Bard SummerScape 2014
June 27 – August 17, 2014
Bard SummerScape 2014 presents seven inspired weeks of opera, music, theater, dance, film, and cabaret. The centerpiece of these offerings is the 25th annual Bard Music Festival, this year examining the life, work, and cultural milieu of the 19th-century Austrian composer Franz Schubert. The festival will explore Schubert’s tragically short but remarkably influential career, presenting his symphonic, chamber, and religious music along with many works by his contemporaries. Other highlights of the season include Carl Maria von Weber’s Euryanthe, a darkly gothic opera based on a medieval romance; Proscenium Works: 1979–2011, featuring the Trisha Brown Dance Company in its farewell tour; the world premiere of Love in the Wars, a version of Heinrich von Kleist’s Penthesilea, based on the mythical encounter of Achilles with the Queen of the Amazons; an outstanding film series; and the return of cabaret at the Spiegeltent. It all adds up to an arts festival with no rival—SummerScape 2014.
Tickets on sale to the general public starting February 25.
By Carl Maria von Weber
American Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Leon Botstein, music director
Directed by Kevin Newbury
Filled with gloriously beautiful music, Euryanthe depicts a story of chivalry, betrayal, innocence, and love, with a touch of the supernatural. A contemporary of Schubert, Carl Maria von Weber was one of the first significant composers of the Romantic school. His grand, heroic operas influenced and inspired later composers such as Wagner and Mahler. Kevin Newbury, whose acclaimed production of Richard Strauss’s Die Liebe der Danae was seen in SummerScape 2011, will direct. Sung in the original German.
Friday, July 25 and August 1 at 7 pm
Wednesday, July 30 at 2 pm
Sunday, July 27 and August 3 at 2 pm
Opera Talk: July 27 at noon
Tickets start at $25
25th Anniversary Season
Bard Music Festival
Schubert and His World
Weekend One: The Making of a Romantic Legend
Weekend Two: A New Aesthetics of Music
The Bard Music Festival will celebrate its 25th anniversary with an exploration of the world of Franz Schubert (1797–1828), one of the preeminent composers in the Western tradition and yet a figure who in many ways remains elusive. This year—2014—is a fitting year to honor Schubert: it is the bicentennial of his first masterpiece, the setting of Goethe’s Gretchen am Spinnrade, composed on October 19, 1814, a date often called the “birthday of the German Lied.”Tickets start at $25
Proscenium Works: 1979–2011 “Works by Brown don’t just challenge our perceptions; they expand our minds and untether our spirits.”—The Village Voice
Trisha Brown Dance Company
The legendary Trisha Brown Dance Company returns to SummerScape as part of its farewell tour, presenting some of the final performances of Brown’s largest-scale works. The most widely acclaimed American choreographer of the postmodern era, Brown challenged and changed the definition of dance with her glorious body of work. These performances include her final dance as well as revivals of her collaborations with Laurie Anderson and Robert Rauschenberg. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the work of one of dance’s great explorers and creators in its best possible context.
June 27 at 7:30 pm
June 28 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Tickets start at $25
Love in the Wars World Premiere
A version of Heinrich von Kleist’s Penthesilea
By John Banville
Directed by Ken Rus Schmoll
When Penthesilea, Queen of the Amazons, sets eyes on the Greek hero Achilles, the ferocity of her passion collides with his stubborn will, setting in motion a tragicomedy of love and misunderstanding that threatens to derail the course of history. This mighty romantic drama by Franz Schubert’s contemporary Heinrich von Kleist is given new life in this playful and earthy adaptation by Man Booker Prize–winning novelist John Banville.
July 10 and 11 at 7:30 pm
Thursday–Saturday, July 12 and 17–19 at 7:30 pm
Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, July 13, 16, and 19–20 at 2 pm
Tickets start at $25
Live Music, Cabaret, and More
The Spiegeltent “The greatest cabaret artist of this generation.”—New Yorker, on Justin Vivian Bond
Hosted by Justin Vivian Bond
This summer the Spiegeltent is hosted by cabaret artist and Tony-nominated performer Justin Vivian Bond (Mx America, Weimar New York), who will welcome you every weekend to a world of sophistication, glamor, and spectacle. Join Justin for balmy summer nights of world-class performance, local food and drink, and dancing, in the company of SummerScape artists.
July 3 – August 17
Schubert and the Long 19th CenturyThe 2014 SummerScape Film Festival will explore the many ways in which Schubert’s music and early Romanticism have influenced international cinema. To commemorate the centenary of the July Crisis in 1914, it will include a series of films reflecting on the origins and meanings of the First World War. All films will be presented using new or archival 35mm prints.
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