and Dedication of Pratt Hall Set for March 2 and 3
The newly renovated Pratt Hall will be formally dedicated
and celebrated with activities ranging from tours, open rehearsals,
and interactive master classes to faculty and student concerts March
23. Nearly 100 alumnae and guests are expected to participate
in the celebration, the high note of which will be a Friday evening
performance by lyric soprano Nancy J. Gustafson '78. The entire
MHC community is encouraged to join in the festivities.
Friday's events will include a formal dedication ceremony and the Gustafson
concert. Tickets, which are free but limited, are available through
the music department on a first-come, first-served basis. Stop by the
office in Pratt or email firstname.lastname@example.org
for tickets. Gustafson has sung on the world's greatest stages and with
operatic stars such as Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo. At MHC,
she will perform a program that features the music of Canteloube, Donizetti,
Puccini, Rossini, and Strauss.
On Saturday, the entire community is invited to attend master classes
by music faculty and rehearsals. No reservations are required. Beethoven
vs. Beethoven: Why Do Historically Informed Performance?, a class
taught by Linda Laderach and Larry Schipull, will be offered at 10 am
in Pratt's Warbeke Room. At the same time in room 109, Louise Litterick
will discuss Why Is Felix Mendelssohn More Famous Than His Sister
Fanny? At 11 am in room 109, choral director Catharine Melhorn
will share her new video portrait of an unusual West African Methodist
children's choir (singing Ghanaian highlife hymns and Handel's Messiah)
in a class she calls From Ghana with Love. In room 211 at
11 am, Gary Steigerwalt and Dana Muller will discuss From Debussy
to Bolcom: Two-Piano Music Spanning the Twentieth Century. Saturday
afternoon will feature rehearsals by the Jazz Ensemble (room 109, 2
pm), Voices of Faith (Warbeke Room, 2 pm); the Chamber Singers (Warbeke
Room, 3 pm); the English Handbell Choir (auditorium, 3 pm); and the
V-8s (room 109, 3 pm). Saturday evening events will include a faculty
concert at 8:30 pm and a student jazz concert at 10 pm.
Pratt's auditorium has been named in honor of Dorothy Rooke McCulloch
'50 and Norman E. McCulloch Jr. The McCullochs will attend the weekend
festivities, including the christening (with champagne and river water)
of the crew team's new boat, which will be called The Rookie (McCulloch's
nickname at MHC) in Dorothy McCulloch's honor. The christening will
be held Saturday at 1:30 pm in the indoor track area of Kendall, and
a reception will follow in Streeter lounge.
Pratt's music library has been named for Eleanor Pierce Stevens '25, who loves music and dance and has been dancing for more than fifty years. Although distance will prevent her from attending the celebration (she lives in Dallas, Texas), Stevens will certainly be present in spirit.