Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts Presents Chamber Talk with Max Mandel: Calidore String Quartet


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Katonah, NY – (October 14, 2014) – Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts will continue Chamber Talks, hosted by Max Mandel, in the Music Room of the Rosen House. On Tuesday, November 11 at 7:00pm, Mandel, a violist as well as a lecturer and alumnus of Caramoor’s influential mentoring program Evnin Rising Stars, will discuss the unique qualities of chamber music with a focus on Beethoven in “Ludwig, I Am Your Father,” with the Calidore String Quartet. The Calidores, Caramoor’s 2014-2015 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence, is composed of violinists Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violist Jeremy Berry, and cellist Estelle Choi. They will play a musical selection? in preparation for their November 16 program, which includes works by Haydn, Hindemith, and Beethoven and will take place at 8:00pm. The Chamber Talk as well as the November 16 concert will take place in the Music Room of the Rosen House.

Tickets for Chamber Talks are $15 and $25. To purchase tickets, call 914.232.1252, or visit

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PROGRAM for the Calidore String Quartet
Calidore String Quartet
Jeffrey Myers (violin), Ryan Meehan (violin), Jeremy Berry (viola), and Estelle Choi (cello)
Saturday, November 16 at 8:00 pm
Haydn                         Quartet in D, Op. 20, No. 4
Hindemith                  Quartet No. 4, Op. 22
Beethoven                   Quartet in e, Op. 59, No. 2


The Canadian violist Max Mandel’s current group affiliations include the Flux Quartet, Caramoor’s Edward Arron & Friends, the Silk Road Ensemble, the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert, the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, the Kirby String Quartet, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, Class Notes, The Knights, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and I Furiosi Baroque Ensemble. Early formative experiences included founding the Metro String Quartet, which helped forge his dedication to chamber music through collaboration with his colleagues and teachers such as Lorand Fenyves at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and especially the Banff Center for the Arts. Private studies at the University of Toronto and The Juilliard School were with Steven Dann and Samuel Rhodes. He plays a 1973 Giovanni Battista Morassi generously lent to him by Lesley Robertson of the St. Lawrence Quartet. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Described as “four highly intelligent, deeply sensitive virtuosos” (Strings Magazine) the Calidore String Quartet has established itself an international reputation for its informed, polished, and captivating performances. Formed at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles in 2010, The Calidore has already made debuts in such prestigious festivals as Verbier, Ravinia, and the Schneider Concert Series (NYC) and is a featured “Young Artist-in-Residence” on  American Public Media’s “Performance Today.”

Most recently, the Calidore String Quartet was appointed as Quartet-in-Residence at Stony Brook University for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 academic years, a position that includes performances, outreach, and collaboration and  mentorship from the Emerson String Quartet and David Finckel. In addition to their residency at Stony Brook, highlights of the 2014-2015 season include performances at Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, the Phillips Collection, Shriver Hall, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and a year-longresidency at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts as the 2014-2015 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence.


Caramoor is a performing arts center located on a unique 90-acre setting of Mediterranean Revival 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 to explore the beautiful grounds, tour the historic Rosen House, and discover beautiful music in the relaxed settings of the Venetian Theater, Spanish Courtyard, Music Room of the Rosen House, and the magnificent gardens. Caramoor’s gardens, also used for concerts, are also well worth the visit and include nine unique perennial gardens.  Among them are a Sense Circle for the visually handicapped, the Sunken Garden, a Butterfly Garden, the Tapestry Hedge, and the Iris and Peony Garden.

To learn more, visit


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 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.

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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.

Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts is located at 149 Girdle Ridge RD, Katonah, NY


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