Spring 2014 Events

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

Sun. Feb. 2 McCulloch Auditorium 4 pm - Benefit Concert for South Hadley Food Pantry
 Music for one piano four-hands performed by  Dana Muller and Gary Steigerwalt, including Josef Rheinberger’s compelling Sonata in C MinorSix Epigraphs Antiques of Claude Debussy; Francis Poulenc’s witty Sonate; and Maurice Ravel’s colorful four-hand version of his own Rapsodie espagnole. All are encouraged to bring a canned good or monetary donation to benefit the South Hadley Food Pantry.

Fri. Feb. 7  McCulloch Auditorium 8 pm
Jennifer Kyker (MHC '02) with Tendai Maparutsa
Shona music for the African thumb piano, mbira dzavadzimu, "voice of the ancestors", national instrument of Zimbabwe

Thurs. Feb. 20 Warbeke Rm. 1-2pm
Lecture: Is African Art Music Possible: A Study of the Music of Fela Sowande
Bode Omojola, Five College ethnomusicologist

Fri. Feb. 21 Abbey Chapel Aud. 8 pm
Distant Sources, Local Voices
Music from Nigeria and the US
Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra, Ng Tian Hui, director, premieres a brand new commission by the multiple award-winning composer, David Sanford together with music that are his primary influences.  Dashon Burton, the 2012 1st Prize Winner of the New York Oratorio Society Competition will sing Mahler's Songs of a Wayfarer.  The premiere of a new performance edition of Fela Sowande's Folk Symphony and lastly rarely heard works by the Jazz great Charles Mingus.
Gustav Mahler - Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Songs of a Wayfarer)
Fela Sowande - A Folk Symphony
Charles Mingus - Half-Mast Inhibition
David Sanford - New Commission *world premiere

Sat. March 1 Abbey Chapel  7:30 pm
Choral Invitational Concert
The Mount Holyoke Chorale, Glee Club, and Chamber Singers
The Hampshire Bee Singers and Chamber Singers
The Hampshire Young People's Chorus
The Longmeadow High School Accidentals

Sat. March 8  Warbeke Rm, Pratt Hall 5 pm
A Musical Appetizer!
Robert Eisenstein (viola da gamba) and Larry Schipull (harpsichord) perform music by Marais, Abel, C.P.E. Bach and Dussek. 
A perfect beginning to an evening out!

Sun. March 9   Chapin Auditorium   2 & 7 pm
"The Big Broadcast!" The Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College's 9th annual presentation of a live 1940’s radio broadcast created by Mark Gionfriddo (onstage as “Matt Morgan”) with WWLP-TV meteorologist Brian Lapis as emcee “Fred Kelley”. Under Gionfriddo’s direction, the Mount Holyoke Big Band, Vocal Jazz, and Chamber Jazz Ensembles perform well-known tunes from the swing era, including music by Bing Crosby, the Andrews Sisters, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, and Benny Goodman, among others.

TICKETS are general admission. $20.00 premium front and center seating. $15.00 regular seating. $10.00 seniors and students. Tickets are available (beginning January 15, 2014) 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

Fri. March 28 McCulloch Aud. 7:30 pm
Fresh off their week-long tour to New Orleans, the Mount Holyoke Glee Club Chamber Singers will perform their diverse and dynamic concert program, featuring works by Ernani Aguiar, Rollo Dilworth, Erics Essenvalds, Knut Nystedt, Veljo Tormis, Claude Debussy, Johannes Brahms, and A. R. Rahman. Lindsay Pope,  director.

Sat. March 29 McCulloch Aud. 12:50 pm
3rd annual Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition featuring student performers from Mount Holyoke

Sun. March 30 Warbeke Rm. 3 pm
Lecture: Visiting Prof. Kassandra Hartford presents "A Common Man for the Cold War? Aaron Copland's 'Old American Songs' "  Drawing upon original archival research,  this lecture sheds new light on the ways that  one of Copland's most frequently performed "populist" works in fact reflects the shifting ideology at the beginning of the Cold War.  Reception to follow.

Fri. April 4  Warbeke Rm.  4:30 pm
Peggy Larson, singer and educator with special skills in world vocal music, jazz improvisation and choral directing, presents a masterclass/lecture on "Kulokk" and "Kulning"the Norwegian and Swedish names for the ancient traditions of herding calls from those countries.  Students will learn melodies as well as the history and stories of kulokk and kulning today. 

Fri. April 4  Chapin Aud.  7:30 pm
Sat. April 5  Chapin Aud.   2 pm
Dark River - A Civil Rights Opera

Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra, Ng Tian Hui, director, honors the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with a new opera by composer Mary D. Watkins celebrating the life of Fannie Lou Hamer.  Famed for her words "I am sick and tired of being sick and tired", the opera follows her attempts at registring to vote in Mississipi, her work in the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic party.  Infused with jazz inflections and passionate speeches, the premiere of the opera features some of the best young singing talent from across the East Coast
Martha Richards (Producer); Darryl V. Jones (Director)
co sponsored by WomenArts
TICKETS: $20  (premium, front and center); $15 (General); $10 (Students with valid ID; Senior Citizens and Veterans)
Order tickets at http://darkriveropera.brownpapertickets.com/

Sunday, April 6, 2:30 pm  Providence Place at Ingleside
5 Gamelin St, Holyoke, MA 01040
Spring Concert: Chorale & Chamber Singers

Tues. April 8  McCulloch Aud.  7 pm
Five College West African Drum Ensembles, Fait Conant, director. Music from southern Ghana, Togo and Benin with African dancer, Nani Agbeli.

Fri. April 11  McCulloch Aud.  7 pm
Mount Holyoke Flute Choir Recital, Alison Hale, director.

Wed. April 16  Abbey Chapel  8 pm
Five College Collegium
"Beyond Compère: Music of the French Renaissance" Mass movements, motets and chansons by Compère, Mouton, Crequillon and Manchicourt perfomred by voices and Renaissance winds. Directed by Robert Eisenstein.

Wed. April 23  Warbeke Rm.  5:30 pm
Mount Holyoke Klezmer Band, Adrianne Greenbaum, director. Celebrate the end of classes with dance! Not the usual kind of dancing! We will teach you the zokh, and the freylekhs plus audience participation in a very special drama called a Broyges Tants, the dance of Anger and Forgiveness! Infectious music from Eastern European wedding celebrations of the 19th c.! We need YOU to listen AND participate. Yes: FOOD!

Fri. April 25  McCulloch Aud.  7:30 pm
The Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke perform their annual spring concert with a program on the subject of past, present and future featuring music by Count Basie, Dave Brubeck, Henry Mancini and Lalo Shifrin.

Sat. April 26, 8 pm and Sun. April 27, 2 pm  Rooke Theater
Queen Moremi, an African folk opera, based on the story of a 12th century Yoruba queen, Moremi, who is reputed to have led the Ile-Ife (the ancestral city of the Yoruba people in present-day Nigeria) to victory over an enemy kingdom that had mounted a series of attacks on her people.  Jointly produced by the departments of Theatre Arts, and Music, and directed by Five-College ethnomusicologist, Bode Omojola, the cast includes Mount Holyoke and Five College students in collaboration with invited African master musicians and a choreographer who are in residence at Mount Holyoke during the spring semester.
Tickets: $5 General Admission  $3 Students and Senior Citizens  Available from the Music Department and at the door.

Fri. May 16  Abbey Chapel   8 pm
Commencement Concert: A showcase of senior vocalists, instrumentalists and 2014 Commencement Choir.