Krazy Kat Plays Again

The Richard B. Fisher for the Performing Arts at Bard College will host a performance of music from John Alden Carpenter‘s Krazy Kat, a “jazz pantomime” based upon George Herriman‘s comic strip and composed to accompany an original ballet in 1921. The performance, taking place on August 10, is part of the Bard Music Festival’s Sergey Prokofiev and His World, a series of events featuring music by Prokofiev and his “teachers, contemporaries, and successors.” The Krazy Kat performance is specifically part of a selection of music titled “The Cult of the Child.”

According to, Carpenter’s Krazy Kat, “with its dazzling orchestration that influenced Gershwin, enjoyed a great success and resulted in a commission from Russian impresario Serge Diaghilev for an American ballet.” The published musical score is also notable for featuring several original drawings by Herriman, which are reproduced in the book The Kat Who Walked in Beauty.

The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts is located in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.


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