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Events are free of charge unless noted, open and accessible to the public.

Friday, February 8

7:30 p.m.

Preconcert Talk with Dünya Ensemble
Sweeney Concert Hall

8 p.m.

Concert: Dünya Ensemble
Sweeney Concert Hall

Due to inclement weather, this event has been postponed and will be rescheduled. Please check back for updated information.

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Dunya EnsembleDünya (the Turkish, Arabic, Persian and Greek word for “world”) Ensemble is a musicians’ collective located in Boston, Massachusetts. Its goal is to explore a cosmopolitan view of the world through the lens of a wide range of Turkish traditions, alone and in conversation with the musics of the formerly Ottoman peoples, as well as with western and other world traditions. The Dünya collective includes specialists in Ottoman music, early European music, Middle Eastern Christian and Jewish music, ethnomusicology, jazz, contemporary composition and popular music.


Sunday, February 10

11 a.m. Film presentation: Schoenberg's “Fantasy”
Earle Recital Hall

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Yehudi Menuhin and Glen GouldThe CBC broadcast of Yehudi Menuhin and Glenn Gould’s performance and discussion of Schoenberg's Fantasy for Violin and Piano.

After the film, a discussion on performing Schoenberg will be led by festival coordinator Joel Pitchon.


3 p.m.

Lecture: “Schoenberg's Transfiguration”
Earle Recital Hall

NEW DAY AND TIME
This event was previously scheduled for Saturday, February 9.

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W. Anthony SheppardPierrot Lunaire embodies Schoenberg’s free atonal and highly expressionist style while also marking a shift to a more formalist, ordered approach to composition. W. Anthony Sheppard, professor of music at Williams College, will trace Schoenberg’s work from Transfigured Night, through Erwartung, to Pierrot.


4 p.m. Smith Chamber Music Society IV Schoenberg and Brahms Sextets
Sweeney Concert Hall

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SchoenbergSchoenberg, Transfigured Night (Verklaerte Nacht)
Brahms, Sextet in Bb Major Op.15

Joel Pitchon and Joana Genova, violins; Ronald Carbone and Ariel Rudiakov, violas; Volcy Pelletier and Ronald Feldman, cellos.




8 p.m.

Argento Ensemble: “Pierrot Lunaire”
Sweeney Concert Hall

NEW DAY
This event was previously scheduled for Saturday, February 9.

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Argento EnsembleThe New York-based Argento Ensemble presents Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with other recent works influenced by Schoenberg's compositional language, including solo and ensemble works by Elliott Carter, Matthias Pintscher and David Fulmer. Michel Galante, director.


Tuesday, February 12

7:30 p.m. Poetry in Concert: “Uncanny Valley”
Sweeney Concert Hall

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Jon WoodwardOni BuchananThe Smith College Poetry Center and the Department of Music present a concert-length work for piano, spoken text and electronics, with music composed by John Gibson. Jon Woodward, poet; Oni Buchanan, pianist.

Unique artifacts of our moment, Jon Woodward's poems are hypnotic, satiric, and surreal. Mary Ruefle writes of his third collection, the book-length poem Uncanny Valley, which serves as the text for the concert piece of the same name, “These apocalyptic, pixilated poems forge a mythology of our ravaged culture.”


Wednesday, February 13

7:30 p.m. Staged Reading with Music: “Vasalisa the Wise”
Earle Recital Hall

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Ellen W. KaplanGregory W. BrownA new telling of the ancient tale of Vasalisa and Baba Yaga the Witch, as written by Ellen W. Kaplan with original music by Gregory W. Brown. The full play combines music, dance and theatre for a sumptuous presentation of this well-known fairy tale.


February 14-16

8 p.m. MFA Thesis Dance Concert
Theatre 14
$9 general, $5 students and seniors; reserved seats

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MFA thesis dance concert, featuring original performances and cutting-edge choreography from second-year graduate students from the Smith College Department of Dance. Choreographers are Melissa Edwards, Eliza Larson, Kelly Silliman and Catherine Wagner.


Saturday, February 16

11 a.m. Children's Concert: Featuring “Johnny Appleseed,” Based on the Book by Jane Yolen
Sweeney Concert Hall

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Jane YolenClifton J. NobleJohnny Appleseed, The Legend and the Truth, read by Jane Yolen (author); music by Clifton J. Noble; illustrated by Jim Burke. This and other works will be followed by Assorted Jigs and Reels, performed by Blacksheep.

Ellen Redman, flute; Joel Pitchon, violin; Volcy Pelletier, cello; Kevin Fontaine, banjo; Clifton J. Noble, piano.


Sunday, February 17

2 p.m. Lecture: “How to Cause a Riot”
Earle Recital Hall

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David E. SchneiderLecture by Professor David E. Schneider, Amherst College

Stravinsky's Rite of Spring and Musical Modernism on the Eve of World War I


3 p.m. Smith Chamber Music Society V: Romanticism, Expressionism and Revolution
Sweeney Concert Hall

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StravinskyWebern, Langsamer Satz for string quartet
Strauss, Capriccio for string sextet
Stravinsky, Sacre du Printemps (Rite of Spring) for two pianos

Judith Gordon and Conor Hanick, piano; Joel Pitchon and Joana Genova, violin; Ronald Carbone and Ariel Rudiakov, viola; Volcy Pelletier and Ronald Feldman, cello.