SummerScape

SummerScape 2021
Photo by Peter Aaron'68/Esto

SummerScape 2021

This July and August, Bard SummerScape returns with a full season of live music, dance, opera, and performance, culminating in the 31st annual Bard Music Festival, Nadia Boulanger and Her World.

Productions will be staged for limited in-person audiences both indoors and out, across Bard’s idyllic 1,000-acre campus, adhering to rigorous health and safety protocols while celebrating the joys of live performance and the beauty of the Hudson Valley.

“A hotbed of intellectual and aesthetic adventure.”

—New York Times
Tickets and Schedule
Photo by Peter Aaron'68/Esto

Tickets and Schedule

The full SummerScape 2021 program will be announced in late April, complete with details of all health and safety protocols.

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Support
Photo by Caleb Hammons

Support

Preparing for the summer season in these uncertain times is no simple task. Your support will make it possible. Please help bring back SummerScape with a contribution today.
Dance
Jessie Montgomery by Jiyang Chen; Pam Tanowitz by George Etheredge

Dance

I was waiting for the echo of a better day
World Premiere
A new commission from Bard’s Fisher Center Choreographer-in Residence Pam Tanowitz and Bernstein Award-winning composer Jessie Montgomery. Performed with live musical accompaniment, this large-scale dance work marks Tanowitz’s return to SummerScape after the resounding success of her Four Quartets, a Fisher Center commission that premiered at the 2018 festival. 
 
31st SeasonBard Music Festival
Photo Courtesy of Centre international Nadia et Lili Boulanger

31st Season
Bard Music Festival

Nadia Boulanger and Her World

The Bard Music Festival returns for its 31st season with an exploration of the life and work of Nadia Boulanger (1887–1979), the pioneering Parisian pedagogue, composer, conductor, pianist, organist, and indomitable personality who shaped more than a generation of American musicians. Through a series of themed concert programs, lectures, and panel discussions, Nadia Boulanger and Her World pays tribute to one of the most important female figures in the history of classical music.

Opera
Norman Garrett as King Arthur; photo by Maria Baranova

Opera

Ernest Chausson's 
King Arthur
(Le roi Arthus)
The first fully-staged North American production of King Arthur (Le roi Arthus), the only opera by Boulanger’s compatriot and near-contemporary Ernest Chausson, conducted by festival founder and artistic director Leon Botstein.
Montgomery Place
Rendering by Tessellate

Montgomery Place

A series of concerts will take place at Bard’s Montgomery Place campus, a designated National Historic Landmark set amid rolling lawns, woodlands and gardens against the spectacular backdrop of the Catskill Mountains and adjacent to the College’s main campus.