Chopin and His World26th Annual Bard Music Festival
August 11–13 and August 18–20, 2017
The 2017 Bard Music Festival explores Chopin’s complex and enigmatic sides. He rose to international fame as the voice of an oppressed Poland, a once powerful nation that had been dismembered decades before his birth in 1810. A child prodigy who grew up in Warsaw, Chopin spent the second half of his life in Paris, where he was lionized as a pianist, composer, and teacher. He was not only a leading figure in the distinguished Polish émigré community of Paris, but also interacted with the aristocracy and with cultural luminaries.