Pops, Patriots & Fireworks

Pops, Patriots & Fireworks

Sat, July 1, 2017, 8:00pm


Due to inclement weather, fireworks will be postponed until Sunday, July 2 at 9:30pm.

The concert will proceed as scheduled. Safety considerations required that this decision be made at 2:00pm Saturday afternoon, based on weather forecasts available at that time.

The weather looks good for Sunday and the grounds will open at 8:00pm with the fireworks display beginning at 9:30pm. Please hold onto your tickets for admission. We apologize for any inconvenience caused. Your safety – and that of the fireworks crew – is our paramount concern.

Please contact the Box Office at 914.232.1252 or boxoffice@caramoor.org if you have any questions.

Grab your family and friends, and get in the spirit of ’76 by celebrating the Fourth with us a bit early. Caramoor favorite and Broadway baritone Ryan Silverman serves up classic songs from the Great American Songbook while trumpet soloist Amy McCabe and the Westchester Symphonic Winds salute the stars and stripes. This patriotic evening properly ends with a bang—in the sky and on the ground—with fireworks and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.


Westchester Symphonic Winds
Curt Ebersole, conductor
Ryan Silverman, baritone
Amy McCabe, trumpet
Robert Sherman, host and narrator


Smith The Star Spangled Banner (arr. John Philip Sousa & Walter Damrosch)
Galante Resplendent Glory
Styne Overture to Gypsy (arr. Barton Green)
Broughton Excursions for Trumpet and Band
Sousa Manhattan Beach March (arr. Frederick Fennell)
Burns “I Loved Well Those Cities”
Rodgers & Hammerstein “This Nearly Was Mine” from South Pacific (arr. Matt Podd)
Porter “Were Thine That Special Face” from Kiss Me, Kate (arr. Matt Podd)
Leigh and Darion “Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha (arr. Matt Podd)
Belsterling March of the Steel Men (arr. Harry S. Alford)
Tchaikovsky Overture, “1812” (arr. Mayhew L. Lake)
Sousa The Stars & Stripes Forever (arr. Keith Brion & Loras Schissel)

In the case of inclement weather, this concert will go on as scheduled. The Venetian Theater is a fully-covered, tented venue. The fireworks show will be postponed until July 2nd at 9:30pm. You will be notified in advance.
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Ryan Silverman

Ryan Silverman, vocalist

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Ryan Silverman recently starred in Side Show on Broadway for which he received a Drama Desk nomination for Best Actor. Other Broadway credits include star turns as Billy Flynn in Chicago and Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera. Silverman received Drama Desk and Drama League nomination for his performance as Giorgio in CSC’s production of Passion. He has appeared at the Kennedy Center as Sir Lancelot alongside Brian Stokes Mitchell in Camelot and as Terry Connor in Side Show. Ryan recently starred in the Theatre du Chatelet’s acclaimed production of Passion opposite Natalie Dessay.

Silverman has also been featured in Music in the Air (Karl) at Encores!; Cry-Baby on Broadway and The Most Happy Fella (Al) at New York City Opera. His portrayal of Tony in the Olivier nominated 2008 West End production of West Side Story received universal raves. He starred as Sky in the 1st National tour of Mamma Mia!, and Jose in the world premiere of the new musical Carmen at La Jolla Playhouse. Ryan played the role of Rapunzel’s Prince in Into The Woods at the MUNY and was in the Chicago production of Wicked (Fiyero u/s).

Ryan Silverman is no stranger to Broadway having received a Drama Desk nomination for Best Actor for his performance in Side Show and starring in both Chicago and The Phantom of the Opera.

Regional credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie (Jimmy), Cinderella (Prince), Grease! (Danny), Hello Dolly! (Cornelius), Assassins (John Wilkes Booth), Sweeney Todd (Anthony), Forever Plaid (Smudge), and Blood Brothers (Eddie Lyons).

TV and film appearances include Gossip Girl, The 5 Minarets Of New York, Sex and the City 2, and True Blood. Ryan has performed his club act the Café Carlyle (month long residency) and Feinstein’s at the Regency. In concert, Ryan Silverman has performed with the The New York Pops (Carnegie Hall), Seattle Symphony with Marvin Hamlisch, Philadelphia Orchestra, Philly Pops, Vancouver Symphony, The Cincinnati Pops, Utah Symphony, Houston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, and Edmonton Symphony among others.


Amy McCabe, trumpet

Amy McCabe, a resident of Washington D.C. has performed on her trumpet in a variety of genres across the globe.  Amy is currently a trumpeter/cornetist in a premier military band which performs regularly at the White House and on national concert tours.  She was recently a featured solo recitalist at the International Trumpet Guild conference, the International Women’s Brass conference, a chamber recitalist at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, and was a featured soloist with the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain.

Amy McCabe was a featured soloist in the Tony/ Emmy award winning show Blast!, and a member of MusiCorps, a music education and advocacy program

In addition, Amy has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, the National Symphony, Brass Band of Battle Creek, the Monarch Brass, Seraph Brass, and was a featured soloist of the first National touring cast of the Tony and Emmy-award winning show, Blast!. Amy was also a member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra, a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Festival, Spoleto Music Festival, Pine Mountain Music Festival, Artosphere Festival and was a member of the Walt Disney World Collegiate All-Star Big Band, and recipient of the Roger Voisin Tanglewood Trumpet Award.

She holds a degree in elementary education from Illinois Wesleyan University studying with Steve Eggleston and Judith Saxton, and a Master’s degree in trumpet performance from Northwestern University, studying with Barbara Butler and Charles Geyer.


Curt Ebersole

Curt Ebersole, conductor

Curt Ebersole has served as the Conductor/Music Director of the Westchester Symphonic Winds (John P. Paynter Memorial Conductor’s Chair) in Tarrytown, NY since 2008. He is currently a member of the Music Department faculty at the Masters School (Dobbs Ferry, NY). In 2013, he retired from Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan, NJ (NVOT), where he served as Director of Instrumental Music for 31 years. At NVOT, he conducted the String Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Concert Band, and Marching Band, earning recurring accolades, and firmly establishing the annual Prism Concert as a local rite of spring. He also acted as Producer/Conductor of the school’s award-winning musical theater program.

He earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Music in Conducting degree from Northwestern University, where he studied conducting with John P. Paynter and clarinet with Larry Combs, and a Master of Fine Arts in Clarinet Performance from SUNY-Purchase, where he studied with Ben Armato.

Curt Ebersole currently serves on the Music Department faculty at the Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, NY and is an accomplished clarinetist and conductor having earned degrees from Northwestern University and SUNY-Purchase.

Mr. Ebersole has served as a guest conductor and clinician for numerous county, region, all-state bands and orchestras, and adult community ensembles across the nation, including performances in Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Caramoor Festival, as well as appearances in South Korea and Australia. He is the founding coordinator of the Music Educators of Bergen County Wind Conducting Symposium, and served as a clinician at the 2009 Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, IL, and the 2015 Temple University Wind Conducting and Teaching Workshop in Philadelphia, PA. He is a practitioner of both Positive Psychology and the Harkness Method.

He was selected as the Northern Valley District Teacher of the Year in 1994 and the Bergen County Teacher of the Year in 1995. The NJ Music Educators Association chose him as the recipient of the 2003 NJ Master Music Teacher Award, and he received the Governor’s Award in Arts Education later that year. In 2009 he was the NVOT recipient of the NJ Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award. Yale University presented him with their Distinguished Music Educator Award in June 2011.

Mr. Ebersole is a native of Lancaster County, PA, and resides in White Plains, NY. In addition to his busy musical life, he also enjoys riding America’s fastest and tallest roller coasters.


Westchester Symphonic Winds

Westchester Symphonic Winds

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Westchester Symphonic Winds, an adult community-based 60-piece wind and percussion ensemble celebrates its 29th season in 2016-2017. WSW exists to promote music in our area, instill pride in our nation and heritage, provide opportunities for personal expression and growth within their membership, and nurture the love of music by offering an exceptional musical experience for people of all ages.

The ensemble was founded by Rachel Eckhaus, Robert LaPorta, and the group’s first conductor, James D. Wayne, who conducted the band from 1988-2004. Dr. Luis Fernando Jimenez was conductor from 2005-2008. Curt Ebersole was invited to conduct the 20th Anniversary Gala Concert in 2008, and was subsequently invited to stay on permanently as Conductor and Music Director. Since 2008, guest conductors and clinicians have included Dr. Mallory Thompson, Dr. John Lynch, Dr. Tom McCauley, Dr. Shelley Axelson, Travis Cross, and Joseph Greco.

Westchester Symphonic Winds was founded in 1988 and currently serves as the Ensemble-in-Residence at the Tarrytown Music Hall.

Over the years, WSW have given benefit concerts for many groups, including the Food Bank for Westchester, Student Assistance Services, Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation, Irvington Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Rotary Club of Briarcliff Manor, Emergency Ecumenical Food Pantry, Family Services of Westchester, Yonkers Arts Education, and others.

The ensemble made its New York City debut at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in March of 2010, its national debut at the 2012 Association of Concert Bands National Convention, and will perform for the fourth time at Caramoor in July, 2017. The organization is an Ensemble-in-Residence at the historic Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, New York, and rehearses there on Monday evenings from September through June.


Robert Sherman, host

Robert Sherman, award-winning broadcaster and writer, recently celebrated his 56th anniversary as a WQXR host. Formerly Program Director and later Senior Consultant, he continues to produce and host The McGraw-Hill Companies’ Young Artists Showcase – now in its 34th year on the station – and since their inception, has hosted the Lincoln Center presentations of the annual the Avery Fisher Career Grants. His popular and award-winning folk series Woody’s Children, which began on WQXR is 1969, is now heard on WFUV.

WQXR host was a music critic and columnist for The New York Times and for nearly twenty served on the faculty of The Juilliard School.

For more than forty years, Bob was a music critic and columnist for The New York Times and for nearly twenty served on the faculty of The Juilliard School. A concert narrator with such esteemed ensembles as Canadian Brass, the United States Military Academy (West Point) Band and the Greenwich Symphony, he sits on the Advisory boards of many cultural organizations, also serving them variously as competition judge, pre-concert lecturer, panel moderator and fundraising emcee.

Co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Classical Music and two best-selling books with Victor Borge, he also joined with his brother, Alexander Sherman, to compile a pictorial history of their celebrated mother, pianist Nadia Reisenberg.

The Westchester Symphonic Winds is thrilled to return to this beautiful garden of music for our fourth performance at Caramoor. The ensemble, originally founded as the Hudson Valley Wind Symphony in 1988, has grown substantially in expertise and stature in the past nine years. We are pleased and humbled to perform for you here. This program is not only a collection of popular and patriotic works by great composers, it is also an evening of classic American favorites, which I hope you will enjoy.

With many choices available, my favorite arrangement of The Star Spangled Banner is by John Philip Sousa and harmonized by Walter Damrosch, which we are performing here. We hope you will find it to be a stirring combination of traditional patriotism and melodic breadth. I have always felt strongly that the national anthem should be the best-performed selection in any concert, and we aim to fulfill that goal again.

We’re opening with a tour-de-force overture by Rossano Galante, entitled Resplendent Glory. The main theme, presented by the brass, is lush and heroic. In true rondo form, it returns several times throughout the work to reinforce its impact. Although Resplendent Glory has no specific patriotic connotations, you will nonetheless feel a patriotic rush as you listen. Mr. Galante has extensive experience in film composition and orchestration, and it is easy to hear these influences in this composition. His film orchestration credits include Tuesdays with Morrie, Walking Across Egypt, and The Wedding Party.

Many Broadway connoisseurs regard the Overture to Jule Styne’s Gypsy as the finest overture ever written for the genre. Here, we feature WSW’s own Barton Green’s arrangement of this musical delicacy in all its glory. Spotlighted selections include, “Everything’s Coming Up Roses,” “You’ll Never Get Away from Me,” “Small World,” “Burlesque Sequence,” and “Mr. Goldstone.” It’s one joyous musical number after another!

Our featured trumpet soloist, Amy McCabe, will dazzle our audience with her performance of Excursions for Trumpet and Band. In his score, composer Bruce Broughton wrote: “Although not literally a programmatic piece, Excursions is based upon a tune that wanders in and out of various musical situations. After a short introduction by the soloist, the main theme is presented over a lightly ambling accompaniment. The theme travels this way and that, running into some interesting diversions along the way and eventually meeting itself where it began – at the introduction.”

In 1980, the venerable wind band conductor, Frederick Fennell, created his own edition of John Philip Sousa’s Manhattan Beach March. In the score, Fennell wrote: “When Sousa was leader of the Marine Band (he resigned in 1892), he had begun the practice at important engagements of frequently leaving behind a token of his highest esteem – a march commemorating the occasion. This march was from The Sousa Band’s July-August visit to Manhattan Beach, New York in 1893. The park has long been gone but the spirit of what must have been quite a place lives on in this really marvelous, almost frugal, essay in the march form.” The march is lean – only 68 bars long – and features a short introduction, concise and complimentary first and second strains, no introduction to the Trio, no break strain, and no stinger. Perhaps the march reflects his own frugality; Sousa paid for all the expenses for his musicians and received no public or private funding in the years that he operated the Sousa Band.

I Loved Well Those Cities is based on the poem, “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry,” by Walt Whitman. The composer, Patrick Burns, wove excerpts from the poem into his composition to convey Whitman’s personal observations about the beauty of his New York to people not yet born, to generations “a hundred years hence, or ever so many hundred years hence.” The poem is a fascinating tribute to cities everywhere and the timelessness of the human spirit. We welcome our wonderful friend, Bob Sherman, as our narrator.

We are so very pleased to welcome back the talented baritone, Ryan Silverman, to join us again this evening. When we discussed song choices for this year, we all chipped in various ideas, and came up with a long list of favorites – much too long, in fact. In order to whittle it down, and to find some kind of theme to connect the numbers, I called my friend and musical theater expert, John Kenrick, for assistance. After thinking for a moment, he suggested that we pick three selections that reflect “When Baritones Were Heroes.” So, tonight Mr. Silverman will portray these musical theater heroes: Emile from South Pacific, Fred/Petruchio from Kiss Me Kate, and Don Quixote from Man of La Mancha.

For our second march of the evening, I selected a relatively unknown American march. Charles S. Belsterling, an executive at a large midwestern steel mill and not a trained musician, is credited with composing the March of the Steel Men. The story goes that Belsterling sang the march’s themes to arranger Harry L. Alford, who then wrote them down and harmonized them as the march you hear tonight. The title was likely given to honor Belsterling’s own company band, comprised of steel workers, who probably premiered the march.

Although its origins have nothing to do with the birth of America, Overture “1812” has become synonymous with the battle for which it was named, in which Russia defended itself against the Napoleonic armies of France. Connect battles to cannons, cannons to fireworks, and fireworks to Fourth of July – thus, a musical tradition was born. Arthur Fiedler initiated the tradition with the Boston Pops on the Esplanade in 1974, complete with cannons, church bells, and fireworks. We hope you enjoy our special take on this battle hymn of freedom, complete with hand bells, which imitate the victorious pealing of church bells.

We are closing our program with a traditional Fourth of July encore, The Stars and Stripes Forever, by John Philip Sousa. Since an act of Congress in 1987, it is the Official National March of the United States of America. What better way is there to end our Fourth of July celebration?

I’d like to thank Jeffrey Haydon, Paul Rosenblum, Ellie Gisler Murphy, Timothy Coffey, and Warren Hammer at Caramoor; Matt Podd, Ryan Silverman, Amy McCabe, Robert Sherman, and the Board of Trustees and members of the Westchester Symphonic Winds for their assistance this evening!

– Curt Ebersole