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South Berkshire Concert Series presents internationally acclaimed lutenist Hopkinson Smith


January 24, 2013

Contact: Karen Anderson
Bard College at Simon’s Rock

South Berkshire Concert Series presents internationally acclaimed lutenist Hopkinson Smith

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “Hopkinson Smith [is] without doubt the finest lute player in the world today.” The Gramophone magazine (London) stated that “Hopkinson Smith is the supreme ‘poet’ of the lute,” and RĂ©pertoire (Paris) named him “…a major artist of our time.” This extraordinary artist makes his home in Basel, Switzerland where he teaches at the Schola Canto rum Basiliensis.

On Sunday, February 3, at 3 p.m., Hopkinson Smith will be appearing at the Kellogg Music Center of Bard College at Simon’s Rock performing a unique program of the first three Cello Suites of Bach which Smith has adapted for the baroque bass lute. Smith’s traversal of this cello repertory is the sequel to the attention he has been giving to Bach’s solo violin music. The recording of his lute arrangements of the solo violin Sonatas and Partitas, released in the year 2000, has been universally acclaimed by the press. Gramophone magazine called it “the best recording of these works on any instrument”.

The concert at Simon’s Rock is part of the South Berkshire Concert Series. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis with no advance reservations. There is a suggested donation of $10. Further information can be obtained by calling 413-528-7212 and leaving a recorded message.

To access and download the event poster, click here.


About Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Bard College at Simon’s Rock ( has been a leader in educational innovation for more than 40 years. The first early college, Simon’s Rock is the only residential college in the country specifically designed to let bright, highly motivated students start college immediately after the 10th or 11th grade. Students who successfully complete the requirements receive the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree after two years of study and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree after four.