BITS & BYTES: Bard Fisher Center, Ancram Opera House Fall Lineups; CROP Hunger Walk; Art by Chalice Mitchell at Plant Connector; Writer’s residence at The Mount


The Fisher Center at Bard College announces the fall statement

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, NY – The Fisher Center at Bard College announced its fall program for personal events. Selected offers will be available on UPSTREAMING, the Fisher Center’s virtual stage. To buy tickets, order online or call the box office at 845-758-7900.

Bard Conservatory, Director of the US-China Music Institute, Jindong Cai. Photo: Chris Lee

Asian American Voices, October 12th, 13th & 16th
Now in its fourth season, the China Now Music Festival is a leading force in bringing music from contemporary China to the United States and promoting musical exchanges between the United States and China. This year, the scope will be expanded to include the voices of a wide variety of Asian-American composers with the aim of exploring their relevance in contemporary American music and society.

Composing for the story
Music by Huang Ruo
October 12 at 8 p.m.

Undercurrents in American Contemporary Music
A multimedia chamber concert
October 13th at 8pm

Symphonic portraits
With the orchestra now
October 16 at 3 p.m.

The Gauntlet, 15-17 October
The Fisher Center in Bard and the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities are working together to develop and present a new iteration of The Gauntlet, an immersive, community-inclusive choral work by artists Sxip Shirey and Coco Karol.

The gauntlet is site-specific and tailor-made. Each time it is performed, it takes on a new personality that reflects the performers, the community, and the place where it is experienced. This iteration examines the topic of Spaces of Freedom in connection with the Hannah Arendt Center’s annual conference “Revitalizing Democracy: Sortition, Citizen Power, and Spaces of Freedom”.

The libretto is performed on and around the lawn of Bards Fisher Center (including Olafur Eliasson’s installation “The Parliament of Reality”) and consists of texts composed of 20 movement interviews with local activists, organizers, artists, academics, elected officials and citizens and sung by a choir of 50 singers gathered from all corners of Bard College and the Hudson Valley community.

Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, October 23rd & 24th
Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony, which he composed over a period of almost seven years, developed into one of his most powerful and successful compositions. When he started writing it in 1888 at the age of 28, he had no idea of ​​the overall structure or the end; the process of discovery – and self-discovery – that unfolded during this time, reflecting on questions no less weighty than the meaning of life and death. The conclusion was a particular problem, and the solution turned out to be a revelation: a choral finale that set the 18th century poem “Resurrection” by the German writer Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock to music, which Mahler adapted in his own words. What has come to be known as the “Resurrection Symphony” is one of the longest, most ambitious, and deeply moving orchestral works ever composed.

Stephanie Blythe. Photo: Tomasz Wiech, courtesy of Bard

Real World Songs: The French Cabaret, November 6th
Join singer Stephanie Blythe, pianist Kayo Iwama, and members of the Bard Vocal Arts Program and Conservatory Collaborative Piano Fellowship as they explore the beginnings of the world of French cabaret, a musical movement born around an exotic and bohemian Ideal to explore and express social and political satire through song.

Bard Conservatory Orchestra with Thomas Wilkins, December 4th
Thomas Wilkins, chief conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, will lead the Conservatory Orchestra at an evening performance with James Lee III’s Sukkot Through Orion’s Nebula, Delius’ The Walk to The Paradise Garden and Gustav Holst’s The Planets.


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Northwest Connecticut CROP Hunger Walk now 38th year

SALISBURY – Food insecurity has grown dramatically for many people in the community and around the world. Right now, many of our friends and neighbors are struggling to buy groceries for themselves and their families. To respond to this challenge, Salisbury UCC organized the second Virtual CROP Walkwhich runs until the end of the month.

Join a team or create your own team by registering at or contact Pastor John A. Nelson of the Congregational Church of Salisbury, UCC at [email protected]

If you cannot walk, please consider donating to a team or person who can walk. Hikers can walk anytime in September. Individuals and small groups are encouraged to walk around their neighborhood, and students are encouraged to walk around their campus.

The Virtual CROP Walk 2020 raised nearly $ 31,000 to help fight hunger both globally and locally. 25% of that stayed in the community and went directly to eight local pantries: Fishes and Loaves, Corner Food Pantry, Sharon Food Closet, NECC Food Pantry, St. Thomas’ Food Pantry, Kent Food Bank, FISH in Torrington, and Sheffield Food Support Program. This year’s goal is to raise $ 38,000.

Send us pictures of your walks and share them on social media using # nwctcropwalk2021.


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The Plant Connector shows new works of art by Chalice Mitchell

Artwork by Chalice Mitchell, courtesy of the artist

NORTH ADAMSThe system connector, located at 48 Eagle Street in North Adams, will host an exhibition of new artwork by Chalice Mitchell from October 1st to October 24th. There will be an opening reception Friday, October 1st from 5pm to 8pm

The creation of this work of art was supported by generous grants from the Martha Boschen Porter Fund and the ART Fund through the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and the Cultural Council of Northern Berkshire through the Mass Cultural Council.

The Plant Connector is open from Wednesday to Sunday and the exhibition can be viewed at any time when the shop is open.


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Ancram Opera House announces autumn 2021 season

ANCRAM, NY Ancram Opera House returns to performing live at his theater, with an outdoor reading in Roe-Jan Park and a free virtual storytelling presentation with 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students at Taconic Hills Central School.

From October 14th to 24th, AOH will open its doors again to present “An Illiad”, written by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare and directed by Jeffrey Mousseau. As a contemporary interpretation of the Homeric tale, “An Ilias” tells the most brutal and intimate moments of the Trojan War. The Poet, played by MaConnia Chesser, tells a tale of bloodshed, passion and primal anger brought about by warfare. For this indoor performance, visitors must provide evidence of full vaccination status and wear a mask inside the building. Seating is limited to facilitate social distancing.

On October 30th, the Crystal Radio Sessions Update presents the Crystal Radio Seance. This seasonal version of CRS features stories from local writers exploring the strange, mysterious, and supernatural. This will even be performed live at the Hilltop Barn in Roeliff Jansen Park at 9140 NY Rt. 22 in Hillsdale, New York.

The season ends with Real People Real Stories featuring young storytellers from Taconic Hills Central School. Using the RPRS storytelling approach, AOH Co-Director Paul Ricciardi leads 200 students in storytelling workshops that culminate in a final performance where program volunteers share their stories. These workshops support the school’s literacy and writing pedagogy and empower students to create and share their narratives. This event will be available for free streaming on November 20th.

For tickets and further information, Visit the website.

List of the 2021 season

“An Iliad”, 14. – 17. & 21.-24. October
Thursday – Saturday 7pm, Sunday 3pm
Tickets: $ 35
Location: Ancram Opera House, 1330 County Rt. 7, Ancram, NY

Crystal Radio Seance: Saturday October 30th at 7pm
Tickets: $ 25
Location: The Hilltop Barn at Roeliff Jansen Park, 9140 NY Rt. 22, Hillsdale, NY

Real People Real Stories: Saturday, November 20th at 3pm
Free admission
RSVP to get a link to the live stream


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The Mount and Straw Dog Writers Guild announces an author residency for 2022

Photo courtesy of The Mount

LENOXThe mountain‘Edith Wharton’s Home partners with Western Massachusetts’ Straw Dog Authors’ Guild to offer Residence experience for nine aspiring authors. One week residencies include accommodation at the Seven Hills Inn in Lenox, work at The Mount, breakfast, lunch, and a $ 500 scholarship. The residencies run weekly from March 6-26, and three authors are selected for each week. Applications start on October 1st.

This is the eighth year The Mount has given writers the opportunity to create at The Mount, and it is the first year The Mount has partnered with the Straw Dog Writers Guild. The redesigned residence now focuses on writers who continue to develop their craft. There is no requirement for publication.

“We had the opportunity to reassess our goals for this program,” said Susan Wissler, executive director of The Mount. “We hope to attract a diverse pool of applicants from many genres by removing the publication barrier.”

How to apply: Additional information, including an online application, is available Available online. Applications open on October 1st and close on November 1st. The $ 25 registration fee is waived for financial difficulties and for Mount and Straw Dog members. The submissions will be reviewed anonymously and evaluated according to the following criteria: writing quality, originality of the voice, growth potential as an author and strength of the letter of intent.



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