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Fisher Center Presents Thrilling and Diverse Spring Season of Performing Arts Events Including Jazz and Orchestral Concerts, and Innovative Theater and Dance Productions

Highlights Include Billie Holiday Centenary Tribute, Joseph Haydn’s The Creation, American Symphony Orchestra Concerts, Cynthia Hopkins’ A Living Documentary, Neil Gaiman in Conversation with Laurie Anderson and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance

Mark Primoff
845-758-7412
primoff@bard.edu
12-22-2014
Image Credit: Jeff Sugg
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.— The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents a full spring season of performing arts events, including jazz and orchestral concerts, and innovative dance and theater productions, from January 31 through May16. All programs take place in the Fisher Center’s venues. Additional program information can be found at fishercenter.bard.edu. Tickets can be ordered online at fishercenter.bard.edu or by calling the box office at 845-758-7900.

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Skin Horse Theater

Skin Horse is a theater company founded in 2009 by five Bard students. Now based in New Orleans and the recipient of a 2014 Big Easy Award, the company returns to the Fisher Center to develop a new project. Followed by a post-performance discussion with the artists.

Saturday, January 31 at 2 p.m.

LUMA Theater

Free, reservations required

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American Symphony Orchestra

The ASO series continues in February featuring Concerto Competition winners Gabriel Baeza ’18, violin, and Adrienn Kántor ’14, flute. The program includes Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4; Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Violin Concerto in D Major; and Carl Reinecke, Flute Concerto. Conducted by Leon Botstein, Music Director

Friday, February 6 and Saturday, February 7 at 8 p.m.

Preconcert talk at 7p.m.

Sosnoff Theater

Tickets: $25-40

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Sō Percussion and Grey McMurray: Where (we) Live
This “ambitious, beguiling show” (New York Times) blends music, video, and storytelling in a theatrical creation that reflects on notions of community and home. Featuring guitarist Grey McMurray and choreographer Emily Johnson, the production is directed by Ain Gordon and presented as part of Branches, Sō Percussion’s residency at Bard.

Friday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, February 15 at 3 p.m.

LUMA Theater

Tickets: $25, $10 students

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Cynthia Hopkins: A Living Documentary

“Breathtaking visionary” (Time Out New York) Cynthia Hopkins presents her latest music-theater performance: a hilarious and searing reflection on the trials and tribulations of earning a living as an artist in 21st-century New York City. Copresented by the New York Live Arts–Bard College Dance Program partnership.

Friday, February 20 and Saturday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m.

LUMA Theater

Tickets: $25, $10 students

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Bard College Conservatory Orchestra

Led by guest conductor Jeffrey Milarsky, the program includes John Adams’s Dr. Atomic Symphony and two world premieres by Bard students: Adam Zuckerman ’15 and Andrés Martínez de Velasco ’15.

Sunday, March 1 at 3 p.m.

Sosnoff Theater

Tickets: $20, $15

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Joseph Haydn’s The Creation

Considered Haydn’s masterpiece, this large oratorio features members of the American Symphony Orchestra, Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, Bard Festival Chorale, Bard Chamber Singers, and Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program. Conducted by Leon Botstein, music director; James Bagwell, chorus master.

Friday, March 6, and Saturday, March 7 at 8 p.m.

Preconcert talk at 7 p.m.

Sosnoff Theater

Tickets: $25–40

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Longy Conservatory Orchestra
Program includes Maurice Ravel, Tombeau de Couperin; Giovanni Bottesini, Duo Concertante, with Longy faculty soloists Laura Bossert, violin, and Pascale Delache-Feldman, double bass; and Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral”. Conducted by Geoffrey McDonald.

Wednesday, March 11 at 7:30 pm

Sosnoff Theater

Free, reservations required

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Neil Gaiman in Conversation with Laurie Anderson

Join Neil Gaiman for a dialogue with legendary musician and composer Laurie Anderson in this third edition of an ongoing series of public conversations at the Fisher Center hosted by Professor Gaiman. Presented by Live Arts Bard.

Friday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Sosnoff Theater

Tickets: $25; $5 for Bard community

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Aaron Landsman: Perfect City Discussions

A public dialogue exploring the question: how we can make a place to live that reflects our values? Theater artist Aaron Landsman invites us to reimagine urban life in a public meeting. This conversation (with local community organizers and planners) will lay the foundation for his next work, Perfect City. Presented by Live Arts Bard.

Saturday, April 4 at 3 p.m.

Fisher Center, Sosnoff Stage Right

Free, reservations required

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American Symphony Orchestra

ASO closes its 2013–14 season with Hermann Goetz’s Symphony No. 2 in F Major, Op. 9; Alberto Ginastera’s Harp Concerto, Xing Gao ’17, harp; Janáček’s Sinfonietta. Conducted by Leon Botstein, music director.

Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 at 8 p.m.

Preconcert talk 7 p.m.

Sosnoff Theater

Tickets: $25-40

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Brown University Orchestra: Nordic Celebration

Program includes Jean Sibelius, Symphony No. 1 in E Minor (commemorating Sibelius’s sesquicentenary); Maurice Ravel, La valse; Carl Nielsen, Saga-Dream, commemorating Nielen’s sesquicentenary; and Pablo de Sarasate, Zigeunerweisen, featuring violinist Alexis Lerner, Brown University 2014 concerto competition winner. Presented by The Bard College Conservatory of Music; conducted by Paul Phillips, Brown University music director.

Sunday, April 26 at 3 p.m.

Sosnoff Theater

Free, reservations required

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Bard College Conservatory Orchestra

In its final concert of the season, the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra performs Witold Lutosławski’s Concerto for Orchestra; Carl Nielsen, Clarinet Concerto, featuring Noemi Sallai ’14; and Edward Elgar, Symphony No. 1. Conducted by Leon Botstein, Music Director.

Saturday, May 2 at 8 p.m.

Sosnoff Theater

Tickets: $20, $15

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The Aaron Diehl Trio featuring Cécile McLorin Salvant: Billie Holiday Centenary Tribute
Known for her definitive interpretations of classic jazz standards such as Strange Fruit, Summertime, and God Bless the Child, Billie Holiday is considered to be one of the greatest jazz vocalists of all time. Grammy-nominated vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant and pianist Aaron Diehl perform a centenary tribute to Holiday’s ongoing legacy. The New York Times has called Diehl a “smart young pianist with a fastidious grasp of jazz traditions,” and has said of Salvant: “If anyone can extend the lineage of the Big Three—Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Ella Fitzgerald—it is this … virtuoso.” Copresented by Catskill Jazz Factory.
Friday, May 8 at 8 p.m.

Sosnoff Theater

Tickets: $25–45

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Bill T. Jones / Arne Zane Dance Company: Work-in-progress showing

Bill T. Jones and company share Analogy: A Trilogy, a dance theater work created from oral histories, premiering at Montclair State University Peak Performances from June 18 to 21, 2015. Presented by the Bard Dance Program. Followed by a discussion with the artists.

LUMA Theater

Saturday, May 16 at 2 p.m.

Free, reservations required

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For tickets and additional information about these programs contact the Fisher Center box office at fishercenter@bard.edu, or call 845-758-7900.

About The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College

Named for the late Richard B. Fisher, the former chair of Bard’s Board of Trustees, the Fisher Center has become an influential force in performing arts programming, earning critical acclaim for innovative productions of opera, orchestral, chamber, dance, and theater programs. The Center was designed by legendary architect Frank Gehry and distinguished acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, and has received international praise for its breathtaking architecture and superb sound.

Each summer the Fisher Center presents the Bard SummerScape festival, eight weeks of performing arts programs reflecting the life and times of the featured composer of the esteemed Bard Music Festival, now celebrating its 25th year. Fall and spring seasons include original productions, special one-night-only concerts, and touring artists from around the globe.


The Fisher Center is home to the Bard College Theater & Performance and Dance Programs, providing students access to exceptional theater facilities and opportunities to work with professional directors and dramaturges on publicly attended productions throughout the year. Live Arts Bard, a residency and commissioning program, is a laboratory for professional artists in theater, dance, and performance to test ideas and develop new projects, many of which premiere at the Fisher Center. The Bard College Conservatory of Music and the Bard College Music Program stage regular orchestral and chamber concerts.


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