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JANUARY - FEBRUARY - MARCH - APRIL - MAY

SPRING 2017 BROCHURE (.pdf)

JANUARY

Sunday, January 29 - 3:00 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

Sage Chamber Music Society: Imagining the Americas
Guest artist Katie Lansdale, violin, in recital with pianist Judith Gordon. Aaron Copland Violin Sonata with works of Alberto Ginastera, Aaron Jay Kernis, Astor Piazzolla, and others.

Tuesday, January 31 - 5:00 PM - Earle Recital Hall

Music Talks: Caroline Shaw
Pulitzer Prize and Grammy-winning composer/singer/violinist and visiting artist of the Music department this spring, with Micaela Baranello, postdoctoral fellow in musicology, in a wide-ranging conversation about the creative process and life in music.

 

FEBRUARY

 

Wednesday, February 1 - 12:30 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

Music in the Noon Hour: Malcolm Arnold, Gordon Jacob
Paradise Winds: Ellen Redman, flute, Kirsten Lipkens, oboe, Lynn Sussman, clarinet, Rebecca Eldredge, bassoon.

Friday, February 3 - 4:30 PM - Theatre 14

Syntax and Flow: dimensional meaning-making through the body in motion
A lecture and performance derived from Dancing The Making Room, Bebe Miller Company's latest work-in-progress.

February 9, 10, 11 - 8:00 PM - Theatre 14 - $5-10

MFA Thesis Dance Concert: It's Called the Fringe
An ingenious and stimulating evening of experimental dance, It's Called the Fringe celebrates the culmination of choreographic thesis work by Nicole DeWolfe, Rowan Salem, Stephanie Turner, and Whitney Wilson. Stephanie Turner will offer her thesis performance in Acting Studio 1 at 7:15 PM. This performance is included in the ticket price, but a separate reservation is required as seating is limited.

Thursday, February 16 - 7:30 PM - Acting Studio 1

New Playreading Series: CHEMISTRY
Written and directed by Lyssandra Norton MFA '18.

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

Music in the Noon Hour: Philip Glass, Felix Mendelssohn
Judith Gordon, piano.

February 24, 25, March 2, 3, 4 - 7:30 PM - Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre - $5-10

TIGERS BE STILL by Kim Rosentstock
Directed by Megumi Lee '17
TIGERS BE STILL is a comedy that follows the misadventures of Sherry Wickman, a young woman who has recently earned her masters degree in art therapy only to find herself moving back home with her family, sending out countless resumes and waiting for the job offer that never comes. Unemployed and overwhelmed, Sherry retreats to her childhood bed and remains there until an unexpected employment opportunity gives her a renewed sense of purpose and hope. Free for Smith students.

Saturday, February 25 - 7:30 PM - John M. Greene Hall

Five College Choral Festival
Biennial event with performances by choirs from Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts. Featuring a combined performance of Oseh Shalom by Elaine Broad Ginsberg, conducted by Stephen Paparo.

Sunday, February 26 - 3:00 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

Jerry Noble and Friends
A collage of pieces composed and arranged by Jerry Noble, featuring The Rusalka for French horn and piano, the premiere of new songs on Heine poetry, along with some traditional jazz, non-traditional jazz, Baroque songs, and classic rock. Performed by Jerry and Friends, who include Jean Jeffries, horn; Kara Noble, bass; Volcy Pelletier, cello; Joel Pitchon, violin; Bob Sparkman, clarinet; Peter W. Shea, baritone; and Marlene Wong, soprano. Special guests - members of the Smith College Chamber Singers.

 

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MARCH

Saturday, March 4 - 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Campus Center Carroll Room

Five College Jazz Festival
Instrumental and vocal jazz ensembles ranging from combos to full big bands from all five campuses. The Five College Jazz Festival is supported by Five Colleges, Inc., the Five College Music Department Chairs and the music departments of the Five College campuses.

Sunday, March 5 - 3:00 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

Student-Faculty Instrumental and Vocal Chamber Music
Curated and featuring works by guest composer Caroline Shaw. At this concert, Shaw will introduce her own vocal and instrumental pieces framed by music that inspired them by J. S. Bach, Chopin, and Paul Simon. Featured faculty and student performers include Joel Pitchon, violin, Sarah Briggs, violin, Jonathan Hirsh, viola, Volcy Pelletier, cello, Erin Pratt '17, Jasmine Caruk '17, piano, Sarah Arnold '19, cello, Michelle Eskin '18, Mia Lloyd '19, and the Smith College Choirs.

Wednesday, March 8 - 12:30 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

Music in the Noon Hour: Manuel De Falla, Antonin Dvorak, John Harbison, Oablo de Sarasate
Joel Pitchon, violin, and Judith Gordon, piano.

Wednesday, March 8 - 5:00 PM - Neilson Browsing Room

Body as Archive: regarding the persistent essential friction of gesture, attention, and memory
Bebe Miller discusses the human capacity for embodied reference and recall, and the choreographic potential in these dynamic vectors of perception.

Thursday, March 9 - 7:30 PM - Acting Studio 1

New Playreading Series: SOLDIER POET
Written by Darcy Parker Bruce MFA '16, directed by J. Mehr Kaur '16.

Wednesday, March 22 - 12:30 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

Music in the Noon Hour: Anthony Greene, Pavel Haas, Franz Joseph Haydn
Apple Hill String Quartet: Elise Kuder and Colleen Jennings, violins, Mike Kelley, viola, Rupert Thompson, cello.

Thursday, March 23 - 7:30 PM - Acting Studio 1

New Playreading Series: (ACT OF) CONTRITION
Written and directed by Emily H. Atkinson MFA '17

Saturday, March 25 - 4:00 PM - John M. Greene Hall

The Iva Dee Hiatt Memorial Spring Oratorio
The Smith College Choirs and Orchestra welcome the Cornell University Men's Glee Club for the annual Spring Oratorio performance. The program features Lili Boulanger's Psalm 130: Du fond de l'abime, a haunting and rarely heard work by the first woman to win the coveted Rome Prize, in 1913, at age 19. Also including works by Claude Debussy and other composers. Jonathan Hirsh, Amanda Huntleigh, and Stephen Spinelli, conductors.

Monday, March 27 - 8:00 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

Magic Triangle Jazz at Smith: Mary Halvorson Reverse Blue
With Chris Speed, Eivind Opsvik and Tomas Fujiwara. One of improvised music's most in-demand guitarists, Mary Halvorson has been active in New York since 2002. Critics have called her "a singular talent" (JazzTimes), "one of the most exciting and original guitarists in jazz - or otherwise" (Wall Street Journal), and "one of today's most formidable bandleaders" (Village Voice). The Philadelphia City Paper adds, "Halvorson has been steadily reshaping the sound of jazz guitar in recent years with her elastic, sometimes-fluid, sometimes-shredding, wholly unique style."

 

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APRIL

Tuesday, April 4 - 5:00 PM - Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre

Performing Memory, Conjuring Body
Bebe Miller presents a lecture-in-performance in collaboration with Angie Hauser, Assistant Professor.

Wednesday, April 5 - 12:30 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

Music in the Noon Hour: George Frideric Handel, Jean Sibelius, Edvarg Grieg, Kaeza Fearn
Monica Jakuc Leverett, piano & Mary Hubbell, soprano. A musical tribute to Smith College's special trees, co-sponsored by the Smith College Tree Committee.

Thursday, April 6 - 7:30 PM - Acting Studio 1

New Playreading Series: THE FINAL SAY
Written by Meryl Cohn, directed by Melissa Redwin

Sunday, April 9 - 3:00 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

Sage Chamber Music Society Faculty Recital
Cellist Volcy Pelletier, with guest artist Hiromi Fukuda, piano. Works by Ron Perera and Benjamin Britten. The duo will be joined by Joel Pitchon, violin, for the deeply romantic Arensky Piano Trio in D Minor.

Wednesday, April 12 - 7:30 PM - Campus Center Carroll Room

Smith College Jazz Ensemble: A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald
SCJE will celebrate the jazz icon Ella Fitzgerald, performing music and arrangements in honor of the late vocalist's would-be 100th birthday this spring. With space for dancing, complimentary food and beverages, and plenty of seating in a fun, family friendly, casual setting. Doors will stay open for listeners to come and go as they please. All ages welcome! Directed by Genevieve Rose.

April 13, 14, 15 - 8:00 PM - Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre - $5-10

Senior Dance Concert: Almost 100,000 Hours
Select works of outstanding choreography by graduating seniors: Sophia Arnall, Dana Duren, Alison Marsh, Michaela Rohde, and Alyniece Siemion.

Saturday, April 15 - 2:00 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

Deerfield Chamber Orchestra
The program will include Piano Concerto no. 4 in G major, op. 58, by Ludwig van Beethoven, featuring Henry Kramer, 2015-2017 Iva Dee Hiatt Visiting Artist in Piano at Smith College and Visiting Artist and chamber music coach at Deerfield Academy, as well as movements from Beethoven's Symphony no. 5 and Symphony no. 7. The acclaimed classical music program at Deerfield was developed by Peter Warsaw, Anthony Berner, and Lynn Sussman, and the orchestra will be directed by Stephen Peisch, Interim Director of Instrumental Music.

April 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 - 7:30 PM - Theatre 14 - $5-10

BAKKHAI by Euriprides
A new version by Anne Carson, Directed by Emma Laube '17
A powerful new translation of the Greek classic by award-winning classics scholar, poet, and writer Anne Carson. Pentheus has banned the wild, ritualistic worship of the god Dionysos. A stranger arrives to persuade him to change his mind. Euripides' electrifying tragedy is a struggle to the death between freedom and restraint, the rational and the irrational, human and god. Featuring new music by Clifton J. Noble. Free for Smith students.

Friday, April 21- 8:00 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

Smith College Orchestra
Conducted by Jonathan Hirsh, with special guest composer Caroline Shaw, performing her own work, Lo, for violin and orchestra. Program will also include excerpts from the Debussy Nocturnes and Respighi's Pines of Rome.

CANCELLED:

Contemporary Collaborations Concert
Students and faculty explore 20th and 21st century repertory of New England-based composers.

Monday, April 24 - 7:30 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

Smith College Wind Ensemble: Around the World in 80 Minutes
Travel around the globe with music from lands near and far. Works by Balmages, Grainger, Hazo, and others. Conducted by Ellen Redman.

Wednesday, April 26 - 8:00 PM - Earle Recital Hall

Gamelan Ensemble Spring Concert
Traditional music from Central Java performed by the Smith College Gamelan Ensemble and friends. Directed by Maho Ishiguro.

Thursday, April 27 - 1:00 PM - Mendenhall Green Room

Conversation with Erin Cressida Wilson
The screenwriter for THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, CHLOE, and SECRETARY will discuss the related crafts of writing for stage and for film. An Open Meeting of Len Berkman's playwriting class, Theatre 261/262.

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MAY

 

May 3, 4 - 7:30 PM - Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre

ICARUS'S MOTHER
by Sam Shepard
Directed by Isabelle Brown '19. The lazy picnic taking place slowly becomes an electric vision of apocalyptic menace.

Thursday, May 4 - 7:30 PM - Earle Recital Hall

Wailing Banshees Spring Concert
Jigs, reels, and the best craic on campus! Directed by Ellen Redman.

Thursday, May 4 - 8:00 PM - Scott Dance Studio - $1

Grad Dance Event
The annual performance showcasing new group work by first year MFA dance candidates: Shayla-Vie Jenkins and Sarah Lass.

Friday, May 19 - 8:30 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

Commencement Orchestra Concert
Featuring soloists from the Class of '17.

Saturday, May 20 - 4:30 PM - Sweeney Concert Hall

Commencement Choral Concert
The Smith College Glee Club, the Chamber Singers, and the a cappella group Groove perform works chosen by the graduating class.

 

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