MusicFirst! 2000 Celebrates Faculty and Students

MusicFirst!, Sarah Lawrence College’s annual spring music festival, takes place April 16 through May 9. All concerts are free and open to the public. For more information or directions, please call (914) 395-2411.

The festival was inaugurated in 1995 as a celebration of all the performing groups, musicians and composers who make up the Sarah Lawrence College Music Program, noted Chester Biscardi, director of the program. Music First! spans three weeks and showcases concerts devoted to solo song and solo piano recitals, multiple guitars, chamber music, early music, improvisation, jazz, electronic and acoustic contemporary music, orchestral and choral music, and world music.

Highlights of the festival include the debut and ritual dedication of Sarah Lawrence’s new Gamelan Angklung, a Balinese percussion instrument built especially for the College and a fully staged performance of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat. A complete schedule of MusicFirst! follows:

MUSIC AND DANCE OF BALI
Sunday, April 16
4 p.m.
Reisinger Hall
A traditional Balinese dedication ceremony will introduce the shimmering sounds of Gamelan Angklung Sarah Lawrence College’s new bronze-keyed percussion orchestra. Directed by Kristin Taavola of World Music Ensemble, I Made Lasmawan and Friends are the featured guest artists.

LAURENTIAN STRING QUARTET CONCERT
Friday, April 21
4 p.m.
Reisinger Hall
The Laurentian String Quartet will present Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ, op. 51, Nos. 1-7, a special Good Friday concert.

L’HISTOIRE DU SOLDAT
Tuesday, April 25
8 p.m.
Reisinger Hall
Free
The Sarah Lawrence College Orchestra, under the direction of music faculty member Martin Golday, and in collaboration with the dance and drama programs, will perform a fully staged presentation of L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) by Igor Stravinsky and C.F. Ramuz. Barrie Gelles-Hurwitz and Belinda Smith, senior theatre students, are co-directing the piece under the advisement of Shirley Kaplan, director of the theatre program. The choreographer is Rashaun Mitchell, a senior dance student, working with dance program director, Sara Rudner.

SMALL ENSEMBLES I: PIANO VOICES AND CHAMBER MUSIC
Wednesday, April 26
8 p.m.
Marshall Field 1
Part 1 of a concert series featuring a variety of solo voice, piano and chamber group music.

ELECTRONIC MUSIC CONCERT
Thursday, April 27
8 p.m.
Marshall Field Lobby
A concert featuring student compositions of electronic music. Under the instruction of John Yannelli, director of the electronic music studio, students have prepared tape compositions using the latest analog and digital instruments recorded in the college’s own multi-track recording studio.

COLLEGIUM MUSICUM
Friday, April 28
8 p.m.
Marshall Field 1
A concert featuring vocal and instrumental music of the Middle Ages, renaissance, and Baroque periods.

CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA CONCERT
Sunday, April 30
4 p.m.
Reisinger Hall
The final spring semester concert of the Sarah Lawrence College Chorus and Orchestra. Patrick Romano, conductor.

JAZZ COLLOQUIUM
Monday, May 1
9 p.m.
Titsworth Lecture Hall
The Jazz Colloquium presents a concert under the direction of Glenn Alexander, performing a wide variety of modern jazz music and related styles.

SMALL ENSEMBLES II: PIANO, VOICES AND CHAMBER MUSIC
Tuesday, May 2
8 p.m.
Marshall Field 1
Part 2 of a concert series featuring a variety of solo voice, piano and chamber group music

GUITARS CONCERT
Wednesday, May 3
8 p.m.
Marshall Field 1
A concert featuring the combination of electric and acoustic guitar music. Students will present both modern and classical styles.

SMALL ENSEMBLES III: PIANO, VOICES AND CHAMBER MUSIC
Thursday, May 4
8 p.m.
Marshall Field 1
Part 3 of a concert series featuring a variety of solo voice, piano and chamber group music.

NEW YORK NEW MUSIC ENSEMBLE AND COMPOSERS CONCERT
Sunday, May 7
5 p.m.
Reisinger Hall
A concert featuring the New York New Music Ensemble. The program features the celebrated ensemble performing a short opera, as well as student compositions.

CHAMBER MUSIC IMPROVISATION CONCERT
Tuesday, May 9
8 p.m.
Reisinger Hall
A chamber music improvisation concert, under the direction of John Yannelli, based on classical performance techniques. Members of the student performance ensemble create music spontaneously.