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ModFest 2018

Modfest, celebrating its sixteenth anniversary, is Vassar College’s annual exploration of the arts of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Thursday, February 8, 2018 7:30pm

Late Night at the Lehman Loeb celebrates its 11th anniversary


7pm: Robert Osborne, bass-baritone & David Alpher, piano.  Featuring David Alpher’s Between Twilights: Sevens Songs of Poems of Marsden Hartley and Francis Poulenc's song cycle Le travail du peintre inspired by Picasso, Chagall, Braque, Gris, Klee, Miró and Villon.


Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center




Indian Composition

Marsden Hartley

Paintings by Braque, Chagall, Klee, Miró, and Picasso in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center collection.


Search the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center e-museum collection for more information about these and other works of art.


Bass-baritone Robert Osborne has long been an admired favorite on the American orchestral-concert scene, while equally establishing himself as a respected operatic artist. During his eight-city tour of the United States as King George III in Peter Maxwell Davies’ Eight Songs for a Mad King the New York Times headlined him as “A Singer Who Goes All the Way” and hailed his “thrilling performance both vocally and dramatically"  more 



Internationally acclaimed composer, pianist, and recording artist David Alpher has enjoyed an active musical career for almost four decades...David has had a highly successful career as a pianist, collaborating with such distinguished artists as Marilyn Horne, Dawn Upshaw, Harolyn Blackwell, and Christopheren Nomura...David's classical compositions have had multiple performances worldwide... more

Read about the World Premier of David Alpher’s Between Twilights: Sevens Songs of Poems of Marsden Hartley.


Francis Poulenc  (b Paris, Jan 7, 1899d Paris, Jan 30, 1963). French composer and pianist. During the first half of his career the simplicity and directness of his writing led many critics away from thinking of him as a serious composer. Gradually, since World War II, it has become clear that ...while, in the field of French religious music, he disputes supremacy with Messiaen, in that of the mélodie he is the most distinguished composer since the death of Fauré.

Chimènes, Myriam, and Roger Nichols. "Poulenc, Francis." Grove Music Online. 14 Dec. 2017. Photo: Accessed 12/14/17.

                Read about Francis Poulenc's song cycle Le travail du peintre at All-Music.

Friday, February 9, 2018 7:00pm.

Dance Performance: Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre


Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre performs world premieres by adjunct artist Leslie Partridge Sachs and returning graduate Alaina Wilson’ 16, as well as works selected from the current repertory by faculty, students and guest choreographers.


Reservations will be available online beginning January 22. This is a free but ticketed event. Reservations are required at For additional information please email: or call (845) 437-5599.


Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater, Kenyon Hall

Saturday, February 10, 2018 3:00pm.

Young Musicians Concert

Cappella Festiva Cor Capriccio & Treble Choir, and Stringendo perform in a concert featuring our youngest musicians at Modfest. Elizabeth Clifton, Elizabeth Handman, and Matt Zydel, conductors.





                                                                                                                                                                                                           Cappella Festiva Treble Choir                                                                        Stringendo


Skinner Hall of Music

Saturday, February 10, 2018 7:00pm.

Cabaret Night

Students from the Music Department perform classics from the American Songbook and beyond. An intimate exploration of songs by Bernstein,  Lerner & Loewe, Gershwin, Loesser, Kerrigan & Lowdermilk, and many more. David Alpher, piano and Jennie Litt, director.


Skinner Hall of Music



Leonard Bernstein

Bernstein, Leonard

Lerner  and Lowe

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George Gershwin

Gershwin, George

 Frank Loesser

Loesser, Frank


Kerrigan and Lowdermilk



The husband-and-wife cabaret and songwriting team of David Alpher (pianist/composer) and Jennie Litt (singer/lyricist) started performing together on their very first date, which they spent singing and playing great songs by Gershwin, Berlin, Rodgers, and Porter in a cabin in the New Hampshire woods.  Since then, they have appeared in numerous venues in the northeast and beyond...Recently hailed as "among the premier cabaret acts," and a "perfect musical ensemble," Litt and Alpher have delighted audiences with cabaret shows that offer in-depth explorations of the Great American Songbook.   Read more.

Sunday, February 11, 2018 3:00pm.

An Afternoon with Ali Stroker: Making Limitations Your Opportunities


A groundbreaking performer, Ali Stroker made history as the first actress in a wheelchair to appear on Broadway when she originated the role of ‘Anna' in Deaf West's acclaimed 2015 revival of Spring Awakening. She is also the first actress in a wheelchair to graduate from the NYU Tisch drama program. She has starred on both The Glee Project and Glee, and is currently starring alongside Kyra Sedgwick on ABC's new drama 10 Days in the Valley. Stroker’s remarkable ability to improve the lives of others through the arts, whether disabled or not, is captured in her motto: “Making Your Limitations Your Opportunities.”


Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film/Martel Theater


Reservations will be available online beginning  January 22, 2018. This is a free but ticketed event. Reservations are required at For more information, please email or call (845) 437-5599.


5:00 pm: Thursday, February 8, 2018

Late Night at the Lehman Loeb celebrates its 11th anniversary


5pm: Gallery Talk on the Warhol exhibition, People are Beautiful: Prints, Photographs with Mary-Kay Lombino, curator. (Link to earlier discusion)