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May Events at Bard College at Simon’s Rock: Affordable, Year-Round Culture in the Berkshires

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

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Bard College at Simon’s Rock announces May events. 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.

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Woman’s Life and Love: a Solo Recital by Sarah Connor
Sunday, May 1, 2011 • 7:00 p.m.
Kellogg Music Center

The program will include works by Robert Schumann and contemporary composers including Stephen Sondheim, Burt Bacharach, and Harold Arlen.

Musicians include:
Larry Wallach, piano
Joe Rose, piano
Chris St. Clair, bass
Alec Kerestesi, drums
Nash Rochman, trumpet


Simon's Rock Chamber Orchestra Spring Concert
Thursday, May 5, 2011 • 8:00 p.m.
Kellogg Music Center

On the program are a Suite in Bb major by G. P. Telemann, Sergej Rachmaninov's Romanze and Scherzo for strings, and music for winds by Christopher Caliendo. Faculty member Anne Legêne directs the orchestra.


Simon's Rock Jazz Ensemble Concert
Friday, May 6, 2011 • 8:00 p.m.
McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center

Directed by faculty member John Myers, the ensemble will play an exciting blend of standards in a variety of styles, and an original Myers composition, "A New Beginning," in 5/4 meter. The concert will include the exciting guest trombonist Bill St. Clair. In addition to classic pieces by Thelonius Monk, Charlie Parker, and others, the concert will include original compositions from Christopher St. Clair's Senior Thesis project, and improvised solos by seniors Rabi Alam, Joseph Borkowski, and Adrianna Hitchins, and others.


Voice Recital by students of Gigi Teeley
Saturday, May 7, 2011 • 2:00 p.m.
Kellogg Music Center

Faculty member Gigi Teeley's voice students will sing Songs, Art Songs or Arias, with Hilda Shapiro as accompanist. The students are: Nora Benedict, Philip Breslow, Annie Bromberg, Sahra Brubeck, Emily Calderalo, Emily Diskin, Lily Hiott-Millis, Mallory Hogan, Taylor Horn, Kali Malone, Ariana Morrow, Tatiana Ray, Michael Rogove, Hillary Saviello, and Addy Schneider.


Simon's Rock Composition Class Concert
Saturday, May 7, 2011 • 7:30 p.m.
Kellogg Music Center

Students in the Spring 2011 Composition class present representative samples of their works performed by members of the Simon's Rock community and guest artists.

Composers include:
Ariana Morrow
Miles Wilcox
Siv Anderson
Leander Kobolakis
Taylor Kang
Elijah MacCullogh
Alexander Pitman
Matthew White
Caleb Benore


Spring Choral Concert: Hope, Faith, Life, Love, a Benefit for Haitian Relief Efforts
The Simon's Rock Chorus, Tapestry, Anonymous 10, and The Simon's Rock Collegium
Sunday, May 8, 2011 • 8:00 p.m.
The Liebowitz Studio Theater

The program includes music bu Byrd, Tallis, Vittoria, Durufle, Rachmaninoff, Barber, Vaughan Williams,Eric Whitacre, Bobby McFerrin, James Taylor, Billy Joel and others.

This free concert will continue a fundraising effort begun in April at a concert the choirs presented at St. John's Episcopal Church in Salisbury Ct. to support an ongoing medical mission to Haiti. A free will offering will be encouraged.

The Simon's Rock Chorus is the largest performing group at the college and sings a wide variety of music from five centuries. Recent concerts have included Schubert's Mass in G and Purcell's Dido & Aeneas. They will be joined by Simon's Rock's two smaller select a cappella ensembles, Anoymous 10 and Tapestry. Anonymous 10 is a women's a cappella early music ensemble that frequently performs off-campus. Most recently they sang a program at Emmanuel Church in Boston. Tapestry, a new mixed voice group at Simon's Rock, also specializes in medieval, renaissance and contemporary a cappella music. Tapestry makes its debut this spring. All three choruses are led by faculty member Jack Brown.

Directed by faculty member Lucy Bardo, the Simon's Rock early music instrumental ensemble, The Collegium, will perform music of late 16th and early 17th century Italy and England: Orologio, Gussago, Parabosco, Ortiz, Weelkes, Campian and Morley.


Context and Continuity in the Adirondack Folk Music Tradition
Senior thesis performance by Brianna Gonyea
On Friday, May 13 • 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Kellogg Music Center

This event includes a presentation of "Context and Continuity in the Adirondack Folk Music Tradition," a senior thesis study by Brianna Gonyea. It shall also include a musical performance by Brianna Gonyea (on voice) and Taylor Kang (on guitar and voice) of Adirondack music to accompany the presentation. All are welcome to join in during the singing.


ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

Thesis Exhibition: Itohen Ihaza
Through May 14, 2011
Atrium Gallery, Alumni Library

The Atrium Gallery is located within the Alumni Library at Simon’s Rock. The gallery is open during regular library hours while the college is in session: weekdays 8:30 a.m. – midnight and weekends 11:00 a.m. - midnight.


Thesis Exhibtions in the Daniel Arts Center, Lower Level Lobby, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Nola Broberg
Through May 7, 2011

Peter Whitesell
Sunday, May 08, 2011 – Saturday, May 14, 2011


For a complete listing of events or more 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.