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The Bard College Conservatory of Music celebrates its 10th Anniversary with one of America’s foremost pianists. Jeremy Denk, whose playing was lauded by the New York Times as “bracing, effortlessly virtuosic and utterly joyous,” will create a time-lapse through seven centuries of Western music, from the 1300s to the present day. Denk describes the program saying, “In a series of 25 short pieces, it will trace the evolution of the musical language, the soundscape—an epic story of human thought and ideals, of what we have found important to express in tones.” The matinee program will be held on Sunday, September 11 at 3 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater of the Richard B. Fisher Center of the Performing Arts at Bard College.
The Trisha Brown Dance Company returns to the Fisher Center for a work-in-progress performance in culmination of its fall residency. The program includes the most recent reconstruction of Brown’s brazenly beautiful Geometry of Quiet (2002), an elegant and austere quartet featuring music by Salvatore Sciarrino, as well as other selections from Brown’s 40-year repertoire. The program will be performed on Thursday, September 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fisher Center’s LUMA Theater.
Al-Quds Bard College for Arts and Sciences bestowed 37 bachelor of arts degrees and 47 master of arts in teaching degrees at its commencement ceremony on August 23, 2016. The event took place at the Al-Quds University campus in the West Bank, and was attended by Al-Quds University President Imad Abu Kishik; President of Bard College Leon Botstein; U.S. Consul General Donald Blome; and members of the partnership administration and faculty.
Bard College Arboretum has been awarded an annual grant of $35,000 to support tree work and student stipends at the Bard College Arboretum.
What happens at Bard over the summer, after the seniors graduate and before the new first-years arrive for Language and Thinking? Sharing the campus with SummerScape artists, graduate programs, and sports camps, a group of rising eighth graders from New York City enlivens Annandale every summer for the Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM) program. Bard students and alumni/ae serve as faculty, BEAM students continue on to the Bard High School Early Colleges, and this year a BEAM graduate has joined Bard's class of incoming first-years.
Highlights include acclaimed pianist Jeremy Denk, Pauline Oliveros and the International Contemporary Ensemble, conversations with David Sedaris and Alan Cumming, The Orchestra Now, and more.
On Saturday, August 6, new first-year students arrived on campus to begin the Language and Thinking Program. This year students will consider a difficult question: What needs to be the case for things to be otherwise? They will work together in August to address this question across texts, disciplines, genres, and art forms.
The program culminates with a free concert on Saturday, August 20 at Bard’s Fisher Center. In 2015, The National Take a Stand Festival was launched by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Venezuela’s FundaMusical, Aspen Music Festival and School, Bard College and the Longy School of Music of Bard College, and in cooperation with El Sistema USA, the organization created the first-ever national platform for El Sistema-inspired programs throughout the United States. Having just completed the west-coast festival in Aspen this past July, NTASF heads east to Bard College from August 16 through 20 for the five-day regional youth orchestra program comprising of students aged 7 through 15 from Massachusetts to Florida and as far west as Ohio, culminating on Saturday, August 20, with a free public concert at Bard’s Fisher Center for the Performing Arts.
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