Summer Roundup: Unique Programs and Cultural Events

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by Bethany Geiger '10

2012-Spring-Performance.jpgJust as during the academic year, Bard College at Simon’s Rock keeps incredibly busy during the summer. We’ve welcomed a variety of new groups to our campus—from Shakespeare & Company to a traveling group of carpenters from French-speaking Canada—and welcomed back annual favorites, including Aston Magna and the Berkshire Fringe.

The Berkshire Pulse dancers returned in June for their annual Performance Celebration featuring the Performing Arts Program Advanced Dancers and the Pulse Community Class dancers and drummers. The weekend celebration, sponsored in part by Simon’s Rock, is an opportunity for Berkshire Pulse performers to share their artistry with family and friends, and to serve as a fundraising event for Berkshire Pulse.

berkshire musical theater lab.jpgSimon’s Rock also co-sponsored the Berkshire Musical Lab Theatre. Students participating in the program presented excerpts from new musicals in development. This summer, select students from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU’s Tisch School of Arts spent a week-long residency in the Berkshires developing new work. “These young people are some of the best and brightest artists coming up the ladder in the American musical theatre,” said Berkshire Playwrights Lab Co-Artistic Director Jim Frangione. “We are happy to support their efforts to breathe life into the genre and hope to discover works to develop in the future.”

aston-magna-logo.jpgAston Magna, the oldest annual summer festival in America devoted to music performed on period instru¬ments, celebrating its 40th anniversary, returned to campus for its annual music festival at Simon’s Rock. During June and July, Aston Magna performed four concerts in The Daniel Arts Center: Music of Three Bachs and Villa Lobos, Gran Partita Mozart's Winds III, Baroque a l'Italienne, and Violin Extravaganza.

The Berkshire Fringe is back on campus with a three-week theater and music festival showcasing some of the finest experimental theater from around the world. Read more: Summer Roundup: Berkshire Fringe.