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THE BARD MUSIC PROGRAM PRESENTS THE BARD COLLEGE ORCHESTRA IN THE RICHARD B. FISHER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS May 9 program features works by Bach, Gounod, and Mozart
Emily M. Darrow
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Bard Music Program presents the Bard College Orchestra, directed by Mark Mandarano, in the Sosnoff Theater of the The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College on Tuesday, May 9, at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $5, free for children 12 and under, as well as Bard students, faculty, and staff.
Three works by Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A Major (first movement) with soloist Sophia Mak, his Piano Concerto No. 12 in A Major (first movement) with soloist Terence Boyer, and his Symphony No. 40 in G Minor are performed, as well as Bach’s “Sheep May Safely Graze” and Gounod’s “The Jewel Song” from Faust with vocal soloist Clair Weber.
“The Bard Orchestra celebrates the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth with a performance of one of his greatest masterpieces, his Symphony No. 40 in G Minor,” says Maestro Mandarano. “The concert opens with a lovely transcription by Leopold Stokowski (famous for his role as the conductor in the original Fantasia) of J. S. Bach’s well-known ‘Sheep May Safely Graze.’ Three featured student soloists have been selected to perform concertos (also by Mozart) and an aria (by Gounod). This is my farewell concert with the Bard Orchestra after serving a very enjoyable year as director.”
Conductor Mark Mandarano is the principal guest conductor of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. In addition, he has recently completed a four-year tenure with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra in Orange County, first as assistant and then as associate conductor. From 1994–99 he served as resident conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra. At Carnegie Hall, Mandarano performed with both the American Composers Orchestra and the American Russian Young Artists Orchestra. He has also led critically acclaimed tours throughout the United States and Russia. In the spring of 1998, Mandarano conducted the world premiere performances of the work that won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1999: Melinda Wagner’s Concerto for Flute, Strings and Percussion. In the fall of the 1998, Maestro Mandarano returned to Carnegie Hall to perform the same work with the American Composers Orchestra.
Reservations are recommended. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Call the Fisher Center Box Office at 845-758-7900.
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This event was last updated on 05-11-2006