Originally Published by The New York Times
By Phillip Lutz
Over the years, the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah has opened its summer stage early, and often, to notable premieres, from the American debut of Benjamin Britten’s trilogy of operatic church parables in the 1960s to the inaugural performance of David Ludwig’s “String Quartet No. 1: Pale Blue Dot” last year.
But this year’s summer festival, the 70th, promises to rank with the best. It will feature three world premieres, a diverse and reflective lot that includes an orchestral divertimento by Christopher Theofanidis and string quartets by Aaron Jay Kernis and Patrick Harlin — all works by Americans whose aesthetics capture a sense of both tradition and innovation.
Originally published by WAG
By Georgette Gouveia
He had carved out a distinguished career as the first violinist of the acclaimed Tokyo String Quartet. But focal dystonia, a repetitive stress condition, in his left hand increasingly hampered the intricate motor skills needed to finger the violin. Read more
Originally published in Opera News
Francis Poulenc’s twentieth-century take on French Revolution tyranny is a far cry from Caramoor’s bel canto bailiwick, but Will Crutchfield is adding it to the festival’s repertory. ALAN KOZINN finds out why. Read more
by William Robin
This summer, composer, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Kahane returns to Caramoor for his third appearance at the festival. Read more
Now celebrating its 70th anniversary season, this summer Caramoor presents two operas composed more than a century apart, yet linked both thematically and in their emphasis on vocal beauty.
Award-winning vocalist, actor, director, and former ring leader Eric Michael Gillett is infusing the work of Lorenz Hart with deeply personal meaning. Learn why this year’s Cabaret in the Music Room balladeer connects so sincerely with the emotive lyricist and how chance has influenced Gillett’s work both inside the ring and on the stage, then hear him live at Caramoor. Read more
Originally Published on No Depression
By Easy Ed
As I was getting ready to go out the other night, my teenage son was doing the same. With his Spotify playlist blasting through the computer speakers, I heard a Patti Smith song and paused to tell him the story about the time I was on my way to an Elvis Presley concert back in 1975. I stopped by a party celebrating Patti’s debut album. Just for a minute or two. A quick drink. Going to hear the King. I heard a scream. I watched as Patti crawled across the club floor, up the stairs to the stage, and just screamed again while laying on her back. Then the music started. It was the darnedest thing. I stayed.
Caramoor joins the musical world in mourning the loss of Andrew Porter, whose work as a critic, translator, librettist, teacher, and scholar enriched musical life for more than six decades. Read more
March has been a busy month at Caramoor: our 70th anniversary summer season was announced a few weeks ago, publicity around our new collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center has been building, and – on top of everything – we launched Caramoor@Waveny, a new initiative in New Canaan, CT. Read more
Chelsea Morris, soprano, joined the 2015 Schwab Vocal Rising Stars for their week-long residency and concluding performance at Caramoor. Read more