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The Making of the Bard Music Festival
Artistic Codirectors Leon Botstein and Christopher H. Gibbs Talk About the Beginning of the Bard Music Festival
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About the Artists
Paul Appleby, tenor
American tenor Paul Appleby’s 2013–14 operatic engagements include debuts with Santa Fe Opera, Canadian Opera Company, and Washington National Opera, and returns to the Metropolitan Opera and to Oper Frankfurt. Concert performances include Maverick Concerts, a recital at Pace University, and a joint recital with baritone Joshua Hopkins presented by the Washington National Opera at The Kennedy Center. Highlights of past seasons included singing the Chevalier de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites and Hylas in Bizet’s Les Troyens for the Met, and Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte for Boston Lyric Opera (company debut). He was a national winner of the 2009 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
Andrew Garland, baritone
American baritone Andrew Garland is equally at home in opera, concert, and recital. Engagements this season include Papageno in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Boston Lyric Opera; a double bill of Silvio in Verdi’s Pagliacci and Orff’s Carmina Burana with Hawaii Opera Theatre; concerts with Colorado Bach Ensemble and Boston Baroque; and many recitals. Career highlights include leading roles with Seattle Opera, Dayton Opera, Atlanta Opera, Knoxville Opera, Cincinnati Opera, New York City Opera, and Opera New Jersey, as well as performances at Carnegie Hall. Recordings include American Portraits (GPR Records), Lee Holby: A Pocket of Time (Naxos), and On the Other Shore (Azica).
Sarah Shafer, soprano
Soprano Sarah Shafer has sung principal roles with San Francisco Opera, Glyndebourne, Opera Philadelphia, and Opera Memphis. She was heard most recently as Nuria in Golijov’s Ainadamar (Opera Philadelphia). Shafer has appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at Royal Albert Hall in London, National Orchestra of Mexico, and Wroclaw Symphony Orchestra, among others. Recent works performed include Bach’s St. John Passion, Lutoslawski’s Chantefleurs et Chantefables, and Mahler’s Fourth Symphony. She recently made her Carnegie Hall debut performing as a soloist with the New York Choral Society in works of Respighi and Finzi.
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.
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
7 pm Preconcert Talk: Walter Frisch
8 pm Performance: Paul Appleby, tenor; Andrew Garland, baritone; Sarah Shafer, soprano; Rebecca Ringle, mezzo-soprano; Bard Festival Chorale, James Bagwell, choral director; American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein, music director
Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
Miriams Siegesgesang, D942 (1828); Mass in E-flat Major, D950 (1828); Psalm 92, D953 (1828)
Luciano Berio (1925–2003)
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater