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Bard College at Simon’s Rock Upcoming January Events: Affordable, Year-Round Culture in the Berkshires

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Bard College at Simon’s Rock announces its upcoming events in January. 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 offers 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 at

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Sunday, January 30, 2011 in the Daniel Arts Center
2:00 p.m.— Pre-Concert Talk in the Liebowitz Studio Theater
3:00 p.m. — Concert in the McConnell Theater
South Berkshire Concerts: Frederic Chiu, Virtuoso Pianist

On Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 3:00 p.m., the South Berkshire Concert series and Simon Rock’s Bridges Visiting Artists program will present Frederic Chiu, one of the most original and intriguing pianists in the world. His third concert at Simon's Rock will take place in the McConnell Theater in the Daniel Arts Center. A pre-concert talk by Chiu and series director and faculty member Larry Wallach will take place at 2:00 p.m. in the adjoining Liebowitz Studio Theater.

The concert program will feature Debussy Suite Bergamasque, which includes the famous "Clair de lune" third movement; a unique performance of Schumann Kinderszenen Opus 15 ("Scenes from Childhood"), with narrator Karen Beaumont reading "Gustave" by Jacques Drillon; and Schumann Fantasy Opus 17, a work of great passion and pathos.

Chiu is a celebrated "non-winner" of the 1993 Van Cliburn Competition, where his elimination before the finals caused a storm of protest among the press. Subsequently, The New York Times named him the “maverick pianist."

His music and teaching reflect his Asian/American/ European background, classical musical training, and ongoing explorations of artificial intelligence, human psychology, and ancient traditions of meditation and philosophy. Chiu has toured most major European cities, including Rome, Milan, Brussels, Antwerp, Berlin, Frankfurt, the Hague, Warsaw, Prague, and London. In North America he has appeared in the Place des Arts in Montreal, at the Ambassador Theatre in Pasadena, the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, Lincoln Center, the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, and the Newport Music Festival. He has also appeared in recitals at the prestigious Kioi and Suntory Halls in Tokyo and Beijing Central Conservatory.

He has performed with the Orchestre de Bretagne of France, Hartford Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic, Kansas City Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, BBC Concert Orchestra, Estonia National Symphony, China National Symphony, and the Taipei National Symphony.

Chiu's musical partners have included Joshua Bell, Pierre Amoyal, Gary Hoffman, David Krakauer, Matt Haimovitz and the St. Lawrence and Shanghai string quartets. 
He has worked with many composers, including George Crumb, Frederick Rzewsky, Bright Sheng, Gao Ping, and David Benoit. His numerous awards include the Avery Fisher Career Grant, the Petscheck Award of the Juilliard School, and an American Pianists Association Fellowship.

Chiu has recorded over twenty CD's, and his repertoire includes the complete works of Prokofiev, as well as the popular classics of Chopin and Liszt and lesser known masterpieces by Mendelssohn and Rossini. His recordings have received high recognition, such as "Record of the Year" by Stereo Review and "Top 10 recordings" by the New Yorker. BBC Music Magazine called Chiu “a stunningly virtuosic pianist with a dynamic range that almost defies the capabilities of modern recording techniques…” Le Monde (Paris) has remarked, "One cannot imagine playing more elegant, more refined, more spiritual than Chiu’s," and "He has reinvented virtuosity...a phenomenon that must be heard."

The talk and concert are free and open to the public, with a suggested donation of $10.
Contact Phone: 413-528-7212

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Through Friday, March 18, 2011 — The Atrium Gallery, Alumni Library
Anna Dibble: Canines & Primates

Canine dinner parties with a human twist. An animated discussion about Darwin’s boat, a blue skinned woman in a sleeveless white dress, an unhappy Indian Runner Duck. Loosely painted fictional mutts posing in earnest for their portraits. The animals sit around brightly colored tables, musing, barking, singing, clutching wine glasses or coffee cups, sometimes dressed in clothes, sometimes naked, and often uncomfortable with the whole situation or themselves. Food is usually involved – Coq au Vin, Roast Duck Pizza, Moules Frites, Roasted Mullet.

This is the curious world of Vermont painter and writer, Anna Dibble, whose latest works will be exhibited at the Atrium Gallery at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington through March 18, 2011.

"Dibble’s people dogs are a cross between caricatures and portraits. Given her background – as an animation artist for Hanna-Barbera, Marvel and Disney – it is only natural that her creatures would be cartoonish vehicles for expression and personality. These dogs sigh, roll their eyes, mull the state of the world and smile wolfishly….Dibble seems not to worry about refining the images, and so they are direct and seem remarkably free of the kind of fastidiousness that can kill the original spontaneity of a work of art..."
Anne Galloway – Times Argus, Montpelier, Vermont

For over 35 years Dibble has shown her paintings and sculpture in solo and group shows throughout New England. Dibble’s current series of oil and mixed media paintings—Canines and Primates—are about everyday human angst and dilemma told through a dog’s point of view: Macklin and Tink share a glass of wine as they compare notes on the brevity of life and the joys of rolling in horse manure, a white dog named Sparky flirts with a Hooded Merganser, a raven in a red dress flutters her wings….

Anna Dibble’s current work reflects her interest in food, story, natural history, and a Dadaistic view of modern life: dogs, animal people, and humor as metaphors for our nonsensical human condition. For more about the artist, visit

The Atrium Gallery is located within the Alumni Library at Simon’s Rock. The gallery is open during regular library hours while the college is in session: weekdays 8:30 a.m. – midnight and weekends 11:00 a.m. - midnight.

On Facebook: Bard College at Simon's Rock Gallery/Exhibitions
Exhibitions Office: 413.528.7389
, Contact: Margaret Cherin, Exhibitions Curator, 

For a complete listing of events or more information, please visit: 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.

Contact: Alice Myers
Events Editor and Publicist
Bard College at Simon’s Rock
(413) 528-7443