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Fall 2016 Musical Events

AVoice4Peace

AVoice4Peace
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building,
Come sing with the Swarthmore College Chorus in an informal videorecording of South African peace hymn "Ukuthula."  All are welcome to attend and sing in this brief, free, and open event marking the International Day of Peace designated by the United Nations.  The Chorus's videorecording will be uploaded and joined with similar videorecordings of choirs around the world also singing "Ukuthula" as part of the #AVoice4Peace project.

Choose Peace Concert

Choose Peace Concert
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Friends Meeting House, Whittier Room
What is visionary peace and what are the choices we can make to live our lives into such a possibility? We are invited to explore linking the cultivation of personal peace to identifying innovative steps toward global peace through song with Rev. Rhetta Morgan, singer, songwriter, interfaith minister, and activist. Celebrate International Day of Peace by listening to and singing songs of peace.

Rev. Rhetta Morgan is Founder of the While We Wait Project sponsored by a Leeway Art for Change grant. The Project provides spiritual and emotional support to loved ones of incarcerated individuals. She has facilitated conversations on race and healing for the Interfaith Peace Walk and other organizations. She recently performed for the Leeway + Bread and Roses Town Hall on Incarceration and Gender, using her voice to create inclusive sacred space. Rev. Rhetta performs and works with Girls Rock Philadelphia, an organization that supports and empowers girls and young women. She has worked with Earth Quaker Action Team (EQAT) and Philly Thrive as both musical leader and spiritual anchor. Rev. Rhetta mentors and counsels activist leaders in our area, encouraging self-care and what she calls a spiritual tool box to aid against despair, overwhelm and depression. A leader in the Philadelphia area, Rev. Rhetta uses music she writes and sings to inspire and heal.

Chamber Orchestra FIRST EDITIONS

Chamber Orchestra FIRST EDITIONS
Sunday, September 25, 2016 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building,
Chamber Orchestra FIRST EDITIONS (COFE) presents music, by Janice Hamer, Arne Running, and W.A. Mozart, with piano soloist MARCANTONIO BARONE, and three Swarthmore College students conducting`.  
 
How does a personal calamity, an international disaster, or just the passage of years affect a composer's music?   How does composer Janice Hamer deal with the tragedy of refugees fleeing war and poverty in "For the Uprooted"?   How does Arne Running express the inner turmoil of his personal life in his "Lamentation, for Oboe, Strings, and Three Angels"? What circumstances led Mozart to interrupt his work on the piano concerto we now list as K. 449, finally completing it more than two years later?  Can we see his progression as a composer from the "Wunderkind" years of the "Serenata Notturna," K. 239, to the mastery of K. 449, or even in the two years that separate the movements of K. 449?  What makes a composer "tick"? - our subject for all COFE concerts, but especially for this one.  

Midday Monday Concert: Clara Rottsolk

Midday Monday Concert: Clara Rottsolk
Monday, September 26, 2016 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Lang Music Building - Lang Concert Hall

Home-grown composers and visitors alike found inspiration and patronage in a booming London in the Baroque era. Whether for theater, court, or church, Henry Purcell and G.F. Handel turned out prolific chamber music there. Soprano Clara Rottsolk, harpsichordist Leon Schelhase, cellist Eve Miller, and lutenist Daniel Zuluaga join forces on period instruments to perform some of London's greatest musical treats of the17th and 18th centuries.

“Pure and shining” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) soprano Clara Rottsolk has been lauded by The New York Times for her “clear, appealing voice and expressive conviction” and by The Philadelphia Inquirer for the “opulent tone [with which] every phrase has such a communicative emotional presence.” With a specialty in historically informed performance practice, she engages audiences in repertoire extending from the Renaissance to the contemporary. Her solo appearances have taken her across the United States, the Middle East, Japan and South America with ensembles including American Bach Soloists, Tempesta di Mare, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Les Délices, Pacific MusicWorks, Opera Grand Rapids, St. Thomas Church 5th Avenue, Virginia Symphony, Atlanta Baroque, Magnificat Baroque, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Piffaro—The Renaissance Wind Band, Colorado Bach Ensemble, Trinity Wall Street Choir, Spire Ensemble, New Mexico Symphonic Chorus, ARTEK, and the Masterwork Chorus under the direction of conductors including Joshua Rifkin, Bruno Weil, Paul Goodwin, Jeffrey Thomas, John Scott, David Effron, Andrew Megill, and Timothy Nelson.

She has performed at the Carmel Bach Festival, Indianapolis Early Music Festival, Berkeley Early Music Festival, Philadelphia Bach Festival, Whidbey Island Music Festival, Boston Early Music Festival, and the Festival de Música Barroca de Barichara (Colombia) as well as on myriad concert series across the country. In collaboration with pianists Sylvia Berry and Byron Schenkman, and guitarist-lutenist Daniel Swenberg, Ms. Rottsolk has given recitals of song from the 17th to 21st centuries in venues including the Goethe-Institut Boston, Town Hall Seattle, St. Mark’s Church Philadelphia, and Swarthmore College. Among her stage roles are Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Ilia (Idomeneo), Eurydice (Ophée et Eurydice), Micaëla (Carmen), Semele (Semele), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Johanna (Sweeney Todd), and Laetitia (The Old Maid and the Thief).

Her recordings are Myths and Allegories, French Baroque cantatas with Les Délices and “supple and stylish… and unflaggingly attractive” (Gramophone Magazine) Scarlatti Cantatas with Tempesta di Mare on the Chandos-Chaconne label. Due out soon is a recording of new compositions by Rachel Matthews, including three songs set to Elizabeth Bishop’s poetry.

A native of Seattle, Ms. Rottsolk earned her music degrees at Rice University and Westminster Choir College, and was awarded for musical excellence by the Metropolitan Opera National Council (Northwest Region). Currently she is based in Philadelphia and teaches voice at Swarthmore, Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges.

 

"Making Change for Better Communities Through Dance"

Making Change for Better Communities Through Dance
Saturday, October 1, 2016 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Lang Performing Arts Center - LPAC Pearson-Hall Theatre,
The Department of Music and Dance will host a public celebration to honor Professor Sharon Freidler’s work and retirement. This event, “Making Change for Better Communities Through Dance”, will include faculty, alumni, staff, and students.

 There will be live dance, video, and the spoken word to offer a well-rounded glimpse into the numerous contributions that Sharon has made to the field of dance and to our community over the years.

Among the highlights: performances by four alumni of the Dance program who have gone on to distinctive international careers in the dance world; a presentation by a fifth alumna who is one of the leading dance scholars in the U.S.; and a performance by Sharon’s Dance for PD group (Parkinson Disease), accompanied by live music.

Hossein Omoumi: From Isfahan to Irvine: Documentary film screening and demonstration

Hossein Omoumi: From Isfahan to Irvine: Documentary film screening and demonstration
Thursday, October 20, 2016 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building,

Hossein Omoumi, a scholar/musician from Isfahan, Iran, and professor of music at UC Irvine will screen a new documentary film about his life, with a focus on his innovative teaching system for Persian classical music. He will then demonstrate the structure of classical Persian music by singing and playing the Ney (Persian reed flute), with Santour accompaniment by Faraz Minooei (Persian hammered dulcimer). Question and answer session with the audience will conclude the event.

Hossein Omoumi was born in 1944, in Isfahân, Iran, and began his musical education singing with his father. At age 14, he started studying the ney, the traditional reed flute of Iran. While studying architecture, he was accepted as a tutorial student at the National Superior Conservatory of Music in Tehran, and worked with great masters Mahmud Karimi and Farhâd Fakhreddini. He then worked with the great master of ney Hassan Kassâei.

Omoumi’s performance career has included appearances at many of major festivals and concert halls in Europe and the United States, including San Francisco’s World Music Festival, UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall and Wadsworth Theater, the Getty Center in Los Angeles, the World Music Institute and Asia Society in New York, and Theatre de la Ville in Paris.

He is a noted scholar and teacher of Persian music, having served on the National Conservatory, Tehran University, Center for Conservation and Diffusion of Music (Iran National Television) in Tehran, Center for Oriental Music Studies (CEMO) of Sorbonne University in Paris, the Ethnomusicology departments of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), and the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle. He is now Maseeh Professor in Persian Performing Arts of music at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). He has arranged and composed 11 lessons to teach the principals of classical Persian music under the title of Pish Radif. His research on the making of the ney and Iranian percussions has opened new possibilities and introduced significant innovations to the ney, tombak and daf.

Omoumi graduated from the faculty of architecture at the National University of Iran with honors and taught there for 10 years after receiving his doctorate degree from the University of Florence, Italy, using a scholarship awarded by the Italian government.

Philadelphia Wind Symphony

Philadelphia Wind Symphony
Saturday, October 22, 2016 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building,
Philadelphia Wind Symphony
Paul Bryan, Music Director
 
The British Invasion 
Gustav Holst: Hammersmith 
Gustav Holst: Second Suite in F for Military Band 
Guy Woolfenden: Illyrian Dances 
John Rutter/arr. Paul Noble: What Sweeter Music 
Arr. Bocook, The Beatles: Love
 
The Philadelphia Wind Symphony is a professional ensemble whose members share a common goal of engaging the Philadelphia community through presenting performances of the band and wind ensemble literature. Founded in 2011 by Virginia Allen, this is a 51-member volunteer ensemble of woodwind, brass and percussion players are citizen artists who are engaged in various professional pursuits. Under the direction of Paul Bryan, The Philadelphia Wind Symphony presents half a dozen concerts each season around the Philadelphia region. The ensemble is committed to high-quality performances of standard wind ensemble literature while exploring new artistic heights of contemporary music.
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Mr. Paul Bryan - Music Director
Music Director of the Philadelphia Wind Symphony, Paul Bryan leads a distinguished career as both performer and educator. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and Temple University where he studied trombone with Glenn Dodson and Eric Carlson and conducting with David Hayes, Arthur Chodoroff, and Lawrence Wagner, Paul currently serves as Director and Conductor of Bravo Brass – the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra brass ensemble, Head Conductor of the Young Artists Summer Program at Curtis Summerfest, Music Director of the Symphony in C Summer Camp, and a faculty member at Temple University and the Curtis Institute of Music.

Described by composer Eric Ewazen as a “stunning” interpreter producing performances with “riveting momentum and heartfelt lyricism,” Paul has led concerts with a variety of groups including the wind and brass ensembles of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Rodney Mack Philadelphia Big Brass, and Boyz II Men.

Sought after for his ability to train gifted instrumentalists, Paul pushes his groups to take risks and to make music as opposed to just playing it. Past positions have included Conductor of the Drexel University Orchestra, Conductor of the Philadelphia All-City High School Concert Band, and appearances with the ensembles of the New York Summer Music Festival, Play On, Philly!, and numerous honor groups in the Delaware Valley.

A respected member of the Philadelphia area’s musical community, Paul serves as Dean of Faculty and Students at the Curtis Institute of Music where he directs the educational programming and curricular life of one of the world’s foremost conservatories.

Orchestra 2001

Orchestra 2001
Saturday, October 29, 2016 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building,

Orchestra 2001 (O2001) is dedicated to performing and promoting the music of the 20th and 21st centuries, premiering new works, providing a major focus for the best new music of our time, introducing unknown older works, and reaching out to regional and international audiences. Our name pointed to the future when the ensemble was founded in 1988. Today the name, by now indelibly associated with landmark performances and recordings of new music, points in a new way to the future of the music of our time.

 

William Sharp, Master Class

William Sharp, Master Class
Sunday, October 30, 2016 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building,

William Sharp

Baritone William Sharp is a consummate artist possessing the rare combination of vocal beauty, sensitivity and charisma. Praised by the New York Times as a "sensitive and subtle singer" who is able to evoke "the special character of every song that he sings," Mr. Sharp has earned a reputation as a singer of great versatility and continues to garner critical acclaim for his work in concerts, recitals, operas and recordings. In 2014-15 he sang Bach’s Cantatas No. 32 and 49 with the Dryden Ensemble and returned to the Bach Choir of Bethlehem as soloist in Bach’s Mass in B Minor and selected cantatas.

Midday Monday Concert: Akropolis Reed Quintet

Midday Monday Concert: Akropolis Reed Quintet
Monday, November 7, 2016 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Lang Music Building - Lang Concert Hall

Hailed for their “imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality” (Fanfare Magazine), the Akropolis Reed Quintet takes listeners on extraordinary musical adventures. Founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan, Akropolis has won six national chamber music prizes since 2011, including the 2014 Fischoff Gold Medal. Deeply committed to nurturing music appreciation among young audiences, Akropolis is also winner of the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award. Akropolis is an alumnus of APAP’s prestigious Young Performer’s Career Advancement Program (YPCA) and also received a 2016 Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Grant for a “Corporate to Corner” tour in January, 2017, injecting chamber music into Detroit’s workplaces and encouraging its workforce to experience Detroit’s greater cultural revival.

Akropolis Reed Quintet Master Class

Akropolis Reed Quintet Master Class
Monday, November 7, 2016 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Lang Music Building - Lang Concert Hall

The Department of Music and Dance presents a master class with Akropolis Reed Quintet featuring Swarthmore instrumentalists.  Hailed for their “imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality” (Fanfare Magazine), the Akropolis Reed Quintet takes listeners on extraordinary musical adventures. Founded in 2009 at the University of Michigan, Akropolis has won six national chamber music prizes since 2011, including the 2014 Fischoff Gold Medal. Deeply committed to nurturing music appreciation among young audiences, Akropolis is also winner of the 2015 Fischoff Educator Award. Akropolis is an alumnus of APAP’s prestigious Young Performer’s Career Advancement Program (YPCA) and also received a 2016 Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Grant for a “Corporate to Corner” tour in January, 2017, injecting chamber music into Detroit’s workplaces and encouraging its workforce to experience Detroit’s greater cultural revival.

Music and Emergence, Talk by John Carvalho, Villanova University

Music and Emergence, Talk by John Carvalho, Villanova University
Thursday, November 10, 2016 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
, Papazian, Papazian - Papazian 324
Music is a temporal art, where what is distinctly musical in the sounds emerges essentially in and through time. Our attention is solicited by and focused on what emerges, as a kind of content that is more than decorative. Yet (much) music has no specific representational content. How, then, does music mean, and what is the musical in music? I draw on arguments from the ecology of cognition and from Roland Barthes in order to characterize the emergence of musicality, and I conclude by turning to examples of how what is distinctively musical emerges enactively in specific performances by Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, the Miles Davis Quintet, and Beyoncé.This event is sponsored by the Departments of Music and Philosophy.

Senior Recital, Cooper Harrington-Fei and Natasha Nogueira

Senior Recital, Cooper Harrington-Fei and Natasha Nogueira
Friday, November 11, 2016 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building,
Join us for a join recital, Cooper Harrington-Fei's Senior Recital and Natasha Nogueira's Junior Recital, a culmination of years of vocal study, presenting songs by Mozart, Schumann, Hahn, Vaughan Williams, and Argento. Come relax and listen to an hour of wonderful music from different Eras. 
 

Swarthmore College Wind Ensemble

Swarthmore College Wind Ensemble
Saturday, November 12, 2016 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building,
The Swarthmore College Wind Ensemble, directed by Andrew Hauze '04, performs works by Gershwin (Rhapsody in Blue, led by student conductor Andrew Kim with Mr. Hauze as piano soloist), Brahms (the Scherzo from his Piano Quintet, arranged by Daniel Dorff), Holst (the First Suite in E-flat Major), and Swarthmore faculty member Gerald Levinson (his Balinese inspired Bronze Music).

Student, Faculty and Alumni Composers Concert

Student, Faculty and Alumni Composers Concert
Sunday, November 13, 2016 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building,
The eighth annual Student, Faculty, and Alumni Composers Concert, featuring the works of Gerald Levinson, his students, and colleagues from the past 40 years.  This program honors Jane Lang Professor of Music Gerald Levinson in celebration of his 65th birthday.

David's Harp: Kantikas de Sefarad: A Concert of Sephardic Music from Turkey, Greece, and North Afric

David's Harp: Kantikas de Sefarad: A Concert of Sephardic Music from Turkey, Greece, and North Afric
Thursday, November 17, 2016 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building,

David’s Harp is a Philadelphia-based ensemble specializing in Jewish music from Turkey, Greece, and the Middle East.  Led by Joseph Alpar, the group performs music of Sephardic and Mizrahi Jewish communities with a focus on revealing cultural and religious interactions between Jewish and non-Jewish worlds.  With repertoire drawn from Ottoman court music, Sephardic pizmonim, Ladino folk songs, Turkish fasıl music, and Greek rebetiko among other genres, David's Harp reveals the fluidity and blending of diverse musical ideas.  In the spirit of peace and friendship, David’s Harp is dedicated to keeping this rich artistic heritage of musical exchange alive.  Since its inception six years ago, David’s Harp has given standing room only concerts at the Center for Jewish History, Drexel University, Yale University, The Penn Museum, the CUNY Graduate Center, and other venues in New York, Philadelphia, and New England. The ensemble will record its first album early next year. 


David’s Harp will present a concert of Sephardic music from Turkey, Greece, and North Africa. With a program of rollicking Ladino folk tunes and soulful ballads on themes of Jewish ritual, love, and domestic life, the performers will demonstrate the fluidity and blending of diverse musical ideas between Jewish and non-Jewish worlds. 

Fetter Chamber Music Concert #1

Fetter Chamber Music Concert #1
Friday, November 18, 2016 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building,

Student musicians from the Elizabeth Pollard Fetter program perform three chamber music concerts. 

The Elizabeth Pollard Fetter Chamber Music Program has been an integral part of the Swarthmore College performance program for four decades. It began in 1975 as the "Pollard Scholarship Funds," with an initial contribution from Elizabeth Pollard Fetter '25 in memory of her mother, Emilie Garrett Pollard '93. With the passing of Elizabeth Pollard Fetter in 1977, husband Frank Whitson Fetter '20 stepped forward to endow the Elizabeth Pollard Fetter String Quartet Scholarships at Swarthmore College. Dozens of student musicians were subsequently supported in their desire to explore the string quartet repertoire.

In 2001, the program was renamed the Elizabeth Pollard Fetter Chamber Music Program and was expanded to support the coaching of multiple chamber music groups. Funding continues to be enhanced by successive generations of the Fetter family, some of whom are Swarthmore alumni. Swarthmore College, students and faculty past and present, and the community at large, has been enriched by the musical communication made possible through the generosity of the Fetter family.

Fetter Chamber Music Concert #2

Fetter Chamber Music Concert #2
Saturday, November 19, 2016 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building,

Student musicians from the Elizabeth Pollard Fetter program perform three chamber music concerts. 

The Elizabeth Pollard Fetter Chamber Music Program has been an integral part of the Swarthmore College performance program for four decades. It began in 1975 as the "Pollard Scholarship Funds," with an initial contribution from Elizabeth Pollard Fetter '25 in memory of her mother, Emilie Garrett Pollard '93. With the passing of Elizabeth Pollard Fetter in 1977, husband Frank Whitson Fetter '20 stepped forward to endow the Elizabeth Pollard Fetter String Quartet Scholarships at Swarthmore College. Dozens of student musicians were subsequently supported in their desire to explore the string quartet repertoire.

In 2001, the program was renamed the Elizabeth Pollard Fetter Chamber Music Program and was expanded to support the coaching of multiple chamber music groups. Funding continues to be enhanced by successive generations of the Fetter family, some of whom are Swarthmore alumni. Swarthmore College, students and faculty past and present, and the community at large, has been enriched by the musical communication made possible through the generosity of the Fetter family.

Swarthmore College Jazz Ensemble

Swarthmore College Jazz Ensemble
Sunday, November 20, 2016 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building,

The Swarthmore College Jazz Ensemble, directed by Andrew Neu, performs a varied repertoire of traditional and contemporary music composed and arranged for big band.  

Voice Recital

Voice Recital
Monday, November 21, 2016 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building
A Voice Recital featuring the students of Nancy Jantsch and Clara Rottsolk

Fall 2016 Dance Concert

Fall 2016 Dance Concert
Friday, December 2, 2016 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Lang Performing Arts Center - LPAC Pearson-Hall Theatre

TheDepartment of Music and Dance sends a warminvitation to all!

This Fall concert will feature dances and musicfrom avariety of styles and from various cultural traditions including Ballet,Taiko, Modern, Tap and more!

Come celebrate our studentsand faculty with this joyous end of the semester showcase. Free and opento the public without welcome. All ages are welcome.

There also is another performance on December 3 at 8:00 p.m.

Swarthmore College Orchestra

Swarthmore College Orchestra
Friday, December 2, 2016 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Lang Music Building - Lang Concert Hall
The Swarthmore College Orchestra, directed by Andrew Hauze '04, performs the Act I Finale of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker and Dvorak's epic "New World" Symphony.  

This performance will be streamed live: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/swarthmore-college-channel-4 

Fetter Chamber Music Concert #3

Fetter Chamber Music Concert #3
Saturday, December 3, 2016 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building,

Student musicians from the Elizabeth Pollard Fetter program perform three chamber music concerts. 

The Elizabeth Pollard Fetter Chamber Music Program has been an integral part of the Swarthmore College performance program for four decades. It began in 1975 as the "Pollard Scholarship Funds," with an initial contribution from Elizabeth Pollard Fetter '25 in memory of her mother, Emilie Garrett Pollard '93. With the passing of Elizabeth Pollard Fetter in 1977, husband Frank Whitson Fetter '20 stepped forward to endow the Elizabeth Pollard Fetter String Quartet Scholarships at Swarthmore College. Dozens of student musicians were subsequently supported in their desire to explore the string quartet repertoire.

In 2001, the program was renamed the Elizabeth Pollard Fetter Chamber Music Program and was expanded to support the coaching of multiple chamber music groups. Funding continues to be enhanced by successive generations of the Fetter family, some of whom are Swarthmore alumni. Swarthmore College, students and faculty past and present, and the community at large, has been enriched by the musical communication made possible through the generosity of the Fetter family.

This performance will be streamed live: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/swarthmore-college-channel-4

Fall 2016 Dance Concert

Saturday, December 3, 2016 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
LPAC Pearson-Hall Theatre, Lang Performing Arts Center,
The Department of Music and Dance sends a warminvitation to all! This fall concert will feature dances and musicfrom avariety of styles and from various cultural traditions including Ballet,Taiko, Modern, Tap and more! Come celebrate our studentsand faculty with this joyous end of the semester showcase. Free and opento the public without welcome. All ages are welcome.

Gamelan Semara Santi

Gamelan Semara Santi
Sunday, December 4, 2016 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Lang Music Building - Lang Concert Hall
Gamelan Semara Santi is a classical percussion orchestra from Bali, Indonesia, consisting of tuned gongs, bronze-keyed xylophones, drums, and bamboo flutes. Approximately 20 to 25 musicians participate, mostly Swarthmore students, plus a few additional community members. We perform classical and modern compositions from Bali - some instrumental, some with dance. Gamelan Semara Santi is co-directed by Tom Whitman, I Nyoman Suadin, and Ni Luh Kadek Kusuma Dewi. All are invited to come and enjoy, and families are particularly welcome!

This performance will be streamed live: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/swarthmore-college-channel-4

Midday Monday Concert: Fetter Chamber Music Groups

Midday Monday Concert: Fetter Chamber Music Groups
Monday, December 5, 2016 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Lang Music Building - Lang Concert Hall
Student musicians from the Elizabeth Pollard Fetter Chamber Music Program present highlights from the November chamber music concerts. Program details will be announced mid-semester.

The Elizabeth Pollard Fetter Chamber Music Program has been an integral part of the Swarthmore College performance program for four decades. It began in 1975 as the "Pollard Scholarship Funds," with an initial contribution from Elizabeth Pollard Fetter '25 in memory of her mother, Emilie Garrett Pollard '93. With the passing of Elizabeth Pollard Fetter in 1977, husband Frank Whitson Fetter '20 stepped forward to endow the Elizabeth Pollard Fetter String Quartet Scholarships at Swarthmore College. Dozens of student musicians were subsequently supported in their desire to explore the string quartet repertoire.

In 2001, the program was renamed the Elizabeth Pollard Fetter Chamber Music Program and was expanded to support the coaching of multiple chamber music groups. Funding continues to be enhanced by successive generations of the Fetter family, some of whom are Swarthmore alumni. Swarthmore College, students and faculty past and present, and the community at large, has been enriched by the musical communication made possible through the generosity of the Fetter family.

This performance will be streamed live: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/swarthmore-college-channel-4

Spring 2017 Musical Events

Chaotic Career Paths in Music and Dance

Chaotic Career Paths in Music and Dance
Friday, January 27, 2017 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Kohlberg, Scheuer Room, Kohlberg,

Please join us for an informal panel discussion featuring alumni of our Music and Dance programs discussing their professional lives post-Swarthmore.  There will be refreshments!

Panelists include:

Hannah Epstein ‘10, Pre K-4 music teacher at Brooklyn Dreams Charter School

Aaron Friedman ‘00, Founder of Make Music New York

Kathy Glennan ‘82, Music Librarian at the University of Maryland

Camella Ollero '09

Dan Perelstein ‘09, Freelance sound designer, composer, and musical director

Jalisa Roberts ‘13, Writer, educator, Black Studies scholar, singer, and choreographer

Jazz Improviser Uri Caine: Master Class

Jazz Improviser Uri Caine: Master Class
Friday, February 3, 2017 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Lang Music Building - Lang Concert Hall

Jazz Improviser Uri Caine: Master Class


Uri Caine grasps the classics—Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Wagner, Mahler, Gershwin, Verdi—and shakes them up, challenging us to hear something unexpected in and around this familiar music. His performances—whether solo at the keyboard or with an ensemble, whether reimagining classical works or expanding on his own compositions—are audacious, exuberant, subtle, and intelligent. During his residency at Swarthmore, Caine will demonstrate his characteristic approach, at once deeply knowledgeable and vibrantly irreverent.

Concert: February 4, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Caine, known for his piano improvisations that transmute classical works into swinging jazz, will appear with inventive vocalist Theo Bleckmann in a program including new jazz works and improvisations.


Jazz Improviser Uri Caine: Performance

Jazz Improviser Uri Caine: Performance
Saturday, February 4, 2017 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Lang Music Building - Lang Concert Hall

Jazz Improviser Uri Caine: Performance


Uri Caine grasps the classics—Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Wagner, Mahler, Gershwin, Verdi—and shakes them up, challenging us to hear something unexpected in and around this familiar music. His performances—whether solo at the keyboard or with an ensemble, whether reimagining classical works or expanding on his own compositions—are audacious, exuberant, subtle, and intelligent. During his residency at Swarthmore, Caine will demonstrate his characteristic approach, at once deeply knowledgeable and vibrantly irreverent.

 

‘‘Your Loving More Fragrant than Wine,” Singing the Song of Songs, solo concert with Gerard Edery

‘‘Your Loving More Fragrant than Wine,” Singing the Song of Songs, solo concert with Gerard Edery
Friday, February 10, 2017 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Lang Music Building - Lang Concert Hall

‘‘Your Loving More Fragrant than Wine,” Singing the Song of Songs, solo concert with Gerard Edery, focusing on rich song traditions in various languages inspired by the biblical Song of Songs


From the Song of Songs to ‘The Spirit of Sepharad’:  The Gerard Edery Ensemble: Gerard Edery, Bárbara Martínez, Cristian Puig, and Sean Kupisz

“The Spirit of Sepharad” is a powerful multidisciplinary program of song, dance, and instrumental music that traces the unique migration of Jewish Sephardim communities from medieval Spain across Africa to the Middle East, the Balkans, and beyond.

Gerard Edery has put together a program with flamenco dancer and singer Bárbara Martínez, flamenco guitarist Cristian Puig, and bassist-percussionist Sean Kupisz that combines music, dance, narration, and vivid projected images, creating a complex web of diverse poetic, religious, and cultural traditions that focuses on common patterns and multicultural cosmopolitan art forms.

In Edery’s words, “This is the story of a rich cultural heritage that invites the possibility of coexistence, tolerance, respect, and peace among all peoples.” The expressive vocal traditions, flamenco-style guitar, virtuoso bass, and world-beat percussion make this evening a most powerful emotional experience for the audience and performers.

Flamenco and Sephardic Music as World Music, workshop/performance/discussion

Flamenco and Sephardic Music as World Music, workshop/performance/discussion
Saturday, February 11, 2017 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Lang Performing Arts Center - LPAC Boyer Dance Studio

Flamenco and Sephardic Music as World Music, workshop/performance/discussion with Gerard Edery and Bárbara Martínez


“The Spirit of Sepharad” is a powerful multidisciplinary program of song, dance, and instrumental music that traces the unique migration of Jewish Sephardim communities from medieval Spain across Africa to the Middle East, the Balkans, and beyond.

Gerard Edery has put together a program with flamenco dancer and singer Bárbara Martínez, flamenco guitarist Cristian Puig, and bassist-percussionist Sean Kupisz that combines music, dance, narration, and vivid projected images, creating a complex web of diverse poetic, religious, and cultural traditions that focuses on common patterns and multicultural cosmopolitan art forms.

In Edery’s words, “This is the story of a rich cultural heritage that invites the possibility of coexistence, tolerance, respect, and peace among all peoples.” The expressive vocal traditions, flamenco-style guitar, virtuoso bass, and world-beat percussion make this evening a most powerful emotional experience for the audience and performers.

The Spirit of Sepharad, Gerard Edery Ensemble performance

The Spirit of Sepharad, Gerard Edery Ensemble performance
Saturday, February 11, 2017 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Lang Performing Arts Center - LPAC Pearson-Hall Theatre

The Spirit of Sepharad, Gerard Edery Ensemble performance.


“The Spirit of Sepharad” is a powerful multidisciplinary program of song, dance, and instrumental music that traces the unique migration of Jewish Sephardim communities from medieval Spain across Africa to the Middle East, the Balkans, and beyond.

Gerard Edery has put together a program with flamenco dancer and singer Bárbara Martínez, flamenco guitarist Cristian Puig, and bassist-percussionist Sean Kupisz that combines music, dance, narration, and vivid projected images, creating a complex web of diverse poetic, religious, and cultural traditions that focuses on common patterns and multicultural cosmopolitan art forms.

In Edery’s words, “This is the story of a rich cultural heritage that invites the possibility of coexistence, tolerance, respect, and peace among all peoples.” The expressive vocal traditions, flamenco-style guitar, virtuoso bass, and world-beat percussion make this evening a most powerful emotional experience for the audience and performers.

 

Orchestra 2001

Orchestra 2001
Friday, February 17, 2017 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building,

LOVE AND MADNESS

Jayce Ogren, Conductor
Randall Scarlata, Baritone

David Lang – cheating, lying, stealing
Bryce Dessner – Murder Ballades
Peter Maxwell Davies – Eight Songs for a Mad King

Just on the heels of Valentine’s Day, our look at the darker side of love features music by Bryce Dessner, guitarist, composer and songwriter for the acclaimed indie rock band THE NATIONAL. Featured on a 2016 Grammy Award-winning album for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance, Dessner’s Murder Ballades paint dark stories of violence and lust in a language fusing pop, folk and contemporary classical traditions. We open with David Lang’s tribute to vice, cheating, lying, stealing, and close with Peter Maxwell Davies’ iconic monodrama Eight Songs for a Mad King, a powerful and daring portrayal of King George III’s madness at the end of his life. Acclaimed baritone Randall Scarlata sings the tour de force role of King George.

Friday, February 17, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Join us for a pre-concert talk at 7:30 pm and a post-concert reception.
Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College

Peter Gram Swing Lecture: Penny Boyes Braem and Thüring Braem

Peter Gram Swing Lecture: Penny Boyes Braem and Thüring Braem
Thursday, February 23, 2017 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building,
The music faculty is very pleased to announce that Penny Boyes Braem and Thüring Braem will be our Peter Gram Swing speakers this year, presenting their lecture “Interpreting the Gestures of Orchestral Conductors.”

Penny Boyes Braem completed her MA at Harvard University and her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley with Dan I. Slobin and Ursula Bellugi (Salk Institute) as advisors. For her MA thesis, she completed one of the first studies of the acquisition of the handshape in ASL (Boyes Braem 1990b). Her doctoral dissertation looked at the issue of iconicity by analyzing iconic metaphors and metonyms underlying conventionalized ASL signs. In 2014, Dr. Boyes Braem received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Zürich.

Boyes Braem’s research focus uses methodologies and models developed for analyzing signed languages to the gestures which orchestra conductors make with their non-dominant hand, as well as to how non-signers interpret (as gestures) signs from a European sign language. Currently, she is doing a study with a colleague from Bristol University (Rachel Sutton-Spence) comparing the products and the processes of creating sign language poetry by deaf poets and pantomimic skits by hearing mimes.

Swiss composer Thüring Braem was born in Basel, Switzerland where he completed his studies in piano and orchestral conducting. He continued his studies at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia (conducting) and the University of California, Berkeley (MA in composition). His studies in musicology were done at the Universities of Basel and Heidelberg. Braem was director of the “Regio-Chor” Binningen/Basel from 1977 to 2009 and was founder and principle conductor of the Junge Philharmonie Zentralschweiz from 1987 – 2007.

As a composer, Braem has received numerous commissions and prizes and his more than 150 compositions include chamber music, orchestral and choral works, an oratorio, two operas, stage music as well as electroacoustic pieces. His works have been performed internationally.

Senior Recital, Iris Chan

Senior Recital, Iris Chan
Saturday, February 25, 2017 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building,
Join pianist Iris Chan for her senior recital, a celebration of four years of music-making at Swarthmore! She will perform solo pieces by Liszt and Janáček, as well as ensemble works by Schubert and Finzi, featuring her teacher Marcantonio Barone as well s the Swarthmore College Lab Orchestra led by Andrew Kim '18. It’s a wonderful program that highlights the most influential aspects of Iris' musical life at Swarthmore – hope to see you there!

Roomful of Teeth: Show and Tell

Roomful of Teeth: Show and Tell
Sunday, February 26, 2017 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building,

Roomful of Teeth is a GRAMMY-winning vocal project dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice. Through study with masters from singing traditions the world over, the eight-voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an ongoing commissioning process, forges a new repertoire without borders.   

 

 

Roomful of Teeth: Master Class with Swarthmore Students

Roomful of Teeth: Master Class with Swarthmore Students
Sunday, February 26, 2017 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building,

Roomful of Teeth is a GRAMMY-winning vocal project dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice. Through study with masters from singing traditions the world over, the eight-voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an ongoing commissioning process, forges a new repertoire without borders.   

 

 

Roomful of Teeth Performance

Roomful of Teeth Performance
Sunday, February 26, 2017 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building,

Roomful of Teeth is a GRAMMY-winning vocal project dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice. Through study with masters from singing traditions the world over, the eight-voice ensemble continually expands its vocabulary of singing techniques and, through an ongoing commissioning process, forges a new repertoire without borders.   

 

Founded in 2009 by Brad Wells, the group gathers annually at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) in North Adams, Massachusetts, where they’ve studied Tuvan throat singing, yodeling, belting, Inuit throat singing, Korean P’ansori, Georgian singing, Sardinian cantu a tenore, Hindustani music, Persian classical singing and death metal singing with some of the world’s top performers and teachers. Commissioned composers include Rinde Eckert, Judd Greenstein, Caleb Burhans, Merrill Garbus (of tUnE-yArDs), William Brittelle, Fred Hersch, Wally Gunn, Michael Harrison, Sam Amidon, Ambrose Akinmusire, Toby Twining and Ted Hearne, among many others.

 

Projects in 2016-2017 include The Colorado, a music-driven documentary film that explores water, land and survival in the Colorado River Basin (featuring former Kronos Quartet cellist Jeffrey Zeigler and Wilco’s Glenn Kotche); collaborations with A Far Cry and Nick Zammuto of The Books; appearances at new music festivals in the US, Canada and Sweden; and partnerships with nearly two dozen higher education institutions across the country.

Midday Monday Concert: University of Delaware Percussion Ensemble

Midday Monday Concert: University of Delaware Percussion Ensemble
Monday, March 13, 2017 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Lang Music Building - Lang Concert Hall

Harvey Price, Director

Chen Zimbalista, guest conductor

The University of Delaware Percussion Ensemble is an accredited ensemble in the Music Department at the University.  The ensemble focuses on the literature of the late 20th and 21st centuries written for groups of percussion instruments.  Since it's inception in the early 1980's the group has performed over 150 concerts and commissioned numerous works, including three in the last two years.  

Internationally, the UD percussion ensemble has performed in Israel with the Jerusalem and Be'er Sheva Symphony Orchestras, and a US Embassy invited trip to Trinidad and Tobago.  This spring the ensemble will be traveling back to Israel to perform Carmina Burana with the Jerusalem Symphony.

Senior Recital, Aaron Slepoi

Senior Recital, Aaron Slepoi
Saturday, March 18, 2017 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building,
Please join conductor Aaron Slepoi '17 and friends for an evening of music-making! We will be performing wonderful contemporary and baroque art-music from four composers of four generations and four nationalities, all offering their own twist on the 17th century concerto grosso. Violinists June Lee '17 and Berlin Chen '19 will be joining us as soloists on the Bach and the Pärt, and a good time will be had by all. 
 
There will be a reception following the performance - although, is great music not nourishment enough? (It isn't.)
 
Here is the program for the evening:
 
Arcangelo CORELLI (1653-1713) -- Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 9
Linda Catlin SMITH (1957 -  ) -- Bloom (U.S. premiere)
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) -- Concerto for Two Violins, BWV 1043
Arvo PÄRT (1935 -  ) -- Tabula Rasa


Senior Recital, Elliott Nguyen

Senior Recital, Elliott Nguyen
Friday, March 24, 2017 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building,
Elliott Nguyen invites you to his senior recital with guest Jacob Carstenson '17, a set of solo and chamber piano pieces by Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Stravinsky and Poulenc. 
 


Senior Recital, Natania Levy & Sarah Tupchong

Senior Recital, Natania Levy & Sarah Tupchong
Saturday, March 25, 2017 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building,
Please join Natania Levy and Sarah Anne Tupchong for a night of singing!
Sarah has been a student of Nancy Jantsch since her Sophomore year, and has performed in several Department productions, including "Guys & Dolls" (as Adelaide), "The Royal Singer" (as Cha), and "Dido & Aeneas". She will perform pieces by Mozart, Bellini, Fau, and others, including some popular Richard Rodgers songs. Featuring Natasha Nogueira, '18 and Benjamin Warren, '19.

Natania has been a student of Nancy since her freshman year. Singing at Swarthmore has been a very special experience for Natania and she is excited to share what she's learned. Her repertoire showcases compositions in different languages which offer reflections on love. Featuring Berlin Chen '17.

Both singers are accompanied by Debra Scurto-Davis. Reception to follow. Hope to see you there!


Senior Recital, Amelia Erskine

Senior Recital, Amelia Erskine
Friday, March 31, 2017 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building,
Amelia Erskine’s senior harp recital will feature standard works from the harp repertoire as well as rarely performed gems. This is also the world premiere of Thomas Whitman’s composition Eurydice for harp and oboea work written for Amelia and guest performer Josh Mundinger '16. Please join us for a night of music! 

Sounds of Cinema with Orchestra 2001

Sounds of Cinema with Orchestra 2001
Saturday, April 1, 2017 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building,

SOUNDS OF CINEMA: BRITTEN, COPLAND, AND TWO WORLD PREMIERES

Andrew Hauze, Conductor 
Orchestra 2001 and the Swarthmore College Orchestra

Members of Orchestra 2001 and the Swarthmore College Orchestra join forces in a rare opportunity to hear classic early films with their complete soundtracks (music, narration, and sound effects) recreated live. Two modernist quasi-documentaries, Night Mail (with a score by Benjamin Britten and poetry by W.H. Auden) and The City (with a score by Aaron Copland) are juxtaposed with new scores for early silent film shorts by Thomas Whitman and Swarthmore student Aditya Nirvaan Ranganathan.

Benjamin Britten – Night Mail
Aaron Copland – The City
Aditya Nirvaan Ranganathan – New Work with Film
Thomas Whitman – New Work with Film



Orchestra 2001 (O2001) is dedicated to performing and promoting the music of the 20th and 21st centuries, premiering new works, providing a major focus for the best new music of our time, introducing unknown older works, and reaching out to regional and international audiences. Our name pointed to the future when the ensemble was founded in 1988. Today the name, by now indelibly associated with landmark performances and recordings of new music, points in a new way to the future of the music of our time.

 

Midday Monday Concert: Wister String Quartet

Midday Monday Concert: Wister String Quartet
Monday, April 3, 2017 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Lang Music Building - Lang Concert Hall

Named to honor Frances Anne Wister, founder of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Volunteer Committees, the Wister Quartet‘s members have all had a long association with the Orchestra. Since its formation in 1987, it has earned high praise from critics and audiences alike for its superb musicianship and memorable performances, including those with guest artists Emanuel Ax, Yefm Bronfman, Christoph Eschenbach, Alicia de Larrocha, Wolfgang Sawallisch and Yo-Yo Ma.

The Quartet has recorded for Direct-to-Tape Records; its frst CD was nominated for a Grammy. It is the core ensemble of 1807 & Friends, whose recording on the Direct-to-Tape label, “Te Philadelphia Connection,” features the Wister Quartet’s highly acclaimed performance of the Samuel Barber String Quartet.

Nancy Bean Joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1983 and was its Assistant Concertmaster for 23 years before retiring in 2009 to devote herself to chamber music. She is Artistic Director of 1807 & Friends chamber ensemble, director of The Liberty String Orchestra, and violinist with Duo Parisienne and Duo Paganini, the Barnard Trio, the Florian Trio, Trio Montage, and the Amerita Chamber Players.

Davyd Booth has been a violinist and keyboard player in The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1973 and was named its harpsichordist in 1999. He was a member of the Philarte Quartet for 14 years; he is Co-Director and harpsichordist of the Amerita Chamber Players, violinist and pianist with 1807 & Friends chamber ensemble, and pianist of the Barnard Trio.

Pamela Fay has been a member of the Vancouver and Toronto Symphonies and was assistant principal viola of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Canada. In addition to being a regular substitute with the Philadelphia Orchestra, she is violist of 1807 & Friends, the Amerita Chamber Players, the Philly Pops and the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.

Lloyd Smith joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1967. Named Assistant Principal cellist in 1988, he retired in 2003 to devote himself to chamber music and composing. He is the cellist of 1807 & Friends chamber ensemble, the Florian Trio, Trio Montage, the Barnard Trio and the Amerita Chamber Players. His compositions include two string quartets, a string quintet, a cello sonata, a piano quartet, and a cello sextet. He directs 1807 & Friends’ “Young Composers Project” in the Philadelphia public schools.

Hidden in Plain View: The Music of Holocaust Survival in Poland's First Postwar Feature Film

Hidden in Plain View: The Music of Holocaust Survival in Poland's First Postwar Feature Film
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
McCabe Library - McCabe Lobby

Barbar Milewski will share the hidden story of Jewish survival during the Holocaust embedded in the first feature film released in Poland after WWII and provide a comprehensive analysis of the film’s music.

Milewski is Associate Professor of Music in the Department of Music and Dance at Swarthmore College.  A Polish music specialist, she has lectured extensively on Chopin and folk music, Polish musical memory, and music of the concentration camps. 

Her work has been generously supported by fellowships and prizes awarded by Fulbright, the American Musicological Society, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America, and the Kosciuszko Foundation. 

Swarthmore College Wind Ensemble

Swarthmore College Wind Ensemble
Saturday, April 8, 2017 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building,
The Swarthmore College Wind Ensemble, led by Andrew Hauze, presents their spring performance.

Program:
Gershwin, Overture to Funny Face
Niebergall, Hoosier Rag
Marquez (arr. Nickel), Danzon no. 2
Jacob, William Byrd Suite

Gamelan Semara Santi

Gamelan Semara Santi
Sunday, April 9, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Lang Music Building - Lang Concert Hall
Gamelan Semara Santi is a classical percussion orchestra from Bali, Indonesia, consisting of tuned gongs, bronze-keyed xylophones, drums, and bamboo flutes. Approximately 20 to 25 musicians participate, mostly Swarthmore students, plus a few additional community members. We perform classical and modern compositions from Bali - some instrumental, some with dance. Gamelan Semara Santi is co-directed by Tom Whitman, I Nyoman Suadin, and Ni Luh Kadek Kusuma Dewi. All are invited to come and enjoy, and families are particularly welcome!

Swarthmore College Jazz Ensemble

Swarthmore College Jazz Ensemble
Sunday, April 9, 2017 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building,

The Swarthmore College Jazz Ensemble, directed by Andrew Neu, performs a varied repertoire of traditional and contemporary music composed and arranged for big band.  

Tamagawa Taiko Drum and Dance Ensemble

Tamagawa Taiko Drum and Dance Ensemble
Saturday, April 15, 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building,
The world-touring Tamagawa Taiko Drum and Dance troupe return to Philadelphia. This group is guaranteed to thrill and amaze with their energetic shows of Japanese folk tradition. Expect to see thundering drums, intricate dances, and beautiful costumes. It'll be sure to be an evening of heart-pounding entertainment and fun for all!

This event is FREE, but seating is limited and is first come, first served! Please arrive early to secure a seat.  There is no overflow seating.

Voice Recital

Voice Recital
Monday, April 17, 2017 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building
A Voice Recital featuring the students of Nancy Jantsch and Clara Rottsolk

ANIMATING RESISTANCE: Non-violent Live Action Cinema - a lecture with Ali Momeni '97

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Science Center 101 - Chang Hou Hall
A lecture with Ali Momeni '97 on
"ANIMATING RESISTANCE: Non-Violent Live Action Cinema"

Ali Momeni was born in Isfahan, Iran and emigrated to the United States at the age of twelve. He studied physics and music at Swarthmore College and completed his doctoral degree in music composition, improvisation and performance with computers from the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies at UC Berkeley. He spent three years in Paris where he collaborated with performers and researchers from La Kitchen, IRCAM, Sony CSL and CIRM. Between 2007 and 2011, Momeni was an assistant professor in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he directed the Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Art, and founded the urban projection collective called the MAW. Momeni is currently an associate professor in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University and directs CMU ArtFab, teaches in CMU’s IDEATE, Music Technology and Masters in Tangible Interaction Design degrees. Momeni’s current research interests include performative applications of robotics, playful urban interventions, interactive projection performance, machine learning for artists and designers, interactive tools for storytelling and experiential learning, mobile and hybrid musical instruments, and the intersection of sound, music and health.

In addition to this lecture, Ali Momeni '97 and artist Davey Steinman will lead a workshop/demo (reservations required) on 4/20 in Kohlberg Language Center. The workshop will guide students in participatory outdoor projection intervention. Building on Momeni's Manual for Urban Projection, Momeni will introduce attendees to a range of methodologies, and software/hardware tools for urban projection and the work will culminate in a digitally projected performance in a collectively chosen outdoor space on 4/21 at 8PM

Some examples of Ali's work include: 
Statuevision: 7-9 year old students form use live mobile projection to teach audience members about the significants of historical american figures
Dranimate Brooklyn: People draw, our magic tools transform the drawings into large-scale animated projections of their drawings
Exquisite Corpse/Lavish Martyr: Students from University of Minnesota collaborate with Iranian Artists in exile to explore the meaning of Martyrdom with playful animations and "exquisite corpse" drawings
Battle of Everyouth: Students form Washburn high-school explore the topic of global youth-violence using live video capture and projection instruments and an animated miniature city

Lab Orchestra performs at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Lab Orchestra performs at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

The Swarthmore College Lab Orchestra, conducted by students Andrew Kim '18 and Aaron Slepoi '17, will perform Mozart and Wagner in Philadelphia in the Rotunda of The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) building on Broad and Cherry Streets in Center City Philadelphia. 

The event is free for Swarthmore College guests providing that you RSVP through this link, or by contacting Geoff Semenuk in the Alumni Office at gsemenu1@swarthmore.edu or 610-328-8453. Kindly RSVP by Monday, April 17th. 

PAFA is located at 118-128 North Broad Street (one block north of City Hall). For more information about PAFA please visit https://www.pafa.org/visit/getting-here or call (215) 972-7600.

Workshop: Ali Momeni '97 and Davey Steinman

Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Kohlberg - Language Resource Center
WORKSHOP with Ali Momeni '97 "ANIMATING RESISTANCE: Non-violent Live Action Cinema"

Momeni will conduct a workshop on April 20, 2017 on participatory outdoor projection intervention. Building on Momeni's Manual for Urban Projection, the workshop will introduce attendees to a range of methodologies, and software/hardware tools for urban projection. Participants will gain hands on experience with a custom interactive projection system that enables rapid animation based on still images and drawings. Participants will also gain familiarity with a gestural interface for virtual puppeteering of projected animations in real-time.

This workshop will culminate in a public performance to be held on campus on Friday Apr 21, 2017, whose site will be selected collectively by the workshop participants. Momeni will be assisted by artist and MFA Candidate Davey Steinman for this performance.

The theme for this workshop and performance will be Swarthmore College’s Peace and Conflict Studies' inimitable and inspiring Global Nonviolent Action Database. Momeni and the workshop participants will collaborative create and perform a live cinema/projection performance that consists of animations depicting and annotating the contents of this database in playful and performative ways. 

Some examples of Ali's work include: 

Statuevision: 7-9 year old students form use live mobile projection to teach audience members about the significants of historical american figures
Dranimate Brooklyn: People draw, our magic tools transform the drawings into large-scale animated projections of their drawings
Exquisite Corpse/Lavish Martyr: Students from University of Minnesota collaborate with Iranian Artists in exile to explore the meaning of Martyrdom with playful animations and "exquisite corpse" drawings
Battle of Everyouth: Students form Washburn high-school explore the topic of global youth-violence using live video capture and projection instruments and an animated miniature city

ANIMATING RESISTANCE: Non-violent Live Action Cinema with Ali Momeni '97/Davey Steinman

Friday, April 21, 2017 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Animating Resistance with Ali Momeni '97 and Davey Steinman. Ali and Davey lead an inspired projection performance using stories from Swarthmore's own Global Non-Violent Action database. The animation drawings or text are drawn on site on transparency film and run through a digital 'overhead projector' style camera setup into the software setup. 

Join us for some live action storytelling at 9PM in the LPAC lobby if it's raining or on the lawn of Pearson Hall. We will be projecting at 8PM on the Pearson building if the weather clears up! Plus the lilacs are all in bloom!

Ali Momeni was born in Isfahan, Iran and emigrated to the United States at the age of twelve. He studied physics and music at Swarthmore College and completed his doctoral degree in music composition, improvisation and performance with computers from the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies at UC Berkeley. He spent three years in Paris where he collaborated with performers and researchers from La Kitchen, IRCAM, Sony CSL and CIRM. Between 2007 and 2011, Momeni was an assistant professor in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he directed the Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Art, and founded the urban projection collective called the MAW. Momeni is currently an associate professor in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University and directs CMU ArtFab, teaches in CMU’s IDEATE, Music Technology and Masters in Tangible Interaction Design degrees. Momeni’s current research interests include performative applications of robotics, playful urban interventions, interactive projection performance, machine learning for artists and designers, interactive tools for storytelling and experiential learning, mobile and hybrid musical instruments, and the intersection of sound, music and health.

Davey T Steinman is an artist and explorer working at the crossroads of performance and technology. As a theatre-maker and teaching artist, Davey often uses music, puppetry, and projection to create original works ranging from rock operas to urban interventions. Davey earned a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota in 2010. In Minneapolis he worked with Ali Momeni as a founding member of the MAW collective creating urban interventions with public participants and interactive media. Davey is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Video and Media Design in the School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University.

Senior Recital, Desta Pulley

Senior Recital, Desta Pulley
Friday, April 21, 2017 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building,
Come join us for Desta Pulley's senior recital! Desta will be singing works by Mozart, Bellini, Fauré, Bolcom, and others, including some popular jazz standards. Featuring accompanists Debra Scurto-Davis and James Wallace-Lee '17.

Swarthmore College Orchestra

Swarthmore College Orchestra
Saturday, April 22, 2017 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Lang Music Building - Lang Concert Hall
The Swarthmore College Orchestra, directed by Andrew Hauze, performs their spring program.

Program:
Debussy, Prelude to "The Afternoon of a Faun"
Still, Symphony no. 5 ("Western Hemisphere")
Shostakovich, Piano Concerto no. 2 (1st and 2nd movements) with Elliott Nguyen '17, winner of the 2017 Concerto Competition
 

Fetter Chamber Music Concert #1

Fetter Chamber Music Concert #1
Sunday, April 23, 2017 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building,

Student musicians from the Elizabeth Pollard Fetter program perform three chamber music concerts. 

The Elizabeth Pollard Fetter Chamber Music Program has been an integral part of the Swarthmore College performance program for four decades. It began in 1975 as the "Pollard Scholarship Funds," with an initial contribution from Elizabeth Pollard Fetter '25 in memory of her mother, Emilie Garrett Pollard '93. With the passing of Elizabeth Pollard Fetter in 1977, husband Frank Whitson Fetter '20 stepped forward to endow the Elizabeth Pollard Fetter String Quartet Scholarships at Swarthmore College. Dozens of student musicians were subsequently supported in their desire to explore the string quartet repertoire.

In 2001, the program was renamed the Elizabeth Pollard Fetter Chamber Music Program and was expanded to support the coaching of multiple chamber music groups. Funding continues to be enhanced by successive generations of the Fetter family, some of whom are Swarthmore alumni. Swarthmore College, students and faculty past and present, and the community at large, has been enriched by the musical communication made possible through the generosity of the Fetter family.

Fetter Chamber Music Concert #2

Fetter Chamber Music Concert #2
Sunday, April 23, 2017 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building,

Student musicians from the Elizabeth Pollard Fetter program perform three chamber music concerts. 

The Elizabeth Pollard Fetter Chamber Music Program has been an integral part of the Swarthmore College performance program for four decades. It began in 1975 as the "Pollard Scholarship Funds," with an initial contribution from Elizabeth Pollard Fetter '25 in memory of her mother, Emilie Garrett Pollard '93. With the passing of Elizabeth Pollard Fetter in 1977, husband Frank Whitson Fetter '20 stepped forward to endow the Elizabeth Pollard Fetter String Quartet Scholarships at Swarthmore College. Dozens of student musicians were subsequently supported in their desire to explore the string quartet repertoire.

In 2001, the program was renamed the Elizabeth Pollard Fetter Chamber Music Program and was expanded to support the coaching of multiple chamber music groups. Funding continues to be enhanced by successive generations of the Fetter family, some of whom are Swarthmore alumni. Swarthmore College, students and faculty past and present, and the community at large, has been enriched by the musical communication made possible through the generosity of the Fetter family.

Jazz Workshop with Noah Jarrett and Dallas Vietty

Jazz Workshop with Noah Jarrett and Dallas Vietty
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building,

"Creating your Own Voice within Improvisation and Composition” 
with Noah Jarrett & Dallas Vietty.
 
Through a process of listening and analysis of progressive jazz composers of the late 60’s (i.e.-Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson, Sam Rivers), harmonically sophisticated rock (i.e.-Radiohead, Thundercat), and inherent concepts and musical language therein, we will learn how to improvise and compose using some of these innovative musical tools.  

This workshop will open up a new landscape of possibilities and perspectives within jazz harmonies, allowing a holistic and personal view of improvisation and composition, within most any genre.


Noah Jarrett was born and raised in New Jersey, as well as New York City. He began study of the electric bass at the age of nine, after five years studying the violin. With initial interests in the many forms of "rock," Noah spent most days after school playing music in his basement with his musician friends.

Noah is an upright bassist/composer for his own sextet, Knu Gmoon Project, a member of a few Brooklyn/NYC outfits including Brooklyn Qawwali Party, a Pakistani/jazz brass band that plays the music of late great Sufi singer, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Mamadou Diabate, one of the pre-eminent virtuosos of the kora, and The Inbetweens, an explosive and dynamic electric guitar trio based out of Brooklyn, NY.  Noah presently co-leads Triage, a free jazz saxophone trio out of the Philadelphia/Baltimore area.  Triage plays locally and tours up the northeast a few times a year. Noah has played many clubs and festivals both nationally and internationally over the last 15 years.  

A graduate of New England Conservatory with a B.A. in Double Bass Jazz Studies, Noah has studied with some of most innovative jazz musicians of our time: Gary Peacock, Cecil McBee, John Lockwood, Bob Moses, Danilo Perez, John Abercrombie, and George Garzone, to name a few.  Noah teaches upright bass, electric bass, guitar, and a multitude of other instruments and styles.  He resides in Buckingham, PA with his wife and two girls.

Award-winning accordionist and educator Dallas Vietty is one of the most in-demand young accordionists performing jazz and swing in the United States today. Dallas’ unique style comes from his background in the American jazz tradition, as well as deep study and immersion in the European swing tradition of Django Reinhardt (Gypsy Jazz) and the French musette and jazz accordionists.
 
As band leader of three groups (Hot Bijouxx, Musette Project, Tempus Fugit) Dallas remains very active on the East Coast concert and festival scene. His groups have performed at some of the top U.S. festivals: Djangology NYC, TEDx Philly, Djangoary Festival, to name a few. As a sideman his performances have taken him to legendary venues such as The Iridium Jazz Club NYC, BB King’s Time Square, The Highline Ballroom NYC, and the Philadelphia Kimmel Center Verizon Hall.
 
Along with his passion as a performer, Dallas is equally dedicated to providing innovative accordion education. Since 2011, he has been conducting workshops and publishing teaching materials for the American Accordion Musicological Society, American Accordionists' Association, Washington Metropolitan Accordion Society, and many more groups. Dallas has been invited 4 consecutive years as teaching artist at the internationally-renowned Django in June summer Gypsy Jazz intensive. In early 2013, Dallas founded the popular online teaching platform RebelReed, which has educated and provided private accordion instruction to scores of students across the US, Canada, Germany and Australia. He holds a position as Visiting Instructor at Lafayette College, and is co-leading a series of master classes in Philadelphia. With his breadth of professional teaching practice, Dallas Vietty has arisen as a foremost expert in the realm of Gypsy Jazz for piano accordion.

Spring 2017 Dance Concert

Friday, April 28, 2017 4:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Lang Performing Arts Center - LPAC Pearson-Hall Theatre
The Swarthmore College Dance Program presents the 2017 Spring Dance Concert. Wonderful work from our African, Ballet, Modern, Kathak and Tap repertory classes will all be included this year.  Several pieces feature live music, video, and singing!  Come celebrate our graduating seniors and the hard work of all our dance students and faculty.  The concert, which is appropriate for all ages, is free and open to the public. This show is uplifting and joyful!

Fetter Chamber Music Concert #3

Fetter Chamber Music Concert #3
Friday, April 28, 2017 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Lang Concert Hall, Lang Music Building,

Student musicians from the Elizabeth Pollard Fetter program perform three chamber music concerts. 

The Elizabeth Pollard Fetter Chamber Music Program has been an integral part of the Swarthmore College performance program for four decades. It began in 1975 as the "Pollard Scholarship Funds," with an initial contribution from Elizabeth Pollard Fetter '25 in memory of her mother, Emilie Garrett Pollard '93. With the passing of Elizabeth Pollard Fetter in 1977, husband Frank Whitson Fetter '20 stepped forward to endow the Elizabeth Pollard Fetter String Quartet Scholarships at Swarthmore College. Dozens of student musicians were subsequently supported in their desire to explore the string quartet repertoire.

In 2001, the program was renamed the Elizabeth Pollard Fetter Chamber Music Program and was expanded to support the coaching of multiple chamber music groups. Funding continues to be enhanced by successive generations of the Fetter family, some of whom are Swarthmore alumni. Swarthmore College, students and faculty past and present, and the community at large, has been enriched by the musical communication made possible through the generosity of the Fetter family.

Spring 2017 Dance Concert

Saturday, April 29, 2017 8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Lang Performing Arts Center - LPAC Pearson-Hall Theatre
The Swarthmore College Dance Program presents the 2017 Spring Dance Concert. Wonderful work from our African, Ballet, Modern, Kathak and Tap repertory classes will all be included this year.  Several pieces feature live music, video, and singing!  Come celebrate our graduating seniors and the hard work of all our dance students and faculty.  The concert, which is appropriate for all ages, is free and open to the public. This show is uplifting and joyful!

Senior Choreography Thesis: Erica Janko '17

Sunday, April 30, 2017 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Lang Performing Arts Center - LPAC Troy Dance Studio

touching

you are encased by arms. it is soft, warm, dark.
soft hums reverberate through you. you echo,
finding skin, rotating forward.
touching, we are safe, we know. we follow by sight, touch
memory,
force.
we make sound.
we don’t know who is leading anymore.

The Department of Music and Dance presents an Honors Choreography Project choreographed and directed by Erica Janko ’17. This multimedia, experimental dance production explores embodiments of group form.
*Please note that there may be loud vocalizations from the performers during the show.
LPAC Troy Dance Lab
4/30/17 @ 2pm & 5pm
A talkback will follow each performance.

Directed and choreographed by Erica Janko ‘17
Set and media design by Yoshifumi Nomura ‘17
Lighting design by Clarissa Phillips ‘19
Costume design by Rebecca Rosenthal ‘20
Video design by Chiara Kruger ‘17

Swarthmore College Chorus and Garnet Singers

Swarthmore College Chorus and Garnet Singers
Sunday, April 30, 2017 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Lang Music Building - Lang Concert Hall
Garnet Singers are singing a program called "Water, Wine, and Other Potations" with music by Lassus, Palestrina, Beethoven, Barber, and others; the Chorus is performing Fauré's Requiem.  The Chorus and Garnet Singers are directed by Joseph Gregorio.