bard summerscape

Courtesy of Bard College, Peter Aaron '68/Esto

  Now in its 13th season, Bard SummerScape presents eight weeks of stellar events in opera, music, theater, dance, film, and cabaret.

The prime focus of these offerings is the 26th annual Bard Music Festival, which this year examines the life, times, and creative output of the 20th century Mexican composer, conductor, and educator Carlos Chávez. whose compositions synthesize Indian, Spanish, and Mexican elements together with trends in European musical modernism.

2015 Bard SummerScape Festival Turns To Latin America

Apr 28, 2015
Courtesy of Bard College, Peter Aaron '68/Esto

This summer marks an historic season for the annual Bard SummerScape festival, when eight weeks of music, opera, theater, dance, film, and cabaret will turn for the first time to Latin America. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has a preview of the festival that takes place at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and other venues on Bard College’s Hudson River campus. 

Courtesy of Bard SummerScape. Love in the Wars

Bard SummerScape is under way, and the performing arts festival will feature the world premiere of a play opening this weekend. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the play’s curator and lead actress.

    Dubbed a “cello goddess” by the New Yorker, Maya Beiser has captivated audiences worldwide with her virtuosity, eclectic repertoire, and relentless quest to redefine her instrument’s boundaries.

Tonight at 8:30pm, Maya will perform with special guest pianist, Donal Fox in the Spiegeltent at Bard College as part of their SummerScape season. Tonight’s program is entitled The Music of Astor Piazolla and Beyond. Beiser and Fox will perform their unique take on the music of Astor Piazzolla and the early style of tango. The evening will also include original works and arrangements by Fox, and new works developed by Beiser during her residency at the Spiegeltent over the last few days.

    Bard SummerScape 2013 presents seven inspired weeks of opera, music, theater, dance, film, and cabaret. This summer Bard College, in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, presents their 24th annual Bard Music Festival with the theme "Stravinsky and His World."

A major highlight of the season, however, isn't by Stravinsky but is instead by Sergey Taneyev - a composer Stravinsky admired. Thaddeus Strassberger returns to SummerScape to direct Oresteia, with The American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leon Botstein. Performances begin at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, July 26th.

Thaddeus and SummerScape Opera producer, Susanna Meyer join us to tell us more.

Paul B. Goode

    The 1913 premiere of Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring created an uproar whose repercussions changed the course of dance and music in the 20th century. A hundred years later, two titans of the American performing arts have joined forces to create a thrilling new dance-theater performance that celebrates that legendary opening night.

A Rite is a collaboration between choreographer Bill T. Jones (a resident artist at Bard) and director Anne Bogart (a Bard alumna). Their respective companies of dancers and actors have come together to develop a contemporary response to Stravinsky’s masterpiece.

A Rite will be performed as part of Bard SummerScape on 7/6 and 7/7.

Bard SummerScape's production of Emmanuel Chabrier's rarely produced opera, The King in Spite of Himself (Le Roi Malgré Lui) opens tonight in the Sosnoff Theater at the Richard B. Fisher Center. We learn more about the opera from accomplished director, Thaddeus Strassberger, and world-class Soprano, Nathalie Paulin.

Starting this Friday, Bard SummerScape will present a production of Moliere's famous - and famously final - comedy of manners - The Imaginary Invalid. The all-male cast is directed by Erica Schmidt and stars Ethan Phillips in the title role and Peter Dinklage as his informed and ultimately influential maid. Here, we speak with the extremely talented trio about the production.