AUGUST 9, 2019
Friday at 8 PM
Preconcert Talk at 7:30 PM

Presented by the Bard Music Festival

Anchored by The Orchestra Now, and exploiting Bard’s unusual ability to integrate orchestral, choral, solo, and chamber works within a single event, this opening concert offers a broad overview of the composer’s multi-faceted career.


Erich Wolfgang Korngold
A Passover Psalm
The Sea Hawk Overture
Cello Concerto in C
Also on the program (without orchestra):
From Der Schneemann
From Sechs einfache Lieder
Piano Quintet in E

Bard Music Festival

In 2019, the Bard Music Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary season with a two-week, in-depth exploration of “Korngold and His World.” In twelve themed concert programs, complemented by pre-concert lectures, a film screening, panel discussions, and expert commentary, Bard examines the life and career of Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897–1957), the under-sung yet hugely influential composer whose lush Romanticism would come to define the quintessential Hollywood sound. Offering an immersion in the worlds he straddled, first as a classical prodigy in fin-de-siècle Vienna and then as a prime mover in the Golden Age of Hollywood, Weekend One addresses Korngold and Vienna (August 9–11), and Weekend Two investigates Korngold in America (August 16–18). Enriched by a wealth of compositions by Korngold’s predecessors, contemporaries, and successors, all events take place in the stunning Frank Gehry-designed Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and other venues on Bard College’s idyllic Hudson River campus. There, as in previous years, the Bard Music Festival is set to provide the creative inspiration for Bard SummerScape 2019 and to prove itself once again “the summer’s most stimulating music festival” (Los AngelesTimes).

Image: Auf dem Belvedere by Tina Blau, 1894/1895; Galerie Belvedere