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The Bard College Conservatory of Music Presents a Faculty Recital and Lecture: "The Secret Listener"

Matinee Program Includes a Performance of Robert Schumann’s Phantasie by Acclaimed Pianist Jeffrey Kahane

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The Secret Listener,” a lecture and recital including a performance of Robert Schumann’s Phantasie, will be presented by acclaimed pianist/conductor Jeffrey Kahane, on Sunday, November 4, at 3 p.m. in Olin Hall. A 45-minute lecture regarding the literary and philosophical influences on Schumann —including German Romantic writers Johann Paul Friedrich Richter, E.T.A. Hoffmann, and others—will precede the performance of Phantasie, generally considered one of the finest examples of Romantic piano music. Admission is free and open to the public and no reservations are necessary. For more information call 845-752-2380 or go to

In addition to being “a superb but underappreciated pianist” (New York Times), and an acclaimed conductor, Kahane is also a scholar of Greek and Latin classical literature with a particular interest and expertise in its influence on the works of great composers. Kahane was recently appointed professor of music and the humanities in the Conservatory and College and will be teaching piano, coaching chamber music, and giving public lectures. An avid linguist who reads widely in a number of ancient and modern languages, Kahane received a master’s degree in classics from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011.

About Jeffrey Kahane

Equally at home at the keyboard or on the podium, Kahane has established an international reputation as a truly versatile artist, recognized by audiences around the world for his mastery of a diverse repertoire ranging from Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven to Gershwin, Golijov, and John Adams.

Since making his Carnegie Hall debut in 1983, Kahane has given recitals in many of the nation’s major music centers including New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. He appears as soloist with major orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony and is also a popular figure at all of the major U.S. summer festivals. Kahane is equally well-known for his collaborations with artists and chamber ensembles such as Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, Joshua Bell, Thomas Quasthoff, and the Emerson and Takacs Quartets.

Jeffrey Kahane made his conducting debut at the Oregon Bach Festival in 1988. Since then, he has guest conducted many of the major U.S. orchestras such as the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Philadelphia Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, Baltimore, Dallas, and New World symphonies among others. Currently in his 16th season as music director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Kahane concluded his tenure as music director of the Colorado Symphony in June 2010 and for ten seasons was Music Director of the Santa Rosa Symphony, where he is now conductor laureate. He has received much recognition for his innovative programming and commitment to education and community involvement with all three orchestras and received ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming for his work in both Los Angeles and Denver.

In addition to his programs and projects with LACO, recent and upcoming engagements include appearances at the Aspen, Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, Blossom, and Oregon Bach festivals; recitals in Salt Lake City, Scottsdale, Carmel, and at UC Berkeley’s Cal Performances; concerto performances with the Toronto, Indianapolis, Houston, Oregon and Colorado symphonies and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; play/conducts with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and the San Francisco, National, Vancouver, Seattle, and New Jersey symphonies; and conducting the New England Conservatory Symphony Orchestra in Boston and the Juilliard Orchestra at Lincoln Center.

Kahane’s recent and upcoming European engagements include play/conduct programs with the Camerata Salzburg, Hamburg Symphony, and the Real Philharmonic de Galicia in Spain ,as well as appearances at the Meck-Pomm Chamber Music Festival in Germany.


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This event was last updated on 11-03-2012