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The Bard Conservatory Orchestra Performs at The Daniel Arts Center on December 3rd

November 15, 2011

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

Featuring Works by Beethoven, Mahler, and Ives

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—The Bard College Conservatory of Music will present the Bard Conservatory Orchestra in a concert at Bard College at Simon’s Rock in McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center on Saturday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public and no reservations are necessary. For more information, call 413-528-7443.

Conducted by Leon Botstein, music director, the Bard Conservatory Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Mahler’s Symphony No. 5., and Ives’s “Decoration Day” and “Fourth of July” from “A Symphony: New England Holidays.” Frances Lee will be the pianist.

The Orchestra rehearses and regularly performs at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, a Frank Gehry-designed, world class theater on the Bard College at Annandale campus. Recent professional engagements have taken the musicians to Beijing, China, Lincoln Center, the Library of Congress, and Carnegie Hall.

Dr. Botstein is a renowned international conductor who has served as the music director and conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992. He is the Conductor Laureate of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the radio orchestra of Israel. His recording of the music of Popov and Shostakovich, with the London Symphony Orchestra, was nominated for a 2006 Grammy Award.

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The mission of The Bard College Conservatory of Music is to provide the best possible preparation for a person dedicated to a life immersed in the creation and performance of music. The Conservatory features a unique double-degree program in which all undergraduate Conservatory students receive a bachelor of music and a bachelor of arts in another field. In addition, the Conservatory offers a graduate program in vocal arts, led by renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw; graduate programs in orchestral and choral conducting, co-directed by James Bagwell, Leon Botstein, and Harold Farberman; a postgraduate Collaborative Piano Fellowship, directed by Frank Corliss; and a Preparatory Division for students ages 3–18.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock ( has been a leader in the early college movement for more than 40 years and continues to distinguish itself as the only residential college in the country specifically designed to provide bright, highly motivated students with the opportunity to begin college immediately after the 10th or 11th grade. At Simon’s Rock, students experience a transformative education in the liberal arts and sciences in the company of smart, independent, creative peers who share their excitement about learning and their desire to be part of a vibrant intellectual community. Students who successfully complete the requirements receive the Associate in Arts (AA) degree after two years of study and the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree after four.