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June 30 – August 20, 2017


June 30 – August 20, 2017


New York City Ballet MOVES opens with the work of the choreographer most associated with Chopin, Jerome Robbins’s sublime Dances at a Gathering. The program traces City Ballet’s choreographic lineage, including George Balanchine’s Duo Concertant, set to Stravinsky, and prodigy Justin Peck’s electrifying In Creases.

Bard SummerScape and the Bard Music Festival present Chopin and His World

SummerScape 2017 also presents the world premiere of The Wooster Group’s tribute to Polish visionary artist and stage director Tadeusz Kantor, A PINK CHAIR (IN PLACE OF A FAKE ANTIQUE). The Wooster Group is a legendary downtown theater ensemble, which for more than 40 years has been famed for its fast-paced, fractured performances. This year’s film

During his relatively short life, Fryderyk Chopin (1810–49) was celebrated as the poet of the

series, Chopin and the Image of Romanticism, explores the influence of the composer’s

piano. His profound compositions and virtuosic playing—emotionally deep, delicate, and

music on directors as disparate as Ingmar Bergman and Polish filmmakers Aleksander Ford,

melodic—captured the essence of the instrument he loved and secured his stature among

Roman Polanski, and Krzysztof Kies´lowski.

classical music’s greats. It also ensured his continuing relevance, influence, and popularity, making this Romantic icon’s life and times a compelling subject for the 28th Bard Music

Then there’s the Spiegeltent, hosted for the fourth time by the inimitable Mx. Justin Vivian

Festival (BMF). The BMF lies at the heart of the 2017 Bard SummerScape—seven weeks of

Bond, a Tony-nominated performer who promises an unforgettable array of art and spectacle.

opera, dance, music, theater, film, and cabaret, all thematically tied to the Slavic roots of

Performances take place in the spectacular, Frank Gehry–designed Richard B. Fisher Center

Chopin and His World.

for the Performing Arts and other venues on Bard’s beautiful Hudson River campus.

Slavic history and culture infuse this year’s opera presentation of Dimitrij, by the Czech-born Antonín Dvorˇák. Taking up where Modest Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov leaves off, it focuses on the real-life events and power struggles of early 17th-century tsarist Russia. This four-act grand opera, directed by Anne Bogart ’74 and conducted by Leon Botstein, is a dramatically powerful and musically thrilling study of entangled personal and political histories.

SummerScape is made possible through the generous support of Jeanne Donovan Fisher, the Martin and Toni Sosnoff Foundation, the Board of The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, the Board of the Bard Music Festival, Fisher Center and Bard Music Festival members, as well as grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Above: Chopin’s Polonaise (Ball in Hotel Lambert in Paris), 1859, Teofil Kwiatkowski, National Museum, Pozna´n, Poland. Lebrecht Music & Arts. Cover: Wildflower, 1845, Louis Janmot, Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, France. ©LyonMBA/Alain Basset.


New York City Ballet MOVES Dances at a Gathering by Robbins, and other works by Balanchine and Peck With all-live music Peter Martins, ballet master in chief No choreographer is more associated with Chopin than Jerome Robbins, who set several major works to his music. The centerpiece of this program is Dances at a Gathering, accompanied by 18 of Chopin’s mazurkas, waltzes, and études. The piece premiered in 1969 and became an instant classic, hailed for its invention, virtuosity, and constantly shifting emotions. This program traces the choreographic lineage of New York City Ballet, including George Balanchine’s Duo Concertant, set to Stravinsky, and In Creases, the first work created for the company by the prodigious new talent Justin Peck, with music by Philip Glass. The program is performed by MOVES, a select group of New York City Ballet principal dancers, soloists, corps de ballet members, and musicians.

sosnoff theater Friday, June 30 and Saturday, July 1 at 7:30 pm Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2 at 2 pm tickets

“The foremost creative ballet troupe in the world.”

$25–65 opening night reception for members Friday, June 30

—new york times

post-performance conversation Saturday, July 1, afternoon pre-performance talk Sunday, July 2 at 1 pm summerscape coach from new york city July 2

New York City Ballet with George Balanchine (left) and Jerome Robbins rehearsing Pulcinella, 1972, photo by Martha Swope. ©The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.





world premiere

The Wooster Group A PINK CHAIR (IN PLACE OF A FAKE ANTIQUE) Directed by Elizabeth LeCompte The Wooster Group is one of America’s most daring and imaginative theater companies. As the New York Times writes, “throughout its almost 40 unceasingly fertile years of existence, this genre-bending troupe has taken theatergoers through twisting labyrinths of productions, in which reality and its representations are splintered by technology and irony.” Now The Wooster Group engages the work of visionary artist and stage director Tadeusz Kantor, whose theater was born from the fractures of 20th-century Poland and spoke to the world about imagination and history. A Pink Chair is an homage to Kantor and his actors, and a self-reflective take on The Wooster Group’s own ecstasy, despair, nostalgia, and memory.

luma theater Thursday–Saturday, July 13–15 and 20–22 at 7:30 pm Sunday, July 16; Wednesday, July 19; Saturday, July 22; and Sunday, July 23 at 2 pm tickets

“When it comes to striking sparks from crashing art forms and time zones, nobody beats The Wooster Group at the top of its game”

$25–65 opening night reception for members Saturday, July 15 pre-performance talk Sunday, July 16 at 1 pm post-performance conversation

—new york times

Wednesday, July 19 summerscape coach from new york city July 15, 16, and 23 The production was co-commissioned by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Poland, as part of a program celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tadeusz Kantor.

Mann mit Schirm, 1949, Tadeusz Kantor ©Maria Kantor and Dorota Krakowska, Muzeum Narodowe, Warsaw. akg-images





Dimitrij By Antonín Dvorˇák American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein, music director Directed by Anne Bogart ’74 Acclaimed at its 1882 premiere for strong dramatic moments, original melodies, and masterful choral writing, Antonín Dvorˇák’s Dimitrij was widely regarded as one of the most significant works created for the Czech operatic stage. Based on events of 17th-century Russia, Dimitrij resumes where Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov leaves off—vividly depicting the uncertainty, tribal loyalties, and struggles for power in the wake of the revered tsar’s death. Distinguished director Anne Bogart ’74 brings this grand opera to life in a thrilling new production with set design by David Zinn, costumes by Constance Hoffman, and rising young tenor Clay Hilley in the title role. Performed in Czech with English supertitles

sosnoff theater Friday, July 28 and August 4 at 7:30 pm Sunday, July 30; Wednesday, August 2; and Sunday, August 6 at 2 pm tickets

“Some of the most important summer opera experiences in the U.S. are not at the better-known festivals but at Bard SummerScape.”

$25–95 opening night reception for members Friday, July 28 opera talk with leon botstein Sunday, July 30 at noon summerscape coach from new york city

—financial times

July 28, 30, and August 6

“A tragic story that Shakespeare could hardly have bettered.”

Special support for this program is provided by Emily H. Fisher and John Alexander.

—boston globe

Melissa Citro and Clay Hilley, photo by Todd Norwood




bard music festival

Chopin and His World By the end of the 19th century, Fryderyk Chopin’s compositions had come to represent music as an expressive medium. Already recognized in his lifetime as a unique phenomenon, Chopin became known as the supreme poet of the piano, the instrument for which he composed almost exclusively. To this day, listeners and performers find in his music an emotional depth and intensity that mirror our subjective response to the human experience. The richness of Chopin’s melodic invention and harmonic usage help explain his broad popularity and influence. The 2017 Bard Music Festival explores Chopin’s complex and enigmatic sides. He rose to international fame as the voice of an oppressed Poland, a once-powerful nation that had been dismembered decades before his birth in 1810. A child prodigy who grew up in Warsaw, Chopin spent the second half of his life in Paris, where he was lionized as a pianist, composer, and teacher. He was not only a leading figure in the distinguished Polish émigré community of Paris but also interacted with the aristocracy and cultural luminaries such as Franz Liszt, Felix Mendelssohn, Heinrich Heine, Honoré de Balzac, and Eugène Delacroix. His personal life, notably his relationship with George Sand, became the stuff of gossip, intrigue, and legend. Chopin left behind a powerful legacy that helped shape the future of music, which is explored in programs featuring Johannes Brahms, Serge Rachmaninoff, Claude Debussy, and Alexander Scriabin, among others. The music of Chopin’s Warsaw teachers and contemporaries—Józef Elsner, Wilhelm Würfel, and Maria Szymanowska—and predecessors such as Ferdinand Ries, Carl Maria von Weber, and Johann Nepomuk Hummel help put his career in context. Other programs feature the work of contemporaries including Robert Schumann, Ignaz Moscheles, Louis Spohr, Gioachino Rossini, and Ferdinand Hiller. Chopin lived in the years between the Congress of Vienna of 1814–15 and the watershed revolutions of 1848. It was an era of Romanticism in literature and painting, and also of intense philosophical ferment and striking political and social change. Music was at the center of this cultural world, not only in concert halls and opera houses but also in the semipublic milieu of the salon. Through concerts, panels, and lectures, the festival addresses how attitudes to the composer have changed since his death in 1849, how we hear Chopin today, and, most important, why he still matters. This season is made possible in part through the generous support of the Board of the Bard Music Festival and the Friends of the Bard Music Festival, as well as grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts. Additional underwriting has been provided by Jeanne Donovan Fisher, James H. Ottaway Jr., Felicitas S. Thorne, Helen and Roger Alcaly, Bettina Baruch Foundation, and Michelle R. Clayman. Special support has also been provided by the Mrs. Mortimer Levitt Endowment Fund for the Performing Arts. All programs and performers are subject to change. Chopin with a fragment of the Nocturne, Op. 62, No. 1, after 1849, Ary Scheffer. Fryderyk Chopin Museum, Warsaw




Friday, August 11 (continued) program one

The Genius of Chopin sosnoff theater 7:30 pm preconcert talk: Leon Botstein 8 pm performance: Benjamin Hochman, piano; Katarzyna Sa˛dej, mezzo-soprano; Orion Weiss, piano; The Orchestra Now, conducted by Leon Botstein; and others Fryderyk Chopin (1810–49), Variations on “Là ci darem la mano,” Op. 2 (1827); Piano Concerto in F Minor, Op. 21 (1829); Preludes, Op. 28 (1831–38); Fantasy-Polonaise, Op. 61 (1845–46); songs Tickets: $25 –60 Bard Music Festival opening night toast sponsored by Mionetto

Saturday, August 12 panel one

Chopin: Real and Imagined olin hall 10 am – noon Free and open to the public

program two

Chopin and Warsaw

Chopin in the Salon of Prince Anton Radziwill, 1890, Henryk Siemiradzki The State Russian Museum, St Petersburg/akg-images

olin hall 1 pm preconcert talk: Jeffrey Kallberg 1:30 pm performance: Danny Driver, piano; Horszowski Trio; Jesse Mills, violin; Anna Polonsky, piano; members of The Orchestra Now; and others Fryderyk Chopin (1810–49), Trio for Piano, Violin, and Cello in G Minor, Op. 8 (1828); Polonaise in B-flat Minor, Op. posth. (1826); Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778–1837), Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 85 (1816); Wilhelm Würfel

weekend one

(1790–1832), Grande fantaisie lugubre, Op. 18 (1818); Karol Lipinski (1790–1861), Violin Concerto No. 3 (c. 1835);

Chopin, the Piano, and Musical Culture of the 19th Century Friday, August 11 2017 Bard Music Festival Opening Night Dinner

works by Józef Elsner (1769–1854), Karol Kurpin´ski (1785–1857), and Maria Szymanowska (1789–1831) Tickets: $40

program three

From the Opera House to the Concert Hall sosnoff theater 7 pm preconcert talk: James Parakilas 8 pm performance: Nicole Cabell, soprano; Issachah Savage, tenor; Jenni Bank, mezzo-soprano; Alexandra Knoll, oboe; American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein, music director; and others

spiegeltent 5:30 pm

Fryderyk Chopin (1810–49), Fantasy on Polish Airs, Op. 13 (1828); Louis Spohr (1784–1859), Overture to Faust

Tickets include a pre-performance dinner in the Spiegeltent and a premium seat for the evening’s concert.

(1816); Carl Maria von Weber (1786–1826), Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 19 (1807; rev. 1810); Giacomo

To purchase opening night dinner tickets, contact the special events office at 845-758-7414 or

Meyerbeer (1791–1864), Ballet from Robert le diable (1831); Gioachino Rossini (1792–1868), Act 3 from Otello

Please note: The Spiegeltent is closed for regular dining on the evening of the dinner.

(1816); Vincenzo Bellini (1801–35), Oboe Concerto (before 1825) Tickets: $25–75







Sunday, August 13 program four

The Piano in the 19th Century olin hall 10 am performance with commentary with Piers Lane, piano Works by Fryderyk Chopin (1810–49), Serge Rachmaninoff (1873–1943), and others Tickets: $40

program five

The Consequences of Emancipation: Chopin’s Jewish Contemporaries olin hall 1 pm preconcert talk: Leon Botstein 1:30 pm performance: Michael Brown, piano; Tyler Duncan, baritone; Simon Ghraichy, piano; Erika Switzer, piano; Orion Weiss, piano; Danny Driver, piano; members of The Orchestra Now, conducted by Benjamin Hochman Fryderyk Chopin (1810–49), Ballad No. 4, Op. 52 (1842); Waltz, Op. 64, No. 2 (1846–47); Ignaz Moscheles (1794–1870), Concerto No. 3 in G Minor, Op. 58 (1820); Henri Herz (1803–88), from Trois nocturnes caractéristiques, Op. 45 (c. 1829); Felix Mendelssohn (1809–47), Prelude and Fugue in E Minor (1827/1841); Ferdinand Hiller (1811–85), Alla memoria di Vincenzo Bellini (n.d.); Sigismond Thalberg (1812–71), Fantaisie sur Andante finale de Lucia di Lammermoor, Op. 44 (1842); Charles-Valentin Alkan (1813–88), from 25 Preludes, Op. 31 (1847); songs on texts by Heinrich Heine (1797–1856) by Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791–1864), Robert Schumann (1810–56), Franz Liszt (1811–86), and others Tickets: $40

program six

Virtuosity and Its Discontents

The Polish Prometheus, 1831, Emile Jean-Horace Vernet Bibliotheque Polonaise, Paris/Archives Charmet/Bridgeman Images

sosnoff theater 4:30 pm preconcert talk 5 pm performance: Piers Lane, piano; Cecilia Violetta López, soprano; Dongfang Ouyang, violin; Brian Zeger, piano; The Orchestra Now, conducted by Leon Botstein; and others Fryderyk Chopin (1810–49), “Souvenir de Paganini” (1828); Fantasie Impromptu, Op. 66 (1834); Niccolò Paganini (1782–1840), “La Campanella” (1826); Friedrich Kalkbrenner (1785–1849), Concerto in D Minor, Op. 61 (1823); Adolphe Adam (1803–56), Variations on Mozart’s “Ah! Vous dirai-je maman” (n.d.); Robert Schumann (1810–56),

weekend two

Originality and Influence

Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 105 (1851); works by Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848) and Franz Liszt (1811–86) Tickets: $25–60

Thursday, August 17 special event

Movement, Miniatures, and Mysticism spiegeltent 8 pm performance Bard Music West Trace the influence of Chopin’s work in the music of Les Six, Graz¯yna Bacewicz (1909–69), Witold Lutoslawski (1913–94), Henryk Górecki (1933–2010), Marta Ptaszy´nska (b. 1943), Agata Zubel (b. 1978), and others Tickets: $15–40







Friday, August 18

program nine

special event

The Polish National Opera: Halka

The Romantic Wind Symphony sosnoff theater 5 pm performance: New York Wind Symphony

sosnoff theater 7 pm preconcert talk: Halina Goldberg 8 pm performance: Amanda Majeski, soprano; Teresa Buchholz, mezzo-soprano; Miles Mykkanen, tenor; Aubrey Allicock, baritone; Liam Moran, bass-baritone; Bard Festival Chorale, James Bagwell, choral director;

The works in this program showcase the vast range of timbre and aesthetic of which the modern wind

American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein, music director; directed by Mary Birnbaum; scenic

orchestra is capable. From the elegant, almost serenade-like sensibility of Gounod to the raw emotion and

design by Grace Laubacher; lighting design by Anshuman Bhatia

power of Berlioz, listeners are in for a rare treat. Stanislaw Moniuszko (1819–72), Halka (1858) Charles Gounod (1818–93), Petite Symphonie for Winds, Op. 216 (1885); Hector Berlioz (1803–69), Grande

Tickets: $25–75

Symphonie funèbre et triomphale, Op. 15 (1840) Tickets: $25–40

Sunday, August 20 program seven

Chopin and the Piano sosnoff theater 7:30 pm preconcert talk: Jonathan Bellman 8 pm performance: Charlie Albright, Michael Brown, Danny Driver, Piers Lane, Anna Polonsky, piano; and

program ten

From the Sacred to the Revolutionary: Choral Music from Poland and France


olin hall 10 am performance: Bard Festival Chorale, James Bagwell, choral director

Fryderyk Chopin (1810–49), from Études, Op. 10 (1830) and Op. 25 (1832–34); Sonata in B-flat Minor, Op. 35 (1839);

Works by Bartlomiej Pe˛kiel (d.1670), Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki (c. 1665–1734), Luigi Cherubini (1760–1842),

Polonaise in A-flat Major, Op. 53 (1842); Scherzo in E Major, Op. 54 (1842); Bacarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60

Józef Elsner (1769–1854), François-Adrien Boieldieu (1775–1834), Daniel-François-Esprit Auber (1782–1871),

(1845–46); and other works

Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791–1864), Fromental Halévy (1799–1862), Louis Lefébure-Wély (1817–69), and others

Tickets: $25–60

Tickets: $40

program eleven

Saturday, August 19

Chopin’s Influence

panel two

Chopin’s Place in 19th-Century Performance Culture olin hall 10 am – noon

olin hall 1 pm preconcert talk: Richard Wilson 1:30 pm performance: Michael Brown, piano; Nicholas Canellakis, cello; Simon Ghraichy, piano; Monika Krajewska, mezzo-soprano; Piers Lane, piano; and others

Free and open to the public

Fryderyk Chopin (1810–49), Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 65 (1846); works by Robert Schumann (1810–56), Johannes Brahms (1833–97), Henryk Wieniaswski (1835–80), Edvard Grieg (1843–1907), Gabriel Fauré

program eight

(1845–1924), Moritz Moszkowski (1854–1925), Ignacy Paderewski (1860–1941), Claude Debussy (1862–1918),

Chopin and the Salon

Alexander Scriabin (1872–1915), Serge Rachmaninoff (1873–1943), and Karol Szymanowski (1882–1937)

olin hall 1 pm preconcert talk: Byron Adams 1:30 pm performance: Michael Brown, piano; Nicholas Canellakis, cello; Monika Krajewska, mezz0-soprano; Anna Polonsky, piano; Bard Festival Chamber Players; members of The Orchestra Now; and others Fryderyk Chopin (1810–49), Introduction and Polonaise brillante, Op. 3 (1829–30); Ballade No. 2, Op. 38 (1839); waltzes; Ferdinand Ries (1784–1838), Concerto No. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 55 (1812); Louis Spohr (1784–1859), Octet, Op. 32 (1814); works by John Field (1782–1837), Auguste Franchomme (1808–84), Pauline Viardot (1821–1910), and Clara Wieck (1819–96) Tickets: $40

Tickets: $40

program twelve

Shared Passions, Different Paths sosnoff theater 3:30 pm preconcert talk: Christopher H. Gibbs 4:30 pm performance: Danny Driver, piano; Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano; Bard Festival Chorale, James Bagwell, choral director; The Orchestra Now, conducted by Leon Botstein; and others Fryderyk Chopin (1810–49), Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise, Op. 22 (1830–35); Hector Berlioz (1803–69), Roméo et Juliette, symphonie dramatique, Op. 17 (1839) Tickets: $25–75







film series

Chopin and the Image of Romanticism The 2017 SummerScape Film Series explores the cinematic legacies of Romantic icon Fryderyk Chopin. It addresses the mythology surrounding the composer’s biography by presenting both a celebrated American Technicolor drama and a Polish film directed by Aleksander Ford, who helped to rebuild the country’s postwar film industry as head of Film Polski. Two of Ford’s students, Andrzej Wajda and Roman Polanski, used Chopin’s music to highlight the ambiguities of nationhood and art during the Second World War. Similar concerns informed filmmakers Krzysztof Zanussi and Krzysztof Kie´slowski, who connected Chopin’s music to the crises of the 1970s. Chopin’s music was also a reference point for the chamber dramas of Ingmar Bergman. Thursday, July 27

Thursday, August 10

The Pianist

Camera Buff

Roman Polanski, 2002, France/Germany/ Poland/United Kingdom, 150 minutes

Krzysztof Kie´slowski, 1979, Poland, 112 minutes

Sunday, August 13 Sunday, July 30

Kanal Andrzej Wajda, 1957, Poland, 96 minutes and

Ashes and Diamonds

Smiles of a Summer Night Ingmar Bergman, 1955, Sweden, 108 minutes and

Camouflage Krzysztof Zanussi, 1977, Poland, 100 minutes

Andrzej Wajda, 1958, Poland, 103 minutes

Thursday, August 17 Thursday, August 3

A Song to Remember

Autumn Sonata

Charles Vidor, 1945, USA, 113 minutes

Ingmar Bergman, 1978, Sweden/West Germany, 99 minutes

Sunday, August 6

Sunday, August 20

Chopin’s Youth

Cries and Whispers

Aleksander Ford, 1952, Poland, 121 minutes

Ingmar Bergman, 1972, Sweden, 106 minutes

jim ottaway jr. film center Thursdays and Sundays, July 27 – August 20 at 7 pm tickets $10 Members may reserve up to four complimentary tickets for the film series. To make your reservation, please call 845-758-7900.

A Song to Remember, 1945. Columbia Pictures/Photofest




“The tent of dreams . . . unique, intoxicating, wild and wonderful.” —Edinburgh Fringe Magazine

“Caustic wit and witchy charisma . . . Justin Vivian Bond is one of New York’s essential performers.” —Time Out New York Mx. Justin Vivian Bond, photo by Tammy Shell

The Spiegeltent June 30 – August 19

Cabaret and After Hours Hosted by Mx. Justin Vivian Bond One of the country’s most acclaimed cabaret venues, this enchanted and historic tent of mirrors offers unforgettable evenings of entertainment from world-class performers, and after hours parties with New York’s hottest DJs. For the fourth year running, Tony-nominated performer Mx. Justin Vivian Bond hosts a season of mischief, glamour, and wicked delights.

Clockwise from top left: John Waters, photo by Greg Gorman; Sandra Bernhard, photo by Maro Hagopian; Meow Meow, photo by Karl Giant; Toshi Reagon, photo by Kevin Yatarola

Cabaret Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 pm Tickets start at $25

Special support for the Spiegeltent is provided by Andrew E. Zobler and Manny Urquiza.

John Waters This Filthy World

Jazz through the Looking Glass with Catskill Jazz Factory

Friday, July 7 at 6 pm and 8:30 pm Legendary filmmaker and comedian John Waters (Cry-Baby, Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, and Hairspray) launches the Spiegeltent season with his phenomenal one-man show. Part confession, part vaudeville, This Filthy World takes on taboos with charisma and charm, resulting in a hilarious and uncensored evening with an American treasure.

Catskill Jazz Factory presents a tour of five decades of jazz, performed by New York’s top young talents and established favorites. The thematic concert series is an unconventional look at defining moments of the genre, from Roaring Twenties big band to gospel, bebop, cool jazz, and the swinging sixties.

Spiegeltent Cabaret and After Hours performances may contain nudity, and are for mature audiences only. Cabaret admission is restricted to those over 18 years old unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. No one under 21 is permitted during After Hours. 20



Sandra Bernhard Sandra Monica Blvd: Coast to Coast Saturday, July 8 at 6 pm and 8:30 pm Sandra Bernhard is heading east on Route 66 to bring Sandra Monica Blvd: Coast to Coast to New York. Traversing the country, Bernhard takes you on a journey to find the soul of America via the back roads and byways on a gas station map, with a soundtrack you might find on an AM radio station.

Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely Friday, July 14 Toshi Reagon is a versatile singer-songwriter who moves audiences everywhere with her big-hearted blend of R&B, country, and folk. The New York Times raves, “Her vocal style ranges from a dirty blues moan to a gospel shout to an ethereal croon.” Reagon returns to the Spiegeltent with her band BIGLovely to celebrate all that is progressive and uplifting in American music.

Meow Meow Saturday, July 15 The cat is back. . . . Purr-fect post-postmodern diva Meow Meow’s unique brand of kamikaze cabaret kitsch and performance art exotica has hypnotized, inspired, and terrified audiences worldwide. The spectacular crowd-surfing queen of song returns to the Spiegeltent for another explosive evening of music, politics, mayhem, and magnificence, dragging “cabaret kicking and screaming into the 21st century.” (Time Out New York)




Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton— A Dance Party Friday, July 21 Tickets: $40 general admission (Limited seating—plan to dance!) Lisa Fischer steps into the spotlight at last. After four decades singing backup for icons such as the Rolling Stones, Tina Turner, and Nine Inch Nails, Fischer shot to fame as the soulful center of the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom. Now fronting her own band, this inventive and heartfelt interpreter of rock and soul invites you to a one-of-a-kind dance party.

Susanne Bartsch presents BARTSCHLAND AT THE SPIEGELTENT 2017 SummerScape Gala After Party Saturday, July 22 Starts at 9 pm Tickets: $75 A sumptuous and exclusive party hosted by nightclub legend Susanne Bartsch. For more than three decades, Susanne's astounding soirées have been the place to see and be seen for a trendsetting group of New Yorkers. Transcending uptown and downtown, gay and straight, chic and street, Barstchland provides a venue for countless creative souls to come together, express themselves, and forget the humdrum of the every day.

Suzan-Lori Parks: Sula and the Noise Friday, July 28 Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks is a dazzling contemporary playwright and screenwriter. She is also a brilliant songwriter, vocalist, and guitar player with her band, Sula and the Noise. Parks, Julian Rozzell Jr., and Christian Konopka make music with an Afro-Americana vibe, exploring the roots, triumphs, and struggles of life in contemporary America.

Karen Elson Saturday, July 29 English singer-songwriter and guitarist Karen Elson is one of the most sought-after models in the world, having appeared on the covers of Vogue, Elle, and W magazines. She is also a self-taught musician. Her first album, The Ghost Who Walks, recorded with Jack White, was praised as “a 20th-century-Americanalaced gothic song cycle, shot through with blues and folk references” (Interview). Her Spiegeltent debut coincides with the release of her anticipated follow-up album, Double Roses.




Mx. Justin Vivian Bond’s House of Whimsy Friday, August 4 and Saturday, August 5 Welcome back to the House of Whimsy—an alluring, edgy, and irreverent evening of divas and deviants from the downtown performance scene—selected and introduced by Mx. Justin Vivian Bond. Established Spiegeltent favorites mingle with talented newcomers in a program of variety acts that will ravish, provoke, and astound.

Joan Osborne: The Songs of Bob Dylan Friday, August 11 Joan Osborne has earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation—a commanding, passionate performer and an evocative songwriter. A multiplatinum recording artist and seven-time Grammy nominee, she has performed alongside Bob Dylan, Luciano Pavarotti, Stevie Wonder, and Emmylou Harris, among others. She makes her Spiegeltent debut with her acoustic trio, covering songs of the 2016 Nobel Prize winner in literature, Bob Dylan.

BACK TO (ab)NORMAL Rebecca Havemeyer, Dane Terry, and CHRISTEENE Saturday, August 12 A snapshot of the best of today’s queer performance, with soulful piano balladeer Dane Terry and actor Paul Soileau, who performs his alter egos Rebecca Havemeyer, “Austin’s finest bingo hostess,” and Christeene, feral princess of punk. Christeene is a gender-blending, R-rated nightclub star, not for the faint of heart. Dane Terry, a “millennial Cole Porter,” wowed the Spiegeltent in last summer’s House of Whimsy.

Joan As Police Woman Friday, August 18 Indie rock darling Joan Wasser, a.k.a. Joan As Police Woman, has been arresting audiences since 2003 with her sultry, slow-burning sound. Her songs “remind us of a time when pop tunes wound up in jazz clubs without losing anything in translation” (Pitchfork). Having toured and recorded with Lou Reed, Rufus Wainwright, Antony and the Johnsons, and others, Wasser brings the best of her first five albums to this Spiegeltent debut.

Mx. Justin Vivian Bond Shows Up Saturday, August 19 A perfect finale for the Spiegeltent season, Mx. Bond bids adieu to summer with an evening of songs, stories, and surprises, selected from 25 years of legendary performances.

Clockwise from top left: Aaron Johnson, photo by Candid Music Group; Brianna Thomas, photo courtesy of the artist; Vuyo Sotashe, photo by Lauren Desberg; Veronica Swift, photo courtesy of the artist

Jazz through the Looking Glass with Catskill Jazz Factory Thursdays at 8 pm Tickets start at $25

1920s: Birth of the Big Band Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks July 13 Hear the music of an era of bootlegged booze, the foxtrot, and Jazz Age decadence in an evening of vintage swing by Grammy Award–winning Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks.

1930s: The Magic of Mahalia The Brianna Thomas Quintet July 20 The “best young straight-ahead jazz singer of her generation” (Wall Street Journal) draws on two titans of gospel, Mahalia Jackson and Thomas Dorsey, in this modern take on the remarkable songs that reshaped America’s sacred music.

1940s: Yardbird to Freebird Walking Distance July 27 Sharing their passion for bebop and the music of master saxophonist Charlie “Yardbird” Parker, members of the vanguard jazz quartet Walking Distance present this Catskill Jazz Factory debut of their upcoming sophomore release, Freebird.

1950s: Hollywood and Vine: Jazz Goes West Aaron Johnson Ensemble, featuring Veronica Swift August 3 Experience a retrospective of 1950s West Coast jazz, where the frenetic sounds of bebop met the laid-back cool of sun and surf in the golden age of Hollywood.

1960s: Songs of Protest and Reconciliation Vuyo Sotashe Ensemble August 10 South African jazz vocalist Vuyo Sotashe performs the politically charged songs of artists who expressed the cultural revolution of 1960s America through pop, rock, soul, and jazz.






The Spiegeltent, photo by Cory Weaver

Spiegeltent Special Events

Summertime Swing with Got2Lindy Eight to the Bar

The Porch: Where Great Stories Are Told

Sunday, July 16 Doors open at 6 pm, dance instruction at 6:30 pm, dancing until 10 pm Tickets: $25 These Spiegeltent favorites return for a night of swing dancing. Eight to the Bar is known for its outstanding instrumentalists and colorful mix of tunes and vocals that will have you up and swinging in no time!

Friday, June 30 at 8 pm Tickets: $20 The Porch is an intimate evening of true stories (no notes allowed!) told by your neighbors. Launched last year by Red Hook resident Joey Shavelle and hosted by John Nathan of Rhinecliff, The Porch at the Spiegeltent spins local yarns that are sure to amuse and inspire. Hope you can join us—we’ll leave the light on!

Spirit Family Reunion Saturday, July 1 at 8:30 pm Tickets: $20 Raise your spirits and kick off the summer season with Spirit Family Reunion, a young Americana band from Brooklyn. Featuring Maggie Carson ’07 and Or Zubalsky MFA ’17, the band makes its Spiegeltent debut with raw, high-energy, open-door gospel songs, reminiscent of bluegrass and Appalachian music that “translate perfectly into foot-stomping singalongs” (NPR) in a new, old-fashioned way.

Summertime Swing with Got2Lindy Professor Cunningham & His Old School Sunday, July 2 Doors open at 6 pm, dance instruction at 6:30 pm, dancing until 10 pm Tickets: $25 Kick off your holiday week with a night of swing dancing to the fabulous music of Professor Cunningham & His Old School performing a sweeping repertoire deeply steeped in New Orleans jazz traditions.




John Cage’s Musicircus Sunday, August 13, 6:30–9:30 pm Presented by the Bard College Conservatory of Music and the John Cage Trust Free and open to the public Befitting a circus, this celebratory performance of a historically significant and gloriously anarchic work features chance-determined performances by more than 40 musicians—often simultaneous, always surprising—both inside and outdoors. This familyfriendly, free event commemorates the 25th anniversary of Cage’s death and his ongoing legacy.

After Hours Fridays and Saturdays from 10 pm to 12:30 am Open to patrons age 21 and up Tickets: $12, or free with your ticket to another same-day SummerScape event.* (*not included in the Create Your Own Series) Dance away your weekend nights with top DJs, including returning favorites Sammy Jo, JD Samson, Johnny Dynell, Jonjon Battles, and more! Visit the website for dates and details. SummerScape Gala 2016, photo by Karl Rabe




SATURDAY, JULY 22 performances and dinner at montgomery place after party by susanne bartsch at the spiegeltent gala chairs carolyn marks blackwood and gregory quinn stefano ferrari and lilo zinglersen andrew e. zobler and manny urquiza or 845-758-7414

4 7:30 pm Dimitrij SOS 8:30 pm Mx. Justin Vivian Bond’s House of Whimsy SPT 10 pm After Hours SPT

11 5:30 pm BMF Opening Night Dinner SPT 7:30 pm Preconcert Talk SOS 8 pm BMF Program One SOS 8:30 pm Joan Osborne: The Songs of Bob Dylan SPT 10 pm After Hours SPT

18 5 pm BMF Special Event SOS 7:30 pm Preconcert Talk SOS 8 pm BMF Program Seven SOS 8:30 pm Joan As Police Woman SPT 10 pm After Hours SPT

3 7 pm A Song to Remember FILM 8 pm 1950s Holllywood and Vine: Jazz Goes West Aaron Johnson Ensemble, featuring Veronica Swift SPT

10 7 pm Camera Buff FILM 8 pm 1960s: Songs of Protest and Reconciliation Vuyo Sotashe Ensemble SPT

17 7 pm Autumn Sonata FILM 8 pm BMF Special Event SPT

2 2 pm Dimitrij SOS

SOS Sosnoff Theater

RES Resnick Studio

10 am BMF Panel Two OLIN 1 pm Preconcert Talk OLIN 1:30 pm BMF Program Eight OLIN 7 pm Preconcert Talk SOS 8 pm BMF Program Nine SOS 8:30 pm Mx. Justin Vivian Bond Shows Up SPT 10 pm After Hours SPT


10 am BMF Panel One OLIN 1 pm Preconcert Talk OLIN 1:30 pm BMF Program Two OLIN 7 pm Preconcert Talk SOS 8 pm BMF Program Three SOS 8:30 pm BACK TO (ab)NORMAL Rebecca Havemeyer, Dane Terry, and CHRISTEENE SPT 10 pm After Hours SPT


8:30 pm Mx. Justin Vivian Bond’s House of Whimsy SPT 10 pm After Hours SPT



8:30 pm Karen Elson SPT 10 pm After Hours SPT


2 pm The Wooster Group LUMA 6 pm SummerScape Gala MP 7:30 pm The Wooster Group LUMA 9 pm Susanne Bartsch Gala After Party SPT


FILM Jim Ottaway Jr. Film Center



SPT Spiegeltent

7:30 pm Dimitrij SOS 8:30 pm Suzan-Lori Parks: Sula and the Noise SPT 10 pm After Hours SPT

7 pm The Pianist FILM 8 pm 1940s: Yardbird to Freebird Walking Distance SPT

OLIN Olin Hall




7:30 pm The Wooster Group LUMA 8:30 pm Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton—A Dance Party SPT 10 pm After Hours SPT

7:30 pm The Wooster Group LUMA 8 pm 1930s: The Magic of Mahalia The Brianna Thomas Quintet SPT

2 pm The Wooster Group (with post-performance conversation) LUMA





7:30 pm The Wooster Group LUMA 8:30 pm Meow Meow SPT 10 pm After Hours SPT


6 pm Sandra Bernhard Sandra Monica Blvd: Coast to Coast SPT 8:30 pm Sandra Bernhard Sandra Monica Blvd: Coast to Coast SPT 10 pm After Hours SPT

7:30 pm The Wooster Group LUMA 8:30 pm Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely SPT 10 pm After Hours SPT


6 pm John Waters This Filthy World SPT 8:30 pm John Waters This Filthy World SPT 10 pm After Hours SPT





MP Montgomery Place

10 am BMF Program Ten OLIN 1 pm Preconcert Talk OLIN 1:30 pm BMF Program Eleven OLIN 3:30 pm Preconcert Talk SOS 4:30 pm BMF Program Twelve SOS 7 pm Cries and Whispers FILM


10 am BMF Program Four OLIN 1 pm Preconcert Talk OLIN 1:30 pm BMF Program Five OLIN 4:30 pm Preconcert Talk SOS 5 pm BMF Program Six SOS 6:30 pm John Cage’s Musicircus SPT 7 pm Smiles of a Summer Night and Camouflage FILM


2 pm Dimitrij SOS 7 pm Chopin’s Youth FILM



Noon Opera Talk SOS 2 pm Dimitrij SOS 7 pm Kanal and Ashes and Diamonds FILM


2 pm The Wooster Group LUMA


1 pm Pre-performance talk RES 2 pm The Wooster Group LUMA 6 pm Summertime Swing with Got2Lindy Eight to the Bar SPT


2 pm New York City Ballet MOVES (with 1 pm Pre-performance talk SOS post-performance conversation) SOS 2 pm New York City Ballet MOVES SOS 7:30 pm New York City Ballet MOVES SOS 6 pm Summertime Swing with Got2Lindy 8:30 pm Spirit Family Reunion SPT Professor Cunningham & His Old 10 pm After Hours SPT School SPT





7:30 pm The Wooster Group LUMA 8 pm 1920s: Birth of the Big Band Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks SPT


7:30 pm New York City Ballet MOVES SOS 8 pm The Porch: Where Great Stories Are Told SPT 10 pm After Hours SPT







accessibility All our venues and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. The Fisher Center utilizes golf carts to assist patrons with disabilities between the parking lot and the Center. If you need any additional assistance, please call 845-758-7928. Infrared assistive listening devices are available in the Fisher Center and Olin Hall. Receivers may be borrowed on request at the box office.

summerscape dining the spiegeltent The Spiegeltent is the SummerScape festival’s oasis, a place to enjoy seasonal, local food and drink before and after performances. The lovely outdoor garden provides the perfect spot to relax in the company of friends and festival artists. To review our dining calendar, explore our lunch, dinner, After Hours, and beverage menus, and make reservations, please visit If you are attending a mainstage performance, we recommend you dine with us at least an hour before curtain. Pietro Mascagni’s Iris, SummerScape 2016, photo by Cory Weaver

spiegel picnics These picnics are an ideal way to enjoy our spectacular Hudson Valley setting. Choose from a

tickets, transportation, and dining how to order your tickets Online: visit By phone: 845-758-7900 In person: Our main box office is located in the lobby of the Sosnoff Theater. Hours are

variety of delicious menus and a wonderful selection of wine. Bring a blanket and we’ll provide everything else. Order online at least five days prior to your visit. theater concessions Quick concession savories, sweets, and beverages are available one hour prior to curtain and during intermission at all Fisher Center events and at Olin Hall on August 12, 13, 19, and 20.

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OPENING PERFORMANCE FEATURING STUDENT COMBOS Featuring Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Printup, Ted Nash, Vincent Gardner, Helen Sung, James Chirillo, Rodney Whitaker, and Ali Jackson TICKETS: $45, $60

Major support for the Fisher Center’s programs has been provided by:

JULY 29, 7PM

Jamie Albright and Stephen Hart

Asher ’06 and Mati Gelman

New England Foundation for the Arts

Helen and Roger Alcaly

Helena and Christopher H. Gibbs

New York State Council on the Arts

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Carlos Gonzalez and Katherine Stewart

Jim and Talila O’Higgins

Fiona Angelini and Jamie Welch

Bruce Gordon

Mr. and Mrs. James H. Ottaway Jr.


The Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation

Dr. Terry S. Gotthelf

QualPrint Foundation Fund of BTCF



Matthew M. Guerreiro and

The Rebecca & Nathan Milikowsky

Christina Mohr

Aronson Foundation

Family Foundation

Joshua J. Aronson

Amy and Ronald Guttman

Drs. M. Susan and Irwin Richman

Kathleen Augustine

Thomas and Bryanne Hamill

Amanda J. Rubin

Alexander and Margaret Bancroft

Eliot D. and Paula K. Hawkins

Ted Ruthizer and Jane Denkensohn

Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation

Beat Hellstern

David A. Schulz

Dr. Miriam Roskin Berger ’56

Thomas Hesse and Gwendolyn Bellmann

Schwab Charitable Fund

Berkshire Taconic Community

Elena and Fred Howard

David E. Schwab II ’52 and

Anne E. Impellizzeri

Foundation, Inc.

Ruth Schwartz Schwab ’52

Bessemer National Gift Fund

Jane W. Nuhn Charitable Trust

Stephen Simcock

Bettina Baruch Foundation

The J. M. Kaplan Fund, Inc.

Denise S. Simon and

Carolyn Marks Blackwood

Dr. Harriette Kaley

Anne Donovan Bodnar and

Rachel and Dr. Shalom Kalnicki

Sarah and Howard Solomon Martin T. and Toni Sosnoff

Susan and Roger Kennedy

David and Sarah Stack

Lydia Chapin and David Soeiro

Dr. Barbara Kenner

Dr. Sanford B. Sternlieb

Michelle R. Clayman

King's Fountain

Stewart’s Shops

Joan and Robert Costa

Edna and Gary Lachmund

Allan and Ronnie Streichler

Daniel Shapiro Charitable Fund of the NPT

Alison L. and John C. Lankenau

Thendara Foundation

Joan K. Davidson

Alfred J. Law and Glenda A. Fowler Law

Felicitas S. Thorne

Alicia Davis and Steve Ellis

Dr. Nancy Leonard and

Dr. Elisabeth F. Turnauer-Derow

Dr. Lawrence Kramer

Takemi Ueno, Esq.

Amy K. and David Dubin

Chris Lipscomb and Monique Segarra

Toby Usnik and Harlan Bratcher

Robert C. Edmonds ’68

Doris J. Lockhart

Illiana van Meeteren

The Educational Foundation of America

Bonnie Loopesko and Daniel Shapiro

Olivia van Melle Kamp

Elizabeth W. Ely ’65 and

Amy and Thomas O. Maggs

Margo and Anthony Viscusi

Marstrand Foundation

Dr. Siri von Reis

ESP Performing Arts Center

Martin and Toni Sosnoff Foundation

Aida and Albert Wilder

Barbara Ettinger and Sven Huseby

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

Wilder Consolidated Enterprises, Inc.

Beverly Fanger and

Nathan M. and Rebecca Gold Milikowsky

The Wise Family Charitable Foundation

Millbrook Tribute Garden, Inc.

Millie and Robert Wise

Stefano Ferrari and Lilo Zinglersen

The Morningstar Foundation

Irene Zedlacher

Britton and Melina Fisher

John and Debra Morrison

Bill Zifchak and Maggie Evans

Catherine C. Fisher

Martin L. and Lucy Miller Murray

Andrew E. Zobler

Emily H. Fisher and John Alexander

Nancy & Edwin Marks Family Foundation

Jeanne Donovan Fisher

National Endowment for the Arts

Jonathan K. Greenburg

Dr. Herbert S. Chase Jr.




42 of the top high school jazz musicians in the country will perform timeless jazz standards TICKETS: $15


Jane and Richard Katzman

Johan de Meij and Dyan Machan


Paulo Vieiradacunha

Dr. Leon Botstein and Barbara Haskell

James L. Bodnar

JULY 30, 1PM

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The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, photo: ©Peter Aaron ’68/Esto

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Summerscape 2017 Brochure  

June 30 – August 20 Described as “part boot camp for the brain, part spa for the spirit” (New York Times) and a “highbrow hotbed of culture”...

Summerscape 2017 Brochure  

June 30 – August 20 Described as “part boot camp for the brain, part spa for the spirit” (New York Times) and a “highbrow hotbed of culture”...