In the Dutchess County Spotlight
Bard SummerScape & Music Festival
"Saint-Saens and His World"
The Bard Music Festival celebrates "Saint-Saens and His World" August 10-12 and August 17-19 at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson in northern Dutchess.The career of Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921) spanned the course of French music from Gounod to Ravel, and his prodigious, stylistically varied output helps to define our understanding of the classical, the romantic, and the modern in music. Over two weekends, the 23rd Bard Music Festival explores the life and times of the French composer, with performances of many of his masterworks, including his Third Symphony, and works by his contemporaries.
Bard Music Festival's In-Depth Survey of Music by Camille Saint-Saens and His Contemporaries
The Bard Music Festival is back as part of Bard SummerScape 2012. Enjoy twelve concert programs over two mid-August weekends in honor of the exploration of "Saint-Saens and His World." The concerts, lectures, panel discussions, and insightful commentary make up Bard's examination of Camille Saint- Saens. They provide insight into the music of Belle Epoque France and all genres of Saint-Saens's extraordinary composition. The music includes works from contemporaries and compatriots, with a special concert performance of the opera Henry VII.
August 10th to the 12th, "Paris and the Culture of
Cosmopolitanism" is presented at Bard SummerScape, which
positions Saint-Saens in his native city. The second weekend (August 17-19)
presents "Confronting Modernism", which portrays a time in France's history
where the tragedy of World War ! ended. It paints the picture in history where
modernism came into play and there was the hope of golden promise.
The Spiegeltent Is Back!
What is a Spiegeltent? Is it a thing, a place or person? It is one-of-a-kind, "agreeably funky" (New York Times) and is overall a magical environment. Praised for its "wooden floors, mirrored walls, stained-glass panels, and red velvet ceiling" (Village Voice), it is sure to provide a unique experience. Located in front of the Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center, the Spiegeltent features a cutting-edge cabaret and extraordinary musical performances. The most awesome aspect is, before and after each performance, it provides the perfect atmosphere for meals and drinks from area Hudson Valley places! Don't forget, the Spiegeltent has sold out multiple times since it opened in 2006, so don't wait on getting your tickets! For ticket information, check out http://fishercenter.bard.edu/spiegeltent/2012
For tickets and further information on all SummerScape events, call the Fisher Center box office at 845-758-7900 or visit www.fishercenter.bard.edu.