Katonah, NY ~ December 23, 2003
Michael Barrett, CEO of Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah, New York, announced the election of new officers of the institution's 34-member Board of Trustees, effective January 1, 2004.
Judith Evnin, the Board's Vice Chair and currently a member of the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Hall, will become Chairman of the Board, succeeding Michael E. Gellert, who will remain on the Board's Executive Committee. David C. Oxman and Jonathan Clark, both Senior Counsel at Davis Polk & Wardwell, will serve as Vice Chairs; Terrance W. Schwab, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, UFJ Bank, will remain as Secretary; and William Spears, managing partner of Spears Grisanti & Brown, will become Treasurer.
"These are very exciting times for Caramoor," said Ms. Evnin. "It is my privilege to take the helm at this pivotal moment in Caramoor's history. In the coming months, we will experience innovative, fresh programming and musical excellence under the leadership of Michael Barrett." Mr. Barrett was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Caramoor and General Director of the Caramoor International Music Festival, effective July 1, 2003. Since then, he and Ms. Evnin have worked closely to shape the future of this outstanding national musical venue. "I have already forged a fine working relationship with Judy Evnin and the Board of Trustees, and look forward to advancing one of the world's premier venues for music. Caramoor is an extraordinary place. Exciting times are ahead."
Mr. Barrett expressed Caramoor's gratitude to outgoing chairman Michael Gellert. "For the past eight years, Michael Gellert was an intrepid leader during a time of remarkable institutional growth," Mr. Barrett said. "Our International Music Festival was catapulted into the ranks of the top five outdoor summer music festivals in the nation, our audience tripled, the artistic offerings increased in number and broadened in scope, and the facility was largely rebuilt. We are deeply grateful to him. I am pleased he will remain active on the Caramoor Board, and look forward to continuing our working relationship."
Mr. Barrett also announced that Peter Oundjian will continue his association with Caramoor as Artistic Advisor and Principal Conductor. "I'm so pleased to have a musician of Peter's caliber working with me to ensure the artistic excellence of Caramoor's presentations," he said.
A resident of New York and Greenwich, Ms. Evnin has been an influential member of the Caramoor Board of Trustees for the past ten years, where she spearheaded support for the Rising Stars Program as well as various successful fund-raising efforts. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Carnegie Hall, and a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Friends of Greenwich Library, where she organized a classical music concert series. She holds a B.A. and M.A. from Manhattanville College.
David C. Oxman is Senior Counsel at Davis Polk & Wardwell, a New York City law firm, and a resident of Greenwich, Connecticut. He is a trustee of New York University and of the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund (a New Haven, Connecticut foundation which fosters early childhood education and development), and a director and President of Jurodin Fund, Inc. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School.
Jonathan Clark is Senior Counsel at Davis Polk & Wardwell, and is a resident of Greenwich, Ct. He formerly served as Special Consultant to the Warren Commission, a member of the Legal Advisory Committee of the New York Stock Exchange, and was on the Board of Directors of the Securities Industries Association. He holds a B.A. from Yale University and L.L.B. from the University of Virginia Law School.
William Spears is the managing partner and a founding member of Spears Grisanti & Brown, an investment management firm. In 1972, he founded Spears Benzak Salomon & Farrell, which later merged with KeyCorp, one of the nation's largest financial institutions. He holds directorships with Alcide Corporation and Avatar Holdings. He is a trustee of the Union Theological Seminary, Chairman of the Quinnipiac College Board of Trustees, and in 2001, was elected a Life Trustee of the HealthCare Chaplaincy. Mr. Spears graduated from Princeton University, and earned an M.B.A. with distinction from Harvard Business School. He is a resident of Greenwich, CT.
Terrance W. Schwab, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, UFJ Bank, was formerly a partner in the firm of Kelley Drye & Warren, where he concentrated in banking and international matters relating to foreign and domestic banks and bank holding companies. He is and has been a director of various U.S. affiliates of foreign financial institutions and cultural organizations. He writes and lectures frequently on financial subjects. He is a graduate of Harvard College, magna cum laude, and Columbia University Law School, cum laude. Mr. Schwab is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law, and Best Lawyers in America. He resides in New York City.
Caramoor is best known for its annual International Music Festival, which attracts the world's greatest classical, operatic, and jazz artists, and where the Orchestra of St. Luke's (which recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of its founding at Caramoor) enjoys an official residency. Caramoor maintains an extraordinary collection of Renaissance and Asian art in its House Museum, a large, rambling Mediterranean-style palazzo, which was the former home of Caramoor's founders - Walter Tower Rosen and Lucie Bigelow Dodge Rosen. Their art, furniture, costume, and photography collections are the subjects of frequent exhibitions. During the spring and fall, concerts are held indoors in the House Museum's elegant Music Room, where chamber music, mid-week recitals, and cabaret concerts are presented. The Caramoor estate is situated on 90 lovely acres, designed to be a jewel-like setting for its musical events, as well as a place for pleasurable strolling and picnicking. Its nine unique gardens were planned to enhance the site's Renaissance sensibility.
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