Sherezade Panthaki©David Fung

Sherezade Panthaki, soprano with The Helicon Ensemble

Sun, October 20, 3:00pm

Adult $30 – $65, Child $15 – $65


First introduced to Caramoor audiences in 2018’s Atalanta, soprano Sherezade Panthaki is an acknowledged star in the early-music world. With a lush and commanding voice, she remains “wonderfully agile, riding her rapid vibrato up and down passagework and trills with admirable fluency” (The Wall Street Journal). In this program featuring both instrumental and vocal pieces, Panthaki is joined by the Helicon ensemble. Recognized by The New York Times as “an important early music organization,” Helicon seeks to explore period chamber music at a high level.

“Panthaki’s voice is a force of nature and quite exceptional, as indeed is her remarkably accurate tuning and the evident ease with which she tossed off even the most difficult passages.”
— Kenneth DeLong, Calgary Herald

Sherezade Panthaki, soprano
The Helicon Ensemble
Avi Stein, Director and Harpsichord


Love and Revenge: The Baroque Diva
Vivaldi Concerto for Strings in G Minor, RV 157
Vivaldi “Gelosia, tu già rendi l’alma mia” from Ottone in villa
Handel “V’adoro, pupille” from Giulio Cesare in Egitto
Handel Chaconne (Terpsichore)
Graupner “Agitato da tempeste” from Dido, Königen von Carthago
Kapsperger “Toccata Arpeggiata” from Libro primo d’intavolatura di chitarrone
Vivaldi Trio Sonata in D Minor, RV 63 (Variations on “La Follia”)
— Intermission —
Purcell Suite from Dido and Aeneas
Jacquet de la Guerre Trio Sonata in D Major
Clérambault Scene from Medée
Duphly “La Fourqueray” and “La Médée” from Pièces de clavecin, Livre 3
Handel Overture from Giulio Cesare in Egitto
Handel “Da tempeste il legno infranto” from Giulio Cesare in Egitto

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Sherezade Panthaki©David Fung

Sherezade Panthaki, soprano

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Soprano Sherezade Panthaki’s international success has been fueled by superbly honed musicianship; “shimmering sensitivity” (Cleveland Plain Dealer); “radiant” voice (The Washington Post); and vividly passionate interpretations, “mining deep emotion from the subtle shaping of the lines” (The New York Times). An acknowledged star in the early-music field, Ms. Panthaki has ongoing collaborations with leading early music interpreters including Nicholas McGegan, Simon Carrington, Matthew Halls, and Masaaki Suzuki, with whom she made her New York Philharmonic debut. A recent performance with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and conductor Nicholas McGegan was described as “a breathtaking combination of expressive ardor, tonal clarity, technical mastery, and dramatic vividness” by The San Francisco Chronicle.

Ms. Panthaki’s 2019/20 orchestral season includes returns to both Minnesota Orchestra (Messiah) and Winter Park Bach Festival (Brahms Requiem) and performances with Houston Symphony (Messiah), Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, St. Thomas Church in New York, and Santa Fe Pro Musica (Telemann’s Passion Cantata). This season she also returns rejoins the viol consort Parthenia for an “Elizabethan Christmas” program and returns to Boston Early Music Festival for their overseas trip to Bremen, performing the role of Ellenia in Graupner’s Antiochus und Stratonica. In recital Ms. Panthaki will be featured at Caramoor Music Festival in “Love and Revenge: The Baroque Diva” with Helicon Ensemble.

Ms. Panthaki’s repertoire extends well beyond the music of the Renaissance and Baroque to works such as Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Houston Symphony, John Tavener’s The Last Discourse with Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with American Classical Orchestra, and Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise, and Strauss lieder at the Bari International Music Festival.

Ms. Panthaki holds an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music and a Masters degree from the University of Illinois.


The Helicon Ensemble

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Taking its name from the mythical Greek mountain home of Mnemosyne, goddess of Memory, and her daughters, the nine Muses, Helicon was founded in 1985 by harpsichordist Albert Fuller as a forum for exploring chamber music in a historical context.

Helicon presents and produces an annual subscription series of four Symposiums featuring performance and discussion of chamber music. Each Helicon Symposium addresses a particular musical or cultural question with expressly chosen repertoire, performers, and instruments. Interaction between audience and performers is encouraged.

Helicon has released five commercial recordings with music by Bach, Vivaldi, Rameau, Scarlatti, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schumann performed on period instruments.

Helicon has been presented by Carnegie Hall and has co-produced music education events with Mannes College The New School for Music, and the New York-based chamber orchestra, The Knights.

Helicon’s activities are supported through the tax-deductible contributions of its Members, who make up the core audience of Helicon’s Symposiums.


Avi Stein, Director and Harpsichord

Avi has served as the Artistic Director of the Helicon Foundation since 2013 and is Associate Organist and Choirmaster at Trinity Church Wall Street in Manhattan, where he takes part in a wide range of activities, from liturgical events to the weekly Bach cantata series and the recent Carnegie Hall performance of massive works by Charles Ives and Alberto Ginastera.

He teaches continuo accompaniment and chamber music at the Juilliard School, and taught vocal repertoire at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Avi performed on the 2015 Grammy Award-winning recording by the Boston Early Music Festival of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s La Descente d’Orphée aux Enfers and La Couronne de Fleurs. The New York Times described Avi as “a brilliant organ soloist” in his Carnegie Hall debut, and he was recently featured in Early Music America magazine in an article on the new generation of leaders in the field.

Avi has performed throughout the United States, in Europe, Canada, and Central America. He directed the young artists’ program at the Carmel Bach Festival and has conducted a variety of ensembles, including the Opera Français de New York, OperaOmnia, the Amherst Festival opera, and the critically acclaimed annual series, The 4×4 Baroque Music Festival. Avi studied at Indiana University, the Eastman School of Music, the University of Southern California, and was a Fulbright scholar in Toulouse.