Joelle Wallach’s Cassandra’s Lament will be performed by the Vassar College Women’s Chorus, Christine Howlett, Conductor, on Saturday, November 3 – 8:00 PM at Skinner Hall of Music on the campus of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Dr. Wallach writes about the work, “Cassandra’s Lament, commissioned by the Jane Austen Society of North America, is a collage of melodies and words, elements of Cassandra Austen’s psychic soundscape at the time of her sister Jane’s death. Fragments and shadows of memory and sudden pangs of loss streak across her inner landscape with poignant urgency, juxtaposed with ongoing echoes of the. In Cassandra’s Lament, brief excerpts from the traditional, serene Anglican Requiem chant are juxtaposed with phrases from Cassandra’s distraught and poignant letters, lines from Jane’s formal prayer, hanging at St. Nicholas’ Church, Steventon, and the simple, agonized words Jane uttered on her deathbed. The texts and the melodies associated with each of these recur, and reoccur, reflecting the ruminative process of grief. The reappearances of the serpentine lines seem at first to be identical, but each apparent repetition is subtly altered, changing as grief changes as it heals, imperceptibly and from the inside out.”

The Vassar College Women’s Chorus will also perform a commissioned work from Eleanor Daley, as well as works by Handel and Haydn. The Chorus has performed in New York, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia as well as abroad. Visit them at

The November 3 concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 845-437-7294 or visit

The 4Tay label has released two new CDs of Dr. Wallach’s music – The Door Standing Open – a collection of songs and chamber works (CD 4034) – and The Nightwatch – more songs and solo piano works (CD 4035) – More about her at

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