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Bard Music Festival Celebrates Chopin, August 18 - 20

Described as “part boot camp for the brain, part spa for the spirit” (NY Times) and a “highbrow hotbed of culture” (Huffington Post), the 16th season of the much-loved Bard SummerScape 2017 is seven weeks of music, opera, theater, dance, film and cabaret performances, this year keyed to the life and times of 19th-century Polish composer Fryderyk Chopin, one of our favorites. The Bard Music Festival (8/11-13 & 18-20) explores the life and times of Chopin (1810–49), whose distinctive originality continues to shape the way we think about music, Romanticism, and modern Polish identity. It’s hard to believe he hasn’t been the subject of a Bard Music Festival before now!

Acclaimed at its 1882 premiere for its strong dramatic moments, original melodies, and masterful choral writing, Antonín Dvoƙák's Dimitrij was regarded as one of the most significant works created for the Czech operatic stage. Distinguished director Anne Bogart '74 brings this grand opera to life in a new production with the American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein. You’ll want to be in the audience to experience the thrilling electrifying moments this production will generate! Based on events of 17th-century Russia, Dimitrij resumes where Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov leaves off—vividly depicting the uncertainty, tribal loyalties, and struggles for power in the wake of the revered tsar's death. Buy Tickets, $25–95. Remaining Performances are:

Fri. August 4, 7:30 pm
Sun. August 6, 2 pm

Choreographer Jerome Robbins set several major works to Chopin’s music. The centerpiece is Dances at a Gathering with 18 of Chopin's mazurkas, waltzes, and études. This program traces the choreographic lineage of New York City Ballet, including Balanchine's Duo Concertant, set to Stravinsky, and In Creases, the first work created for the company by the prodigious new talent Justin Peck, with music by Philip Glass. Performances are: Fri. June 30, 7:30 pm, Sat. July 1, 2 pm
Sat. July 1, 7:30 pm and Sun. July 2, 2 pm.

There was a theater World Premiere by The Wooster Group of  A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique), the work of visionary director Tadeusz Kantor, whose theater came from the fractures of 20th-century Poland and spoke to the world about imagination and history. As the New York Times writes, "throughout its almost 40 unceasingly fertile years of existence, this genre-bending troupe has taken theatergoers through twisting labyrinths of productions, in which reality and its representations are splintered by technology and irony." Buy Tickets $25–65. Performances were July 13 -23

The Film Series explores the mixed legacies of Romantic icon Chopin with biopics from different viewpoints, plus see the importance of his music to ambitious literary adaptations, intimate chamber dramas epitomized by Ingmar Bergman, and historical epics such as The Pianist. Subscriptions & packages with transportation from New York City available. Buy Tickets $10. Screenings are:

Thu. August 17, 7 pm
Sun. August 20, 7 pm

Capping it all off is the return of the Spiegeltent, an enchanted and historic tent of mirrors with memorable summer evenings of cabaret, dinner and dancing, late night entertainment from world-class performers, and after hours parties with NY’s hottest DJs, all hosted by Tony-nominated Justin Vivian Bond. He promises a season of mischief, glamour, and wicked delights; watch Mx. Bond's video here. Cabaret admission is restricted to those over 18 years old unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. No one under 21 is permitted during After Hours.

Find information on the Bard Music Festival 2017: Chopin and His World. From August 11–13: Chopin, the Piano, and Musical Culture of the 19th Century and from August 18–20: Originality and Virtuosity. Explore Chopin’s complex and enigmatic sides. He rose to international fame as the voice of an oppressed Poland, a once powerful nation that had been dismembered decades before his birth in 1810. A child prodigy who grew up in Warsaw, Chopin spent the second half of his life in Paris, where he was lionized as a pianist, composer, and teacher. He was not only a leading figure in the distinguished Polish émigré community of Paris, but also interacted with the aristocracy and with cultural luminaries.

The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College is located in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, situated on the east bank of the Hudson River in the beautiful Hudson Valley, about 90 miles north of New York City and 220 miles southwest of Boston. The Taconic State Parkway and the NY State Thruway provide the most direct routes to Bard’s campus. *GPS device users: Bard College is in Annandale-on-Hudson; the zip code is 12504. Enter the intersection of Route 9G and Annandale Road for the most accurate directions to the Fisher Center. Note: It’s 60 Manor Avenue, NOT 60 Manor Road, as Google Maps may indicate. More travel information such as parking and train service is available online.   Contact the Fisher Center Box Office at 845-758-7900, Mon–Fri, 10 am to 5 pm.

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