Bard Music Festival Focuses on ‘Chopin and His World’
ZEALnyc, August 8, 2017
As many summer festivals are beginning to wind down, there’s one just to the north of New York City that is getting ready to commence. The 28th annual Bard Music Festival, taking place on the campus of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, prepares for the opening of this year’s festival entitled “Chopin and His World.” Spanning over the course of two weekends, each segment has its own subtitled focus, bringing a thematic through-line to the festivities.
Co-artistic director Leon Botstein, who serves as conductor for a number of the concerts, also provides additional insights and context to the programming by offering pre-concert lectures for many of the concerts as well. Artists for the opening weekend include Canadian mezzo-soprano Katarzyna Sadej and several outstanding pianists, among them Gilmore Young Artist Award-winner Orion Weiss, Wigmore Hall International Song Competition “Best Pianist” Erika Switzer, and Benjamin Hochman.
The opening weekend’s focus is “Chopin, the Piano, and Musical Culture of the 19th Century” and presents a series of performances, pre-concert lectures, and panel discussions devoted to this highly prolific artist. The day-to-day lineup is listed below:
Friday, August 11: The Genius of Chopin
The second weekend holds the title of “Originality and Virtuosity” and offers a variety of performances from solo piano repertoire, to a wind symphony, all the way to the concert presentation of the full opera Halka by Stanislaw Moniuszko, a contemporary of Chopin. More information on the specific events is below:
Thursday, August 17: Movement, Miniatures and Mysticism
Round-trip coach bus service is provided exclusively to ticket-holders for performances of the festival. A reservation is required, and may be made by calling the box office at 845-758-7900. The round-trip fare is $40, and the bus departs from Lincoln Center at the times indicated:
Program 1: Friday, August 11 at 8pm (dinner at 5:30pm) 3:30pm
Program 6: Sunday, August 13 at 4:30pm (preconcert talk at 3:30pm) 1pm
Program 9: Saturday, August 19 at 8pm (preconcert talk at 7pm) 3pm
Program 12: Sunday, August 20 at 4:30pm (preconcert talk at 3:30pm) 12:30pm