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Free Vocal Recital Arias and Barcarolles on October 17

Emily Darrow



October 17 Program Features Works by Donizetti, Dvorák, Handel, Mozart, Rameau, Rossini, Strauss, Verdi, and Weill


ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Graduate Program in Vocal Arts of the Bard College Conservatory of Music, directed by MacArthur fellow and internationally acclaimed soprano Dawn Upshaw, presents a recital titled Arias and Barcarolles on Wednesday, October 17. The Conservatory Concerts and Lectures program is free and open to the public and begins at 8:00 p.m. in Olin Hall. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis; no reservations are necessary.


The recital includes performances of Donizetti’s “Regnava nel silenzio,” from Lucia di Lammermoor; Dvorák’s “Rusalka’s Song to the Moon,” from Rusalka; Handel’s “Dopo notte” from Ariodante; Mozart’s “Madamina! il catalogo e questo” from Don Giovanni; Rameau’s “Aux langueur d’Apollon” from Platée; Rossini’s “Una voce poco fa,” from Il barbiere di Siviglia; Richard Strauss’s “Schlechtes Wetter,” “Zueignung,” and “The Presentation of the Rose” from Der Rosenkavalier; Gimenez’s “Zapateado” from La Tempranica; Verdi’s “Questa o quella,” from Rigoletto; Weill’s “I’m a Stranger Here Myself,” from One Touch of Venus; Puccini’s “Quando m’en vo,” from La Bohème; and “The Yangtze Flows East,” a traditional Chinese song.


Performers for this evening of songs and arias include Conservatory Vocal Arts graduate students Kristin Ezell, Rie Miyake, Rachel Schutz, Maghan Stewart, Yulia Van Doren, Melissa Wegner, and Chanel Wood, sopranos; Julie Anne Miller, Solange Merdinian, and Tania Rodriguez, mezzo-sopranos; Patrick Cook and Sung Eun Lee, tenors; Yang Yang, baritone; and Yohan Yi, bass-baritone. Piano accompanists are Bard Conservatory Post Graduate Collaborative Piano fellows Adam Bloniarz and Lucas Wong and Conservatory staff member Ying-Chien Lin.


The Graduate Program in Vocal Arts at the Bard College Conservatory is a unique master of music program in vocal performance. Conceived and designed by the renowned American soprano Dawn Upshaw, it was created to prepare the young singer to meet the special artistic and practical challenges of a musical career in the 21st century. This two-year master of music degree balances a respect for established repertory and expressive techniques with the flexibility and curiosity needed to keep abreast of evolving musical ideas. It also includes a strong practical component with seminars and classes on career skills led by some of the leading figures in arts management and administration. Each year a select group of up to 8 singers is invited to join the program through an intensive audition process.



The popular Conservatory Concerts and Lectures series, presented by The Bard College Conservatory of Music, continues with additional performances and master classes with faculty members and students of the Conservatory, as well as visiting orchestras and artists throughout the semester. All programs are free and open to the public. Information about these programs is available at


On Thursday, October 18, at 7:00 p.m., Raymond Erickson presents a workshop, “Bach and the Dance,” in Blum Hall at Avery Arts Center. In the Sosnoff Theater of the Fisher Center, the Conservatory presents two programs: the Seoul Arts High School Orchestra, conducted by Nanse Gum, on Wednesday, October 24, and the Mannes College Orchestra, conducted by David Hayes, performing Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9 in D Minor on Saturday, November 3. Both programs begin at 8:00 p.m. On Wednesday, November 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Bard Hall, the Conservatory and the Music Program at Bard present “Music Alive!” The program, hosted by Joan Tower, features more than 15 musicians performing works by Copland, Schnittke, Tower, and Tsontakis, as well as a premiere by Conservatory composition student Conor Brown. The preliminary round of the Bard Conservatory Concerto Competition is held on Sunday, November 18, at 10:00 a.m. in Olin Hall, followed by the final round on Monday, November 19, at 7:00 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater of the Fisher Center. The Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Melvin Chen, performs on Sunday, December 16, at 3:00 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater of the Fisher Center.


Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. All programs are subject to change. For further information call the Conservatory at 845-758-7196, e-mail, or visit


About The Bard College Conservatory of Music


Building on its distinguished history in the arts and education, Bard College 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 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. Robert Martin serves as director of the Conservatory, Melvin Chen as associate director.


Conservatory faculty include violinists Eugene Drucker, Yi-Wen Jiang, Ani Kavafian (master classes), Ida Kavafian, Soovin Kim, 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, and Peter Serkin; oboists Laura Ahlbeck and Richard Dallessio; flutists Nadine Asin (master classes) and Tara Helen O’Connor; 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 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 visit


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This event was last updated on 10-17-2007