Celebrating the Human Spirit

A combined exhibition of period art, literature and music

The landscape of Central New York has inspired artists for centuries, from Hudson River School painters to performers who take up residence at Glimmerglass each summer. In our 2013 we explore the ideals of the Romantic movement, including operas by two of the most important 19th-century composers, Verdi and Wagner.

The Glimmerglass Festival, Fenimore Art Museum and Hyde Hall join forces for The Festival of American Romantics, inspired by Romantic composers, painters and writers.

Fenimore Art Museum | June 29 - September 29, 2013

The Fenimore Art Museum offers a major loan exhibition highlighting 19th-century Hudson River School artists. The exhibition explores landscape painting as a powerful narrative device that embodied ideas about nature and culture in a rapidly changing country. Works by Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Cole, Frederic Church, and others illuminate this self-consciously American landscape vision.
Standard museum admission rates apply.

Hyde Hall | May 19, June 23 and July 7, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.

In a new collaboration with Hyde Hall, literary works of the American Romantics will be explored. Artists from the 2013 season will read selections from James Fenimore Cooper and other American masters in the majestic home on Otsego Lake. These special evenings will also include musical settings of poetry by Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman and other 19th-century American poets. More information forthcoming.

Watch for a full schedule of new and upcoming events.


We invite you to join us for this romantic and memorable season."
Francesca Zambello,
Artistic & General Director