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The Bard Center Presents the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, April 29

Eleanor Davis

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— The Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, conducted by artistic director David Leighton, will present its final concerts of the 2010–2011 season, featuring the world premiere performance of a new work by Jane Barsumian, “Scattered Stars.” The program also includes “Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 1” by Ottorino Respighi, “Adagietto” from Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, “Czech Suite” by Antonin Dvořák, and “Overture to The Wasps” by Ralph Vaughan Williams. The concert is presented on Friday, April 29, at 8 p.m., in Bard College’s Olin Hall, and will be repeated at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 at Pointe of Praise Family Life Center in Kingston, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, at Bearsville Theater in Woodstock. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for college students. There will be free admission for K-12 students accompanying a ticketed adult. Subscription sets are available (four tickets good for any concert). For more information call (845) 758-9270.


Jane Barsumian, a resident of the Hudson Valley for some 33 years, is well known for her remarkable skills as a violinist, pianist, organist, vocalist, and composer. “Scattered Stars” is her first work for chamber orchestra. Born into a musical family, her father was a concert violinist, composer, and conductor, and her mother a church organist for 75 years. Barsumian studied piano with Frank McConnell, Edgar Roberts, and Antoinette Lind, violin with Norman Black of the Philadelphia Orchestra and Henk Schram of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, and composition with Grammy-winning composer Joan Tower. For the 2002 Woodstock Cycle Jane composed music and text for the cantata “Healing.” She is the 2006 winner of the Hymn Competition of the Eastern North Carolina Religious Arts Festival, and has written service music for the Episcopal Church.

The Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, formed in 1980 by musicians from the Woodstock area, now is comprised of professional musicians from the entire Hudson Valley. The Woodstock Chamber Orchestra regularly commissions music by local and regional composers and each season performs in Woodstock, Kingston, Saugerties, and at Bard College. 

Please call (845) 758-9270 or visit our website ( for information and updates.


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This event was last updated on 04-14-2011