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Program Four • Rachmaninoff and the Female Muse

August 7, 2022

Add to Calendar2022-08-07 10:00 am2022-08-07 10:00 amEDTProgram Four • Rachmaninoff and the Female MuseOlin Hall,
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As Bard’s Scholar-in-Residence, Philip Ross Bullock, discovers in a concert with commentary many of the composer’s songs were inspired by women. He dedicated them variously to Vera Skalon, his teenage sweetheart; Anna Ladyzhenskaya, with whom he became infatuated; Natalya Satina, the cousin he would defy the church to marry; Mariya Olferyeva, his brother’s common-law wife; and Antonina Nezhdanova, the great soprano who not only premiered his famous Vocalise, but collaborated closely on its creation.

Rachmaninoff also set songs to texts by distinguished Russian female poets, including Marietta Shaginyan, who likewise inspired songs by the composer’s lifelong friend and correspondent Nikolai Medtner.

10 am Performance with commentary by Philip Ross Bullock; with Rebecca Ringle Kamarei, mezzo-soprano; Tyler Duncan, baritone; Erika Switzer, piano; and others

Songs by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943); Nikolai Medtner (1880–1951); and others


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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