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Bennington College History: Music: 1950s

A Guide to the History of Music at Bennington College

1950s Music Concerts and Lectures

1950

1951

1952

  • Faculty concert. March 20. Bennington Weekly article | College Week (program included)
  • Concert by Syracuse University Faculty. April 6. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • Faculty Concert. April 17. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • Faculty Concert. May 1. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • Mannes Trio concert. Leopold Mannes, Bronislav Gimpel, Luigi Silva Trio. May 18. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • Concert by Bennington Community Chorus and Bennington College Orchestra. May 25. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • Faculty Concert. May 29. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • Bennington Quintet Concert. June 5. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included). This concert was filmed as part of the United States Information Service film called "Bennington College".
  • Joan Olmsted senior concert. June 17. Carriage Barn. College Week
  • Chamber Music Concert June 27. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • Faculty Concert. September 5. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • Faculty Concert. September 18. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • Vermont Symphony Concert with Stella Anderson, Soloist, and Otto Luening. October 2. Bennington State Armory. College Week (program included) 
  • Faculty Concert. October 9. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • Faculty Concert.  October 30. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • Faculty Concert to benefit funds for a tape recorder and to build up a Music Library. November 20. Carriage Barn. College Week 
  • Williams Bennington Concert. December 2. Williams College. College Week 
  • Senior Project Concert by Ruth Miller assisting artist Leonard Hokanson. December 11. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • Elias Lopez Concert (Music Fellowship student) December 14. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • Orchestra Christmas Concert. December 17. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)

1953

  • Sonatina / Lionel Nowak (audio) Nowak, Lionel; Frank, Claude (1953-03-17)
  • Faculty Concert. March 19. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • Faculty Concert. April 2. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • Faculty Concert. April 16. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • Faculty Concert. April 30. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • Joint Concert by Music Faculties of Bennington and Williams Colleges. May 14. Carriage Barn. College Week 
  • Concert by David Tudor, featuring contemporary piano music. May 17 Carriage Barn. College Week 
  • Bennington Community Chorus and Orchestra. "The Requiem" by Brahms. May 24. Bennington Armory. College Week (program included)
  • Faculty Concert. May 28. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • Faculty Concert. September 11. Carriage Barn. College Week 
  • ​​​​​​​Faculty Concert. September 24. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • ​​​​​​​Faculty Concert. October 8. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • ​​​​​​​Faculty Concert. October 22. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • ​​​​​​​Faculty Concert. November 5. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • ​​​​​​​Piano Recital by George Zilzer, assisted by George Finckel. November 12. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • ​​​​​​​Carol Sing: a program of Christmas music by student group, the Madrigal Singers. December 7. Carriage Barn. College Week

1954

  • Beethoven Violin Sonatas op. 24 and op. 96 (audio)  Beethoven, Ludwig van; Pernel, Orrea; Nowak, Lionel (1954)
  • Music of Lionel Nowak (audio) Nowak, Lionel; Pernel, Orrea; Bloom, Robert; Pollikoff, Max; Trampler, Walter; Finckel, George; Auden, W. H. (1954)
  • Faculty Concert. April 1. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • Chamber Opera and Chamber Music concert conducted by Henry Brant. April 14 & 15. Carriage Barn. Program
  • Leçons de Ténèbres / François Couperin (audio) (College Week includes the full concert program) Couperin, François; Chabay, Leslie; Finckel, George; Finckel, Marianne (1954-04-13)
  • Ludwig Olshansky Concert. April 18. Carriage Barn. College Week 
  • Faculty Concert. April 29. Carriage Barn. College Week 
  • Faculty Concert. May 13. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • Chamber Orchestra Concert. May 18. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • Opera Workshop. June 5. Carriage Barn. College Week 
  • Vermont Symphony Orchestra and Bennington Community Chorus. June 6. Bennington Armory. College Week 
  • Joint Concert by Leonard Hokanson and George Zilzer. June 10 Carriage Barn. College Week 
  • Madrigal Singers Concert. June 16-20. Carriage Barn. College Week 
  • Chamber Music Concert. June 25. Carriage Barn. College Week 
  • Stella Anderson, piano concert. September 23. Carriage Barn. The Bugler 
  • Faculty Concert. October 7. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • Faculty Concert. October 21. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • Community Orchestra Concert under the direction of Gunnar Schonbeck. November 3. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • Faculty Concert. November 18. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • Bennington Community Chorus and Orchestra performing Haydn's Creation. December 12. Bennington Armory. College Week
  • Madrigal Singers Concert. December 14. Carriage Barn. College Week

1955

  • Music of Bartok, Williamson-Ballou, Goeb, and Beethoven (Audio)  Bartok, Bela; Williamson-Ballou, Esther; Goeb, Roger; Beethoven, Ludwig van (1955)
  • Faculty concert - Claude Frank. March 17. Carriage Barn. College Week  (program included)
  • Sage City Six  - faculty jazz band concert. March 19. Carriage Barn. College Week
  • "The Music Faculty will present a program designed as an explanation for the layman of one of the problems of contemporary music with which creative minds in this field are working today. In anticipation of the Symposium on Music and Art to be held at the College on May 15, 16, and 17, in which Music by Carl Ruggles, Charles Ives, Roger Sessions and Edgard Varose will be heard, the problem of contemporary music that most obviously suggests itself is the Disintegration of the Diatonic System and the Formation of a new Tonal Language, in which each of these men has played an important part. An outline will be given by Mr. Julian DeGray, tracing the gradual transition from classic tonality to contemporary atonality, with illustrations taken from Hymns, Bach, Mozart, Wagner, Ravel, Ruggles, and Jazz." College Week (program included)
  • "History of the Opera will be discussed at the next few weeks of Mr. Chabay's Opera Workshop." Tuesday evenings. Jennings 136. College Week
  • Faculty concert. April 28. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • Augustus Nowak recital. May 12. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • Symposium on Music and Art: an assessment of vital and controversial developments in this country during the last three decades. May 15-17. Poster | Invitation | Edgard Varèse letterConcert Program
  • Faculty concert. May 26. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in C minor, K. 491 / W. A. Mozart (audio) (College Week has the full program for this concert) Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus; Nowak, Lionel; Simpson, Jane (1955-06-09)
  • Augustus Nowak recital. June 14. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)
  • Chamber music concert. June 24. Carriage Barn. College Week 
  • Quartet in F for strings / Maurice Ravel (audio) Ravel, Maurice; Pernel, Orrea; Sherrard, Edwin; Bickford, Anne; Finckel, George (1955-09-08)
  • Faculty concert. November 17. Carriage Barn. College Week (program included)

1956

1957

1958

  • A Faculty Concert (program and audio) Nemerov, Howard; Schonbeck, Gunnar; Nowak, Lionel; Brant, Henry; Finckel, George; Boepple, Paul (1958-09-10)
  • Martha Terrel, George Finckel, Jenny Polson, Henry Brant, Louis Calabro, Frank Baker. September 24. Audio Recording
  • Ginette Martenot-Lazard: program of contemporary music played on the ondes martenot. December 10. Program

1959