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From the Wellspring to the Ocean: Béla Bartók's Musicological Legacy in Today's World (Marking 125th Anniversary of Composer's Birth)

Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, June 3-4, 2006

The great Hungarian composer, pianist, and ethnomusicologist Béla Bartók
was born 125 years ago, beginning a cultural odyssey during which he made
immeasurable contributions to music. On June 3 and June 4, Bard College
will host a conference marking and exploring Bartók's life and career,
particularly his contributions to the study of folk music.

The conference, "From the Wellspring to the Ocean: Béla Bartók's
Musicological Legacy in Today's World", will bring together a panel of
distinguished American and European scholars to discuss this aspect of
Bartók's work, highlighting its importance to the countries whose
traditions he studied (Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Serbia, Ukraine), as
well as its wider impact on the fledgling discipline of musical folklore.
The guests will present lectures and also engage in round-table
discussions. Participants include Philip Bohlman, Donna Buchanan, Damjana
Bratuz, Nice Facile, Christopher H. Gibbs, Lynn Hooker, Jill Johnson,
Peter Laki, Vera Lampert, Barbara Rose Lange, Speranta Radulescu, Kristy
Riggs, Marta Rudas, and Dr. László Vikárius. All conference sessions,
which begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 3, will be held in the Olin
Humanities Building at Bard College, Annandale-on Hudson, New York and are
free and open to the public, with no registration required.

The program will also feature a concert, "The Influence of Folk Music:  
Bartók and Beyond", on June 3, at 8 p.m. in Theater Two of the Richard B.
Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, in which Bartók's music will be
juxtaposed with the folk music that inspired it.  The concert will present
the Hungarian folksinger Beata Palya who will perform some of the vocal
melodies that Bartok arranged either for piano solo or violin duo; the
vocal originals and the arrangements will be performed back to back. Palya
enjoys an international career as a folksinger and has produced several
highly successful CDs.

Bartók's idea of modern music inspired by folk music has found echoes in
the work of younger composers all over the world. The evening concert will
also present the music of two contemporary composers, Bright Sheng and
Roberto Sierra, who have used their respective ethnic heritages (Chinese
and Puerto Rican, respectively), in ways that parallel Bartók's use of his
native tradition.  The two composers will also discuss this particular
aspect of their creative work, adding another new dimension to this
celebration of Bartók's anniversary. Tickets for the evening concert are
$15 and can be reserved by calling the Fisher Center box office at
845-758-7900 or visiting the website at The
symposium is free and open to the public. For information about the
symposium call 845-758-7405 or write to
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