VAP Reverberations: the VAP Alumni Concert
Sep
29
3:00 PM15:00

VAP Reverberations: the VAP Alumni Concert

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Come one, come all, to a concert featuring Alumni of the Bard College Conservatory of Music’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program!

Fresh from their successful endeavors in New York City, Boston, and the Hudson Valley, graduates from the past five years of the Vocal Arts Program return to Bard College on September 29th at 3:00pm for an hour-long concert in the László Z. Bitó ’60 Conservatory Building. Ten VAP alumni will present some of their favorite works in both the traditional and contemporary repertoires and in a wide variety of genres: opera, art song, chamber music, and musical theatre.

Admission is free; donations are encouraged.

All donations will be directed to the VAP Scholarship Fund and will directly benefit future members of the Vocal Arts Program.

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Giovanni Gabrieli - Symphoniae Sacrae
Nov
8
8:00 PM20:00

Giovanni Gabrieli - Symphoniae Sacrae

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Choir of St. Luke in the Fields
and the Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble
David Shuler, director

Giovanni Gabrieli was the principal organist at San Marco in Venice, from 1585 until his death in 1612. His musical legacy is one of unsurpassed elegance and grandeur inspired by the elegant ecclesiastical architecture of this venerable institution. During Gabrieli’s lifetime, San Marco - not yet a cathedral - was the private chapel of the Doge, and was the epicenter of the sumptuous religious and civic celebrations that were so notably a part of Venetian life. Lavish ceremony required appropriate musical selections, and visitors to the city encountered splendid music and elaborate pageantry in the many feasts and celebrations unique to this gateway to the east. The program will include music from Gabrieli’s Symphoniae Sacrae - mass movements, motets (including the famous In ecclesiis) and canzonas, along with works of Gabrieli’s contemporaries.

https://stlukeinthefields.org/music-arts/concerts--choir-of-st-luke-in-the-fields/

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Joseph Haydn - Stabat Mater
Apr
4
8:00 PM20:00

Joseph Haydn - Stabat Mater

Choir of St. Luke in the Fields
with Baroque in the Fields, an ensemble of period instruments
David Shuler, director

In 1767, for the Feast of the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Haydn composed his monumental Stabat Mater, the first church work he wrote after entering the service of Prince Esterházy at Eisenstadt in 1761. It is a work of similar length, gravity and meditative concentration to the Seven Last Words composed some 20 years later. The Stabat Mater was praised by his contemporaries and frequently performed during his lifetime, and it was published on such a large scale that it became his most well-known sacred work. Today the piece is seldom performed and even more rarely recorded, even though it contains some of the composer's most rich and deeply felt writing.

https://stlukeinthefields.org/music-arts/concerts--choir-of-st-luke-in-the-fields/

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Knot an Opera! by Constantin Basica
Jun
28
to Jun 30

Knot an Opera! by Constantin Basica

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OPERA? OPERA WHAT? WHAT IS THIS? IS THIS OPERA? — [*This opera*] This work [*knots*] binds operatic practices with elements from old and new media (e.g., TV, YouTube) into a chain of [*preposterous*] ludicrous [*events*] episodes. Disparate pieces [*with*] of text—original or [*appropriated*] quoted—generate [*symbols*] characters and situations on the border between the mundane and the absurd. #PostOpera #KnowYourMeme #FunnyCats

PRODUCTION
Michael Hofmann, director
Whitney George, music director
Matthew Wasser, projection design
Jennifer Burkhardt, lighting design
Corina Chase, costume design
Michael Minahan, set design

CAST
Andy Dwan, "Baritone"
Cara Search, "Mezzo Soprano"
Joanie Brittingham, "Coloratura Soprano"
Francesca Federico, "Lyric Soprano"
Sarah Dutcher, 'Keyboards"

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Opera on Tap: Music of Michigan in Bellsy Brewklyn
Feb
3
8:00 PM20:00

Opera on Tap: Music of Michigan in Bellsy Brewklyn

Opera on Tap's New Brew heads to Michigan – that magical land where the cold never bothered us anyway. Actually we'll just be there in our minds. We'll really be at Barbés. 

Join us as we regale you with tunes written by Michiganders, sung by Michiganians and some other people who WISH they were from Michigan. Bell's Brewery is sponsoring, so swing by for some fantastic music, tasty pints and free schwag!

$10 suggested donation
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Virgil Thompson's 'The Mother of Us All'
Nov
11
to Nov 19

Virgil Thompson's 'The Mother of Us All'

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Hudson Hall, Hudson, NY
November 11, 12, 15, 18, and 19 at 4 pm

To mark the centenary of the Women’s Suffrage Movement and the re-opening of New York State’s oldest surviving theater, Hudson Hall in partnership with The Millay Colony for the Arts has commissioned a new production of Virgil Thomson and Gertrude Stein’s rarely performed opera The Mother of Us All. Using real and imagined characters, The Mother of Us All is about Susan B. Anthony and the Women’s Suffrage Movement in America, which began in upstate New York.  Anthony spoke twice on the very stage where this opera will be performed.

R.B. Schlather, stage director
Tony Kieraldo, music director

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The Bard Music Festival presents 'The Polish National Opera: Halka'
Aug
19
8:00 PM20:00

The Bard Music Festival presents 'The Polish National Opera: Halka'

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Saturday, August 19 at 8 pm
Sosnoff Theater
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College

Leon Botstein, conductor
Mary Birnbaum, stage director

Stanislaw Moniuszko (1819–72), Halka (1858)
Halka (Warsaw version: 1858) (Wolski)

A performance of the first great Polish opera (something Chopin was continually expected to write), Moniuszko’s Halka, a work too frequently underrated outside of Poland.

Learn more and buy tickets here.

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Jun
2
8:00 PM20:00

New Brew: Pint-Sized Opera Edition

Produced by Opera on Tap, this Pint-Sized Operapalooza is an irreverent and entertaining concert filled to the brim with very short operas that pack a punch (shots of opera, if you will), written by some of today’s most exciting composers, and presented by singers who relish the direct contact with audiences not inhibited in their reactions by the looming menace of giant chandeliers.

Barbès
376 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Tickets: $10 suggested donation
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-brew-pint-sized-opera-edition-tickets-34329054125

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