About the Center
2003–2013: A Decade of Inspiration at The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College
The BuildingThe Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College offers an architecturally bold and dynamic environment for innovative artistic presentation in the Hudson Valley. Designed by Frank Gehry, the Fisher Center provides audiences with a world-class complex that inspires risk-taking performances and provocative programs in orchestral, chamber, and jazz music and theater, dance, and opera by American and international artists. The Center is also home to Bard College's Theater & Performance Program and Dance Program.
Sosnoff TheaterThe Sosnoff Theater, an intimate, 900-seat theater with an orchestra, parterre, and two balcony sections, features an orchestra pit for opera and an acoustic shell designed by Yasuhisa Toyota that turns the theater into a first-class concert hall for performances of chamber and symphonic music.
Theater TwoFlexibility and accessibility govern all aspects of Theater Two's design -- its scale and simplicity allow performers to connect easily with the audience. The theater is an ideal teaching and performance facility, with adjustable bleacher-type seating and a semi fly tower complete with catwalk and rigging to serve a variety of scenic arrangements.
Dance StudiosThe Felicitas S. Thorne Dance Studio is a soaring, light-filled space in which students take class and rehearse. It is also the home of the weekly Dance Workshop, in which choreographers share works in progress with faculty and other students. Theatrical lighting and sound systems make Thorne Studio a versatile laboratory for student choreographers.
Tour the Building
Tours of the Fisher Center's Sosnoff Theater take place Monday through Friday at 2:00 pm. Please call in advance to check the availability of the theater for tours.
- The tour is $5.00 per person and begins in the lobby of the Sosnoff Theater.
- Tours take approximately 30 to 45 minutes.
- No reservations are required.
Tours include those parts of the building that are available for viewing at the time of the tour. We cannot show the theater when dress rehearsals are occurring. Private tours are available by appointment. For more information, or to schedule a private tour, please call the Box Office at 845-758-7900.
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