Friday and Saturday, September 12 and 13 - 7:30 PM - Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre
MOM BABY GOD
Conceived and performed by Madeline Burrows and developed from interviews with anti-abortion activists, including priests, teenage video bloggers, abstinence-only sex educators, and more at the 2013 March for Life in Washington D.C. Forty years after Roe v. Wade, MOM BABY GOD explores how girls develop a sense of self and sexuality amidst the ongoing political backlash against feminism and reproductive rights.
Sunday, September 14 - 3:00 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall
JERRY NOBLE AND FRIENDS
The annual fall concert, this year featuring works by John Duke and Duke Ellington, with Donald Boothman, baritone and Bob Sparkman, clarinet.
Saturday, September 20 - 8:00 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall
GUEST RECITAL: Sarah Pelletier, soprano and Lois Shapiro, piano
My Business is to Sing: Giving Voice to Poetry of Emily Dickinson with new musical settings by Eric Sawyer and Ross Bower. Also featuring Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson by Aaron Copland.
Sunday, September 21 - 2:00 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall
ALUMNAE CHORUS HOMECOMING EVENT
The Smith College Alumnae Chorus presents A Weekend of Song in Celebration of Alice Parker Class of '47. Alice Parker and Jonathan Hirsh will share conducting duties; the repertoire will include Parker's settings of poetry by Emily Dickinson and Elinor Wylie, along with Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Autumn" from the Folk Songs of the Four Seasons. Join us for this autumnal weekend concert as we celebrate one of Smith's most notable alumnae.
Tuesday, September 23 - 12:30 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall
MUSIC IN THE NOON HOUR: TBA
Sunday, September 28 - 4:00 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall
SAGE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY I: Strauss Piano Quartet
The first of three concerts celebrating the anniversary of C.P.E. Bach (300 years) and Richard Strauss (150 years). Come hear a sonata written collaboratively by J.S. and his son C.P.E. Bach, a selection of songs by R. Strauss and R. Strauss's rarely heard Piano Quartet. Liza Stepanova, piano; Laura Strickling, soprano; Joel Pitchon, violin; Ronald Carbone, viola; and Volcy Pelletier, cello.
Tuesday, September 30 - 8:00 PM - John M. Greene Hall
SEAN DORSEY DANCE: The Secret History of Love
The Secret History Of Love is a dance that reveals the underground ways LGBT people managed to survive and find love in decades past, despite tremendous obstacles. 1920's speakeasies, wartime love affairs, police raids, and steamy underground cabarets explode onstage in this powerful work by transgender trailblazer Sean Dorsey.
Wednesday, October 1 - 7:00 PM - Wright Hall Auditorium
SEAN DORSEY: Lecture
Sean Dorsey will discuss transgender issues and perspectives in contemporary dance.
Sunday, October 5 - 7:00 PM - Helen Hills Hills Chapel
C.P.E. BACH MAGNIFICAT
The second concert in honor of the 300th anniversary of C.P.E. Bach's birth, his thrilling Magnificat will be the centerpiece of a celebration program. Featuring a professional chorus & orchestra, and guest artists including Shari Wilson, soprano; Kate Maroney, alto; Jason McStoots, tenor; Joel Pitchon, violin; Volcy Pelletier, cello; Grant Moss, continuo; Joseph Baldwin, conductor. Co-sponsored by the Smith College Center for Religious & Spiritual Life, Department of Music, and Office of Student Engagement—Fine Arts Fund.
Tuesday, October 7 - 12:30 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall
MUSIC IN THE NOON HOUR II: Harbison and Mozart
Judith Gordon, piano
Saturday, October 11 - 8:00 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall - $
MUSIC IN DEERFIELD: Ariel Quartet
A superb and accomplished young quartet from Israel, with quartets by Haydn, Schumann and Schubert. Pre-concert talk in Earle Recital Hall at 7:00 PM.
Thursday, October 16 - 7:30 PM - Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre
NEW PLAYREADING SERIES I
El Camino Del Rey written and directed by Darcy Parker Bruce MFA '16, a play in one act.
Sunday, October 19 - 4:00 PM - Earle Recital Hall
CONCERT CONVERSATIONS: Professor Joel Pitchon and Special Guest Kenneth Cooper, Music Director of Berkshire Bach Society, harpsichord and fortepiano
The third program celebrating C.P.E. Bach with fascinating commentary by Kenneth Cooper followed by a discussion with the audience. Guest flutist Judith Mendenhall with Volcy Pelletier, cello and Joel Pitchon, violin.
Friday, October 24 - 8:00 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall
FACULTY CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT
J.S. Bach's beautiful E Major Sonata for violin and keyboard, the brilliant Mephisto Waltz by Liszt, Duo for violin and cello by Martinu, and songs by Rachmaninoff. Karen Smith Emerson, soprano; Joel Pitchon, violin; Volcy Pelletier, cello; and Liza Stepanova, piano.
October 24, 25, 30, 31, November 1 - 7:30 PM - Theatre 14 - $ (Free for Smith Students)
THE TAMING OF THE SHREW by William Shakespeare
One of Shakespeare's sauciest, most controversial comedies opens the 2014-15 Theatre Department season. Adorable Bianca has her pick of suitors, but no man wants to go near her fierce and acid-tongued older sister Kate. Their wealthy father Baptista won't give his blessing for Bianca's marriage until "shrewish" Kate has a fiancé too—and he's beginning to doubt she'll ever find someone! Enter swaggering Petruchio, with a unique plan to win Kate's guarded heart. Don't miss this bold and bawdy production, directed by guest director Portia Krieger '03.
Saturday, October 25 - 8:00 PM - John M. Greene Hall - $
MONTAGE: Takin' it to the Streets!
The annual Family Weekend extravaganza with performances by the Smith College Glee Club and Chorus, Groove, the Wind and Jazz Ensembles, Handbell Choir, Orchestra and student a cappella groups. Features the title track by the Doobie Brothers and other "street" related songs. Grant Moss, Joseph Baldwin, Ellen Redman, Genevieve Rose, and Jonathan Hirsh, conductors.
Tuesday, October 28 - 12:30 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall
MUSIC IN THE NOON HOUR III: The Deerfield Quintet
Ellen Redman, flute; Kirsten Lipkens, oboe; Lynn Sussman, clarinet; Rebecca Eldredge, bassoon; and Sheffra Spiridopoulos, horn.
Saturday, November 1 - 7:00 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall
PERPETUAL MOTION: Galileo and His Revolutions
A multimedia performance by Galileo's Daughters—Dava Sobel, storyteller; Marc Wagnon, video artist; Mary Anne Ballard, viola da gamba; Sarah Pillow, soprano; Ronn McFarlane, lute. Presented in collaboration with the Music Department as part of the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute short-term project "Contested Cosmologies: Our Place in Space," October 31-November 1.
Tuesday, November 4 - 12:30 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall
MUSIC IN THE NOON HOUR IV: Charles Ives, Concord Sonata
Conor Hanick, piano
Tuesday, November 4 - 5:00 PM - Earle Recital Hall
MASTER CLASS: Conor Hanick
The acclaimed pianist will coach Smith College student pianists.
Friday, November 7 - 3:00 PM - Earle Recital Hall
MASTER CLASS: Sarah Pelletier, soprano with Lois Shapiro, piano
The Essential Collaboration Between Singer and Pianist.
Saturday, November 8 - 4:00 PM - Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre
NEW PLAYREADING SERIES II
Forgive Us Our Trespasses by Jeffrey Stingerstein MFA '12, directed by Jesse Kane-Hartnett.
Sunday, November 9 - 4:00 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall - $
MUSIC IN DEERFIELD II: Rachel Barton Pine, violin with Matthew Hagle, piano
One of America's reigning violinists will perform sonatas by Schubert, Prokofiev, Franck, and selections from her "Violin Lullabies" album. Pre-concert talk in Earle Recital Hall at 3:00 PM.
Thursday, November 13 - 7:30 PM - Earle Recital Hall
WAILING BANSHEES FALL CONCERT
Jigs, reels, and the best craic on campus. Ellen Redman, director.
Thursday and Friday, November 13 and 14 - 7:30 PM - Helen Hills Hills Chapel
NEW PLAYREADING SERIES III
Koel Black, Mango Sweet written and directed by Afreen Seher Gandhi '15
Friday, November 14 - 4:00 PM - Earle Recital Hall
ROUNDTABLE: Modern Choral Composition and Commissioning
With Dominick DiOrio, guest composer, Ron Perera, Lewis Spratlan, Eric Sawyer, Greg Brown and Clifton J. Noble, panelists; moderated by Kate Soper and Joseph Baldwin.
Saturday, November 15 - 8:00 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall
The annual fall celebration of choral music. Showcasing the world premiere of a newly commissioned work for women's voices, Leave My Heart Its Songs by Dominick DiOrio. This concert will feature the Glee Club, Chorus, and Groove. Jonathan Hirsh and Joseph Baldwin, conductors.
Monday, November 17 - 7:30 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall
WIND ENSEMBLE: British Invasion!
Music of Vaughan Williams, Holst, Sheldon, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones. Ellen Redman, director.
Wednesday, November 19 - 7:30 PM - Earle Recital Hall
FALL JAZZ ENSEMBLE CONCERT
Genevieve Rose, director.
November 20, 21, 22 - 8:00 PM - Theatre 14 - $
FALL FACULTY DANCE
Always a compelling highlight of the Valley dance season, the Faculty Concert features original choreography and performances by Chris Aiken, Candice Salyers, and Rodger Blum. This year's concert also features work of internationally known contemporary choreographers Claudia Lavista and Omar Carrum of Delfos Danza (Mexico) with dancers from the Five College Dance Department.
Saturday, November 22 - 8:00 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall
FALL ORCHESTRA CONCERT
This concert will present works by Gounod and Grieg, as well as Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto with Liza Stepanova, piano soloist. Jonathan Hirsh, conductor.
Tuesday, November 25 - 12:30 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall
MUSIC IN THE NOON HOUR V: Latin-American Thanksgiving
Music by Alberto Ginastera, Silvestre Revueltas, and Reinaldo Moya. Liza Stepanova, piano and Francesca Anderegg, violin.
Tuesday, December 2- 7:30 PM - Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre
NEW PLAYREADING SERIES IV
I And You by Lauren Gunderson. Finalist for the 2014 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
Tuesday, December 2- 7:30 PM - Helen Hills Hills Chapel
SAGE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY II: Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot
Collaboration between the Music Department and the Poetry Center: A dramatic reading by John Farrell of T.S. Eliot's poem, Four Quartets with Beethoven's Op. 132 string quartet. John Farrell, a principal in Maine's groundbreaking Figures of Speech Theatre, recites from memory Four Quartets, a suite of poems often considered T.S. Eliot's greatest. Presented together in alternating sections, Eliot's words and Beethoven's music amplify one another in an infinitely stimulating artistic dynamic. Joel Pitchon and Katherine Winterstein, violins; Ronald Carbone, viola; and Volcy Pelletier, cello.
Wednesday, December 3 - 8:00 PM - Earle Recital Hall
Concert of traditional music from Central Java. Sumarsam, director.
Thursday and Friday, December 4 and 5 - 8:00 PM - Scott Dance Studio - $
BARE BONES DANCE
Showcasing the creative projects of undergraduate choreographers and dancers, this annual event highlights choreography and performance with minimal lighting, costumes, and production.
Friday and Saturday, December 5 and 6 - 7:30 PM - Television Studio
TIME STANDS STILL by Donald Margulies
In the aftermath of the Iraq war, Sarah Goodwin, a photojournalist, is recovering at home in Brooklyn from her severe injuries suffered in a road-side bomb blast. TIME STANDS STILL is a witty and insightful play about mid-life, relationships, and our place in the world. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies has created a universal and personal story that, according to the NY Times, "crackles with bright wit and intelligence." Directed by Hannah Sachs '16.
Sunday, December 7 - 4:00 PM and 7:30 PM - John M. Greene Hall
The annual Christmas Vespers services at 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm in John M. Greene Hall features seasonal readings and music with performances by the Glee Club and Chorus, Handbell Choir and Orchestra. Grant Moss, Jonathan Hirsh, and Joseph Baldwin, conductors.
Tuesday, December 9 - 12:30 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall
MUSIC IN THE NOON HOUR VI: Works of C.P.E. Bach
Alissa Leiser, piano with Joel Pitchon, violin
Thursday, December 11 - 7:00 PM - Scott Dance Studio - $
GRAD DANCE EVENT
End the semester with new dance works by MFA candidates Barbie Diewald, Emily Lukasewski, Bronwen MacArthur, and Kate Seethaler.
Sunday, December 14 - 4:00 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall - $
MUSIC IN DEERFIELD: St. Petersburg String Quartet
Now in their 29th year, the St. Petersburg String Quartet will be back with us to do what they do best—perform Russian music with skill, style, and amazing intensity. Pre-concert talk in Earle Recital Hall at 3:00 PM.