Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts

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Richard B. Fisher Center
for the Performing Arts
Bard College Fisher Center front view.jpg
South (front) elevation, 2008
City Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
Country United States
Coordinates 42°01′52.81″N 073°54′09.55″W / 42.0313361°N 73.9026528°W / 42.0313361; -73.9026528Coordinates: 42°01′52.81″N 073°54′09.55″W / 42.0313361°N 73.9026528°W / 42.0313361; -73.9026528
Architect Frank Gehry
Owned by Bard College
Type Performing arts center
Capacity Sosnoff Theater: 900
Theater Two: Adjustable
Opened 2003

The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College is a performance hall located in the Hudson Valley of Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. The center provides audiences with performances and programs in orchestral, chamber, and jazz music, and in theater, dance, and opera. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the 110,000-square-foot (10,000 m2) center houses two theaters, four rehearsal studios for dance, theater, and music, and professional support facilities. The total cost of the project reached $62 million. The New Yorker calls it "[possibly] the best small concert hall in the United States."[1]

West profile in winter 2005
Summertime view

The Sosnoff Theater, an intimate, 900-seat theater with an orchestra, parterre, and two balcony sections, features an orchestra pit for opera and acoustics designed by Yasuhisa Toyota, including an acoustic shell that turns the theater into a concert hall for performances of chamber and symphonic music.

The flexible 200-seat Theater Two, houses Bard's Theater and Dance Programs during the academic year. The Fisher Center is also the home of the Bard Music Festival, hosting companies from around the world during Bard SummerScape, a festival of opera, theater, and dance.

The Performing Arts Center is primarily devoted to teaching and college events during the academic year and used as a public performing-arts facility and venue for the college's graduate programs in the arts during the summer months.


  1. ^ Goldberger, Paul (2 June 2003). "Artistic License Two great new cultural centers open out of town.". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 

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