Bard SummerScape 2018 Celebrates Life and Times of Seminal Russian Romantic Rimsky-Korsakov – Plus Two Milestone Anniversaries – with Seven-Week Arts Festival in New York’s Hudson Valley

Includes 29th Bard Music Festival: “Rimsky-Korsakov and His World”; Rare New American Production of Rubinstein’s The Demon by Thaddeus Strassberger; World Premiere of Four Quartets by Pam Tanowitz, Kaija Saariaho, and Brice Marden on 75th Anniversary of T.S. Eliot’s Poems; and First Major Revival of Leonard Bernstein’s Peter Pan to Mark Composer’s Centennial

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – This summer’s 15th annual Bard SummerScape festival not only celebrates the seminal Russian Romantic Rimsky-Korsakov, but also two milestone anniversaries, with more than seven weeks of music, opera, theater, dance, film, and cabaret. Through an intensive examination of the life and times of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, the 29th Bard Music Festival, “Rimsky-Korsakov and His World,” sets out to solve the Rimsky-Korsakov riddle: Why does the composer remain woefully underappreciated outside his homeland, despite the paramount role he played in defining the style we have come to recognize as Russian? The fully staged opera comes courtesy of the composer’s compatriot and contemporary Anton Rubinstein, whose grand opera The Demon receives a rare new American production from European Opera Prize-winner Thaddeus Strassberger, while the annual film series explores “Rimsky-Korsakov and the Poetry of Cinema.” To complement these offerings, Bard also pays tribute to two titans of 20th-century culture. The world premiere of Four Quartets, an interdisciplinary new dance commission from choreographer Pam Tanowitz, composer Kaija Saariaho, and visual artist Brice Marden marks the 75th anniversary of the publication of T.S. Eliot’s iconic cycle of poems, while a dark new take on Leonard Bernstein’s rarely-performed gem Peter Pan has been commissioned from Olivier Award-winning director Christopher Alden to honor the composer’s centennial. The lineup is completed by the return of Bard’s authentic and sensationally popular Spiegeltent, hosted by festival favorite Mx. Justin Vivian Bond, who returns for a fifth season. Taking place between June 28 and August 19 in the Frank Gehry-designed Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and other venues on Bard College’s idyllic Hudson River campus, SummerScape’s 2018 offerings provide new opportunities to discover that, as Time Out New York has said, “the experience of entering the Fisher Center and encountering something totally new is unforgettable and enriching.”


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