Erika Switzer Joins Hai-Ting Chinn for "Science Fair an Opera with Experiments"
Bard Conservatory faculty pianist Erika Switzer joined mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn for an evening of muisc and science experiments. The project was conceived by Chinn who developed the libretto using the work of neurologists, astronomers, and physicists. She then invited four composers; Matthew Schickele, Renée Favand-See, Stefan Weisman and Conrad Cummings to write the music. Erika Switzer's performance was "precise and lucid" while Ms. Chinn, in addition to singing, "creates volcanic eruptions, mixes glow-in-the-dark liquids and extracts DNA from a strawberry."
Jeremy Denk Presents Eclectic Program at Carnegie Hall
On April 17 Bard Conservatory faculty member Jeremy Denk performed at Carnegie Hall. The program included works by J.S. Bach, Hindemith, Stravinsky, and Bolcom. The selections centered around common themes that relate to ragtime. Speaking before the performance, Denk admitted that the program might look “slightly unusual” or “possibly insane”.
VAP Alumna Marie Marquis wins 2016 Joy in Singing Debut Artist Award
Congratulations to 2016 Joy in Singing Debut Award Artist winner Marie Marquis, a 2013 graduate of the Vocal Arts Program. Joy In Singing promotes the knowledge and love of art song literature, assists the careers of recitalists and composers, and educates a wider audience in the joy of song. Ms. Marquis will give her Artist Debut Recital at 7:30pm at Merkin Hall on November 28, 2016. www.mariemarquis.com
Dylan Mattingly '14 Awarded Scholarship by the American Academy of Arts and Letters
Dylan Mattingly '14 has recently been awarded a $7500 scholarship by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The Charles Ives Scholarship is endowed by the royalties from the composer's music and is awarded to composition students of great promise. Dylan is a founding co-artistic director of the ensemble, Contemporaneous. Dylan holds a B.A. in classics and a B.M. in composition from Bard College and currently attends the Yale School of Music.
Conservatory Pianist Eri Nakamura Performs with the Neave Trio
On February 9, The Neave trio performed in Palm Beach, Florida at the Henry Morrison Flagler Museum. Violinist Anna Williams, cellist Mikhail Veselov, and pianist Eri Nakamura performed works by Korngold, Dvorák, and Piazzola. The trio deftly navigated the intricacies of each composer's work and presented a unified and well rounded program. Ms. Nakamura is a graduate of the Conservatory's Collaborative Piano Fellowship and is currently enrolled in the Advanced Performance Studies program.
Bard Conservatory 2016 Concerto Competition - Winners
The winners of the Bard Conservatory 2016 Concerto Competition in the undergraduate division are:
And in the graduate vocal arts program division the winner is:
The winners will perform during the 2016/17 concert season with either the Bard Conservatory orchestra, The Orchestra Now or the American Symphony.
The semifinalists for the 2016 Bard Conservatory Concerto Competition were (in alphabetical order):
John Belk - Walton Cello Concerto
Bridget Bertoldi - Hindson House Music
Rastislav Huba - Dvořák Cello Concerto
Gitta Marko - Bartók Violin Concerto No. 1
Adam Szokolay - Sándor Szokolay Piano Concerto
Viktor Toth - Copland Clarinet Concerto
Mengying Wei - Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3
Matthew Woodard - Saint-Saëns Violin Concerto No. 3
Competing in the graduate vocal arts program portion of the Concerto Competition were:
Caroline Dunigan - Mahler Rückert Lieder
Lizabeth Malanga - Berlioz Les nuits d'été
Anna-Sophie Neher - Mozart Exsultate Jubilate
Clarissa Lyons '11 Performs Bellini's "La Sonnambula"
On February 9th, Clarissa Lyons, a graduate of Bard Conservatory's Graduate Vocal Arts Program, performed as part of Bellini's "La Sonambula". Ms. Lyons, a first year member of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artists Program, performed at The Juilliard School's Peter Jay Sharp Theatre. She played the role of "Lisa" with "the right mix of wounded pride and sassiness". The production will repeat on February 11 and 13.
The Shanghai Quartet to Perform at Luther College
On February 18, the Shanghai Quartet will perform at Luther College in collaboration with Wu Man, a virtuoso of the traditional Chinese instrument, the pipa. The concert is entitled "A Night in Ancient and New China" and will feature traditional and new works.
Violinists Weigang Li and Yi-Wen Jiang, along with violist Honggang Li are members of Bard Conservatory's string faculty, as well as founding members of the Shanghai Quartet.
Bridget Kibbey Collaborates with the Amphion Quartet at the Morrison Chamber Music Center
On February 19, Conservatory faculty member and harpist Bridget Kibbey will join the Amphion Quartet for a performance at the Morrison Chamber Music Center in San Francisco. The performance is part of the 60th anniversary of the Morrison Artists Series and will feature works by Bach, Debussy, Nathan Shields, and André Capet. Ms. Kibbey has also prepared several arrangements of traditional Celtic music for harp and string quartet. The performers will also present a masterclass earlier in the afternoon.
Boston Symphony Orchestra Premiers George Tsontakis' "Sonnets - Concerto for English Horn and Orchestra"
On February 11, the Boston Symphony Orchestra will premier a work by Bard Conservatory faculty member, George Tsontakis. English hornist Robert Sheena will be featured on Tsontakis' "Sonnets - Concerto for English Horn and Orchestra". Inspired by several of William Shakespeare's poems, the premeir will take place alongnside works by Tchaikovksy, Dvorák, and Strauss.