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On Campus – February 2014 Preview

A Look Off-Campus: Vassar Repertory Dance Theater's Annual Show

Isabella Kosmacher ’14 of the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre in Jooolia by Katherine Wildberger.

The Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre (VRDT), the college’s resident company, will have its 32nd annual gala performance at Poughkeepsie’s historic Bardavon Theater on March 1 at 8 pm and March 2 at 3 pm. The show will feature works spanning ballet, jazz and modern dance.

Continuing the VRDT’s work with renowned guest choreographers the company will perform “Lareigne” by Stephen Petronio, a timeless piece that has been re-staged for the company. The performances will also feature dances created by Vassar professors and students. VRDT director John Meehan says, “These dances incorporate everything from live a cappella accompaniment to sophisticated humor and, at times, heart-breaking beauty from these budding choreographers.”

General admission tickets are $11 and can be purchased from the Bardavon at bardavon.org or by calling the box office at 845/473-2072.

Faces of Vassar

Bruce Bundock’s Faces of Vassar: An Appreciation

Bruce Bundock’s Faces of Vassar: An Appreciation exhibit is a tribute to the hardworking people who are behind the scenes of the college’s day-to-day operations.

Showing in the James W. Palmer III Gallery, College Center, from February 20 through March 13, the exhibition will begin with a reception from 5 to 7 pm on opening day. It features 22 acrylic paintings of various Vassar staff, including carpenters, electricians, maintenance workers, and food services personnel.

Bundock, museum preparator at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, says the idea for the project came to him more than a year ago. He worked from photographs he took of his subjects, painting close-up portraits of each.


Wednesday, February 5

Teen Visions ’14, an exhibit of work from the Art Institute of Mill Street Loft, will be on display in the James W. Palmer III Gallery, College Center, through February 13. The exhibit features more than 100 works of art created by children in grades 6 through 12.

Modfest ’14: Presentation: Music and Words will begin at 3:30 pm in the Villard Room, College Center. The event will include chamber music, readings of original prose, and poetry by students.

Friday, February 7

Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre, directed by John Meehan, will perform at 8 pm in the Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater. As part of Modfest ’14, the program will feature works from the company’s current repertoire.

Saturday, February 8

Amernet String Quartet

The Amernet String Quartet will play works by Haydn, Mendelssohn, and Janáček beginning at 8 pm at the Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall. The quartet is lauded for its “intelligence” and “immensely satisfying” playing by the New York Times.

The men’s squash team will play in the Hudson Valley Team Championships at 10 am at the Kenyon Hall Squash Courts.

Sunday, February 9

A faculty recital featuring Thomas Sauer on piano will begin at 3 pm at the Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall. The performance will include sonatas by Beethoven and Stephen Hartke, as well as the 24 Preludes of Chopin.

Tuesday, February 11

Martha Minow, dean of Harvard Law School, will present her lecture Law and Forgiveness at 5:30 pm in the Villard Room, College Center. The talk will focus on the question of what place forgiveness should have in the formal legal system. The event is co-sponsored by several departments and programs and by the President’s Office.

Josafina Baez

The lecture Josefina Baez: A Dominicanyork Performance Artist will begin at 5 pm in the Spitzer Auditorium. Baez, a performer, writer, theatre director, and educator, is the founder and director of Ay Ombe Theatre Troupe. She will read from her most recent works and offer an open dialogue about her creative process, her school, and her current production.

A screening of Julia Haslett’s documentary An Encounter with Simone Weil will be at 7 pm on February 11 and at noon on February 12 in the Chicago Hall Screening Auditorium.

The men’s volleyball team will play Stevens Institute of Technology at 7 pm in the Kenyon Hall Gymnasium.

Thursday, February 13

Seán Hemingway, curator of the Department of Greek and Roman Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, will present the lecture Ancient Greek Bronzes: From the Essence of Form to Hellenistic Realism at 5 pm in the Taylor Hall Auditorium. Hemingway specializes in Greek and Roman bronze sculpture.

Friday, February 14

The faculty recital “A Tale of Two Voices” will be at 8 pm at the Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall. In the cabaret with David Alpher on piano, Drew Minter will explore the tension between his three-decade career as a countertenor and his baritone voice.

The women’s and men’s basketball teams will play Skidmore College beginning with the women’s game at 6 pm, followed by the men’s game at 8 pm. The games will be played at the Athletics and Fitness Center.

Saturday, February 15

Cellist Peter Wiley

The faculty and guest recital “Beethoven Cello Marathon” will begin at 3 pm at the Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall. The event will feature renowned cellist Peter Wiley and piano faculty member Anna Polonsky, who will perform works by Beethoven—five sonatas and three sets of variations—spanning the composer’s entire repertoire.

The women’s and men’s basketball teams will play Union College at the Athletics and Fitness Center. The women’s game begins at 2 pm, followed by the men’s game at 4 pm.

Sunday, February 16

The faculty recital “The French Muse” will be at 3 pm at the Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall. James Ruff, tenor, and Miriam Charney, piano, will perform selected songs by Albert Roussel, Pierre Capdevielle, Reynaldo Hahn, Francis Poulenc, and more.

Monday, February 17

The annual All College Day Lecture will feature Janet Mock, writer and transgender rights advocate. Beginning at 6 pm, the lecture will include discussion on the Marie Claire magazine story on Mock’s journey into womanhood, as well as her new book, Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More.

The women’s and men’s basketball teams will play Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at the Athletics and Fitness Center. The women’s game begins at 6 pm, followed by the men’s game at 8 pm.

The men’s volleyball team will play Hunter College at 7 pm in the Kenyon Hall Gymnasium.

Wednesday, February 19

Margot Fassler

The Claflin Lecture, featuring Margot Fassler, will be at 5 pm in the Taylor Hall Auditorium. Fassler is a professor of music history and liturgy at the University of Notre Dame.

Thursday, February 20

A Curator’s Gallery Talk on Malick Sidibé: Chemises will be at 4 pm at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center’s Temporary Exhibition Gallery. The event will feature curator Mary-Kay Lombino, who will give an informal discussion of the exhibition.

An artist’s reception for Faces of Vassar: An Appreciation by Bruce Bundock will be at 5 pm in the James W. Palmer III Gallery, College Center. The exhibition will be on display through March 13.

Friday, February 21

Terry Champlin

A faculty and guest recital featuring Terry Champlin on guitar will be at 8 pm at the Mary Anna Fox Martel Recital Hall, Skinner Hall. The concert will include Helen Avakian, voice and guitar; Sabina Torosjan, violin; Vilian Ivantchev, guitar; and Chris Connors ’12, percussion. The program will also feature large chamber works and guitar solos by Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach.

Saturday, February 22

The women’s tennis team will play Muhlenberg College at noon at Walker Field House.

Wednesday, February 26

The women’s basketball team will play in the Liberty League championship at 4 pm at the Athletics and Fitness Center.

--VRDT photo courtesy of Rachel Garbade ’15; Bruce Bundock photo by Bundock; Amernet String Quartet photo courtesy of Mait Jüriado; Josephina Baez photo provided by Baez; Peter Wiley photo provided by Wiley; Margot Fassler photo courtesy of Fassler; and Terry Champlin photo courtesy of Vassar Media Collection.