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Mark Primoff
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Due to popular demand, the run for Bard’s SpiegelPalais has been extended for an additional three weeks and will remain on site and open at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College through August 20, 2006. Originally programmed for five weeks of cabaret, family events, and informal dining for SummerScape audiences from June 29–July 30, the SpiegelPalais will continue to present a variety of events and offer dining services for audiences for the duration of the Bard SummerScape Festival.

Bard’s SpiegelPalais is one of the few remaining Spiegeltents owned and operated for generations by the Klessen family in Belgium ( These exquisite rotundas are made of carved wood, canvas, and glass, with ornate interiors that feature a shining parquet dance floor, beveled mirrors, stained-glass windows, and ballooning velvet canopies. In their heyday, Spiegeltents toured the lowlands of Europe as traveling dance halls, wine-tasting marquees, and cabaret venues. These famed “palaces of mirrors” were named for the myriad glittering mirrors that surround the interior. The mirror tents became the domain of night owls and a symbol of the wild fin-de-siècle period in France and Belgium. Both Marlene Dietrich and Josephine Baker made their debuts in Spiegeltents.

The fourth annual SummerScape Festival at Bard College opened on Thursday, June 29, 2006, and will run for nearly eight weeks, closing with the 17th season of the acclaimed Bard Music Festival. SummerScape once again brings a diverse performing arts season featuring talent from around the world to its scenic Hudson Valley campus, with Bard's visually and acoustically stunning Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts serving as center stage. Among the Festival's highlights are Bard Music Festival, presenting two full weekends of concerts and special events focusing on “Franz Liszt and His World,” and two new opera productions, Robert Schumann’s Genoveva and a trio of comic operettas by Jacques Offenbach.

Audiences attending the Bard Music Festival, featuring the American Symphony Orchestra in residence, will enjoy informal musical events presented in the SpiegelPalais alongside the Bard Music Festival program, which includes concerts, panel discussions, symposia, and preconcert talks focusing on the musical world of master composer Franz Liszt: his artistic, social, and historical context; his circle, those who influenced him and those he influenced, and the politics and culture of his time.
SpiegelPalais Schedule:
(subject to change)

Dining, Thursday – Sunday, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Dining will continue in the SpiegelPalais and SpiegelGarden from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Thursday through Sunday. Summer fare includes lobster rolls, burgers from the grill, softshell crab sandwiches, bratwurst, homemade cole slaw and potato salad, and garden fresh salads. Local favorites from Jane’s Ice Cream and Millbrook Wines, as well as Magic Hat beers, are also available. For reservations or further information, call 845 758 7900.

Cabaret at 8:30pm

One Ring Zero, July 28
“One Ring Zero’s ethno-pop could have been played in the background of a Balkan-embassy party in the 1930s, but that’s not all there is to the band: The songs on its ambitious As Smart As We Are – which features lyrics by literary figures including Paul Auster, Rick Moody, and Margaret Atwood – touch on They Might Be Giants whimsy, Residents-style unease, Tom Waits clank, and Marianne Faithful melancholy.” –Time Out New York

Betty, July 29
Betty is an all-woman, five-piece band that’s been harmonizing punk, pop and politics for two decades. The band’s unique sound is a blend of tight harmonies layered over rocking guitars and a solid rhythm section. Betty Rules, their Off-Broadway hit, is touring America, and Betty’s controversial new theme song for Showtime television’s most popular show, The L Word, have catapulted this beloved cult band to wilder international recognition.

Either / Orchestra, July 30
“One of the jazz world’s most gifted and adventurous big bands, blessed with strong individual soloists who subsume themselves to an even stronger collective sound, one that can embrace supple Latin jazz, sinewy blues, sly funk and slippery world-beat rhythms." — Washington Post

SpiegelSalon, Thursday to Sunday from 9:30 pm
The SummerScape SpiegelSalon will offer post-performance musical entertainment, and provide a place for audiences and artists to meet over a drink or a casual bite and enjoy the SummerScape evenings. The SpiegelSalon will present a rotating roster of artists selected from the musical forces on the main stage, as well as a wide range of local talent. The SpiegelSalon will be free and open to the public beginning August 3, from 9:30 pm.


Saturdays and Sundays, July 29 & 30
Performance times below
Tickets: $15 for adults,
$5 for children 12 and under

Hans Christian Andersen’s Hans Clodhopper
Theatre2thousand (Denmark)
July 29 at 1:00 and 3:30 pm; July 30 at 3:30 pm
Ages 6 and up; performed in English
Franz Liszt was an avid fan of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tales, and Andersen shared Liszt’s love of music, once saying: “When words fail, music speaks!” Denmark’s Theater2thousand takes this motto to heart in its musical dramatization of one of Andersen’s most beloved stories.

In the Resnick Theater Studio:

The world-renowned children’s theater company Gruppe 38 brings an Andersen classic to life with its retelling of The Little Match Girl. It’s a sad story, but one that carries a joyous message of eternal hope and love.

Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl
Gruppe 38 (Denmark)
August 5 at 1:00 and 3:30 pm
August 6 at 3:30 pm
Ages 5 and up; performed in English

Opera Talks

Offenbach! Opera Talk, July 29 at 11 am
With director Ken Roht and Dramaturg Cori Ellison
Free and open to the public - complimentary continental breakfast will be served.

SpiegelPalais Food and Beverage Menu

Dinner Menu
5:30 – 7:30 pm, Thurs – Sun

New England Lobster Boil Dinner $25.00
Steamed 1 ¼# Lobster, Corn on the Cob, Homemade Potato Salad or Cole Slaw, drawn butter & lemon

Traditional Fresh Lobster Roll $15.00
Served with choice of Homemade Potato Salad or Cole Slaw & Pickle

Soft Shell Crab Sandwich $11.00
with Lettuce, Tomato & Homemade Tartar Sauce served with choice of Homemade Potato Salad or Cole Slaw & Pickle

Prospect Hill Naturally Raised 1/3# Angus Burgers Served on a Portuguese Roll $9.00
with Lettuce, Tomato and Choice of Homemade Potato Salad or Cole Slaw & Pickle

Bratwurst with Beer Braised Onions & Mustard $9.00
Served on a Roll with Choice of Homemade Potato Salad or Coleslaw & Pickle

Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Sandwich $8.00
with Fresh Basil and Balsamic vinegar on toasted Focaccia Roll
Served with Choice of Homemade Potato Salad or Coleslaw & Pickle

Mixed Green Salad $5.00
Homemade Potato Salad Side $3.00
Homemade Coleslaw Side $3.00
Corn on the Cob $3.00
Berry Shortcake $6.00
Jane’s Ice Cream $4.00

Late Night Menu

Assorted Nuts and Almonds - $4.00
Bistro Olives - $4.00
Artisnal Cheese Plate, served with Grapes and Crostini - $12.00


Magic Hat Beer- $4
Millbrook Wines - $4
Coffee and Soft Drinks

Tickets for Bard SummerScape events are on sale now and can be purchased at the box office, by phone at (845) 758-7900, or online at

Special support for Spiegel programs is provided by The Danish Consulate General in New York, The Hungarian Cultural Center, SAS Scandinavian Airlines, and The American-Scandinavian Foundation.

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This event was last updated on 08-22-2006