Bard Music Festival
Program Six • Failure and Recovery
Bard Music Festival
Anchored by the ASO, this all-Rachmaninoff evening features a semi-staged production of Rachmaninoff’s one-act opera The Miserly Knight, directed by Jordan Fein (who helmed Bard Music Festival’s striking 2019 production of Die tote Stadt). One of the composer’s three operas, this Pushkin adaptation features a superb all-male cast, including bass-baritone Nathan Berg and tenors Limmie Pulliam and Rodell Rosel. This coolly elegant production of Rachmaninoff’s last opera features production design by Terese Wadden, video by Joshua Thorson, and lighting by Alejandro Fajardo.
The program opens with the First Symphony, which the composer abandoned after a complicated 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.
4:30 pm Preconcert Talk
5:30 pm Performance: Limmie Pulliam & Rodell Rosel, tenors; Ethan Vincent, baritone; Matthew Anchel, bass-baritone; Nathan Berg, bass-baritone; Jordan Fein, director; Joshua Thorson, video design; Alejandro Fajardo, lighting design; Terese Wadden, production design, 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.
Grab a bite and a drink while you’re at the Fisher Center! We offer theater concessions at Sosnoff theater, LUMA theater, and Olin Hall. Across the way, is the al fresco Spiegeltent Garden—or grab a nosh while seeing a Spiegeltent Performance. There is ample space for outdoor picnics across Bard’s campus. Nearby villages and towns in the Hudson Valley boast a large selection of restaurants, as well as a variety of hotels, motels, inns, and bed & breakfastsEat & Stay
Bard College’s main campus is located in Annandale-on-Hudson (a hamlet of Red Hook), New York, on the east bank of the Hudson River, about 90 miles north of New York City and 220 miles southwest of Boston. The Taconic State Parkway and the New York State Thruway provide the most direct routes to our campus. Click the Google map below, or get directions by entering the following address into your GPS: 60 Manor Avenue, Red Hook, NY 12571.
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If you are traveling from east of the Hudson River in New York State, take the Taconic State Parkway to the Red Hook / Route 199 exit, drive west on Route 199 through the village of Red Hook to Route 9G, turn right onto Route 9G, drive north 1.9 miles, turn left onto Annandale Road, then turn right onto Manor Ave.
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If you are traveling from west of the Hudson River, take the New York State Thruway (I-87) to exit 19 (Kingston), take Route 209 (changes to Route 199 at the Hudson River) over the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge to Route 9G, turn left onto Route 9G, drive north 3.5 miles, turn left onto Annandale Road, then turn right onto Manor Ave.
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