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Concert: The Bard Conservatory Orchestra

Leon Botstein, Music Director

When:   Mon Oct 18 • 8:00 pm

Where:   McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center

Leon BotsteinThe Bard Conservatory Orchestra will perform Richard Strauss "Don Juan," Schoenberg "Five Pieces for Orchestra," and Hector Berlioz "Symphonie fantastique.” These are all exciting and challenging orchestral showpieces. The orchestra rehearses and regularly performs at the 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, and the Library of Congress.

When at the age of 23, Dr. Leon Botstein was appointed the president of Franconia College in New Hampshire, he became the youngest college president ever. A pioneer in linking American higher education to public secondary schools, Dr. Botstein has been the president of Bard College since 1975. He is also a renowned international conductor who has served as the music director and conductor of the American symphony Orchestra since 1992. In 2003 he became the music director 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.

Dr. Botstein is the editor of The Musical Quarterly and numerous articles and books. His numerous honors include the Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Harvard University's Centennial Award, and the Cross of Honor from the Republic of Austria.