Bard College at Simon's Rock: the Early College

Summer Music at Simon's Rock, Part 2

Sunday, August 2


Part 2 of Summer Music at Simon's Rock will feature a performance by British-American Soprano Catherine Hancock and pianist Larry Wallach of two great cycles of American songs, both with lyrics by visionary women poets. In this time of isolation, it is fitting to share the work of two extraordinary women who, despite differences in time-period and nationality, share both a sense of isolation from their own societies and a connection to experiences that transcend the boundary between the physical and spiritual realms. The program will include:

> Mirabei Songs, by John Harbison (1986)
> Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson, by Aaron Copland (1950)

The performance will take place live from the Kellogg Music Center on the campus of Bard College at Simon's Rock, where a small number of audience members from the College community may be in attendance with appropriate social distancing. The public is invited to enjoy the performance via Zoom. 

About Catherine Hancock:
British-American Soprano Catherine Hancock has established herself as a versatile artist, equally comfortable in multiple genres and styles ranging from Renaissance music to opera and performance art. Catherine splits her time between Western Massachusetts and New York City, where she performs regularly and is sought after particularly for her interpretations of early and contemporary repertoire. Recent career highlights include performances at BAM, MoMA, Alice Tully Hall, and with The Mark Morris Dance Group, Sandcastle New Music Collective presented by The Metropolis Ensemble, The New York Festival of Song, Glimmerglass Opera, and the rock band 30 Seconds to Mars. Catherine’s interest in contemporary and early music has added a unique dimension to her career. She is dedicated to working with composers and has premiered dozens of new works, and on the other end of the spectrum she is passionate about performing unknown 17th century repertoire and specializes in British lute songs.

Catherine Hancock appeared at Simon's Rock last November in a performance with Larry Wallach of Schubert's song cycle "Die Schöne Müllerin."

Registration for the Live Performance
Simon's Rock students, faculty, and staff who wish to reserve a seat at the live performance should email Larry Wallach at to make arrangements. Seating is limited and is not open to the public.

Use the following information to join the webinar (free and open to the public)

> Join directly via Zoom:
> If using a Phone: +1 301-715-8592 
> Webinar ID: 813 8373 8184
> International numbers available:

Learn more about the other events in this series:
Summer Music at Simon's Rock, Part 1: Sat., July 18 at 2:00 p.m.
Summer Music at Simon's Rock, Part 3: Sat., August 8 at 2:00 p.m.

Cost: free

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