The Bard Music Festival: Rediscoveries

  • 31st Bard Music Festival 31st Bard Music Festival

    Nadia Boulanger
    and Her World

    August 6–8 • Music in Paris 
    August 13–15 • The 20th-Century Legacy of Nadia Boulanger

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Bard Music Festival 2021

Nadia Boulanger and Her World

“The summer’s most stimulating music festival.” —Los Angeles Times

The Bard Music Festival returns for its 31st season with an exploration of the life and work of Nadia Boulanger (1887–1979), the pioneering Parisian pedagogue, composer, conductor, pianist, organist, and indomitable personality who shaped more than a generation of American musicians. Through a series of themed concert programs, lectures, and panel discussions, Nadia Boulanger and Her World pays tribute to one of the most important female figures in the history of classical music.

The festival will present examples of Boulanger’s own, little-known oeuvre alongside music by her teachers and mentors, including Gabriel Fauré, Louis Vierne and Charles Marie Widor; her Parisian contemporaries, like Claude Debussy, Olivier Messiaen, Francis Poulenc, Maurice Ravel, Erik Satie and expats George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Igor Stravinsky; her male students, including Jean Françaix, Astor Piazzolla, and illustrious Americans Marc Blitzstein, Elliott Carter, Aaron Copland, Philip Glass, Walter Piston and Virgil Thomson; her female students, like Marcelle de Manziarly, Thea Musgrave, Julia Perry and Louise Talma; other women composers, Germaine Taillefaire and Lili Boulanger, Nadia’s celebrated sister, among them; and some of the bygone composers whose music she vociferously championed, like Monteverdi, Bach and Brahms.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on June 2.

Fisher Center and Bard Music Festival Members get early access to concerts at Montgomery Place, starting May 25. Seating capacity is extremely limited. Membership does not guarantee ticket availability. Questions? Call Kieley at 845-758-7987.

COVID Health & Safety Protocols

COVID Health & Safety Protocols

The health and safety of our audiences, artists, and staff are of paramount importance. All SummerScape and Bard Music Festival productions will be presented in adherence to strict COVID protocols and in accordance with CDC and NY State guidance and regulations.
Photo by Caleb Hammons


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The 2021 SummerScape season is made possible in part through the generous support of Jeanne Donovan Fisher, the Martin and Toni Sosnoff Foundation, the Advisory Boards of the Fisher Center at Bard and Bard Music Festival, and Fisher Center and Bard Music Festival members, as well as grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.