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The Bard College Conservatory of Music Presents the Conservatory Orchestra

Eleanor Davis

Image Credit: Courtesy of Dawn Upshaw
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— The Bard College Conservatory Orchestra performs at The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts’s Sosnoff Theater on Saturday, March 9 at 8 p.m. The performance features  Mark Russell Smith, guest conductor, and five-time Grammy Award winner soprano Dawn Upshaw in a program that includes Samuel Barber’s Symphony in One Movement, Op. 9; Oliver Knussen’s Requiem—Songs for Sue; and Mussorgsky/Ravel’s Pictures at an Exhibition. All proceeds will benefit the Scholarship Fund of The Bard College Conservatory of Music. Suggested donations for all Conservatory Sundays programs are $20 (orchestra seating) and $15 (parterre/first balcony. For additional ticket information contact the Fisher Center box office at or call 845-758-7900.

The Conservatory Orchestra performs Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 at the Fisher Center on May 10 at 8 p.m., and May 12 at 3 p.m., conducted by Leon Botstein, music director, with Eve Gigliotti, mezzo-soprano, the Bard College Chamber Singers, and the Bard Festival Chorale.

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Recognized as one of the finest conservatories in the United States, The Bard College Conservatory of Music, founded in 2005, is guided by the principle that young musicians should be broadly educated in the liberal arts and sciences to achieve their greatest potential. All undergraduates complete two degrees over a five-year period: a bachelor of music and a bachelor of arts in a field other than music. The Conservatory Orchestra has performed twice at Lincoln Center, and has completed three international concert tours: in June 2012 to China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan; in June 2014 to Russia and six cities in Central and Eastern Europe; and in June 2016, to three cities in Cuba. For additional information about The Bard College Conservatory of Music please go to the website at

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This event was last updated on 02-22-2019