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Emily M. Darrow
Free Program Features Flute Soloist Tara Helen O’Connor with Michael Gilbert Conducting the Orchestra ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Bard College Conservatory of Music presents a concert featuring the Conservatory Chamber Orchestra on Sunday, December 3. The program, free and open to the public, begins at 3:00 p.m. in the acoustically stunning Frank Gehry–designed Sosnoff Theater of the Fisher Center. Michael Gilbert conducts the Conservatory Chamber Orchestra in performances of Gioacchino Rossini’s Overture to La Cenerentola (Cinderella); C. P. E. Bach’s Flute Concerto in D Minor, H. 425 (W22), featuring soloist and Conservatory faculty member Tara Helen O’Connor; and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92. Conductor Michael Gilbert served for many decades as a member of the violin section of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He retired from that position to pursue a busy schedule of guest appearances, especially with youth and conservatory orchestras, in the United States and abroad. Tara Helen O’Connor received a Ph.D. from SUNY Stony Brook, where she studied with Samuel Baron, Robert Dick, Keith Underwood, and Julius Levine. In 2001, she was awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant. She is a founding member of the New Millennium Ensemble, which won the Naumburg Award in 1995, and flute soloist of the renowned Bach Aria Group. O’Connor was the first wind player chosen to participate in the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s “Chamber Music Society Two” program for emerging artists. She continues to perform regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Orpheus, Bargemusic, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, and Music from Angel Fire. She has recorded for Arcadia, CRI, Koch International, and Bridge Records. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For further information, call the box office at 845-758-7900 or visit # About the Bard College Conservatory of Music Building on its distinguished history in the arts and education, Bard College has launched The Bard College Conservatory of Music, which welcomed its first class in August 2005. This innovative, double-degree program is guided by the principle that musicians should be broadly educated in the liberal arts and sciences to achieve their greatest potential. While training and studying for the bachelor of music degree with world class musicians and teachers and performing in state-of-the art facilities, such as the new Frank Gehry-designed Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Conservatory students also pursue a bachelor of arts degree at Bard, one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. Conservatory faculty include violinists Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, Soovin Kin, Weigang Li, Laurie Smukler, and Arnold Steinhardt; violists Steven Tenenbom, Michael Tree, and Ira Weller; cellists Sophie Shao and Peter Wiley; double bassist Marji Danilow; pianists Melvin Chen, Jeremy Denk, Peter Serkin, and piano master classes with Richard Goode; oboists Laura Ahlbeck and Richard Dallessio; flutists Tara Helen O’Connor and Nadine Asin; clarinetists Laura Flax and David Krakauer; bassoonist Marc Goldberg; horn players Julie Landsman and Jeffrey Lang; trombonist John Rojak; trumpeter Mark Gould; and tuba player Alan Baer. The Conservatory Composition Program is directed by Joan Tower and George Tsontakis. The Colorado Quartet and Da Capo Chamber Players are in residence. Members and principals of the American Symphony Orchestra are also available for instruction, coaching, and leading of sectional rehearsals of the Conservatory Orchestra. In addition, the resources and faculty of the Bard College Music Program are available to students of the conservatory. The Conservatory also includes the Graduate Program in Vocal Arts, directed by Dawn Upshaw, and The Conductors Institute and its graduate program in conducting, directed by Harold Farberman. For more information about the Bard College Conservatory of Music, call 845-758-7196, e-mail, or log onto the program’s website, # # # (11.21.06)

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This event was last updated on 12-04-2006