The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College

Bard Music Festival 2015

Past Festivals and Book Series

2014

Franz Schubert and His World, Edited by Christopher H. Gibbs and Morten Solvik

2013

Stravinsky and His World, Edited by Tamara Levitz

2012

Camille Saint-Saëns and His World, Edited by Jann Pasler

2011

Jean Sibelius and His World, Edited by Daniel M. Grimley

2010

Alban Berg and His World, Edited by Christopher Hailey

2009

Richard Wagner and His World, Edited by Thomas S. Grey

2009

Brahms and His World, Special expanded edition, Edited by Walter Frisch and Kevin Karnes

2008

Sergey Prokofiev and His World, Edited by Simon Morrison

2007

Edward Elgar and His World, Edited by Byron Adams

2006

Franz Liszt and His World, Edited by Christopher H. Gibbs and Dana Gooley

2005

Aaron Copland and His World, Edited by Judith Tick and Carol J. Oja

2004

Shostakovich and His World, Edited by Laurel E. Fay

2003

Janáček and His World, Edited by Michael Beckerman

2002

Mahler and His World, Edited by Karen Painter

2001

Debussy and His World, Edited by Jane Fulcher

2000

Beethoven and His World, Edited by Scott Burnham and Michael P. Steinberg

1999

Schoenberg and His World , Edited by Walter Frisch

1998

Tchaikovsky and His World, Edited by Leslie Kearney

1997

Haydn and His World, Edited by Elaine Sisman

1996

Charles Ives and His World, Edited by J. Peter Burkholder

1995

Bartók and His World, Edited by Peter Laki

1994

Schumann and His World, Edited by R. Larry Todd

1993

Dvořák and His World, Edited by Michael Beckerman

1992

Richard Strauss and His World, Edited by Bryan Gilliam

1991

Mendelssohn and His World, Edited by R. Larry Todd

1990

Brahms and His World First Edition, Edited by Walter Frisch

History of the Festival

Leon Botstein, Christopher H. Gibbs, and Robert Martin, Artistic Directors

The Bard Music Festival was founded in 1990 to promote new ways of understanding and presenting the history of music to a contemporary audience. Each year, a single composer is chosen as the main subject. The biography of the composer, the influences and consequences of that composer's achievement, and all aspects of the musical culture surrounding the time and place of the composer's life are explored. Perhaps the most important dimensions of the festival are the ways in which it links music to the worlds of literature, painting, theater, philosophy, and politics and brings two kinds of audience together: those with a long history of interest in concert life and first-time listeners, who find the festival an ideal place to learn about and enjoy the riches of our musical past.

2015 Event Schedule

 Program subject to change.
Friday, August 7, 2015
8:00 pm
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater
Program One
Chávez and Mexico's Musical Heritage
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Tickets: $25–$60
Saturday, August 8, 2015
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Olin Hall
Panel One
Culture and National Identity: The Case of Mexico
Free and open to the public
Saturday, August 8, 2015
1:30 pm
Olin Hall
Program Two
The Parisian Influence
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Tickets: $35
Saturday, August 8, 2015
8:00 pm
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater
Program Three
Mexico: The Crossroad of Antifascism
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Tickets: $25–$75
Sunday, August 9, 2015
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Olin Hall
Panel Two
Mexico and the United States: Past, Present, and Future
Free and open to the public
Sunday, August 9, 2015
1:30 pm
Olin Hall
Program Four
Music and the 10-Year Mexican Revolution
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Tickets: $35
Sunday, August 9, 2015
5:30 pm
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater
Program Five
Music, Murals, and Puppets
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Tickets: $25–$60
Friday, August 14, 2015
8:00 pm
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater
Program Six
East and West
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Tickets: $25–$60
Saturday, August 15, 2015
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Olin Hall
Panel Three
Mexico and Latin America
Free and open to the public
Saturday, August 15, 2015
1:30 pm
Olin Hall
Program Seven
"New York New York"
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Tickets: $35
Saturday, August 15, 2015
8:00 pm
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater
Program Eight
Reimagined Landscapes and Pasts
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Tickets: $25–$75
Sunday, August 16, 2015
10:00 am
Olin Hall
Program Nine
Sacred and Secular Choral Music from 5 Centuries
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Tickets: $30
Sunday, August 16, 2015
1:30 pm
Olin Hall
Program Ten
Post-World War II Latin America
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Tickets: $35
Sunday, August 16, 2015
4:30 pm
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater
Program Eleven
Musical Culture of the Hemisphere
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Tickets: $25–$75