Culture at the crossroads in Belle Époque France will be explored at the ninth annual Bard SummerScape festival, once again featuring a sumptuous tapestry of music, opera, theatre, dance, film, and cabaret, keyed to the theme of the 23rd annual Bard Music Festival, 'Saint-Saëns and His World'. Some of the great French composer’s most innovative compatriots provide other SummerScape highlights, including Emmanuel Chabrier’s opéra-comique The King in Spite of Himself and Molière’s final comedy of manners, The Imaginary Invalid. The French theme continues with a film festival, 'France and the Colonial Imagination'. SummerScape opens on July 6 with the first of three dance performances by France’s Compagnie fêtes galantes, and closes on August 19 with a party in the glittering Spiegeltent.
Celebrating Saint-Saëns, the 23rd annual Bard Music Festival explores the life of the French composer, 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. In this year’s festival, the worlds of Balzac and Proust come alive through the music of Saint-Saëns and his contemporaries and listeners will discover how Saint-Saëns shaped our sense of the history of music. Bard Music Festival weekends include orchestral concerts by the American Symphony Orchestra, chamber and choral music performances, panel discussions, and lectures by noted scholars.
SummerScape takes place in the extraordinary Richard B Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and other venues on Bard College’s Mid-Hudson Valley campus.