Travel from Bach to the Beatles with Jeremy Denk



The Bard College Conservatory of Music Celebrates 10 Years of Innovative Music Education with a Solo Concert by Pianist Jeremy Denk
Jeremy Denk’s exploration across centuries, Music from Bach to Schubert and the Beatles to Ligeti, is a musical time-lapse through seven centuries of Western music, from the 1300s to the present day. One of America’s foremost pianists, praised by the New York Times for his “bracing, effortlessly virtuosic and utterly joyous” playing, Denk’s concert begins with the music of the troubadours (Gilles Binchois‘s famous “Triste plaisir“), and the great medieval master Guillame de Machaut, passes through the Renaissance (William Byrd, Claudio Monteverdi), to the Baroque and Bach. After an intermission, the concert moves forward through the great flowering of the Romantic era, followed by a return to the music of the troubadours – reimagined by postmodern composer György Ligeti.

Listen to Jeremy Denk’s “classical-for-beginners” playlist at the Guardian.

Sunday, September 11 at 3 pm in the Sosnoff Theater. Tickets start at $30. Priority seating is available at the $50 ticket level. All ticket sales benefit the Bard College Conservatory of Music.

Pauline Oliveros
and the International Contemporary Ensemble
Celebrate American experimental music legend (and Hudson Valley native) Pauline Oliveros with members of the acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble. Oliveros is the founder of Deep Listening, a practice of “listening in every possible way to everything possible, to hear no matter what you are doing,” and will join the festivities to perform solo works for accordion.

International Contemporary Ensemble musicians: Joshua Rubin, clarinet; David Byrd-Marrow, horn; Mike Lormand, trombone; Josh Modney, violin; Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello; Jacob Greenberg, keyboard/piano; Paul Hembree, electronics; Nathan Davis, percussion. Also performing: Zach Layton, electronics, and students from the Bard College Conservatory of Music.

A conversation with the artists follows this performance.

Saturday, September 17 at 7:30 pm in the LUMA Theater. Tickets are $5 for students, $25–45 for the general public.

The Orchestra Now
Copland & Bruckner
The Orchestra Now’s first performance of the 2016–17 concert season features Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto and Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 5, both conducted by Leon Botstein, music director.

Viktor Toth ’16, a recent graduate of the Bard College Conservatory of Music, will perform the Copland concerto, which legendary bandleader Benny Goodman premiered on an NBC radio broadcast in 1950.

Bruckner’s Symphony 5, written during a time of considerable stress in the composer’s life, is a stunning, rarely performed gem.

Saturday, September 24 at 8 pm and Sunday, September 25 at 2 pm in the Sosnoff Theater. Tickets start at $25.

Storyhorse Documentary Theater: Good Dirt
Mary Stuart Masterson and Jeremy Davidson document the lives of Hudson Valley farmers in this latest play from Tivoli-based Storyhorse Documentary Theater. Good Dirt is a multimedia performance based on interviews with six farm families, illustrating the fragility of our agricultural heritage and the need for engagement and investment in its present and future. Presented by Live Arts Bard in collaboration with the National Young Farmers Coalition.

Sunday, October 2 at 3 pm in the Sosnoff Theater. Tickets: $15–20, $5 for students with I.D. Community picnic to follow on the Sosnoff lawn.