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Europe 2014 Tour Overview

Europe 2014 Tour Overview

The Bard Music Festival
Bard College Conservatory of Music Orchestra
Leon Botstein, music director

In June, the orchestra of The Bard College Conservatory of Music, conducted by Leon Botstein, will tour major European cities including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Budapest, Berlin, Warsaw, Vienna, Bratislava, and Prague. Two programs will be offered: Shostakovich and His World, with world-renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw as soloist in Lutosławski’s Chantefleurs et Chantefables, as well as the Shostakovich Symphony No. 15, Rossini’s William Tell Overture, and Siegfried’s Funeral March from Wagner’s Götterdämmerung; and a second program, Copland and His World, featuring a Martinů-Bartók-Copland program with internationally acclaimed pianist Peter Serkin as soloist in Bartók’s Third Piano Concerto.

Joining a rare natural warmth with a fierce commitment to the transforming communicative power of music, five-time Grammy Award winner Dawn Upshaw has achieved worldwide celebrity as a singer of opera and concert repertoire ranging from the sacred works of Bach to the freshest sounds of today. Her ability to reach to the heart of music and text has earned her both the devotion of an exceptionally diverse audience and the awards and distinctions accorded to only the most distinguished of artists. In 2007, she was named a Fellow of the MacArthur Foundation—the first vocal artist to be awarded the five-year “genius” prize—and in 2008 she became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Recognized as an artist of passion and integrity, the distinguished American pianist Peter Serkin is one of the most thoughtful and individualistic musicians appearing today. Throughout his career, he has conveyed the essence of five centuries of repertoire, and his performances with symphony orchestras—as well as his recital appearances, chamber music collaborations, and recordings—are respected worldwide. Serkin’s rich musical heritage extends back several generations: his grandfather was violinist and composer Adolf Busch and his father pianist Rudolf Serkin. Serkin’s recording, with Alexander Schneider and the English Chamber Orchestra, of the six Mozart concerti composed in 1784 was nominated for a Grammy Award and received the prestigious Deutsche Schallplatten as well as Best Recording of the Year by Stereo Review magazine.

A statement from Classical Movements, the official concert touring company for the European trip, said, “Having taken a number of highly regarded orchestras on tour in our 21 years of managing concert tours that include the Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, we are proud to be taking the orchestra of The Bard College Conservatory of Music on this extensive tour. The rare combination of an elite private liberal arts college and a college president who is also a widely recognized orchestra conductor produces a remarkable program of exceptional music. The world is coming to recognize the extraordinary talents of young people, and the orchestra of Bard is an outstanding example of young musicians of the highest caliber. Of course all that, combined with soloists of the highest level, is a rare and fine combination. It is no surprise that many of the best halls in Russia, Hungary, Poland, Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic have invited these wonderful musicians to perform, where the orchestra will be presenting a challenging and singular program that will enthrall audiences. It shows how people all over the world are eager to hear this orchestra.”

The 2014 Europe tour incorporates key aspects of the annual Bard Music Festival (BMF), now in its 25th year. BMF promotes new ways of understanding and presenting the history of music to a contemporary audience by choosing a single composer each season to explore in depth—through the composer’s biography, influences and consequences of that composer’s achievement, and all aspects of the musical culture surrounding the time and place of the composer’s life. The festival links music to the worlds of literature, painting, theater, philosophy, and politics and seeks to bridge the worlds of performance and scholarship in new and exciting ways. For information or to purchase concert tickets, please visit www.bard.edu/conservatory or call 845-758-7866.


Tour Schedule

June 7 at 6 p.m.
Shostakovich and His World
Warsaw Philharmonic Concert Hall
Presented by the Warsaw Philharmonic
For tickets, please visit: http://filharmonia.pl/koncerty-i-bilety_en/repertuar_en/the-bard-conservatory-orchestra.

June 9 at 7 p.m.
Copland and His World
St. Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre
Presented by the Mariinsky Theatre as part of the White Nights Festival
For tickets, please visit http://mariinsky.us/performances/festivals/stars-of-the-white-nights-festiva-performanceschedule/.

June 11 at 7 p.m.
Shostakovich and His World
Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory
Presented by the Moscow Conservatory
For tickets, please contact: Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory, Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street, 13/6, 121069 Moscow, Russia, http://mosconsv.ru/ru/concerts.aspx.

June 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Copland and His World
Budapest, Great Hall, Liszt Academy
Presented by Liszt Academy of Music
For tickets, please contact the Liszt
Academy of Music website at http://zeneakademia.hu/home, or for English:

June 17 at 7 p.m.
Shostakovich and His World
Bratislava, Slovak Radio Concert Hall
Presented by The Prague Concert Co. Admission to this concert is free, but a voluntary contribution is appreciated. The proceeds from the collection will be donated to the Cancer Research Foundation.

June 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Copland and His World
Vienna, Konzerthaus
Presented by Jeunesse Musicales Austria
For tickets, please contact Jeunesse Musicales Austria at http://www.jeunesse.at.

June 21 at 7 p.m.
Shostakovich and His World
Prague, Rudolfinum, Dvořák Hall
Presented by The Prague Concert Co.
For tickets, please contact:
Bohemia Ticket Na Príkope 16, Praha 1, tel. +420 224 215 031, www.bohemiaticket.cz
Ticketportal www.ticketportal.cz, tel. +420 224 091 439
Ticketpro www.ticketpro.cz, Rytírská 12, Praha 1
Via Musica Staromestské n. 14, Malostranské n. 13, Loretánské n. 16, tel. +420 224 826 440, www.pragueticketoffice.com,
Pokladna Rudolfina/Rudolfinum ticket office tel. +420 227 059 227.

June 23 at 8 p.m.
Copland and His World
Berlin, Konzerthaus
Presented by Bard College Berlin
For tickets, please contact: Ticket Hotline of Konzerthaus Berlin, http://www.konzerthaus.de, tel. + 49 · 30 · 20 30 9 2101, or the box office, located on the north side of the Konzerthaus (across from the French Cathedral) Monday–Saturday from noon to 7 p.m., Sundays and holidays from noon to 4 p.m. Tickets are also available also at ticket outlets and online at http://www.eventim.de.




Gioachino Rossini - Overture from William Tell
Richard Wagner - Siegfried’s Funeral March from Götterdämmerung
Witold Lutosławski  - Chantefleurs et Chantefables (Song Flowers and Song Fables)
     with Dawn Upshaw, soprano
Dmitrii Shostakovich  - Symphony No. 15


Bohuslav Martinů - Memorial to Lidice
Béla Bartók - Piano Concerto No. 3
     with Peter Serkin, piano
Aaron Copland - Symphony No. 3