An Evening of Wine

An Evening of Wine

A Benefit for Caramoor's Education Programs

Sat, May 18, 2019, 6:00pm


This intimate evening is an annual celebration supporting Caramoor’s Arts-in-Education programs for grade-school children. It offers fabulous food, each year prepared by a different guest chef, paired with rare wines from the area’s best private cellars.

In 2019, we take you across Europe aboard the luxurious Orient Express through wine, food, and song. Enjoy the elegance of the Golden Age of travel without leaving the Rosen House.

Performance and Guest Chef

Eric Jacobsen and friends perform a pan-European set in sync with the dishes prepared by James Beard nominated chef and music lover Jesse Schenker.

Silent Auction

The evening also includes a Silent Auction of rare vintages and bottles from unique wineries.
Benefit Co-chairs: James A. Attwood, Jr. & Peter Kend

For more information and to make a reservation, please contact our Special Events office: [email protected] / 914.232.1492.
Benefit tickets are $2,500; all but $250 per ticket is tax-deductible, as provided by law.

Ariadne Greif

Ariadne Greif, soprano

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Ariadne Greif, praised for her “luminous, expressive voice” (The New York Times), her “elastic and round high notes” (classiqueinfo), and her “mesmerizing stage presence” (East Anglian Daily Times), began her opera career as a ‘boy’ soprano in the Los Angeles area and at the LA Opera, eventually making an adult debut singing Lutoslawski’s Chantefleurs et Chantefables with the American Symphony Orchestra. She starred in roles ranging from Therese/Tirésias in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias, singing a “thoroughly commanding and effortless” run at the Aldeburgh Festival, to Sappho in Atthis by Georg Friedrich Haas, for which The New York Times noted her “searing top notes,” and “dusky depths,” calling it “a solo high-wire act for Ms. Greif,” “a vehicle for Ms. Greif’s raw, no-holds-barred performance,” “one of the most searingly painful and revealing operatic performances in recent times.”

This season she debuted as Musetta in La Boheme with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, appeared with The Knights for the first time, gave three performances of Carmina Burana, sang recitals of Crumb, Britten, 2nd Viennese School masterworks, and returned to the Orlando Philharmonic as Adina in The Elixir of Love, where she was praised as a “sassy” Adina, with “tonally pleasing high notes and a delightful sparkling quality to both her singing and acting.” Last season she debuted as Papagena in The Magic Flute with the Orlando Philharmonic, sang performances of Beethoven Symphony No. 9, Mozart Requiem, Mozart Vespers K.321, and Babbit’s A Solo Requiem, and concerts of chamber music in Weill Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, across the US, Canada, Finland, the Middle East, and made appearances with Lukas Ligeti, Contemporaneous, Metropolis Ensemble, Gabriel Kahane, SHUFFLE Concert, and members of The Orlando Philharmonic.


Alex Sopp

Alex Sopp, flute

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Alex Sopp is a musician and artist living in Brooklyn.

As the flutist of yMusic, The Knights, and NOW Ensemble, The New York Times has praised her playing as “exquisite” and “beautifully nuanced.” Comfortable in many genres, Alex has commissioned, premiered, toured, and recorded with some of the most exciting composers and songwriters of our time, including Paul Simon, Nico Muhly, Sufjan Stevens, Ben Folds, Jonsí of Sigur Ros, Philip Glass, Andrew Norman, Bruce Hornsby, Son Lux, Gabriel Kahane, St. Vincent, Anohni, Judd Greenstein, José González, My Brightest Diamond, The Dirty Projectors, and The National. A sought-after soloist, Alex made her Carnegie Hall debut with the New York Youth Symphony, and has appeared as a soloist with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of David Robertson. In addition to her three main musical families, she plays frequently as a guest with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and has made regular appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Deutsche Kammerphilarmonie Bremen, the Mariinsky Orchestra, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Louisiana Philharmonic.

In addition to playing the flute, Alex is a singer and a visual artist. Most recently, she was a member of Paul Simon’s band for his “Farewell Tour,” providing flute, whistles, and vocal harmonies to the iconic songwriter’s body of work. She has appeared as a multi-disciplinary performer and singer in theater director John Tiffany’s production of The Ambassador, a staged song cycle written by Gabriel Kahane. Her voice can also be heard on several albums, including the yMusic + Ben Folds collaboration, So There. In addition to several handmade stop-motion animation films used as music videos, Alex’s paintings grace the covers of records by such artists as Ben Folds and The Knights, and can be seen in private collections.

Alex grew up in St. Croix, Virgin Islands. She completed both her Bachelors and Masters degrees at The Juilliard School.


Alexi Kenney, violin

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The recipient of a 2016 Avery Fisher Career Grant, violinist Alexi Kenney has been named “a talent to watch” by The New York Times, which also noted his “architect’s eye for structure and space and a tone that ranges from the achingly fragile to full-bodied robustness.”

The 2018/19 season sees Alexi returning as soloist with the Indianapolis Symphony, debuting with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, and the Asheville, Omaha, Wheeling, and Bay Atlantic symphonies, and in recital at Wigmore Hall, Union College, Portland ‘Ovations,’ and the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern festival, among others. He also appears as guest concertmaster of both the Pittsburgh Symphony and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

Alexi has performed as soloist with the Detroit, Columbus, Jacksonville, Santa Fe, Portland, California, and Amarillo symphonies, and appeared in recital on Carnegie Hall’s ‘Distinctive Debuts’ series, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, at the Phillips Collection in Washington D.C., the Dame Myra Hess Concerts in Chicago, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Jordan Hall in Boston. He is winner of the 2013 Concert Artists Guild Competition and laureate of the 2012 Menuhin Competition. Alexi has been profiled by Strings magazine and The New York Times, written for The Strad, and has been featured on Performance Today, WQXR-NY’s Young Artists Showcase, WFMT-Chicago, and NPR’s From the Top.

Chamber music continues to be a major focus of Alexi’s life, performing at festivals including Marlboro, Bridgehampton, ChamberFest Cleveland, Festival Napa Valley, Kronberg, the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, [email protected], Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove (UK), Ravinia, and Yellow Barn. He is a member of The Bowers Program at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center (formerly CMS 2).

Born in Palo Alto, California in 1994, Alexi is a graduate of the New England Conservatory in Boston, where he received his Artist Diploma and BM under the tutelage of Donald Weilerstein and Miriam Fried. Previous teachers include Wei He, Jenny Rudin, and Natasha Fong. He plays on a violin made in London by Stefan-Peter Greiner in 2009.

Outside of music, Alexi enjoys hojicha, hygge interiors, baking for friends, and walking for miles on end in whichever city he finds himself, listening to podcasts and Bach on repeat.


Eric Jacobsen

Eric Jacobsen, cello

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Hailed by The New York Times as “an interpretive dynamo,” conductor and cellist Eric Jacobsen has built a reputation for engaging audiences with innovative and collaborative programming.

Jacobsen is Co-Artistic Director, conductor, and cellist of The Knights, the adventurous orchestra founded with his brother, violinist Colin Jacobsen, to foster the intimacy and camaraderie of chamber music on the orchestral stage. As conductor, Jacobsen has led the “consistently inventive, infectiously engaged indie ensemble” (The New York Times) at such venues as Central Park’s Naumburg Orchestral Concerts, the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, (Le) Poisson Rouge, the 92nd Street Y, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center, the summer music festivals at Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Ojai and international venues such as the National Gallery of Dublin, Dresden Musikfestspiele, Cologne Philharmonie, Düsseldorf Tonhalle, and the Vienna Musikverein. In their spring 2017 European tour, Jacobsen conducted The Knights in the new Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and completed a week-long residency with them at the Easter Festival (Festival de Pâques) in Aix-en-Provence. Recent collaborators include violinist Itzhak Perlman, singers Dawn Upshaw, Susan Graham, and Nicholas Phan, and pianists Emanuel Ax and Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

Under Jacobsen’s baton, The Knights have developed an extensive recording collection, which includes the ground beneath our feet, the ensemble’s first release for Warner Classics. The Knights previously issued albums for Sony Classical include Jan Vogler and The Knights Experience: Live from New York; New Worlds, an album that partnered Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and Fifth Symphony, and the “smartly programmed” (NPR) A Second in Silence on the Ancalagon label. Recently, Jacobsen saw the releases of The Knights’ critically acclaimed albums Azul, with longtime collaborator Yo-Yo Ma, as well as the Prokofiev Concerto in the Grammy-nominated Gil Shaham album 1930s Violin Concertos Vol. 2. We Are The Knights, a documentary film produced by Thirteen/WNET, premiered in September 2011.

Jacobsen serves as the Music Director for the Orlando Philharmonic, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, and as Artistic Partner with the Northwest Sinfonietta. At the close of a successful second season with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Jacobsen has begun to pioneer the orchestra’s programming and community engagement in new and exciting directions. A particularly well received Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte led to the programming of two opera productions in the 2016–2017 season with directors Alison Moritz and Mary Birnbaum. The “charming and funny” (Orlando Sentinel) production of Bernstein’s Candide at the Orlando Philharmonic will be remounted and tour with The Knights in the 2018–2019 season. Jacobsen is also in demand as a guest conductor, and led Camerata Bern in the first European performance of Mark O’Connor’s American Seasons, with the composer as soloist. He has conducted the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Detroit, Alabama, the New World Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus, Ohio, and the Deutsche Philharmonie Merck.

A dedicated chamber musician, Jacobsen performs with Silkroad, founded by Yo-Yo Ma, participating in residencies and performances at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Hollywood Bowl, and across the U.S., as well as in Azerbaijan, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, and Switzerland. In addition, as a founding member of the genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider — dubbed “one of the wonders of contemporary music” (Los Angeles Times) — he has taken part in a wealth of world premieres and toured extensively in North America and Europe, and is credited with helping to ensure “the future of classical music in America” (Los Angeles Times).

In December 2012, Jacobsen and his brother Colin were selected from among the nation’s top visual, performing, media, and literary artists to receive a prestigious United States Artists Fellowship. Eric splits his time between New York and Orlando. He is married to singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan and recently become a parent.


Bridget Kibbey, harp

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According to The New York Times, harpist Bridget Kibbey “… makes it seems as though he instrument had been waiting all its life to explode with the energetic figures and gorgeous colors she was getting from it.”

Called the “Yo-Yo Ma of the harp,” by Vogue’s Senior Editor Corey Seymour, Bridget Kibbey is a winner of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, a Salon de Virtuosi SONY Recording Grant, an artist with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and winner of Premiere Prix at the Journées de les Harpes Competition in Arles, France. Kibbey has fast gained a reputation for her diverse, energetic programming that spans the baroque, French Masterworks, and rhythmic migration in South America.

Upcoming highlights include: Multiple tours of her own adaptations of J.S. Bach’s keyboard concerti alongside the Dover Quartet in the US and Canada, a ten-city duo collaboration with mandolinist Avi Avital, and various solo recitals around the United States. She premieres a new harp concerto with four American Orchestras — written by composer João Luiz Rezende — exploring the evolution of Brazilian popular dance forms on the harp, alongside her own Bach transcriptions with string orchestra, starting with the Orlando Philharmonic, paired with Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto in F Minor. She returns to the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner, presenting French Masterworks by Debussy, Ravel, and Caplet.

Kibbey has toured and recorded with luminaries Placido Domingo, Dawn Upshaw, and Gustavo Santaollalo for SONY Records and Deutsche Grammaphon; and, her own debut album, Love is Come Again, was named one of the Top Ten Releases by Time Out New York.

Bridget Kibbey’s solo performances have been broadcast on NPR’s Performance Today, New York’s WQXR, WNYC’s Soundcheck, WETA’s Front Row Washington, WRTI’s Crossover, and on television in A&E’s Breakfast with the Arts. Most recently she was named “Best in Studio 2018” by WQXR for her performance of her own adaptation of J.S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue, live on air.

Kibbey appears frequently as soloist and chamber musician at festivals and series across the globe, including Schloss Elmau, Pelotas Festival, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart, Aspen, Bravo!Vail, Santa Fe, Spoleto, Big Ears Knoxville, Chamber Music Northwest, Bridgehampton, Bay Chamber, Savannah Music Festival, and [email protected]



Jesse Schenker

Jesse Schenker, chef


Jesse Schenker has amassed an impressive culinary history. He owned and operated recette and The Gander in New York City before relocating to Oyster Bay, NY to open 2 spring, a Modern American Brasserie. His contemporary approach to creating American classics is a reflection of his devotion to highly-refined techniques combined with his passion for creating delicious food.

Growing up in South Florida, Schenker experienced epicurean pleasures that quickly set him on the path toward becoming a chef. He began requesting menus from his parents’ dinners and invested in a cookbook collection that has since grown to 350 volumes. His intensity for the culinary world found an early start and has only increased since.

Schenker channeled his excitement for food into a Culinary Degree at the Atlantic Technical Center in Coconut Creek, Florida. While in school, he was introduced to his first professional kitchen experience at Café Maxx under the tutelage of Chef Oliver Saucy. He moved on to hold positions in the kitchens of some of Florida’s most celebrated restaurants like Chef Mark Militello’s James Beard award-winning restaurant Mark’s on Las Olas and City Cellar Wine Bar and Grille in Miami. In 2007, he moved New York City to refine his skills in world’s finest restaurants. He accepted a position as Chef de Partie at the two-Michelin star rated Gordon Ramsay at the London where he worked for 2 years.

In 2009, Schenker decided to launch his own venture with a concept that took fine dining out of the restaurant, recette Private Dining. He enlisted the talents of Savoy Bakery owner Brian Ghaw and Per Se pastry alum Christina Lee, and together the trio created 5-, 7- and 10-course tasting menus for exclusive private parties. At recette Private Dining, Schenker’s high-end restaurant experience did not go unseen with the opportunity to stagiaire at two of New York City’s most prestigious dining destinations, Per Se and Jean Georges before deciding to open his own restaurant.

Schenker ultimately made his mark on the culinary scene with recette, the intimate, urban American restaurant which opened in New York’s West Village in January of 2010. Just months after its opening, recette received glowing two-star reviews from both The New York Times and New York magazine. Sam Sifton called recette one of his favorite newcomers of 2010, particularly noting Schenker’s Salt Cod Fritters as “one of the 15 best things” he ate in NYC in 2010.

In April 2014, Schenker opened The Gander in the Flatiron District where he served a menu of sophisticated, yet casual, American dishes complimented by a deep international wine list.

In addition to being twice-nominated James Beard award semifinalist, over the years Schenker has received a number of awards and accolades, including a spot on Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list in the food and wine industry in December 2011 and inclusion in Details magazine’s “America’s Best Young Chefs” list in August 2011. Schenker was also victorious in his battle on Food Network’s Iron Chef America in 2010.

In September 2014, Schenker wrote his first book, All or Nothing: One Chef’s Appetite for the Extreme (Harper Collins, September 30, 2014, $25.99). In his memoir, Schenker reflects on his insatiable appetite for the extreme, which has led to his biggest triumphs and failures.

Most recently, Schenker opened 2 spring restaurant in Oyster Bay, New York. 2 spring combines coastal American cuisine with modern sensibilities, highlighting fresh seafood & premium farm meats. The menu is complemented by an inspired raw bar, small bites, and seasonal produce sourced from Long Island’s North Fork. At 2 spring, Chef Jesse Schenker transforms familiar favorites and elevates them to a new level. The result is refined everyday elegance.