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Bard College at Simon’s Rock September Line-Up: Affordable, Year-Round Culture in the Berkshires

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Bard College at Simon’s Rock announces its event line-up for the month of September. All events listed are open to the public and free, unless otherwise noted. From visual and performing arts to lectures and readings, the Simon’s Rock campus moves into high gear, offering residents numerous opportunities to delve into cultural events—free of charge.  For more event information, or parking instructions, visit the College’s frequently updated online calendar.

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Friday, September 4, 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, 5:00 p.m. — The Gallery at Liebowitz

•    Artist’s Reception: Julie Shapiro
•    Gallery Talk: Julie Shapiro


An artist’s reception will begin at 5:00 p.m. on September 4, and Shapiro will present a gallery talk on Wednesday, September 16 at 5:00 p.m. The exhibition, “Julie Shapiro: Linking & Form,” showcases this abstract artist’s “perceptual, experiential art.” Although not directly referenced, the landscape is a source of interrelationships and experiences intrinsic in Shapiro’s art, where “there occurs a shift of the experiential from the natural, through the formal constructs, to a reassertion of the experiential in the resulting form.”
Julie Shapiro received her B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1976 and her M.F.A. from Yale University in 1980. She has taught at Southern Methodist University, Hampshire College, IS183 in Stockbridge, MA, and other schools. Since 1981, her works have been shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, including Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle, WA; Lenore Gray Gallery, Providence, RI; and the Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York, NY.

The exhibition runs from Friday, September 4 through Friday, October 9, 2009 in the Gallery at Liebowitz.

The Gallery at Liebowitz is located within Bard College at Simon’s Rock Liebowitz building, across from the College’s central campus at the intersection of Hurlburt and Alford Roads. Please note limited gallery hours:  Friday – Sunday, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 5, 2009, 8:00 p.m. — McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center

20th Century Clarinet and Piano Music Recital: Crystal Medina and Alumna Manon Hutton-DeWys


Clarinetist Crystal Gloria Medina and pianist Manon Hutton-DeWys will perform works by Berg, Hindemith, Joan Tower, Ernst Krenek, and Elliott Carter.

Hutton-DeWys has performed in some of classical music’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Salle Cortot at the École Normale de Musique de Paris.  

Hutton-DeWys is a fourth generation student of Franz. She received her Master of Music degree in piano at Mannes College of Music as a student of Jerome Rose. As a two-time winner of the Bard College Concerto Competition, she first appeared as a soloist with the Bard College Community Orchestra and later with Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra. Hutton-DeWys has performed in music festivals around the world, including the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City and The Rome Festival in Rome, Italy.

Medina is a solo, chamber, and orchestral musician who have performed in many distinguished New York City venues, including Merkin Hall, Symphony Space, and Carnegie Hall. She has made solo appearances with the Costa Contra Chamber Orchestra in celebration of Mozart's 250th Anniversary and with the UNC Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. Medina was also a fellow in the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, an awardee at the 2007 and 2006 Lillian Fuchs Chamber Music Competition, and a winner of the Euterpe Club Music Competition for an unprecedented three times in a row.

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Saturday, September 12, 2009, 2:00 p.m. — Alumni Library Atrium Gallery

Artist’s Reception: Irmari Nacht


An artist’s reception will begin at 2:00 p.m.  The exhibition, “Irmari Nacht: Recycled Books & Photo Collages,” features recycled books and photo collage assemblages.  These small works explore the concepts of altered realism, segueing of colors, fragmentation and repetition of images.

Nacht’s “SAVED” series uses books that otherwise might be discarded, and transforms them into artwork that addresses environmental concerns, change and transformation, information received and denied, as well as the concept of multiple imagery. The collages use one or more photographs to create compound or fragmented images.

Nacht has been exhibited at museums and galleries throughout the United States, including the Edward Hopper House Art Center, NY; Open Space Gallery, Allentown, PA; the Newark Museum; the New Jersey State Museum; the International Museum of Collage, Mexico; and Art Colle Museum, Sergine, France. Her art is in several corporate and public collections, including AT&T, Western Electric, PSE&G, ADP, the Newark Museum, and the Jimmy Carter Museum.

The exhibition runs from Monday, August 31 through Friday, October 9, 2009 in the Atrium Gallery at the Alumni Library.

The Atrium Gallery is located within Bard College at Simon’s Rock Alumni Library and is open while the College is in session. Current hours.


Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.  — Blodgett House

Poetry and Fiction Series Reading: Daniel Menaker


Daniel Menaker — author of two volumes of short stories, The Old Left and Friends and Relations, and a novel, The Treatment — will read from his fiction. A long-time writer for The New Yorker and a former editor at The New Yorker, Harper Collins, and Random House, Menaker is a two-time winner of the O. Henry Short Story Award. His new book, A Good Talk, will appear this fall, and he is the producer and presenter of the online book program, Titlepage.tv.

Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.
 — McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center

South Berkshire Concert Series: Harpsichord Festival


Four harpsichordists, plus a string ensemble, commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of harpsichord pioneer Wanda Landowska by performing works for one, two, and four instruments. Christine Gevert, William Carragan, Mariken Palmboom, and faculty member Larry Wallach will perform music by Bach, Vivaldi, Erbach, Froberger, Böhm, and Buxtehude. Master harpsichord builder, Carl Dudash, will provide the instruments.

Gevert has conducted, performed, and recorded extensively in Europe and South America with ensembles and orchestras. She is the founder and artistic director of Crescendo in Lakeville, CT comprising several choral ensembles, chamber music ensembles, a period instrument orchestra, and a workshop and master class program.  

Carragan is a master harpsichordist and arranger, who is also known for his research in both baroque chamber music and nineteenth century symphonic literature. He recently completed arrangements of a Vivaldi four-violin concerto for four harpsichords and a Vivaldi two-violin concerto for two harpsichords. As both a harpsichordist and pianist, Carragan has performed throughout the Northeast.

Palmboom has performed all over Europe and the United States in major early music festivals.  She played at the Festival of Flanders with the Ensemble del Anima Eterna in their performances of all the Bach harpsichord concertos.  She has been active in teaching both privately and for chamber music workshops including the Society of House Music in Holland, the San Francisco Early Music Society, and Stanford University.

Larry Wallach is a pianist, harpsichordist, musicologist and composer who holds the Livingston Hall Chair in Music at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and teaches composition at Bard College.  He studied piano privately with Henry Danielowitz and Kenneth Cooper and was trained at Columbia University, where he studied music history and composition and earned a Doctorate in Musicology in 1973.  In 1977 he joined a year long National Endowment for the Humanities seminar at the University of North Carolina on performance practices in earlier piano music. He has been an active performer of chamber music with harpsichord and piano, and of twentieth century music.  He is on the staff of summer early music workshops at World Fellowship.

Ongoing Exhibitions

On Exhibit from Monday, August 31 through Friday, October 9, 2009 — The Atrium Gallery at the Alumni Library

Irmari Nacht: Recycled Books & Photo Collages


The exhibition, “Irmari Nacht: Recycled Books & Photo Collages,” features recycled books and photo collage assemblages. These small works explore the concepts of altered realism, segueing of colors, fragmentation and repetition of images.

Nacht’s “SAVED” series, uses books that otherwise might be discarded, and transforms them into artwork that addresses environmental concerns, change and transformation, information received and denied, as well as the concept of multiple imagery. The collages use one or more photographs to create compound or fragmented images.

The Atrium Gallery is located within Bard College at Simon’s Rock Alumni Library and is open while the College is in session. Current hours.


On Exhibit from Friday, September 4 through Friday, October 9, 2009—The Gallery at Liebowitz

Julie Shapiro: Linking & Form


The exhibition, “Julie Shapiro: Linking & Form,” showcases this abstract artist’s  “perceptual, experiential art.” Although not directly referenced, the landscape is a source of interrelationships and experiences intrinsic in Shapiro’s art, where “there occurs a shift of the experiential from the natural, through the formal constructs, to a reassertion of the experiential in the resulting form.”

The Gallery at Liebowitz is located within Bard College at Simon’s Rock Liebowitz building, across from the College’s central campus at the intersection of Hurlburt and Alford Roads. Please note limited gallery hours: Friday – Sunday, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


For more event information, or for parking and directions, please visit: http://www.simons-rock.edu.  Event dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Visit the website for the most up-to-date information.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock is the nation’s only college designed expressly to educate bright, highly motivated students after the tenth or eleventh grade. Founded in 1966 as the nation’s first and only early college, Simon’s Rock joined the Bard College system in 1979. It maintains its own campus in Great Barrington, Massachusetts (the heart of the culture-rich Berkshires), and unique identity as a supportive intellectual home for early college students. Bard College at Simon’s Rock enrolls approximately 450 full-time students, and grants both Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in more than 40 academic concentrations.