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Bard Fisher Center Presents an Outstanding Fall Season of Music, Dance, and Theater Productions

Highlights include Jeremy Denk Performing “Music from Bach to Schubert and the Beatles to Ligeti”; Pauline Oliveros and the International Contemporary Ensemble; Conversations with David Sedaris and Alan Cumming; The Orchestra Now Series; and M

Eleanor Davis
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—This fall, The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents an extraordinary series of music, dance, performance, and theater programs taking place in the world class Sosnoff and LUMA Theaters. Additional information is available at Tickets can be ordered online at or by calling the box office at 845-758-7900.

Trisha Brown Dance Company
LUMA Theater
Thursday, September 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Admission is free; reservations required
Trisha Brown Dance Company returns for a work-in-progress performance concluding its fall residency. This event marks the second year of the company’s educational partnership with Bard College, bringing Brown’s brazenly beautiful work to the Bard community with dance technique classes, master classes, and engagement activities occurring throughout the academic year. This season’s program includes the company’s most recent reconstruction, Geometry of Quiet (2002), an elegant and austere quartet featuring music by Salvatore Sciarrino. Additional programming includes selections from Brown’s 40-year repertoire. Presented by Bard College Dance Program.
Jeremy Denk
Music from Bach to Schubert and the Beatles to Ligeti
Sosnoff Theater
Sunday, September 11 at 3 p.m.
Tickets: $30–50
Celebrate the Bard College Conservatory of Music’s 10th anniversary with one of America’s foremost pianists.

“The idea of this program is a musical analogy to time-lapse photography: a journey in two hours through seven centuries of Western music, from the 1300s until the present day. In a series of 25 short pieces, it will trace the evolution of the musical language, the soundscape—an epic story of human thought and ideals, of what we have found important to express in tones.” —Jeremy Denk

Program includes: Binchois, Josquin, Dufay, Byrd, Frescobaldi, Purcell, Bach, C. P. E. Bach, Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Liszt, Chopin, Brahms, Schoenberg, Debussy, Profokiev, Messiaen, the Beatles, Adams, and Ligeti.
Pauline Oliveros and the International Contemporary Ensemble
LUMA Theater
Saturday, September 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25–45; $5 for students
Members of the acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble will perform music by Pauline Oliveros, a living legend in American experimental music. Oliveros is the founder of Deep Listening, a practice of “listening in every possible way to everything possible, to hear no matter what you are doing.” She will perform solo works for accordion. Presented by New Albion.
The Orchestra Now
Leon Botstein, Music Director
The Orchestra Now (TŌN), a unique training orchestra and master’s degree program founded by Bard in 2015, is preparing a new generation of musicians to break down barriers between modern audiences and great orchestral music of the past and present. At a TŌN concert, musicians and audience inspire one another, each following their curiosity with a shared sense of adventure.
Copland & Bruckner
Conducted by Leon Botstein
Saturday, September 24 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, September 25 at 2 p.m.
Sosnoff Theater
Tickets: $25–35; subscriptions available
Aaron Copland: Clarinet Concerto, Viktor Toth ’16, clarinet
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 5
Elgar’s Enigma Variations
Conducted by Leon Botstein
Saturday, October 29 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 30 at 2 p.m.
Sosnoff Theater
Tickets: $25–35; subscriptions available
Benjamin Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Gustav Mahler: Adagio from Symphony No. 10, Harold Farberman, conductor
William Walton: Cello Concerto John Belk ’17, cello
Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations
Cai Conducts Rachmaninoff
Conducted by Jingdong Cai
Saturday, November 19 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 20 at 2 p.m.
Sosnoff Theater
Tickets: $25–35; subscriptions available
Guohui Ye:  Drinking Wine by the Stream’s Choice
Xiaogang Ye: The Scent of the Green Mango
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances
Storyhorse Documentary Theater
Good Dirt

Sunday, October 2 at 3 p.m.
Sosnoff Theater
Tickets: $15 - 20
Written by Jeremy Davidson
Directed by Mary Stuart Masterson

Mary Stuart Masterson and Jeremy Davidson document the lives of Hudson Valley farmers in this latest play from Tivoli-based Storyhorse Documentary Theater. Good Dirt is a multimedia performance based on interviews with six
farm families, illustrating the fragility of our agricultural heritage and the need for engagement and investment in its present and future. The performance will be followed by a discussion with the farmers portrayed on stage, and a community picnic with offerings from many local businesses whose products celebrate the bounty of Hudson Valley farms.
The farms in this piece include the Hudson Valley Seed Library (Accord), Denison Farm (Schaghticoke), Green Goats (Red Hook), Soul Fire Farm (Grafton), Tello’s Green Farm (Coxsackie),
and Northwind Farms (Tivoli). Presented by Live Arts Bard.
An Evening with David Sedaris
Friday, October 7 at 8 p.m.
Sosnoff Theater
Tickets $45­ – 70

One of America’s most popular humor writers, David Sedaris, is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as the essay collections Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and most recently, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls—each of which was an immediate bestseller. A frequent guest on NPR's This American Life, Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. Presented in association with Shawn Nightingale Productions.
Two Americas: Songs of Protest and Reconciliation
With Jeremy Siskind, Justin Kauflin, and special guests
Saturday, October 8 at 8 p.m.
Sosnoff Theater
Tickets: $25-50
An evening of songs of power and resistance, protest and reconciliation. Musicians of all genres have shaped a vital tradition of fearlessly speaking truth to power—think of Bob Dylan’s wistful version of “Blowin’ in the Wind,” Billie Holiday’s haunting rendition of “Strange Fruit,” or Stevie Wonder’s soulful remonstration, “You Haven’t Done Nothing.” Copresented by Catskill Jazz Factory.

Beth Gill

Thursday, October 13 through Saturday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m.
LUMA Theater
Tickets $25
Choreography by Beth Gill
Lighting by Thomas Dunn
Music by Jon Moniaci

Bessie Award–winning choreographer Beth Gill, makes her Fisher Center debut with a Live Arts Bard–commissioned, site-specific performance inspired by the imagination and subconscious. The dancers—a symbiotic pair with a mysterious and ever-present bond, a lone heroic female, an observer, and an otherworldly presence—inhabit a dreamlike, sensory-rich world that draws the audience into an immersive act of witnessing. Gill creates an intimate, surrealist work that builds on her acclaimed formalist choreography while forging a new theatrical approach. Presented by Live Arts Bard.
An Afternoon with Alan Cumming
Sunday, October 16 at 3 p.m.
Sosnoff Theater
Tickets: $37; includes a copy of You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams: My Life in Stories and Pictures, (Rizzoli New York)
Legendary performer Alan Cumming speaks with WAMC’s Joe Donahue about his new collection of autobiographical essays, You Gotta Get Bigger Dreams: My Life in Stories and Pictures (published by Rizzoli New York), in which the actor, singer, writer, and man-about-town shares wildly entertaining, real-life stories of louche late-night parties, backstage anecdotes, life in Los Angeles and New York, and cross–country road trips with his beloved dog, Honey. Illustrated by Cumming’s own photographs, the charming, thoughtful, and wickedly hilarious stories in this collection will leave the reader feeling like a lucky member of Alan Cumming’s inner circle. Presented in association with Oblong Books & Music.
Conservatory Weekends
Saturday, November 5 at 7 p.m.

Sosnoff Theater
Tickets: $15–20 suggested donation
Ludwig van Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 2
Aaron Copeland: Appalachian Spring
Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra

The Bard College Conservatory Orchestra performs, conducted by Leon Botstein, music director.
Bard Theater & Performance Program Student Performance
These Young Men and Women

Thursday, November 17 through Sunday, November 20
LUMA Theater
Tickets: $15
Written, choreographed, and directed by Jack Ferver
These Young Men and Women is an interdisciplinary and multimedia work created by Jack Ferver and performed by Bard students. Three tragedies by Euripides are used for the source material: Medea, Elektra, and The Trojan Women. The timeless human themes from these plays are inhabited through Ferver’s often humorous and vicious original text and choreography. The work acts out modern-day tragedies of American youth as it juxtaposes forms from the classical to the contemporary, from the epic to the quotidian, and from the mythic to the personal.
Conservatory Weekends
Sunday, December 4 at 3 p.m.
Sosnoff Theater
Tickets: $15–20
Gerard Schwarz, Guest Conducto
Maestro Schwarz, music director of the All-Star Orchestra and Conductor Laureate of the Seattle Symphony, will lead the Conservatory Orchestra in a performance of compelling, thought-provoking works.
Winter Songfest
Sunday, December 11 at 3 p.m.
Sosnoff Theater
Tickets: $15–20
Copresented by the Bard College Conservatory of Music and Bard Music Program featuring the Bard College Symphonic Chorus with musicians from the Conservatory Orchestra and Graduate Vocal Arts Program. Program includes early and modern carols, “Winter” from Haydn’s The Seasons, and additional seasonal selections.
The Hot Sardines
Holiday Stomp
Friday, December 23 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $25-65
Stepping up from their sizzling, sold-out performances in the 2013 and 2014 Spiegeltent seasons, these hot-jazz darlings get into the big, brass-filled spirit of the holiday season for their debut on the Sosnoff stage. For the Holiday Stomp, The Hot Sardines infuse yuletide classics with their unique twist on New York, Paris, and New Orleans jazz from the era of Prohibition and beyond.
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The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College
Named for the late Richard B. Fisher, former chair of Bard’s Board of Trustees, the Fisher Center has become an influential force in performing arts programming, earning critical acclaim for innovative productions of opera, orchestral, chamber, dance, and theater programs. The Center was designed by legendary architect Frank Gehry and distinguished acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, and has received international praise for its breathtaking architecture and superb sound.
Each summer the Fisher Center presents the Bard SummerScape festival, seven weeks of performing arts programs reflecting the life and times of the featured composer of the esteemed Bard Music Festival, now celebrating its 27th year. Fall and spring seasons include original productions, special one-night-only concerts, and touring artists from around the globe.
The Fisher Center is home to the Bard College Theater & Performance and Dance Programs, providing students access to exceptional theater facilities and opportunities to work with professional directors and dramaturges on publicly attended productions throughout the year. The Bard College Conservatory of Music and Bard College Music Program stage regular orchestral and chamber concerts.
The 2016 Fall season is made possible in part through the generous support of Jeanne Donovan Fisher, the Martin and Toni Sosnoff Foundation, the Board of The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, and the Friends of the Fisher Center, as well as grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
The 2016-17 season of Live Arts Bard is made possible by the generous support of the Live Arts Bard Creative Council: Alicia Davis, Jeanne Donovan Fisher, Dr. Terry Gotthelf, Jane and Richard Katzman, Doris Lockhart, Stephen Simcock, and Sarah Stack. Beth Gill is a Live Arts Bard Choreographic Fellow, supported by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The presentation of Beth Gill’s Catacomb is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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This event was last updated on 08-18-2016