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Bard College Conservatory Orchestera, Conducted by Leon Botstein, Will Perform a Free Concert of Strauss’s Don Juan at Bard’s Fisher Center on Monday, February 21

Concert is Presented by Bard’s Spring 2011 First-Year Seminar Program

Darren O'Sullivan

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—On, Monday, February 21, the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein, will perform a free concert of Richard Strauss’s Don Juan in the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. Botstein will introduce the concert with a lecture. The event is part of Bard’s spring 2011 First-Year Seminar program, “Self and Society in the Liberal Arts,” which offers a series of lectures, concerts, and roundtable discussions. All events are free and open to the public and begin at 4:45 p.m. in Sosnoff Theater in Fisher Center. For information or directions to the Fisher Center, call 845-758-7900.

The mission of The Bard College Conservatory of Music is to provide the best possible preparation for a person dedicated to a life immersed in the creation and performance of music. The Conservatory features a unique double-degree program in which all undergraduate conservatory students receive a bachelor of music and a bachelor of arts in another field. In addition, the Conservatory offers a graduate program in Vocal Arts, led by renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw; graduate programs in Orchestral and Choral Conducting, codirected by James Bagwell, Leon Botstein, and Harold Farberman; a postgraduate Collaborative Piano Fellowship, directed by Frank Corliss; and a Preparatory Division for students ages 5–18, directed by Fu-chen Chan.

First-Year Seminar at Bard College is a required two-semester program for first-year students that introduces them to important intellectual, artistic, and cultural traditions and to methods of studying those traditions. The lecture series provides a public forum for students, the public, and leading scholars and artists to explore contemporary and relevant issues, as well as the latest scholarship on enduring questions. No reservations are necessary. For information about the First-Year Seminar at Bard, visit

Other spring 2011 First-Year Seminar Events include:

Monday, March 14: On Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil
Lecture by Robert Pogue Harrison, Stanford University

Monday, April 11: Revolutions in Science
Roundtable, Bard professors Ethan Bloch (mathematics) and Philip Johns (biology). Moderated by Bard physics professor Matthew Deady.

Monday, May 2: FYSEM Redux
Participants from Bard Class of 2011. Moderated by Michèle D. Dominy, vice president and dean of the College.

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This event was last updated on 02-17-2011