THUR–SAT, March 1–3


Thur–Sat, March 1–3, 8:00 PM
Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts

Smith College presents a workshop production of Deirdre Kinahan's Moment. Nial murdered his little sister's friend. He went to prison, went through rehab, and now he's back. When he drops by his Ma's house no one can cope with his arrival. The family lives in a fog of denial but they can't escape the explosive "trauma in a teacup" that tears them apart. The play is lightning fast and frighteningly funny; it's clear-eyed and compassionate, and—like Nial—the play pulls no punches. Moment, written by astonishing Irish playwright Deirdre Kinahan, was a major hit in London last year.

$8 Adults, $5 students/seniors, $3 Smith students—with Smith ID at Box Office only. Thursday, March 1 is dollar night for Smith students.

Purchase tickets by calling or emailing the Box Office: 413.585.ARTS (2787), The Box Office ticket window will be open from 1–4 p.m. Monday–Friday during the week of a show and beginning one hour before show time.


Mist Covered Mountains
A concert of traditional Celtic and French Canadian music with Donna Hébert, fiddler extraordinaire, and friends

Sat., March 3, 4:00 PM
Sweeney Concert Hall

Mist Covered Mountains draws from Celtic and French-Canadian vocal and instrumental folk traditions. Donna Hébert's fierce fiddle rhythms and Max Cohen's impeccable groove guitar link to create an orchestra of sound from a simple fiddle-guitar duet. Their amazing musical chemistry catches fire when Donna's daughter, singer Molly Hebert-Wilson joins them.
"Really a treat—fabulous musicians with a wonderful way of playing together." — Jay Ungar

SUNDAY, March 4

Smith Chamber Music Society
Recital of new works for cello and electronics with Kivie Cahn-Lipman and Friends

Sun., March 4, 4:00 PM
Sweeney Concert Hall

Kivie Cahn-Lipman, Smith College faculty and the founding cellist of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), has been actively commissioning new works for cello for more than a decade. This concert will feature eight pieces for cello and electronics, all written in the last few years by young composers at the start of important careers. Composers Du Yun, Vincent Calianno, Ashley Fure, Mario Diaz de Leon, Phyllis Chen, Greg Brown, Eric Wubbels, and Edgar Guzmán will all be present to discuss their works and their compositional processes with the audience in a post-concert talk.

William Matthews
Poems on Music

Sun., March 4, 7:00 PM
Neilson Library Browsing Room

Poetry Center faculty Ellen Doré Watson & Kevin Quashie read selections by William Matthews (1942–1997), who wrote most notably about jazz greats, but also about opera, reggae, the blues, and learning to play the clarinet. William Matthews lived intensely, exuberantly, fearlessly. Of all his passions, music was foremost. Even as a twelve-year-old, not-very-strong clarinet student, he "knew the way music can fill a room, / even with loneliness, which is of course a kind / of company." Mingus, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Coltrane, Thelonious Monk—these were Matthews' heroes, and he also has poems about Verdi, piano lessons, and Janis Joplin.

[photo: ©Ted Rosenberg]

MONDAY, March 5

Music in the Noon Hour: Debussy

Mon., March 5, 12:30 PM
Sweeney Concert Hall


Sonata for Violin and Piano (1916-1917)
Syrinx for Flute (1913)

Ellen Redman, flute; Joel Pitchon, violin
and Judith Gordon, piano

[complete listing of Debussy events]


Engel Lecture
Berlioz, Delacroix, and La Mort d'Ophélie

Thur., March 8, 5:00 PM
Seelye Hall, Room 201


Peter Bloom, Grace Jarcho Ross 1933 Professor of Humanities, offers a look at the two celebrated nineteenth-century French artists and their reactions to the death of Ophelia.

Word Made Noise
Festival of Sound and Space
Gregory W. Brown

Thurs., March 8, 9:00 PM
Helen Hills Hills Chapel

Gregory Brown presents new and recent electroacoustic works, including pieces for electromagnetically prepared piano; dancer with video-actuated electronic sounds (featuring Smith dance faculty member Chris Aiken); a video remix of a Samuel Beckett play (not i); a cymatic work after a Yeats poem; and electronic improvisation with local poet Kevin Devaney.

FRIDAY, March 9

Smith Chamber Music Society
Melinda Wagner, A Composer's Perspective

Fri., March 9, 8:00 PM
Sweeney Concert Hall

Melinda Wagner, the Pulitzer Prize winning composer, presents a concert of her own works and works of others that hold personal significance. The concert will include preliminary remarks and an open discussion with the composer following the performance. Ravel's Piano Trio will be performed with two works by Ms. Wagner, Pan Journal for Harp and String Quartet and her Sextet for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano.

SATURDAY, March 10
Odilon Redon. French, 1840-1916. With Closed Eyes, c. 1895-1905. Oil on canvas. Gift of Mrs. Charles Inslee (Marguerite Tuthill, class of 1915). Photograph by Petegorsky/Gipe.

Debussy's Paris
Art, Music and Sounds of the City

February 2–June 10
Smith College Museum of Art

In honor of the 150th anniversary of composer and musician Claude Debussy's birth, the exhibition—drawing largely from the Museum's permanent collection—explores the relationship between his music and the artistic developments that revolutionized the world of painting in his time, particularly the French Impressionist movement.

Music in Debussy's Paris

The year 2012 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Claude Debussy (1862–1918). To honor the celebrated and influential French composer, the Smith College Music Department, in collaboration with the Smith College Museum of Art, will present a series of events during the spring semester. The principal musical events will take place during the weekend of March 10–11, 2012, with a song recital, a lecture and a lecture demonstration, a concert of chamber music, and a vocal master class. Three Noon Hour Concerts and the Smith College Orchestra will also focus on the music of Debussy. From February 3rd through June 10th the Museum of Art will present "Debussy's Paris: Art, Music, and Sounds of the City," a major exhibition, with gallery talks and musical listening stations.

[complete listing of Debussy events]

Distinguishing Debussy:
Debussy as Man and Artist

Sat., March 10, 10:00 AM
Earle Recital Hall

Denis Herlin, former President of the French Musicological Society, is Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Editor-in-Chief of the Complete Musical Works of Claude Debussy (published in Paris by Durand), and co-editor of Debussy's Complete Correspondence (published in Paris by Gallimard).

Introductory remarks by Professor Peter Bloom, Grace Jarcho Ross 1933 Professor of Humanities.

[complete listing of Debussy events]

Debussy's Paris:
Art, Music and Sounds of the City

Sat., March 10, 11:30 AM
Smith College Museum of Art

An introduction to the exhibit, by Laura Kalba, Assistant Professor of Art, Smith College.

[complete listing of Debussy events]

Debussy at the Piano

Sat., March 10, 4:00 PM
Sweeney Concert Hall

Roy Howat, Scottish concert pianist and scholar, is a founding editor of the new edition of Complete Musical Works of Claude Debussy and editor of the several volumes devoted to the music for piano. Mr. Howat is the author of Debussy in Proportion (1983) and The Art of French Piano Music (2009), the latter named 2009 "book of the year" by International Piano.

[complete listing of Debussy events]

Kate Lindsey, mezzo-soprano
Craig Terry, piano
Debussy: His Friends, His Foes, His Aphorisms

Sat., March 10, 8:00 PM
Sweeney Concert Hall

Kate Lindsey, mezzo-soprano of the Metropolitan Opera, with Craig Terry, piano. The program will include works of Debussy, Paul Vidal, Paul Dukas, Gustave Charpentier, Ernest Chausson, and Erik Satie.

[complete listing of Debussy events]

SUNDAY, March 11

Master Class
Declaiming Debussy with Kate Lindsey

Sun., March 11, 10:30 AM
Sweeney Concert Hall

Kate Lindsey, mezzo-soprano, coaches Smith College voice students in French repertoire.

Introductory remarks by Jane Bryden, Iva Dee Hiatt Professor of Music.

[complete listing of Debussy events]

Smith College Chamber Music Society
Debussy's Chamber Music

Sun., March 11, 4:00 PM
Sweeney Concert Hall

Smith College Faculty and Guest Artists present an all-Debussy program:

   Préludes for piano
   Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp (1915)
   En blanc et noir for two pianos (1915)
   String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10 (1893)

Deborah Boldin, flute; Joshua Gordon, cello; Judith Gordon, piano; Conor Hanick, piano; Joel Pitchon, violin; Mary Ruth Ray, viola; Ina Zdorovetchi, harp; and others to be announced.

[complete listing of Debussy events]