Caramoor Presents Caramoor Virtuosi

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Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts Presents:
“Have You Heard These?” Caramoor Virtuosi
June 28 at 8:00pm in the Spanish Courtyard

Katonah, NY – On Friday, June 28 at 8:00 PM in the Spanish Courtyard, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts presents Caramoor Virtuosi: “Have You Heard These?” Artistic Director Edward Arron has chosen three rarely-encountered pieces, including Cherubini’s Pater Noster for solo violin and string quintet, Enescu’s Octet for strings in C, and Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata for two violins, viola and two cellos. The artists set to perform include Edward Arron, (cello), Jennifer Frautschi (violin), Laura Frautschi (violin), Arnaud Sussmann(violin), Jesse Mills (violin), Nicholas Cords (viola), Max Mandel (viola), and Sophie Shao (cello).
Tickets for Caramoor Virtuosi are $20.00, $30.00 and $40.00. To order tickets, call the Box Office at 914.232.1252 or visit Groups of 16 or more may purchase discounted tickets by contacting Matthew Scarella at 914.232.5035 ext. 252 or [email protected]
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Caramoor Virtuosi
Friday, June 28
8:00pm in the Spanish Courtyard
Tickets: $20.00, $30.00 and $40.00
Jennifer Frautschi, Laura Frautschi, Arnaud Sussmann, Jesse Mills (violin)
Nicholas Cords, Max Mandel (viola)
Edward Arron (cello)
Cherubini Pater Noster for Solo Violin and String Quintet
Enescu Octet for Strings in C, Op. 7
Beethoven (arr. unknown) Kreutzer Sonata, for Two Violins, Viola and Two Cellos
Cellist Edward Arron made his New York recital debut in 2000 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Earlier that year, he performed Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Cellos with Yo-Yo Ma and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s at the Opening Night Gala of the Caramoor International Music? Festival. Since that time, Mr. Arron has appeared in recital, as a soloist with orchestra, and as a chamber musician throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. The 2012-2013 season marked Mr. Arron’s 10th anniversary season as the artistic director of the Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert, a chamber music series created in 2003 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Museum’s prestigious Concerts and Lectures series. In the fall of 2009, Mr. Arron succeeded Charles Wadsworth as the artistic director, host, and resident performer of the Musical Masterworks concert series in Old Lyme, Connecticut, as well as a concert series in Beaufort and Columbia, South Carolina. Past summer festival appearances include Ravinia, Salzburg, Mostly Mozart, BRAVO! Colorado, Tanglewood, Bridgehampton, Spoleto USA, Santa Fe, Seattle Chamber Music, Bard Music Festival, Seoul Spring, Great Mountains, and Isaac Stern’s Jerusalem Chamber Music Encounters. Mr. Arron has participated in the Silk Road Project and has toured and recorded as a member of MOSAIC, an ensemble dedicated to contemporary music.

Violinist Jennifer Frautschi is an Avery Fischer Career Grant winner who has received acclaim as an adventurous performer with a wide-ranging repertoire. Equally at home in the classic repertoire as well as twentieth and twenty-first century works, she has created a sensation with appearances as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Ravinia Festival, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Wigmore Hall and Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. She has also soloed in recent seasons with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Kansas City Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, San Diego Symphony, and Seattle Symphony, and toured the United States with the Czech Symphony Orchestra. Born in Pasadena, California, Ms. Frautschi began playing the violin at age three and was a student of Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles. She subsequently attended Harvard, the New England Conservatory of Music, and The Juilliard School, where she studied with Robert Mann.

Violinist Laura Frautschi has established a reputation as a versatile musician with a strong commitment to contemporary as well as classical repertoire. She regularly performs as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Asia, and collaborates frequently with living composers. She has given world premieres of violin concerti by leading American composers Lee Hyla and Augusta Read Thomas Her recent chamber music activities include appearances at the Caramoor International Festival, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Wellesley Composers Conference, Moab and St. Bart’s Music Festivals. In addition, she is a concertmaster of the New York City Opera Orchestra, and has toured internationally as a concertmaster of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Frautschi’s has also recorded numerous CDs and DVDs and tours frequently with her piano trio Intersection. Laura Frautschi studied applied mathematics at Harvard College and violin performance with Robert Mann at The Juilliard School.

Winner of a 2009 Avery Fisher Career Grant, violinist Arnaud Sussmann is a multi-faceted and compelling artist who has performed as soloist throughout the United States, Central America, Europe, and Asia. He has appeared with the New York Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony, Stamford Symphony, Orchestre des Pays de la Loire, El Salvador National Symphony Orchestra, and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. He was invited to join the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two for the 2006-2009 seasons and continues to appear with CMS both in New York and on tour. Recent engagements include a tour of Israel, a recital at the Dresden Music Festival, and a performance with CMS at the Wigmore Hall in London. Sussman is a winner of several international competitions including the Hudson Valley Philharmonic String Competition, the Andrea Postacchini Competition, and the Vatelot/Rampal Competition. Mr. Sussmann has recently recorded works of Beethoven and Dvorák with CMS artistic directors David Finckel and Wu Han. Arnaud studied with Boris Garlitsky and Itzhak Perlman.

Two-time Grammy nominated violinist Jesse Mills made his professional concerto debut with the Ravinia Festival Orchestra conducted by Nicholas McGegan in a unique partnership with Salsa trombonist, Jimmy Bosch. This project combined a classical performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, with Mills as violin soloist, and a Salsa band arrangement of the same piece, fronted by Bosch and Mills as improvising soloists. His successful performance at Ravinia led to bookings with the Phoenix Symphony, the Colorado Symphony and the Green Bay Symphony. Mills is known as a pioneer of contemporary works, a renowned improvisational artist, as well as a composer. In past years Mills has performed as soloist with orchestras including the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, the Denver Philharmonic, the Teatro Argentino Orchestra in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and the Aspen Music Festival’s Sinfonia Orchestra as winner of the Festival’s E. Nakamichi Violin Concerto Competition.

Violist Nicholas Cords has appeared as a soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the New York String Seminar Orchestra. Cords is strongly committed to the advocacy and performance of music from a very broad historic and geographical spectrum. He is a regular member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, a musical collective that uses the ancient Silk Road trading route as a metaphor for musical exchange and creativity in the present. The group has not only traveled around the United States and Europe, but to China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, India, Egypt, Iran, Syria and a number of the Central Asian Republics as well. Cords is also a founding member of Brooklyn Rider: a genre-defying string quartet dedicated to creative programming of repertoire both new and old ( The group has collaborated with composers all over the globe, as well as with Irish fiddler Martin Hayes, Persian kemancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor, Japanese shakuhachi player Kojiro Umezaki, banjo phenomenon Bela Fleck, and songstress Suzanne Vega, to name a few.

Canadian violist Max Mandel, member of New York’s pioneering avant-garde ensemble the FLUX Quartet and founding member of The Knights, a chamber orchestra based in NYC, is one of the most acclaimed and versatile musicians of his generation. Mandel’s other group affiliations include Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, The Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert, The Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, The Smithsonian Chamber Players, The Caramoor Virtuosi, Blarvuster, ClassNotes and I Furiosi Baroque Ensemble. Mandel has been Guest Principal of The Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Camerata Bern (Switzerland), Camerata Nordica (Sweden) and The Canadian Opera Company Orchestra. Next season he will make his solo debut with the Heartland Symphony Orchestra and also appear as Principal Viola with The Orchestra of The Age of Enlightenment. He resides in Brooklyn, NY.

At the age of nineteen, cellist Sophie Shao received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, and has since performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Winner of top prizes at the Rostropovich and Tchaikovsky competitions, the New York Times has applauded her “eloquent, powerful” interpretations of repertoire ranging from Bach and Beethoven to Crumb. Highlights of this season includes a thirteen-city tour with Keith Lockhart and the BBC Concert Orchestra in performances of the Elgar and Haydn (C Major) concerti, recitals across the country, and her popular “Sophie Shao and Friends” tour of the Northeast. A native of Houston, Texas, Ms. Shao began playing the cello at age six and was a student of Shirley Trepel, former principal cellist of the Houston Symphony.
The Caramoor Virtuosi joyously embody the musical spirit of Caramoor, fostering the intimacy and immediacy of chamber music, cultivating collaborative music-making, and creatively engaging audiences in the shared excitement of musical performance.

Formed in 1999, they are a fellowship of adventurous musicians who trained at Caramoor as young artists, have since built successful professional careers, and now return to Caramoor throughout the year for performances and residency activities. Led by cellist Edward Arron, Artistic Director of the Caramoor Virtuosi, this extraordinarily accomplished group of artists seeks to expand the chamber concert experience with diverse, challenging, and engaging programming. Virtuosi concerts are enhanced by the unique atmosphere of camaraderie, fun, and fulfillment that has evolved through long personal and musical relationships, while the inclusion of young graduates of the Rising Stars program assures that the great collective performance tradition, nurtured at Caramoor, is handed on to each generation.

According to Edward Arron, Artistic Director of the Caramoor Virtuosi, “Each Caramoor experience is memorable. The musicians establish relationships, even if only for a week, and a chemistry develops. Caramoor is unique in that the Rising Stars and Virtuosi programs have created an association among musicians that’s especially long lasting. The number of musicians who consider Caramoor to be their musical home grows each year. Each year we see familiar faces combined with newer talents; each year the combination changes, creating a different chemistry every season.”
“We built a home, my husband and I, not to be old or new, just to be beautiful. And we built it for music.” ~ Lucie Rosen

Caramoor, the country estate of Walter and Lucie Rosen, was where they built their home and filled it with treasures. Enjoying the pleasure their friends took in the beauty of Caramoor with its art collection, gardens, and musical programs, in 1946 the Rosens established a public trust to open Caramoor to the community. Their musical evenings were the inspiration for the Caramoor Summer Music Festival, now in its sixty-eighth year, and the ongoing Music in the Rosen House series.

Since its founding, Caramoor has gained international renown as a cultural institution, presenting music of all types and inspiring artists and audiences alike.

Caramoor enriches the lives of its audiences through intimate, innovative and diverse musical performances of the highest quality. Education is a valued component of Caramoor’s mission, and Caramoor offers programs for the mentoring of young professional musicians as well as curriculum-based programs for school children emphasizing music, history and visual and decorative arts. Caramoor is often described as “a Garden of Great Music,” where audiences are invited to explore the beautiful grounds and gardens, discover the fascinating collection of period rooms and antiquities in the Rosen House, and enjoy beautiful music in the Music Room, Spanish Courtyard and Venetian theater.

Concert Venues and Gardens
Summer concerts take place in two outdoor theaters: the 1,714-seat, acoustically superb Venetian Theater and the more intimate, romantic 558-seat Spanish Courtyard. In the fall and winter all concerts are presented in the magnificent Music Room in the Rosen House. 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.

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.

Performances are made possible, in part, by ArtsWestchester with funds
from Westchester County Government.
Performances are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of
Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
The 2013 International Music Festival is supported in part by
an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.