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BARD’S FISHER CENTER ANNOUNCES FALL 2006 SEASON OF MUSIC, THEATER, DANCE, AND FILM Programs include a Beckett Centenary Celebration, featuring Wating for Godot with the Gate Theatre of Dublin; the Opening Program of the American

Mark Primoff
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Fall 2006 season at The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents an extraordinary schedule of music, theater, dance, and film. The schedule of programs, taking place in the visually and acoustically stunning Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center, opens on October 6 with a Beckett Centenary celebration, the first program of the American Symphony Orchestra’s Fisher Center series; the third and final weekend of the 17th annual Bard Music Festival: Liszt and His World; and, in December, Mark Morris’s The Hard Nut, a witty interpretation of the holiday classic The Nutcracker.

October 6–15, 2006

The Gate Theater of Dublin’s acclaimed production of Waiting for Godot opens the Beckett Centenary Celebration at Bard on Saturday, October 7, and Sunday, October 8, in the Sosnoff Theater of the Fisher Center. The Gate Theatre of Dublin has emerged as one of the world’s most respected and authoritative advocates for the dramatic work of Samuel Beckett. According to the Irish Times, the Gate’s production of Beckett’s theatrical masterpiece is “definitive, not just in Irish but in global terms. It is probably the closest we will ever get to the perfect, official Godot.” The production at Bard, directed by Walter Asmus, reunites the core of the Gate’s acclaimed 1991 Dublin cast, with Barry McGovern as Vladimir, Johnny Murphy as Estragon, and Alan Stanford as Pozzo. Stephen Brennan performs the role of the servant, Lucky. Tickets $20, 35, 55.

The weeklong Beckett Centenary continues with dramatic recitals of prose and one late drama by Beckett—including Molloy, Mallone Dies, The Unnamable, Worstward Ho, Texts for Nothing III, VIII & XII, A Piece of Monologue, and Enough—by the Gare St. Lazare Players Ireland in both the Sosnoff Theater and CCS Bard Hessel Museum. Of Conor Lovett, who performs a number of the solo pieces, the Irish Times wrote: “Lovett finds a way both to be completely faithful to Beckett and to escape the shadow of his great Irish interpreters. . . . The result is a cold, hard jewel of a performance, an absolutely riveting experience that, if it ever comes your way, is worth dropping everything to encounter.” These monologues display all of Beckett’s characteristic wit, lyricism, and piercing insight. The prose pieces are directed by Judy Hegarty Lovett, and the short drama, A Piece of Monologue, is directed by Walter Asmus. (October 11–15, 2006). Tickets $35.

The Beckett Centenary at Bard will also feature Beckett on Film, which will screen films of all 19 of his stage plays. The wealth of talent assembled for the landmark Beckett on Film project includes actors Julianne Moore, Kristin Scott Thomas, Juliet Stevenson, Alan Rickman, Jeremy Irons, John Hurt, Michael Gambon, David Thewlis, and, in what is said to be his last acting appearance, John Gielgud. Directors include Atom Egoyan, Neil Jordan, Anthony Minghella, David Mamet, and Damien Hirst. For the Beckett Centenary at Bard, the films will be presented in a curated, rotating program of screenings, demonstrating the range of Beckett’s stage work for both aficionados and new audiences. Two special screenings of Beckett’s only film, Film, will be screened as part of this series. (October 6–15, 2006). Tickets $7.50 per film program.

October 13 and 14, 2006

Fall 2006 at the Fisher Center presents the first program of the popular American Symphony Orchestra Fisher Center series. This first program (of three, the others in March and in May) presents an evening of music by Mozart, Elgar, and Brahms, conducted by music director Leon Botstein, about whom the New York Times recently wrote, “The conductor Leon Botstein elicited powerful, refined performances from the American Symphony Orchestra.” Featured soloist is cellist Nan Jia, winner of the Bard College Conservatory of Music’s Conservatory Concerto Competition. The program includes Mozart’s symphony No. 38 in D Major, “Prague”; Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E Minor; and Brahms’s Symphony No. 1 in C Minor.

The American Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1962 by Leopold Stokowski. In addition to its main subscription series at Lincoln Center, the American Symphony Orchestra performs a lecture/concert series with audience interaction at Columbia University's Miller Theatre called Classics Declassified. It is also the resident orchestra of The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, where it performs to capacity audiences in a winter concert series as well as in the summer Bard Music Festival.

As part of Lincoln Center Presents Great Performers, the American Symphony performs thematically organized concerts at Avery Fisher Hall, linking music to the visual arts, literature, politics, and history, often in collaboration with museums and other cultural institutions. With its bold programming, innovative presentation, and commitment to music education, the American Symphony Orchestra seeks to make great music a relevant, accessible, and enjoyable experience for all kinds of listeners. Its music education programs extend through New York, New Jersey, and Long Island.

The American Symphony Orchestra has toured extensively and made numerous recordings and broadcasts. Its most recent recording is of music by Copland, Sessions, Perle, and Rands in a special tribute album to legendary American music patron Francis Goelet, issued by New World Records. The Orchestra also recently recorded music of Ernst von Dohnányi for Bridge Records. Its recording of Richard Strauss's opera Die ägyptische Helena with Deborah Voigt was released in 2003 by Telarc to outstanding acclaim. This recording joins the American Symphony's recording of Strauss's Die Liebe der Danae, also from Telarc. Other recordings with Leon Botstein include Franz Schubert: Orchestrated on the Koch International label, with works by Joachim, Mottl, and Webern, and, on the Vanguard Classics label, Johannes Brahms's Serenade No. 1 in D major, Op. 11 (1860). The American Symphony inaugurated São Paolo's new concert hall and has made several tours of Asia and Europe. It also has a long history of appearing in charitable and public benefits for such organizations as Sha'are Zedek Hospital, the Jerusalem Foundation, and PBS. (Series continues March 2 and 3, 2007; May 4 and 5, 2007). Tickets $20, 30, 40.

October 27 and 28, 2006

The life, career, and achievement of Franz Liszt (1811–86) serve as a mirror of 19th-century Romanticism. Beginning in August, the 17th annual Bard Music Festival has delved into this fascinating world by offering a broad range of music that reflects various aspects of Liszt’s manifold talents and elusive personality: Liszt the performer, phenomenon, and critic. The third and final weekend of the 2006 Bard Music Festival, on October 27 and 28, titled “The Divergent Paths of Romanticism,” is dedicated to Liszt the visionary and experimentalist. The New York Times wrote of this summer’s programs of “Liszt and His World,” “The Bard festival experience is strangely addictive, drawing a listener into a fascinating musical and cultural world unlikely to be experienced again.” The weekend will include orchestral and chamber programs, featuring the American Symphony Orchestra, on “The New German School and Musical Narrative,” “Master Class: Liszt as Teacher,” and “The War of the Romantics: Weimar and Leipzig.” Tickets $20, 35, 40.

December 15–17, 2006

Imagine the Christmas classic The Nutcracker transported in time to the swinging ’70s and you have Mark Morris’s acclaimed The Hard Nut—a send-up of the holiday perennial, The Nutcracker, as well as a loving homage to Tchaikovsky’s most famous ballet. Morris’s choreography retains the best qualities of more conventional Nutcrackers, without the saccharine, and his talent for visualizing music is extraordinary. Impeccably faithful to Tchaikovsky’s original score, the boisterous production fuses uncommon dance and beautiful music with glorious costumes and stylized sets inspired by the work of cartoonist and illustrator Charles Burns. If you enjoy a dash of spice along with your holiday cheer, you’ll love The Hard Nut. Based on “Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by E. T. A. Hoffman; music by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (The Nutcracker, Op. 71). Tickets $25, 55, 65.

Tickets for Fall 2006 Fisher Center events are now on sale. For tickets and information, call the box office at 845-758-7900 or visit

Friday, October 6–Sunday, October 15

The Gate Theater of Dublin
Waiting for Godot
Directed by Walter Asmus
Design by Louis le Brocquy
Lighting by Rupert Murray
Sosnoff Theater
Saturday, October 7 at 2 pm and 8 pm
Sunday, October 8 at 3 pm
Tickets: $20, 35, 55

Gare St. Lazar Players Ireland
The Beckett Trilogy: Molloy, Malone Dies, The Unnamable
Performed by Conor Lovett
Directed by Judy Hegarty Lovett
Sosnoff Stage
Thursday, October 12 at 8 pm
Sunday, October 15 at 3 pm
Tickets: $35

Performed by Ally Ni Chiarain
Directed by Judy Hegarty Lovett
A Piece of Monologue
Performed by Conor Lovett
Directed by Walter Asmus
Texts for Nothing III, VIII, and XII
Performed by Conor Lovett
Directed by Judy Hegarty Lovett
Sosnoff Stage
Wednesday, October 11 at 8pm
Saturday, October 14 at 2 pm
Tickets: $35

Worstward Ho
Performed by Lee Delong
Directed by Judy Hegarty Lovett
Resnick Theater Studio
Saturday, October 14, at 8:00 pm and Sunday, October 15, at 3 pm
Tickets: $35

Beckett on Film
Milton and Sally Avery Center for the Arts
Tickets: $7.50 per film program

Waiting for Godot
Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg
120 minutes
Starring Barry McGovern, Johnny Murphy, Alan Stanford, Stephen Brennan, Sam McGovern
Friday, October 6 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 15 at 7:30 pm

Ohio Impromptu
Directed by Charles Sturridge
12 minutes
Starring Jeremy Irons
Rough for Theatre I
Directed by Kieron J. Walsh
19 minutes
Starring David Kelly, Milo O’Shea
Not I
Directed by Neil Jordan
14 minutes
Starring Julianne Moore
Film (1965)
Directed by Alan Schneider
Screenplay by Samuel Beckett
Starring Buster Keaton
21 minutes
Saturday, October 7 at 5 pm

Directed by Conor McPherson
86 minutes
Starring Michael Gambon, David Thewlis, Charles Simon, Jean Anderson
Saturday, October 7 at 7:30 pm
Friday, October 13 at 7:30 pm

Directed by Richard Eyre
14 minutes
Starring Penelope Wilton
Act Without Words I
Directed by Karel Reisz
16 minutes
Starring Sean Foley
That Time
Directed by Charles Garrad
20 minutes
Starring Niall Buggy
Film (1965)
Directed by Alan Schneider
Screenplay by Samuel Beckett
1965, 21 minutes
Sunday, October 8 at 5 pm

Krapp’s Last Tape
Directed by Atom Egoyan
58 minutes
Starring John Hurt
Sunday, October 8 at 7:30 pm
Friday, October 13 at 5 pm

Act Without Words II
Directed by Enda Hughes
9 minutes
Starring Pat Kinevane, Marcello Magni
A Piece of Monologue
Directed by Robin Lefevre
20 minutes
Starring Stephen Brennan
Directed by Anthony Minghella
16 minutes
Starring Alan Rickman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Juliet Stevenson
Monday, October 9 at 5 pm

Happy Days
Directed by Patricia Rozema
79 minutes
Starring Rosaleen Linehan, Richard Johnson
Monday, October 9 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 14 at 7:30 pm

Directed by David Mamet
6 minutes
Starring John Gielgud, Rebecca Pidgeon, Harold Pinter
Rough for Theatre II
Directed by Katie Mitchell
29 minutes
Starring Jim Norton, Timothy Spall, Hugh B. O’Brien
Directed by Damien Hirst
2 minutes
Starring Keith Allen
Saturday, October 14 at 5 pm

What Where
Directed by Damien O’Donnell
12 minutes
Starring Sean McGinley, Gary Lewis
Directed by Walter Asmus
29 minutes
Starring Susan Fitzgerald, Joan O’Hara
Come and Go
Directed by John Crowley
8 minutes
Starring Anna Massey, Sian Phillips, Paola Dionisotti
Sunday, October 15 at 5 pm

Conducted by Leon Botstein, music director

Mozart, Symphony No. 38 in D Major, “Prague”
Elgar, Cello Concerto in E Minor
Brahms, Symphony No. 1 in C Minor
Sosnoff Theater
Friday, October 13, and Saturday, October 14 at 8 pm
Tickets: $20, 30, 35

Walton, Variations on a Theme by Hindemith
Walton, Viola Concerto
Bruckner, Symphony No. 7 in E Major
Sosnoff Theater
Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3, 2007, at 8 pm
Tickets: $20, 30, 35

Debussy, La Mer
Mahler, Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp Minor
Sosnoff Theater
Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5, 2007, at 8 pm
Tickets: $20, 30, 35

Weekend Three, October 27–28

Program One: The New German School and Musical Narrative
7 pm Preconcert Talk: Christopher H. Gibbs
8 pm Performance: Simone Dinnerstein, piano; Nardo Poy, viola; American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein, music director

Franz Liszt (1811–86)
Les Préludes, after Lamartine
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major
Richard Wagner (1813–83), Prelude and Liebestod, from Tristan und Isolde
Hector Berlioz (1803–69), Harold en Italie, Op. 16

Friday, October 27, and Saturday, October 28
Sosnoff Theater
Tickets: $25, 40, 55

The Master Class: Liszt as Teacher
Saturday, October 28
Olin Hall
10:00 a.m. – noon
Free and open to the public

Program Two: The War of the Romantics: Weimar and Leipzig
2:30 pm Preconcert Talk: Dana Gooley
3 pm Performance: Faculty and students of The Bard College Conservatory of Music

Franz Liszt (1811–86)
From Études d’exécution transcendante
From Années de pèlerinage
Johannes Brahms (1833–97), String Quintet No. 2 in G Major, Op. 111
Richard Strauss (1864–1949), Wind Serenade, Op. 7
Works by Robert Schumann (1810–56)

Saturday, October 28
Sosnoff Theater
Tickets: $20, 35, 45

The Hard Nut
Based on “Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by E. T. A. Hoffman
Music by Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (The Nutcracker, Op. 71)
Choreographed by Mark Morris
Performed by Mark Morris Dance Group and MMDG Music Ensemble
Conducted by Robert Cole
Set Design by Adrianne Lobel
Costume Design by Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting Design by James F. Ingalls
Production concept based on the work of Charles Burns
Sosnoff Theater
Friday, December 15 and Saturday, December 16 at 8 pm
Saturday, December 16 at 2 pm
Sunday, December 17 at 3 pm
Tickets: $25, 55, 65
Note: Children ages 5–18 accompanied by a guardian are entitled to a 20% discount off full-price tickets.

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