460 Results for “Archive”

World-renowned jazz pianist and composer Brad Mehldau brings an intimate solo piano concert to the Music Room this spring. An improviser first and foremost, he greatly cherishes the surprise and wonder that can occur from a spontaneous musical idea that is expressed directly, in real time. But he also has a deep fascination for the formal architecture of music, and it informs everything he plays. The two sides of Mehldau’s personality — the improviser and the formalist — play off each other, and the effect is often something like controlled chaos.

“Mehldau is the most influential jazz pianist of the last 20 years.” — The New York Times

Brad Mehldau, piano

Della Mae is a Grammy-nominated, Nashville-based all-female string band. Their mission: to make great music and showcase top female musicians, while helping to improve opportunities for women and girls through advocacy, mentorship, programming, and performance. With a musical approach that’s steeped in tradition yet firmly rooted in the present, they have a completely original style that blends years of experience with traditional mountain music and modern singer-songwriter sensibilities.

“Kentucky bluegrass vibes and the old school country aesthetic with some of the best harmonizing you can imagine.” — Refinery29

Della Mae

We welcome back composer/conductor Rob Kapilow for another installment of his “What Makes It Great” series. Our 2019-20 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence joins him to delve into Beethoven’s Quartet in F Major, Op.18, No. 1. During the program, Kapilow will deconstruct, slow down, and reassemble Beethoven’s masterwork, one of his earliest compositions for the medium, followed by a complete performance and a Q&A session with all the artists.

“Because Kapilow is so good at what he does, knowledge about how music actually works, how it is put together — as opposed to dry facts about composers’ lives — doesn’t fly away with the whirlwind, but instead lodges in the memory, where they can grow.” — Boston Globe

Rob Kapilow

Thalea String Quartet
Christopher Whitley, violin
Kumiko Sakamoto, violin
Luis Bellorín, viola
Titilayo Ayangade, cello


Beethoven String Quartet in F Major, Op.18, No. 1

Join us for Caramoor’s annual Cabaret in the Music Room Benefit Concert. Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes makes her Caramoor debut alongside Tony Award winner, Santino Fontana who is returning to Caramoor for an effervescent evening celebrating The Great American Songbook. After the performance, enjoy a champagne reception in the Formal Dining Room with the artists.

Tickets begin at $75 and all but $30 of each benefit ticket is tax-deductible, as provided by law. For more information and to reserve your seats, contact our Special Events office: events@caramoor.org | 914.232.1492

Tickets will be available for pick up on the night of the event. If you require accessible seating, please contact the Special Events office.

Caramoor thanks The Adela and Lawrence Elow Fund for The Great American Songbook: 1900 to 1960 for preserving and sustaining classic American songs through live performances.


Laura Osnes
Santino Fontana

A noted polymath, British-born Stephen Hough is distinguished as one of the greatest classical pianists of our time. While also mastering writing, painting, and composing, he has released over 50 albums and received a multitude of awards including four Grammy-award nominations, eight Gramophone awards, and the prestigious Diapason d’Or de l’Année. He was the first classical musician to win a MacArthur grant and The Guardian praised him for displaying “the most perfect piano playing conceivable.” In this program including one of his own compositions, Stephen Hough combines greatly lauded and powerful works for a passioned and skilled performance.

“Every note and line he played gave the impression of purpose, that Hough had found musical insight and personal meaning in every moment of the score. His approach was not just intellectual but emotional, with uncommon freshness and fire.” — New York Classical Review

Stephen Hough, piano


Bach Chaconne from Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor (arr. Busoni)
Busoni Berceuse
Chopin Piano Sonata in B-flat Minor, Op. 35
Stephen Hough Sonata for Piano No. 4 (“Vida Breve”)
Liszt Funérailles; Mephisto Waltz No. 4 (Bagatelle without tonality); Mephisto Waltz No. 1

A classically trained pianist and composer, Aaron Diehl has made an indelible mark on the jazz world over the last 15 years. He has established himself as one of the preeminent interpreters of the Great American Songbook with his trio and as musical director and arranger for the remarkable vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, with whom he’s appeared at Caramoor. In fact, he actually made one of his first solo appearances at Caramoor in 2008, a concert which was recorded and resulted in his first album, “Live at Caramoor.” His “melodic precision, harmonic erudition, and elegant restraint” (The New York Times) will be on display as he explores new interpretations of jazz standards and his own works.

“It’s hard to imagine that Gershwin would not have been impressed. The audience was: It gave Mr. Diehl an enthusiastic ovation. He must be invited back.” — The New York Times

Aaron Diehl, piano

“The transparent textures of the songs, coupled with the players’ exquisite sensitivity, allowed the sublime melodies to shine forth” — Steve Osborn, San Francisco Classical Voice

Miró Quartet


Mozart String Quartet in B-flat Major, K. 458, “Hunt”
Beethoven String Quartet No. 11 in F Minor, Op. 95, “Serioso”
Schubert String Quartet in D Minor, D. 810, “Death and the Maiden”

Caramoor dedicates this concert to the memory of Helen-Mae Askin Knafel.

With music by Rachmaninoff, Bernstein, Tom Lehrer, John Musto, and many others, this program will feature four young singers and a pianist selected by Artistic Director Steven Blier for a weeklong residency at Caramoor. Assisted by Michael Barrett, Associate Director of the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS), and developed in conjunction with NYFOS, the week will include daily coaching, rehearsals and workshops, and culminate in this Music Room performance exploring the wealth and breadth of song repertoire.


Schwab Vocal Rising Stars
Elaine Daiber, soprano
Siena Miller, mezzo-soprano
Terrence Chin-Loy, tenor
Thomas West, baritone

Steven Blier, Artistic Director


Oceanside in the Summer
Debussy En bateau
Montsalvatge Canço amorosa
Toldrà Canço de grumet
Toldrà Maig
Tosti Marechiare

Warlock Sleep
Rachmaninoff Son

Léhar Schön wie die blaue Sommernacht
Leoncavallo Sérénade napolitaine

Party Time
Rossini Toast pour le nouvel an

— Intermission —

The Down-low
Jonathan Dove Between your sheets
Bernstein It’s gotta be bad to be good
The Kinks Lola

Guilty Pleasures
Tom Lehrer Poisoning Pigeons in the Park
Leiber and Stoller Humphrey Bogart
Kahane Opera Scene

Rob Schwimmer Holding You in My Arms

Strass Freundliche Vision
Michael John Lachiusa Heaven
Traditional How Can I Keep From Singing (arr. David Krane)

This all-female vocal trio brings to Caramoor the wondrous sounds of medieval chant and polyphony. Join us for a holiday program of music from the British Isles, featuring beloved English medieval and Renaissance carols, including There is No Rose, A Virgin Unspotted, and Green Groweth the Holly (attributed to Henry VIII). Also included are new arrangements of some old favorites, including In the Bleak Midwinter, O Little Town of Bethlehem, and The Holly and the Ivy. The program will include new settings of medieval texts, including a commission by acclaimed British composer Andrew Lovett, Winter Wakeneth, as well as the premiere of a setting by Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek of the beloved Medieval poem There is no Rose, sung in Sean Nos style to the tune of an ancient Irish folk-ballad, The Lamentations of Deidre. The Rosen House, splendidly decorated for the holidays, will be open for self-guided tours between the two performances.

“(they) sang exquisitely together, their voices so tightly intertwined that they often sounded as one clear strand…..an evening of gloriously clear voices singing exquisitely wrought music spanning centuries.” — Steven Pisano, Feastofmusic.com

ModernMedieval Voices

We will have a Toys 4 Tots drop off in the Summer Dining Room. If you would like to spread cheer and hope to a less-fortunate family, please bring a new, unwrapped toy.

We welcome the Thalea String Quartet as our 2019–20 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence for their first concert in the Music Room. Formed in 2014 at the Zephyr International Chamber Music Festival in Courmayeur, Italy, the Thalea String Quartet has been praised for their “vibrant performance” and “sincere expressivity” (SF Classical Voice). The members of the Thalea String Quartet are dedicated educators and bring their commitment to teaching and community engagement to their frequent educational and community performances.

“Hearing the Thalea Quartet makes me feel very happy and gives me hope for the future. They are great ambassadors for music.” — David Harrington, Kronos Quartet

“I have been deeply impressed by Michelle Cann’s playing, its fine musical intelligence and emotional depth. She has the eloquence and authority of a born performer.” — Richard Goode


Thalea String Quartet
Christopher Whitley, violin
Kumiko Sakamoto, violin
Luis Bellorín, viola
Titilayo Ayangade, cello

Michelle Cann, piano
Desmond Bratton, double bass


Copland Movement for String Quartet
Price Folk Songs in Counterpoint
Price Piano Concerto in D Major (arranged for sextet by Boris Vayner)
Beethoven String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor, Op. 59, No. 2, “Razumovsky”