The magic of the season is visible throughout the Rosen House! Take part in Caramoor’s great holiday tradition of sing-alongs with charismatic musicians, festive decorations, and tea service in the majestic Music Room of the Rosen House. Enjoy an assortment of finger sandwiches, scrumptious holiday treats and a variety of teas (hot chocolate with marshmallows for the little ones!).
Dietary restrictions? Please call 914.232.5035 ext. 221 a week in advance.
Events throughout December are known to fill up, so be sure to book early!
VIP Tour, Concert, and Tea
Make the afternoon even more splendid by purchasing the VIP option. In addition to all the above you will have preferred seating, Prosecco and artisanal chocolates from La Tulipe of Mount Kisco, NY. 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.
*Tour begins at 2:00pm, Concert at 3:00pm, and Tea at 3:50pm
1:00pm Tour of the historic Rosen House
2:50pm Holiday Tea is Served
Sales close Friday prior to the event
Menu Prepared by Campagna at The Bedford Post Inn
Smoked Salmon on pumpernickel bread, pickled red onion, egg yolk vinaigrette Hot House Cucumber, on country white bread, fresh mint, cream cheese Poached Shrimp Salad, on brioche bun, baby bibb lettuce, homemade mayonnaise Egg Salad, on country white bread, arugula, homemade dijonnaise Roasted Turkey Breast, on seven grain bread, watercress, cranberry mayonnaise
Buttery Apricot and Rosemary Scone, served with clotted cream and homemade preserves Seasonal Pumpkin Spice Mini-cupcake, with cream cheese glacée and candied walnuts Chocolate Dipped Asian Pears with sea salt Homemade Ginger Cookies and Oatmeal Cookies Freshly Baked Fudgy Brownies Mini Lemon Ginger Tarts
Teas: Darjeeling / Chai Tea / Peppermint /Hot chocolate with mini marshmallows for children
VIP Menu additionally includes artisan Chocolate Truffles from La Tulipe of Mt. Kisco and Prosecco.
Michael Axtell, baritone December 1 & 9
Michael Axtell is a diverse and multifaceted performing artist. He is a former member of the GRAMMY® award-winning ensemble Chanticleer. While touring with the ensemble Mr. Axtell appeared on stages across the globe making memorable appearances at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, Disney Hall in LA, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Musikverein in Vienna, in China, Singapore, and 47 of the 48 contiguous United States. He has worked extensively as a voiceover artist for audio books, video games, and student films. He is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the New School for Drama in New York City where he has played Sammy in Happy End, Brutus in Julius Caesar, and Henry the VI in Henry the VI, Part 3. Mr. Axtell has studied piano since the age of four and is thrilled to be returning to Caramoor alongside very dear friends.
Michael Axtell is married to soprano Meredith Lustig, a past participant in Caramoor’s Schwab Vocal Rising Star program. They previously appeared at Caramoor together, in a Holiday Tea Musicale in December 2014.
Kayla Berghoff, soprano December 9
Kayla Marie Berghoff is a classically trained soprano. She is currently in her final year of the MFA Acting program at The New School for Drama in New York City. Originally from California, Ms. Berghoff performed regionally in musical theater productions on the west coast prior to graduate school. Her favorite roles include Lillian Holiday in Happy End, Cosette in Les Miserables, and Woman 2 in Songs for a New World.
A graduate of The Juilliard School, tenor Daniel T. Curran most recently made his Virginia Opera debut as Pluto in Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld. Mr. Curran’s past performances have included: soloist in Vaughan Williams’ Hodie at Carnegie Hall; Tonio in Donizetti’s La fille du regiment at the Pittsburgh Opera; Nebuchadnezzar in Britten’s Burning Fiery Furnace at Ballet- Opera-Pantomime, Montreal; First Jew in Strauss’ Salome with Opera San Antonio; and Gilbert Griffiths in Picker’s An American Tragedy with the Glimmerglass Festival. Other appearances have included Cegeste in Glass’ Orphée with Pittsburgh Opera; Paul in Spears’ Paul’s Case (Pittsburgh Opera); Cassio, Verdi’s Otello (Pittsburgh Opera); Peter Quint, Britten’s The Turn of the Screw (West Edge Opera); Orphée, Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers (Gotham Chamber Opera); Policeman, Mark Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene (San Francisco Opera); Ferrando, Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte (NYCO); Electrician, Ades’ Powder Her Face (NYCO); and Ensemble in Carousel (New York Philharmonic/Live from Lincoln Center) and Most Happy Fella (Encores! at NYC Center).
Brent Funderburk, piano December 9 & 11
Praised by The New York Times as an “excellent pianist,” South Carolina native Brent Funderburk has partnered world-class singers and instrumentalists in concert and on recordings, and maintains an active schedule as recitalist and vocal coach in New York City.
This past season, Mr. Funderburk acted as pianist and musical director for the Metropolitan Opera Rising Stars Concert Series, which featured a cast of acclaimed singers in performances across the U.S. In recital, he has made recent appearances at Weill Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, and the Ravinia Festival, and was a participant in Marilyn Horne’s The Song Continues program at Carnegie Hall. Recording credits include two albums (Albany Records, New Focus Recordings) with violinist Francesca Anderegg.
Mr. Funderburk received his master’s degree from The Juilliard School, where he served four years as staff pianist for the Ellen and James S. Marcus Vocal Arts Department.
Assaf Gleizner, piano December 7, 8, 15 & 16
Assaf Gleizner was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel. In 2007 he moved to the United States, where he received a scholarship to earn his Bachelor of Music in jazz performance at SUNY Purchase. There, he studied with the jazz greats Charles Blenzieg, Hal Galper, Todd Coolman, Pete Malenverny, Jimmy Green, Kenny Washington, David Hazeltine, Arturo O’Farrill, and Jon Faddis. Assaf has since played in a number of venues throughout the tri-state region such as Smalls Jazz Club, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, and Birdland, along with many others. As a sideman, he performed and toured throughout Western New York and Canada, playing and arranging for the award-winning singer Cyrille Aimée. Together, they were guest artists for the company Les 7 doigts de la main, a Montreal-based circus troupe.
As a musical director, Mr. Gleizner worked with Fordham University’s theater club: Splinter Group. The group performed three original revues and one original full-length musical titled 1998 Degrees. In 2011, the cast of 1998 Degrees recorded an album with all the songs in the show. In 2010, he joined the Stage Left Children’s Theater team as Musical Director. Most recently, he has formed the group Trio Shalva with fellow Israeli musicians Nadav Snir- Zelniker and Koby Hayon. Here, he fuses his heritage with his vast musical training by performing classic Israeli songs as well as his own compositions in a jazz setting. These combine two of the many facets of Mr. Gleizner’s musicality: a cultural legacy, along with his malleable and innovative jazz technique. This trio released their debut album Riding Alone in January 2011.
Derrick Goff, piano December 10 & 14
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. During the 2016 Summer Music Season, Mr. Goff returned for a fifth summer to Bel Canto at Caramoor as pianist, coach, and chorusmaster for Aureliano in Palmira, and he lead a recital “The Intimate Rossini: Ensembles and Choruses,” featuring the Bel Canto Young Artists and Apprentices. In addition to his work in opera, he is the Organist and Choirmaster at St. Thomas’ Church, Whitemarsh in Philadelphia. Mr. Goff studied organ and church music at Westminster Choir College, where he also completed a M.M. in Voice Performance and Pedagogy.
Kimberly Hawkey, vocals December 7, 8, 15, & 16
Kimberly Hawkey is an actress, lyricist and award-winning multi-genre vocalist from New York. Her understanding and fluency of a wide-range of musical styles led her to the 2013 American Traditions Vocal Competition in Savannah, GA, where she swept both the Oxnard Gold Medal and the Johnny Mercer Award (for performances of Jazz, Folk, Cabaret, Musical Theatre, Sacred, Art Song, and Popular repertoire over three rounds). Later that year, she was named a Winner of the 2013 Jazz Forum Arts Vocal Competition in Westchester, NY and won both the September 2013 Cabaret Showdown and the 2013 All-Star Cabaret Showdown in Lower Manhattan. She made her solo cabaret debut the same year at the Metropolitan Room with “SPUN,” which was called “a dazzling hour filled with exceptional musicality and one fun surprise after another” (Cabaret Scenes).
Ms. Hawkey is an accomplished bandleader and lead vocalist of the six-piece swing-era territory band, The Swingaroos, in which she also lends her washboard and four-string banjo skills on original songs and covers of popular tunes from the Hit Parade. The band recently released their debut studio album, All Aboard!, which New York Music Daily calls an “irrepressibly cheery update on 30s and 40s sounds.” In one of their adventures, the The Swingaroos teamed up with the Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota to mount a production of their cabaret-style swing show, which ran from August 17 through September 21. Please visit www.theswingaroos.com to learn more.
As an actress, Ms. Hawkey most recently appeared as Dot/Marie in a critically-acclaimed five-week run of Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George at Elmwood Playhouse in Nyack, NY, in which she was lauded as a “delightfully fresh-voiced treat” (Broadwayworld.com) and topped the list of OnstageBlog.com’s “Top 10 Actresses in a Musical in Westchester/Rockland/Connecticut.” The same publication stated, “Ms. Hawkey created a strong and heartbreaking character who, more so than even George, is the soul of the show.” Adding that in her more reflective moments, “…she was perfection.”
Kimberly Hawkey is a former Artistic Coordinator for Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts and currently teaches music and freelances as a performer/writer in NYC, Rockland and Westchester Counties.
Shea Owens, baritone December 11
Described as “vocally superb” with an “attractive, youthful bloom,” baritone Shea Owens is quickly establishing himself as an emerging artist. A versatile performer with “canny stage presence,” he is well-suited for a wide variety of music and roles. He was recently seen at the Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Artist, and as the Second Nazarene in Salome. He also appeared in performances with the New York Festival of Song and in the regional tour of the Santa Fe Opera.
Mr. Owens has made past appearances at the Tanglewood Music Center, Wolf Trap Opera, Utah Festival Opera, Utah Lyric Opera, Phoenix Opera, Central City Opera, Utah Opera, and the Utah Symphony. He enjoys performing on a regular basis with his wife, soprano Amy Owens.
Mr. Owens earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Brigham Young University and his Master of Music degree from Rice University. Awards received include career grants from the Schuyler Foundation for Career Bridges and the Oscarson Discovery Grant Endowment, and a Second Prize Award in the Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competition.
Shea Owens participated in Caramoor’s Schwab Vocal Rising Stars mentoring program in 2015.
Courtney Ruckman, soprano December 10 & 14
Praised for her “arresting vocalism” by the Spokesman Review, soprano Courtney Ruckman recently joined Central City Opera as a Studio Artist and sang First Lady (Die Zauberflöte) with Opera Coeur d’Alene. Having an aptitude for new music, she covered the role of the Youth in the world premiere of After Life (Cipullo) with Music of Remembrance and appeared as Jessie (Masquerade) in a workshop performance with American Opera Projects. Other notable roles in her repertoire include Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Sophie (Werther), and Gilda (Rigoletto). In upcoming engagements she joins Nashville Opera’s Mary Ragland Young Artist Program, performing Frasquita (Carmen) and Jessie (Masquerade) in the world premiere of Paterson’s trio of one act operas entitled Three Way.
Courtney Ruckman participated in Caramoor’s Bel Canto Young Artists program during the 2016 Summer Music Season.