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

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Bard College at Simon’s Rock announces its upcoming events for 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.

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Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. — Kellogg Music Center
Recital: Sarah Jimenez

This recital of diverse music for the viola da gamba, will feature Sarah Jimenez in collaboration with Lucy Bardo, Victoria Kelley, David Sharpe and Larry Wallach. The program will include works by Byrd, Caix, Dowland, Loeb, Morley, Ortiz and Telemann.

Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.— Kellogg Music Center
Chamber Music for Violin

Karen Lee will perform a violin sonata by Maurice Ravel, Johannes Brahms' Violin Sonata in A major, Vieuxtemps' Violin Concerto No. 4, and Johann Sebastian Bach's unaccompanied Sonata in G minor, the Sicilianna and Presto movements. Faculty member Larry Wallach will be the piano accompanist.

Friday, December 10, 2010 and Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. — McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center
Winter Dance Concert

Winter dance concert, directed by faculty member Wendy Shifrin, will feature original choreography and a wide range of dance styles, including Flamenco, modern, lyrical, step, drill team kick, and clogging/tap. An original piece choreographed by Wendy Shifrin will feature original music by the student Bill Meltzer. Flamenco pieces are from the Flamenco class.

Contact Phone: 413-528-7410.

Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 12:30 p.m.— Kellogg Music Center
Voice Recital

This voice recital will feature the students of faculty member Gigi Teeley: Nora Benedict, Emily Calderalo, Emily Diskin, Lily Hiott-Millis, Mallory Hogan, Mia Kang, Kali Malone, Ariana Morrow, Lauren Payne-Riley, Michael Rogove, Hillary Saviello, Addy Schneider, Alexa Resnick & Ben Smart. They will perform music by Handel, Jason Robert Brown, Mozart, Puccini, Lerner & Lowe, Aaron Copland, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Joni Mitchell, and more. Piano accompanist will be Hilda Banks Shapiro.

Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 3:30 p.m. — Kellogg Music Center
Cello Recital: Miles Wilcox

Under the instruction of Luis Garcia-Renart, Miles Wilcox will perform Johann Sebastian Bach's Unaccompanied Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major, Enrique Granados' Intermezzo from "Goyescas" and Franz Joeseph Haydn's Divertimento. Jesse Goldberg will be the piano accompanist.

Sunday, December 12, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. — Kellogg Music Center
The Simon's Rock Collegium and Anonymous 10

The Simon's Rock Collegium under faculty member Lucy Bardo and Anonymous 10 under faculty member Jack Brown offer a holiday program of medieval carols and Renaissance motets as well as music for recorders and viols.

The Collegium members will be playing an anonymous processional from the 13th century and a Saltarello from the 14th century. They will intersperse various court dances from the early 17th century by Michael Praetorius, William Brade and John Dowland throughout the program. Also featured will be fantasias by Paul Lutkemann and William Byrd.

Anonymous 10's selections include music by Vittoria and Praetorius. Their concerts include a performance of this program at the Emmanuel Church in Boston, MA on December 7, 2010.

Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.— Kellogg Music Center
Concert: The Simon's Rock Chamber Orchestra and the Simon's Rock Chorus

Directed by faculty member Anne Legêne, the Simon's Rock Chamber orchestra will play Sinfonia #5 in C-major G505 by Luigi Boccherini, and Romanze and Scherzo for String Orchestra by Sergej Rachmaninov. Together with the Simon's Rock Chorus they will perform Franz Schubert's Mass in G-major, D.167.

Faculty member Jack Brown directs the Simon’s Rock Chorus. Vocal soloists in the Schubert piece include sopranos Sarah Conner and Stephanie Waldo, and Nash Rochman and Chris St. Claire, basses. The choir will also be performing some short selections by J.S. Bach or inspired by Bach, including a new piece written in a jazz style by student composer Nash Rochman.

Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 8:00 p.m.— McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center
Concert: Simon's Rock Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Improvisation Workshop, with Guest Artists

The Simon's Rock Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Improvisation Workshop, directed by faculty member John Myers, will play a wide range of jazz standards by Ellington, Parker, and others, and an original composition by John Myers, "Primed for a Lucky Day" in 13/8 meter.

The concert will feature two guest artists; faculty member William Dunbar singing a Brazilian piece by Antonio Carlos Jobim, and trombonist Bill St. Clair who will play an extended solo on another Jobim piece.

Contact Phone: 413-528-7213


Through Tuesday, December 21, 2010 — The Atrium Gallery, Alumni Library
Brian Mikesell: WEFT

Mikesell’s artwork is primarily photographic, but he also mixes media and creates small-scale sculpture, textiles, and artist books. Much of his work is rooted in the landscape and natural world, with an emphasis on details that may normally be overlooked. He is also interested in the ways we consume our experiences of the world as we travel through it — and how we each make an effort to represent our journeys. He believes fundamentally that, while much artwork makes a necessarily serious contribution to the world, there should be balance and art should equally endeavor to lighten and lift the viewer. He makes his home in Mill River, Massachusetts.

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.

On Facebook: Bard College at Simon's Rock Gallery/Exhibitions

Exhibitions Office: 413.528.7389
Contact: Margaret Cherin, Exhibitions Curator,

For a complete listing of events or more information, please visit: Event dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Visit the website for the most up-to-date information.