The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College

Bard Music Festival 2014

Weekend One: August 8–10

The Making of a Romantic Legend

Schubert’s early life and career are juxtaposed with the music of his contemporaries, trends in Vienna, the development of the art song, the legacy of Beethoven, and the new post-1815 rage for Italian opera and the virtuoso performer. Schubert’s hospitalization in 1823 for syphilis, Schumann’s posthumous advocacy in 1839 of the “Great” C-Major Symphony, and the first performance of the “Unfinished” in 1865 are the milestones that frame the first weekend. The concerts explore the obsession with Schubert from the year of his death to the centennial in 1928, Schubert’s connections to local culture and his debt to the classical tradition. The weekend concludes with a double bill of rarities: one of Schubert’s stage works and Franz von Suppé’s hit musical from 1864 based on Schubert’s music.

Weekend Two: August 15–17

A New Aesthetics of Music

Starting with a focus on the last two years of the composer’s life, this weekend considers the nature of Schubert’s originality, his exploration of form, harmony, and the connection of words and music. How did the character and function of music change as the economic landscape was transformed by industrialization and political life became marked by repression and a network of spies and censors? Schubert’s legacy and influence are considered through music for men’s choir, works written for and by Schubert’s closest friends, Schubert’s late piano sonatas, his sacred music, and a performance of the opera Fierrabras.

2014 Event Schedule

Friday, August 8, 2014
8:00 pm
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater
Program One

The Legacy of a Life Cut Short.  Expand text
Ticket: $25–$60
Saturday, August 9, 2014
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Olin Hall
Panel One

Invention and Reinvention: Who was Schubert?.
Free and open to the public
Saturday, August 9, 2014
1:30 pm
Olin Hall
Program Two

From "Boy" to Master: The Path to Erlkönig.  Expand text
Tickets: $35
Saturday, August 9, 2014
5:00 pm
Olin Hall
Special Event

The Song Cycle as Drama: Winterreise.  Expand text
Tickets: $35
Saturday, August 9, 2014
8:00 pm
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater
Program Three

Mythic Transformations.  Expand text
Tickets $25–$75
Sunday, August 10, 2014
10:00 am
Olin Hall
Program Four

Goethe and Music: The German Lied
with Commentary by Susan Youens.
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Tickets: $30
Sunday, August 10, 2014
1:30 pm
Olin Hall
Program Five

Before Unspeakable Illness.  Expand text
Tickets: $35
Sunday, August 10, 2014
5:30 pm
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater
Program Six

Schubert and Viennese Theater.  Expand text
Tickets $25–$60
Friday, August 15, 2014
3:00 pm
László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building
Special Event

The "Path toward a Grand Symphony": Schubert's Octet.  Expand text
Tickets: $25
Friday, August 15, 2014
5:00 pm
László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building
Special Event

Schubert's Kosegarten Liederspiel.
Tickets: $25
Friday, August 15, 2014
8:00 pm
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater
Program Seven

Beethoven's Successor?.  Expand text
Tickets $25–$60
Saturday, August 16, 2014
1:30 pm
Olin Hall
Program Eight

The Music of Friendship.  Expand text
Tickets: $35
Saturday, August 16, 2014
8:00 pm
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater
Program Nine

Late Ambitions.  Expand text
Tickets $25–$75
Sunday, August 17, 2014
10:00 am
Olin Hall
Program Ten

Fellowship of Men: The Male Choral Tradition.  Expand text
Tickets: $30
Sunday, August 17, 2014
1:30 pm
Olin Hall
Program Eleven

The Final Months.  Expand text
Tickets: $35
Sunday, August 17, 2014
4:30 pm
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater
Program Twelve

Schubert and Opera.  Expand text
Tickets $25–$60