SummerScape 2021

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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. Virtual livestreaming will be available for select events.

“This summer’s festival includes new works by artists who have deep and evolving relationships with the Fisher Center. We are also thrilled to be presenting several artists for the first time, including some we’ve collaborated with over the past year as part of our continuing journey toward becoming a more equitable and inclusive organization. After the uncertainty and isolation of the pandemic, the coming months will offer particularly joyous and meaningful opportunities for all these artists to return to rehearse and perform again, and invite audiences to join us and them on voyages of creation and discovery. ” —Gideon Lester, Artistic Director (Read the full statement here.)

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on June 2.

Fisher Center and Bard Music Festival Members get early access to concerts at Montgomery Place, starting May 25. Seating capacity is extremely limited. Membership does not guarantee ticket availability. Questions? Call Kieley at 845-758-7987.
DancePam Tanowitz & Jessie Montgomery
Pam Tanowitz and Jessie Montgomery by Jeremy Jacob

Pam Tanowitz & Jessie Montgomery

I was waiting for the echo of a better day
World Premiere
July 8–10
Montgomery Place
Live In-Person Event

Performed with live music, this large-scale dance is set against the spectacular backdrop of the Hudson River and the sun setting behind the Catskill Mountains. Utilizing the full breadth of Montgomery Place’s historic parkland, the piece beckons us back to gather on this land and pays tribute to what came before.
ConcertMx. Justin Vivian Bond
Mx. Justin Vivian Bond by Kyle Kupres

Mx. Justin Vivian Bond

Your Auntie Glam’s Midsummer Flutter By
with Matt Ray, Nathann Carrara, and Claudia Chopek
July 15–17
The Stage at Montgomery Place
Live In-Person Event

A longtime SummerScape favorite, Mx. Justin Vivian Bond has been heralded as “the greatest cabaret artist of this generation” (New Yorker). They return this season as Your Auntie Glam for three performances of a new concert specially commissioned for Montgomery Place.
Mwenso and the Shakes by Oluwaseye Olusa


Black Roots Summer
The Stage at Montgomery Place
Live In-Person Event​​​​​​​s

July 23–24 • Mwenso & the Shakes: Love Will Be the Only Weapon
July 29 • Genius Mother Mary: A Sonic Retrospective of Mary Lou Williams
July 30–31 • The Sound of (Black) Music

Hope, healing, and the uplifting spirits of Black roots music fill the Stage at Montgomery Place for two July weekends of Black Roots Summer. Curated by Michael Mwenso and Jono Gasparro and featuring an ensemble of 25 musicians, vocalists, dancers, and artists, these three concerts are an explosion of ideas, sounds, and radiant joy.

Norman Garrett as King Arthur by Maria Baranova


King Arthur
(Le roi Arthus)
by Ernest Chausson
July 25 – August 1
Sosnoff Theater
Live In-Person Event

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.
Tina Fabrique (left) and Mary Testa (right) by Maria Baranova


Most Happy in Concert
August 5–7
The Stage at Montgomery Place
Live In-Person Event

Frank Loesser’s songs take center stage in Most Happy in Concert, a setting of his ebullient songs from The Most Happy Fella for seven female and non-binary vocalists backed by a 13-piece instrumental ensemble. Helmed by director Daniel Fish, this concert gives audiences a new way to experience the songs of an American musical treasure.
31st SeasonBard Music Festival
Photo Courtesy of Centre international Nadia et Lili Boulanger

31st Season
Bard Music Festival

Nadia Boulanger and Her World

August 6–8 • Music in Paris 
August 13–15 • The 20th-Century Legacy of Nadia Boulanger
Live In-Person & Virtual Livestreamed Events

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.


Commissioning funds for I was waiting for the echo of a better day are provided by Jay Franke and David Herro. Commissioning and development support for the Stage at Montgomery Place are provided by the Fisher Center’s Artistic Innovation Fund, with lead support from Rebecca Gold and S. Asher Gelman ‘06 through the March Forth Foundation.

The 2021 SummerScape season is made possible in part through the generous support of Jeanne Donovan Fisher, the Martin and Toni Sosnoff Foundation, the Advisory Boards of the Fisher Center at Bard and Bard Music Festival, and Fisher Center and Bard Music Festival members, as well as grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.