Give Mom (or Grandma) a special treat for Mother’s Day. Start your afternoon with a mini-concert in the Music Room. Then, take a tour of the extraordinary Rosen House, a Mediterranean-style villa, and be inspired by the fine and decorative arts our founders the Rosens amassed throughout their lives for their beloved country home, Caramoor. Look forward to a delicious assortment of tea sandwiches, scones with crème fraiche and preserves, mouthwatering desserts, and a variety of aromatic teas, elegantly served in the cozy Summer Dining Room. Reserve your place now, as this special tea musicale sells out every year!
Chelsea Shephard, soprano
Cris Frisco, piano
BernsteinGreeting from Arias and Barcarolles Robert SchumannAn meinem Herzen, an meiner Brust Clara SchumannLiebst du um Schönheit FrumerieDet kom ett brev IvesTwo Little Flowers, The Children’s Hour, and Songs My Mother Taught Me DvořákSongs My Mother Taught Me CoplandAll the Pretty Little Horses MozartSchlafe mein Prinzchen BrahmsWiegenlied, Op. 49, No. 4 CharlesWhen I have sung my songs
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). Highlights of the 2017–2018 season include the title role in a workshop with the Metropolitan Opera of Eurydice by Matthew Aucoin, concert appearances with the New York Festival of Song in celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Anniversary, and a role debut as Purcell’s Dido with the Madison Bach Musicians.
Other recent engagements include joining the roster of the Lyric Opera of Chicago for their new production of Das Rheingold; her Carnegie Hall debut last season as the soprano soloist in the Brahms Requiem; a world premiere by Syrian composer Zaid Jabri entitled A Garden Among the Flames (Cecilia Chorus), as well as leading and supporting roles with Madison Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, and Haymarket Opera Company, Chicago’s only dedicated Baroque opera company.
Cris Frisco, piano
Pianist and conductor, Cris Frisco is a collaborative musician equally at home in the worlds of both classical and popular music. This season, he conducts Glory Denied at Opera Birmingham and Song From the Uproar at Opera Ithaca, music directs A Christmas Carol at the McCarter Theater and a festival of short American Operas at Opera Fayetteville, and partners singers in recital across the country. He also prepares singers for performances at major opera companies, Broadway productions, major regional theaters, and in international concert venues. A committed educator for the next generation of performing artists, he has served on the faculty of the Westminster Choir College, Rutgers University, and The New School for Drama. He is the founder and artistic director of The New Voice Project, a fledgling non-profit arts organization that commissions and presents performing and visual arts projects.