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JANUARY - FEBRUARY - MARCH - APRIL - MAY

SPRING 2015 BROCHURE (.pdf)

JaNUARY

Saturday, January 31 - 4:00 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

THE ARABOOLIES OF LIBERTY STREET
A Children's Opera by Ron Perera, Elsie Irwin Sweeney Professor Emeritus
Based on the book by Sam Swope, with libretto by Constance Congdon and music by Ronald Perera. General Pinch and his wife are the self-appointed guardians of Liberty Street, where all the houses look alike and anyone or anything "weird" is forbidden. Then one day an exotic new family moves in and, with the help of the neighborhood kids, Liberty Street is transformed forever. The production is a collaboration between the Music Department and the Smith College Campus School. Stage Direction by Karen Smith-Emerson, Musical Directon by Jonathan Hirsh.

 

FEBRUARY

Sunday, February 1 - 2:30 PM - Mendenhall Center Green Room

BAD PUSS: A Popumentary
Screening of a film by Emily Wiest '12, followed by a discussion of early theatre and film career paths with Abigail Milnor-Sweetser '12, Claire DeLiso '12 and Sydney Lemmon. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Theatre, the Department of Film Studies and the Office of Alumnae Relations.

Tuesday, February 3- 12:30 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

MUSIC IN THE NOON HOUR : Monica Jakuc Leverett, fortepiano
Works by Szymanowska, Chopin, Cramer, and Marie Bigot to be performed on a replica of a Graf fortepiano.

Wednesday, February 4 - 7:30 PM - Earle Recital Hall

NEW PLAYREADING SERIES
Reasons To Live by Meryl Cohn, directed by Liesel de Boor.

February 5, 6, 7 - 8:00 PM - Theatre 14 - $

MFA THESIS DANCE CONCERT
Featuring original performances and cutting-edge choreography by second-year graduate students from the Smith College Department of Dance: Joy Davis, Ellie Grace, Stephanie Maher, and Annie Rudnik.

Saturday, February 7- 8:00 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall - $

MUSIC IN DEERFIELD: Musicians in Marlboro
Six performers from the famed Vermont summer festival will perform Beethoven, Schubert, Kurtág, and vocal duets by Brahms and Dvorák. Pre-concert talk at 7:00 PM.

February 19, 20, 21 - 8:00 PM - Theatre 14 — $

FIVE COLLEGE FACULTY DANCE CONCERT
The Five College Dance Department in collaboration with the Smith Dance Department will present an evening of distinctive original works by faculty members and guest artists. Choreographers include Tom Vacanti and Leslie Frye (UMass Amherst), Deborah Goffe (Hampshire), Claudia Lavista and Omar Carrum of Delfos Danza Contemporanea (Smith), and Kinsun Chan (Mount Holyoke).

Saturday, February 21 -7:30 PM - John M. Greene Hall

FIVE COLLEGE CHORAL FESTIVAL
Performances by choirs from the Five Colleges, including the premiere of a commissioned work, Concord Hymn by Amherst College Professor Eric Sawyer.

Sunday, February 22 - 12:30 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

SAGE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
Liza Stepanova, Piano Recital: The Sorcerer of the Night
Liza Stepanova, the 2013-2015 Iva Dee Hiatt Visiting Artist in Piano, presents a solo recital featuring Maurice Ravel's haunting 1908 masterpiece Gaspard de la nuit alongside night-themed works by Robert Schumann and Salvatore Sciarrino, among others.

Tuesday, February 24 - 12:30 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

MUSIC IN THE NOON HOUR: Works by Stravinsky and Takemitsu
Joel Pitchon, violin, and Judith Gordon, piano.

February 27, 28, March 5, 6, 7 - 7:30 PM - Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre - $

IN THE NEXT ROOM (or the vibrator play) by Sarah Ruhl
Directed by Lee Sunday Evans. At the dawn of the electric age, Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) examines Victorian marriage, intimacy, and electricity in provocatively comic fashion. Dr. Givings has created a wonderfully effective new device for treating "hysteria" in women. The success of this new invention and its popularity forces the doctor and his young wife to examine the nature of their own marriage. Smith College is pleased to present the Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominated play The Washington Post calls "spirited, funny, and, yes, blush inducing." Free for Smith students.

NEW DATE: Saturday, February 28 - 3:00 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

JERRY NOBLE AND FRIENDS
A generous bouquet of love songs in honor of Valentine's Day. Bob Sparkman, clarinet, and Jerry Noble, composer and pianist, will be joined by Lisa Woods, mezzo-soprano, Teri Lafleur, soprano, and Erin Pratt '17, soprano and violist, among others. Standards from the American Songbook rub shoulders with compositions by Noble (one on a classic Greek text!) and Zeke Hecker.

 

 

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MARCH

Saturday, March 7 - 8:00 PM - John M. Greene Hall — $

SPRING ORATORIO: Mendelssohn's Elijah
The Smith College Choirs, Jonathan Hirsh and Joseph Baldwin, Directors, welcome the Pennsylvania State University Men's Glee Club, Christopher Kiver, Director. Karen Smith Emerson, soprano; Justina Golden, mezzo-soprano; William Hite, tenor; Jonathan Lasch, bass-baritone. Tickets available at www.elijah.brownpapertickets.com. Free for Smith students.

Sunday, March 8 - 4:00 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

CONCERT CONVERSATIONS
Jennifer Morsches '90, Refractions of the Baroque Cello
Jennifer Morsches takes us on a journey highlighting composers who made an indelible mark on the cello, and contributed to its development as an instrument of expression and authority. Jennifer Morsches, baroque cello, Grant Moss, harpsichord.

Monday, March 9 - 4:30 PM - Earle Recital Hall

LECTURE AND MASTER CLASS: Edward Klorman
Mozart and the Music of Friends: Social Interplay in the Chamber Works
Music theorist and violist Edward Klorman presents a lecture that explores the possibility of using norms of cultured social conversation in late 18th-century Austria as a model for interpretation of Mozart's chamber music.

Tuesday, March 10 - 12:30 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

MUSIC IN THE NOON HOUR: Brahms and Joachim, An Intimate Portrait
Edward Klorman, viola, and Liza Stepanova, piano.

Thursday, March 12 - 7:30 PM - Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre

NEW PLAYREADING SERIES
And The Sun Stood Still by Dava Sobel, directed by Andrea Hairston.

Sunday, March 22 - 4:00 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall - $

MUSIC IN DEERFIELD: Johannes String Quartet
The Johannes String Quartet will perform Salonen and Mendelssohn, then be joined by two members of the legendary Guarneri Quartet for Brahms (Sextet No. 2). Pre-concert talk at 7:00 PM.

Tuesday, March 24 - 12:30 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

MUSIC IN THE NOON HOUR: Works by Harbison, Scarlatti, and Rachmaninoff
Judith Gordon, piano.

SMITH ARTSFEST: KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN RETROSPECTIVE March 24-26

Tuesday, March 24 - 7:00 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

The Music of Karlheinz Stockhausen
Program will include a vocal duet by Mary Bauermeister and soprano Kate Soper, plus performances by featured musicians Ayano Kataoka, Christopher Bartz, Judith Gordon, Liza Stepanova, and Joseph Baldwin.

Wednesday, March 25 - 7:00 PM - Wright Hall, Weinstein Auditorium

Screening of documentary film on Mary Bauermeister by Johann Camut
Moderated discussion with Mary Bauermeister and Johann Camut.

Thursday, March 26 - 7:00 PM - Helen Hills Hills Chapel

Festival of Sound and Space: Hymnen by Karlheinz Stockhausen
Hymnen is a large-scale 4-channel electroacoustic piece composed by Stockhausen in 1966-67. Gregory Brown, founder and director of the Festival of Sound & Space.

Sunday, March 29 - 4:00 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

SAGE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
Volcy Pelletier, Cello Recital

Sage Chamber Music Society presents Volcy Pelletier in a faculty recital. Ms. Pelletier will perform a solo cello work by Penderecki, the heroic sonata for cello and piano by Richard Strauss and the richly romantic and beguiling Serenade for string trio by Dohnanyi. Ms. Pelletier will be joined by Judith Gordon, piano, Joel Pitchon, violin, and Ronald Carbone, viola.

Tuesday, March 31- 4:00 PM - Earle Recital Hall

MASTER CLASS: Karen Brunssen
The Female Voice through the Lifetime: Profound at Every Age
Illustrious mezzo-soprano and vocal pedagogue, Karen Brunssen will discuss the female voice and present her own research, which details nuances of the voice from three months old to 103 years of age.

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APRIL

April 2, 3, 4 - 8:00 PM - Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre - $

SENIOR DANCE CONCERT
Select works of outstanding choreography by graduating seniors.

Thursday, April 9 - 8:00 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

OTHELLO IN THE SERAGLIO: The Tragedy of Sümbül the Black Eunuch
A production of the Dünya Ensemble, conceived by Mehmet Ali Sanlıkol based on William Shakespeare (1603), Giovanbattista Giraldi (1565), and Resad Ekrem Koçu (1933), with 16th and 17th century music from Europe and Turkey and original music by Mehmet Ali Sanlikol. This is an enduring Mediterranean tale of love and jealousy across racial boundaries, scaled to the intimate and informal setting of a coffee house. The story and the combination of musical styles draws the audience into a reflection on race and slavery, and on the entwined histories of east and west.

Friday, April 10 - 7:300 PM - Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre

NEW PLAYREADING SERIES
Shake Teeth Shake! written and directed by Darcy Parker Bruce MFA '16.

Saturday, April 11 - 7:30 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

SPRING SERENADE
The Smith College Chorus and Glee Club and the a cappella group Groove present the annual spring choral concert.

Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12 - 7:30 PM - Helen Hills Hills Chapel

NEW PLAYREADING SERIES
The Koyal's Cage written and directed by Afreen Seher Gandhi '15.

CANCELLED: Sunday, April 12 - 4:00 PM - Earle Recital Hall

CONCERT CONVERSATIONS
This event has been cancelled.

Tuesday, April 14 - 12:30 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

MUSIC IN THE NOON HOUR:
Works by Erik Satie, Reynaldo Hahn, and Francis Poulenc
Mary Hubbell, soprano, and Judith Gordon, piano.

Thursday, April 16 - 7:30 PM - Earle Recital Hall

WAILING BANSHEES SPRING CONCERT
Faeries! The Wailing Banshees explore the world of fairies, brownies, leprechauns and other wee folk through tunes, songs and stories. As always, jigs, reels and the best craic on campus!

Friday, April 17 - 7:30 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

SMITH COLLEGE WIND ENSEMBLE
Danger! Join the Smith College Wind Ensemble for a dangerous evening of Godzilla, Vesuvius and a treacherous new work by Clifton J Noble, Jr. Come at your own risk!

April 17, 18, 23, 24, 25 - 7:30 PM - Theatre 14 - $

WATER BY THE SPOONFUL by Quiara Alegria Hudes
Directed by J. Mehr Kaur '16. "A complete and satisfying work..." Proclaims the Hartford Courant. Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Water by the Spoonful is poignant, uplifting, and funny. Elliot Ortiz returns home haunted by memories of his tour in Iraq, to find his family dogged by their own ghosts. Meanwhile, Elliot's mother Odessa disappears into an online world where recovering addicts reach out to each other for the understanding and support they can't find in their real lives. Quiara Alegría Hudes' play, called "brokenheartedly tender and true" by the LA Times, explores the meaning of family, the mysteries of human connection, and the glimmering possibilities of redemption. Free for Smith students.

Saturday, April 18 - 8:00 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

SPRING ORCHESTRA CONCERT
The Smith College Orchestra presents soprano Patricia Kopko '15, winner of this year's Concerto Competition, performing Mozart's Exultate Jubilate, K. 165. The concert will include Dvorák: Symphony #9 "New World" and other works.

Wednesday, April 22- 7:30 PM - Campus Center Carroll Room

SMITH COLLEGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Join the Smith College Jazz Ensemble in Celebrating their 15th Anniversary. Listen, reminisce, dance, and celebrate with free cake and ice cream!

Wednesday, April 29 - 8:00 PM - Earle Recital Hall

GAMELAN CONCERT
Concert of traditional music from Central Java. Sumarsam, director.

 

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MAY

Friday, May 1 - 7:30 PM - Earle Recital Hall

WET INK ENSEMBLE: Premieres by Smith College composition students
The Wet Ink Ensemble will be in residence at Smith for performances and workshops with composition students, culminating in this concert of student premieres.

Friday, May 1 - 8:00 PM - Scott Dance Studio - $

SPRING GRAD EVENT
The annual performance showcasing new solo works by first year MFA dance candidates Barbie Diewald, Emily Lukasewski, Bronwen MacArthur, and Kate Seethaler.

Saturday, May 2 - 8:00 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

MUSIC IN DEERFIELD: Brooklyn Rider
The innovative string quartet will perform old and new classics and selections from their "Brooklyn Rider Almanac." Pre-concert talk at 7:00 PM.

Sunday, May 3 - 3:00 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

SAGE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY: Wet Ink Ensemble
Wet Ink will present the partial premiere of Ipsa Dixit by Kate Soper, a quasi-theatrical, highly virtuosic exploration of language, expression, and Aristotelian mores featuring texts by Lydia Davis, Plato, Freud, and many others. Erin Lesser, flute; Joshua Modney, violin; Ian Antonio, percussion; and Kate Soper, voice.

Friday, May 15 - 3:00 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

COMMENCEMENT WEEKEND CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT
Featuring Smith College seniors in performances of instrumental and vocal chamber music.

Saturday, May 16 - 12:30 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

COMMENCEMENT CHORAL CONCERT
The Smith College Glee Club, the Chamber Singers, and the a capella group Groove perform works chosen by the graduating class.

Saturday, May 16 - 7:30 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

COMMENCEMENT ORCHESTRA CONCERT
Featuring soloists from the graduating class.

 

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