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Friday, December 14, 2018, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building

Hindemith and Brass

Konzertmusik, Morgenmusik, and Sonatas for Brass and Piano by Paul Hindemith (1895-1963).  Festive music for horns, trumpets, trombones, and tubas with piano accompaniment, curated by Edward Carroll. Website

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Saturday, December 15, 2018, 8:00 pm, Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater

Winter Songfest

Winter Songfest This holiday tradition features a program of works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, including “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” and excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. With the Bard College Symphonic Chorus, Bard College Chamber Singers, members of the Bard Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program, the Bard Conservatory Orchestra, and The Orchestra Now (TŌN).
 
Runtime is 1 hour 55 minutes, including one intermission. 
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Sunday, December 16, 2018, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building

Conservatory Student Recital: Weilan Li, viola

Program

Speed Etude for Viola and Piano (1947)                                         Quincy Porter
(1897–1966)         

Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011                                                  J. S. Bach (1685–1750)

    I. Predule
 IV. Sarabande
 VI. Gigue

Short Intermission

Sonata for Viola Solo Op. 25, No. 1                                               Paul Hindemith (1895–1963)
  I. Breit Viertel
 II. Sehr Frisch und straff (Viertel)
III. Sehr langsam
IV. Rasendes Zeitmaß. Wild. Tonschönheit ist Nebensache

About the Artists     
Weilan Li, from Shenzhen, China, is now a third-year student at the Bard Conservatory, where she studies viola with Steven Tenenbom and Marka Gustavsson. In addition to studying viola, Weilan has chosen anthropology as her second major at Bard. She began playing the viola in 2009 after seven years of playing the violin while attending the middle school at the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in China.
           
Weilan has attended many music festivals, including the Young Artists Program (YAP) of National Arts Center in Ottawa, where she was selected for the Pinchas Zukerman studio and studied with Zukerman, Patinka Kopec, and Grigory Kalinovsky in 2017. She attended the National Youth Orchestra of China (NYO–China) the same year, where she was principal viola performing in New York’s Carnegie Hall with Yuja Wang and Maestro Ludovic Morlot. She also played on tour in China, performing in Beijing, Shanghai, and Suzhou with pianist Olga Kern.

In the summer of 2018, Weilan attended the Chamber Music Intensive of Taconic Music in Manchester, Vermont, where she studied chamber music with Enso Quartet, the Indianapolis Quartet, and the Horszowski Trio, and had lessons with Melissa Reardon, Michael Strauss, Ariel Rudiakov, Amadi Azikiwe, and others. In July, she attended the String Summer Mastercourse of Keshet Eilon in Israel, where she started with soloist Tatjana Masurenko (Hochschule für Musik) and Francoise Gneri (CNSM of Lyon). Weilan collaborated with solo violinist Sergey Ostrovsky and violist Tatjana Masurenko, performing Tchaikovsky’s “Souvenir de Florence.” She has had coachings with Shmuel Ashkenasi, Ira Weller, Peter Serkin, Raman Ramakrishnan, Nicholas Mann, David Geber, Yi-Wen Jiang, and Jay Liu. She has also played in masterclasses with the Shanghai Quartet, Ani Kavafian, Daniel Phillips, Todd Phillips, Peter Wiley, Ivan Chan, and Samuel Rhodes. She won the second prize in the Viola Category in the Hong Kong International String Competition. 

Pianist James Berger, from Buffalo, New York, is a second-year student in the Conservatory, studying piano with Benjamin Hochman. Website

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Monday, December 17, 2018, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, Chapel of the Holy Innocents

Violin and Cello Recital: Zhongheng Zhang and Nathan Matsubara

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building

The Graduate Vocal Arts Program presents Poetry into Song

A concert of music inspired by the words of three icons of poetry: Goethe, Verlaine, and Dickinson. Performed by the first-year singers of the Graduate Vocal Arts Program and the postgraduate Piano Fellows. Website

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Sunday, February 3, 2019, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building

Conservatory Faculty Recital: Benjamin Hochman, piano

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Sunday, February 10, 2019, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building

Visiting Faculty Recital: Lera Auerbach, piano, performs Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and her composition, 24 Preludes for Piano

<strong>Visiting Faculty Recital: Lera Auerbach, piano</strong>, performs Mussorgsky's <em>Pictures at an Exhibition </em>and <em>her composition, </em>24 Preludes for Piano Website

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building

Noon Concert

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building

The Blithewood Ensemble: Teresa Buchholz, voice, Erika Switzer, piano, and Marka Gustavsson, viola

The Blithewood Ensemble will perform a concert of chamber music including Brahms, Loeffler, Bridge, and Strauss.
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Thursday, February 14, 2019, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building

Bard College Conservatory Concerto Competition: Vocal Arts Preliminary Round

Students in the Graduate Vocal Arts Program audition for the final round of the 2019 Concerto Competition. Website

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Saturday, February 16, 2019, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building

Conservatory Concerto Competition: Undergraduate Preliminary Round

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Saturday, February 16, 2019, 8:00 pm, Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater

Schubert’s Winterreise

Schubert’s <em>Winterreise</em> Franz Schubert Die Winterreise (The Winter Journey)
   Rufus Müller, tenor    
   Kayo Iwama, piano

Days before his death from syphilis in November 1828, Franz Schubert was putting the finishing touches on this, the most famous of all song cycles. The journey of the title takes the protagonist from anger to pain, with startling detours into remembered joy and hope, then finally from despair to death.  Website

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Sunday, February 17, 2019, 11:00 am, Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater

Bard Conservatory Concerto Competition

Bard Conservatory Concerto Competition
Finalists from the Bard Conservatory compete for the opportunity to perform with the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, The Orchestra Now, and the American Symphony Orchestra. Website

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building

Noon Concert

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Saturday, March 9, 2019, 8:00 pm, Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater

Bard College Conservatory Orchestra

Bard College Conservatory Orchestra Samuel Barber Symphony in One Movement, Op. 9
Oliver Knussen “Requiem—Songs for Sue”
Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition Website

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Sunday, March 10, 2019, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building

Conservatory Visiting Artists: Tony Arnold, soprano, and Gábor Csalog, piano, perform György Kurtág's The Sayings of Péter Bornemisza, Op.7

Introductory remarks by Peter Laki, visiting associate professor of music. 

György Kurtág's (b. 1926)The Sayings of Péter Bornemisza, Op. 7, for soprano and piano (1963–-68) has been described as the most significant piece of music composed in Hungary since the death of Bartók in 1945. Péter Bornemisza was a persecuted reform preacher in sixteenth-century Hungary who wrote about moral duty, sin, fear and death. The cantata is divided into four sections: Confession, Sin, Death and Spring.  Website

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Monday, March 11, 2019 – Tuesday, March 12, 2019, László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building

Tradition and Discovery: Teaching Chinese Instruments in the West

The US-China Music Institute of the Bard Conservatory presents a two-day conference on teaching traditional Chinese instruments. The program will include recitals and a master class. For more information and the full schedule visit barduschinamusic.org/events. Website

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building

Faculty Recital and Master Class: Wu Man, pipa

This recital amd master class follows Wu Man's recent performances of new concerto repertoire for pipa, including works written especially for her appearances with the New York Philharmonic. She and Yo-Yo Ma performed the U.S. premiere of Chinese composer Zhao Lin’s Concerto for Pipa and Cello in March 2019, following their world premiere performances in China earlier in the season. Website

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building

Noon Concert

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Saturday, March 30, 2019, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Olin Hall

Graduate Conducting Recital


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Sunday, March 31, 2019, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building

Graduate Vocal Arts Program: Chamber Music

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building

Visiting Artist Recital and Master Class: Andrew Willis, fortepiano, performs Bach Partitas

Andrew Willis received the foundation of his musical outlook as a student of Mieczyslaw Horszowski at The Curtis Institute of Music (BM, 1972). The cultivation of collaborative skills under the tutelage of Lambert Orkis at Temple University (MM, 1982) further expanded his horizons. At Cornell University (DMA, 1994), working with Malcolm Bilson and the faculty of the Center for Eighteenth-Century Music, he discovered the full joy of musical performance realized on historical keyboard instruments through the application of performance practices suitable to each stylistic era.

Andrew Willis's broad range as a performer has produced a varied discography. As a participant in the first complete recording of the Beethoven sonata cycle on period instruments, his performance of Op. 106 was hailed by The New York Times as "a 'Hammerklavier' of rare stature." As a modern pianist interested in contemporary repertoire, he commissioned, premiered, and recorded Martin Amlin's Sonata No. 7 (2000) as part of a program including other works by Amlin, Fine, and Copland. Equally at home as a collaborative pianist, he has partnered soprano Julianne Baird in recordings of Schubert Lieder and Rossini songs, soprano Georgine Resick in early-Romantic song cycles, and flutist Sue Ann Kahn in music of Rochberg, Schickele, Luening, Kraft, and Ibert. His most recent releases presented chamber music of Emanuel Bach on fortepiano with Rebecca Troxler and Chopin on an 1848 Pleyel with Brent Wissick.

A Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Willis teaches piano, fortepiano, and harpsichord performance and leads courses on keyboard literature and performance practice.  Website

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building

Noon Concert

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Saturday, April 13, 2019, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building

Music Alive! Curated by Joan Tower and Blair McMillen

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Sunday, April 14, 2019, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building

Conservatory Faculty Recital: Benjamin Hochman, piano

Benjamin Hochman continues his five-concert cycle of the complete Mozart Piano Sonatas. Website

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building

Noon Concerts

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Sunday, April 28, 2019, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building

Bard Conservatory Percussion Studio Concert

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building

Noon Concerts

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Friday, May 10, 2019, 8:00 pm, Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater

Bard College Conservatory Orchestra

Bard College Conservatory Orchestra Mahler’s Symphony No. 3
Conservatory Orchestra with Leon Botstein, music director

Eve Gigliotti, mezzo-soprano

Bard College Chamber Singers
Bard Festival Chorale
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Saturday, May 11, 2019, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Bard Hall, Bard College Campus

Da Capo Chamber Players Perform Premieres of Bard Student Composers


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