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Chopin And His World At Bard

Music: Bard Music Festival
Soprano Amanda Majeski will perform in the opera “Halka” on Aug. 19 at 8 p.m. photo by Dario Acosta

Showcasing Chopin for this year’s Bard Music Festival, which runs through Aug. 20 at Bard College, must have presented the organizers with some unusual challenges. For starters, how do you build exciting concert programs around a composer whose output consisted almost entirely of intimate works for solo piano?

The Aug. 12 concert at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts illustrated some of the pitfalls as well as the solutions to the problem. It was, in effect, a tale of two concerts.

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