Bard Music Festival Presents
Out of the Silence:
A Celebration of Music
Don't miss the performance both the New York Times and Los Angeles Times have picked to get your cultural fix this Labor Day Weekend!
“Out of the Silence” opens with two works by the great William Grant Still. The first African-American to have a symphony performed by a major U.S. orchestra, and the subject of a 2009 retrospective curated and conducted by Botstein at Lincoln Center, Still is represented by his meditative miniature Out of the Silence, from Seven Traceries and the evocative tone poem Serenade.
Program One also features a piece by one of Nadia Boulanger’s many distinguished students: the elegiac Lyric for Strings by George Walker, the first African-American winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music and “one of the greatest composers of our time” (Fanfare magazine).
The concert concludes with TŌN’s account of the exuberant String Symphony No. 8 by Felix Mendelssohn, subject of the Bard Music Festival’s second season in 1991.
Our members are invited to join us for a special toast to kick off the season before the concert begins.
The Orchestra Now, conducted by Leon Botstein and James BagwellWilliam Grant Still (1895–1978)
Out of the Silence, from Seven Traceries (1939)
George Walker (1922–2018)
Lyric for Strings (1946)
Felix Mendelssohn (1809–47)
String Symphony No. 8 in D Major (1823)
Adagio e grave—Allegro
ICYMI: You can listen to past Out of the Silence concerts—with added commentary from Maestro Botstein—on Fridays in September at 8 PM on WMHT-FM, 89.1 or 88.7, or online.