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INAUGURAL SEASON OF "BARD SUMMERSCAPE,"
A FESTIVAL OF MUSIC, THEATER, OPERA, AND FILM

TO BE HELD JULY 23 – AUGUST 17, 2003


Mark Primoff
845-758-7412
primoff@bard.edu
04-10-2003
http://fishercenter.bard.edu

Featuring the 14th Annual Bard Music Festival, this Year Exploring

the Musical World of Leos Janáček


Highlights include the American stage premiere of Janáček’s opera Osud directed by JoAnne Akalaitis with set design by Frank Gehry; the world premiere of Don Juan in Prague with Czech film star Iva Bittová; a Czech Film Festival; the American debut of Russian director Kama Ginkas; a production of Janáček’s The Diary of One Who Vanished;
and Janáček’s rarely performed
Glagolitic Mass



ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. — The inaugural season of Bard SummerScape, a new performing arts festival, will take place from July 23 to August 17 at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College and other venues on Bard’s scenic Hudson Valley campus. It will feature the acclaimed Bard Music Festival, this year exploring the musical world of Czech composer Leos Janáček, as well as performances of opera, theater, and film, many of them premieres. Inspired by the outstanding programming of the Bard Music Festival, Bard SummerScape will use the new stages of the Fisher Center to expand on the theme of Janáček and his world.


Highlights of Bard SummerScape include the first American stage production of the Janáček opera Osud; the world premiere of Don Juan in Prague, based on Mozart’s Don Giovanni, with Czech film star Iva Bittová; a Czech Film Festival; two American premieres by Russian director Kama Ginkas and the Moscow New Generation Theater; performances of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen by the


Drak Theater, one of Europe’s most innovative puppet theaters; and the acclaimed Bard Music Festival, which will explore Janáček’s music through orchestral, choral, and chamber concerts, complemented by discussions, a symposium, and preconcert talks.


SummerScape performances will be presented in the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, the East Coast’s only performing arts center designed by Frank Gehry, and other venues at Bard. The 108,000 square-foot Fisher Center, only 90 miles from New York City, consists of two performance spaces: the Sosnoff Theater, an intimate, 900-seat theater for opera, music, theater, and dance, and the flexible LUMA Theater, which can accommodate approximately 200 people.


The Center’s director, Jonathan Levi, states: "The creation of the Fisher Center gives Bard an opportunity that is virtually unique among summer festivals—to entertain audiences of all ages with the full range of the performing arts, while presenting a theme inspired by a single, remarkable composer. The spirit of innovation and internationalism has guided Bard for many years, and this year SummerScape’s artists will include some of the most imaginative talents from Russia, the Czech Republic and, of course, the United States."


AMERICAN STAGE PREMIERE OF JANÁČEK OPERA


Bard SummerScape opens on Wednesday, July 23 with the American stage premiere of Janáček’s darkly romantic opera Osud (Fate), in Czech with English supertitles, directed by JoAnne Akalaitis with sets by Frank Gehry. Composed in 1903-04 and inspired by a liaison at a spa, Osud was never performed during Janáček’s lifetime and received its stage premiere in Brno only in 1958. Music director Leon Botstein will lead a cast of 40 and the American Symphony Orchestra in five performances of this rarely heard Czech masterpiece, which tells the story of a tormented composer trying to trick fate by writing an opera about his own life.


WORLD PREMIERE OF "DON JUAN IN PRAGUE"


On Wednesday, July 30, the world premiere of Don Juan in Prague, based on Mozart’s Don Giovanni and adapted and directed by David Chambers, will feature original computer-driven arrangements of Mozart’s opera score by New Zealand composer Matthew Sutter, sung in Italian by a cast of eight. Czech singer, violinist, and film star Iva Bittová will make her first theatrical appearance in 15 years in the role of the jilted Donna Elvira, attempting to persuade Don Giovanni to choose her over Hell.


CZECH FILM FESTIVAL


A Czech Film Festival, opening on Thursday, July 24, will feature four evenings of films with English subtitles, celebrating the rich Moravian heritage of Leos Janáček. Janáček’s homeland has influenced several generations of Czech filmmakers, from Vladimír Sís to Jaromil Jires. Using state-of-the-art digital projection, this series will bring to life yet another dimension of the rich heritage of Janáček and his world.


TWO AMERICAN PREMIERES BY THE MOSCOW NEW GENERATION THEATER


The Moscow New Generation Theater will present two American premieres: K.I. From "Crime" and The Storm, directed by the renowned Russian directors Kama Ginkas and Genrietta Yanovskaya, respectively. The Storm, written in 1860 by Aleksandr Ostrovsky and used by Janáček as the basis for his opera Katya Kabanova, has won numerous awards in its native Moscow and throughout Europe and Asia. The Storm, in Russian with English supertitles, premieres on Thursday, August 7.


K.I. From "Crime," in Russian with synopsis in English, was adapted by Daniil Gink from Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. The acclaimed Russian film actor Oksana Mysina stars as the widow of Raskolnikov’s drinking companion, Marmeladov. K.I. From "Crime" opens on Wednesday, August 6.


DRAK PUPPET THEATER PRESENTS THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN


Drak Theater, the innovative Czech puppet theater, will present a one-hour performance of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen in the Fisher Center’s Dance Studio. There will be special lunchtime performances for family audiences, as well as a late-evening performance at NightScape, SummerScape’s late-night cabaret.


THE BARD MUSIC FESTIVAL


The 12 programs of the Bard Music Festival (August 8 - 10 and August 15 - 17), under artistic directors Leon Botstein, Christopher H. Gibbs, and Robert Martin, will explore Janáček’s music from early choral works to the instrumental masterpieces of the 1920’s, bringing together a broad range of genres, including opera, orchestral and chamber music, song repertoire, and folk music. Programs will be organized around such topics as "The Symphonic Imagination," "The Music of Language and Fantasy," "International Modernism," and "Folklore from the Field to the Parlor." Featured alongside Janáček’s music will be works by such contemporaries as Smetana, Fibich, Suk, and Dvořák. Works by Tchaikovsky, Szymanowski, and Bartók will be placed in the context of Janáček’s career, and audiences will also have an opportunity to hear works by Josef Bohuslav Foerster, Pavel Haas, and Otakar Ostrčil.


Festival highlights include a production of The Diary of One Who Vanished, directed by Robin Guarino; and a performance of Janáček’s rarely heard Glagolitic Mass, performed by the American Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Virtuoso Singers under the direction of Leon Botstein.


Leos Janáček (1854-1928) was born in Hukvaldy, Moravia, and was trained as a teacher. Except for brief periods of study in Prague, Leipzig, and Vienna, he spent most of his life as a schoolteacher and choral conductor in Brno. After composing his first opera, Sárka, he immersed himself in collecting and studying Moravian folk music. During the long period of composition of Jenůfa (1894-1903), Janáček rethought his approach to opera and to composition in general. He integrated folksong firmly into his music, and more importantly, his idea of "speech melody" began to influence his compositional output. Between 1919 and 1925 Janáček composed three of his finest operas: Katya Kabanova, The Cunning Little Vixen, and The Makropoulos Affair. He has since come to be regarded as one of the most substantial and original opera composers of the 20th century.


On Friday, August 15, the Festival will present a symposium entitled “Janáček’s World: Modernism and Nationalism.” As with past festivals, Princeton University Press will release a collection of essays and articles by noted scholars at the start of the festival. This season’s volume, Janáček and His World, is edited by Michael B. Beckerman.


DIRECTIONS


Bard College is situated 90 miles north of New York City in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, and is easily accessible by public transportation, via MetroNorth or Amtrak trains. Directions to Bard College are available on the Web at www.bard.edu/fishercenter.


TICKETS


Tickets and information are available by calling the box office at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, 845-758-7900 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or online at www.bard.edu/fishercenter (tickets for Bard SummerScape and Bard Music Festival events go on sale April 21). Tickets range in price from $10 - $65. Discounts are available for senior citizens over age 62, students, and children 18 and under. Groups of 15 or more are entitled to a $5 discount per ticket.


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BARD SUMMERSCAPE

Chronological Listing



AMERICAN STAGE PREMIERE OF LEOS JANÁČEK’S “OSUD” (FATE)

Sosnoff Theater

Wednesday, July 23 at 8:00 p.m. (preview)

Friday, July 25 at 8:00 p.m. (premiere)

Sunday, July 27 at 4:00 p.m.

Friday, August 1 at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 2 at 8:00 p.m.

The American Symphony Orchestra

Leon Botstein, conductor

JoAnne Akalaitis, director

Frank Gehry, scenic designer

John Conklin, associate scenic designer

Kaye Voyce, costume designer

Jennifer Tipton, lighting designer

 

CZECH FILM FESTIVAL

Sosnoff Theater

 

Thursday, July 24 at 7:00 p.m.

The Joke (1968)

Based on the novel by Milan Kundera

Written by Zdeněk Bláha and Jaromil Jires

Directed by Jaromil Jires

Starring Josef Sommer, Jana Dítĕtová, Jaromír Hanzlik, Vĕra K
řesadlová, and Ludĕk Munzar

 

Saturday, July 26 at 7:00 p.m.

The Lion With a White Mane (1986)

A fictional treatment of the life of Leos Janáček

Written by Jiří Blažek and Jaromil Jires

Directed by Jaromil Jires

On the Winding Path (1987)

Documentary on Ja
náček with interviews and music

Directed by Jaromil Jires

Starring Ludĕk Munzar

 

Thursday, July 31 at 7:00 p.m.

A Ballad for a Bandit (1978)

Directed by Vladimír Sís

Starring violinist/singer Iva Bittová

Diary of One Who Vanished

Directed by Jaromil Jires

Music by Leos Janáček

Starring Iva Bittová

 

Sunday, August 3 at 4:00 p.m.

Year of the Devil (2002)

Winner, Gran Prix Crystal Globe, the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, 2002

Written and directed by Petr Zelenka

Starring Jaromír Nohavica, Karel Plí
hal, Jan Prent, Jaz Coleman, and Čechomor

 

WORLD PREMIERE OF "DON JUAN IN PRAGUE"

(in Italian and English)

LUMA Theater

Wednesday, July 30 at 8:00 p.m. (premiere)

Thursday, July 31 at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 2 at 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 3 at 2:00 p.m.

Based on Mozart’s Don Giovanni

Featuring Iva Bittová

Adapted and directed by David Chambers

Music adaptations by Matthew Suttor

David Levi, music director

Darcy Scanlin, scenic designer

Chris Parry, lighting designer

Paul LaBarbera, sound designer

 

MOSCOW NEW GENERATION THEATRE

K.I. From "Crime"
(American Premiere)

(in Russian, with synopsis in English)

Resnick Theater Studio

Wednesday, August 6 at 8:00 p.m. (premiere)

Friday, August 8 at 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 9 at 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 10 at 7:00 p.m.

Adapted by Daniil Gink from Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment

Directed and designed by Kama Ginkas

 

The Storm
, (American Premiere)

(in Russian, with English surtitles)

LUMA Theater

Thursday, August 7 at 8:00 p.m. (premiere)

Friday, August 8 at 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 9 at 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 10 at 2:00 p.m.

Written by Alexander Ostrovsky

Directed by Henrietta Yanovskaya

Sergei Barkhin, set and costume designer

Tatiana Bronnikova, lighting designer

 

DRAK THEATER

The Cunning Little Vixen
by Leos Janáček

(puppet theater; performance synopsis in English)

Dance Studio

Wednesday, August 13 at 12:00 noon

Thursday, August 14 at 12:00 noon

Friday, August 15 at 12:00 noon

Saturday, August 16 at 12:00 noon and 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 17 at 12:00 noon

 

NIGHTSCAPE

Dance Studio

Saturday, July 26 at 10:30 p.m.

Singer Iva Bittová performs selections of classical, jazz, and Moravian folk music.

Saturday, August 2 at 10:30 p.m.

Ethel, the hip NYC string quartet

Saturday, August 9 at 10:30 p.m.

The Moscow New Generation Theater production of K.I. from "Crime"

Directed by Kama Ginkas

Saturday, August 16 at 10:30 p.m.

The Cunning Little Vixen by Leos Janáček

A one-hour performance by the DRAK theater.

 

BARD MUSIC FESTIVAL

Janáček and His World

Friday, August 8

Concert: Leos Janáček: An Introduction

Sosnoff Theater

8:00 p.m. Preconcert Talk: Leon Botstein

8:30 p.m. Performance

Leos Janáček

In the Mists

Two Moravian Dances

Kantor Halfar

Maryčka Magdónova

The 70,000,

Concertino

String Quartet No. 2, "Intimate Letters"

Performers: Casal String Quartet; Anton Nel, piano; Bard Festival Chorale, James Bagwell, music director; Bard Festival Chamber Players

 

Saturday, August 9

Panel: Janáček: Biographical Issues

Olin Hall

10:00 a.m.

 

Concert: Coming of Age as a Composer

Olin Hall

1:00 p.m. Preconcert Talk: Robert Martin

1:30 p.m. Performance

Pavel Křížkovsky´

Sv. Cyrill a Methoděj

Anton Rubinstein

Three Pieces, for violin and piano, Op. 11, No. 1

Bedrich Smetana

Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 15

Leos Janáček

Elegy on the Death of My Daughter Olga

The Wild Duck

Orání [Ploughing]

Nase Píseń [Our song]

Dumka, for violin and piano

Antonín Dvorák

String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, Op. 51

Performers: Casal String Quartet; Claremont Trio; Melvin Chen, piano; Karen Gomyo, violin; William Wolfram, piano; Bard Festival Chorale, James Bagwell, music director

 

Concert: Music and Storytelling

Sosnoff Theater

7:30 p.m. Preconcert Talk:

8:00 p.m. Performance

 

Saturday, August 9, con’t.

Leos Janáček

Ballada blanická [The Ballad of Blaník], symphonic poem after J. Vrchlický

Excerpts from The Excursions of Mr. Brouček and The Cunning Little Vixen

Žárlivost [Jealousy]

Taras Bulba, rhapsody after N.V. Gogol

Zdenĕk Fibich

Stědry´ den [Christmas Day]

Bedrich Smetana

Sárka, symphonic poem

Antonín Dvorák

The Noon Witch, symphonic poem, Op. 108

Performers: Bard Festival Choral, James Bagwell, music director; American Symphony Orchestra; Leon Botstein, conductor; others TBA

 

Sunday, August 10

 

Panel: Janáček’s as Theorist: Language and Culture

Olin Hall

10:00 a.m.

 

Concert: The Music of Language and Fantasy

Olin Hall

1:30 p.m. Performance with commentary by Michael Beckerman

Leos Janáček

Po zarostlém chodníčku [On the overgrown path], Set 1

Pohádka [Fairy tale], for cello and piano

Presto, for cello and piano

Folksong arrangements

Řikadla [Nursery rhymes]

Performers: Melvin Chen, piano; Jeremy Denk, piano; Sophie Shao, cello; Bard Festival Chamber Players; Bard Festival Chorale, James Bagwell, music director; others TBA

 

Concert: Contemporary Insiders

Sosnoff Theater

4:30 p.m. Preconcert Talk: Brian Locke

5:00 p.m. Performance

Leos Janáček

Piano Sonata 1.X.1905 (From the Street 1 October 1905)

Sonata for violin and piano

Josef Suk

String Quartet No. 2, Op. 31

Songs by

Josef Bohuslav Foerster and Jaroslav Křička

Vítĕzslav Novák

Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 27, "Quasi una ballata"

Performers: Casal String Quartet; Claremont Trio; Jeremy Denk, piano; Karen Gomyo, violin; Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano; William Wolfram, piano

 

Friday, August 15

 

Symposium: Janáček’s World: Between Modernism and Nationalism

Olin Hall

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 

Concert: Folklore from the Field to the Parlor

Sosnoff Theater

8:00 p.m.

Performance with commentary by Michael Beckerman

Janáček was one of the first real composer ethnographers (Bartók, the most famous one, came almost two decades later). He collected folksongs, analyzed and discussed them, and arranged them for piano. This concert will present a cross-section of that activity featuring Czech performers who will try to recreate the sounds Janáček heard in the field. This will be juxtaposed with Janáček’s "parlor" arrangements of several of these songs.

 

Saturday, August 16

Panel: Janáček and the Mainstream

Olin Hall

10:00 a.m.

 

Concert: Czech Modernism

Olin Hall

1:00 p.m. Preconcert Talk: Derek Katz

1:30 p.m. Performance

Leos Janáček

Mládí, suite for wind sextet

March of the Bluebirds

String Quartet No. 1 after Tolstoy’s "Kreutzer Sonata"

Otakar Ostrčil

From Symfonietta, Op. 20

Songs by

Max Brod and Ladislav Vycpálek

Bohuslav Martinů

String Quartet No. 2, H150

Pavel Haas

Wind Quintet, Op. 10

Performers: Avalon Quartet; Bard Festival Chamber Players; Curiously Strong Winds; others TBA

 

Concert: The Diary of One Who Vanished by Leos
Janáček

LUMA Theater

4:30 p.m. Preconcert Talk: Derek Katz

5:00 p.m. Performance: Ken Noda, piano; Robin Guarino, director; Aaron Black, lighting design

Others TBA; Text: O. Kalda



Concert: The Symphonic Imagination

Sosnoff Theater

7:30 p.m. Preconcert Talk: Christopher H. Gibbs

8:00 p.m. Performance

Joseph Suk

Fantastické scherzo, Op. 25

Vitĕzslav Novák

O vĕčné touze [Eternal longing], op. 33

Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky

Voyevoda, Op. 78, symphonic ballad

Leos Janáček

Sumařovo dítě [The fiddler’s child]

Sinfonietta

Performers: American Symphony Orchestra; Leon Botstein, conductor



Concert: The Diary of One Who Vanished by Leos
Janáček

LUMA Theater

10:00 a.m. Preconcert Panel

11:30 a.m. Performance



Sunday, August 17

 

Concert: International Modernism

Olin Hall

1:00 p.m. Preconcert Talk

1:30 p.m. Performance

Igor Stravinsky

Octet for Wind Instruments

Paul Hindemith

String Quartet No. 3, Op. 16

Béla Bartók

String Quartet No. 3, Sz 85

Karol Szymanowski

Mity [Myths], for violin and piano

Leos
Janáček

Capriccio (‘Vzdor’ [Defiance])

Performers: Timothy Fain, violin; Anton Nel, piano;
Anna Polansky, piano; Bard Festival Chamber Players, Eckart Preu, conductor; Bard Festival String Quartet

 

Concert: Speech and Music: The Pan-slavonic Context

Sosnoff Theater

4:30 p.m. Preconcert Talk

5:00 p.m. Performance

Modest Musorgsky

Porazheniye Sennakheriba [The Destruction of Sennacherib]

"Galitzen's Journey," from Kovanshchina

Karol Szymanowski

Stabat mater, Op. 53

Leos Janáček

Na Soláni čartak [The Čartak Inn on Solán Mountain]

Hospodine [Lord, have mercy]

Glagolitic Mass [Msa glagolskaja]

Performance: Turid Karlsen, soprano; Michael Hendrick, tenor; Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano; American Symphony Orchestra; Leon Botstein, conductor; New York Virtuoso Singers, Harold Rosenbaum, music director; others TBA



 

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