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BARD MUSIC FESTIVAL 2004 SHOSTAKOVICH AND HIS WORLD

Mark Primoff
845-758-7412
primoff@bard.edu
08-20-2004
http://www.bard.edu/bmf
PROGRAMS FOR 2004 BARD MUSIC FESTIVAL'S 15TH ANNIVERSARY ARE ANNOUNCED, FOCUSING ON THE MANY LEGACIES OF SOVIET COMPOSER DMITRII SHOSTAKOVICH. MUSIC BY SHOSTAKOVICH, HIS PREDECESSORS, CONTEMPORARIES AND SUCCESSORS TO BE PERFORMED IN ELEVEN CONCERTS

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. — In its 15th season, the 2004 Bard Music Festival
(August 13-15 and August 20-22) will focus on the former Soviet Union's
foremost composer, Dmitrii Shostakovich (1906-75). In two
summer weekends of
concerts, panel discussions and a symposium, co-artistic directors Leon
Botstein, Christopher H. Gibbs and Robert Martin will appear along with
a host of Shostakovich experts and musicians from the United States and
abroad, including the American Symphony Orchestra, the Bard Festival String
Quartet and other notable ensembles, along with contralto Ewa Podleś,
violist Kim Kashkashian, pianist D≥nes Varj—n, and many others.


Over the past 14 seasons,
the Bard Music Festival has set the trend in music festival programming,
combining diverse concert programs of well- and lesser-known works with
panels, symposia and other special events, all designed to bring the musical
world of a given composer vividly to life. With the recent opening of Bard's
new Frank Gehry-designed Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts,
the Bard Music Festival is now part of the new Bard SummerScape Festival, the Hudson Valley's
premiere destination for summer performances of opera, music, theater and
more.


Critical praise for last
summer's events included the Boston
Globe
's "with
the addition of the Fisher Center at Bard É the Hudson River Valley is
on its way to becoming one of the premier cultural destinations in the
nation." Of last year's Bard Music Festival, the New
York Times
wrote "Leon
Botstein, the festival's mastermind, conducted the American Symphony Orchestra,
which sounded resplendent in its new home," and "bass pizzicatos sprang
off the stage with a substance and vibrancy seldom heard in any New York
hall." Describing last year's performance of Janáček's Glagolitic
Mass, the Times reported, "the end result was thrilling."


"Shostakovich and his World" will comprise nearly one third of SummerScape 2004's presentations:
eleven concerts (including one of Soviet popular music), each preceded
by an informative talk; panel discussions; and a symposium. Performances
will range from solo piano works, songs, and chamber works through jazz
and choral works, to several symphonies played by the resident American
Symphony Orchestra and conducted by its music director, Leon Botstein. Many
of the works included in the festival, by Shostakovich as well as his contemporaries,
are rarely heard in concert either here or abroad.


Among Shostakovich's compositions on the festival programs are his first,
fourth and fourteenth symphonies, his orchestration of Musorgsky's Songs
and Dances of Death
, the Suite for Jazz
Orchestra No. 1, piano preludes and fugues from Op. 87, several string quartets,
and his satirical cantata Rayok. Works by such Shostakovich contemporaries as Glazunov,
Skriabin, Miaskovky, Prokofiev, Gavriil Popov, Vissarion Shebalin, Aram Khachaturian,
Mikhail Gnesin and Maximilian Shteynberg will also be performed. The more
recent generation of composers will be represented by Edison Denisov, Alfred
Schnittke, Boris Tishchenko and Sofiya Gubaidulina.


Shostakovich-related performances at SummerScape include
his comic opera The Nose and his rarely-heard musical, Moscow: Cherry Orchard Towers. Opera and theater director Francesca Zambello will stage both these works in her double-debut at Bard. Architect Rafael Vi¯oly will design the sets of The Nose.


Irene Zedlacher, executive director of the Bard Music
Festival, has written of 2004's "Shostakovich and his World" at Bard: "The
life and work of Dmitrii Shostakovich intersect in an inextricable manner
with the politics and culture of the 20th century. His
music represents a challenge to listeners unique in the annals of concert
music, in part because of tremendous potential divergences between the
ordinary assumptions of the listeners, the surface of the music, and the
potential for reading into the music meaning that may or may not correspond
to the intentions of the composer, or interpretations dating from the years
surrounding a work's creation and first performance."


No cultural institution in the United States has undertaken
such a wide-ranging examination of Dmitrii Shostakovich's legacy in the
context not only of his music but also of his character, career, public
and private personas, his position in music and the politics of the day,
his public disgrace at the hands of his own colleagues and Josef Stalin,
and his eventual elevation to public adoration and the posthumous role
as a hero of artistic freedom.


A third weekend of "Shostakovich and his World" will
take place from November 5-7 and will include an examination of the close
friendship between Shostakovich and his English contemporary, Benjamin
Britten (1913-76), as well as further focus on the composer's life during
and after World War II. Performances will include concerts by the
Emerson String Quartet.


BMF details at press-time are given below. Updates will be published
on the festival website, style='text-decoration:none;text-underline:none'>http://www.bard.edu/fishercenter.
The site also provides phone numbers, ticket information and directions for
getting to Bard (only 90 minutes north of Manhattan).


The Bard Music Festival
box office, which begins selling tickets on May 1, 2004, can be reached
at 845-758-7900. Tickets will also be available on the Fisher Center website
listed above.


# # #



SHOSTAKOVICH
AND HIS WORLD


WEEKEND ONE -
August 13-15, 2004


PROGRAM ONE - Dmitrii Shostakovich: The Character and the Career


Friday, August 13, 2004

Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts,
Sosnoff Theater



8:00 p.m. Pre-concert talk: Leon Botstein


8:30 p.m. Performance



  • Dmitrii SHOSTAKOVICH (1906—75)

  • Funeral March, "In Memory of the Fallen Heroes of the October Revolution"

  • Three Fantastic Dances, Op. 5, for piano (1920)

  • From Twenty-four Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 (1950—51)

  • Songs TBA

  • Piano Trio No. 2, Op. 67, in E Minor (1944)

  • Suite for Jazz Orchestra No. 1 in E Major (1934)

  • String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 122 (1966)


Bard Festival String Quartet; Claremont Trio; Eckart Preu, conductor;
Lauren Skuce, soprano;D≥nes V‡rjon, piano; Bard
Festival Chamber Players; others TBA



PANEL ONE - Contested Accounts: The Composer's Life and Career


Saturday, August 14, 2004

Olin Auditorium

10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

Christopher H. Gibbs, moderator

Laurel E. Fay, Elisabeth Wilson, others TBA


PROGRAM TWO - Coming of Age


Saturday, August 14, 2004

Olin Auditorium



1:00 p.m. Pre-concert talk: Robert Martin


1:30 p.m. Performance:



  • Dmitrii SHOSTAKOVICH (1906—1975)

  • Two Fables of Krylov, Op. 4 (1922)

  • Trio No. 1, Op. 8, in C Minor (1923)

  • Prelude and Scherzo, Op. 11, for string octet (1924)

  • Igor Stravinsky (1882—1971)

  • Three Pieces for String Quartet (1914)

  • Aleksandr GLAZUNOV (1865—1936)

  • From Four Preludes and Fugues, Op. 101 (1918—23)

  • Sergey ProkofieV (1891—1953)

  • Piano Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Op 28, "From Old Notebooks" (1917)

  • Aleksandr SKRIABIN (1872—1915)

  • Piano Sonata No. 9, Op. 68, "Black Mass" (1912—13)

  • Mikhail GNESIN (1883—1953)

  • Songs of a Knight Errant, Op. 28 (1928)

  • Maximilian Shteynberg (1883—1946)

  • Four Songs on texts by Rabindranath Tagore, Op. 14 (1924)


Bard Festival String Quartet; Claremont Trio; Colorado String Quartet;
Will Ferguson, tenor; Jessie Hinkle, mezzo-soprano; D≥nes V‡rjon, piano;
others TBA



PROGRAM THREE - From Success to Disgrace: The Early Career


Saturday, August 14, 2004

Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts,
Sosnoff Theater



7:00 p.m. Pre-concert talk: Morten Solvik


8:00 p.m. Performance:



  • Dmitrii SHOSTAKOVICH (1906—75)

  • Theme and Variations, in B-flat Major, Op. 3 (1921—22)

  • Symphony No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 10 (1923—25)

  • Symphony No. 4 in C Minor, Op. 43 (1935—36)


American Symphony Orchestra; Leon Botstein, conductor



PANEL TWO - Music and Politics in the Soviet Era


Sunday, August 15, 2004

Olin Auditorium

10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

Leon Botstein, moderator; others TBA


PROGRAM FOUR - The
Progressive 1920s


Sunday, August 15, 2004

Olin Auditorium



1:00 p.m. Pre-concert talk: Simon Morrison


1:30 p.m. Performance:



  • Dmitrii SHOSTAKOVICH (1906—75)

  • Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 12 (1926)

  • Aphorisms, Op. 13 (1927)

  • Vladimir SHCHERBACHOV (1887—1952)

  • Nonet, Op. 10 (1918—19)

  • Nikolay MYASKOVSKY (1881—1950)

  • String Quartet No. 1, Op. 33, No. 1 (1929—30)

  • Gavriil POPOV (1904—1972)

  • Septet, Op. 2 (1927)


Bard Festival Chamber Players; Colorado String Quartet; Melvin Chen, piano;
TBA



PROGRAM FIVE - The Heavy Hand of Politics


Sunday, August 15, 2004

Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts,
Sosnoff Theater



4:30 p.m. Pre-concert talk: Marina Frolova-Walker


5:00 p.m. Performance:



  • Dmitrii SHOSTAKOVICH (1906—75)

  • Cello Sonata, Op. 40, in D Minor (1934)

  • Four Romances, Op. 46 (1936-37)

  • Oath to the Peoples's Commissar (1941)

  • Vissarion Shebalin (1902—1963)

  • String Quartet No. 5, Op. 33, "Slavonic" (1942)

  • Dmitrii Kabalevsky (1904—87)

  • Sonatina No. 1, Op. 13, No. 1, for piano (1930)

  • Aram Khachaturian (1903—78)

  • Trio for clarinet, violin, and piano (1932)

  • Ivan DzerzhinSKY (1909—78)

  • Excerpts from The Quiet
    Don
    (1934

  • Tikhon Khrennikov (b. 1913)

  • Into the Storm (1936—39)


Zuill Bailey, cello; Bard Festival String Quartet; John Hancock, baritone; others
TBA




SHOSTAKOVICH AND HIS WORLD

WEEKEND TWO - August 20-22, 2004


SYMPOSIUM - Art and Culture in the Soviet Era


Paul Mitchinson, moderator; Caryl Emerson; others TBA

Friday, August 20,
2004

Olin Auditorium

10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

1:30 p.m-3:30 p.m.


PROGRAM SIX - Good Morning
Moscow: Life and Music in a Moscow Communal Apartment


Friday, August 20, 2004

Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts,
Sosnoff Theater



8:00 p.m. Performance


Good Morning Moscow: One Day in the Life of Soviet Popular Music

Radio was the lifeline to the outside world as well as the main provider of entertainment for many living under the Soviet regime. This program will explore the popular music of the time as it was heard on the radio--and integrated into daily life--by the inhabitants of communal apartments in Moscow. The performance will include popular songs of the era, music for marching band, dance music, and more. Concept and Script: Marina Kostalevsky



PROGRAM SEVEN - Music and Satire


Saturday, August 21, 2004

Olin Auditorium



10:00 a.m. — 12:00 noon: Performance with commentary by
Richard Taruskin



  • Dmitrii SHOSTAKOVICH (1906—75)

  • Rayok (Little Paradise) (1948, 1965—68)



PROGRAM EIGHT - Out of the Shadow
of 1948


Saturday, August 21, 2004

Olin Auditorium



1:00 p.m. Pre-concert talk: David Fanning


1:30 p.m. Performance:



  • Dmitrii SHOSTAKOVICH (1906—75)

  • From Twenty-four Preludes and Fugues, Op. 87 (1950—51)

  • String Quartet No. 5, Op. 92, in B-flat Major (1953)

  • Galina Ustvol'skaya (b. 1919)

  • Trio for clarinet, violin, and piano (1949)

  • Works by Mieczyslav WEINBERG (1919—1996) and Georgy SVIRIDOV (1915—98)


Martin Kaspik, piano; Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet; others
TBA



PROGRAM NINE - In the Thaw: A Composer Looks Back


Saturday, August 21, 2004

Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts,
Sosnoff Theater



7:00 p.m. Pre-concert talk: Laurel E. Fay


8:00 p.m. Performance:



  • Modest MUSORGSKY (1839—81)

  • Songs and Dances of Death (1875—77 — arr. Shostakovich,
    1962)

  • Dmitrii SHOSTAKOVICH (1906—1975)

  • The Execution of Stepan Razin, Op. 119 (1964)

  • Symphony No. 14, Op. 135 (1969)


Ewa Podleś, contralto; Lauren Skuce, soprano (others TBA)

Bard Festival
Chorale, James Bagwell, choral director

American Symphony Orchestra; Leon Botstein,
conductor



PANEL THREE — The Composer's Legacy: Shostakovich in the Context of Music
Today


Sunday, August 22, 2004

Olin Auditorium

10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

Richard Wilson, moderator; others TBA


PROGRAM TEN - A New Generation Responds


Sunday, August 22, 2004

Olin Auditorium



1:00 p.m. Pre-concert talk: Peter Schmelz


1:30 p.m. Performance:



  • Dmitrii SHOSTAKOVICH (1906-75)

  • Viola Sonata, Op. 147 (1975)

  • Edison DENISOV (1929—96)

  • The Sun of the Incas (1964)

  • Boris TISHCHENKO (b. 1939)

  • String Quartet, No. 1, Op. 8 (1957)

  • Sofiya GUBAIDULINA (b. 1931)

  • Five Etudes (1965)

  • Alfred SCHNITTKE (1934—98)

  • From Four Hymns for Cello and Instrumental Ensemble (1974—77)


Bard Festival Chamber Players; Kim Kashkashian, viola; Eckart Preu, conductor;
TBA



PROGRAM ELEVEN - Ideology and Individualism


Sunday, August 22, 2004

Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts,
Sosnoff Theater



4:00 p.m. Pre-concert talk: Christopher H. Gibbs


5:00 p.m. Performance:



  • Dmitrii SHOSTAKOVICH (1906—75)

  • Sun over Our Homeland, Cantata, Op. 90 (1952)

  • The Song of the Forests, Op. 81 (1949)

  • Symphony No. 10 in E Minor, Op. 93 (1953)


Bard Festival Chorale, James Bagwell, choral director; American Symphony
Orchestra; Leon Botstein, conductor; others TBA



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