2011 CARAMOOR INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Katonah, NY 1 April 15, 2011
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2011 CARAMOOR INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
CHIEF EXECUTIVE AND GENERAL DIRECTOR MICHAEL BARRETT
PRESENTS THE 66TH ANNUAL SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL, JUNE 25 – AUGUST 10
15TH ANNUAL BEL CANTO AT CARAMOOR SERIES DIRECTED BY WILL CRUTCHFIELD
– Festival Opening Night offers Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore featuring GEORGIA JARMAN, ROBERT MCPHERSON, JORELL WILLIAMS, VANESSA CARIDDI, SCOTT BEARDEN and JASON PLOURDE
– Two performances of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell starring DANIEL MOBBS, JULIANNA DI GIACOMO, MICHAEL SPYRES, TALISE TREVIGNE, VANESSA CARIDDI, BRIAN DOWNEN and SCOTT BEARDEN
– BEL CANTO YOUNG ARTISTS sing Rossini rarities in an original program Sins of Youth, Sins of Age
A 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND CELEBRATION OF AMERICAN MUSIC
– From European art music to African spirituals, Music at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello offers a snapshot of two cultures living side-by-side at our third President’s historic estate.
– All-Day American Roots Music Festival includes DAVID GRISMAN FOLK JAZZ TRIO and OLLABELLE
– Independence Day Eve is celebrated with Pops, Patriots & Fireworks conducted by MICHAEL BARRETT
ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE’S
– JENNIFER KOH and ALISA WEILERSTEIN join ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE’S for Brahms’ Double Concerto conducted by PABLO HERAS-CASADO
– SARAH CHANG plays Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1 with ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE’S under DOUGLAS BOYD
RECITAL AND CHAMBER MUSIC HIGHLIGHTS
– A duo recital by ALISA WEILERSTEIN and GABRIEL KAHANE, featuring Kahane’s newest work, Little Sleep’s Head Sprouting Hair in the Moonlight
– “Mahler’s Vienna” with SASHA COOKE, PAUL APPLEBY, ERIN MORELY and KELLY MARKGRAF
– A two-concert celebration of Pulitzer Prize finalists with the MUSIC FROM COPLAND HOUSE ensemble
– NPR’s “From the Top” with CHRISTOPHER O’RILEY, live from the Venetian Theater
– JASPER STRING QUARTET premieres a Caramoor commission by composer ANDREW NORMAN
– EMERSON STRING QUARTET performs Haydn, Bartok, Schubert
– “Songbird of Wassoulou” OUMOU SANGARE and her band perform West African music and dance
– CAMERATA LATINA celebrates Brazilian Masters Pixinguinha, Antonio Carlos Jobim & Hermeto Pascoal
18TH ANNUAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
– JASON MORAN AND THE BANDWAGON, JOHN SCOFIELD TRIO, CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE BIG BAND, JOSHUA REDMAN’S JAMES FARM, FRED HERSCH & NICO GORI DUO, and LUCKY PETERSON, among others
KATONAH, NY – Michael Barrett, CEO and General Director of Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts,presents the lineup for the 2011 Caramoor International Music Festival, which opens on June 25 and offers enormous appeal to all audiences with a rich array of artists and repertoire from the worlds of classical, jazz, Latin, pop and American Roots music. The 66th season of this iconic summer festival – which is held annually at the Center’s distinguished 90-acre garden estate in Katonah, New York – will run from June 25 to August 10.
“I am looking forward with great anticipation to this coming summer season at Caramoor, which offers a world tour of music artistry that transcends genre, geography and even time,” says Barrett. “The 2011 festival showcases Caramoor as a unique outdoor venue with tremendous musical variety, performed at the highest level – whether you’re searching for an evening of operatic excitement, a chance to dance in the aisles to West African rhythms, or just a perfect spot to enjoy an afternoon musical picnic with the family.”
Opening Night/Bel Canto at Caramoor
Building on the extraordinary success of previous seasons, Caramoor’s Director of Opera Will Crutchfield marks the 15th season of the Bel Canto at Caramoor series with a vibrant presentation of HMS Pinafore by Gilbert & Sullivan for the festival’s Opening Night on June 25, featuring Georgia Jarman, Robert McPherson, Jorell Williams, Vanessa Cariddi, Scott Bearden and Jason Plourde. On July 9 and 15, Julianna Di Giacomo, Michael Spyres, Daniel Mobbs and Talise Trevigne are among the many artists who will take the stage of the Venetian Theater for the rarely-performed pinnacle of Rossini operas, Guillaume Tell (William Tell). Both operas will feature the Orchestra of St. Luke’s under the direction of Crutchfield.
Orchestra of St. Luke’s
The resident orchestra at Caramoor since it was formed there in 1979, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s concerts glitter with luminous soloists, classic repertoire, and a fresh approach to symphonic music. This season, the orchestra is joined by: violin superstar Sarah Chang, who will put her virtuosic stamp on Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 under the baton of conductor Douglas Boyd (July 16); violinist Jennifer Koh and cellist Alisa Weilerstein, appearing as guest soloists in the Brahms Double Concerto led by conductor Pablo Heras-Casado (July 30); and violinist Charles Yang, in an Independence Day Eve program featuring Henri Vieuxtemp’s “Yankee Doodle” variations.
Recitals and Chamber Music
The summer festival programs continue to provide a wide range of recital and chamber music offerings, which this season include a duo recital performance by Alisa Weilerstein and Gabriel Kahane on July 29. This unique program comprises Kahane’s original songs featuring piano, banjo, electric guitar, voice and loops; Britten’s Cello Suite No. 2; Bach’s Cello Suite No. 6 in D major; and Kahane’s newest work – written expressly for Weilerstein and the composer himself – Little Sleep’s Head Sprouting Hair in the Moonlight. This new work is a hybrid cello sonata/song cycle set to the eponymous poem by Galway Kinnell from his monumental work, The Book of Nightmares. On July 17, celebrated vocalists Sasha Cooke, Paul Appleby, Erin Morely and Kelly Markgrafwill sing of “Mahler’s Vienna” with pianists Michael Barrett, Ieva Jokubaviciute and David Moody. The program features Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes, and selections by Zemlinsky and Berg. On July 22 and 31, Caramoor presents Prizing the Pulitzer, a two-concert celebration of the geniuses nominated for this prestigious award. An impressive compilation of American masterworks – including music by Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Charles Ives, Samuel Barber, Paul Moravec and John Cage – will be performed by the Music from Copland House ensemble. In addition, this cultural touchstone of a program provides concertgoers an opportunity to attend pre- and post-concert discussions about the brilliant composers honored – and in some cases, controversially overlooked – by the prize. On June 26, acclaimed pianist and radio hostChristopher O’Riley is joined by a group of extraordinary young musicians in thrilling performances, interviews, and games, for a live broadcast recording of NPR’s “From the Top” in Caramoor’s Venetian Theater. The Jasper String Quartet returns for a second year as Caramoor’s Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence with a program of works by Schubert, Aaron Jay Kernis, and a world premiere by Andrew Norman (August 4), the veteranEmerson String Quartet performs the final quartets of Haydn, Bartok and Schubert (July 10), and theCaramoor Virtuosi play John Adams’ Shaker Loops, Schubert’s Trout Quintet, and Mozart’s String Quintet in D Major (July 8). Making their Caramoor recital debuts, pianist Claire Huangci offers a scintillating program of Scarlatti, Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Chopin and Tchaikovsky (July 28), and former Caramoor Rising Star Arnaud Sussmann teams up with 2010 Concert Artist Guild winner Michael Brown for an intricately powerful performance of works by Janacek, Suk, Debussy and Brahms (July 7). Twice this summer, concertgoers can enjoy peaceful music while surrounded by Caramoor’s beautiful lush gardens with Guitar in the Garden, a popular series that features the Beijing Guitar Duo (June 30) and Jason Vieaux (July 21) this season.
4th of July weekend celebrates America’s musical past, present and future
On Friday, July 1, Caramoor kicks off the holiday weekend by transporting audiences to the American revolutionary era with an original program entitled Thomas Jefferson’s Music at Monticello. Musicians Paul Woodiel, Robert Mealy, Mazz Swift-Camlet, Christoper Layer, Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton and Dennis James offer a snapshot of two cultures living side-by-side at the legendary Virginian estate of our nation’s third president – from the Mozart, Haydn, and Corelli heard in the salon, to the African spirituals heard in the slave quarters. Performances on the Glass Armonica, an instrument invented by Benjamin Franklin, will also be featured. Saturday, July 2, brings a day-long celebration of American Roots Music, featuring performances throughout the Caramoor grounds as families are invited to picnic and stroll the gardens; a new trio led by innovative mandolinist David Grisman, the soulfully unique Brooklyn-based group Ollabelle, and artists James Maddock, Brother Sun, Sweetback Sisters and Spuyten Duyvil will span the broad spectrum of fundamentally American music with bluegrass, country, blues, gospel and jazz inspired performances. On July 3, Michael Barrett takes the podium for the spectacular Pops, Patriots & Fireworks concert of festive American classics – including music by John Philip Sousa and Scott Joplin – followed by a fireworks display, creating a perfect holiday event for the whole family.
“This year’s festival presents an intrinsic theme of American music – from the halls of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, to a celebration of Pulitzer nods past and present, to new works by Andrew Norman and the stunningly original Gabriel Kahane,” says Barrett. “This central project, interspersed with some classic Beethoven, Bruch, Brahms, Rossini and Mahler, represents just a small taste of the classical fare we offer up this summer. The celebration crosses into multiple genres as well – we take great pride in the fact that Caramoor is recognized as one of the area’s most musically diverse festivals, offering something to suit every taste.”
The festival goes global in late July and early August, with Oumou Sangaré, “The Songbird of Wassoulou”, making her triumphant return to the Venetian Theater on July 23 with her band for a spectacular evening of music and dance from her vibrant West African homeland of Mali. The following afternoon, July 24, audiences will transport to Brazil with “Camerata Latina do Brasil: Celebrating 3 Brazilian Masters”– in this stimulating concert. flutist Marco Granados, pianist Jovino Santos Neto and vocalist Maucha Adnet pay homage to the music of Pixinguinha, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Hermeto Pascoal.
The first weekend of August, Caramoor echoes with jazz sounds as the annual weekend-long jazz festival welcomes the industry’s brightest new talents and celebrated chart-toppers, demonstrating the breadth and diversity of the state of the genre. On August 5, pianist Renee Roses and her quartet will perform in Caramoor’s intimate Spanish Courtyard. Saturday, August 6, brings a lineup of stellar musicians to the Venetian Theater, starting with Juan Carlos Formell’s “Johnny’s Dream Club”, followed by Joshua Redman’s latest projectJames Farm, and Lucky Peterson’s joyous, foot-tapping set of authentic blues. In the evening, virtuoso bassistChristian McBride brings his Big Band to heat up the theater as Saturday’s headliner. On Sunday, August 7, theRobert Glasper Trio, Edmar Castaneda Quartet, and Fred Hersch/Nico Gori Duo will kick off the afternoon, followed by legendary guitarist and innovator John Scofield with his trio. 2010 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow recipient Jason Moran brings his intrepid trio, The Bandwagon, to close out the 2011 Caramoor Jazz Festival.
Family-friendly offerings this summer include: Al Fresco Sundays, which allow audiences to enjoy the sounds of selected concerts from the lawn and picnic areas at Caramoor (July 10, 17, 24, 31); Dancing at Dusk, a series that offers families an opportunity to learn traditional tunes and dances of Ireland (June 29), Greece (July 13), Italy (July 17) and Brazil (August 10); and “Finding Your Way Through a Concert”, a new interactive program for families during which Family Program Designer Kate Kresek and the young group Kaleidoscope – the Teaching Artists Ensemble of the New York Philharmonic – will lead audiences on a unique musical adventure through the world of classical music (July 16).
Tickets for the 2011 Caramoor International Music Festival are on sale now. Order by calling the Box Office at 914.232.1252 or online at www.caramoor.org. Groups of 16 or more may purchase discounted tickets by contacting Matthew Scarella at 914.232.5035 ext. 252 or [email protected] (For opening night Gala tickets, including cocktail reception, dinner, concert, and post-concert dessert and dancing, email [email protected] or call 914.232.1492.)
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Caramoor is the legacy of Walter and Lucie Rosen, who built their summer home – now known as the historic Rosen House at Caramoor – and filled it with their treasures. Walter Rosen was the master planner for the Caramoor estate, bringing to reality his dream of creating a place to entertain friends from around the world. Their musical evenings were the seeds of today’s Caramoor International Music Festival. Realizing the pleasure their friends took in the beauty of Caramoor – the house with its art collection, the gardens, and the musical programs on summer evenings – in 1946 the Rosens established a public charity to open Caramoor to the community. Lucie Rosen survived her husband by seventeen years. During those years, she expanded the Music Festival: the Spanish Courtyard was used as a setting for musical events, as it is today, and, under her direction, the great stage of the Venetian Theater was built.
Caramoor is a performing arts center located on a unique 90-acre setting of Italianate architecture and gardens in Westchester County, NY. It enriches the lives of its audiences through innovative and diverse musical performances of the highest quality. Its mission also includes mentoring young professional musicians and providing educational programs for young children centered around music. It is often described as “a Garden of Great Music”, where audiences are invited to come early, explore the beautiful grounds, enjoy a pre-concert picnic, and discover beautiful music in the relaxed settings of the Venetian Theater, Spanish Courtyard, Music Room of the Rosen House, and the magnificent gardens.
With its unique heritage, Caramoor remains a place where magical summer days and nights are shared and enjoyed by thousands. “Caramoor is the loveliest Festival of them all.” – The New York Times
Concert Venues and Gardens
Concerts take place in two outdoor theaters: the 1714-seat, acoustically superb Venetian Theater and the more intimate, romantic Spanish Courtyard. Caramoor’s gardens are also well worth the visit and include nine unique perennial gardens. Among them are a Sense Circle for the visually handicapped, a Butterfly Garden, Tapestry Hedge, and Iris and Peony Garden, which may be enjoyed on one’s own or seen on a guided tour.
GETTING TO CARAMOOR
By car from the West Side of Manhattan and New Jersey, take the Saw Mill River Parkway north to Katonah. Exit at Route 35/Cross River. Turn right and, at the first traffic light, make a right turn onto Route 22 south. Travel 1.9 miles to the junction of Girdle Ridge Road. Follow the signs to Caramoor. (For detailed directions call 914.232.5035 and press 2, or online at www.caramoor.org). Parking at Caramoor is free.
By train, take the Harlem Division of the Metro-North Railroad to Katonah, New York. Taxi service from the station to Caramoor (5 minutes away) is available.
From Manhattan, take the Caramoor Caravan to Bel Canto at Caramoor opera performances on June 25, July 9 and July 15, and ride comfortably in a luxurious, air-conditioned coach. For information and reservations, call the Caramoor Box Office at 914.232.1252.
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Performances are made possible, in part, by
ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government.
Performances are made possible with public funds from the
New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
The 2011 International Music Festival is supported in part by
an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
CARAMOOR CENTER FOR MUSIC AND THE ARTS IS LOCATED AT
149 GIRDLE RIDGE ROAD, KATONAH, NEW YORK.
ALL PROGRAMS AND ARTISTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE