Spring 2015 Events

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

Fri. April 10, McCulloch Aud., 8pp
MHC Chamber Singers & Lorelei Ensemble
A joint concert of the MHC Chamber Singers and the Boston-based Lorelei Ensemble featuring new works for women's voices, and is not to be missed! For more information about Lorelei: www.loreleiensemble.com 

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.

Sun. April 12, McCulloch Aud., 3 pm
MHC Flute Choir
Alison Hale conducts the Flute Choirs in music by Mozart, Faure, Casterede, and others.  Reception to follow in the Warbeke Room.

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.

Sun. April 19, McCulloch Auditorium, 5pm
Faculty Baroque -- April in
Program to be announced

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.

Wed. April 22, Warbeke Room, 7:00 pm
Spring "Klezmos" Konsert and Dance!
End-of-Year Klezmer Bash! 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.