2013 Fall Festival

Contact: Lois Cohn Associates
October 4 opens with The Chuchito Valdés Trio and the Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Edmar Castañeda Duo
October 5 features the highly-acclaimed orchestra, The Knights, and the New York premiere of Concerto for Santur and Violin

KATONAH, NY – Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts presents the 2013 Fall Festival, on October 4th and 5th, with back-to-back evenings of concerts. The Festival kicks off on Friday, October 4th at 8 p.m. in the Spanish Courtyard with Jazz in the Courtyard: Sonidos Latinos. The “hot Havana night” begins with the dynamic Chuchito Valdés Trio. Mr. Valdés, a returning favorite who has built a name for himself grounded in heat, force, and explosive Cuban musical traditions, will be joined by drummer Rafael Monteagudo and clarinetistJason W. Marshall. The double-bill continues with Colombian harpist Edmar Castañeda, and Cuban pianistGonzalo Rubalcaba – a Grammy® Award-winning musician with “almost supernatural abilities” (The New York Times). This percussive duo will deliver a new wave of Latin colors with its unusual blend of electric harp and acoustic grand piano.

On Saturday, October 5th, prior to the performance, Honorary Event Chair Richard Gere and Caramoor invite guests to join them at the Harvest Dinner; a benefit for music and culture. The evening begins with cocktails at 5:30pm, followed by a special dinner prepared by Bedford Post’s Executive Chef Jeremy McMillan at 6:15pm.

At 8 p.m. in the Venetian Theater, The Knights return to Caramoor for their first appearance since the Caramoor Fall Festival of 2010. The program revisits the concept of the concerto grosso, from the elegant counterpoint of J.S. Bach to the New York Premiere of Concerto for Santur and Violin by violinist/composer Colin Jacobsen and fellow Silk Road Ensemble member virtuoso Siamak Aghaei. Opening with a piece by Steve Reich, the orchestra will juxtapose Dumbarton Oaks—Igor Stravinsky’s homage to Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3—with works by Bach and Haydn that inspired Stravinsky. The Knights’ unique style of diverse programming concludes with …the ground beneath our feet – a fusion of Baroque counterpoint and “modern” Brooklyn, composed by The Knights, combining a party atmosphere with the repeated bass line of the chaconne, a tradition that dates back to the 17th century.

October 4
Jazz in the Courtyard: Sonidos Latinos: $25, $35, $45

October 5
Harvest Dinner: $425 per ticket (includes concert ticket)
The Knights: $15, $22.50, $35, $47.50, $62.50

Concert tickets are currently on sale and may be purchased at the Caramoor Box Office, 914.232.1252 or ordered online at www.caramoor.org. Groups of 16 or more may purchase discounted tickets by contacting Matthew Scarella at 914.232.5035 ext. 266 or matthew@caramoor.org. For information about the Harvest Dinner benefit, please email events@caramoor.org or call 914.232.1492
PRESS CONTACT: For press tickets, artist bios and/or images, please contact Brittnee Walker: 412.601.2474, bwalker@lcohnpr.com


October 4 – Jazz in the Courtyard: Sonidos Latinos
Born and raised in Havana, Cuba, pianist, composer, and arranger Jesus “Chuchito” Valdés, Jr. is the third-generation manifestation of a Cuban jazz piano dynasty that includes his father, Chucho Valdés, and grandfather, Bebo Valdés. In the mid-’80s Valdés was a member of the Cuban jazz combo Sonido Contemporáneo, and by the late ’90s he had taken his father’s spot in the renowned Irakere band when the elder Valdés opted to go solo. Eventually Chuchito followed suit, leading his own band and touring behind his fiery brand of Afro-Cuban jazz. He released a debut album, Encantado, in 2002 on Town Crier Records, following it with La Timba in 2002 andHerencia in 2004, both on J&N Records, and Keys of Latin Jazz in 2007 from Sony BMG International. Valdés continues to tour and record, making his home in Cancun, Mexico.

Gonzalo Rubalaca is a conservatory-trained Cuban jazz pianist and composer from Havana. He’s earned 15 Grammy nominations and won two Grammy Awards for his ravishing collaborations with Haden on Verve,Nocturne and Land of the Sun, and two Latin Grammy Awards for Solo and Supernova (both on Blue Note).

Edmar Castañeda has gained recognition as a composer. However, his acclaimed performing career as a harpist has included features at Paquito D’Rivera’s Carnegie Hall tribute, The DC Jazz Festival (formerly the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival), Jazz at Lincoln Center, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, the 10th annual World Harp Congress and numerous dates with artists such as Paquito D’Rivera, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, John Scofield, Chico O’Farrill’s Afro-Cuban Jazz Big Band and John Patitucci.

October 5 – The Knights
The Knights, led by composers and brothers Colin and Eric Jacobson, are an orchestral collective, flexible in size and repertory, dedicated to transforming the concert experience. Members of the New York-based ensemble are soloists, composers, improvisers, arrangers, and, above all, collaborators. Together, they create music that transcends boundaries. The 2012-13 season began with a return to the Ravinia Festival, where the orchestra joined classical music superstars Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and soprano Dawn Upshaw. Other season highlights for The Knights included the release of an all-Beethoven disc for SONY Classical, and a US tour with pipa virtuoso Wu Man in February.

Siamak Aghaei was born in Ahwaz. At the age of eight he began his musical studies on the santur in The Organization of Preservation and Publication of Iranian Traditional Music. He received a degree in music from the University of Tehran and resides in Tehran where he is active as a teacher in his school of Iranian Santur and also teaches the “Persian classical repertoire (Radif)” and “the basics of Iranian music” in the University of Tehran. Some of his recent commissions, which include traditional Persian works and music written for Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project such as Where The Wind Will Take Us are promising to bring Persian classical music to a wider international audience.
October 4 Jazz in the Courtyard
Friday, 8 p.m. Sonidos Latinos
Spanish Courtyard Chuchito Valdés Trio
Chuchito Valdés, piano
Rafael Monteagudo, drums
Jason W. Marshall, clarinet
Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Edmar Castañeda Duo
Gonzalo Rubalcaba, piano
Edmar Castañeda, Colombian harp
October 5 The Knights
Saturday, 8 p.m. Reich, Duet for Two Violins and String Ensemble
Venetian Theate Bach, Concerto for Violin and Oboe in c, BWV 1060
Haydn, Symphony No. 8 in G (Le Soir)
Stravinsky, Concerto in E-flat (Dumbarton Oaks)
Jacobsen/Aghaei, Concerto for Santur and Violin (New York Premiere)
Siamak Aghaei, santur
The Knights, …the ground beneath our feet
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. 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. The 2013 Fall Festival concerts take place in two venues; the outdoor, 1714-seat, acoustically superb Venetian Theater and the Spanish Courtyard.

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.
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 2013 Summer Music Festival is supported in part by
an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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