The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College

Bard Music Festival
About Us

History of the Bard Music 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.

Contact Us

Ticketing
Ticket Services
(Mon–Fri, 10 am – 5 pm)
845-758-7900
fishercenter@bard.edu

Membership
Kieley Michasiow-Levy, Development Manager
845-758-7987
kmichasi@bard.edu

Press
Mark Primoff, Associate Vice President of Communications
845-758-7412
pr@bard.edu

General Inquiries
Jeannie Schneider, Business Manager
845-758-7914
schneide@bard.edu

Bard Music Festival
845-758-7410
bmf@bard.edu