Past Events

Faculty Baroque — Around the World in Eighty Minutes

Feb. 16, 2019 4:00 pm
Pratt Music Hall

The Music Department's highly regarded baroque ensemble present works by J.S. Bach, Telemann, Biber, Locatelli, Marais and Hotterre. Come enjoy this worldly feast. Free and open to the public.

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Residency and Concert: The De Capo Chamber Players

Feb. 15, 2019 3:00 pm
Feb. 15, 2019 7:00 pm
Feb. 16, 2019 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Pratt Music Hall

Hailed by The New Yorker as a "distinguished the center of the New York new-music scene for forty-five years" (May 2016), the Da Capo Chamber Players will be in residence at Mount Holyoke College with a number of free events including a concert of contemporary and 20th Century masterworks in Pratt Music Hall on Friday, February 15 at 7:00 pm.  The program will feature Da Capo’s signature performance of Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire, with guest artist soprano Lucy Shelton, combined with three important works in honor of Black History Month – Valerie Coleman’s Portraits of Langston, Luciano Berio’s O King, and David Sanford’s Dogma 74.

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Award-Winning Miró String Quartet to Perform at McCulloch Auditorium

Feb. 8, 2019 7:30 pm
McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Hall

The Miró String Quartet brings their “exceptional tonal focus and interpretive intensity” (The Cleveland Plain Dealer) to McCulloch Auditorium on Friday, February 8 at 7:30 p.m. Presenting masterworks by Schubert, Janáček and Beethoven, the quartet’s internationally acclaimed performances and recordings have been deemed “furiously committed” by The New Yorker.

Free and open to the public.

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2019 Mary Lyon Concert

Jan. 22, 2019 8:00 pm
Abbey Chapel

The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra performs the fourth annual Mary Lyon concert on Tuesday, January 22 at 8:00 p.m. in Abbey Chapel. Commemorating Mary Lyon's commitment to the core value of music in higher education, the concerts celebrate works about and composed by women.

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Hot Jazz on a Cold Night!

Dec. 8, 2018 7:30 pm
McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Hall

Join the Jazz Ensembles for their annual winter concert featuring music and holiday tunes from Count Basie, Dave Brubeck, Mariah Carey, Gordon Goodwin and Charles Mingus. Mark Gionfriddo directs.

MHSO Concert: Poems and Folk Songs

Dec. 6, 2018 8:00 pm
Abbey Chapel

The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra presents a program that will whisk you away to lands at the fringes of your imagination, including Griffes’ entrancing and ethereal Poem for Flute and Orchestra (Concerto Competition winner, Shion Kubota ‘19, flute), Schubert’s dark and lyrical Unfinished Symphony, and Antonin Dvořák’s bright Eighth Symphony, filled with bird songs and folk melodies. Netta Hadari conducts. Free and open to the public.

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Five College Collegium Concert: The Orphic Obrecht

Dec. 5, 2018 7:30 pm
Grace Episcopal Church, Amherst

The Collegium explores the works of Jacob Obrecht, born in Ghent in 1450. He was held in the highest esteem by his contemporaries and his masses and motets were performed at many princely chapels and at the Vatican. Obrecht succeeded Josquin as the maestro di cappella in Ferrara in 1503, but his time in Italy was cut short by his death from the plague in 1505.

The Collegium choir will perform selections from masses, Marian and Christmas season motets and Obrecht’s moving lament on the death of his trombone-playing father. The program is rounded out by instrumental selections performed on winds and viols.

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KlezMova! Mount Holyoke's Klezmer Orchestra Winter Concert

Dec. 5, 2018 5:30 pm
Warbeke Room, Pratt Hall

Dance and Table-pounding music from Eastern Europe! Come listen! Come dance! Violins, flute, piano, accordion, trombone, clarinet, yangqin, and banjo! Adrianne Greenbaum directs. Free and open to the public.

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Five College West African Music Ensemble Fall 2018 Concert

Dec. 4, 2018 7:00 pm
McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Hall

Join us for the Fall Semester West African music and dance fest performing works from Ghana, Togo and Benin, with African guest artists Kwabena Boateng and Michael Ofori. Faith Conant directs. Free and open to the public.

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Holiday Vespers 2018

Dec. 2, 2018 4:00 pm
Dec. 2, 2018 7:30 pm
Abbey Memorial Chapel

The Mount Holyoke College Choral Ensembles and the Chamber Jazz, Vocal Jazz and English Handbell ensembles will once again present their annual holiday-inspired performances, best known for the candlelight procession and carol singing. The theme this year is "On a Winter's Night," and musical selections include images of stars, dreams, memories and the magic and wonder of the season.

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Five College Early Music Program — Euridice Baroque Ensemble

Nov. 30, 2018 7:30 pm
Bezanson Recital Hall, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Charpentier Noels pour les Instruments, the Corelli Christmas Concerto, Purcell’s Abdelazar Suite. Directed by Robert Eisenstein. Free and open to the public.

Flute Choir Winter Concert 2018

Nov. 30, 2018 7:00 pm
McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Hall

The College's two flute choirs will perform Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart, Three Dances by Khatchaturian, a medley of classic rock including tunes by Jethro Tull and the Beatles, and a selection from Disney’s Tangled. A reception follows. Alison Hale directs. Free and open to the public.

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Nov. 26, 2018 7:30 pm
Great Room, Blanchard Hall

A concert of immersive electronic music and innovative moving image works, featuring Mount Holyoke College students, Assistant Professor of Music Thomas Ciufo, and guest artist Asha Tamirisa. A Q&A with the artists follows the concert. Free and open to the public.

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Musical Meridians of the Silk Roads: A Lecture by Theodore Levin

Oct. 29, 2018 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
New York Room, Mary Woolley Hall

Theodore Levin is a Professor of Music at Dartmouth College who has chronicled Central Asian folk customs and music in his books 100,000 Fools of God: Musical Travels in Central Asia and Where Rivers and Mountains Sing. Levin served as the first executive director of the Silk Road Project, founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma. He has also served as chair of the Arts and Culture Sub-board of the Open Society (Soros) Foundations, and is currently the Senior Project Consultant to the Aga Khan Music Initiative.

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MHSO Monsters Ball

Oct. 27, 2018 10:00 am
Oct. 27, 2018 8:00 pm
Chapin Auditorium

Join the Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra for both morning and evening concerts featuring music from Star Wars and melodic waltzes from around the world.

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Family and Friends Choral and Orchestra Concert

Oct. 20, 2018 4:00 pm
Abbey Memorial Chapel

The Glee Club, Chorale, Chamber Singers, and Symphony Orchestra join forces to present a diverse selection of repertoire, culminating with a combined performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s “Verleih uns Frieden” featuring the Family and Friends Choir. Free and open to the public. Directed by Stephanie Council and Netta Hadari.

Family and Friends Weekend Jazz Concert: “What is hip?”

Oct. 19, 2018 7:30 pm
Chapin Auditorium

Join the Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College (Big Band, Vocal & Chamber Jazz) as they explore stylish and contemporary music by Leonard Bernstein, Gordon Goodwin, Henry Mancini, Manhattan Transfer, and Tower of Power. Mark Gionfriddo, director.

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Indian Music Festival

Sep. 20, 2018 7:00 pm
Sep. 23, 2018 7:00 pm
Sep. 25, 2018 7:00 pm
Sep. 26, 2018 4:30 pm
Sep. 27, 2018 7:00 pm
Mount Holyoke, Amherst and Smith colleges

The Indian Music Festival brings the variety and richness of Indian musical traditions to Mount Holyoke and the Five Colleges. At Mount Holyoke College, a group of performers of the North Indian classical vocal music, including Pandit Shantanu Bhattacharyya, a highly acclaimed vocal artist, Pandit Ashis Sengupta, a masterful tabla artist and Durba Bhattacharyya, an accomplished harmonium artist, will perform at the Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary on Tuesday, September 25 at 7 pm.

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