Bard SummerScape 2013
July 5 - August 18, 2013"Bard SummerScape and Bard Music Festival always unearth piles of buried treasure."
—The New Yorker
Bard SummerScape 2013 presents seven inspired weeks of opera, music, theater, dance, film, and cabaret. The hub of these offerings is the 24th annual Bard Music Festival, this year examining the life, work, and cultural milieu of the 20th-century Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. From ballet to chamber works, from sacred music to symphonies, the festival will explore Stravinsky’s long and illustrious career, along with many works by his contemporaries. Other highlights of the season include Sergey Taneyev’s Oresteia, an opera based on Aeschylus’ tragic Greek trilogy; a collaboration by Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and SITI Company celebrating Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring; a theatrical adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel The Master and Margarita; an adventurous film festival; and the return of cabaret at the Spiegeltent. It all adds up to a festival like no other—SummerScape 2013.
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The 2013 SummerScape season is made possible in part through the generous support of the Board of The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, the Board of the Bard Music Festival, and the Friends of the Fisher Center, as well as grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts.
Oresteia U.S. Stage Premiere
by Sergey Taneyev
American Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Leon Botstein, music director
Directed by Thaddeus Strassberger
Russian composer Sergey Taneyev’s extraordinary but neglected opera conveys the searing drama of Aeschylus’ powerful trilogy about the cursed House of Atreus, from Agamemnon’s fateful return from Troy to the trial of his son Orestes. Director Thaddeus Strassberger returns to SummerScape after his successes in previous seasons with Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots, Schreker’s Der ferne Klang, and Chabrier’s Le roi malgré lui. Sung in the original Russian with English supertitles.
July 26 and August 2 at 7 pm
July 28, 31, and August 4 at 3 pm
Tickets: $30, 60, 70, 90
Opera Talk, July 28 at 1 pm: free
Special support for this program is provided by Emily H. Fisher and John Alexander.
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and SITI Company Choreographer Bill T. Jones (a resident artist at Bard) and theater director Anne Bogart ’74 join forces to create a new work celebrating the centennial of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Two of America’s leading dance and theater companies unite to explore the impact of one of the 20th century’s most explosive artistic moments.
July 6 at 8 pm and July 7 at 3 pm
Tickets: $25, 40, 45, 55
The Master and MargaritaWorld Premiere Adaptation
Adapted by János Szász and Gideon Lester
after the novel by Mikhail Bulgakov
Directed by János Szász
The devil arrives in Moscow with a retinue that includes a beautiful witch and a giant talking black cat, and plunges the city into pandemonium. Hungarian film and stage director János Szász applies his opulent theatrical vision to this adaptation of Bulgakov's beloved novel—at once a pungent political satire, a magical fantasy, and an unforgettable love story. Suitable for audiences 15 and older (contains nudity).
July 11 and 12 at 7:30 pm
July 13 and 18–20 at 7:30 pm
July 14, 17, 20, and 21 at 3 pm
These performances have been underwritten by the Martin and Toni Sosnoff Foundation.
Stravinsky's Legacy and Russian Émigré CinemaThe SummerScape 2013 film festival—Stravinsky’s Legacy and Russian Émigré Cinema—will be in two parts: a retrospective of Russian exile filmmaking in France (including rare works produced by the legendary Albatros studio), and a series of more contemporary films by such directors as Jean-Luc Godard and Claude Chabrol.
Bard Music Festival
Stravinsky and His WorldThe 2013 Bard Music Festival, scheduled to coincide with the centenary of the scandal at the premiere of The Rite of Spring, will explore the full range of Stravinsky’s elusive and enigmatic personality and career. Alongside familiar and rare pieces by Stravinsky, audiences will encounter works by his Russian and French contemporaries; fellow émigrés, including Schoenberg, Hindemith, Bartók, and Eisler; and Americans he influenced, including Copland, Piston, and Carter.
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