Holiday Tea Musicale

Holiday Tea Musicale

December 4 – December 21, 1:00pm


The magic of the season is tangible throughout the Rosen House! Take part in Caramoor’s holiday tradition of concerts with charismatic musicians, festive decorations, a chance to sing-a-long, 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!

There is a special “I Spy in the Music Room” activity and kid-friendly sandwiches for children. “I Spy in the Music Room” is an alternative to the full Rosen House tour designed for children 5 years old and up.

We will have a Toys 4 Tots drop off in the Summer Dining Room. If you would like to spread cheer and hope to a less-fortunate family, please bring a new, unwrapped toy.

2019 Dates

December 4, Wednesday

Kimberly Hawkey, vocalist
Assaf Gleizner, piano

December 5, Thursday

Erik Van Heyningen, baritone
Renate Rohlfing, piano

December 6, Friday (SOLD OUT)

Erik Van Heyningen, baritone
Renate Rohlfing, piano

December 10, Tuesday

Kimberly Hawkey, vocalist
Assaf Gleizner, piano

December 11, Wednesday

Devony Smith, mezzo-soprano
Danny Zelibor, piano

December 12, Thursday

Devony Smith, mezzo-soprano
Danny Zelibor, piano

December 19, Thursday

Meredith Lustig, soprano
Michael Axtell, piano (& baritone)

December 20, Friday

Meredith Lustig, soprano
Michael Axtell, piano (& baritone)

December 21, Saturday (SOLD OUT)

Meredith Lustig, soprano
Michael Axtell, piano (& baritone)


Tea Sandwiches
Roasted Tomato, Ricotta, and Avocado, on Crostini Toast
Cured Salmon, Chive Cream Cheese, and Capers on Rye Bread
Turkey and Arugula with Cranberry Aioli on Seven Grain Bread
Cucumber and Mint Cream Cheese on Black Bread
Roast Beef, Onion Jam, and Cheddar Cheese on White Bread

Cranberry Scone with Cardamom-Orange Glaze with Crème Fraiche and Jam
Shortbread Raspberry Thumbprint Cookie
Snow-Dusted Coconut Delight
Chocolate Dipped Apricot, White Chocolate Flakes

Ceylon Waltz Black Tea
Earl Grey Moonlight Sonata Black Tea
Peppermint Herbal Tea


    1:00pm  Concert

    2:00pm Self-guided Tour of The Rosen House

    3:00pm Holiday Tea is Served

    Sales close Friday prior to the event

December 4 & 10

Kimberly Hawkey

Kimberly Hawkey, vocals

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Kimberly Hawkey is a multi-genre vocalist, instrumentalist, and bandleader based in the Catskill mountains of New York. Described as “a delightfully fresh-voiced treat” (,), with “exceptional musicality and one fun surprise after another” (Cabaret Scenes), Kimberly sings traditional jazz and swing music throughout NY as both a soloist and collaborator. She is the recipient of the Johnny Mercer Award, the American Traditions Vocal Competition Gold Medal, and is a 2x winner of NYC’s Cabaret Showdown. Kimberly has received attention for developing and producing thematic concerts under her growing brand, Elvanelle Music. She recently created and performed with “The Elvanelle Orchestra: Song of the Catskills” — a 9-piece show band honoring the tradition of Catskill mountain entertainment during the Grand Hotel era. She is the bandleader of The Swingaroos, which has enjoyed sold-out runs and has been called “awesome in every way” and “one of the most entertaining shows you will see” ( The Swingaroos recently released their sophomore album, Music of the Night, at Birdland Jazz Club. Other favorite credits include performances with the New York All-Star Big Band, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, Battle of the Big Bands on the Intrepid, Plaza Hotel, and the Iridium. Kimberly has been teaching music for over 10 years and conducts jazz and vocal workshops in schools across the country. She has recorded and produced three albums as a bandleader. @elvanellemusic


Assaf Gleizner

Assaf Gleizner, piano

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Born and raised in Israel, Assaf Gleizner has been working as a composer, Music Director, orchestrator, and arranger both in New York City and around the world for the past 10 years, including Off-Broadway shows Friends the Musical Parody & The Office Parody Musical. Some of Assaf’s favorite projects are:

Broadway: Stephen Schwartz 70th Birthday Concert (Hudson Theater) Featuring Ben Platt, Renee Fleming, Lindsey Mendez, & Andrew Lippa — Orchestrator, Arranger. Arts For Autism (Gershwin Theater) Featuring Kelly O’Hara, Julia Murney, & Christopher Jackson — Orchestrator, Arranger.

Off-Broadway: The Office The Musical (The Theater Center) — Composer, Orchestrator. Friends the Musical Parody (St Luke’s Theater) — Composer, Orchestrator. 90210! The Musical (Theater 80, Broadway Chicago, National Tour) — Composer, Orchestrator. Full House Musical Parody (Canada & Theater 80) — MD, Orchestrator. The Travels (NYMF) — MD, Orchestrator.

Regional: The Swingaroos (Florida Studio Theater) — Composer, MD. Cassandra (Proctor’s Theater) MD, Orchestrator.

Other: Move on: A Sondheim Adventure Jazz Album — Arranger and co-producer. Show Choir! The Musical — Cast Recording Featuring Christiane Noll (NYC) Orchestrations. The Wolf (NC & NYC) — Orchestrator. The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchit (The Workshop Theatre, NYC) — Cast Recording Featuring Adam Kaplan & Emily Skegg. You’re the Pest: The Web Series (NYC) — Composer, Music Supervisor.

Assaf is also a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop



December 5 & 6

Erik van Heyningen

Erik van Heyningen, bass-baritone


Baritone Erik van Heyningen is currently a resident of New York City, where he is in the Artist Diploma in Opera Studies program at The Juilliard School.

In the 2019–20 season, Erik appears as Guglielmo in Cosi fan tutte, and Argante in Rinaldo at Juilliard. In addition, he will appear as Escamillo in Carmen with Pacific Opera Victoria, BC, and Sprecher in Die Zauberflöte with the Santa Fe Opera. Concert appearances include performances of J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with the Cecilia Chorus of New York and performances of Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin at Juilliard.

Erik’s 2018–19 season was marked by many significant debuts. Erik debuted at Carnegie Hall as the bass soloist in Mastervoice’s performance of Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Leporello in Don Giovanni at the Juilliard School, Fernando in La gazza ladra with Teatro Nuovo, and Jochanaan in Salome at the Spoleto Festival.

Erik was previously a member of the 2017–2018 Michigan Opera Theatre Studio Artist program. There, he performed Angelotti and the Jailer in Tosca, Count Ceprano in Rigoletto, and Ernest Hemingway et. al in Ricky Ian Gordon’s 27. In early 2018, he made his Austin Opera debut as Truffaldino in Ariadne auf Naxos.

In the summer of 2018, Erik returned to Santa Fe Opera as an Apprentice Artist to perform The Imperial Commissioner in Madame Butterfly, and Ragotzki/Archbishop in Candide. In the Summer of 2017, he joined the Santa Fe Opera for his first season as an Apprentice Artist and received the Donald Gramm Memorial award. In the Spring of 2016, Mr. Van Heyningen was a Richard Gaddes Festival Artist with Opera Theater of St. Louis, where he appeared as Truffaldino. Erik spent the previous two summers as a Gerdine Young Artist at the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, performing as both the Jailer in Dialogues of the Carmelites and Simon Fenton in Emmeline, and received the Richman Memorial Award.

In addition to his operatic work, Mr. Van Heyningen has been heard often as a concert soloist in such varied repertoire as Haydn’s Great Organ Mass, J.S. Bach’s Cantatas 78 and 140, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart’s Vesperae solenne de confessore, K339, and Regina Coeli in C, K276, Clérambault’s L’Amour et Bacchus, Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Fauré’s Requiem, Brahms’s Neue Liebeslieder, Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noël, and Schubert’s Mass in G.

An advocate of song repertoire, he has presented song repertoire at the WQXR Greene Space in New York City, and appeared alongside Brian Zeger in a curation of Schubert’s die Winterreise for Juilliard’s “Songfest” at Alice Tully Hall in 2019. Erik made an appearance with the Caramoor Schwab Rising Vocal Stars in 2019 under the direction of Steven Blier. Erik was the recipient of First Prize in the 2016 Gerda Lissner Song and Lieder Competition.


Renate Rohlfing

Renate Rohlfing, piano

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Winner of the Sonderpreis Klavier (Special Pianists’ Prize) at the 2016 Internationaler Wettbewerb für Liedkunst Stuttgart, Renate Rohlfing is active as a vocal accompanist, chamber musician, and orchestral pianist. She has performed with many of the world’s leading artists, including James Conlon, Anna Netrebko, Frederica von Stade, Alan Gilbert, and John Adams. Her performances have taken her to the most prestigious festivals and halls around the world, including Carnegie Hall, The Ravinia Festival, Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw, London’s Royal Albert Hall, and the David Koch Theater at Lincoln Center. Ms. Rohlfing is known as “a truly exceptional lieder accompanist” (New York Classical Review); singers have partnered with her to win First Prize at the Naumburg Foundation Competition (2014) and the Young Concert Artists Competition (2012 & 2015), and in 2015 she and baritone Samuel Hasselhorn were awarded Second Prize at the Wigmore Hall Song Competition.

An accomplished chamber musician, Ms. Rohlfing is a founding member of the critically acclaimed piano trio, Longleash. An “expert young trio” praised for its “subtle and meticulous musicianship” (Strad Magazine UK), Longleash maintains a full performing schedule in venues such as Merkin Hall (NY), San Francisco Center for New Music, and Trondheim Chamber Music Festival in Norway, among others. Ms. Rohlfing has served as a resident pianist at prestigious festivals such as the Cincinnati May Festival, and was invited for four seasons to return to The Ravinia Festival in Chicago.

Recent and upcoming highlights include engagements at the National Gallery of Art, Wigmore Hall, Schloss Elmau, and the Isabella Gardner Museum; recitals with baritone Äneas Humm at Musikfest Bremen and Schloss Bellevue; a return to music staff at Spoleto Festival USA; as well as concerts and university residencies with Longleash in Austria, Ireland, the Czech Republic, and across the United States. Ms. Rohlfing is a native of Honolulu, Hawaii, and a graduate of The Juilliard School.



December 11, & 12

Devony Smith, mezzo-soprano

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Noted for her “strong” voice and “dramatic conviction” (The New York Times), Devony Smith is a versatile mezzo-soprano excelling in both contemporary and traditional repertoire. A California native, Devony makes her mark on New York City as a professional member of Musica Viva NY, where she has recently performed chamber music with Aeolus Quartet, as well as solos for Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Bach’s Magnificat. This season, Devony will appear singing Chants d’Auvergne with Brooklyn Art Song Society, Mahler Symphony No. 4 with the Colburn Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Yehuda Gilad, and a staged production of Schumann’s Dichterliebe with New Orchestra of Washington. She will create the role of “The Lover” in the world premiere Kate Soper’s highly anticipated new opera, The Romance of the Rose.

Last season, Devony appeared as a Schwab Vocal Rising Star with Caramoor and New York Festival of Song. She presented a full recital with Carnegie Hall Citywide, and performed the world premiere of a song cycle curated by Laura Kaminsky with poetry by Elaine Sexton. Devony made her first appearance at Carnegie Hall in the finals of the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio competition where she was the recipient of the Lyndon Woodside award. As a part of Opera Forum: New Works at Cincinnati Opera, she workshopped the title role in Matthew Aucoin’s New Opera, Eurydice, a Metropolitan Opera and Los Angeles Opera co-commission. A champion of new works, Devony also performed Kate Soper’s self-accompanied opera Here Be Sirens at National Sawdust.


Danny Zelibor, piano

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Texan pianist Danny Zelibor, praised for his sensitive and colorful playing, is a sought-after collaborator. He made his Carnegie Hall debut with baritone Jarrett Ott and has performed in recital with soprano Harolyn Blackwell, Los Angeles Philharmonic principal cellist Robert DeMaine, and Chicago Symphony cellist Brant Taylor.

Mr. Zelibor’s debut CD for Toccata Classics, the first in a multi-volume set of the piano music of Alexandre Tansman, received widespread praise from top music publications including Fanfare, MusicWeb International, and Gramophone. The second album in the series, which includes two world premieres, has been equally applauded.

An ardent lover of art song, Zelibor has recorded world premieres of songs by Jake Heggie and Jennifer Higdon and is a frequent performer with the Brooklyn Art Song Society. He was chosen as pianist for Caramoor’s Schwab Vocal Rising Stars program and has performed with the New York Festival of Song in Merkin Hall. Zelibor spent the summer of 2018 as a vocal piano fellow at Tanglewood where, along with multiple art song recitals, he played the world premiere of Oliver Knussen’s Reflection with violinist Jacob Schafer, a performance The Boston Music Intelligencer called “truly memorable.”



December 19, 20, & 21

Meredith Lustig

Meredith Lustig, soprano

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Praised for her “radiant soprano” and “outstanding dramatic presence,” Meredith Lustig has established herself as an artist of great versatility and sophistication. Favorite roles include: Blanche DuBois/A Streetcar Named Desire (Opera Company Middlebury), Gianetta/L’Elisir D’Amore, Cephisia/Orpheus (New York City Opera), Laurie/Oklahoma (Mac-Hayden Theater), Eurydice/Orpheus in the Underworld (Virginia Opera), Fiona/Brigadoon (Gulfshore Opera), Megan/The Whole Truth (American Modern Ensemble), Musetta/La Boheme (Syracuse Opera). Papagena/Magic Flute, Zina/Dark Sisters, Carolina/Il Matrimonio Segreto, Clorinda/Cenerentola (Pittsburgh Opera); Daisy/The Great Gatsby (Aspen Opera Theater), and Bella/An American Tragedy (Glimmerglass).

She has held residence at the Ravinia Steans Institute, Caramoor, New York Festival of Song, Town Hall Theatre, Glimmerglass, and Pittsburgh Opera. Symphonic appearances include Candide (Philadelphia Orchestra), Carmina Burana (Erie Philharmonic), Serenade to Music (Chicago Symphony), Bernstein’s Mass (Ravinia Festival, Philadelphia Orchestra), and as a headliner for the Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Steamboat Springs Symphony, The Virginia Arts Festival, and Canada’s Centre National Des Arts. Television appearances include The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and PBS Great Performances’ presentation of Mass. She is thrilled to be celebrating the season again with Caramoor and wishes you a happy holiday!


Mike Axtell

Michael Axtell, piano (& baritone)

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An actor, singer, pianist, and music director, Michael Axtell is a multi-faceted performing artist. A former member of the Grammy award winning ensemble, Chanticleer, Michael appears on four of their live concert recordings and two of their studio albums. He also enjoys a blossoming career as a voice actor. In collaboration with multiple studios, he has recorded over 50 audiobooks available on Audible. Michael served as the music director for the New Voices production of Salute by Alex Kveton. Michael’s musical background served him well while narrating Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat with the Enigma Ensemble in San Francisco, Aaron Jay Kernis’ Seasons of Italian Futurist Cuisine at the Mannes Sounds Festival and Michael Grossman’s Work in Progress at the James Joyce Society.

His video game credits include Halo: Anniversary Edition and several developmental projects at Parsons School of Design and Technology. Favorite stage roles include Henry VI in Henry VI Part 3, Brutus in Julius Caesar, Herr Schultz in Cabaret, Sammy “Mammy” Wurlitzer in Happy End, Don Rodrigo in The Knight from Olmedo, Mr. Ford in Nicolai’s Merry Wives of Windsor, Martin in Candide, and Neville Landless in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Michael is thrilled to be returning to Caramoor alongside his beautiful wife to celebrate this festive season. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Voice and Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Lawrence University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from the New School College of Performing Arts in New York City.