Music

Music
  • A Cappella Performances

    Swarthmore takes pride in the popularity of a cappella music on its campus.

    • Enjoy the harmonies of Mixed Company and Grapevine. Friday, 6:15–7 p.m., Kohlberg Coffee Bar
    • Enjoy a box lunch (tickets required) with musical accompaniments by Chaverim, Sixteen Feet, and Essence of Soul. Saturday, noon–12:45 p.m., Science Center, Eldridge Commons
  • Alumni and Student Gospel Choirs

    Officially founded in 1986 during Black Alumni Weekend, the Alumni Gospel Choir's roots go back to the early 1970s. Its members live all over the country, yet travel to Swarthmore to rehearse and perform four times a year. They have produced two CDs, much of it original music, and have presented concerts in a long list of U.S. cities, the Virgin Islands, and China.

    Led by singer Vaneese Thomas '74, the Alumni Gospel Choir is remarkable for its imaginative musical arrangements, talented musicians and singers, and the fervent style in which it performs its renditions of spirituals and contemporary gospel music. Members of the Student Gospel Choir will join them in song. Listen: Celebrating 40 Years of Song.

    Saturday, 6–7:30 p.m., Friends Meeting House

  • Fetter Concerts

    Three Fetter Chamber Music Concerts will feature a wide range of repertoire.

    Fetter Chamber Music Concert I

    Reicha's "Wind Quintet in E-flat Major, op. 88, no. 2"
    Debussy's "Sonata for flute, viola, and harp"
    Schubert's "Piano Quintet in A Major, D. 667, ‘Trout'"
    Timmons's "Moanin'"
    Brubeck's "In Your Own Sweet Way"
    Dorham's "Blue Bossa"
    Brahms's "Piano Quintet in F Minor, op. 34"

    Friday, 8-10 p.m., Lang Music Building Concert Hall

    Fetter Chamber Music Concert II

    This Fetter Concert will include original works by two Swarthmore students. Among the program offerings:

    Fauré's "Fantasy for Flute and Piano, op. 79"
    Shostakovich's "Sonata for Viola and Piano, op. 147"
    Mozart's "String Quartet in C Major, K. 157"
    Beethoven's "Sonata No. 10 for Violin and Piano in G Minor, op. 96"

    "el male rachamim," by Jeremy Rapaport-Stein '14
    "2 Pieces for flute, soprano, and piano on Mallarmé poems," by Alejandro Sills, '13

    Additional selections by various composers

    Saturday, 3-5 p.m., Lang Music Building Concern Hall

    Fetter Chamber Music Concert III

    This Fetter Concert includes an original work by Peter Schickele '57. Among the program offerings:

    Debussy's "1st Arabesque"
    Folio's "Four 'Scapes for flute, piccolo, alto flute & bass flute"
    Charpentier's "Passecaille from Concert pour quatre parties de violes"
    Bodin de Boismortier's "Sonata for two bass viols, op. 66, no. 5"
    Tallis's "If Ye Love Me"
    Schickele's "Queen Anne's Lace"
    Pütz's "Tango Passionata" 
    Beethoven's "Piano Trio No. 5 in D Major, op. 70"
    Shostakovich's "Piano Quintet in G Minor, op. 57"

    Saturday 8-10 p.m., Lang Music Building Concert Hall

    Support for these concerts is provided by the Elizabeth Pollard Fetter '25 Fund, established in her memory. The fund underwrites the cost of lessons and coaching for chamber music groups. 

  • Gamelan Semara Santi Demonstration and Concert

    Gamelan Semara Santi is a percussion orchestra from Indonesia devoted to performance of traditional compositions from Bali, with dancers from the Indonesian Cultural Club of Delaware. The Gamelan is a percussion orchestra consisting of bronze-keyed xylophones, suspended gongs, bamboo flutes, and drums.

    Audience members will be invited onstage to participate in this preconcert demonstration. Families with children are welcome. Thomas Whitman, associate professor of music and founder of Gamelan Semara Santi, co-directs with I Nyoman Suadin, Mutia Hite, and Ni Luh Kadek Kusuma Dewi.

    Sunday demonstration, 2:30–3 p.m.; concert, 4 p.m. Scott Ampitheatre. Rain location: Lang Music Building Concert Hall

  • Orchestra 2001 Concert

    Founded in 1988 in Philadelphia by James Freeman, the Daniel Underhill Professor Emeritus of Music, Orchestra 2001 has become Swarthmore's ensemble-in-residence, integrating teaching and contemporary music. The musical program represents a day of triumph and glory for mankind and, at the same time, day of horror and infamy for the world. Orchestra 2001 pairs George Crumb's mesmerizing musing on the Apollo moon landing with Henryk Gorecki's famous, heart-rending requiem on the agonies and suffering of World War II.

    • George Crumb: "Night of the Four Moons". Ann Crumb, mezzo-soprano
    • Henryk Gorecki: "Symphony No. 3 (Sorrowful Songs)". Tamara Matthews, soprano

    Pre-concert discussion: Renowed composer George Crumb will discuss his work with his daughter Ann Crumb, soloist.

    Sunday, preconcert discussion, 7 p.m.; concert 7:30–9:30 p.m. Lang Music Building Concert Hall