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Bard College at Simon’s Rock December Line-Up: Affordable, Year-Round Culture in the Berkshires

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 23, 2009

Contact: Alice Myers
Events Editor and Publicist
Bard College at Simon’s Rock
alicem@simons-rock.edu
(413) 528-7443

Bard College at Simon’s Rock December Line-Up:
Affordable, Year-Round Culture in the Berkshires

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Bard College at Simon’s Rock announces its event line-up for the month of December. All events listed are open to the public and free, unless otherwise noted. From visual and performing arts to lectures and readings, the Simon’s Rock campus offers residents numerous opportunities to delve into cultural events—free of charge. For more event information, or parking instructions, visit the College’s frequently updated online calendar at www.simons-rock.edu/events.

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Friday, December 4, 2009 • 7:30 p.m. — St. John's Episcopal Church, Salisbury, Connecticut

Sunday, December 6, 2009• 3:00 p.m. — Kellogg Music Center
A Renaissance Christmas Concert
Featuring the Simon’s Rock Anonymous 10 and the Simon’s Rock Collegium

The Bard College at Simon’s Rock music program presents a festive celebration of Renaissance music featuring the Anonymous 10 madrigal singers directed by faculty member Jack Brown, and the Simon’s Rock Collegium, directed by faculty member Lucy Bardo.

Saturday, December 5, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. — McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center
Simon’s Rock Jazz Ensemble Concert

The Bard College at Simon’s Rock Jazz ensemble performs an exciting blend of standards and original music in a variety of styles, including works by Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Hank Levy, and Herbie Hancock. The program also features an original composition by ensemble director John Myers called "Blended Morning," a modal piece in 7/8 meter. Guest artists include vocalist William Dunbar, percussionist John Snyder, trombonist Bill St. Clair, and alumni choreographer and performer, Annakeara Stinson ’04.

Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 7:00 p.m — Kellogg Music Center
Vocal Recital

The Bard College at Simon’s Rock music program presents the vocal students of faculty member Gigi Teeley. Hannah Schindler, Lily Tucker, Nora Benedict, Mallory Hogan, Lauren Payne-Riley & Addy Schneider will perform songs and arias by Jerome Kern, Oscar & Hammerstein, W.A. Mozart, Meredith Wilson, Antonio Caldara, Alan Menken, and Luis E. Bacalor accompanied by pianist Hilda Shapiro.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 5:00 p.m.
Artist’s Reception and Gallery Talk: Terry Wise

The exhibitions program at Bard College at Simon’s Rock presents an artist’s reception and gallery talk beginning at 5:00 p.m. as part of, “Terry Wise: Print in Paint.” Influenced by artists such as Bonnard, Richard Diebenkorn, and Vuillard, Stockbridge artist Terry Wise paints rich still-lives and interior views in which the “beauty of color, texture, pattern, rough edges, or an odd viewpoint can infuse the familiarity of the subject matter with vibrancy and aliveness.”

Terry Wise has exhibited at numerous museums and galleries throughout the United States, including G.C. Lucas Gallery, Indianapolis, IN; Craig Flinner Gallery, Baltimore, MD; and Papp Gallery, New York, NY. Her art is in numerous corporate, private, and public collections, including the Indianapolis Museum of Art,; Fidelity Investments, Boston; and DelMonte Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA.

The exhibition runs from Monday, November 30 through Wednesday, December 23, 2009 in the Atrium Gallery at the Alumni Library. All the artwork will be for sale through the artist.

For more information, visit http://www.terrywisestudio.com/.

The Atrium Gallery is located within the Bard College at Simon’s Rock Alumni Library and is open while the College is in session. For current hours, check: http://simons-rock.edu/academics/academic-resources/library/more-info/hours/ 

Friday, December 11, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. and
Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. — McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center
Simon’s Rock Dance Concert

Bard College at Simon's Rock’s winter dance concert, directed by faculty member Wendy Shifrin, will feature original choreography and a wide range of dance styles, such as classical ballet, Native American, tap, and modern. Fifty dancers will perform a total of eighteen dances, including two circus pieces.

Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. — Kellogg Music Center
Opera: Dido and Aeneas

The Bard College at Simon's Rock music program presents a concert performance of Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aenas”. Performed by the Simon’s Rock chorus and directed by faculty member Jack Brown, this 17th century work is accompanied by Larry Wallach on harpsichord and features the string ensemble.

Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. — Kellogg Music Center
Simon's Rock Chamber Orchestra Concert

Under the direction of faculty member Anne Legêne, The Simon's Rock Chamber Orchestra will perform a varied program of classical works. Selections include a Haydn trio for two flutes and cello; Britten's Simple Symphony; Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus; Jules de Swert's Elegie, and a Marcello trumpet concerto featuring Nath Rochman.

Ongoing Exhibitions

On Exhibit Monday, November 30 through Wednesday, December 23, 2009 — The Atrium Gallery at the Alumni Library
Terry Wise: Print in Paint
Influenced by artists such as Bonnard, Richard Diebenkorn, and Vuillard, Stockbridge artist Terry Wise paints rich still-lives and interior views in which the “beauty of color, texture, pattern, rough edges, or an odd viewpoint can infuse the familiarity of the subject matter with vibrancy and aliveness.”

Terry Wise has exhibited at museums and galleries throughout the United States, including G.C. Lucas Gallery, Indianapolis, IN; Craig Flinner Gallery, Baltimore, MD; and Papp Gallery, New York, NY. Her art is in numerous corporate, private, and public collections, including the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Fidelity Investments, Boston, and DelMonte Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA.

All the artwork will be for sale through the artist. For more information, visit http://www.terrywisestudio.com/.

The Atrium Gallery is located within Bard College at Simon’s Rock Alumni Library and is open while the College is in session. For current hours, check: http://simons-rock.edu/academics/academic-resources/library/more-info/hours/ 

For more event information, please visit: http://www.simons-rock.edu/events. Event dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Visit the website for the most up-to-date information.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock is the nation’s only college designed expressly to educate bright, highly motivated students after the tenth or eleventh grade. Founded in 1966 as the nation’s first and only early college, Simon’s Rock joined the Bard College system in 1979. It maintains its own campus in Great Barrington, Massachusetts (the heart of the culture-rich Berkshires), and unique identity as a supportive intellectual home for early college students. Bard College at Simon’s Rock enrolls approximately 450 full-time students, and grants both Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in more than 40 academic concentrations.