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UPSTREAMING: A Virtual Stage for Performing Artists Provided by the Fisher Center
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The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College.
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College.
Photo by Peter Aaron/Esto

The Fisher Center is a place to discover the arts. The center develops, produces, and presents performing arts across various disciplines.

Becoming a hub for new productions, context-rich programs, artistic ideas, culture, education, and community involvement, the Fisher Center has made an impact on artists and audiences in New York State, around the country, and even across the world.

Located in Annandale-On-Hudson at Bard College, the center has committed itself to the performing arts, not just as entertainment but as a cultural and educational necessity.

While the pandemic caused New York State to shut down, the Fisher Center developed a digital program to ensure audiences could experience the performing arts inside their own homes and encourage the continuing engagement with artists.

UPSTREAMING is a virtual stage for performing artists and free programming for audiences.

UPSTREAMING has been releasing new content, digital commissions, virtual events, and beloved Fisher Center performances straight from the archives.

With the SummerScape Opera and Bard Music Festival canceled this season, these fan favorites are available for streaming in the form of archival content.

There are over 15 hours’ worth of opera performances available through UPSTREAMING. Explore the works of composers Emmanuel Chabrier and Hector Berlioz, Dame Ethel Smyth, Sergey Taneyev, Anton Rubinstein, and more. These masterpieces can be streamed in entirety from the comforts of home, along with Opera Talks and SoundCloud playlists.

Listen to the mixes of Spiegeltent, DJs Sammy Jo, Tikka Masala, Amber Valentine, and JonJon Battles are favorites at the Fisher Center. This music is designed to keep the party going from home. So, turn your volume up and have a backyard dance party, couch concert, or whatever you desire!

Check out the featured works of the Open Invitation Arts Festival. This virtual festival showcases Bard students and their exploration of art and virtual works during the times of COVID-19. These student artists explore ideas of self-identity, emotions, stress, the environment, unconditional love, and life’s many possibilities.

This content can challenge perspectives, stir thoughts and emotions, and introduce audiences to various art mediums amidst our chaotic world.

In these uncertain times the Fisher Center has been there for both audiences and artists. Fisher Invites all who are interested to stream their content, find joy in the performing arts, and give support to treasured artists.

Opera productions and various other content will continue to be added throughout the summer, visit their website for updates.