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“Gypsy Song,” from Carmen, a lively performance from five Bard Conservatory and APS recipients on the Planet Classroom Network YouTube Channel. The five musicians in the woodwind quintet, APS recipients Collin Lewis, Kira Shiner, and Timothy Woerner; Conservatory alumna Jillian Reed ’21; and Eleni Georgiadis spread throughout the county, flawlessly mesh together their individual parts to create a perfect arrangement of the classic song from the Bizet opera.
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“One of the most important missions of the Bard Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program is to teach the art of communication and collaboration. So it makes perfect sense that on the heels of a worldwide pandemic that took us all out of the public world and cast us into very private and often solitary settings, that we would emerge through the world of French chanson,” writes Artistic Director Stephanie Blythe. “These extraordinarily popular songs began in the 1880’s with the appearance of the chanson realiste—unapologetically truthful statements about life on the streets of Paris and all the elements that defined those lives—working class poverty, debauchery, sex, crime, and much of it seen through the lens of romantic, smoky cafés and rain soaked, cobblestone streets. Here was found a healthy dose of nostalgia, peppered with wit and charm, as well as a deep sadness and longing, and not a little accordion. These songs are a perfect way to initiate an intimate dialogue with an audience—one that we have been developing even more keenly after such a long, forced separation from all of you. Through the art of the chanson, we see what it means to be fully human, something we have all been taking a hard look at over the last year and a half.”
The evening’s program includes a repertoire of French cabaret songs spanning 1866 through 1968, and includes “Les temps des cerises” (1866) by Jean-Baptiste Clément (1836-1903), “La Vie en rose” (1945) by Louiguy (1916-91), “Le serpents qui danse” (1957) by Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), and “Les moulins de mon coeur” (1968) by Michel Legrand (1932-2019) among many others.
China Now Music Festival presented by the US-China Music Institute of the Bard College Conservatory of Music. Tune in at 7 PM (ET) on Tuesday, October 19 for this special event.
“Asian American artists are taking a greater role in the music world of the 21st Century,” said China Now Music Festival Artistic Director Jindong Cai, who recently sat down with The Violin Channel in an interview. “You can witness this in any symphony orchestra, opera house, or conservatory and the creation of the US-China Music Institute is a reflection of this trend. I hope I can use my experience to create a strong platform to enable a greater appreciation of the music from China and to provide new opportunities for artists to perform Chinese music.”
“The US-China Music Institute of the Bard College Conservatory of Music is proving a leading force in introducing music from contemporary China to the United States, and in promoting musical exchanges between the countries,” writes The Violin Channel.
“Asian American Voices: American Stories & Music”
Presented by US-China Music Institute of the Bard College Conservatory of Music
Tuesday, October 19 at 7 PM (ET)
Del Sol Quartet & China Now Festival Chorus
Huang Ruo | Angel Island: Oratorio for voices and String Quartet
Conductor Jingdong Cai & The Orchestra Now | Li Yi (tenor) | Nina Yoshida Nelsen (mezzo-soprano) | Helen Zhibing Huang (soprano) | David Henry Hwang (librettist, live narration)
Huang Ruo | Selections from An American Soldier
Conductor Jingdong Cai & The Orchestra Now | Yixin Wang (guzheng)
Xinyan Li | Awakening Light
Conductor Jingdong Cai & The Orchestra Now
Peng-Peng Gong | A Chinese in New York (2019)
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