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Vassar College presents the annual “Service of Lessons and Carols," December 7, 2014

This popular event features an ensemble of 170 singers, including members of the Vassar College Choir, Vassar College Women’s Chorus, the Madrigal Singers, and the Cappella Festiva Treble and Chamber Choirs.

Exhibition of rarely shown large-scale works on view in XL: Large-Scale Paintings from the Permanent Collection, January 30-March 29, 2015

Classic children’s symphony Peter and the Wolf to be performed by the Mahagonny chamber ensemble, December 13, 2014

Peter and the Wolf was intended to help introduce classical music to children in a fun way that highlights the differences between instruments. The Mahagonny performance will stay true to that vision.

Important eighteenth-century Japanese scroll painting acquired by Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Art Center director James Mundy calls the acquisition of Pasturing Horses “a capstone for the Center’s Japanese collection.”

Looking Machines showcases sculptures, wall reliefs, and works on paper by artist J. Pindyck Miller, opening December 1, 2014

A sculptor who works primarily in wood and metal, Miller is showing steel, aluminum and wood sculptures, mixed media wall reliefs, and works on paper in this exhibition at the Palmer Gallery. An opening reception will be held on December 4 and Miller will give a gallery talk on December 6.

Oh, the Horror!

Jason Blum ’91, known for producing inexpensive independent horror movies—The Purge, Insidious, Paranormal Activity—that go on to make hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office, recently returned to Vassar to screen his latest feature, the critically acclaimed drama Whiplash, and to talk to film students about the business.

One Year Out: Andrew Rovner ’13, Making Some Noise in Chicago

A double major in drama and philosophy, Andrew Rovner ’13 is working behind the scenes as a sound technician at the Steppenwolf, Jackalope, and Redmoon theater companies in Chicago. He’s also launched his own storefront theater group, First Floor.

One Year Out: Emily Izquierdo ’13, Production Assistant at ShadowMachine

Emily Izquierdo ’13 moved to L.A. with zero prospects but soon landed a job with Partizan Productions, a film and video production company. She’s since moved on to an animation studio called ShadowMachine that produces shows for Comedy Central.

Fall music series to span early vocals, Hindustani songs, a contemporary jazz piano duet, and varied chamber music and orchestral performances, September 1-December 7

The Vassar music department’s fall concert series will span fifteenth century vocal works, Hindustani song styles, a contemporary jazz piano duet, a pipe organ soloist, a variety of chamber music and orchestral performances, a Vassar-Bard music faculty collaboration, and an annual holiday service of lessons and carols, September 1-December 7.

One Year Out: Documentary Filmmaker Elena Gaby ’13

One year out of Vassar, Elena Gaby ’13, who recently won Best Student Documentary at Cannes for her Vassar senior thesis film, is living in NYC, chasing freelance opportunities, and waitressing at a sports bar to close the gap.

Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center to present first U.S. exhibition that explores Renaissance Augsburg’s innovations in works on paper, September 19-December 14, 2014

Organized by the National Gallery of Art in Washington, Imperial Augsburg focuses on prints, drawings, and illustrated books of the 15th and 16th centuries.

Library exhibit examines The Nuremberg Chronicle, one of the most illustrated books of the fifteenth century, August 27-December 10

A new exhibition organized by the Vassar College Libraries looks at the rich history of printing in Nuremberg, Germany and the publication there of the most extensively illustrated book of its time, The Nuremberg Chronicle (August 27-December 10)

One Year Out: Angela Dumlao '13, Assistant Director of SeaWife

One year out of Vassar, Angela Dumlao '13 was back on campus this summer as a member of the professional staff at the Powerhouse.

Vassar College and New York Stage & Film announce lineup of Mainstage productions for the 2014 Powerhouse Theater season (June 20-July 27)

The 30th season of Powerhouse Theater includes new works by Richard Greenberg, John Patrick Shanley, and an unprecedented collaboration with ten major playwrights (June 20-July 27)

Three paintings tied to the Hudson River School now on rare public view at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center through May 2014

The general public now has a rare opportunity to see three works by artists directly or closely associated with the Hudson River School, thanks to a loan arrangement between Vassar College’s Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center and the Century Association of New York City. Among the artists is German-born Emanuel Leutze, best known for his iconic painting Washington Crossing the Delaware, along with Hudson River School stalwarts Asher Brown Durand and John Frederick Kensett.


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About the Arts

Powerhouse Theater

The Powerhouse Theater is a collaboration between New York Stage and Film and Vassar College. It is dedicated to both emerging and established artists in the development and production of new works for theater and film. During an intense eight-week summer residency on the Vassar campus, up to twenty different projects are publicly presented, typically engaging more than 200 professional artists and theater students. Plays, musicals, and screenplays are presented in a variety of forms: readings, workshops, and fully staged productions. Since the first Powerhouse Theater season in 1985, New York Stage and Film and Vassar have served more than 2,000 artists and over 175,000 audience members through the development and production of artistically exceptional and affordably priced performances.

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Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

Located just inside Vassar's Main Gate, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center houses the college's permanent collection, over 18,000 works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, and glass and ceramic wares, charting the history of art from antiquity to the present. The Permanent Collection Galleries feature 350 works, ranging from the sculpted Head of Viceroy Merymose from His Outer Sarcophagus (Egyptian, c 1375 BCE) in the Antiquities Gallery to Marsden Hartley's oil on canvas Indian Composition (1914-15) in the Twentieth Century Gallery. For information on current and upcoming special exhibitions, self-guided and curriculum-based tours, and group visits, please visit the website. The art center is open to the public, and admission is free.

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James W. Palmer Gallery

Located in the College Center in Main Building, the James W. Palmer III '90 Gallery presents eight shows annually, including exhibitions by renowned artists and photographers, studio art faculty and students, and local arts organizations. Recent highlights included Andrea Baldeck’s black-and-white photo exhibit, Touching the Mekong: A Southeast Asian Sojourn, organized by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology; the Vassar Haiti Project’s annual exhibition and auction of imported arts and handcrafts; and Design Inside, showcasing the work of Vassar’s College Relations design team. All exhibitions are free and open to the public. For information on upcoming exhibitions, visit the website or call (845) 437-5370.

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Music Department

Located in the Belle Skinner Hall of Music, the Martel Recital Hall is wonderfully suited, both acoustically and aesthetically, to music performance. With seating for 500, the Martel is home to the Vassar College Orchestra, Choir, Women's Chorus, Madrigal Singers, and numerous chamber groups and ensembles. The Martel concert schedule routinely includes distinguished guest artists, faculty recitals, senior recitals, and special musical events, such as last year's series of organ recitals celebrating the installation and dedication of the college's superb pipe organ, designed by masterbuilder Paul Fritts. For information on upcoming concerts and events (which are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted), please visit the website.

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Dance Department

The Department of Dance sponsors several public performances each year. Among those, the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre (VRDT) has a series of Works in Progress showings in the fall, a winter Modfest performance in conjunction with the The Department of Music, winter galas at the 1869 Bardavon Opera House, and two All Parents Weekend performances in the spring. The department's Master Class program annually invites at least one ballet and one modern expert to campus in addition to two people in other areas of dance. Public performances and lectures are often associated with these renowned visitors. Guest artists in the past have included: Irina Kolpokova, Arthur Mitchell, Helene Alexopoulos, Gregory Hines, Anna Kisselgoff, Donald Byrd, Edward Villella, Ronald K. Brown, Irene Dowd, Allegra Kent, Gelsey Kirkland, Pilobolus w/Adam Battlestein, Suzanne Farrell, Mummenschantz, Eldar Aliev, Deborah Jowitt, Bill T. Jones, Pascal Rioult, Clinton Luckett of ABT, Bill Irwin, and Donald McKayle. Many of the department's dance performances are in the Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater, located in Kenyon Hall.

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Drama Department Experimental Theater

Presenting several public performances each semester in the Martel Theater of the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film and the Hallie Flanagan Davis Powerhouse Theater, the Experimental Theater is a place to explore theories learned in the classroom and to experiment with theatrical forms. In the tradition of pioneering stage director Hallie Flanagan, students are encouraged to experience and experiment with all aspects of the theater. Flanagan, who accepted a position to teach drama at Vassar in 1925, founded the Experimental Theater following her visit to the theaters of Europe in 1926 on a Guggenheim Fellowship. (

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The Film Department at Vassar College hosts a steady stream of guest artists and lecturers and is located in the state-of-the-art Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film. The film program encompasses major aspects of the discipline: the history and theory of cinema, dramatic writing, and film/video/digital production, within the framework of a liberal arts education.

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Archives and Special Collections Library

A rotating series of exhibitions is offered each year by the Catherine Pelton Durrell '25 Archives and Special Collections Library, which is the principal repository of the College's noteworthy collections of rare books, manuscripts, archival records of Vassar College, and other special materials. The library's collections date from the 15th century (the age of incunabula) to the present. Notable examples include books important in women's history, first editions of English and American literary and historical works, examples of fine printing, collections of courtesy and cookbooks, children's books, and rare maps and atlases. The Virginia B. Smith Manuscript Collection includes manuscripts by and about women which were gathered during President Smith’s tenure, such as the papers of Mary McCarthy and Elizabeth Bishop. Also of note are papers of writers Samuel L. Clemens and Edna St. Vincent Millay; early naturalist John Burroughs, historian Lucy Maynard Salmon, feminist and historian Alma Lutz, astronomer Maria Mitchell, anthropologist Ruth Benedict, and physicist Albert Einstein. Archives and Special Collections is located in the Frederick Ferris Thompson Memorial Library.

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