The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College

Our Programs

The Orchestra Now

The Orchestra Now (TŌN), a unique training orchestra and master’s degree program founded by Bard in 2015, is preparing a new generation of musicians to break down barriers between modern audiences and great orchestral music of the past and present.

27th Annual Bard Music Festival

The 27th annual Bard Music Festival explores the life and times of Italian composer Giacomo Puccini, one of the most frequently performed operatic composers of all time. 

Bard SummerScape

"Bard SummerScape and Bard Music Festival always unearth piles of buried treasure." —The New Yorker. Bard SummerScape presents seven inspired weeks of opera, music, theater, dance, film, and cabaret.


The Bard Spiegeltent ascends to new heights of glamor and sophistication when legendary cabaret artist and Tony-nominated performer Mx. Justin Vivian Bond takes over as host, emcee, and guest curator.

Live Arts Bard

Live Arts Bard (LAB) is a laboratory where professional artists in theater, dance, and performance test ideas and develop new projects. Each year, LAB invites leading artists and companies to Bard’s campus to develop and present new and recent works.

Conservatory Sundays

Join us on Sunday afternoons for a series of concerts performed by students of The Bard College Conservatory of Music, with faculty and special guests. All ticket sales benefit the Conservatory’s Scholarship Fund.

Spring Events

Every spring, the Fisher Center offers musical concerts, dance performances, theatrical events, performance artists, and more. Join us to see and hear new, rediscovered, and reimagined works from special guests and Bard students and faculty.

Academic Programs

The Fisher Center is proud to host events in Bard’s Dance and Theater & Performance Programs. Please join us at the following public events and experience the imagination and creativity of a new generation of artists.