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Music in the Noon Hour
Smith's Special Trees
Wednesday, April 5 at 12:30 PM in Sweeney Concert Hall



Smith College's dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides), growing behind Neilson Library.


Northampton, MA—


Music in the Noon Hour will present "Smith's Special Trees: A Musical Tribute" with Mary Hubbell, soprano, and Monica Jakuc Leverett, piano on Wednesday, April 5 at 12:30-1:00 PM in Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall, Smith College.

The concert is co-sponsored by the Smith College Tree Committee and admission is free. This event will present musical tributes to some of the champion-sized trees as well as other remarkable and historic tree specimens that grace the Smith College Campus Arboretum—now recognized as an accredited arboretum and as a Tree Campus USA.

A special feature of the program will be the world premiere of a new song, Dawn Redwood, with text by New Hampshire poet and Mount Holyoke College alumna Lee Ann Dalton and music by Western Massachusetts composer and former Smith faculty member Gregory W. Brown. Smith's dawn redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) is a specimen grown from seed collected in China in the 1940s. At that time, the species was discovered growing in the wild when it had long been thought to be extinct.

The program also includes songs and piano pieces by George Frideric Handel, Jean Sibelius, Franz Schubert, Oscar Rasbach, and former Smith pianist and composer John Duke, as well a 1997 song by Northampton native Kaeza Fearn.

Soprano Mary Hubbell has appeared in concert in Europe, New York and New England. She teaches voice at Smith College. Monica Jakuc Leverett is a frequent solo and chamber music performer in the Valley, and is Elsie Irwin Sweeney Professor Emerita of Music at Smith.

Smith College's Tree Committee will provide information about the trees.

Wednesday, April 5
Smith's Special Trees: A Musical Tribute
Music by George Frideric Handel, Jean Sibelius, Edvard Grieg, Kaeza Fearn,
and Gregory W. Brown
Monica Jakuc Leverett, piano, and Mary Hubbell, soprano
Co-sponsored by the Smith College Tree Committee.

All performances in Sweeney Concert Hall
144 Green Street, Northampton, MA 01063
Free and open to the public.




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