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20th Anniversary Concert and Celebration

October 21

Add to Calendar2023-10-21 5:00 pm2023-10-21 5:00 pmEDT20th Anniversary Concert and Celebration

Featuring The Orchestra Now and Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton

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Celebrate the culmination of our 20th Anniversary with a quintessential Fisher Center concert featuring repertoire and artists from classical to contemporary.

The celebratory evening begins with The Orchestra Now, led by Leon Botstein, in a rare performance of Béla Bartók’s The Wooden Prince. Consummate vocalist and Spiegeltent favorite Ms. Lisa Fischer—known as the soulful center of the Oscar-winning documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom, and for her work with renowned artists like Sting, Tina Turner, and the Rolling Stones—then makes her Sosnoff stage debut. Ms Lisa Fischer is accompanied by Grand Baton and The Orchestra Now conducted by James Bagwell, promising an unforgettable and dynamic mix of blues, jazz, classical, and progressive rock.

Concert Tickets

Tickets start at $25

$5 tickets are available for Bard students through the Passloff Pass

Premium Tickets

Premium celebration tickets are available for $500 and include prime orchestra seat tickets for the 5 pm concert, plus an intimate cocktail reception with Maya Lin at 3:30 pm.

Proceeds from this event will support the future of the Fisher Center and its expansion to include a new studio building designed by Maya Lin. 


The Orchestra Now
Leon Botstein conductor

Béla Bartók
The Wooden Prince


Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton
The Orchestra Now
James Bagwell conductor

Woody Guthrie
This Land Is Your Land

Jimmy Page, Robert Plant (for Led Zeppelin) / Sting
Immigrant Song / Fragile

Jagger–Richards (for The Rolling Stones)
Wild Horses
Gimme Shelter

Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer / Henry Purcell
Blues in the Night / Dido’s Lament

Trent Reznor (for Nine Inch Nails)

Victory Boyd (for Victory)
Broken Instrument

Robert Palmer
Addicted to Love (à la Tina Turner) 



Ms. Lisa Fischer


After four decades of featured background singing with icons like Luther Vandross, The Rolling Stones, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, and Nine Inch Nails, Ms. Lisa Fischer set out to take center stage with her own humble, heartfelt song. The 2013 Best Documentary Oscar-winning film Twenty Feet from Stardom altered the course of Lisa’s musical journey, telling her story, with clips of her legendary duets with Sting or with Mick Jagger on “Gimme Shelter,” left audiences eager to see and hear more, so Lisa took the chance to set out on her own reinventing classic songs with her co-conspirators JC Maillard and Grand Baton. Their organic fusion of Caribbean psychedelic soul and jazzy progressive rock ignited Lisa’s flexibility and freedom of expression, awakening her lifelong desire to make music that heals but still rocks the house.

While Lisa’s range is legendary, her greatest gift is the ability to connect, to reach the hearts of her listeners. Raised in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, she emerged from New York’s fervent studio scene in the early 1980s, sang for two decades with legendary vocalist Luther Vandross, and released “So Intense,” earning her first Best R&B Performance Grammy with “How Can I Ease The Pain.” She joined The Rolling Stones for their 1989 Steel Wheels tour and continued to grace their stage for the next 26 years. Lisa’s passion for constant growth and experimentation with different styles invited recent collaborations with jazz pianist Taylor Eigsti, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Michael McDonald, Eric Krasno, Talib Kweli, Billy Childs, YoYo Ma, the BBC Proms / Jules Buckley and the Metropole Orkest, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Anna Deavere Smith’s “Notes from the Field” for HBO, and especially her full evening program The Classic Lisa Fischer with Grand Baton and Seattle Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony and the National Philharmonic.

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