Holiday Tea Musicale
December 5 – 13 1:00pm

Holiday Tea Musicale

Overview

The magic of the season is tangible throughout the Rosen House! Take part in Caramoor’s great tradition of holiday music with charismatic musicians, festive decorations, and tea service in the majestic Music Room. Enjoy an assortment of finger sandwiches, scrumptious holiday treats, and a variety of teas (hot chocolate with marshmallows for the little ones). Events throughout December are known to fill up, so be sure to book early!

December 5 Wednesday

Kimberly Hawkey, vocalist
Assaf Gleizner, piano

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December 6 Thursday

Kimberly Hawkey, vocalist
Assaf Gleizner, piano

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December 7 Friday

Rafael Porto, bass-baritone
Derrick Goff, piano

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December 8 Saturday

Rafael Porto, bass-baritone
Derrick Goff, piano

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December 9 Sunday

Rafael Porto, bass-baritone
Derrick Goff, piano

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December 12 Wednesday

Chelsea Shephard, soprano
Cris Frisco, piano

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December 13 Thursday

Chelsea Shephard, soprano
Cris Frisco, piano

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Menu

Filet of beef with onion jam and chedder cheese on white bread
Turkey and arugula with cranberry aioli on seven grain bread
Coronation chicken with golden sultanas on brioche
Salmon with chive cream cheese and capers on rye bread
Minted Cucumber on pumpernickel bread

Cranberry-orange scone with crème fraîche and jam

Baklava nest and Linzer thumbprint cookie

Assorted teas

    Schedule

    1:00pm  Concert

    2:00pm Tour of the historic Rosen House

    2:50pm Holiday Tea is Served

    Sales close Friday prior to the event

Kimberly Hawkey

Kimberly Hawkey, vocalist & creator
(December 5, 6)

Artist Website

Kimberly is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and bandleader based in the Catskill mountains. Kimberly works with some of the top traditional jazz and swing bands in NYC and has performed in well-known venues as both a soloist and collaborator. She is the recipient of the Johnny Mercer Award, the American Traditions Competition Gold Medal, and is a 2x winner of NYC’s Cabaret Showdown. Kimberly stays busy teaching music, writing musicals, and developing Elvanelle Music; a collective for American Song. She has two albums out as a Bandleader, including Elvanelle & The Escape Act, available on all major platforms. Her band, The Swingaroos, recently returned from a 5-week, sold-out cabaret run at the Florida Studio Theatre. Kimberly is a proud former Caramoor employee and is excited to return for the Holiday Musicales this year! @elvanellemusic

 

Assaf Gleizner

Assaf Gleizner, piano & musical director
(December 5, 6)

Born and raised in Israel, Assaf has been working as a composer, Music Director, and orchestrator in NYC and around the world. He is the composer, orchestrator, and conductor of The Office: A Musical Parody, which currently has an open-ended run at the Theater Center NYC. He is also the co-Bandleader of The Swingaroos and Trio Shalva. Assaf’s favorite credits include; Broadway: Stephen Scwhartz 70th Birthday Concert — Featuring Hugh Jackman, Renee Fleming (Hudson Theater) Orchestrator. Arts For Autism — Featuring Kelli O’Hara, Julia Murney (Gershwin Theater) Orchestrator. Off-Broadway: Friends the Musical Parody (St Luke’s Theater) — Composer, Orchestrator. 90210! The Musical (Theater 80) — Composer, Orchestrator. Full House (Canada & Theater 80) — MD, Orchestrator.

 

 

Derrick Goff

Derrick Goff, piano
(December 7, 8, 9)

Derrick Goff is a coach and conductor based in New York. Recent productions include Idomeneo and Don Pasquale with the Princeton Opera Alliance and Don Giovanni with Lawrence Opera Theatre in Kansas. He returned for a sixth summer to Bel Canto at Caramoor in 2017 as pianist, coach, and chorusmaster for Il pirata, having presented several recitals with Young Artists and Apprentices in previous years. Derrick has enjoyed returning to Caramoor several times a year to present concerts in the Music Room with former Young Artists and Apprentices. Mr. Goff studied organ and church music at Westminster Choir College, where he also completed a M.M. in Voice Performance and Pedagogy.

 

 

 

Rafael Porto

Rafael Porto, bass-baritone
(December 7, 8, 9)

Brazilian bass-baritone, Rafael Porto, most recently made his debut with Nashville Opera playing the Sacristan and Jailer in Tosca. He is graduate of Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and a festival artist at The Glimmerglass Festival where he began to hone his craft in the early stages of his career. As a result, he has been twice honored as an advanced participant by the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the National Orpheus Vocal Competition, National Society of Arts and Letters, and the Eleanor McCollum Competition of Houston Grand Opera among others.

Mr. Porto made his professional debut with Indianapolis Opera as the Commissioner in Madama Butterfly and later returned as Billy Jackrabbit/Castro in La Fanciulla del West. He was reengaged with the company the following season to sing the role of Don Basilio in Il barbiere di Siviglia and completed their season in Man from La Mancha. This past fall he sang with Nashville Opera in the role of the Sacristan and Jailer in Tosca; began his residency with Florida Grand Opera where he performed the role of the Capitán in Florencia en el Amazonas and covered Riolobo. In addition, he also sings the 1st Nazarene in Salome and covered the role of Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor. Mr. Porto made his Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater debut this season as Dr. Grenvil in La traviata with the Philharmonia Orchestra of New York which tours Japan in 2019. This summer he was heard as Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Northern Lights Music Festival under the baton of Gavriel Heine; returns to Florida Grand Opera next season as Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro, covers Colline in La bohème; covers Johann in Werther and returns to Nashville Opera as Luther/Crespel in Les contes d’Hoffmann.

He has worked under the baton of Emanuele Andrizzi, Joseph Colaneri, David Effron, Arthur Fagen, Raymond Leppard, Paul Nadler, Joseph Rescigno, and Alberto Zedda; and has worked with directors Chris Alexander, Garnett Bruce, Candace Evans, John Hoomes, Peter Kazaras, E. Loren Meeker, and Bernard Uzan.

 

Chelsea Shephard

Chelsea Shephard, soprano
(December 12, 13)

Artist Website

Soprano Chelsea Shephard has been praised by Opera News for her “pure leggero soprano — with surprises to come,” and her “rich and vibrant artistry” (The Isthmus). Her performances during the 2017–2018 season included the title role in a workshop with the Metropolitan Opera of Eurydice by Matthew Aucoin, concert appearances with the New York Festival of Song, and a role debut as Purcell’s Dido with the Madison Bach Musicians. In the summer of 2018, Ms. Shephard performed with the Choral Society of the Hamptons as soloist in Carmina Burana. Upcoming engagements in the 2018–19 season include soloist in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Jackson Symphony Orchestra (Michigan).

Other recent engagements include joining the roster of the Lyric Opera of Chicago for their new production of Das Rheingold; her Carnegie Hall debut as the soprano soloist in the Brahms Requiem; a world premiere by Syrian composer Zaid Jabri entitled A Garden Among the Flames, as well as leading and supporting roles with Madison Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, and Haymarket Opera Company, Chicago’s only dedicated Baroque opera company.

Ms. Shephard’s operatic roles include the title role in Cavalli’s La Calisto, the Mozart heroines Pamina, Susanna, and Despina, and the wicked stepsister Clorinda in La Cenerentola, among others. Ms. Shephard performed with Lyric Opera of Chicago as a Finalist for the Ryan Opera Center (2015), and was also a Finalist for Houston Grand Opera’s Eleanor McCollum Competition (2016). As a Principal Artist with Madison Opera, she performed Beth in Adamo’s Little Women. Prior to this, as a 2014–2015 Studio Artist, Ms. Shephard covered Johanna in Sweeney Todd and Marzelline in Fidelio, and sang Berta in Il Barbiere di Siviglia in April 2015, all under the baton of Maestro John DeMain.

In her young career, Ms. Shephard has performed hundreds of concerts with organizations such as the New York Festival of Song (at Caramoor, North Fork, and their Mainstage), on tour with fortepianist Trevor Stephenson for CD release recitals of her debut album, “Songs by Mozart, Haydn & Schubert,” and with The Madison Bach Musicians for performances of works by Handel, Rameau, and Bach. She has also appeared with The Chicago Bach Ensemble, in recital with Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, and has performed with the Northwest Indiana Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, Ms. Shephard has joined internationally acclaimed composer/pianist Eric Genuis on several U.S. concert tours.

Ms. Shephard won first prize in the following competitions: the Handel Aria Competition in Madison, WI (2014), The Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Competition in St. Paul, MN (2013), and the National Opera Association Vocal Competition in San Antonio, TX (2011). She has also appeared as a finalist in the following competitions: Jensen Foundation Competition in NYC (2014), The Union League Civic & Arts Club of Chicago (2013), and the Bel Canto Foundation of Chicago (2012).

A native of Paw Paw, Michigan, Ms. Shephard earned her Master of Music from Rice University where she studied with Kathleen Kaun, Jan De Chambrier and Richard Bado. She attended DePaul University for her Bachelor of Music, summa cum laude, under the tutelage of Jane Bunnell, Susanne Mentzer, and Harry Silverstein.

 

Cris Frisco

Cris Frisco, piano
(December 12, 13)

Artist Website

Currently in development, he is the music director for Anatomiae Occultii’s modern dance production of Sweeney Todd. In past seasons, he has been a musical director and pianist for productions at the Walnut Street Theater, Opera Birmingham, The Princeton Festival, The Theatre Outlet, Muhlenberg Summer Theater, 1812 Productions, Passage Theater, Downtown Players, and the Bucks County, and Pocono Playhouses.

A committed educator for the next generation of artists, he has served on the faculties of Westminster Choir College, Rutgers University, the Castleton Artist Training Seminar, The New School for Drama’s Summer Immersion Experience, the Westminster CoOPERAtive, the Opera Theater, and Music Festival of Lucca, and Wichita State’s summer study program in Florence. He is also a member of the coaching and accompanying staff at the New School for Drama and Mannes College of Music. A sought-after pianist for rehearsals and classes, Cris has accompanied rehearsals for Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Nathalie Stutzmann, Steven White, and Cristian Macelaru; and collaborated in masterclasses with artists including Liz Callaway, Denis O’Hare, Judy Kuhn, Bernard Telsey, Jason Butler Harner, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk, Claudia Catania, William Burden, and Suzanne Farrell.

He is the founder and Artistic Director of The New Voice Project and Music Director for Opera Fayetteville and Opera Sonoma.