Now in its 13th season, Bard SummerScape presents eight weeks of stellar events in opera, music, theater, dance, film, and cabaret.
The prime focus of these offerings is the 26th annual Bard Music Festival, which this year examines the life, times, and creative output of the 20th century Mexican composer, conductor, and educator Carlos Chávez, whose compositions synthesize Indian, Spanish, and Mexican elements together with trends in European musical modernism. The festival will cover the range and breadth of Chávez’s career, including such well-known works as his Sinfonia Indía and the Suite for Double Quartet from his ballet for Martha Graham, La Hija de Cólquide (The Dark Meadow), along with music by such contemporaries as Aaron Copland, Conlon Nancarrow, Silvestre Revueltas, and Heitor Villa-Lobos.
Other highlights of the SummerScape season include Ethel Smyth’s The Wreckers, a rarely performed opera based on the nefarious tradition in Cornish coastal villages of plundering ships that were deliberately lured onto rocks; an exciting new chamber version of Oklahoma! by Rodgers and Hammerstein; a dreamlike, alfresco theatrical production of Fernando Rubio’s Everything by my side; extraordinary dance works by Pam Tanowitz with FLUX Quartet, set to the music of Conlon Nancarrow; a film series exploring the Mexican modernist cinema; and the return of the Spiegeltent and its incomparable cabaret acts, presided over by Justin Vivian Bond. It all adds up to an unforgettable arts festival—SummerScape 2015.