New this year! Make our home your home for the holidays. Join us for a vibrant afternoon of festive song and delicious tea – now entirely set within Caramoor’s 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!).
Add a Home Tour: $10 1:00pm
Looking for the full Rosen House experience? Take a tour of this stunning Mediterranean villa before settling down for your performance and tea. Select a tour option after clicking Buy Tickets on your preferred dates below.
VIP Tour, Concert and Tea: $68 1:00pm
Elevate your day at the Rosen House with our VIP option, inclusive of the tour, concert and extras at your tea such as prosecco and chocolates. Only six VIP tickets are available per tea. Call the Box Office at 914.232.1252 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve this option.
December 3 Thursday
Jonathan Estabrooks, baritone & Dan Kurland, piano
December 4 Friday
Jonathan Estabrooks, baritone & Dan Kurland, piano
Hailed by The New York Times as ‘a robust baritone’, and graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City, Jonathan Estabrooks continues to leave his mark as unique and rich contributor to the performing arts world. His vocalism and performance style have been called “commanding, rich, fresh and energetic” – NY Times, with his stage presence likened to that of a young Ron Howard on the Concert, Opera, and Musical Theatre stage.
The 2014/15 season included multiple engagements with conductor Steven Reineke featuring the music of Rodgers & Hammerstein and Lerner and Loewe, returning to Roy Thomson Hall with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and debuting with both the Vancouver Symphony and Seattle Symphony. He made his Kennedy Center debut as Tasio in Noli Me Tangere and the role of Le Podestat in Dr. Miracle with the Canadian International Vocal Arts Institute, followed by the role of Belcore in Elisir d’amore with New Rochelle Opera and baritone soloist in The Brahms Requiem at St. Agnes Cathedral, New York. Future engagements include baritone soloist in Paul McCarney’s Liverpool Oratorio.
The 2013/14 season saw multiple debuts including at Carnegie Hall with the Oratorio Society of New York in Paul Moravec’s Blizzard Voices, Broadway and Beyond with Lyric Opera Virginia and Some Enchanted Evening with the Toronto Symphony alongside Broadway stars Ashley Brown and Aaron Lazar. He appeared as The Baron in La Traviata with Opera Lyra Ottawa, created the role of Alan Turning with American Lyric Theatre in The Turing Project and returned for performances at Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts.
Discovered this year by 5-time Grammy Award winning producer Dave Reitzas (Groban, Streisand, Buble), he joined forces with the 4-time Grammy winning producer and Broadway orchestrator Oran Eldor, traveling to the famed Westlake Studios in Hollywood to record his debut classical-crossover album These Miles with the Macedonia Radio Orchestra, available on iTUNES and Amazon.
Fusing elements of classical, pop, and classic musical theatre, the record is a stunning and energetic debut LP, fusing his many musical loves with unforgettable melodies and the lushness of the Macedonia Radio Orchestra. Collaborations include Simon Cowell discovery and tenor Jonathan Antoine and New Age classical pianist and composer Jennifer Thomas.
Mr. Estabrooks has appeared in recital, concert and opera in Canada, the United States and abroad. His impressive vocal delivery has taken him around the world, in Opera and concert performances and to venues such as Stern Auditorium-Carnegie Hall and performances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Israeli Chamber Orchestra, and alongside Broadway stars Ashley Brown, Aaron Lazar, and Kelli O’Hara. His performances have also been broadcast throughout Canada on CBC Television and he has performed for the Governor General, The Prime Minister of Canada, the US Ambassador to Canada, The Italian Ambassador to Canada, and President Bill Clinton.
Dan K. Kurland is a New York based collaborative pianist to vocalists and instrumentalists and continues to perform in the United States and abroad. Concert appearances at Lincoln Center include those at Alice Tully Hall, David Rubinstein Atrium, and Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse as well as performances throughout New York City at Steinway Hall, The DiMenna Center, The Guggenheim Museum, and the Samuel J. Friedman Theater.
Recent collaborations included an acclaimed performance of Francis Poulenc’s L’histoire de Babar: le petit éléphant with TONY and EMMY award winner Tyne Daly, as well as concert appearances with sopranos Stacey Alleaume, Raquel González, and Jennifer Root, mezzo-sopranos Lacey Jo Benter and Marjorie Malatais, tenors Kyle Bielfield, Miles Mykkanen, Spencer Lang, and Stephen Ng, violinists Jiafeng Chen, Hwi-Eun Kim, Eric Silberger, and Charles Yang, violist Jenni Seo, cellists Andrew Briggs and Julian Schwarz, flutist Terry Lim, and actresses Shalita Grant and Ernestine Jackson.
Passionate about opera, Mr. Kurland served as a pianist for The Music Academy of the West’s 2015 production of Cenerentola, and was also a performance pianist for The Juilliard School’s undergraduate opera presentation. He spent two summers in the young artists program at The Glimmerglass Festival, and has worked with Maestros Joseph Colaneri, George Manahan, Jayce Ogren, Willie Waters, and Clinton Smith.
A dedicated and diverse teacher, Mr. Kurland has presented master classes at Juilliard in Aiken, Columbia University’s Opera Untapped, and at Highland Park High School’s Focus On The Arts. Mr. Kurland has served on the faculty of the Franco-American Vocal Academy (FAVA) in Périgueux, France. One of the youngest musicians invited to join FAVA, he was assistant conductor and principal coach for operas, and coached/performed with students on classic and contemporary French mélodie and opera. In particular, he values the experience gained by working closely with Isabelle Aboulker, one of the premiere living composers in France today.
A frequent performer and advocate of new music, Mr. Kurland gave the world premiere of Jared Miller’s Caprice for Violin and Piano with Francisco Garcia Fullana, and worked closely as part of Glimmerglass’s music staff on Tobias Picker’s revised version of An American Tragedy. He collaborated with soprano Julia Bullock on songs by Henry Cowell, celebrating the release of the book by Joel Sachs, Henry Cowell: A Man Made of Music. Since 2012, Mr. Kurland has appeared as part of The Juilliard School’s annual FOCUS! Festival, where he has performed with Joe Betts (horn), David Aladashvili and Peter Dugan (pianists), Carla Jablonski and Karen Vuong (vocalists).
An entrepreneur in many respects, he led the creation of The Juilliard School’s collaborative piano department Two Piano Concert featuring performances by students and faculty. He also serves as founding music director and pianist for the Vocal Arts Cabaret at the Ellen and James S. Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts. In a continually diversifying career, Mr. Kurland made his Broadway debut in the revival of Master Class (Manny Weinstock, u/s) at the Manhattan Theatre Club.
In addition to work on the concert stage, Mr. Kurland deeply enjoys writing. He is a contributor to The Juilliard Journal, and he has also written program notes found in PLAYBILL’s Lincoln Center booklet. Additionally, numerous articles of his have been published by The Chicago Tribune.
Currently pursuing collaborative piano studies as a C.V. Starr doctoral fellow at The Juilliard School, Mr. Kurland studies with Margo Garrett, Jonathan Feldman, and Diane Richardson and has had the privilege of working in coachings and master classes with many distinguished artist-teachers including Glenn Dicterow, Joyce DiDonato, Anne Epperson, Anthony Dean Griffey, Marilyn Horne, Vlad Iftinca, Martin Katz, Peter Kazaras, Lucy Shelton, Ken Noda, Cameron Stowe, and Brian Zeger. Mr. Kurland graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin where he studied with Anton Nel and Darlene Wiley.
A native of suburban Chicago his first teachers included Svetlana Budilovsky and Kay Kim. In his leisure time, Mr. Kurland enjoys hosting dinner parties, baking, and surveying French wines.
As two musicians involved in the New York swing renaissance, Tatiana Eva-Marie and Adrien Chevalier wanted to share their experience of French jazz with their American audience, and that’s how Avalon Jazz Band was born. Ever since its creation, the band has performed in the hottest clubs and venues in the city, from hidden speakeasies to the Oak Room at the Plaza. In July 2012 they were invited by the French Ambassador to give two private concerts in Washington for the French National Day and represent the expansion of French culture in the United States.
The music of Avalon Jazz Band is inspired by the Parisian jazz scene of the 1940’s, which emblematic sound was made popular by Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli. They perform the American standards popular in France at that period, but also the songs of French composers influenced by that new sound called jazz. In addition to these classics, Avalon Jazz Band also performs the original music written by their vocalist Tatiana Eva-Marie, who offers her own vision of what contemporary swing can be, blending her francophone culture into her American experience.
The Zazous, the swing youth of Paris, were a subculture in France in the 1930’s and 1940’s. During World War II, they expressed their resistence and their nonconformity through music and dance. They wore big excentric clothing, checkered and colourful, had long hair and always carried an umbrella when it didn’t rain, to underline the irony of their time. When the yellow star was forced on Jews, the Zazous began to wear yellow stars with ‘Swing’ written on them. They became persecuted and gathered in the medieval cellars in the Latin Quarter, the heart of the jazz culture in Paris.
Why is it called Avalon Jazz Band? Tatiana Eva-Marie, who has a Master’s Degree in medieval studies from the Sorbonne University in Paris, came up with the band’s name. In arthurian legends, Avalon is the island of regeneration where King Arthur goes to rest after his last battle and whence he will return some day to rule over his land once again. The name Avalon carries the symbol of rebirth and underlines the band’s involvement in the current swing renaissance.
Described as, “engaging”, with an “elegant voice”, by the New York Times, American mezzo-soprano Kristin Gornstein was most recently a vocal fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, performing works by Bach, Korngold, Golijov and more. Last season, Kristin debuted to critical acclaim the role of Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia with Loft Opera in Brooklyn, New York, and will return this December to sing the title role in Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia. Other recent performances include the North American premiere of Johan de Meij’s 4th Symphony with the New York Wind Symphony, performances in Stockholm, Sweden and Rotterdam, Holland with the Opera Mecatronica ensemble, and Romeo in Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi. Originally from Michigan City, Kristin now lives in Brooklyn with her husband, violinist Ryan Drickey. Visit her at www.kristingornstein.com.
Jeremy Chan, piano December 10 & 16
Currently based in New York City, Australian-born pianist Jeremy Chan has been praised for playing that shows a depth and maturity that go well beyond his years. An active advocate for new music, Jeremy has premiered many pieces written specifically for him, while his own compositions have also earned him recognition from the Fellowship of Australian Composers.
He has a special interest in art song and vocal collaboration and was most recently invited to the Tanglewood Music Center for their 75th anniversary season where he collaborated in the world premieres of works by Yehudi Wyner and Fred Lerdahl. In previous summers, Jeremy has participated in the Toronto Summer Music Festival Academy as an Art of Song Fellow and the Vancouver International Song Institute.
He has served as staff pianist for the Manhattan School of Music, the Aaron Copland School of Music, the Westchester Summer Voice Institute, and New York Opera Exchange, and as rehearsal pianist for Loft Opera. He is currently working towards becoming a Certified Instructor in the Taubman Approach under the guidance of Edna Golandsky. Jeremy completed his Bachelor of Music (magna cum laude) from Queens College and is pursuing his Masters at the Manhattan School of Music as a student of Thomas Muraco.
Westchester Oratorio Society December 11
WOS was founded in 1997 when a few individuals in South Salem joined with their neighbor, the noted choral conductor Harold Rosenbaum, to form a choral group that would create a high quality musical experience for audiences and singers in Northern Westchester and surrounding areas. Since its inception, WOS has made a significant contribution to the musical fabric of the county, performing early music, choral masterworks of the 18th to 20th centuries, and contemporary works, accompanied by professional soloists and orchestras.
In 2007 Benjamin Niemczyk was appointed conductor and artistic director, only the second in WOS’s history. That year he conducted the Oratorio Society in a Westchester premiere of James Bassi’s Wexford Carol. Recent performances include Handel’s Dixit Dominus (with REBEL Baroque Orchestra) and Anthony Newman’s Requiem, as well as works by Beethoven, Berlioz, Bruckner, Tavener, and Mendelssohn.
In November 2010, WOS presented Handel’s Messiah (collaborating again with REBEL Baroque Orchestra) to a sold-out crowd. The 2011–12 season began with a moving performance of Mozart’s Requiem with chamber orchestra, and continued in March with WOS’s first chamber music concert, which included a world premiere by local composer John Velonis. A stirring performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah at Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester concluded the season. WOS began its 16th season with powerful performances of Schoenberg’s A Survivor from Warsaw and Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem at Temple Shaaray Tefilla. In Bedford. Highlighting the season was a festive gala featuring renowned violinist Ani Kavafian, and the Robert C. McDonald Memorial Concert which featured Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy performed with the incomparable Hélène Grimaud. Recent highlights include a May 2014 performance with REBEL Baroque Ensemble featuring Vivaldi’s Gloria and a November 2014 performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with James Kennerley at the Presbyterian Church of Mount Kisco on the Church’s magnificent Von Beckerath organ.
Having been voted “Best Amateur Chorus in Westchester” by Westchester Magazine, WOS has also distinguished itself in guest appearances at Carnegie Hall with the Brooklyn Philharmonic (Verdi’s Requiem), the Brooklyn Academy of Music (Messiaen’s opera, St. Francis of Assisi premiere), and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
Kimberly Hawkey, vocals December 12
Kimberly Hawkey was born in Schenectady NY and attended Fordham College at Lincoln Center in the cultural heart of Manhattan. In 2013, Kimberly was awarded the Gold Medal & Johnny Mercer Award for her multi-genre performances at the American Traditions Vocal Competition in Savannah, GA. That same year, Kimberly received the Jazz Forum Arts Vocal Award (Westchester County, NY) and was named the All-Star Champion of NYC’s Cabaret Showdown while working Full-Time as Artistic Coordinator at Caramoor Center for Music & the Arts. Kimberly is now a freelance musician, instructor, and performer with credits ranging from critically-acclaimed Musical Theatre productions to solo jazz concerts in NYC. She is also the founder, bandleader and lyricist of NYC’s swing-era Territory Band, The Swingaroos; most recently seen in a 5-week cabaret run at Florida Studio Theatre. Visit her on the web at www.kimberlyhawkey.com or www.theswingaroos.com.
Assaf Gleizner, piano December 12
Assaf Gleizner was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. In 2007, Gleizner moved to the United States, where he graduated from SUNY Purchase with a degree in Jazz Performance. Since graduating Assaf has been consistently working as a music director, orchestrator, arranger, and performer all over the world, but primarily in the tri-state area.
Favorite credits include: Off-Broadway: Full House (Randolph Theater Canada & Theater 80) MD and orchestrations; Flak House (Actors Temple) orchestrations and vocal arrangements; The Travels (NYMF) orchestrations, vocal arrangements, and MD; I Battled Lenny Ross (Ensemble Studio Theater) MD. Regional: Cassandra (Proctor’s Theater, Schenectady NY) orchestrations and MD. Other projects: The Swingaroos (NYC/FL) composer, arranger, and performer; Show Choir the Musical (NYC) orchestrations; Cyrille Aimee and the Surreal Band (Birdland) arranger and performer; Les 7 doigts de la main (Montreal, Canada) composer, arranger, and performer.