Christopher H. Gibbs Discusses Program Seven: Late Ambitions
Christopher H. Gibbs talks about Schubert and Opera
The Making of the Bard Music Festival
Artistic Codirectors Leon Botstein and Christopher H. Gibbs Talk About the Beginning of the Bard Music Festival
Artistic Codirectors Leon Botstein and Christopher H. Gibbs Talk About Bard Music Festival: Schubert and His World
About the Artists
Rebecca Ringle, mezzo-soprano
Rebecca Ringle, mezzo-soprano
Mezzo-soprano Rebecca Ringle’s performances have brought her acclaim on operatic and concert stages. In 2013, she debuted at the Metropolitan Opera as Rossweise in Wagner’s Die Walküre and has joined them for further productions of Shostakovich’s The Nose, Adams’s Nixon in China, and Verdi’s Rigoletto. Other performances include the title role in Handel’s Ariodante with the Princeton Festival; Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with the Macau International Music Festival in China; and further performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, Oratorio Society of New York, Richmond and Utah Symphonies, New West Symphony, Orchestra Giuseppe Verdi di Milano, New York City Opera, American Opera Projects, and Washington National Opera.
Andrew Schroeder, baritone
Andrew Schroeder, baritone
Baritone Andrew Schroeder has performed on major operatic stages worldwide in diverse roles, such as Mandryka in Richard Stauss’s Arabella, Oreste in Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride, Tarquinius in Britten’s Rape of Lucretia, Nick Shadow in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Figaro in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia, and the title roles in Enescu’s Oedipe, Chausson’s Le roi Arthus, and Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria. Schroeder has appeared with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden; Opera de Paris; La Monnaie, Brussels; Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires; and La Fenice, Venice, among other venues. A frequent guest of the American Symphony Orchestra and the Bard SummerScape festival, he has recorded Le roi Arthus (Telarc), Donizetti’s Pia de’ Tolomei (Dynamic) and Roberto Devereux (Naxos), and Shostakovich’s Le nez (Suissa).
American Symphony Orchestra
The American Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1962 by Leopold Stokowski, with the avowed intention of making orchestral music accessible and affordable for everyone. Under Music Director Leon Botstein, Stokowski’s mission is not only intact but thrives. And beyond that, the ASO has become a pioneer in what the Wall Street Journal called “a new concept in orchestras,” presenting concerts curated around various themes drawn from the visual arts, literature, politics, and history, and unearthing rarely performed masterworks for well-deserved revival. These concerts are performed in the Vanguard Series at Carnegie Hall.
The orchestra also gives the celebrated concert series Classics Declassified at Peter Norton Symphony Space, and regularly performs at The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, where it appears in a winter subscription series as well as Bard’s annual SummerScape and the Bard Music Festival. The orchestra has made several tours of Asia and Europe, and has performed in countless benefits for organizations including the Jerusalem Foundation and PBS.
Many of the world’s most accomplished soloists have performed with the ASO, among them Yo-Yo Ma, Deborah Voigt, and Sarah Chang. In addition to CDs released by the Telarc, New World, Bridge, Koch, and Vanguard labels, many live performances by the American Symphony are now available for digital download. In many cases, these are the only existing recordings of some of the rare works that have been rediscovered in ASO performances.
Leon Botstein, conductor
Recognized as much for his visionary zeal as his performances, championing masterpieces unfairly ignored by history and creating concert programs that engage the head as well as the heart, Leon Botstein recently celebrated his 20th year as music director and principal conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra. He is also artistic codirector of the SummerScape and Bard Music Festivals and conductor laureate of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. He has been president of Bard College since 1975. Botstein leads an active schedule as a guest conductor, and can be heard on many recordings with the London Symphony (their recording of Popov’s First Symphony was nominated for a Grammy), the London Philharmonic, NDR-Hamburg, and the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Many of his live performances with the American Symphony Orchestra are available for download online. In fall 2013, Botstein conducted the Sinfónica Juvenil de Caracas in Venezuela and Japan, making him the first non-Venezuelan conductor invited by El Sistema to conduct on a tour. Highly regarded as a music historian, Botstein is the editor of The Musical Quarterly and the author of numerous articles and books. His most recent book is Von Beethoven zu Berg: Das Gedächtnis der Moderne (2013). For his contributions to music he has received the award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and Harvard University’s Centennial Award, as well as the Cross of Honor, First Class, from the government of Austria. In 2009 he received Carnegie Foundation’s Academic Leadership Award, and in 2011 was inducted into the American Philosophical Society.
Bard Music Festival Presents
Program Three 7 pm Preconcert Talk: Christopher H. Gibbs
8 pm Performance: Rebecca Ringle, mezzo-soprano; Andrew Schroeder, baritone; American Symphony Orchestra,conducted by Leon Botstein, music director
Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, “Unfinished,” D759 (1822); Sonata in C Major, “Grand Duo,” D812 (1824; orch. Joseph Joachim, 1855); songs orchestrated by Hector Berlioz (1803–69); Jacques Offenbach(1819–80); Johannes Brahms (1833–97); and Anton Webern (1883–1945)
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater