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The Da Capo Chamber Players Present the Annual "Celebrate Bard!" Concert on April 1

Eleanor Davis
The Da Capo Chamber Players

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— The Da Capo Chamber Players present a program of chamber works in their annual “Celebrate Bard!” concert, on Wednesday, April 1, in Olin Hall at 8 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public and no reservations are necessary. 

“Da Capo’s annual ‘Celebrate Bard’ concert features faculty composers, other composers from the area, Bard alumni, and one (sometimes two) current students. It is thus a celebration of the creativity, imagination, continuing influence and vitality of the Bard music department,” says flutist and Da Capo member Patricia Spencer. The program exemplifies this with works by Bard professors Joan Tower, “Amazon,” and Kyle Gann, “Kierkegaard, Walking”; “This Strange Land” by Bard student John Boggs; Brian Fennelly’s “Sock Landing”; and works by Bard alumni, Casey Hale, “of Another” and Cameron Bossert, “Celeritas.”

Da Capo is widely acclaimed for its virtuosity, stimulating programs, and openness to a wide spectrum of styles in new music. Its dedication to working with composers is matched by a commitment to rehearsing each piece as a living, moving, breathing entity, rather than as a fixed blueprint. “The Da Capo Chamber Players have been exploring and helping [to] create the modern repertory for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano for the last 30 years,” writes Allan Kozinn in the New York Times. Winner of the Naumburg Chamber Music Award in 1973, Da Capo has been a leader in building a strong heritage of present-day American chamber music and can point with pride to more than 90 chamber music works written especially for the ensemble by Joan Tower, Philip Glass, Harvey Sollberger, and Philippe Bodin, among many others. The Da Capo Chamber Players are flutist Patricia Spencer, clarinetist Meighan Stoops, violinist Curtis Macomber, and cellist André Emelianoff. Pianist Steven Beck and flutest Tara Helen are guest artists for this concert.


These concerts are made possible, in part, through the generosity of the Homeland Foundation and the Leon Levy Endowment at Bard College. For further information about the program, call The Bard Center at 845-758-7425.

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This event was last updated on 03-24-2009