Sat. April 11, McCulloch Aud., 7 pm
Senior Recital, Averie Washington, flute
Program TBA

Sun. April 12, McCulloch Aud., 3 pm
MHC Flute Choir
Directed by Alison Hale
Program TBA

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.

Ludwig van Beethoven - Overture to "Fidelio" Op.72c
Ludwig van Beethoven - "Mir ist so wunderbar" from "Fidelio"
Hoh Chung Shih - hi-lo fide-lio:  wunder mir ist so bar
Helen Hopekirk - Concert Piece in D Major for Piano and Orchestra
Aaron Copland - Appalachian Spring

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.

Tue. April 21, McCulloch Aud., 7:30 pm
Five College West African Drumming Ensemble -- Program TBA

Wed. April 22, Warbeke Room, 7:00 pm
Spring Klezmer Konsert and Dance!
Program TBA, Directed by Adrianne Greenbaum

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.