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Bard Fisher Center Presents The Stage at Montgomery Place: Gathering on the Banks

Free Film, Live Music, and Dance Series to be Presented on the Grounds of Bard College’s Montgomery Place Campus


Eleanor Davis
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— The Fisher Center at Bard College presents an inaugural series of free, outdoor events. The Stage at Montgomery Place: Gathering on the Banks features a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest, presented in partnership with Upstate Films, on Saturday, September 15 at 7 p.m.; A Celebration of Americana Music Featuring Simi Stone and Spirit Family Reunion, on Sunday, September 23 at 4 p.m.; and a dance performance, Souleymane Badolo’s Yimbégré, on Saturday, September 29 at 6 p.m. All events are free and registration is strongly recommended. To reserve tickets go to or call the box office at 845-758-7900.

The Stage at Montgomery Place: Gathering on the Banks series will take place outdoors, set against the spectacular setting of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains. Food and beverages from local vendors will be available for purchase, and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. For information about handicapped access please contact the box office at 845-758-7900.

Outdoor Film Screening
Alfred Hitchcocks North by Northwest
Presented in partnership with Upstate Films
Saturday, September 15 at 7 pm
Raindate: Sunday, September 16*
Grounds open at 6 pm

Gripping, suspenseful, and visually iconic, this late-period Hitchcock classic, featuring an exhilarating score by legendary Hollywood composer Bernard Herrmann, is one of the most popular spy thrillers of all time. The Hudson River serves as a backdrop in the film, and for this night at the movies, under the stars.

Outdoor Concert
A Celebration of Americana Music
Featuring Simi Stone and Spirit Family Reunion
Sunday, September 23 at 4 pm
Rain date: Saturday, September 22*
Grounds open at 3 pm

“The sky's the limit for Upstate's vivacious, shining star,” Simi Stone. Her “sound gets everyone on their feet and their hearts bursting with joy.” —Upstate Diary

Joining Stone in this Hudson River Jamboree is Spirit Family Reunion (featuring Bard alums Maggie Carson ’07 and Or Zubalsky MFA ’17), a young Americana band from Brooklyn whose songs “translate perfectly into foot-stomping singalongs” (NPR).

Outdoor Dance Performance
Souleymane Badolo: Yimbégré
Saturday, September 29 at 6 pm
Rain date: Sunday, September 30*
Grounds open at 5 pm

In the Mooré language, yimbégré means “beginning.” For the powerful dancer, choreographer, and Bard faculty member Souleymane “Solo” Badolo, born in Burkina Faso and currently based in Brooklyn, to begin again is to exercise personal freedom—yet often at the expense of familial roots. In this deeply personal work, Badolo pits ancestry against aspiration to explore the delicate balance between maintaining ties and seeking new homes free from creative and political intolerance. Featuring live music.

*In case of inclement weather, rain dates will be announced 24 hours prior to the scheduled event.

Located on River Rd., Annandale-on-Hudson, Montgomery Place, a 380-acre estate adjacent to the main Bard College campus and overlooking the Hudson River, is a designated National Historic Landmark set amid rolling lawns, woodlands, and gardens, against the spectacular backdrop of the Catskill Mountains. Renowned architects, landscape designers, and horticulturists worked to create an elegant and inspiring country estate consisting of a mansion, farm, orchards, farmhouse, and other smaller buildings. The Montgomery Place estate was owned by members of the Livingston family from 1802 until the 1980s. In 1986, Livingston heir John Dennis Delafield transferred the estate to Historic Hudson Valley in whose hands it remained until 2016, when Bard College acquired the property.

Tickets and more information are available at or by calling the box office at 845-758-7900. For directions go to:

The Stage at Montgomery Place is supported by the Educational Foundation of America and by the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area.

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This event was last updated on 09-04-2018