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BARD'S FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR SPRING SERIES FEATURES A FREE PROGRAM WITH THE AMERICAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ON MARCH 14 AT THE RICHARD B. FISHER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Emily M. Darrow
Monday afternoon series, “Revolution and the Limits of Reason,” will include concerts, performances, lectures, films, and panel discussions
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—On Monday afternoons from January 31 through May 16, Bard’s spring 2005 First-Year Seminar program, “Revolution and the Limits of Reason, ” will offer a series of concert programs, performances, lectures, films, and panel discussions. All the events are free and open to the public and will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Olin Hall (with the exception of the March 14 event).
On March 14, the program with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra titled “The Two Faces of 19th-Century Romanticism” is a highlight of the series. The free event includes performances of Mendelssohn’s “Hebrides” Overture and Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, and begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater of The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. Following the performance, Botstein and the orchestra will take questions from the audience. For information on this program only, contact the Fisher Center box office at 845-758-7900.
Other events that will feature Bard faculty include lectures on February 21, when “Bard Poets Read the Romantics”; February 28, “Schubert’s Subjective Lyricism: Death and the Maiden as Song and String Quartet,” with a lecture by Christopher Gibbs and performance/demonstration by the Colorado Quartet; March 7, “Art and Its Motives in the Age of Revolution: 1750–1850,” with Laurie Dahlberg; April 11, “Cosmic Revolution,” with Ian Buruma; April 18, “The Reformation and the Myth of Yourself,” with the Rev. Dr. Bruce Chilton; and May 9, “Pacification of the Primitive: Colonialism, Violence, and Modernity,” with Laura Kunreuther.
In addition, on March 21 there will be a student debate titled “Nietzsche Contra Kant: A Student Debate on Morality”; on April 4, a “Panel Discussion on Charles Darwin”; and, on May 16, the series concludes with a student/faculty “Critical Roundtable Discussion.” Two films will be screened: the first, on February 7 about the Weather Underground, and the second on May 2, about the battle of Algiers.
There are also lectures by distinguished outside scholars, including Ronald M. Green of Dartmouth College, who will discuss “What 21st Century Biotechnology Can Learn from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” on January 31; Mita Choudhury of Vassar College, who will speak about “Women, Gender, and Power in the French Revolution,” on February 14; and Paola Mieli, who will speak “On the Subject in Psychoanalysis” on April 25.
The spring lecture series is a part of the First-Year Seminar at Bard College, a required two-semester program for freshman students that introduces them to worldwide, intellectual, artistic, and cultural traditions and to methods of
studying those traditions. The lecture series provides a public forum for the students, the public, and leading scholars and artists to explore both contemporary and relevant issues, as well as the latest scholarship on enduring questions.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information about the American Symphony Orchestra event on March 14, call the Fisher Center Box Office at 845-758-7900. For information about all other events, call 845-758-7512 or visit inside.bard.edu/firstyear/.
The American Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1962 by Leopold Stokowski with a mission to “perform concerts of great music within the means of everyone.” Today, under music director Leon Botstein (who assumed the post in 1992), that mission has broadened into an effort to revitalize the concertgoing experience in order to maintain it as a vibrant force in contemporary culture. As part of Lincoln Center Presents Great Performers, the American Symphony Orchestra performs thematically organized concerts at Avery Fisher Hall, linking music to the visual arts, literature, politics, and popular culture, often in collaboration with museums and other cultural institutions. The American Symphony Orchestra is the resident orchestra of the new Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, where it participates in a winter concert series as well as the summer Bard Music Festival. The American Symphony Orchestra also offers a variety of music education programs at high schools in Manhattan and New Jersey.
Leon Botstein is president of Bard College. He is also music director and principal conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra; founder and coartistic director of the Bard Music Festival; and music director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Botstein is editor of The Musical Quarterly and has published several books, including The Compleat Brahms and Jefferson’s Children: Education and the Promise of American Culture.
Schedule of Events:
All events will take place in Olin Hall on Mondays at 4:30 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)
January 31: “Monstrous Ambitions: What 21st Century Biotechnology Can Learn from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein”
Lecture by Ronald M. Green, Dartmouth College
February 7: Film about the Weather Underground
February 14: “Women, Gender, and Power in the French Revolution”
Lecture by Mita Choudhury, Vassar College
February 21: “Bard Poets Read the Romantics”
February 28: “Schubert’s Subjective Lyricism: Death and the Maiden as Song and String Quartet”
Lecture by Christopher Gibbs, Bard College
Demonstration/Performance by the Colorado Quartet
March 7: “Art and Its Motives in the Age of Revolution: 1750–1850”
Lecture by Laurie Dahlberg, Bard College
March 14: “The Two Faces of 19th-Century Romanticism”
Lecture and Performance by Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra
[Sosnoff Theater, The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts]
March 21: “Nietzsche Contra Kant: A Student Debate on Morality”
April 4: “Panel Discussion on Charles Darwin”
April 11: “Cosmic Revolution”
Lecture by Ian Buruma, Bard College
April 18: “The Reformation and the Myth of Yourself”
Lecture by Bruce Chilton, Bard College
April 25: “On the Subject in Psychoanalysis”
Lecture by Paola Mieli
May 2: Film about the battle of Algiers
May 9: “Pacification of the Primitive: Colonialism, Violence, and Modernity”
Lecture by Laura Kunreuther, Bard College
May 16: “Students and Faculty: A Critical Roundtable Discussion”
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This event was last updated on 05-17-2005