All full Holiday Tea Musicale programs are sold out, but you can still purchase a concert-only ticket
to our remaining Musicales to get in the holiday spirit!
Holiday time is a splendid occasion to visit the Rosen House! The afternoon starts with a docent-led tour of the Rosen House, which will be beautifully decorated for the season. It will be reminiscent of holidays past, when the Rosens were in residence at their beloved country home. The tour is followed by a joyful 45-minute concert of holiday music in the majestic Music Room. A special Afternoon Tea consisting of finger sandwiches, scones, scrumptious holiday treats (hot chocolate with marshmallows for the children!), and a variety of teas, will be served in the wonderfully decked out Summer Dining Room to end a festive afternoon.
Annie Rosen, mezzo-soprano
“Rosen has an uncanny ability to throw her voice to every corner of the room, lending to the composition a tenor that was both impossibly delicate and voluminous.” -New Haven Independent
Wednesday December 3 1:00pm
Thursday December 4 1:00pm
Friday December 5 1:00pm
Kimberly Hawkey and Assaf Gleizner
Kimberly Hawkey, vocals and Assaf Gleizner, piano
Kimberly Hawkey’s diverse background in jazz, cabaret, musical theatre and classical styles give way to an individual and versatile sound that has garnered attention across genres. Kimberly is the recipient of the 2013 Oxnard Gold Medal and the Johnny Mercer Award from the American Traditions Vocal Competition in Savannah, GA. 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.
“Gleizner plays clean and with clarity, he seems to know exactly where he is going. His solos are logical and make sense. He goes “outside” just enough to make me pay attention and want keep listening closely so I can see where it all winds up…” – Patch.com, White Plains
“Another find is Meredith Lustig, whose bright soprano and eye-catching good looks make her a scene-stealer.” – Wall Street Journal
Sunday December 7 1:00pm
Wes Mason, baritone and Jiyang Chen, piano
“Wes Mason is gifted and fiercely committed” – Joshua Rosenblum
“Jiyang Chen is without question one of the most brilliant pianists I have ever taught and heard.” – Seymour Bernstein
Wednesday December 10 1:00pm
Thursday December 11 1:00pm
Friday December 12 1:00pm
Kimberly is an award-winning vocalist and interpreter of the Great American Songbook. She is the recipient of the Oxnard Gold Medal & Johnny Mercer Award from the 2013 American Traditions Vocal Competition in GA, and was named winner of The Cabaret Showdown, The All-Star Cabaret Showdown and last year’s Jazz Forum Arts Vocal Competition in Dobbs Ferry. Current projects include a 1940’s-style band, The Swingaroos, and a production of Sondheim’s Sunday in the Park with George, running through December 14th at Elmwood Playhouse in Nyack, NY. She is thrilled to be back on the theatrical stage in a leading role after an 8-year hiatus. And lest we forget, one of her favorite roles remains that of Artistic Coordinator right here at Caramoor. Kimberly enjoys teaching music, playing tenor banjo, writing plays, and visiting her dear friends and colleagues at Caramoor.
Having recently completed her graduate studies at the Juilliard School, the captivating American soprano Meredith Lustig is already establishing herself as an emerging artist of great distinction. During the 2010/2011 season, she made her New York City Opera debut to critical acclaim as Giannetta in L’Elisir d’amore. Additionally for the company, she covered the role of Max in Oliver Knussen’s Where the Wild Things Are, and participated in the 2011 VOX Festival of new operas. In 2012, Miss Lustig returned to City Opera as Cephisa in Telemann’s Orpheus, and joined the Aspen Opera Theater Center as Daisy in Harbisons, The Great Gatsby conducted by Anne Manson. That same year, Miss Lustig was selected as one of Caramoor’s Vocal Rising Stars with the New York Festival of Song, where she participated in the program, New York to Paris, Paris to Paradise at both Caramoor and Merkin Hall.
Miss Lustig has had the pleasure of spending past summers as a Stern Fellow with the Songfest Program and as a Young Artist with Glimmerglass Opera, singing the role of Ancella in Cherubini’s Medea and covering Ruth in Later the Same Evening. This past summer she returned to the program to portray Bella Griffiths in An American Tragedy. Awards and honors include 2012 Regional Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Pittsburgh); third place winner of the Great Lakes District of the MONCA; the Barbara E. Maze Award and the Achtmayer Award from the Handel and Haydn Society; the Bel Canto Award and the New York Opera Project Award from the Bel Canto Institute; and first recipient of Juilliard’s first Novick Career Grant.
Wes Mason has been praised by Opera News as a “gifted and fiercely committed young baritone…whose voice is spacious and reverberant.”
This season sees several company and role debuts for Wes, including Stanley Kowalski in a Streetcar Named Desire with Kentucky Opera, Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor with Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Jonathan in Siren Song with Hawaii Opera Theater, the title role in Hamlet with Fort Worth Opera., and Billy Bigelow in Carousel with Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater.
Previous engagements include Curly in Oklahoma! with Utah Festival Opera, Masetto in Don Giovanni with Opera Philadelphia, Zurga in Les pêcheurs de perles with Opera Delaware, Marcello in La bohéme with Fort Worth Opera, and Mac and Frank Butler in Francesca Zambello’s production of Annie Get Your Gun with the Glimmerglass Festival.
Mr. Mason has received awards from the Sullivan Foundation, the Loren L. Zachary Society, and Metropolitan Opera National Council. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Academy of Vocal Arts.
Praised by critics for his poetic and lyrical style, Jiyang Chen made his concerto debut at the age of seventeen with the Ruby Mountain Symphony Orchestra and performed the Gershwin Piano Concerto with the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra as well as the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Reno Chamber Orchestra. He received his Master’s in Piano Performance from New York University, studying under the tutelage of Seymour Bernstein, and his Bachelor’s degree from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with Barry Snyder as a recipient of the Howard Hanson Scholarship and the George Eastman Grant. Prior to that, he studied privately with James Winn at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is also a portrait photographer based in NYC. Chen is drawn to photography through its powerful storytelling capacity, and just as music is a way of painting with sound on the blank canvas of silence, he sees a photograph as that canvas for capturing the broad palette and nuanced brush strokes of his subject’s story and emotions. It is an opportunity to capture moments that signify human experiences much larger than the moment itself.