The Bard Music Festival began in 1990 to promote new ways of presenting the history of music to a contemporary audience. This year the theme is ‘Puccini and His World.’ Over the course of two weekends, August 5-7 and August 12-14, festivalgoers from the world of music and opera will participate in panels and listen to music contemporary to Giacomo Puccini. To learn more about his life and times, Giacomo Puccini and His World, edited by Arman Schwartz and Emanuele Senici, is essential reading. This collection of essays by an international roster of music specialists explores a wide array of topics, from Puccini’s engagement with spoken theater and operetta, to the philosophical problems raised by ‘realist’ opera, to his complex interactions with the Italian fascist state. For more information, follow the conversation on Twitter with @Bard_FisherCtr.
The world’s largest philosophy and music festival, How The Light Gets In, is back at Hay-on-Wye in Wales on May 21. Over the course of 11 days and 650 events, this year’s theme, “Fantasy and Reality”, will be explored through a variety of creative expression, including poetry, debates, film, and music. Total Politics calls this festival “Europe’s answer to TED”. This year promises to be extra special: their entire new Riverside site will be home to a special new music venue, The Hat, which will be hosting long-table banquets and parties. You can find the full program here, and be sure to check out the following presentations by Princeton University Press authors:
5/23/15: In Search of the Self, Simon Blackburn, Colin Blakemore, Mary Midgley. Robert Rowland-Smith hosts.
5/24/15: The Really Real, Simon Blackburn, Philip Blond, Myrian Francois-Cerrah. Hilary Lawson hosts.
5/25/15: Vanity Fair, Simon Blackburn, George Galloway, Margaret Heffernan, Suzannah Lipscomb. Ritula Shah hosts.
5/26/15: Your Life in Your Hands, Clare Carlisle, Ann Furedi, John Harris. Afua Hirsch hosts.
5/26/15: In Place of Prejudice, Clare Carlisle, Naomi Goulder, John Harris. Afua Hirsch hosts.
5/26/15: Mind Misreadings, John Harris.
5/27/15: The Future of Money, Nigel Dodd.
5/28/15:Being Free and Making Choices, Nigel Dodd, Elaine Glaser, Julian Le Grand. Jacques Peretti hosts.
5/28/15: How to Be Human, Julian Le Grand, Finn Mackay, Neel Mukherjee. Elaine Glaser hosts.
5/28/15: The Fantasy of Money, Sarah Bird, Nigel Dodd, Kieron O’Hara. Jacques Peretti hosts.
5/28/15: Democracy, Freedom and Choice, Julian Le Grand.
5/31/15: The Infinite Boom, Michael Howard, Ann Petitifor, Robert Shiller. Isabel Hilton hosts.
Looking for more opportunities to get a little bird-brained? So are Scott Whittle and Tom Stephenson, authors of The Warbler Guide! As November rapidly approaches, the two are gearing up for their next two appearances.
For their first event, this dynamic duo will be speaking at the NYSOA 66th Annual Meeting and New York Birders Conference, which will take place November 1-3. Hurry though! Online registration ends October 27th. You can register here.
The conference will feature:
- Exciting speakers on birding and bird conservation, including Tom Stephenson and Scott Whittle
- Field trips with top birders to great local destinations
- A banquet dinner featuring a program by James Currie of Birding Adventures TV
- Photography and digiscoping field workshops
- Posters and vendor tables including major optics manufacturers
- Workshops and student papers
- Great shopping nearby and an excursion to Manhattan for non-birding guests
- NYSOA’s Annual Business Meeting and award presentations
- Plenty of time for socializing
The second event, in which Scott Whittle will be flying solo, is the 20th Annual Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, which will take place from November 6-10. Online registration ends October 25th so to register now, click here. According to their website, Scott Whittle will be there to conduct a ‘warbler workshop’. It is described as such:
“[Scott will] go over their new system of identification that uses the views that you actually get, not the idealized views that happen so infrequently. Learn how just a little more attention to detail, coupled with knowledge of habitat, behavior and special points like color impressions can lead to greatly improved identification ability. Also covered will be their in-depth analysis of warbler vocalizations, an extremely effective tool for truly understanding and remembering birdsong. Join Scott and bring your warbler skills up to the next level!”
With the Cape May Birding Festival a little over a week away (October 25-27), you might be packing up your birding binoculars for the trip and practicing your bird calls, or you might be lamenting the fact that for some reason, you won’t be able to make it this year. Fear not! With the help of The Warbler Guide website, we’ve put together a list of awesome birding festivals throughout the year so that you never have to go too long without your feathery fix. Whether you live on the east coast or the west, this massive birding community has got your back all year long.
Rio Grande Birding Festival – November 6-10, 2013 – Harlingen, TX
Biggest Week of American Birding – May 6-15th – Black Swamp Bird Observatory, OH
Space Coast Birding Festival – January 22-27, 2014 – Titusville, FL
San Diego Bird Festival – February 27-March 2, 2014 – San Diego, CA
Midwest Bird Symposium – September 19-22, 2013 – Lakeside, OH