Charles Loring Elliott, Portrait of Matthew Vassar, 1861

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Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center and Vassar’s Music Department team up to offer a series of free noontime concerts at the Art Center through April 29, 2009.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—This April on Wednesday’s at noon, a musical interlude will be offered at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College. “Notes on Art: Noontime Concerts at the Art Center,” will feature works by Chausson, Gershwin, Dvorak, Mozart, Ravel, and Vaughn Williams and will be performed by students from Eduardo Navega’s chamber music course.
This series of programs is offered by the Art Center in collaboration with the Vassar Music Department. The Music Department’s chair, Kathryn Libin, and Eduardo Navega, were instrumental in arranging this series in coordination with Nicole Roylance, the Art Center’s Coordinator of Public Education and Information.
Navega noted that “These programs showcase Vassar’s chamber music program, which includes 12 chamber groups with 35 students participating. Of the 12, five groups are featured during these noon concerts.
Roylance stated the intent of the series is to “offer visitors a break from your workday, offering an interlude to stroll through the galleries while listening to a selection of chamber music.”
During April, visitors to the Art Center will be able to see recently reinstalled works from the permanent collection in the Twentieth Century Galleries, including Mark Rothko’s No. 1 (No. 18, 1948) and Jackson Pollock’s Number 10, 1950, upon their return from a ten month, five-museum tour of Japan. Also on view in the Prints and Drawings Gallery, through Sunday, April 26, is Faith and Fantasy in Outsider Art: Selections from the Permanent Collection. This exhibition, curated by Mary Kay Lombino, the Emily Hargroves Fisher '57 and Richard B. Fisher Curator, was termed a “marvelously endearing show” by New York Times art critic Benjamin Genocchio. 
On Wednesday, April 8, Gershwin’s “Lullaby for String Quartet,” will be performed by violinists Jessica Kaplan and Andrew Hoy, violist Serena Wong, and cellist David Wojciechovski. In addition, Dvorak’s “Terzetto for Two Violins and Viola” will be performed by violinists Emily Pantel and Sophie Blum, and violist Serena Wong.
The program on Wednesday, April 15, will feature Chausson’s Chanson Perpetuelle, with soprano Arielle Guterman, violinists Sebastian Weinberg and Brittany Kaplan, violist Mary E. Alexander, cellist Jacob S. John, pianist Jeremy Shiman.  Also, Sebastian Weinberg '09, violin. Violinist Laura Sousa, violist Emily Bookwalter, and pianist Peter Ludlow will perform a trio for violin, viola, and piano by Mozart.
On Wednesday, April 22, violinist Marisa Bettina, violist Serena Wong, cellist David Wojciechovski, bass violinist Derek Olson, and pianist Tiffany Shi, will perform a piano quintet by Vaughn Williams.
The spring 2009 “Notes on Art: Noontime Concerts at the Art Center” series will conclude on Wednesday, April 29, with Ravel’s String Quartet performed by violinist Sebastian Weinberg and Brittany Kaplan, violist Mary E. Alexander, and cellist Jacob St. John.
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center was founded in 1864 as the Vassar College Art Gallery. The current 36,400-square-foot facility, designed by Cesar Pelli and named in honor of the new building's primary donor, opened in 1993. The Lehman Loeb Art Center's collections chart the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprise almost 18,000 works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, and glass and ceramic wares. Notable holdings include the Warburg Collection of Old Master prints, an important group of Hudson River School paintings given by Matthew Vassar at the college's inception, and a wide range of works by major European and American 20th- century painters. Vassar was the first U.S. college founded with a permanent art collection and gallery, and at any given time, the Permanent Collection Galleries of the Art Center feature approximately 350 works from Vassar's extensive collections.
Admission to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is free. The art center is open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm; Thursday, 10:00 am–9:00 pm; and Sunday, 1:00–5:00 pm. Located at the entrance to the historic Vassar College campus, the Art Center can be reached within minutes from other Mid-Hudson cultural attractions, such as Dia:Beacon, the Franklin Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt national historic sites and homes, and the Vanderbilt mansion. The Art Center is wheelchair accessible. For more information, the public may call (845) 437-5632 or visit
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, April 8, 2009


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