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The Fisher Center Announces Fall 2019 Season

A Series of Free Events Comes to Montgomery Place; The Orchestra Now Presents its 5th Season; Author Salmon Rushdie discusses his new book; The Conservatory Orchestra Performs Martial Arts Trilogy; and more

Eleanor Davis

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ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— The Fisher Center fall season brings some of the world’s boldest artists and most exciting projects to the Hudson Valley. The season begins on Saturday, September 7, with the first in a free series of events at Montgomery PlaceBread and Puppet Theater’s Diagonal Life Circus. On Tuesday, September 10, acclaimed author Salman Rushdie discusses his new novel, Quichotte with WAMC’s Joe Donohue in a special evening with Oblong Books. The Orchestra Now begins its 2019–20 series with a program of major orchestral works, Copland and Strauss, on SaturdaySeptember 14 and Sunday, September 15; and the Bard College Conservatory presents composer Tan Dun’s A Martial Arts Trilogy, a film with live orchestra performance, on Saturday, September 28.  Tickets for events start at $25 and many events are free; to purchase tickets and get additional information go to or call the Fisher Center box office at 845-758-7900.



Saturday, September 7 through Friday, September 20

An autumn series of free, outdoor programming for all ages


Join us for a second season of free, outdoor events on the grounds of Montgomery Place, a National Historic Landmark overlooking the Hudson River: a puppet circus extravaganza, music from the border and beyond, and two film screenings under the stars set against the backdrop of the river bank.


BREAD AND PUPPET THEATER: Diagonal Life Circus & Pageant

Saturday, September 7 at 3 pm

Fisher Center at Montgomery Place 

Peter Schumann’s celebrated Bread and  Puppet Theater bring the 2019 edition of their legendary circus pageant to the fields of Montgomery Place. Featuring over 20 live puppeteers, musicians, and performers, the event concludes with the communal breaking of the company’s signature rye bread.


Friday, September 13 at 7:30 pm

Fisher Center at Montgomery Place 

Presented in partnership with Upstate Films.

A group of young misfits who call themselves The Goonies discover an ancient map and set out on a quest to find a legendary pirate’s long-lost treasure. Presented in partnership with Upstate Films.


Friday, September 20 at 7:30 pm

Fisher Center at Montgomery Place 

Presented in partnership with Upstate Films.

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Woodstock Festival of 1969, a (mostly) true story behind the legendary event across the river from where it all happened. In Ang Lee’s film, with a screenplay by Hudson Valley resident James Schamus, a man working at his parents’ motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969. Taking Woodstock is rated R and not recommended for children under 18.




September 14 at 3 pm

Fisher Center at Montgomery Place 

The modern-day torchbearers of the golden age of Latin music, Los Hacheros, bring their Bamba from Brooklyn to kick off a day of music and communion on the river bank. Headlining the event is the magnificent Martha Redbone, one of today’s most vital voices in American Roots music. From Brooklyn via the hills of Kentucky, with African-American and Cherokee heritage, Redbone broadens the boundaries of Americana with “a brilliant collision of cultures” (The New Yorker). 

Rain Date: Sunday, September 15*

Montgomery Place: 25 Gardener Way, Annandale on Hudson, New York.

Food and beverages from local vendors are available for purchase.


Capacity is limited; make a free reservation at

Bring your own lawn chair or blanket. Contact the box office if you require accessible seating


In case of inclement weather, rain dates will be announced 24 hours prior to the scheduled event.  Film events will not be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.





Salman Rushdie: Quichotte in Conversation with WAMC’s Joe Donahue

Tuesday, September 10 at 7 pm

Sosnoff Theater


In a tour de force that is as much an homage to an immortal work of literature as it is to the quest for love and family, Booker Prize-winning, internationally bestselling author Salman Rushdie has created a dazzling Don Quixote for the modern age.


Rushdie takes the reader on a wild ride through a country on the verge of moral and spiritual collapse. With the kind of storytelling magic that is the hallmark of his work, Quichotte is a profoundly human quest for love and a wickedly entertaining portrait of an age in which fact is so often indiscernible from fiction.


All tickets $38, including a copy of Quichotte.

$5 student tickets are available for all performances through the Passloff Pass.*

*Does not include a copy of Quichotte.




Sosnoff Theater

Tickets: $25–35

Subscriptions available.


Copland and Strauss: Leon Botsteinconductor

Saturday, September 14 at 8 pm

Sunday, September 15 at 2 pm

Galina Ustvolskaya Symphonic Poem No. 1

R. Strauss Four Songs, Op. 27

Copland Symphony No. 3 


Sibelius and Shostakovich: Leon Botstein, conductor

Saturday, October 19 at 8 pm

Sunday, October 20 at 2 pm

Xinran Li, violin

Sibelius Violin Concerto

Shostakovich Symphony No. 10


Hans Graf conducts SchubertHans Graf, conductor

Saturday, November 2 at 8 pm

Sunday, November 3 at 2 pm

Egon Wellesz Prospero's Incantations

Franz Schubert Symphony No. 9, The Great


Stravinsky's The Fairy's KissLeon Botsteinconductor

Saturday, November 13 at 7 pm

Sunday, November 3 at 2 pm 

Michael Nagybaritone

Honegger Rugby

Schoeck Buried Alive

Mitropoulos Concerto Grosso

Stravinsky Divertimento, The Fairy's Kiss Suite





The Ars Nova Production of Underground Railroad Game

October 9-12 at 7:30 pm

LUMA Theater

by ​Jennifer Kidwell and  Scott R. Sheppard with Lightning Rod Special

Tickets start at $25

LUMA Theater

“A lacerating comedy on race…in-all-ways sensational.”—Ben Brantley, New York Times





College Behind Bars

Special Preview of the New Documentary

Monday, October 21, 2019 at 5 pm


Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater

Directed and produced by award-winning filmmaker Lynn Novick, produced by Sarah Botstein, and executive produced by Ken Burns, College Behind Bars reveals the transformative power of higher education through the experiences of incarcerated men and women earning degrees in the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI), one of the country’s most rigorous college-in-prison programs.


This preview event will feature segments from the documentary followed by panel discussions with Lynn Novick, BPI Executive Director Max Kenner ’01, and BPI alumni featured in the film.




Conservatory Orchestra: A Martial Arts Trilogy

Tan Dun, Conductor

Saturday, September 28 at 8pm

Weigang Li, violin

Peter Wiley, cello

Blair McMillen, piano

Benjamin Hochman, piano

Tickets: $25-150

$150 ticket level includes reception and meet and greet with the artists.


Conservatory Orchestra: Family Weekend Concert

Leon Botstein, Music Director

Saturday, October 26 at 8pm

Charles Ives  “The Fourth of July” S.5 no.3 

Sibelius Symphony 7, Op . 105, C major 

Honegger Symphony 3 “ Symphonie Liturgique” 

Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture (1880)

Tickets: $15–20 suggested donation to the Conservatory Scholarship Fund; free with Bard ID


The Bard Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program Presents: Stephanie Blythe

Saturday, November 9 at 8 pm

Tickets: $25-$150

$150 ticket level includes reception and meet and greet with the artists.


Conservatory Orchestra

James Bagwell, Guest Conductor

Saturday, December 7 at 8pm

Jackson Spargur Polaris world premiere

Florence Price Symphony No.1 in E minor

Aaron Copland Billy the Kid, ballet

Tickets: $15–20 suggested donation to the Conservatory Scholarship Fund; free with Bard ID


Winter Songfest

James Bagwell, Conductor

Sunday, December 15 at 3pm

With the Bard Conservatory Orchestra, members of the Bard Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program, Bard College Symphonic Chorus, Bard College Chamber Singers, and Bard Preparatory Chorus.

Tickets: $20





November 21-24, 2019

Where No Wall Remains: 

an international festival on borders

Co-curated by Tania El Khoury and Gideon Lester

Fisher Center for the Performing Arts

Bard Farm

Murray’s Tivoli


Tickets to the public go on sale on September 11


They say there is a window from one heart to another.

How can there be a window where no wall remains? - Rumi


A four-day festival on the subject of borders—physical borders, political borders, and borders of the body—and how we might in time transcend them. This third edition of the LAB Biennial is co-curated by Lebanese artist Tania El Khoury, a 2019 Soros Art Fellow, and features nine new performances and installations by contemporary artists from the Middle East and Central America.
Performance and installation schedule varies. Check website for full details. Round-trip coach from NYC available on Sunday, November 24





All performances free unless otherwise noted.

LUMA Theater

Theater & Performance Fall Mainstage: Promenade

by María Irene Fornés and Al Carmines

Directed by Morgan Green ‘12

Music Direction by Michael Ferrara MM’15

Choreography by Lisa Fagan ‘11

Tickets: $15 general public, free to the Bard community

LUMA Theater

Thursday, October 24 and Friday, October 25 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, October 26 at 4 pm


Fall Dance Concert

Thursday, November 7 and Friday, November 8 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, November 9 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm

LUMA Theater


Fall Senior Dance Concert

Thursday, December 12 and Friday, December 13 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, December 14 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm


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Tickets for Fisher Center fall season programs start at $25 and many events are free; to purchase tickets and get additional information go to or call the Fisher Center box office at 845-758-7900.


The Fisher Center develops, produces, and presents performing arts across disciplines through new productions and context-rich programs that challenge and inspire. At once a premier professional performing arts center and a hub for research and education, the Fisher Center supports artists, students, and audiences in the development and examination of artistic ideas and perspectives from the past, present, and future. The organization’s home is the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, designed by Frank Gehry and located on the campus of Bard College in New York’s Hudson Valley. The Fisher Center offers outstanding programs to many communities, including the students and faculty of Bard, and audiences in the Hudson Valley, New York City, across the country and around the world. The Fisher Center illustrates Bard’s commitment to the performing arts as a cultural and educational necessity. Building on a 150-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard is committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow’s thought leaders.


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This event was last updated on 09-03-2019