Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts Presents Chamber Talks with Max Mandel


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Tuesday, October 21 at 7:00 PM
Tuesday, November 11 at 7:00 PM

Katonah, NY – (October 1, 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, October 21 at 7 PM, Max, a violist as well as a lecturer and an alumnus of Caramoor’s influential mentoring program Evnin Rising Stars will discuss the transition from student to professional musician in Crossing the Threshold: Evnin Rising Stars. The lecture will focus on the role of mentorship in the classical tradition and how it impacts musicians and composers, using Brahms and his relationships with Clara and Robert Schumann as a prime example. Distinguished Artist and mentor Leon Fleisher and

participating Evnin Rising Stars will rehearse the Brahms Piano Quintet in F minor in preparation for their concert in the Music Room on Saturday, October 25 at 8pm.  The lecture will include a question and answer session with Evnin

Rising Stars participants and Distinguished Artists Pamela Frank and Shmuel Ashkenasi.  The Evnin Rising Stars will then present two programs of different repertoire in the Music Room on Saturday, October 25 at 8PM and Sunday October 26 at 4 PM.

The next Chamber Talk, on Tuesday, November 11 at 7 PM, will focus on Haydn and Beethoven’s contrasting paths to greatness, Max will be joined in conversation and musical demonstration by the Calidore Quartet, prior to their November 16th concert in the Music Room.


Tickets for Chamber Talks are $15; $5 for students. To purchase tickets, call 914.232.1252, or visit


For press tickets, please contact Lois Cohn Associates: Christine Keeler, 954.856.1372 or [email protected].


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.


Legendary pianist Leon Fleisher represents the highest standard of musicianship and, at 85 years young, he continues to impart his life-affirming artistry throughout the world, thriving in a sustained career as conductor and soloist, recitalist, chamber music artist, and master class mentor. A recipient of numerous honors and awards, Mr. Fleisher received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors in 2007. In 2006, he was the subject of the 2006 Oscar and Emmy-nominated documentary film Two Hands. His recent memoir, My Nine Lives: A Memoir of Many Careers in Music, which he co-wrote with Washington Post music critic Anne Midgette, is published by Doubleday. Most recently, Baltimore philanthropists Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker established the Leon Fleisher Scholars Fund for piano students at the Peabody Conservatory, an endowment of over $1,000,000.


Caramoor is a performing arts center located on a unique 90-acre setting ofMediterranean 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 4, or online at Parking at Caramoor is free.

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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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