Bard Center Cultural Programs

Bard Music Festival

The Bard Music Festival entered its 23rd season in 2012. Since 1990 the festival has been presented on the Bard campus each summer over two consecutive weekends in August. In 2003 the festival moved into The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, where it continues to offer an array of programs whose themes are taken from the life, work, and world of a single composer.

Bard Center Evenings

Bard Center Evenings give trustees and friends of the College opportunities to meet distinguished experts during a series of thought-provoking panel discussions. These evenings are held at least three times a year and explore issues of intellectual, cultural, and social concern. Recent topics have included “What Has Philanthropy Accomplished for American Education?” “Syria, Resistance, and the Future of Arab Uprisings”; and “Russia after the Elections: Road to Ruin or Renewal?”

Lecture and Performance Series

The Bard College Conservatory of Music in 2011–12 presented master classes, chamber music, and orchestra concerts by students, faculty, and guest artists. “Conservatory Sundays,” a monthly concert series at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, featured the Conservatory Orchestra. Conservatory concerts also included a “Music Alive!” program of contemporary music and works by living composers directed by Joan Tower, Asher B. Edelman Professor in the Arts, and Blair McMillen, artist in residence. VIEW MORE >>

Aston Magna

The Aston Magna Foundation for Music and the Humanities is dedicated to the performance and study of 17th- and 18th-century music. Founded in 1972, the Aston Magna Festival—the oldest summer festival in America devoted to music performed on period instruments—has been held in the Berkshires every year since its inception and at Bard since 1984.

Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle

Founded in 1950, the Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle has attracted a large and loyal regional following that has enjoyed annual June performances by some of the finest classical ensembles and soloists in the world. In 2012, featured artists included the Pacifica String Quartet and Trio Con Brio Copenhagen.


Founded in 1981, Bard’s influential literary journal, Conjunctions, publishes innovative fiction, poetry, translations, essays, and interviews by contemporary masters and exciting new voices from the United States and around the world. Edited by Bard professor and novelist Bradford Morrow, the journal appears biannually, in the spring and fall. VIEW MORE >>