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The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College and Catskill Jazz Factory present Heard Fresh: Music for Two Pianos on Saturday, October 7. Named “The most arrestingly innovative pianist over the last decade,” by Vanity Fair, jazz titan Fred Hersch joins his protégé Sullivan Fortner, the 2015 American Pianists Association Cole Porter Fellow in Jazz, for a unique cross-generational double piano debut.
Bard College senior Kevin Barbosa has been named a Forbes Under 30 Scholar. Kevin is part of a diverse group of students that will have free admission and countless networking opportunities at next month's Forbes Under 30 Summit in Boston. Kevin studies politics at Bard and was nominated for the honor by Jopwell, a career advancement platform for Black, Latino/Hispanic, and Native American students and professionals. His Senior Project is a comparative study of Brazilian and Chinese history that seeks to understand how their unique backgrounds have influenced their foreign policy, and will affect the contours of the modern international order. Kevin is also on the Varsity Swim Team, works as a senior strategist on Bard's 100 Days Initiative, and is a senior fellow with the Difference & Media Project. Finally, he is speaker of the student body this year. Over the summer he accepted an offer with Goldman Sachs, and will be working there full time after graduation.
The Bard Debate Union had an impressive showing over the weekend of September 17–19 at the Northeast Season Opener Debate Tournament at the University of Rochester. The team of Nathaniel Carlsen '18 and Hannah Hutchinson '20 came in first place in the tournament.
On Friday, September 15, Bard High School Early College Cleveland's east campus opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. BHSEC Cleveland's west campus opened in 2014. Bard's early college network now comprises 10 programs from Massachusetts to New Orleans.
On Monday, September 25, American Book Award–winning poet, memoirist, journalist, and Miles Davis biographer Quincy Troupe will read from his work at Bard College.
The Orchestra Now (TŌN) opens its 2017–18 season with the first concert of its Fisher Center series at Bard College on September 23–24, followed by a free concert at the Daniel Arts Center at Bard College at Simon’s Rock on October 3. TŌN will open its New York City fall season at Lincoln Center on October 15 with Rubinstein and Sibelius led by Neeme Järvi and a free concert at Cooper Union on October 1 as part of the Around Town series. Now in its third year, the success of the TŌN program has led to a total of more than 80 outstanding graduate musicians from 12 different countries chosen from hundreds of applicants from leading conservatories around the globe.
Premiering at the Fisher Center September 22-24, acclaimed and controversial choreographer Sarah Michelson developed September 2017/ with a cohort of four Bard undergraduate students alongside her frequent collaborators over four years.
To: The Bard Community
From: Leon Botstein
On behalf of the staff and faculty of Bard College, I wish to make clear that the college is not in agreement with the President’s call to end DACA, which exemplifies the essence of America—its history and its values. We therefore call upon our legislative representatives in Congress to restore DACA by giving it the protection of legislated law. The United States needs to communicate to the world its continuing commitment to fairness, immigration, and opportunity.
Bard proudly enrolls DACA students in its national network: its undergraduate college in Annandale-on-Hudson, its nine early colleges and early college centers across the country, and its graduate programs in New York and Los Angeles. Through our educational programs, advocacy and the Bard Sanctuary Fund, created last year to support undocumented students and refugees, the College will continue to support Dreamers and others in our communities of learning who may not enjoy the protection of legal status but whose right to an education must be defended.
In August, 471 first-years arrived on Bard College’s campus for Language and Thinking, an interdisciplinary program that serves as an intensive introduction to the intellectual and creative pillars of a Bard education. This week the Class of 2021 joins the rest of the student body in the new semester.
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College and Upstate Films present Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo with Bernard Herrmann’s score performed live by the Bard College Conservatory of Music Orchestra. The program will be performed on Saturday, September 16 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, September 17 at 2 p.m. in the Fisher Center’s Sosnoff Theater. All proceeds will benefit scholarships at the Bard Conservatory of Music.
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