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Performances and Exhibition Will Celebrate Inauguration of New Vassar President

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — To celebrate the upcoming inauguration of Catharine Bond Hill as its tenth president, Vassar College will present from October 25-28 a series of special drama, music, and dance performances, as well as the opening of a new exhibition by the sculptor Strong-Cuevas. These events are free and open to the public, with advance tickets recommended for the performances by the Experimental Theater of Vassar College and the Vassar Repertory Dance Theater.

All events will be held on the Vassar campus, as follows:

OTMA, by Kate Moira Ryan
Performed by the Experimental Theater of Vassar College
Directed by Michael Barakiva '97
October 25-28, 8:00 p.m. (nightly)
Powerhouse Theater
(845) 437-5584

In the days before their execution, four daughters of Russia's last czar rehearse Anton Chekhov's seminal play The Cherry Orchard. Under these circumstances, the four young duchesses display intelligence, passion, loyalty, charisma, resourcefulness, and – surprisingly – hope.

Celebratory Concert
Department of Music by faculty and students
October 26, 8:00 p.m.
Skinner Hall of Music
(845) 437-7294

"Sonata for Cello and Piano", by Claude Debussy
Prologue: Lent (1862-1918)
Serenade et Finale
Thomas Sauer, piano, Sophie Shao, cello

"Tickle Toe", by Count Basie
"You Took Advantage of Me", by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart, arranged by
Nelson Riddle
Vassar College Jazz Ensemble
James Osborn, director

"Ave Regina" caelorum
"Cantate Domino", by Michelle Roueché
"Living in a Holy City", by Stephen Hatfield
Vassar College Women's Chorus, with Patric Litterst and Vince Vincent, percussion
Christine Howlett, director

"Fugue on the Magnificat", BWV 733, by Johann Sebastian Bach
Merellyn Gallagher, organ

"Euterpe – Concert Overture", by George Whitefield Chadwick
Festival Overture, Op. 96, by Dimitri Shostakovich
Vassar College Orchestra
Eduardo Navega, conductor

"Thought Travels", exhibition of sculptures by Strong-Cuevas
October 26-November 12
Artist's reception on October 26, 4:30-7:00 p.m.
James W. Palmer Gallery, College Center
(845) 437-5370

Works by the sculptor Strong-Cuevas, including those in her new exhibition "Thought Travels", often suggest objects produced by mighty civilizations. Comparisons can be made to figures seen, for example, in Mayan and Egyptian art, from the profiles of people depicted in narrative wall paintings to the simple lines of works in stone made in tribute to revered rulers and omnipotent deities, including the enigmatic heads of Easter Island.

Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre
October 27
6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater, Kenyon Hall
(845) 437-5370

Excerpts from "Study Break", by Jeanne Periolat Czula, music by John Williams, danced by Miriam Greenstein and Dwayne Brown, Sophie Alpern, Isabel Vondermuhll, Devon Wambold, Rebecca Ain, Danna Colon, Caitlin Teres, Roxanne Zuckerman

Excerpt from "Songs of the Disinherited", by Donald McKayle, traditional music, danced by Ariel Braverman, Maya Lau, Danielle Patterson

Excerpt from "Treaty", by Kathy Wildberger, music by Scott Killian, film by Jacob Moses, danced by Dwayne Brown, David Rodriguez, Danna Colon, Suzanne Gerdes, Emily Giovine, Christina Guhl, Marina Hitosugi-Levesque, Lindsay Kozlowski, Cameron Lussier, Daniel Ming, Rebecca Rozin, Marion Spencer

Excerpt from "Angels", by Steve Rooks, music by Afro Celt Sound System and Philip Glass, danced by Sophie Alpern, Lisa Field, Liza Hoffman, Maya Lau, Cameron Lussier, David Rodriguez, Isabel Vondermuhll, Leah Wilks

Excerpt from "The Room Next Door", by Elizabeth Frankel '84, music by Paris Combo, danced by Dwayne Brown, Lisa Field, Miriam Greenstein, Martha Leonard, David Rodriguez

Excerpt from "Motown A La Mode", by Abby Saxon and Martha Tobias '83, music by Aretha Franklin, danced by the company

People with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Directions to the Vassar Campus in the Town of Poughkeepsie are available at

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, October 13, 2006