Before Unspeakable Illness
Christopher H. Gibbs Discusses Program Seven: Late Ambitions
Christopher H. Gibbs talks about Schubert and Opera
The Making of the Bard Music Festival
Artistic Codirectors Leon Botstein and Christopher H. Gibbs Talk About the Beginning of the Bard Music Festival
Artistic Codirectors Leon Botstein and Christopher H. Gibbs Talk About Bard Music Festival: Schubert and His World
Before Unspeakable Illness
About the Artists
Teresa Buchholz, mezzo-soprano
Mezzo-soprano Teresa Buchholz’s performances this season have included the title role in Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto with Opera Roanoke; the role of Mathurine in Little Opera Theatre of New York’s run of Gluck’s one-act opera The Reformed Drunkard; and the roles of Martha and Pantalis in a concert performance of Boito’s Mefistofele with the Collegiate Chorale at Carnegie Hall. She has also been heard in Elliott Carter’s Voyage with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with The Gateway Chamber Orchestra, and Handel’s Messiah at Lincoln Center with Distinguished Concerts International New York.
The Dover Quartet (Joel Link and Bryan Lee, violin; Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola; Camden Shaw, cello) catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the Banff International String Quartet Competition last fall, becoming one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. The New Yorker recently dubbed them “the young American string quartet of the moment.” In 2013–14, the Quartet became the first-ever quartet in residence for the venerated Curtis Institute of Music, and during the coming season it will perform more than 100 concerts throughout the United States, Canada, South America, and Europe.
Danny Driver, piano
Pianist Danny Driver recently performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, BBC Scottish Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra, and Queensland Symphony. Upcoming performances include his second BBC Proms engagement under conductor Charles Dutoit; his debut with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; a return to London’s Wigmore Hall; and solo and chamber recitals in Germany, France, Israel, Scotland, China, Switzerland, Italy, and the United States. Driver’s recordings include two volumes of keyboard works by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Handel’s Eight Great Suites, and concertos by York Bowen and Erik Chisholm.
Joe Eletto, baritone
Baritone Joe Eletto is a master of music student at The Juilliard School, studying with Robert C. White Jr. This year, he made soloist debuts to critical acclaim in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at Alice Tully Hall under Gary Thor Wedow; with Juilliard Opera in Massenet’s Cendrillon; and at the New York Festival of Song, among others. Prior to attending SongFest as a Stern Fellow this summer, Eletto attended the Aspen Music Festival and School, and sang roles in Mozart’s Così fan tutte with Oberlin in Italy and Rossini’s Guillaume Tell with Caramoor Bel Canto.
Andrew Garland, baritone
American baritone Andrew Garland is equally at home in opera, concert, and recital. Engagements this season include Papageno in Mozart’s The Magic Flute with Boston Lyric Opera; a double bill of Silvio in Verdi’s Pagliacci and Orff’s Carmina Burana with Hawaii Opera Theatre; concerts with Colorado Bach Ensemble and Boston Baroque; and many recitals. Career highlights include leading roles with Seattle Opera, Dayton Opera, Atlanta Opera, Knoxville Opera, Cincinnati Opera, New York City Opera, and Opera New Jersey, as well as performances at Carnegie Hall. Recordings include American Portraits (GPR Records), Lee Holby: A Pocket of Time (Naxos), and On the Other Shore (Azica).
Sari Gruber, soprano
Hailed as “nothing short of sensational” by Opera magazine, soprano Sari Gruber’s upcoming engagements includes Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni with Sacramento Opera, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 with Omaha Symphony, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Buffalo Philharmonic. She has garnered praise for Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, which she has performed for New York City Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Boston Lyric Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Opera Pacific, Kentucky Opera, Austin Lyric Opera, and the Ongaku-Juku Opera Project under the baton of Seiji Ozawa.
Benjamin Hochman, piano
Pianist Benjamin Hochman has performed with the Chicago, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Houston, Seattle, San Francisco, Vancouver, New Jersey and Portland Symphonies; the Los Angeles and New York Philharmonics; the New York String Orchestra; Prague Philharmonia; and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Canada. His recordings include the solo album Homage to Schubert (Avie, 2013); works by Bach, Berg, and Webern (Artek, 2009); and Insects and Paper Airplanes: The Chamber Music of Lawrence Dillon (Bridge Records, 2010), in col- laboration with the Daedalus Quartet. He serves on the faculty of The Bard College Conservatory of Music and the Longy School of Music of Bard College.
Kyu-Young Kim, violin
Theo Lebow, tenor
Tenor Theo Lebow made a triumphant Canadian debut as Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff with Opera Hamilton last October. Recent appearances include creating the roles of Picasso/F. Scott Fitzgerald in Twenty-Seven, a world premiere by Ricky Ian Gordon (alongside Stephanie Blythe and Elizabeth Futral) with Opera Theater of St. Louis; performances of Jaquino in Beethoven’s Fidelio with the Shippensburg University Music Festival; and performing the Berlioz Requiem at Pomona College and Schubert’s Winterreise in New York City. Future engagements include Mr. Porcupine in Tobias Picker’s Fantastic Mr. Fox with Opera San Antonio, and Jupiter/Apollo in Handel’s Semele with Seattle Opera in 2015.
Anna Polonsky, piano
Anna Polonsky has appeared with the Moscow Virtuosi, Buffalo Philharmonic, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and many others. She has collaborated with the Guarneri, Orion, and Shanghai Quartets, and with such musicians as Mitsuko Uchida, David Shifrin, Richard Goode, Anton Kuerti, and Arnold Steinhardt. She regularly performs at festivals such as Marlboro, Chamber Music Northwest, Seattle, Music@Menlo, Cartagena, and Bard. Polonsky has given concerts in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Vienna Konzerthaus, Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall’s Stern, Weill, and Zankel Halls, and has toured throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and The Juilliard School, she serves on the piano faculty of Vassar College.
Erika Switzer, piano
Pianist Erika Switzer has performed recitals at New York’s Frick Collection and Weill Hall, and for the 5 Boroughs Music Festival and Brooklyn Art Song Society, as well as The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In Europe, she has appeared in Paris’s Salle Cortot and the Poulenc Academy in Tours, and at the Winners & Masters series in Munich, among other venues. In her native Canada, she has performed at the chamber music festivals of Montreal, Ottawa, and Vancouver. Together with Martha Guth, Switzer is cocreator of Sparks & Wiry Cries: The Art Song Magazine. She teaches at Bard College and The Bard College Conservatory of Music, and is a founding faculty member of the Vancouver International Song Institute and codirector of its Contemporary Performance Studies program.
Paul Max Tipton, bass-baritone
Bass-baritone Paul Max Tipton performs to acclaim in repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to Britten and Bolcom. He has performed with the Bach Collegium Japan, New York Philharmonic, Apollo’s Fire, Seraphic Fire, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Recent engagements include Britten’s War Requiem, Rameau’s La lyre enchantée, and a recording of Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem, which earned a 2012 Grammy nomination. His performances of the Bach Passions are noted for their strength and sensitivity. Tipton studied at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and Yale University, and is a Lorraine Hunt Lieberson Fellow at Emmanuel Music in Boston.
Orion Weiss, piano
Pianist Orion Weiss has performed with the major American orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. The 2014–15 season features his third performance with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as a North American tour with the world-famous Salzburg Marionette Theatre in an enhanced piano recital of Debussy’s La boîte à joujoux. Named the Classical Recording Foundation’s Young Artist of the Year in September 2010, he is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied with Emanuel Ax.
Scott Williamson, tenor
Tenor Scott Williamson is artistic director of Opera Roanoke, where he produced the company’s first-ever staging of Wagner (Der fliegende Holländer) and the western Virginia premiere of Handel’s Giulio Cesare. The Times of London called his debut at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre “brilliant.” Williamson’s repertoire ranges from Baroque oratorio to contemporary opera and musical theater. His performances of works by Mendelssohn and Dallapiccola with the American Symphony Orchestra are available on iTunes. His “Night by Silent Sailing Night: A Performance of John Cage’s STEPS: A Composition for a Painting,” was acclaimed as “one of the best ever” upon its creation at the Taubman Museum of Art, where he is guest curator in music.
Before Unspeakable Illness
Bard Music Festival Presents
Before Unspeakable Illness
1 pm Preconcert Talk: Byron Adams
1:30 pm Performance: Danny Driver, piano; Dover Quartet; Andrew Garland, baritone; Benjamin Hochman, piano; Kyu-Young Kim, violin; Anna Polonsky, piano; Orion Weiss, piano; and others
Franz Schubert (1797–1828)
Quartettsatz; D703 (1820); Marche militaire, D733 (?1818); Fantasy in C Major, “Wanderer,” D760 (1822); from 36 Originaltänze (Erste Walzer), D365 (1818–21); Songs; Partsongs