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Pack a picnic and join us for our annual romp exploring an eclectic mix of folk, country, bluegrass, gospel, blues, creole, singer/songwriter, string band, old time, and everything in-between. Enjoy memorable tunes, great eats, good friends, comfortable bathrooms, free parking, and 90 acres of historic gardens and architectural treasures ripe for exploration.

This season, the all-ages American Roots Music Festival offers up several riveting headline artists on the verge of stardom. Hurray for the Riff Raff – led by the charismatic Alynda Segarra – hails from New Orleans and mixes doo-wop, blues, and honky-tonk into unforgettable, effortlessly catchy performances garnering praise from the New Yorker, Rolling Stone, NPR, CMT, and elsewhere. Returning fan favorite John Fullbright brings his deeply personal, gripping song writing and playing, joining “the lineage of terse Southwestern songwriters like Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark … reaching for unassailable clarity.” (New York Times) After a sold out I’m With Her performance here last summer, Sara Watkins (also of Nickel Creek fame) shares her new band and new tunes with us in an early preview.

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Hurray for the Riff Raff

 

John Fullbright

 

Sara Watkins

The lavish soirées hosted by our founders in the 1930s and ’40s are reimagined today with A Summer Evening at the Rosens’. The night begins with a social cocktail hour in the bucolic Sense Circle Garden. After drinks, enjoy a brief presentation on the Rosen family and Caramoor’s origins, surrounded by exotic works of fine and decorative art in the historic Music Room. A theremin (one of the earliest electronic instruments; a favorite of Lucie Rosen’s) mini concert and talk with singer, thereminst, and Theater World Award winner Sarah Rice follows, after which guests will head to the open-air East Porch for an elegant catered dinner. The evening closes with a stirring performance by 2015-16 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence, the Aizuri Quartet. As a guest of the Rosens, prime concert seating awaits you!

In this moving Father’s Day tribute, violinist Pamela Frank hosts a performance with her renowned father’s final student, pianist Andrew Tyson playing alongside fellow Evnin Rising Star alumni Benjamin Beilman and Ayane Kozasa, and ERS mentor Peter Wiley to honor the great musician’s life, work, and legacy.

Schubert  Trio in B-flat major for violin, viola and cello, D.471
Mozart  Piano Quartet in G minor, K.478
– Intermission –Schumann  Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op.47

Pamela Frank, host
Benjamin Beilman, violin
Ayane Kozasa, viola
Peter Wiley, cello
Andrew Tyson, piano

“Claude allowed each student to develop a special musical personality and I’m sure that most of them still hear his fatherly comments when they play the repertoire which they studied at Curtis, Yale, or during masterclasses that he gave around the world. I know that some of them are already continuing Claude Frank’s legacy through their own teaching – Robert Fitzpatrick, Former dean at Curtis, 1986-2009
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Leonore  Elza van den Heever, sopranoFlorestan Paul Groves, tenorMarzelline Georgia Jarman, sopranoRocco Kristinn Sigmundsson, bassJaquino Andrew Owens, tenorDon Pizarro Alfred Walker, bass-baritone
Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor
Orchestra of St. Luke’s

Beethoven’s Fidelio – the master’s only opera – explores themes common to his “middle period”: of personal sacrifice, of heroism, and of delayed triumph. The story follows the efforts of a determined wife in disguise (soprano Elza van den Heever), the struggles of her imprisoned political-activist-husband (tenor Paul Groves), and a host of players from the reigning municipality who seek to keep him in chains. Fidelio was the fruit of Beethoven’s decade-long struggle to bend operatic forms to his personal vision. Its first version, Leonore, had met with mixed success in 1805. The revision, debuting in the same season as Rossini’s Aureliano, became an instant classic, and is now a cornerstone of the repertory. Its stunning synthesis of German and Italian operatic traditions with Beethoven’s unique force and nobility has challenged the greatest interpreters for two centuries, revealing new secrets in each generation.

Caramoor welcomes Pablo Heras-Casado, principal conductor of Orchestra of St. Luke’s, in his first turn at the Bel Canto opera stage.

Fidelio seemed to me the perfect choice for welcoming Pablo Heras-Casado to the Bel Canto podium. Beethoven has been a specialty of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s throughout its life, and the rapport with its new principal conductor in his symphonies has been electrifying.” – Will Crutchfield, Director of Opera

A host of pre-opera events, delicious picnics, tours of the historic Rosen House, and more make for an unforgettable day at Caramoor!Caramoor Coach GraphicCatch the Caramoor Coach to and from Manhattan (single-ride and round-trip available), take the train (Metro-North Katonah Station, Harlem Line), or take a scenic drive and enjoy free parking – it’s easy to get here.

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Due to predicted severe weather, this performance has moved from the Spanish Courtyard to the Venetian Theater.

Introduced to us by way of two of its members – Ayane Kozasa and Karen Ouzounian, alumnae of our Evnin Rising Stars program – the Aizuri Quartet makes its fourth concert appearance as Caramoor’s 2015-16 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence. Recently in residence at the Curtis Institute of Music and Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute, they’ve also been planting a stake in the Philadelphia music scene through appearances at the Barnes Foundation, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, World Cafe Live, and on WRTI’s musician-hosted radio special “Philadelphia Music Makers.”

As part of their year-long residency at Caramoor, which also includes lending their time to classroom-based instruction, concerts, conversations, and performance clinics, the Aizuri Quartet has chosen emerging composer Paul Wiancko to develop a new work for Caramoor’s ongoing “A String Quartet Library for the 21st Century” commissioning project. Join the Aizuri and Wiancko as they take aim at a deeper echelon of human emotion in LIFT, a multiple-movement piece exploring the intricate rhythms of joy and sorrow, paired with Beethoven’s controversial String Quartet Op. 130 & Grosse Fuge.

Wiancko  LIFT for String Quartet (world premiere)
Beethoven  String Quartet Op. 130 & Grosse Fuge

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Due to predicted severe weather, this performance has moved from the Spanish Courtyard to the Venetian Theater.

Gioachino Rossini retired from opera in 1829, but decades later his creativity erupted in a dizzying array of chamber works he called “sins of old age.” These miniatures, by turns deliciously lyrical, hauntingly spiritual, and raucously funny, serve as a showcase for Caramoor’s Bel Canto Young Artists led by Derrick Goff, and as a perfect amuse-bouche for those planning to hear Aureliano in Palmira on July 16.

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Artist-in-Residence Jonathan Biss joins Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the superb young conductor Joshua Weilerstein for a program of musical responses and reactions. Asked to respond to Beethoven’s Concerto No. 2 for the first commission of Biss’ multi-year Beethoven/5* project, composer Timo Andres says of The Blind Banister, presented here in its New York premiere, “I started writing my own cadenza to Beethoven’s concert, and ended up devouring it from the inside out.” Juxtaposed with Martinu’s Sinfonietta La Jolla, a reaction to the work of Franz Joseph Haydn, suffused with charm in neo-classical style and Haydn’s Symphony No. 98, written in response to the death of Mozart, Andres’ concerto joins a centuries-long conversation of classical reference, reaction, and response.

“With this grand commissioning project,” writes Andres, “Jonathan is demonstrating that it’s possible to think about Beethoven a lot, and simultaneously be a musical instigator of the present day. I think we’re similar in that way—it’s the reason there are few musicians I trust as implicitly as Jonathan. I’m thrilled to be writing my third and largest piano concerto for him, which will be our second collaboration.”

Though some may recall Joshua Weilerstein’s first turn at Caramoor’s podium in 2011 – just 23 and in his first week as Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic when he hastily stepped in for Maestro Alan Gilbert, delayed in transit on a flooded parkway – the young conductor makes his first official debut at this performance. Brother of Caramoor’s 2013 Artist-in-Residence, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, Joshua Weilerstein is quickly making a name for himself as one of the symphonic world’s most sought-after young conductors.

“[The Blind Banister is] a captivating work, one that goes from haunting and hopeful to an eventual explosion of energy.” – Pioneer Press

*Beethoven/5 is a series of new works commissioned for Jonathan Biss by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Caramoor and Orchestra of St. Luke’s are co-commissioners of The Blind Banister.

Beethoven  Piano Concerto No.2, Op. 19
Andres  The Blind Banister, Concerto No. 3 (New York premiere)
– Intermission –Martinu  Sinfonietta La Jolla for Piano and Chamber Orchestra
Haydn  Symphony No. 98 in B-flat Major

Garden ListeningGarden Listening: Introduce your family to Caramoor and enjoy the sounds of the concert from the Picnic Lawns. Tickets $10

Complimentary Garden Listening Tickets for Family Level Members and Above.

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“Every so often it occurs to me how much freedom I have,” Folds says. “In this case, it was, ‘Oh. I can write pop songs for what’s in essence a small orchestra.’”

Dynamic pianist, bandleader, arranger, producer, composer, stadium-filler, and televised vocal judicator: Ben Folds isn’t a traditional pop headliner. His latest album, So There, is a refreshing release succinctly divided between eight “chamber rock” tunes – written and arranged with alt-chamber instigators yMusic – and Folds’ original 21-minute “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra,” co-commissioned by the Nashville Ballet and the Minnesota Orchestra.

No stranger to collaborations with eccentric, creative powerhouses, the New York-based 6-piece yMusic’s “flexibility … puts them at the forefront of a rapidly changing performance culture. The group has set the bar high” (New York Times). Audience-goers may recognize floutist Alex Sopp, also of The Knights, and violinist Rob Moose, who joined Gabriel Kahane last summer in Caramoor’s Venetian Theater and has performed with Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

“For Folds, who constantly hones his craft by taking unexpected paths, [So There] extends a career-long flirtation with modern orchestral composition to its logical next step.” – NPR

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Now in its 23rd year, this annual day-long festival is a celebration for jazz enthusiasts of all ages and includes performances set throughout our picturesque gardens and grounds, fun activities for little ones, tours of the historic Rosen House at Caramoor, extensive food and beverage options, and more. A summer day well spent with your friends, on your own, or with the whole family!

Curated by Jazz at Lincoln Center and headlined by the celebrated CHICK COREA TRIO, the 2016 Caramoor Jazz Festival brings an eclectic mix of established jazz legends, future phenoms, big bands, and solo performers together for one-of-a-kind artistic collaboration and new jazz synergies. In recent years, Caramoor’s exquisite setting and laid-back charm – just an hour’s drive from Manhattan – have attracted such performers as Wynton Marsalis, Bill Frisell, Jason Moran, McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, Vijay Iyer, Dr. John, Christian McBride, Robert Glasper, Paquito D’Rivera, and more.

Members’ Jazz Lounge for all membership levels.

“You really couldn’t come up with a prettier setting for a jazz festival … Caramoor is a perfect day trip for city slickers who want to hear some of the most prominent jazz artists of the day without going very far to do so.” – Jazz Times

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CHICK COREA TRIO

 

“I never wanted to sound clean and pretty. In jazz, I felt I could sing these deep, husky lows if I want, and then these really tiny, laser highs if I want, as well.” – Cécile McLorin Salvant

Winner of Best Jazz Vocal Album in this year’s crop of Grammy hopefuls for her second major release, For One To Love, Cécile McLorin Salvant continues to steal headlines and hearts. Returning for a third consecutive year to Caramoor’s summer stages, Salvant is a vocal force of nature à la Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, or Ella Fitzgerald, having co-headlined stages with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and commanded audiences at the Newport Jazz Festival and beyond. Drawing on a wide array of influences – her Miami upbringing, her father’s Haitian origins, classical voice and piano training, taboo subjects in traditional jazz music – Salvant’s “aesthetic idiosyncrasies immediately mark her apart” (NPR) and make for intimate, powerful performances.

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