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The Fisher Center and the Bard Conservatory Orchestra present Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho with Live Orchestra

Bernard Herrmann’s score will be performed by the Bard College Conservatory of Music Orchestra in the Sosnoff Theater

Eleanor Davis
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— Experience Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho as never before on Saturday, September 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 23 at 2 p.m. in the Fisher Center’s Sosnoff Theater. Presented in partnership with Upstate Films, every spine-tingling moment is more vivid with Bernard Herrmann’s bone-chilling, iconic score performed in its entirety by the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, conducted by James Bagwell.  Last year’s live cinema performances (featuring Hitchock’s Vertigo) sold out. Tickets are $25–75, and proceeds benefit the Bard College Conservatory of Music scholarship fund. Tickets can be ordered online at or by calling the box office at 845-758-7900.

Considered the “mother” of all modern horror suspense films, Psycho stars Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins, and features one of the most memorable scenes in cinematic history. Psycho centers on the fateful encounter of secretary Marion Crane (Leigh), who finds refuge in a secluded motel after stealing money from her employer, and the motel’s disturbed and reclusive manager, Norman Bates (Perkins). 

A Symphonic Night at the Movies is a production of PGM Productions, Inc. (New York), and appears by arrangement with IMG Artists.

The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College is a world-class destination for new productions and rediscoveries of music, dance, theater, and performance.  From its landmark Frank Gehry building in New York’s Hudson Valley, the Fisher Center provides a vital home for rising and established artists to create intellectually- and socially-engaged works for local and global communities. Bard SummerScape is the Fisher Center’s widely acclaimed summer festival.  Described as “a hotbed of intellectual and aesthetic adventure" by The New York Times, SummerScape produces opera, dance, theater, cabaret, and includes the Bard Music Festival, which promotes new ways of understanding and presenting the history of music.  New multidisciplinary works are developed year-round through Live Arts Bard (LAB), the Fisher Center’s residency and commissioning program.  The Fisher Center is known for producing ambitious, multi-year projects by a rising generation of American artists.  As one of the only U.S. producers of unjustly overlooked operas, the Center seeks to revitalize the repertoire through contributing major new productions to the canon.  A program of Bard College, the Fisher Center illustrates Bard’s commitment to the performing arts as a cultural and educational necessity.

The Bard College Conservatory Orchestra has performed twice at Lincoln Center in New York City, at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre, and completed three international concert tours: one in 2012 to Asia with concerts in Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjing, Guangzhou, and Wuhan and one in 2014 to Europe with concerts in Warsaw, St. Petersburg, Moscow, Budapest, Vienna, Bratislava, Prague, and Berlin; and one to Cuba in 2016. The orchestra consists of 90 gifted students. The Conservatory Orchestra performs several concerts annually with Music Director Leon Botstein and noted guest conductors in the Sosnoff Theater of The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College.
Upstate Films opened in May of 1972 as a single-screen non-profit cinema staffed by its three founders, with an eclectic mix of classic Hollywood and foreign films reflecting a wide-ranging diversity of themes, styles, countries, eras. Upstate came of age with the “independent” film movement, screening sought-after indie features and documentaries along with films that were rarely screened in this country, much less in a semi-rural area. Over the decades, Upstate has shown thousands of films and hosted hundreds of filmmakers and critics, on its way to becoming a critically-acclaimed destination. Just as important as bringing renowned and emerging artists to our community, Upstate serves as a public forum, hosting speakers and varied community organizations to address topics of interest, from fracking to farming, to local history to Lyme disease. These programs are often offered free of charge to help reinforce their mission and introduce our theaters to new audience members. Supporting education is also part of the mission, as Upstate hosts filmmaking workshops for students and works with teachers in local school districts. Attracting over 75,000-plus filmgoers annually, and with programming on both sides of the Hudson, in Woodstock as well as Rhinebeck, Upstate explores and highlights important social realities, cultural phenomena, and aesthetic movements.

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This event was last updated on 09-14-2018