This is Vassar: The newsletter for Vassar College Alumnae/i and Families

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Presenting MODFEST 2009

The seventh annual MODFEST, a festival of new music, film, art, and literature, will explore the musical world of composer Steve Reich (pictured). Reich is widely celebrated as one of the most important and original American composers of all time. MODFEST will run from January 22 through February 14 and is open to the public. Adene “Dee” Wilson ’69, wife of Professor of Music Richard Wilson, came up with the idea for MODFEST in 2003 to foster better communication between the arts on Vassar’s campus, featuring the Departments of Africana Studies, Art, Dance, English, Film, and Music. The events are designed to explore all aspects of the creative process, from rehearsal to performance.  This year’s events will include a Ghanaian drumming workshop with Joakim Lartey ’78, screenings of four student films, a performance by the Vassar Repertory Dance Theater (VRDT), various poetry readings, and an open rehearsal with the New York Music Ensemble. There will also be several events celebrating the work of Reich: performances of his percussion music and orchestral arrangements, a conversation between Reich and Richard Wilson, and a rehearsal with Reich and VRDT. “Our choice to invite Steve Reich was a natural one given that, 32 years ago, Vassar hosted two concerts of his music, in which he performed; that was before he had achieved widespread recognition,” explained Dee Wilson. “We are now delighted to welcome him back as a world celebrity.”

January 2009

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