Bard Music Festival – Program Twelve

August 15

Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater


Boulanger’s Credo

In 1962, when Boulanger led the New York Philharmonic in a program featuring the world premiere of Virgil Thomson’s powerful orchestral piece A Solemn Music and Fauré’s beloved Requiem, the Carnegie Hall audience included Botstein, then just 15 years old.

Now, more than half a century later, Bard’s founder recreates this characteristic Boulanger coupling in Program Twelve, pairing it, as she did, with music by her sister: in this case, the hypnotic Vieille prière bouddhique for tenor, choir and orchestra, Psalm 24 and Pour les funérailles d’un soldat.

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August 15
5 PM
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater


Lili Boulanger (1893–1918)
   Pour les funérailles d’un soldat (1912)
Psalm 24 (1916)
   Vieille prière bouddhique (1917)

Gabriel Fauré (1845–1924)
   Requiem, Op. 48 (1887–1900)

Virgil Thomson (1896–1989)
A Solemn Music (1949; orch. 1962)


Ben Bliss, tenor
Janai Brugger, soprano
Joshua Hopkins, baritone
Bard Festival Chorale
James Bagwell, choral director
American Symphony Orchestra
Leon Botstein, music director