3 Pieces to Debut at Caramoor Summer Festival

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.

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If Peter Oundjian has a baton, he will travel

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

Dialogues Coach

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

And Yet My Heart Still Swells: An Interview with Eric Michael Gillett

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