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Bard Music Festival

Program Six • Failure and Recovery

August 7

Add to Calendar2022-08-07 5:30 pm2022-08-07 5:30 pmEDTProgram Six • Failure and RecoveryFisher Center, Sosnoff Theater,
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Anchored by the ASO, this all-Rachmaninoff event opens with the First Symphony, which the composer abandoned after its ill-starred premiere, and died without hearing a second time. Nevertheless, the work remained important to him—45 years later, he quoted from it in the Symphonic Dances, his last major composition—and since its posthumous rediscovery, the symphony has been restored to the repertoire, celebrated for its melodic invention, thematic cohesion and rich orchestral color.

By contrast, The Miserly Knight enjoys few revivals. A Pushkin adaptation with an all-male cast, Rachmaninoff’s last one-act opera is problematic in its stereotypical depiction of a Jewish moneylender. As a result, despite the work’s manifest musical merits, Bard’s semi-staged production, which will be directed by Jordan Fein, marks a bona fide rarity.

4:30 pm Preconcert Talk
5:30 pm Performance: 
Limmie Pulliam & Rodell Rosel, tenors; Ethan Vincent, baritone; Nathan Berg, bass-baritone; Patrick Guetti, bass; Jordan Fein, director; American Symphony Orchestra / Leon Botstein, music director

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943)
Symphony No. 1, Op. 13 (1895)
The Miserly Knight, Op. 24 (1905)


The 2022 SummerScape season is made possible in part by 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. The 2022 Bard Music Festival has received funding from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

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