Photo: Pictured here are student violinists Marley Alford and Acadia Thielking.
The Preparatory Division of The Bard College Conservatory of Music is announcing the creation of a new Preparatory Orchestra, for students aged 8 through 18. All orchestral instruments will be included, and young musicians of all levels of ability are welcome.
The Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle and the Preparatory Division of The Bard College Conservatory of Music present a Family Concert on Saturday, November 10, at 4 p.m. in the Bard Chapel. Admission is free of charge; all donations support the Bard Conservatory Preparatory Division scholarship fund.
The Graduate Conducting Program of The Bard College Conservatory of Music presents an evening of music by Harold Farberman, founder and artistic director of The Conductors Institute at Bard College, on Friday, November 9, at 8 p.m. in Olin Hall. The concert features Marka Gustavsson, viola; Sō Percussion; and Farberman’s students in the Graduate Conducting Program. A reception will follow the program. Admission is free and no reservations are necessary.
Last summer, the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra toured greater China, performing in Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, Wuhan, and Guangzhou over three weeks. In this video, conservatory students discuss tourism, culture, and developing identity as an orchestra during the tour.
Bard Conservatory students are ambitious and versatile. In this video, students and faculty talk about how the Conservatory's unique double-degree program affords a rigorous and well-rounded education in music and the liberal arts.
Highlights Include Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, American Ballet Theatre, Conservatory Sunday Series, American Symphony Orchestra Concerts, Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble, and John Cage: On & Off the Air!
Contemporaneous is an ensemble of student musicians dedicated to performing new music by student composers. The group released their first album, Stream of Stars: Music of Dylan Mattingly, in 2012, and performs regularly on the Bard campus and in the greater region.
For three weeks in June 2012 the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, conducted by President Botstein, will tour greater China, performing in Taipei, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, Wuhan, and Guangzhou.
James Bagwell has taught at Bard College since 2000, where he is the chair of the undergraduate Music Program and codirector of the Graduate Program in Conducting.
He maintains an active schedule throughout the United States as a conductor of choral, operatic, and orchestral music. In 2009 he was appointed music director of The Collegiate Chorale and led the ensemble in concerts at Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall during the 2009–10 season. He is the principal guest conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra in New York, and since 2003 has been director of choruses for the Bard Music Festival, conducting and preparing choral works during the summer festival at Bard College. He has also prepared The Concert Chorale of New York for performances with the American Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Mostly Mozart Festival (broadcast nationally in 2006 on Live from Lincoln Center), all in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Bagwell has trained choruses for a number of major American and international orchestras, including the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, NHK Symphony (Japan), St. Petersburg Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, among others, and has worked with noted conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Michael Tilson Thomas, Leon Botstein, Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Robert Shaw. He holds degrees from Birmingham-Southern College, Florida State University, and Indiana University.
Internationally renowned soprano Dawn UpshawCharles Franklin Kellogg and Grace E. Ramsey Kellogg Professor of the Arts and Humanities and artistic director of the Graduate Vocal Arts Program at the Bard Conservatory of Musichas been a member of the Bard College faculty since 2004.
A four-time Grammy Award winner, Upshaw is featured on more than 50 recordings, including the million-selling Symphony No. 3 by Henryk Gorecki. Her discography also includes full-length opera recordings of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro; Messiaen’s St. Francois d’Assise; Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress; John Adams’s El Niño; two volumes of Canteloube’s “Songs of the Auvergne”; and a dozen recital recordings. Upshaw made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1984 and has since achieved worldwide celebrity. She is known for singing the great Mozart roles (Pamina, Ilia, Susanna, Despina) as well as works by Bach, Bartók, Stravinsky, Poulenc, Messiaen, Debussy, and John Adams. She has performed with James Levine, Sir Simon Rattle, Gilbert Kalish, Kronos Quartet, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Cleveland, Chicago, and Philadelphia Symphony Orchestras, among others. She was the first singer to be named a “Perspectives” Artist by Carnegie Hall, and was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship in 2007. She earned her B.A. from Illinois Wesleyan University and M.A. from the Manhattan School of Music; she holds honorary doctorate degrees from Yale, the Manhattan School of Music, Allegheny College, and Illinois Wesleyan University. She is also a faculty member of the Tanglewood Music Center.
Photo: Joan Tower
Since 1972, Joan Tower has taught at Bard College, where she is Asher B. Edelman Professor in the Arts. She is regarded as one of the most important living American composers. During a career spanning more than 50 years, Tower has made lasting contributions as composer, performer, conductor, and educator.
She has received commissions from the New York Philharmonic, St. Louis, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Houston Symphonies, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center Chamber Society, among many other major ensembles, soloists, and orchestras. She was the first composer chosen for a Ford Made in America consortium commission for 65 orchestras. Leonard Slatkin and the Nashville Symphony recorded her composition Made in America in 2008; the album collected three Grammy awards. In 1990, she became the first woman to win the prestigious Grawemeyer Award for Silver Ladders. Other accolades include an honorary degree from the New England Conservatory (2006), the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s Composer of the Year (2010–11), and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim Foundation, and New York State Council on the Arts. She received her B.A. at Bennington College and her M.A. and D.M.A. at Columbia University. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2004) and the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1998).