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Bard SummerScape Presents Szymanowski's King Roger

Bard Summerscape continues its trailblazing productions of rare operas with double bill of sumptuous stage works by polish composer Karol Szymanowski – a major highlight of the festival's 2008 celebration of "Prokofiev and His World"

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Szymanowski's opera King Roger and his "Pastoral Dance" Harnasie will be performed by the American Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein, in productions designed and directed by Lech Majewski, for five performances opening July 25

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – Bard SummerScape's exploration of "Prokofiev and His World" will be enriched by productions of two rapturous works by Polish composer Karol Szymanowski – a contemporary and friend of Prokofiev's – opening Friday, July 25 for a run of five performances through August 3. Under music director Leon Botstein, SummerScape's resident American Symphony Orchestra will play both the acclaimed opera King Roger (The Shepherd) and Harnasie, a pastoral dance by the composer who is widely considered the father of modern Polish music. The Wroclaw Opera Chorus will perform, with Polish vocal soloists, and a children's choir. Both works will be directed and designed by Lech Majewski.

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