OPERETTA’S AMERICA

AUGUST 11, 2019
Sunday at 5 PM
Preconcert Talk at 4:30 PM

Presented by the Bard Music Festival

Korngold enjoyed a second, more lucrative career as an expert adapter and expander of classic Viennese operetta, and it was he who spearheaded the Johann Strauss II revival of the 1920s. As the works excerpted in this program reveal, the New World provided both new audiences and new inspiration for operetta.

Program

Selections from:
Gustave Kerker Die oberen Zehntausend
Leo Fall/Jerome Kern Die Dollarprinzessin
Leo Fall/Erich Wolfgang Korngold Rosen aus Florida
Bruno Granichstaedten Der Orlow
Emmerich Kálmán Die Herzogin von Chicago
Also on the program (without orchestra):
Bruno Granichstaedten Reklame!
Ralph Benatzky Axel an der Himmelstür
Oscar Straus Hochzeit in Hollywood
Paul Abraham Viktoria und ihr Husar
Emmerich Kálmán Die Bajadere

Artists

Members of The Orchestra Now

Zachary Schwartzman conductor

Rebecca Ringle Kamarei mezzo-soprano

So Young Park soprano

Frederick Ballantine tenor

Will Ferguson tenor

Tyler Duncan baritone

Erika Switzer piano

Bard Festival Chorale

James Bagwell choral director

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: Score covers: Die Herzogin von Chicago, Rosen aus Florida, The Dollar Princess; Private Collection