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Fall 2016 Season
Every fall, the Fisher Center presents a new season of extraordinary music, dance, and theater performances. Join us often from September through December to see and hear new, rediscovered, and reimagined works by guest artists, as well as Bard students and faculty.
Tickets: Free; reservations required.
Tickets available on: Sat. August 20, 1 pm
National Take a Stand Orchestra: Youth Orchestra of the EastLeon Botstein, conductor
Juan Felipe Molano, conductor
Johannes Brahms: Academic Festival Overture
Camille Saint-Saëns, arr. Merle J. Isaac: Bacchanale
John Williams, arr. Robert W. Smith: Star Wars Epic – Part II
Astor Piazzolla, arr. Lito Valle: Libertango
By offering young people from across the country the opportunity to learn from exceptional musicians, become ambassadors of their programs, and—for many—travel out of state for the first time, the National Take a Stand Festival aims to develop a model for excellence and a national community of citizen musicians from historically excluded populations in the United States. In August, Bard College hosts an orchestra of students from El Sistema–inspired programs across the Eastern United States in a five-day festival.
Leon Botstein, president of Bard College and music director of the American Symphony Orchestra, will lead Youth Orchestra of the East in the festival orchestra’s culminating performance at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts.
More About the National Take a Stand Festival
The National Take a Stand Festival is designed and implemented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Venezuela’s FundaMusical, Aspen Music Festival and School, Bard College, and the Longy School of Music of Bard College, in cooperation with El Sistema USA.
The National Take a Stand Festival is a three-year project that began in 2015 with a teacher-training pilot program. In 2016, there will be two regional youth orchestra festivals: one at Aspen Music Festival and School and one at Bard College. Next year will feature a seven-day national youth orchestra camp and a final performance in Los Angeles, led by Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, himself a graduate of Venezuela’s El Sistema, and featuring young musicians from both regional festivals.
Take a Stand—a partnership of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bard College, and the Longy School of Music of Bard College—is an innovative initiative that supports social change through music. Inspired by El Sistema, Venezuela’s revolutionary music education program, Take a Stand supports the field through national conferences and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Music degree program.
Tickets: Free, reservations required.
This event occurs on: Fri. September 9, 7:30 pm
Trisha Brown Dance CompanyTrisha Brown Dance Company returns for a work-in-progress performance culminating its fall residency. This event marks the second year of the company’s educational partnership with Bard College, bringing Brown’s brazenly beautiful work closer to the Bard community with dance technique classes, master classes, and engagement activities occurring throughout the academic year. This season’s program includes the company’s most recent reconstruction, Geometry of Quiet (2002), an elegant and austere quartet featuring music by Salvatore Sciarrino. Additional programming includes selections from Brown’s 40-year repertoire.
Tickets: $30–50. Priority seating is available at the $50 ticket level.
Tickets available on: Sun. September 11, 3 pm
An Afternoon with Jeremy Denk“Mr. Denk, clearly, is a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs, in whatever combination–both for his penetrating intellectual engagement with the music and for the generosity of his playing.”—The New York Times
Celebrate the Bard College Conservatory of Music’s 10th-anniversary with one of America’s foremost pianists, Jeremy Denk. The winner of a 2013 MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, the 2014 Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year award, Denk has recently appeared as a soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the symphony orchestras of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and London. As music director of the Ojai Music Festival in 2014, he wrote the libretto for a comic opera. Known for his original and insightful writing on music, which Alex Ross praises for its “arresting sensitivity and wit,” his writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New Republic, the Guardian, and on the front page of the New York Times Book Review.
Learn more about pianist Jeremy Denk’s career as a musician and writer at jeremydenk.net.
Tickets: $5 for students; $25–45 for general public.
Tickets available on: Sat. September 17, 7:30 pm
Pauline Oliveros and the International Contemporary EnsembleMembers of the acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble will perform music by Pauline Oliveros, a living legend in American experimental music. Oliveros is the founder of "Deep Listening," a practice of listening in every possible way to everything possible, to hear no matter what you are doing" and will perform solo works for accordion.
A conversation with the artists follows this performance.
This event occurs on: Sat. September 24, 8 pm
Sun. September 25, 2 pm
Concert One: Copland and Bruckner
Conducted by Leon Botstein, music directorAaron Copland: Clarinet Concerto
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 5
The Orchestra Now’s first concert of the 2016–17 concert season features Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto and Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 5. Legendary bandleader Benny Goodman premiered Copland’s concerto on an NBC radio broadcast in 1950. Viktor Toth ‘16, recent graduate of the Bard College Conservatory of Music, will perform this jazz-infused and bittersweet work for a contemporary audience. Tempestuous and stunning, Anton Bruckner’s rarely performed Symphony No. 5 eagerly awaits new listeners. Written during a time of considerable stress in the composer’s life, it is sometimes referred to as the “Tragic” or “Church of Faith” symphony.
Tickets: $15–20, $5 for students with I.D.
This event occurs on: Sun. October 2, 3 pm
Storyhouse Documentary Theater
Written by Jeremy Davidson
Directed by Mary Stuart Masterson
"Each seed has a story. Cultural stories. Drama. Romance. Tragedy. History...and every time you plant a seed you're going to become part of that story...So it's important to know where our seeds come from. Who's growing them. And which stories we're growing in our own backyards.”
— Ken Greene, The Hudson Valley Seed Library
Live Arts Bard welcomes Tivoli-based Storyhorse Documentary Theater with this multimedia performance based on the real stories of six diverse farm families in the Hudson Valley. Good Dirt illustrates the fragility of our agricultural heritage and seeks to inspire the local community to engage and invest in its present and future. Presented in collaboration with the National Young Farmer’s Coalition, the performance will be followed by a community picnic featuring offerings from many of the farmers portrayed in Good Dirt. With sound design by Seth Chrisman and projection design by David Bull.
The farms in this piece include:
The Hudson Valley Seed Library (Accord)
The Denison Family Farm (Schagticoke)
Green Goats Farm (Red Hook)
Soul Fire Farm (Grafton)
Tello's Green Eggs (Coxsackie)
Northwind Farm (Tivoli)
Tickets available on: Fri. October 7, 8 pm
An Evening with David Sedaris
Presented in Association with Shawn Nightingale ProductionsOne of America’s most popular humor writers, David Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as the essay collections Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and most recently Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls—each of which was an immediate bestseller. A frequent guest on the public radio show This American Life, Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.
A question and answer period and a book signing follow this talk.
This event occurs on: Sat. October 8, 8 pm
Two Americas: Songs of Protest and Reconciliation
With Jeremy Siskind, Justin Kauflin, and special guestsAn evening of songs of power and resistance, protest and reconciliation. Musicians of all genres have shaped a vital tradition of fearlessly speaking truth to power—think of Bob Dylan’s wistful version of “Blowin’ in the Wind,” Billie Holiday’s haunting rendition of “Strange Fruit,” or Stevie Wonder’s soulful remonstration, “You Haven’t Done Nothing.” Acclaimed pianists Jeremy Siskind—winner of the Nottingham Solo Piano Competition—and Justin Kauflin—who has turned the heads of jazz legends from Clark Terry to Quincy Jones—will present a brand-new program of songs of protest and reconciliation, drawing upon this rich songbook of timely messages.
Tickets: $25, $10 for students with I.D.
This event occurs on: Thu. October 13, 7:30 pm
Fri. October 14, 7:30 pm
Sat. October 15, 7:30 pm
Choreography by Beth Gill Bessie Award-winning choreographer Beth Gill, with long time design collaborators Thomas Dunn and Jon Moniaci, makes her Fisher Center debut with a site specific performance inspired by the imagination and subconscious. A symbiotic pair with a mysterious and ever-present bond, a lone heroic female, an observer, and an otherworldly presence inhabit a dreamlike, sensory rich world that draws the audience into an immersive act of witnessing. Gill creates an intimate, surrealist space building on the formalism of her past several works (Electric Midwife, New Work for the Desert), while forging new psychologically driven terrain through explorations of role, the gathering and layering of meaning and being, and ultimately, disappearance. Performed by Maggie Cloud, Jennifer Lafferty, Heather Lang, Stuart Singer, and Marilyn Maywald Yahel.
Lighting by Thomas Dunn
Music by Jon Moniaci
Catacomb is cocommissioned by The Chocolate Factory, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Live Arts Bard at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, and developed as part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Dance Development program made possible in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Catacomb was made possible by the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts; it is supported, in part, by the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards program and a 2015 Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. General operating support was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Catacomb was made possible in part with a research and development residency and coproduction support by The Hatchery Project, a multi-year collaborative residency partnership between The Chocolate Factory Theater, the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University, RED Arts and Vermont Performance Lab with lead support by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and additional funding by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional residency support was provided by Gibney Dance Center’s Dance in Process program, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and by a Creative Laboratory residency at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University.
"These dancers are like electrical currents, and Ms. Gill, with her usual deft sensitivity, tunes us into their vibrations."—New York Times
Tickets: Free, reservations required.
This event occurs on: Fri. October 28, 7:30 pm
Sat. October 29, 2 pm
Sat. October 29, 7:30 pm
Sun. October 30, 4 pm
Fall Dance ConcertChoreographed and performed by Bard students and assisted by professional lighting and costume designers, this concert gives students a chance to explore new territory in dance making. Some dances are presented in partial fulfillment for acceptance into the program. This performance includes a special presentation by Bard alumnus Arthur Aviles '87.
This event occurs on: Sat. October 29, 8 pm
Sun. October 30, 2 pm
Concert Two: English Composers
Conducted by Leon Botstein, music directorBenjamin Britten, Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Gustav Mahler, Adagio from Symphony No. 10 (Harold Farberman, conductor)
William Walton, Cello Concerto
Edward Elgar, Enigma Variations
For its second concert of the season, The Orchestra Now explores composers from England. This performance features interludes from Benjamin Britten’s opera Peter Grimes, set in the English seaside. Founder and artistic director of the Bard College Conductor’s Institute, Harold Farberman conducts Gustav Mahler’s impassioned and sprawling Adagio from Symphony No. 10. Elgar’s Enigma variations caught hold of the Victorian imagination on two levels: for its dedication (“to my friend pictured within”) which invited listeners to equate the work with a photograph album, and two, by declaring the theme an “enigma,” which tapped into the Victorian obsession with puzzles and word-play. John Belk ‘17 premieres the revised finale of William Walton’s mysterious Cello Concerto. Walton revised the ending after the work’s premiere but the cellist died before it could be performed—it remains unheard until now.
This event occurs on: Sat. November 5, 7 pm
Conducted by Leon Botstein, music directorLudwig van Beethoven, Leonore Overture No. 2
Aaron Copeland, Appalachian Spring
Béla Bartók, Concerto for Orchestra
The Conservatory Orchestra performs works by Beethoven, Copland, and Bartók.
Tickets: $15, free to the Bard community.
This event occurs on: Thu. November 17, 7:30 pm
Fri. November 18, 7:30 pm
Sat. November 19, 2 pm
Sat. November 19, 7:30 pm
Sun. November 20, 4 pm
These Young Men and Women
Written, choreographed, and directed by Jack FerverThese Young Men and Women is an interdisciplinary and multimedia work created by Jack Ferver and performed by Bard students. Three tragedies by Euripides are used for the source material: The Medea, Elektra, and The Trojan Women. The timeless human themes from these plays are inhabited through Ferver’s often humorous and vicious original text and choreography. The work acts out modern day tragedies of American youth as it juxtaposes forms from the classical to the contemporary, from the epic to the quotidian, and from the mythic to the personal.
For mature audiences only.
This event occurs on: Sat. November 19, 8 pm
Sun. November 20, 2 pm
Concert Three: Maestro Jindong Cai
Cai Conducts RachmaninoffJohn Adams, The Chairman Dances
Xiaogang Ye, Scent of the Green Mango
Sergei Rachmaninoff, Symphonic Dances
Conductor Jindong Cai’s first engagement with The Orchestra Now features works that consider the cultures of Russia and China. An out-take from John Adams’s Nixon in China, The Chairman Dances is escalating and nimble. Pianist Jie Yuan joins The Orchestra Now to play a featured role in Xiaogang Ye’s Scent of the Green Mango inspired by Henri Chopin’s piano music. Sergei Rachmaninoff quotes several of his own pieces throughout Symphonic Dances, a vibrant and rich work.
This event occurs on: Sun. December 4, 3 pm
Gerard Schwarz, Guest ConductorMaestro Schwarz, Music Director of the All-Star Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the Seattle Symphony, will lead the Conservatory Orchestra in a performance of compelling, thought-provoking works.
Tickets: Free, reservations required.
This event occurs on: Fri. December 9, 7:30 pm
Sat. December 10, 2 pm
Sat. December 10, 7:30 pm
Sun. December 11, 4 pm
Senior DanceChoreographed and performed by seniors in the Bard Dance Program, this concert of Senior Projects in Dance represents the culmination of four years of intensive choreographic inquiry. The student choreographers are supported by a professional staff of designers.
Tickets: $15–20, free to the Bard community.
This event occurs on: Sun. December 11, 3 pm
Winter SongfestCopresented by the Bard College Conservatory of Music and the Bard Music Program featuring the Symphonic Chorus with musicians from the Conservatory Orchestra and Graduate Vocal Arts Program. Program includes early and modern carols, “Winter” from Haydn’s The Seasons and additional seasonal selections.
This event occurs on: Fri. December 23, 8 pm