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Program One • The Virtuoso as Composer

August 5

Add to Calendar2022-08-05 8:00 pm2022-08-05 8:00 pmEDTProgram One • The Virtuoso as ComposerFisher Center, Sosnoff Theater,
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Harnessing Bard’s unusual ability to integrate orchestral, vocal, piano and chamber works within a single event, Program One offers an overview of Rachmaninoff’s long career, from two masterful teenage works—his little-known Second String Quartet and perennially popular C-sharp minor Prelude—to his hugely successful Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, written at the height of his powers.

Together with Isle of the Dead, a symphonic poem inspired by Swiss symbolist painter Arnold Böcklin, the program also features examples of the 100-plus songs Rachmaninoff wrote for his close friend Feodor Chaliapin, the legendary Russian bass, and of the composer’s numerous piano transcriptions, including, by way of a tribute to his adopted home, The Star-Spangled Banner.

7:30 pm Preconcert Talk
8 pm Performance: 
Andrey Gugnin, Kirill Kuzmin, Anna Polonsky & Artem Yasynskyy, piano; Brandon Cedel, bass-baritone; Mané Galoyan, soprano; Viano String Quartet; The Orchestra Now / Leon Botstein, music director

Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873–1943)
Songs and piano works, including selections from Op. 11 Morceaux

String Quartet No. 2 (1896)
Isle of the Dead, Op. 29 (1908)
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 (1934)


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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