Bard's 'Elgar and His World' Begins Friday

Classic Arts News   Bard's 'Elgar and His World' Begins Friday
 
The Bard Music Festival, the centerpiece of Bard SummerScape 2007, comprising eleven programs focused on the theme, "Elgar and His World," begins August 10. A tribute to Edward Elgar on the 150th anniversary of his birth, the festival has been called "the largest, most obsessively detailed Elgar festival anywhere in the world" by BBC Music magazine.

Programs are organized by topics such as "Elgar: From Autodidact to Master of the King's Musick," "Music in the Era of Queen Victoria" and "Das Land ohne Musik? : Views of British Music in the 19th Century."

The musical lineup includes, in addition to works by Elgar himself, repertoire by Wagner, Brahms, Faur_, and Strauss, as well as music by Elgar's English contemporaries such as William Sterndale Bennett, Charles Villiers Stanford, Hubert Parry, Arthur Sullivan, Percy Grainger, Ethel Smyth, William Walton, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Arthur Bliss. Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra will be in residence, closing the festival with Elgar's oratorio The Dream of Gerontius.

Most SummerScape events will take place in the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, designed by architect Frank Gehry and acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, which opened in 2003. And the Spiegeltent will serve as a restaurant/cabaret before and after performances Thursday through Sunday.

Information on and tickets for Bard SummerScape are available at http://summerscape.bard.edu.

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