Celebrate July 4th the Caramoor way as we pay tribute to Leonard Bernstein alongside other grand symphonic works with the esteemed Westchester Symphonic Winds and two stellar alumni from Caramoor’s Schwab Vocal Rising Stars. Then, stick around for a proper ending to the evening with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, and of course — fireworks!
Westchester Symphonic Winds
Curt Ebersole, conductor
Meredith Lustig, soprano
Miles Mykkanen, tenor
Smith The Star Spangled Banner (arr. by Damrosch and Sousa)
Bernstein Candide: Overture (arr. by Clare Grundman)
Willson Selections from The Music Man (arr. by Barton Green)
Markowski Famishus Fantasticus
Fillmore Americans We March (arr. by Fennell)
Sheldon Metroplex: Three Postcards from Manhattan
Bernstein Selections from West Side Story (arr. by Matt Podd)
Ward America the Beautiful (arr. by Phillip Rothman)
Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture, Op. 49 (arr. by Mayhew L. Lake)
Sousa Stars and Stripes Forever (arr. by Brion and Schissel)
Covered Picnicking for All Membership Levels in the Pavilion
In the case of inclement weather, the concert will be held as planned on Wednesday, July 4 and the fireworks will be held at 9:00pm Thursday, July 5.
Westchester Symphonic Winds
Westchester Symphonic Winds, an adult community-based 60-piece wind and percussion ensemble celebrates its 30th anniversary season in 2017-2018. We strive to promote music in our area, instill pride in our nation and heritage, provide opportunities for personal expression and growth within our 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, Joseph Greco, and many other nationally recognized wind band conductors.
Over the years, we 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 fifth time at Caramoor in July 2018. 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.
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.
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, Caramoor, 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. In 2017, he presented his first TED Talk, Framing Failure, at TEDxOneonta.
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.
Meredith Lustig, soprano
Praised for her “radiant soprano” and “outstanding dramatic presence,” Meredith Lustig is establishing herself as an artist of great versatility and sophistication. Appearances during the 2015-16 season included Eurydice in an English translation Offenbach’s Orphee Aux Enfers with Virginia Opera, Musetta in La Boheme with Syracuse Opera, and as Fiona in Lerner and Lowe’s beloved musical, Brigadoon with Gulfshore Opera. Ms. Lustig is especially passionate about her work with new music and is excited to bring life to Robert Paterson’s The Whole Truth with the American Modern Ensemble in New York this January. Additional concert performances included Frank Martin’s Golgotha with the New Amsterdam Singers, an evening of Bel Canto favorites with the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic, and a debut with the Hong Kong Opera.
Ms. Lustig is a former Resident Artist with Pittsburgh Opera. During her two seasons with the company she performed the roles of Papagena in The Magic Flute, Zina in Dark Sisters, Musetta in La Boheme, Carolina in Il Matrimonio Segreto, and Clorinda in Cenerentola. During that time Ms. Lustig also made multiple appearances with the Erie Philharmonic as the soprano soloist in Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Orff’s Carmina Burana.
Ms. Lustig has enjoyed multiple summers as a Young Artist with the Glimmerglass Festvial, where she sang the roles of Ancella in Cherubini’s Medea (2011) and Bella Griffeths in An American Tragedy (2014). In 2012 she attended the Aspen Summer Music Festival and sang the role of Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby under the baton of Anne Manson.
A great lover of the recital repertoire, Ms. Lustig studied as a Songfest Stern Fellow and at the Ravinia Steans Institute, where she also made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a soloist in Vaughn Williams Serenade to Music. Ms. Lustig enjoys a close collaboration with Michael Barrett and Steven Blier at the New York Festival of Song, with appearances in multiple programs including “Off the the Island,” “Killer Bs,” “Latin Lovers,” “Road Trip,” and “Carried Away.” In 2012, she participated in Caramoor’s Vocal Rising Star Program where she presented New York to Paris, Paris to Paradise.
Ms. Lustig holds Bachelor and Master Degrees from the Juilliard School. Favorite roles there included Lauretta/Gianni Schicchi, Venere/La Doriclea, and the title role in Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tiresias. Ms. Lustig is a 2012 District winner and 2013 third place Regional winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a 2015 semi-finalist in the American Traditions Competition, and the first recipient of the Juilliard Novick Career Grant in 2011. Ms. Lustig is a New Hampshire native and a proud graduate of the Walnut Hill High School for the Arts.
Miles Mykkanen, tenor
Miles Mykkanen has garnered recognition on the world’s concert and operatic stages for his “focused, full-voiced tenor” (The New York Times). Of his performances in Eugene Onegin at the Juilliard School, Opera News wrote, “Mykkanen was a knockout as Lensky. The lyric intensity of his singing made each moment count, and the duel- scene aria was a stretch of sheer vocal gold.”
The 2017-18 season sees Mr. Mykkanen performing the title role of Bernstein’s Candide with the Arizona Opera and Palm Beach Opera and Peter Quint in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw for Opera Columbus in a new production by Stephen Wadsworth. The music of Stravinsky serves the tenor’s debut at the Canadian Opera Company in Robert Lepage’s The Nightingale and Other Short Fables. On the concert stage he is heard in performances of Handel’s Messiah with the New Jersey Symphony and Indianapolis Symphony, in concert performances of Verdi’s Otello with Robert Spano leading the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and in Bernstein’s Songfest with his frequent collaborators, Steven Blier, Michael Barrett, and the New York Festival of Song. The tenor makes his New York Philharmonic debut in a program of highlights from West Side Story conducted by Leonard Slatkin and joins the Bard Music Festival for performances of Moniuszko’s Halka and Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette with Leon Botstein conducting the American Symphony Orchestra.
Last season Miles Mykkanen sang Belmonte in Opera Columbus’ new production of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Tichon in Janáček’s Káťa Kabanová in a new Stephen Wadsworth production at Juilliard conducted by Anne Manson, Candide in a fully staged production with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and joined the world premiere cast of Kept: A Ghost Story by Kristin Kuster and Megan Levad in a presentation at the Virginia Arts Festival conducted by JoAnn Falletta. The tenor spent the summer at the Marlboro Music Festival where his performances spanned from song of Brahms and Britten to chamber music of Brett Dean with distinguished guest artists Paul Lewis, Mitsuko Uchida, Roger Vignoles, and many others.
Mr. Mykkanen’s opera credits include championing new work in addition to leading roles drawn from the classic repertoire. He gave the world premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s Crossing at the American Repertory Theatre directed by Diane Paulus and Opera News wrote, “Miles Mykkanen’s work was especially distinctive: his burnished high tenor seemed like the organizing principle around which the other voices cohered.” He was involved in the world premieres of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Twenty-Seven and Jack Perla’s Shalimar the Clown. Other operatic highlights include performances of Die Zauberflöte, Eugene Onegin, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Ariadne auf Naxos, Les mamelles de Tirésias, La traviata, Le nozze di Figaro, La finta giardiniera, Der Kaiser von Atlantis, The Cunning Little Vixen, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Le donne curiose, A Hand of Bridge, and Down in the Valley.
PBS Great Performances produced a documentary of Renée Fleming’s American Voices festival in 2015, featuring Miles Mykkanen in a master class with Tony Award-winner Sutton Foster. The tenor is a youngARTS Gold winner and the recipient of prizes from the Sullivan Foundation, Toulmin Foundation, Novick Career Advancement Grant, and Juilliard’s Joseph W. Polisi Award. Recently graduated from The Juilliard School with an Artist Diploma in Opera Studies, Miles Mykkanen earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the school under the tutelage of Cynthia Hoffmann.