THE FISHER CENTER AND
BARD MUSIC FESTIVAL present

Prokofiev
and His World2008

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Weekend One

From East to West

August 8–10

According to those who knew him best, Prokofiev led an impulsive, impetuous life in the moment. Smitten with the technological advances of the modern age, he took full advantage of high-speed communication and intercontinental travel. In 1918, after completing the rigorous program of studies at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, he departed Revolutionary Russia for the United States.
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Weekend Two

The Faustian Pact

August 15–17

After his return to Russia, Prokofiev soon found himself trapped, unable after 1939 to travel abroad and unable to compose in the manner he desired. Though valued by the Stalinist regime and supported by its institutions, he suffered correction and censorship, the result being a gradual sapping of his creative energies.
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Weekend Three

Prokofiev in America and Russia

October 24–25

Including a panel discussion between Leon Botstein, Simon Morrison, and others; and performances by Mira Wang, violin; American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein, music director; and faculty and students of The Bard College Conservatory of Music.
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Related Event

The Bard Music Festival at the 92nd Street Y

November 23

Symposium: The Legacy of the Silver Age: From Mysticism to Modernism
Concert: Prokofiev: Teachers, Inspirations, and Contemporaries
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