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CONCERT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE SNOW STORM HUDSON VALLEY GAMELAN WINTER PERFORMANCE WILL BRING THE SOUNDS OF BALI TO BARD ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9
Emily M. Darrow
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Hudson Valley Gamelan (HVG) will perform its annual winter concert on Friday, December 9, at Bard College. The program—featuring Balinese music and dance—is free and open to the public and begins at 8:00 p.m. in Olin Hall. “A rare performance of gamelan music was the major event of the evening,” wrote Peter Marshall in the Lakeville Journal Compass of a concert by the HVG at Bard. “It is a fascinating form of music making . . . a great chance for many to experience music from East Asia.” Presented by the Music Program at Bard, the program includes performances of traditional gong kebyar music, as well as Balinese dance.
Gamelan is the name given to the traditional orchestras and ensembles of Java and Bali, which are made up primarily of percussion instruments. Bard College’s program in Balinese music and dance was established in 1998. The HVG, under the artistic direction of I Nyoman Saptanyana, comprises two ensembles in residence at Bard—Chandra Kancana (Golden Moon), composed of 12 Bard students, and Giri Mekar (Mountain Flower), consisting of 10 members of the community at large and two Bard faculty members.
The ensembles play a set of gamelan gong kebyar instruments crafted from jackfruit wood, bamboo, and bronze by Pande Gabeleran, a gongsmith from Blahbatuh, Gianyar, Bali. These instruments are on permanent loan to Bard College, courtesy of Woodstock Percussion owner and CEO Garry Kvistad, the founding member of Giri Mekar. Kvistad’s ensemble was founded in 1988 and performed at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock and the Bardavon Opera House in Poughkeepsie, before taking up residence at Bard. The first joint performance by Chandra Kanchana and Giri Mekar was in May of 1999.
The HVG welcomes new members. Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings at 9:00 p.m. in Room 305 of the F. W. Olin Humanities Building at Bard College.
For information about the concert or joining the ensemble, call 845-679-8624 or e-mail email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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This event was last updated on 12-10-2005