2012 Bard SummerScape and Bard Music Festival Preview

July 6 – August 19, 2012 “SummerScape at Bard College…ever a hotbed of intellectual and aesthetic adventure.”–New York Times

 Bard SummerScape 2012 presents seven extraordinary weeks of opera, music, theater, dance, films, and cabaret. The season’s focal point is the 23rd annual Bard Music Festival, which this year celebrates the French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, whose remarkable career shaped not only the history of music, but also the ways in which that history was transmitted and communicated to the public. Another season highlight is The King in Spite of Himself, an opéra-comique about a reluctant ruler by Saint-Saëns’s contemporary Emmanuel Chabrier. Add to this a French dance company that seamlessly blends the baroque and the contemporary, a production of Molière’s hilarious comedy The Imaginary Invalid, an unusual and provocative film festival, and the lively cabaret and eclectic musical acts of the Spiegeltent, and the sum is a festival like no other–SummerScape 2012.

 Click to preview the 2012 SummerScape and Bard Music Festival programming: http://fishercenter.bard.edu/summerscape/2012/