Past Events

A Curious Man: The Life and Work of Jay Leyda

Nov. 2, 2017 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Nov. 3, 2017 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Nov. 4, 2017 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Willits-Hallowell Conference Center

Leyda — a scholar, a translator, an artist, an archivist and a teacher — worked across the 20th century in a remarkable array of fields. He left his intellectual mark, in his characteristically understated way, on cinema, photography, music, painting and literature. This symposium brings together scholars from many aspects of Leyda’s life and work in order to spark conversation regarding his influence and legacy.

♿ Free and open to the public. Please register by October 25 to ensure adequate seating for the symposium and lunch on Friday.

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Leyda and His Musical World

Nov. 2, 2017 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
McCulloch Auditorium —Pratt Music Hall

As part of a multi-day symposium on the influential 20th century artist and scholar, Jay Leyda, Mount Holyoke College's distinguished music faculty perform works by the composers and poets he wrote about, including Musorgsky, Rachmaninoff, Dickinson, and Whitman.

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MHSO Monsters Ball – Go Planetary & Interstellar!

Oct. 28, 2017 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Oct. 28, 2017 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Abbey Chapel

To the galaxy and beyond! Blast off with the Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra in morning and evening concerts featuring selections from The Planets of Gustav Holst and Zimmer’s Interstellar!

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The Orchestra and Choral Ensembles Join Forces for Family and Friends!

Oct. 21, 2017 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Abbey Chapel

A centerpiece of the annual Family and Friends Weekend, the Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra and Choral Ensembles join forces for a lively concert showcasing the talents of our fantastic students!  Ng Tian Hui and Stephanie Council conduct.  Free and open to the public.

Family & Friends Jazz — Ella's Swella!

Oct. 20, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Chapin Auditorium

The Jazz Ensembles (Big Band, Vocal and Chamber Jazz) celebrate the queen of jazz on the centennial anniversary year of her birth. 

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Faculty Baroque Fall Concert

Oct. 15, 2017 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
McCulloch Auditorium — Pratt Music Hall

Distinguished Music Department faculty members explore vocal and instrumental works by Claudio Monteverdi, Salamone Rossi, JS Bach, and a newly-discovered solo work for viola da gamba by Bach's contemporary, Georg Philipp Telemann. Free and open to the public.

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Alison Hale Faculty Flute Recital — Stolen Jewels — Romantic Works Transcribed for Flute

Sep. 22, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Music Hall

Sought-after recitalist, symphony, and chamber flutist, Alison Hale performs a concert of Stolen Jewels — romantic works composed for other instruments transcribed for flute.  The program will feature chamber favorites, including the Brahms Sonata in F minor for clarinet, the Schubert Arpeggione Sonata for Cello, the three Romances for Oboe by Schumann, and the Sonata in A Major for violin by Fauré. With pianists Christopher Lewis and Larry Schipull.  Free and open to the public, with a reception to follow in the Warbeke Room, Pratt Hall.

Sign Up for Fall Semester Auditions!

Sep. 5 – 8, 2017 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Pratt Music Hall

Fall Semester Audition sign ups are now open -- audition for one of our large ensembles, private performance instruction, or chamber ensembles and find out what the buzz is all about!  For more information, contact department coordinator Carol Wrobleski.

Join the Music Department for the 2017 Commencement Concert

May. 19, 2017 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Abbey Chapel

The Mount Holyoke Commencent Concert is an annual centerpiece of commencement weekend, bringing together graduating seniors and their families and friends with alumnae on campus to celebrate their reunion and renew their deep bond with the College.  Showcasing some of the year's outstanding instrumental soloists and composers, the concert also features performances by the Commencent Choir directed by Stephanie Council, and seniors and members of Vocal Jazz directed by Mark Gionfriddo.  Larry Schipull and Adrianne Greenbaum will accompany the senior soloists.  The concert is free and open to the public.

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Voces Feminae Presents Kol Isha: A Concert of Jewish Music

Apr. 25, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
May. 1, 2017 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Abbey Chapel on April 25; Jewish Community Center of Amherst on May 1

Voces Feminae of the Five College Early Music Program presents two performances of Kol Isha: A Concert of Jewish Music from across the diaspora, including works by Salamone Rossi, wordless Ashkenazi tunes, and Sephardic folk songs from Spain, Bosnia, and Turkey.  On Tuesday, April 21, Voces Feminae will perform at Abbey Chapel with special guests KlezMova, Mount Holyoke's Klezmer Band.  On Tuesday, May 1, the concert will be reprised at the Jewish Community Center of Amherst, with special guests, the Five College Medieval Ensemble.  Both concerts are free and open to the public.

Choral Forces Spring Concert

Apr. 30, 2017 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Abbey Chapel

The three choirs of the Choral Forces will come together to present highlights from the academic year. This concert of our favorites from the year and other lighter fare repertoire will also feature the work of a number of student apprentice conductors with the Chorale. Directed by Stephanie Council.  FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

MHC Spring Jazz Concert -- "Toon UP!"

Apr. 28, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Hall

The Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke (Big Band, Chamber and Vocal Jazz) play your favorite soundtrack tunes from cartoon/anime TV and film featuring music by Danny Elfman, Benny Goodman, Henry Mancini, Alan Menken, and Phil Collins. Mark Gionfriddo directs.  Free and open to the public.

West African Music Ensemble Spring Concert

Apr. 25, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Hall

Beninese musicians Jomion and the Uklos and others join the ensemble for a evening of music, song, and and dance. Children always welcome!  Directed by Faith Conant.

Euridice Ensemble presents "Bach and Before" - German Music for Strings

Apr. 24, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Bezanson Recital Hall, Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

The Euridice Ensemble, the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of the Five College Early Music Program presents Bach and Before: German Music for Strings, by Schein, Schieferdecker, Thiele, Becker, Biber, and Bach's Concerto for Two Violins in D minor.  Free and open to the public.

Euridice Baroque Ensemble

Apr. 24, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Bezanson Hall, UMass Amherst

17th and 18th Century German music for strings.  Directed by Robert Eisenstein. Free and open to the public.

Five-College Collegium

Apr. 19, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Abbey Chapel

Music of Guillaum De Fay and other 15th Century masters with voices, viols and winds.  Directed by Robert Eisenstein.

MHC Flute Choir — Silver Enchantment

Apr. 16, 2017 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
McCulloch Auditorium - Pratt Music Hall

MHC’s Flute Choir presents Silver Enchantment, a diverse program including a movement of a Rachmaninoff symphony, the adagio from the Albinoni Organ Suite, and pieces written for flute choir. Followed by a delicious reception. Alison Hale directs.

Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra - Musical Transformations

Apr. 14, 2017 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Abbey Chapel

Pianist Sara Davis Buechner’s astounding musical accomplishments have thrilled audiences around the world.  One of the most moving artists of our time, she joins the Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra to explore a program on the theme of transformations.  Featuring works by Mozart, Brahms, and Franck.  Ng Tian Hui, conductor.  Sponsored by the Dean of Student's Office, Division of Student Life, and Diversity and Inclusion.  Free and open to the public.

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West African Pop Band Concert

Apr. 12, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Blanchard Great Hall, Mount Holyoke College

The African Popular Music Class (MUS 229) presents a concert featuring Jumion and the Uklos (an Afro-pop band from Benin, West Africa) and students in the African Popular Music class.

Guest Artist Eric Trudel, Pianist

Apr. 9, 2017 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
McCulloch Auditorium

The Department of Music presents renowned Canadian pianist Eric Trudel in a solo recital featuring signature French repertoire.  Trudel will open the concert with Pour le Piano, suite for solo piano by early 20th Century French impressionist master Claude Debussy, and continue with Debussy's Images, second series.  The program will also feature two works by one of France's most celebrated mid-20th Century composers, Maurice Ravel -- Sonatine and Gaspard de la nuit.  

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Faculty Baroque Ensemble -- April in Paris

Apr. 8, 2017 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Hall

Court airs by Bataille and Sebastien le Camus, a cantata by Clérambeault, instrumental music by Leclair, Couperin and others. Featuring performances by soprano Cheryl Cobb,  Linda Laderach, violin, Larry Schipull, harpsichord, and baritone Ng Tian Hui.  Director of the Five-College Early Music Program Robert Eisenstein performs on the viola da gamba and directs this concert.

Mount Holyoke Symphony 6th Annual Concerto Competition

Apr. 8, 2017 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Hall

Students present a concerto movement or its equivalent to a panel of judges to win the prize of a solo performance with the orchestra.  Larry Schipull, pianist.

Program:

Chaminade - Concertino
       performed by Hannah Pozzebon, flute

Prokofiev - Allegro moderato, from Violin Concerto No.2 Op.63
       performed by Emma Atwood, violin

Gershwin - Piano Concerto in F 
       performed by Hilary Ming, piano (video presentation)

Duration of event: 45 minutes only

2017 African Cinema Symposium and Festival

Apr. 5, 2017 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Apr. 6, 2017 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Apr. 7, 2017 9:30 am – 6:15 pm
Apr. 8, 2017 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Various locations - see Schedule of Events

The 2017 African Cinema Symposium and Festival brings together filmmakers, producers, scholars, and organizers of film festivals from Africa, Europe, and the United States to explore the increasing visibility of African cinema as a form of expression through film screenings, scholarly presentations, and Q&A sessions with African filmmakers. Please see the Five Colleges Website for more information.

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MHC Glee Club and Chamber Singers -- Journeys

Apr. 7, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Abbey Chapel

The MHC Glee Club and Chamber Singers present a concert centered around a theme of journeys, including journeys of life, love, and loss. The program will feature a variety of composers and musical styles, and at the heart of the program will be the multi-movement work From Behind the Caravan: Songs of Hâfez by American composer, Abbie Betinis, with texts drawn from the ghazals of Sufi mystic poet, Khwâja Hâfez-e Shirazi.  Stephanie Council conducts.  Free and open to the public.

The Thomas Bergeron Quartet

Apr. 1, 2017 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Apr. 1, 2017 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Apr. 1, 2017 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Warbeke Room -- Pratt Music Hall

Students and the public are invited to an afternoon open rehearsal, pre-concert talk, and an evening performance featuring brand new hybrid jazz chamber music from Thomas' forthcoming album, including music by Liszt, Scriabin, Schumann, Takemitsu, Messiaen, original compositions and jazz standards. All events are FREE and open to the public.

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The Gaels' Honour —James Ruff, tenor and wire harp

Mar. 25, 2017 7:30 pm
McCulloch Auditorium - Pratt Music Hall

Renowned for performances of both early opera and contemporary works, tenor James Ruff has made a specialty of Early Scottish Gaelic Song and the Early Gaelic Wire Harp repertoires.  He brings his distinctive gifts to McCulloch Auditorium for a special solo recital. Free and open to the public. http://www.jamesrufftenorharper.com/

Advising Week Pizza Party!

Mar. 23, 2017 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Warbeke Room -- Pratt Hall

Considering a music major or minor? Join the Music Department faculty for an information session with Pizza!

A series of talks on Digital Music and Entrepreneurship

Feb. 23, 2017 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Feb. 28, 2017 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Mar. 2, 2017 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Mar. 7, 2017 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Mar. 9, 2017 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Warbeke Room - Pratt Hall

Presented by The Department of Music, all talks will close with a brief question and answer period. 

  • Thurs February 23: Off the Grid: Compression as Cultural Practice in Electronic Dance Music, and 360 Deals, Media Convergence, and the Digital Music Entrepreneur
  • Tues February 28: Digital Music Production and the Art of Listening, and An Entrepreneurial approach: Sonic Identities in Music Production
  • Thurs March 2: Innovation and New Directions in Digital Music and Minimal Wave Records: A Case Study
  • Tues March 7: Design Thinking for Digital Musicianship: Responsive Innovation and Crafting & Cultivating Your Creative Career: An Exercise in Contemplation to Chart Your Quest
  • Thurs March 9: Music, Technology and Collaborationand Music Entrepreneurship - Creating a Life in Music

Music, Technology and Collaboration and Music Entrepreneurship - Creating a Life in Music

Mar. 9, 2017 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Warbeke Room, Pratt Music Hall

The Department of Music presents two short talks in the areas of Digital Music and Music Entrepreneurship.

  • Music, Technology and Collaboration 
  • Music Entrepreneurship - Creating a Life in Music 

The talks will close with a brief question and answer period. This one out of five talks on Digital Music and Entrepreneurship.

Design Thinking for Digital Musicianship: Responsive Innovation and Crafting & Cultivating Your Creative Career: An Exercise in Contemplation to Chart Your Quest

Mar. 7, 2017 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Warbeke Room, Pratt Hall

The Department of Music presents two short talks in the areas of Digital Music and Music Entrepreneurship.

  • Design Thinking for Digital Musicianship: Responsive Innovation 
  • Crafting & Cultivating Your Creative Career: An Exercise in Contemplation to Chart Your Quest 

The talks will close with a brief question and answer period. This one out of five talks on Digital Music and Entrepreneurship.

The Big Broadcast!

Mar. 5, 2017 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Mar. 5, 2017 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Chapin Auditorium

The Mount Holyoke College Jazz Ensembles present their annual tribute to the 1940s radio show that has become a local classic!   With special guest Channel 22’s Brian Lapis. Mark Gionfriddo directs.  Please note that performances were initially scheduled for Saturday, March 4, but due to a Mount Holyoke schedule conflict, the date has been changed to Sunday, March 5.

Tickets are general admission. $20.00 premium front and center seating. $15.00 regular seating. $10.00 seniors and students. Tickets are available 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. Online ticket purchases are available through the UMass Fine Arts Center. For online tickets, visit https://fac.umass.edu/Online/MHC. Doors open one hour prior to each performance. 

Performance sponsors ofThe Big Broadcast! are: Mount Holyoke College, WWLP-22News & The CW Springfield, New England Public Radio and the NEPR News Network, The Republican powering MassLive and El Pueblo Latino and Loomis Communities.

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Innovation and New Directions in Digital Music and Minimal Wave Records: A Case Study

Mar. 2, 2017 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Warbeke Room, Pratt Music Hall

The Department of Music presents two short talks in the areas of Digital Music and Music Entrepreneurship.

  • Innovation and New Directions in Digital Music
  • Minimal Wave Records: A Case Study

The talks will close with a brief question and answer period. This one out of five talks on Digital Music and Entrepreneurship.

 

Digital Music Production and the Art of Listening and An Entrepreneurial approach: Sonic Identities in Music Production

Feb. 28, 2017 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Warbeke Room, Pratt Music Hall

The Department of Music presents two short talks in the areas of Digital Music and Music Entrepreneurship.

  • Digital Music Production and the Art of Listening
  • An Entrepreneurial approach: Sonic Identities in Music Production

The talks will close with a brief question and answer period. This one out of five talks on Digital Music and Entrepreneurship.

 

Faculty Concert -- A Double Reed Extravaganza!

Feb. 26, 2017 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
McCulloch Auditorium

Faculty oboist Kirsten Lipkens hosts an amazing group of performers, including Fred T. Cohen, oboe teacher at UMass Amherst, Basil Reeve, former principal oboist of the Minnesota Orchestra, Aaron Lakota master reed maker and oboe member of the Valley Winds, and bassoonist Rebecca Eldredge, of the Vermont Symphony and bassoon teacher at Smith College. With the help of Larry Schipull on harpsichord. You'll enjoy several combinations of these incredible instruments from many time periods.

MHSO - Mahler's First, Chausson's Poème

Feb. 25, 2017 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Abbey Chapel

The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra presents Mahler's monumental first symphony as well as Chausson’s Poème, originally titled Le chant de l’amour triomphant, in this program exploring the hand of fate and of infinite love.  The MHSO is joined by one of the region's finest group of young musicians, the Springfield Symphony Youth Orchestra. With soloist Amy Chen '17, violin.  Jonathan Lam, Ng Tian Hui, conductors.

Off the Grid: Compression as Cultural Practice in Electronic Dance Music, and 360 Deals, Media Convergence, and the Digital Music Entrepreneur

Feb. 23, 2017 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Warbeke Room, Pratt Music Hall

The Department of Music presents two short talks in the areas of Digital Music and Music Entrepreneurship.

  • Off the Grid: Compression as Cultural Practice in Electronic Dance Music
  • 360 Deals, Media Convergence, and the Digital Music Entrepreneur.  

The talks will close with a brief question and answer period. This one out of five talks on Digital Music and Entrepreneurship.

Crafting a Life in the Arts

Feb. 18, 2017 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Pratt Hall followed by reception at Rooke Theatre

Join us for the seventh annual Crafting a Life in the Arts. This event brings together accomplished alumnae in the fields of Art Museum, Architecture, Studio Art, Art History, Dance, Film, Music, and Theater to talk to students about their success in crafting a meaningful and fulfilling career in the arts. It will conclude with a networking reception and refreshments at the Rooke Theatre. Current students can register in LyonNet.

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Great Music, Good Cause -- A Valentine's Benefit

Feb. 10, 2017 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
McCulloch Auditorium

Music Department students, faculty, and friends present a fabulous multicultural collaborative concert of good will, hope, and of course, LOVE!  Joining faculty and student soloists are guest artists from on and off campus, including the Pioneer Valley Gay Men’s Chorus, the Five College Medieval Ensemble, KlezMova -- the MHC Klezmer Band, MHC Chamber Singers, the Nice Shoes, and other soloists. Proceeds will support YWCA Western Massachusetts, Safe Homes, and the Center for New Americans. Suggested donation $5 - $10.

2017 Mary Lyon Concert: Of Hope and Courage — Campus Performance

Jan. 24, 2017 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Abbey Memorial Chapel - Free and open to the public

Celebrating Women Composers
Join the College and The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra in celebrating the lives and works of women throughout history with the music of alumna Karen LeFrak '69, the often overlooked contributions of Louise Farrenc to the French Romantic period, and Nkeiru Okoye's probing new monodrama and ever more popular songs of Harriet Tubman featuring soloists Synthia Pullum, soprano and Damian Norfleet, baritone.  This invigorating performance is conducted by Ng Tian Hui.

Sponsored by the Mount Holyoke Club of Chicago, Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy and the Music Department of Mount Holyoke College

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2017 Mary Lyon Concert: Of Hope and Courage -- Mount Holyoke Club of Chicago Tour

Jan. 21, 2017 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Unitarian Church of Evanston, Evanston, IL

In solidarity with the #womensmarch happening across the world, tickets for the general public will be available at $25 each at the door!

Celebrating Women Composers
Join the College and The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra as they travel to perform in Evanston, Illinois to celebrate the lives and works of women throughout history with the music of alumna Karen LeFrak '69, the often overlooked contributions of Louise Farrenc to the French Romantic period, and Nkeiru Okoye's probing new monodrama and ever more popular songs of Harriet Tubman featuring soloists Synthia Pullum, soprano and Damian Norfleet, baritone. This invigorating performance is conducted by Ng Tian Hui.

Sponsored by the Mount Holyoke Club of Chicago, Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy and the Music Department of Mount Holyoke College.

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Hot Jazz on a Cold Night!

Dec. 10, 2016 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
McCulloch Auditorium

The Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College, Mark Gionfriddo, director. The annual Winter Concert with music by George Gershwin, Gordon Goodwin, Albert Hague, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Radiohead.  Free and open to the public.

Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra — Heroic Fantasies

Dec. 8, 2016 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Abbey Chapel

Featuring solo performances by Samantha Levreault '17, flute and Anna Shortridge '19, horn. Celebrate the successes of two of this year’s Concerto Prize winners at a concert focused on heroic endeavors, featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-Flat, the “Eroica.”  Ng Tian Hui conducts.

 

KlezMova! Mount Holyoke's Klezmer Band Winter Concert

Dec. 7, 2016 5:30 pm
Warbeke Room

Join the MHC klezmer band for a spectacular end-of-semester klezmer dance and listening concert! Freylekh tunes, an interactive Yiddish song and the traditional Russian Sher - square dance - will be the hour's featured fun! Directed by Adrianne Greenbaum.

West African Music Ensemble

Dec. 6, 2016 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
McCulloch Auditorium

A winter concert featuring both a drumming performance and a dance workshop for audience members by renowned Ghanaian artist and educator Nani Agbeli. Wear comfortable clothes! Directed by Faith Conant. Free and open to the public.

Holiday Vespers 2016

Dec. 4, 2016 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Dec. 4, 2016 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Abbey Chapel

MHC Choral and Jazz Ensembles join forces for our traditional holiday vespers, including the annual community carol-sing and candle light procession in Mount Holyoke College.  Don’t miss this holiday season treat. Stephanie Council, Interim Director of Choral Activities; Mark Gionfriddo, Director of the Jazz Ensembles. Free and open to the public.  Doors open 35 minutes prior to the concert start time.

Flute Choir - Pubs, Italy, and the Lone Ranger

Dec. 2, 2016 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
McCulloch Auditorium

Pubs, Italy and the Lone Ranger -- what do these have in common?  Come to the Mt Holyoke Flute Choir concert in McCulloch Auditorium to find out!  Alison Hale will direct fourteen talented women through this concert maze. A delicious reception will follow in the Warbeke room.  Free and open to the public.

Five-College Collegium Fall Concert

Nov. 30, 2016 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Grace Episcopal Church, Amherst

The centerpiece of the Collegium program this fall is the Mass for Four Voices by William Byrd. Byrd, a Catholic in Protestant England, composed three settings of the Mass, all filled with intense emotion and a very personal connection to the text.  It will be supplemented by motets by Byrd’s teacher and friend Thomas Tallis, as well as viol consorts, wind band music from Spain and Flanders, and new piece by jazz composer, arranger and singer Yumiko Matsuoka for five viols, lute and voices called “Rounded with a Sleep." Directed by Robert Eisenstein.  FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Faculty Dance Concert

Nov. 10, 2016 8:00 pm
Nov. 11, 2016 8:00 pm
Nov. 12, 2016 8:00 pm
Studio Theatre Kendall Hall

Featuring Bill T Jones/Arnie Zanie Company's STORY/TIME (excerpt) and Jenn Weber's Hip Hop FIREBIRD with new faculty works by Rose and Charles Flachs, Paul Matteson, Candice Salyers,  and a pre-show installation by Jim Coleman and Terese  Freedman. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for students and seniors. To reserve tickets, call the box office beginning November 1 at 413-538-2848 or email mhcdance.reservations@gmail.com.

Music Department to Provide Strolling Concert at 140 Unlimited Celebration

Nov. 11, 2016 5:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

Join us on a musical "stroll” through the 140 Unlimited galleries! Faculty and students from the Mount Holyoke College Music Department will perform short pieces chosen for their striking connections to specific objects in the Art Museum’s collection. Highlights include a performance of chants from medieval manuscripts in the collection, and a new work for double choir by a Mount Holyoke alumna, student performers Bingyao Liu (Chinese dulcimer) and May McQueen (flute), and voice faculty member Cheryl Cobb performing a work for solo voice by John Cage.

Faculty Recital — Adrianne Greenbaum, flute, Mark Gionfriddo, piano and Guest Artist Pete Rushefsky

Nov. 4, 2016 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Warbeke Room

Join Professor of Music Adrianne Greenbaum (vintage and modern flutes) and friends, pianist Mark Gionfriddo and special guest Pete Rushefsky for an evening of music spanning three centuries. Professor of Music Adrianne Greenbaum, will perform three centuries of music on vintage and modern flutes, including baroque, gypsy dance, classical period, klezmer, 19th c. Hungarian and jazz. She's joined by pianist Mark Gionfriddo (MHC Director of Jazz Ensembles), and special NYC guest artist Pete Rushefsky on cimbalom (Eastern European hammered dulcimer). Free and open to the public.

MHSO Monsters Ball 2016 — John Williams Tribute

Oct. 29, 2016 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Abbey Chapel

Who doesn’t love the fabulous film scores of John Williams? And what better way to enjoy them than dressing the part! Come costumed and have a monstrous good time with movie music from Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and E.T. and Star Wars. Plus dancing to the strains of the Waltz King, Johann Strauss.  Join us for this annual Halloween treat!  Ng Tian Hui conducts. Admission $5, Student/Seniors $3, available at the door.

MHSO Kids Monsters Ball 2016 — John Williams Tribute

Oct. 29, 2016 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Abbey Chapel

Who doesn’t love the fabulous film scores of John Williams? And what better way to enjoy them than dressing the part! Come costumed and have a monstrous good time with movie music from Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and E.T. and Star Wars, while learning about the instruments of the orchestra in live demonstrations and an “instrument petting zoo.”  Plus dancing to the strains of the Waltz King, Johann Strauss.  Join us for this annual Halloween treat!  Ng Tian Hui conducts. Admission $5, Student/Seniors $3, available at the door.

Family and Friends Choral and Orchestra Concert

Oct. 22, 2016 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Abbey Chapel

Annual Family and Friends Weekend concert featuring Mount Holyoke College choruses and orchestra. Celebrate the talents of Mount Holyoke students. Featuring Beethoven Finale from Symphony No.8, the Tritsch Tratsch Polka of Johann Strauss, and Vivaldi’s Gloria. Join the Family and Friends Singalong!  Ng Tian Hui, MHSO Conductor; Stephanie Council, Director of Choral Ensembles.

Family and Friends Weekend Jazz — Wild Life!

Oct. 21, 2016 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Chapin Auditorium

Join the Jazz Ensembles as they explore the animal kingdom in music by Kris Berg, Les Brown, Count Basie, Gordon Goodwin, and Henry Mancini. Mark Gionfriddo, director. A dessert reception will follow the concert, sponsored by the F&F Weekend Committee.  Free and open to the public.

Faculty Recital featuring cellist Ignacy Gaydamovich, with guest pianist Judith Gordon

Oct. 14, 2016 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
McCulloch Auditorium

Introducing new Performance Instructor cellist Ignacy Gaydamovich in a concert of works by Chopin, Duke, Schumann and Rachmaninoff, with guest pianist Judith Gordon.

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Guest Artists - Project Trio

Sep. 16, 2016 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
McCulloch Auditorium

Brooklyn-based chamber group that blends classical training with an eclectic taste in musical styles, PROJECT Trio has made an impact on audiences of all ages.  Bursting onto the scene with their landmark videos, right out of the internet generation, PROJECT Trio is a musical experience defining a new level of entertainment!  PROJECT Trio is a musical experience not to be missed. Free and open to the public. 

2016 Commencement Concert

May. 13, 2016 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Abbey Chapel

Join the Mount Holyoke College Department of Music on Commencement Weekend to celebrate its graduating seniors in a concert featuring the year's outstanding solo performances, as well as selections performed by the Commencement Choir conducted by Lindsay Pope.  With accompanists Mark Gionfriddo and Larry Schipull.  Free and open to the public.

MHC Glee Club - Martin Mass for Double Choir, with Cornell Glee Club

Apr. 23, 2016 7:00 pm
Abbey Chapel

The Glee Club welcomes the Cornell Glee Club, directed by Robert Isaacs, for a collaborative choral performance. Each choir will perform an individual set, culminating in a combined performance of the 20th century a cappella masterwork, Mass for Double Choir by Frank Martin. Lindsay Pope conducts. Free and open to the public.

Spring Jazz – "Blues in the Night"

Apr. 22, 2016 7:30 pm
McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Hall

The annual Spring Concert from the Big Band, Chamber, and Vocal Jazz Ensembles spotlights the color blue as well as the blues form, with music by Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington, Oliver Nelson, and Van Morrison. Mark Gionfriddo directs. Free and open to the public.

The KlezMova Orkestra

Apr. 20, 2016 5:30 pm
The Warbeke Room, Pratt Hall

The KlezMova Orkestra will perform Eastern European dance and listening music for their final concert this semester. Come and enjoy the finest traditional klezmer ensemble in the Valley! Free and open to the public.

Five-College West African Music Ensemble Spring Concert

Apr. 19, 2016 7:30 pm
McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Hall

Performing music and dance from Southern Togo, Ghana, and Benin, featuring guest artists Kwabena Boateng and Mathieu Gnonlonfoun. Children always welcome! Directed by Faith Conant. Free and open to the public.

Five-College Collegium Concert

Apr. 19, 2016 7:00 pm
Abbey Chapel

Directed by Robert Eisenstein. Music of Renaissance Italy for voices, winds and viols. Free and open to the public.

Flute Choir Spring Concert

Apr. 17, 2016 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
McCulloch Auditorium, Pratt Music Hall

Directed by Alison Hale. Music by Beethoven, Debussy, Mendelssohn and others. Reception to follow in the Warbeke Room.  Free and open to the public.

A Concert of Indian Classical Vocal Music

Apr. 8, 2016 8:00 pm
Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary

MHC is proud to welcome Vocalist Pandit Vinayak Torvi accompanied by Pandit Ashis Sengupta on Tabla and Dr. Vinay Kumar Mishra on Harmonium. Chai will be served at 7:30.
This concert is generously sponsored by: The Five Colleges Lecture Fund, Five Colleges, Inc.; Mount Holyoke College Inclusiveness Initiatives Fund, Asian Studies Program, Music Department, Amherst College Hamilton Fund and Dean of Faculty; Religion Department, and Smith College Music Department

Chorale Spring Concert - Aglepta

Apr. 3, 2016 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Abbey Chapel

Lindsay Pope, director. An afternoon of really old works and really new (weird) works. Featured pieces by Hildegaard, Felix Mendelssohn, and Nicola Porpora alongside Philip Glass, Arne Mellnas, and a world premiere by Mount Holyoke's own Peter Jones. Special guest performances by the Mount Holyoke Chamber Singers and the Amherst College Glee Club (Mallorie Chernin, conductor). Free and open to the public.

Metamorphonics — Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra

Apr. 1, 2016 8:00 pm
Apr. 2, 2016 3:00 pm
Chapin Auditorium in Mary Woolley Hall, Mount Holyoke College

Collaborative concert with students of the MHC Dance Dept. and the Five College Film Program

Explore the vivid ways in which we live our lives with technology through the work of MHC Dance professor Rose Flachs, and the students of Five College Five College Lecturer in Film & Video Bernadine Mellis in this multi-disciplinary production featuring music for orchestra and electronics. Ng Tian Hui conducts. Tickets are $20.00 premium front and center seating; $15.00 regular seating; $10.00 seniors and students and can be ordered online.

Performances are Friday, April 1 at 8 pm and Saturday, April 2 at 3pm.

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Sweet Sounds and Sweet Treats

Mar. 8, 2016 4:30 pm
8 Dwight Hall

Celebrate the new Music at Mount Holyoke exhibit curated by Archives Assistant Samantha Snodgrass '18 featuring materials on the history of singing and songwriting at Mount Holyoke, including student songs dating back to 1861. The festivities will begin at 4:30 with an exhibit tour by Samantha and sweet treats to enjoy. And then we'll all have the opportunity to sing Mount Holyoke songs together with members of the Glee Club!

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It's the Big Broadcast - 11th anniversary

Mar. 6, 2016 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Chapin Auditorium

Presented by the MHC Jazz Ensembles, Our annual not-to-be-missed recreation of a 1940s radio broadcast created and directed by Mark Gionfriddo, featuring WWLP-TV’s Brian Lapis as emcee “Fred Kelley,” performing well-known tunes by big names from the swing era – Bing Crosby, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, the Andrews Sisters. Performances at 2:00 and 7:00pm.

Tickets are available at the UMass Fine Arts Center Box Office; at the Odyssey Bookshop, Village Commons, So. Hadley; and at the door (subject to availability). You can also order them by phone 413-545-2511 or 1-800-999-UMASS; and online

Muller-Steigerwalt Piano Four-Hands

Feb. 28, 2016 4:00 pm
McCulloch Auditorium

The duo offers the premiere of Lewis Spratlan’s newly commissioned Dreamworlds, in addition to Franz Schubert’s powerful Fantasy in F Minor, Felix Mendelssohn’s ebullient Andante and Allegro, and Maurice Ravel’s colorful Rapsodie Espagnole. Join us at 3pm for a preconcert conversation with the composer, Lewis Spratlan, and his performers at 3pm in the Warbeke room.

Muller-Steigerwalt Piano Four-Hands preconcert conversation

Feb. 28, 2016 3:00 pm
Warbeke Room , McCulloch Auditorium

Join us for a preconcert conversation at 3pm with composer Lewis Spratlan and the performers to discuss Dreamworlds, Spratlan’s evocative new work for piano, four hands.

Crafting a Life in the Arts

Feb. 6, 2016 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Pratt Hall followed by reception at Rooke Theatre

The sixth annual Crafting a Life in the Arts will take place in Pratt Hall. This event brings together accomplished alumnae in the fields of Art Museum, Architecture, Studio Art, Art History, Creative Writing, Dance, Film, Music, and Theater to talk to students about their success in crafting a meaningful and fulfilling career in the arts. It will conclude with a networking reception and refreshments at the Rooke Theatre. Current students can register in LyonNet.

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2016 Inaugural Mary Lyon Concert

Jan. 16, 2016 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G Street NW, Washington D.C.

In 2016, The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra of Mount Holyoke College presented their Mary Lyon Concert in Washington DC. The concert dealt with major themes in the nation at the time, the Syrian Crisis and #BlackLivesMatter.

In response, we crafted a program that approached the subject of religious tolerance, by looking at the commonalities of the three Abrahamic faiths at the center of some of the world's biggest conflicts. The program featured “Abraham” by Roxanna Panufnik, with MHC faculty member Linda Laderach as the violin soloist. Using the story of Abraham as its inspiration, Panufnik drew from the musical traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; calls on the shofa, intermingle with calls to prayer in the Islamic tradition and Gregorian chant.

To celebrate the launch of the new series, the orchestra commissioned Tawnie Olsen with the help from a grant by the Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy. Her piece, "Lyonesse" celebrates the energy of Mount Holyoke College's founder, Mary Lyon, and the inspiration she continues to provide for generations of women after her.

Finally, the program celebrated the life of the Civil Rights Activist, Fannie Lou Hamer, with a suite of music selected from the opera "Dark River" by Mary D. Watkins. Rich with musical references to Motown, and Gospel, the performance featured soloists Andrea Chinedu Nwoke, soprano and Philip Lima, baritone with a chorus of DC professionals.

Program:

Tawnie Olsen - Lyonesse
Roxanna Panufnik - Abraham
Mary D. Watkins - Dark River Concert Suite 

Indian Classical Vocal Music

Nov. 9, 2015 7:30 pm
Abbey Interfaith Sanctuary

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Monsters Ball 2015

Oct. 31, 2015 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Abbey Memorial Chapel

To help you decide which costume to wear, we have different themes each year. This year's theme is Alternate Reality! We'll therefore be playing a selection of music from your favorite Movies including Star Trek, Phantom of the Opera, Psycho, West Side Story and Bram Stoker's Dracula. Come dressed to kill, have a great time. Candy and other Halloween treats will be on sale as well, so come help yourself! Here's the dance card, notice the pieces in between dances to give you a chance to catch your breath!
See our Monsters Ball page for more past themes. 

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Kids Monsters Ball 2015: Alternate Realities

Oct. 31, 2015 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Abbey Memorial Chapel

Following the great success of our annual Monsters Ball in the past few years, and in response to many requests from parents and teachers in our community, the orchestra has created our inaugural *Kids Edition* of the Monsters Ball.

We invite adults and children ranging from infants in arms to young people in Junior High to come dressed in costumes and dance to waltzes and polkas by Johann Strauss II. In between, enjoy soundtrack music from some of our movies such as Star Trek, and Phantom of the Opera. To further enrich the experience, there will be a show and tell section where members of the orchestra circulate among the audience to introduce their instruments. You will be able to experience the sound of these instruments up close and personal and to ask our musicians any questions you might have regarding their instrument. We will also present the final movement of Sibelius's 2nd Symphony to give everyone a taste of symphonic orchestral repertoire.

Tickets are priced at a very affordable $3 per child, and $5 for adults to help us cover costs. Adults accompanying groups of 4 or more children enter for free.

In our inaugural year, we are also pleased to offer children on financial assistance free entry to our concert. Please indicate in the attached order form, the number of students who require financial assistance, and we will try to assist where possible.

Please take a moment to consider if this compliments the arts offering at your school, and to pass on the information to interested parties. If you have any queries at all, please email us at tng@mtholyoke.edu. We look forward to having you at this fun-filled event!

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Carmen de Las Cuevas Co. Flamenco from Granada, Spain presents; Sangre del Sacromonte

Oct. 27, 2015 7:30 pm
Mount Holyoke College Chapin Auditorium

Caremen de Las Cuevas co. Flamenco from Granda, Spain Presents: Sangre del Sacromonte. Voice: Sandra Santisteban. Guitar: Jorge el Pisao. Dance: Pilar Fajerado and Paco Fernández 

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Kids Monsters Ball 2014: Video Games

Oct. 25, 2014 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Abbey Memorial Chapel

Following the great success of our annual Monsters Ball in the past few years, and in response to many requests from parents and teachers in our community, the orchestra has created our inaugural *Kids Edition* of the Monsters Ball.

We invite adults and children ranging from infants in arms to young people in Junior High to come dressed in costumes and dance to waltzes and polkas by Johann Strauss II. In between, enjoy soundtrack music from some of our movies such as Star Trek, and Phantom of the Opera. To further enrich the experience, there will be a show and tell section where members of the orchestra circulate among the audience to introduce their instruments. You will be able to experience the sound of these instruments up close and personal and to ask our musicians any questions you might have regarding their instrument. We will also present the final movement of Sibelius's 2nd Symphony to give everyone a taste of symphonic orchestral repertoire.

Tickets are priced at a very affordable $3 per child, and $5 for adults to help us cover costs. Adults accompanying groups of 4 or more children enter for free.

In our inaugural year, we are also pleased to offer children on financial assistance free entry to our concert. Please indicate in the attached order form, the number of students who require financial assistance, and we will try to assist where possible.

Please take a moment to consider if this compliments the arts offering at your school, and to pass on the information to interested parties. If you have any queries at all, please email us at tng@mtholyoke.edu. We look forward to having you at this fun-filled event!

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Monsters Ball 2014: Spooky Television

Oct. 24, 2014 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Abbey Memorial chapel

To help you decide which costume to wear, we have different themes each year. This year's theme is TV Shows!. We'll therefore, be playing a selection of music from your favorite TV shows, such as Downton Abbey, Dr Who, Game of Thrones and Addams Family. Come dressed to kill, have a great time! Candy and other Halloween treats will be on sale as well, so come help yourself! Here's the dance card, notice the pieces in between dances to give you a chance to catch your breath!
See our Monsters Ball page for more past themes.

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Monsters Ball 2013: Video Game Edition

Oct. 25, 2013 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Abbey Memorial Chapel

To help you decide which costume to wear, we have different themes each year. This year's theme is Video Games! We'll therefore be playing a selection of music from your favorite games including Angry Birds, Final Fantasy, Civilization and Pokemon! Come dressed to kill, have a great time. Candy and other Halloween treats will be on sale as well, so come help yourself! Here's the dance card, notice the pieces in between dances to give you a chance to catch your breath!
See our Monsters Ball page for more past themes. 

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