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Convene with the birds through the universal language of music. Built around Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s performance of Messiaen’s complete Catalogue d’Oiseaux over three concerts, the weekend will also include bird walks, a panel discussion, and family activities celebrating our feathered friends. Interspecies musician David Rothenberg invites you to appreciate the various aesthetics of bird songs by playing to and with them, and Sandbox Percussion performs songbirdsongs by John Luther Adams. The weekend offers a rare chance to meditate on birds and the beauty of nature’s musical gifts.

“[Pierre-Laurent Aimard] is a brilliant musician and an extraordinary visionary” — The Wall Street Journal
Artists

Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano
David Rothenberg, clarinet
Sandbox Percussion
Emi Ferguson and Catherine Gregory, piccolos

Schedule

Saturday, July 13
7:30pm
David Rothenberg, clarinet (Free)

8:30pm
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano
Messiaen Catalogue d’Oiseaux (Pt. 1)

 
Sunday, July 14
6:00am
Bird Walks (Free, with reservation)

7:30am
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano
Messiaen Catalogue d’Oiseaux (Pt. 2)

8:30am
Bird Walks (Free, with reservation)

2:00pm
Panel Discussion:
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, David Rothenberg, and J. Alan Clark, ornithologist

3:00pm
John Luther Adams songbirdsongs
Sandbox Percussion
Emi Ferguson and Catherine Gregory, piccolos

4:30pm
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano
Messiaen Catalogue d’Oiseaux (Pt. 3)

 
2:00pm–4:00pm Bring the kids for children’s interactive activities on Sunday provided by Stamford Museum & Nature Center.

Bird Walks provided by Bedford Audubon Society.

New! Summer Series

This performance is part of the New Music Series.
Save 15% on tickets to this performance when you add tickets to Timo Andres, piano and Caramoor Takes Wing!.


This recital marks the debut of Veils for Desire, created by members of the American Modern Opera Company, an exciting new collective of some of today’s most gifted, curious, and innovative artists and recently named one of “19 for 19 Artists to Watch” by WQXR. Built around Britten’s dramatic canticle Abraham and Isaac, the program features works that “veil” or transform an unspeakable desire into a new, mysterious form. Also included are songs composed specifically for each of these extraordinary singers, including a world premiere by Harold Meltzer and music by AMOC Co-Artistic Director and 2018 MacArthur Fellow Matthew Aucoin.

“[American Modern Opera Company is] … astonishing … a powerful counterforce” — The Los Angeles Times
Artists

Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor
Paul Appleby, tenor
Matthew Aucoin, piano

Program

VEILS FOR DESIRE

Program to include:
Britten Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac
Matthew Aucoin This Earth
Monteverdi “Possente spirto” from L’Orfeo
Matthew Aucoin Selections from Merrill Songs
Harold Meltzer The Heaven of Animals (World Premiere, commissioned by AMOC)

 

New! Summer Series

This performance is part of the Vocal Series.
Save 15% on tickets to this performance when you add tickets to two or more of: Versailles: Portrait of a Royal Domain, Roomful of Teeth, New York Baroque Incorporated, or Dover Quartet.


We invite you to this year’s Chamber Feast, featuring a host of alumni from Caramoor’s mentoring programs. For our 3rd iteration of the “Feast” we welcome back pianist Andrew Tyson and violist Dimitri Murrath, both Evnin Rising Star alumni, and our 2015-16 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence the Aizuri Quartet (whose violist and cellist were also Evnin Rising Stars). Join us for an afternoon of Brahms, Mozart, and Caroline Shaw’s Blueprint, featured on the Aizuri’s 2018 Grammy-nominated album, Blueprinting.

“[the Aizuri Quartet] … is in full possession of that most elusive of string quartet qualities: the balance between charisma of the individual and cohesion of the collective.” — Philadelphia Inquirer
Artists

Aizuri Quartet
Ariana Kim and Miho Saegusa, violins
Ayane Kozasa, viola
Karen Ouzounian, cello
Andrew Tyson, piano
Dimitri Murrath, viola

Program

Caroline Shaw Blueprint
Mozart String Quintet in E-flat Major, K. 614
— Intermission —
Brahms Piano Quintet in F Minor, Op. 34

 
Complimentary Garden Listening tickets for Members at the Family level and above

New! Summer Series

This performance is part of the Caroline Shaw Series.
Save 15% on tickets to this performance when you add tickets to two or more of: Timo Andres, piano, Roomful of Teeth, Orchestra of St. Luke’s with Jonathan Biss, Dover Quartet, or A Far Cry.


Self-conducted, thoughtful, and innovative, the 18 members that make up the orchestra A Far Cry invite you to join in on the exploration with a program stretching around the globe and across generations. Nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music / Small Ensemble Performance in 2015 and 2018, the group has earned “a reputation for top-drawer playing [and] engrossing programming” (Boston Musical Intelligencer).

“The orchestra brims with personality or, better, personalities, many and varied.” — The New York Times
Artists

A Far Cry

Program

Muffat Concerto Grosso No. 12 in G Major, “Propitia Sydera”
Caroline Shaw Entr’acte
Gabriela Lena Frank Excerpts from Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout
— Intermission —
Tchaikovsky Serenade in C Major, Op. 48

 
7:00pm Pre-concert conversation with members of A Far Cry.

New! Summer Series

This performance is part of the Caroline Shaw Series and the Orchestra Series.
Save 15% on tickets to this performance when you add tickets to two or more performances within one of those series.


The Venice Baroque Orchestra, recognized as one of the premier ensembles devoted to period instrument performance, and Israeli mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital bring the Baroque to life with an infectious energy in this dazzling program. The New York Times has said of their collaboration “the chemistry between the ensemble and Mr. Avital was palpable.” Their recording, Vivaldi, won a 2015 ECHO Klassik Award. If you’re a fan of Baroque music, this is a concert you won’t want to miss.

“The words “superstar” and “mandolinist” still look odd next to each other. Yet in the classical world they are starting to be joined with some frequency … Avi Avital … was nothing short of electric.” — The New York Times
Artists

Venice Baroque Orchestra
Avi Avital, mandolin
Anna Fusek, recorder

Program

Vivaldi L’Olimpiade, RV 725: Sinfonia
Vivaldi Concerto for Lute, Two Violins, and Continuo in D Major, RV 93
Albinoni Concerto for Strings and Basso Continuo in G Major, Op. 7, No. 4
Vivaldi Concert for Mandolin and Recorder in G Major, RV 532
— Intermission —
Corelli Concerto Grosso in D Major, Op. 6, No. 4
Barbella Concerto in D Major for Mandolin and Strings
Vivaldi Sinfonia in C Major for Strings and Basso Continuo, RV 114
Vivaldi Violin Concerto in G Minor, RV 315, “Summer”

 

New! Summer Series

This performance is part of the Early Music Series.
Save 15% on tickets to this performance when you add tickets to Versailles: Portrait of a Royal Domain and New York Baroque Incorporated.


Since their 2013 – 14 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet Residency at Caramoor, the Dover Quartet have graduated from a young quartet into one of the most sought-after ensembles. Winners of the Cleveland Quartet Award and recipients of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, they have been lauded for their “expert musicianship, razor-sharp ensemble, deep musical feeling, and a palpable commitment to communication” (Chicago Tribune). “Charismatic, full-voiced” (The New York Times) bass-baritone Davóne Tines joins the Quartet for Barber’s Dover Beach and Caroline Shaw’s By and By.

“… the Dover Quartet players have it in them to become the next Guarneri String Quartet — they’re that good.” — The Chicago Tribune

“[Davóne Tines] is a singer of immense power and fervor.” — Los Angeles Times

Artists

Dover Quartet
Joel Link, violin
Bryan Lee, violin
Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola
Camden Shaw, cello
Davóne Tines, bass-baritone

Program

Mendelssohn Andante sostenuto and Variations in E Major, Op. 81, No. 1
Mendelssohn Scherzo in A Minor, Op. 81, No. 2
Mendelssohn Fugue in E-flat Major, Op. 81, No. 4
Barber Dover Beach, Op. 3
Caroline Shaw By and By
— Intermission —
Dvořák String Quartet No. 14 in A-flat Major, Op. 105

 
7:00pm Pre-concert conversation with members of the Dover Quartet.

New! Summer Series

This performance is part of the Vocal Series and Caroline Shaw Series.
Save 15% on tickets to this performance when you add tickets to two or more performances within one of those series.


 

Diving into his obsession with Beethoven’s music, Jonathan Biss is in the fourth year of his Beethoven/5 commissioning project: the five Beethoven piano concertos each presented with a contemporary composer’s response. After welcoming the NY Premiere of Timo Andres’ entry in 2016, we are proud to be again a co-commissioner for the latest installment, Caroline Shaw’s Watermark, a response to Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto.

“Biss radiates a confidence solidly based on prodigious technique, every never needing recharging, and a stylistic perception both intuitive and intelligent.” — The Washington Post
Artists

Cristian Măcelaru, conductor
Jonathan Biss, piano

Program

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37
— Intermission —
Caroline Shaw Watermark (NY Premiere, co-commissioned by Caramoor)
Mozart Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K. 504, “Prague”

 
3:00pm Pre-concert conversation with Cristian Măcelaru and Caroline Shaw.

Complimentary Garden Listening tickets for Members at the Family level and above

New! Summer Series

This performance is part of the Caroline Shaw Series and the Orchestra Series.
Save 15% on tickets to this performance when you add tickets to two or more performances within one of those series.


Now in its 44th season, the Takács Quartet is renowned for bringing a sense of vitality and excitement to their performances with uncompromising attention to detail. Their dozens of recordings have garnered three Gramophone Awards, a Grammy Award, three Japanese Record Academy Awards, Disc of the Year at the inaugural BBC Music Magazine Awards, and Ensemble Album of the Year at the Classical Brits.

“This is chamber-music playing of overwhelming intensity … simply the best I have ever heard in concert” — The Guardian
Artists

Edward Dusinberre, Harumi Rhodes, violin
Geraldine Walther, viola
András Fejér, cello

Program

Haydn String Quartet in C Major, H.III:39 “The Bird”
Bartók String Quartet No. 3, BB 93
— Intermission —
Beethoven String Quartet No. 9 in C Major, Op. 59, No. 3, “Razumovsky”


Our summer season comes to a close with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s led by their Principal Conductor Bernard Labadie and violinist Christian Tetzlaff. The program includes one of the most popular violin concertos in the repertoire, Mendelssohn’s E Minor, alongside his Hebrides concert overture and Beethoven’s First Symphony. Christian Tetzlaff is an “exceptional soloist … with soaring tone making every note sound with absolute clarity.” — Boston Classical Review

“Tetzlaff is, for my money, the finest violinist performing before the public today: he can invest a composition with a rich inner life while keeping the outward details of performance – intonation, power of projection, consistency of phrasing – completely invulnerable.” — The New Yorker, Russel Platt
Artists

Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Bernard Labadie, principal conductor
Christian Tetzlaff, violin

Program

Mendelssohn The Hebrides, Op. 26 (“Fingals Cave”)
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64
— Intermission —
Beethoven Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21

3:00pm Pre-concert conversation with Bernard Labadie and Christian Tetzlaff.

Complimentary Garden Listening tickets for Members at the Family level and above

New! Summer Series

This performance is part of the Orchestra Series.
Save 15% on tickets to this performance when you add tickets to Orchestra of St. Luke’s with Jonathan Biss and A Far Cry.


Russian piano phenomenon Daniil Trifonov — “without question the most astounding pianist of our age” (The Times, London) — returns to Caramoor with a solo recital of Beethoven, Schumann, and Prokofiev, following up on his rapturously received Caramoor performance of 2017. Since that time, besides receiving raves from every corner of the globe, he has won Gramophone’s 2016 Artist of the Year award and added two albums to his discography: Transcendental — a double album of Liszt’s works that won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Solo Album in 2018 — and this season’s Destination Rachmaninov: Departure. Now is not the time to miss the performance of this once-in-a-lifetime pianist!

“Few artists have burst onto the classical music scene in recent years with the incandescence of the pianist Daniil Trifonov.” — The New York Times
Artists

Daniil Trifonov, piano

Program

Beethoven Andante in F Major, WoO 57 (“Andante favori”)
Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 18 in E-flat Major, Op. 31, No. 3
Schumann Bunte Blätter, Op. 99
Schumann Presto passionato, WoO 5
— Intermission —
Prokofiev Piano Sonata No. 8 in B-flat Major, Op. 84