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

March 30, 2011

Contact: Alice Myers
Events Editor and Publicist
Bard College at Simon’s Rock

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Bard College at Simon’s Rock announces upcoming April events. 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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Anonymous 10 and Tapestry: Music of Byrd, Tallis, Vittoria, and Durufle
Sunday, April 3, 2011 • 10:30 a.m.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Stockbridge

Anonymous 10 is a select women's a cappella early music ensemble that frequently performs off-campus. Most recently they sang a program at Emmanuel Church in Boston. They are joined by Tapestry, a new mixed voice group at Simon's Rock that also specializes in medieval, renaissance and contemporary a cappella music. Tapestry makes its debut in this program. Jack Brown directs both groups.

South Berkshire Concerts: Baroque Chamber Music
Sunday, April 3, 2011 • 3:00 p.m.
Kellogg Music Center

Wieland Kuijken is a Belgian musician and player of the viola da gamba and baroque cello. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential pioneers in the twentieth century revival of the viola da gamba and early cello. He is currently on a tour of the United States, and this is a rare opportunity to hear him outside of Europe.

Eva Legêne, recorder virtuosa, was born in the Netherlands as a member of the third generation in a large family of musicians. Eva is known throughout Europe, North America, Australia, and Asia for her remarkable performances. A student of the legendary Frans Brueggen, she is a faculty member emerita of the Early Music Institute at Indiana University.

Arthur Haas, harpsichordist extraordinaire, is renowned throughout Europe and America as a peerless pedagogue and performer of Baroque and contemporary music. Mentor of many great musicians, he is a faculty member at Long Island University at Stony Brook.

Suggested donation of $10. Seating is limited and begins at 2:30 p.m.

Bridges Visiting Artist Lecture: Walton Ford
Sunday, April 3, 2011 • 5:00 p.m.
McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center

A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Walton Ford paints unique large-scale watercolors that blend depictions of natural history with political commentary. He has received national awards and honors, including fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Ford was profiled on PBS Art:21 in 2003. His artwork has been featured at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, the Forum for Contemporary Art in St. Louis, and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art.

Simon's Rock Choral Concert and Haitian Relief Benefit The Simon's Rock Chorus, Anonymous 10 and Tapestry
Sunday, April 10, 2011 • 3:00 p.m.
St. John's Episcopal Church, Salisbury, Ct.

Music of Byrd, Tallis, Vittoria, Durufle, Rachmaninoff, Barber, Vaughan Williams, Bobby McFerrin, James Taylor, Billy Joel and others.

This free concert will be part of a fundraising effort to support an ongoing medial mission to Haiti by St. John's Church. A free will offering will be taken.

The Simon's Rock Chorus is the largest performing group at the college and sings a wide variety of music from five centuries. They will be joined by Simon's Rock's two smaller select a cappella ensembles, Anonymous 10 and Tapestry. Anonymous 10 is a women's a cappella early music ensemble that frequently performs off-campus. Most recently they sang a program at Emmanuel Church in Boston. Tapestry, a new mixed voice group at Simon's Rock, also specializes in medieval, renaissance and contemporary a cappella music. Tapestry makes it's debut this spring. Jack Brown directs all three choruses.

Concert: Trio Appassionata
Sunday, April 24, 2011 • 3:00 p.m.
Kellogg Music Center

Lydia Chernicoff, violin
Andrea Casarrubios, cello
Ronaldo Rolim, piano

Program: Beethoven Trio in E-flat, op. 1 no. 1; Chen Yi Tibetan Tunes; Tchaikovsky Trio in A minor.

Trio Appassionata was formed in December 2007 at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. Since the group’s founding, its members have been awarded numerous scholarships and prizes at competitions including I Solo Competition Illa de Menorca, Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition, Baltimore Music Club, and the South Mountain Association Scholarship. This Spring, the trio will be performing in venues such as the Freer Gallery of the Smithsonian and at Carnegie Hall.

Lydia Chernicoff is an active chamber musician and has recently performed in the United States and China. She is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in violin performance and pedagogy at the Peabody Conservatory, where she studies with Violaine Melançon. Ms. Chernicoff has won awards from the Berkshire Lyric Theatre Young Musicians Scholarship Competition and the South Mountain Concert Association. In the Spring of 2010, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in violin performance from the Peabody Conservatory and was awarded the Grace Clagett Ranney Prize in chamber music.

Born in Spain, Andrea Casarrubios is in the final year of her Bachelor’s Degree at the Peabody Conservatory where she studies with Amit Peled. Since 2007 she has been a recipient of the Anonymous Endowed Scholarship in Cello and the Beatrice Feldman Kahn and Raymond S. Kahn Endowed Cello Scholarship. Ms. Casarrubios has taken top prizes in eight competitions and has performed on stages across Europe and the United States.

Brazilian-born pianist Ronaldo Rolim earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from the Peabody Conservatory in the Spring of 2010. He currently is a Master of Music candidate in the same institution, studying with Benjamin Pasternack. He has performed actively in Brazil and the United States in solo and chamber recitals, masterclasses, and as a soloist with several orchestras. Mr. Rolim is a prizewinner of more than twenty competitions and a recipient of the Douglas and Hilda Goodwin Scholarship for Chamber Music at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University.

Spring Early Music Concert
The Simon's Rock Collegium, Anonymous 10 and Tapestry
Friday, April 29, 2011 • 8:00 p.m.

This concert will feature Renaissance music for instrumental consort and chorus by Byrd, Tallis, Vittoria, Monteverdi and others; Russian folksongs by Stravinsky and Liadov for women's ensemble; and contemporary works by Kidd, Durufle and McFerrin.

Lucy Bardo directs The Simon's Rock Collegium and Jack Brown directs the choruses.

The Agon, Victus, Territorium: Film and Speaker Series
All of the events will be held in the Lecture Center at 6:30 p.m.

Dates and titles of events in the series:

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Screening and Discussion of Generation Kill I

Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Screening and Discussion of Generation Kill II

Thursday, April 7, 2011
Guest speaker: Takaaki Morikawa, a Hiroshima Atomic Bomb survivor.

Thursday, April 14, 2011
Guest speaker: Stephen Glantz, co-author of Clara's War, based on the diary of Clara Kramer, a Jewish Holocaust survivor.

Thursday, April 21, 2011
Guest speaker: Ethan Dufault, a documentary filmmaker, who directed and produced What I Meant To Tell You: An American Poet's State Of The Union.


Christine Casarsa: The Figure Reconsidered
April 1—April 24, 2011 — The Atrium Gallery, Alumni Library
Opening Reception: Friday, April 1, 5-7 p.m.

Thesis Exhibition: Itohen Ihaza
April 25—May 14, 2011
Atrium Gallery, Alumni Library

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.

Thesis Exhibitions in the Daniel Arts Center, Lower Level Lobby
Maria Egger: Through April 2, 2011
Claire Shock: April 3 —April 9, 2011
Erin Swift: April 10—April 16, 2011
Emily Calderalo: April 17—April 27, 2011
Nola Broberg: April 28—May 7, 2011

For a complete listing of events or more information, please visit our Events page. 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.