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Conservatory Presents Free Concert by the Mannes Orchestra at the Fisher Center on February 16

Emily Darrow



ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—On Saturday, February 16, The Bard College Conservatory Concerts and Lectures present the Mannes Orchestra, conducted by David Hayes. The program includes Jennifer Higdon’s Concerto for Orchestra and Mozart’s Serenade in B-flat Major, K. 361 (“Gran Partita”). Free and open to the public, the concert begins at 8:00 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater of The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College.


Mannes College’s orchestra includes about half of its 300 college students. This allows younger undergraduates to learn from their more experienced graduate-level colleagues who, in turn, serve as mentors. Under the leadership of David Hayes, director of orchestral and conducting studies at Mannes, the highly regarded Mannes Orchestral Studies Program prepares young musical artists for careers as orchestral musicians. In public concerts, during each academic year, the Mannes Orchestra performs a comprehensive symphonic repertoire ranging from classical to modern, mostly at Alice Tully Hall, and participates in Mannes Opera productions. Guest conductors who have led concerts or readings in recent years include Philippe Entremont, Paul Nadler, Leonard Slatkin, and Mannes graduates Yves Abel and JoAnn Falletta.


Maestro David Hayes is a conductor with an unusually broad range of repertory, spanning the symphonic, oratorio, and operatic genres. He is currently music director of the Philadelphia Singers as well as serving on the conducting staff of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Hayes is also staff conductor of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra and has served as cover conductor for the New York Philharmonic and Sir Andre Previn on the Curtis Symphony Orchestra’s 1999 European tour. During the 2006–07 season, Hayes twice guest conducted the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, taking over subscription concerts on short notice. He conducted the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in Verizon Hall in a program that included Mahler’s Fourth Symphony. Hayes also conducted concert performances of Puccini’s La Rondine with the Curtis Opera Theatre and Symphony Orchestra and Handel’s Israel in Egypt with the Philadelphia Singers and Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. This past August, he returned to the Berkshire Choral Festival.


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


Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.  For further information and directions, call 845-758-7900 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 02-19-2008