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Summer 2013 – Spring 2014

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Spring 2013

Schwab Vocal Rising Stars
Song of the Midnight Sun
Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 4:00pm

Steven Blier, Artistic Director, mentor, and pianist
Michael Barrett, mentor and pianist

Julia Bullock, soprano; Sarah Larsen, mezzo-soprano; Theo Lebow, tenor; Tobias Greenhalgh, baritone

The great Scandinavian songwriters, including Grieg, Sibelius, Stenhammar, Nystrom, Nielson, and Rautavaara, reveal in song their world of hidden loves, night-time confessions, and the poetry of nature. An air of austerity and freshness lends these songs a rare beauty.

Amphion String Quartet
2012-13 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence
Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 8:00pm

Katie Hyun and David Southorn, violins; Wei-Yang Andy Lin, viola; Mihai Marica, cello

Haydn ~ Grieg ~ Beethoven

In 1999, Caramoor established the annual String Quartet-in-Residence program supported by major endowment gifts from The Ernst C.Stiefel Foundation. It is Caramoor’s goal to use the residency format to integrate a quartet into the life of the institution and the community. The Amphion String Quartet is the thirteenth Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence at Caramoor. They visit schools and give concerts in the Fall and Spring. The residency ends with a concert during the Summer International Music Festival.

Tim O’Brien
Saturday, April 13 at 8:00pm
Grammy award winning singer and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, fiddle, mandolin) Tim O’Brien kicks off the new Roots Music in the Music Room series with a special solo acoustic show. O’Brien has made a lasting mark on Americana music through his innate musicianship and wide-ranging tastes. Whether it’s the interpretation of an old fiddle tune, a revitalized honky-tonk shuffle from the 1950s, traditional bluegrass, Jimi Hendrix or Bob Dylan, O’Brien’s music is familiar but never predictable.

A founding member of the popular bluegrass band Hot Rize (and its alter ego Western Swing band Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers), O’Brien is a singer of unusual clarity and originality, string instrument player of rare ability and an incisive songwriter. No wonder he has been a perpetual fan favorite on the award winning public radio show Mountain Stage for over 25 years, delighting audiences and his fellow musicians. Seating is limited to 200 for this special show.

A master of American folk music, Irish music, Scottish music – it doesn’t matter; a fine songwriter and one of my favorite singers. – Mark Knopfler

Amy Helm Band
Saturday, May 11 at 8:00pm
Amy Helm Band; Mike + Ruthy

Amy Helm has deep musical roots. As the daughter of music legend Levon Helm, she grew up surrounded by musical creativity and spent many years singing and playing alongside her father, absorbing the influences of artists like Mavis Staples, Emmylou Harris, Joan Osborne, Dr. John and Hubert Sumlin. As a member of rootsy band Ollabelle, the Levon Helm and Dirt Farmer bands – she honed her soul inflected vocal delivery and mandolin playing. As co-producer of Levon Helm’s Dirt Farmer record, she shared in the Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album.

Helm performs at Roots Music in the Music Room with her new band – the Amy Helm Band – backed by an acoustic powerhouse featuring Byron Isaacs and Justin Guip (of the Levon Helm Band) and extraordinary guitarist Dan Littelton. With strains of folk, gospel, blues and R&B, the music is uplifting and moving. Please join us for this special show. Seating is limited to 200.

The Mind and Music of Beethoven
Monday, May 13 at 11:00am
Rosen House Music Room

Harvard-trained psychiatrist and Juilliard-trained concert pianist Dr. Richard Kogan will present a lecture/concert that explores the connection between the mind and music of Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770-1827).

No composer exerts a more powerful hold on the imagination than Beethoven, and no one has surpassed his extraordinary ability to express dramatic conflict and resolution. But the full scope of Beethoven’s genius was slow to emerge. As a young composer, he embraced the styles and conventions of his contemporaries. Eventually, however, his quest to discover a personal voice led him to reshape pre-existing musical language in order to express the full range of human experience – despair and aggression as well as triumph and transcendence.

Dr. Kogan will perform musical examples from Beethoven’s early, middle and late periods to illuminate the connection between the composer’s psyche and his creative process. There will be an exploration of the impact of significant biographical factors (his brutal childhood, the onset of his deafness, his thwarted quest for the “Immortal Beloved,” his crusade to gain guardianship of his nephew) on his artistic development.

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2013 Summer Music Festival

Week One (June 22nd & 23rd)
Caramoor opened its 68th season with a revival of the Broadway classic She Loves Me, written by composer/lyricist team, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof); book by Joe Masteroff (Cabaret). First staged on Broadway 50 years ago, this delightful romantic comedy derives from the same story that inspired two memorable movies, The Shop Around the Corner and You’ve Got Mail. Caramoor’s semi-staged production starred critically-acclaimed actress Alexandra Silber, Drama Desk Award-winner Santino Fontana, Tony® Award-winner John Cullum, and Drama Desk Award-winner Montego Glover. One of the most beautiful scores in American theater was performed by The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, conducted by Tony® Award-winner Ted Sperling, who also directed the performance. Experience the glamour and excitement of Broadway at Caramoor.

June 22 Opening Night: She Loves Me: Broadway Comes To Caramoor
Saturday, 8:30pm / Venetian Theater

June 23 She Loves Me: Broadway Comes To Caramoor
Sunday, 4:00pm / Venetian Theater

Alexandra Silber; Santino Fontana; John Cullum; Montego Glover; Ryan Silverman; Brad Oscar; Etai BenShlomo; Jonathan Freeman; Ted Sperling, Stage and Music Director; Michele Lynch, Choreographer; Orchestra of St. Luke’s

Week Two (June 26th – 30th)
June 26 Dancing at Dusk – SOLD OUT!
Swing Night with Dandy Wellington and His Band
Wednesday, 5:00pm / Friends Field

June 27 The Intimate Verdi: Chamber Music and Vocal Ensembles
Verdi in Paris
Thursday, 6:00pm / Spanish Courtyard

Angela Meade, soprano; Elizabeth Mann, flute: Jesse Mills, violin; Arnaud Sussmann, violin; Nicholas Cords, viola; Edward Arron, cello; Leigh Mesh, double bass; Bel Canto Young Artists

Verdi / Ave Maria Enigmatic scale harmonized in four parts (1889, revised 1895)
Ave Maria translated by Dante (1880)
Laudi alla Beata Vergine (Hymn to the Blessed Virgin) (1890)
Guarda che bianca luna (Behold the bright moon) (1839)
Fogli d’Album (Album Leaves) (1842-1863)
String Quartet in e (1873)
Pater Noster translated by Dante (1880)

Verdi was an artist for the large scale. He probably wrote fewer works of short duration or for small forces than any other major composer – but those few include rarely-heard masterpieces. Most of them come from around the time of Aida, when he was developing the amazing harmonic refinements of his “late style”. The String Quartet shows his mastery of classic forms he rarely employed elsewhere; several exquisite sacred works testify to his lifelong fascination with the music of Palestrina. Along with occasional miniatures from other phases of his long career, these promise an evening of rich discovery for even the most devoted Verdian.

June 28 Caramoor Virtuosi
Friday, 8:00pm / Spanish Courtyard

Edward Arron, Artistic Director and cello; Jennifer Frautschi, violin; Laura Frautschi, violin; Arnaud Sussmann, violin; Jesse Mills, violin; Nicholas Cords, viola; Max Mandel, viola; Sophie Shao, cello

Cherubini / Pater Noster for Solo Violin and String Quintet
Beethoven (arr. unknown) / Kreutzer Sonata, for Two Violins, Viola and Two Cellos
Enescu / Octet for Strings in C, Op. 7

The Caramoor Virtuosi are in residence this week, appearing in three concerts. For this program, Ed Arron has chosen three rarely-encountered gems, including an unusual quintet arrangement of Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata which previews the performance of this work in its original form on Sunday, by Jennifer Frautschi and Jeewon Park. Completing the program are the concerto-like Pater Noster by Cherubini and the dramatic and brilliant Octet of the Romanian genius, George Enescu.

June 29 American Roots Music Festival
Saturday, All day / Friends Field, Sunken Garden and Venetian Theater
Daytime Performances:
David Wax Museum
John McCutcheon
Heritage Blues Quartet
The Stray Birds
Doug & Telisha
Spuyten Duyvil
Walkabout Clearwater Chorus

The Social Music Hour
Performers from the daytime sets lead an all ages singing and playing workshop.
Bring your voices and your instruments!

Del McCoury is the most awarded artist in the history of bluegrass music for good reason – superb musicianship, high energy and creative experimentation. A lively legend and direct link to Bill Monroe, the founding father of bluegrass, Del’s shows are breathtaking examples of bluegrass technique melded with classic bluegrass, string band, folk, rock, country, jazz and jam band influences. These are shows for fans who love bluegrass as well as people who aren’t sure!

In an historic first, The Del McCoury Band is premiering their latest project at Caramoor – featuring never before seen lyrics from Woody Guthrie set to new music by Del. This show follows an illustrious group of artists who were previously given access to Woody’s unpublished material (the Mermaid Avenue albums by Billy Bragg, Jeff Tweedy and Wilco; Jim James New Multitudes project; and Jonatha Brooke’s project The Works). It promises to be an extraordinary evening of music from America’s folk poet Woody Guthrie and bluegrass master Del McCoury.

This is Del’s ONLY New York show featuring the Woody Guthrie material. Del will also be playing classic and favorite Del tunes. Join us for this historic night of music!

June 30 The Art of the Duo: Beethoven’s Sonatas for Violin and Piano (Part II)
Sunday, 4:30pm / Venetian Theater

Tim Fain, Jennifer Frautschi, Laura Frautschi, Joseph Lin, Arnaud Sussmann, violin; Michael Brown, John Novacek, Jeewon Park,
Gilles Vonsattel, piano

Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 2 in A, Op. 12 No. 2
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 4 in a, Op. 23
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 7 in c, Op. 30 No. 2
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 8 in G, Op. 30 No. 3
Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 9 in A, Op. 47 (Kreutzer)

Beethoven remains, to this day, a source of inspiration for musicians and audiences alike. Five brilliant violinists from the Caramoor Virtuosi, – some of today’s most creative, insightful, and dramatic interpreters – partnered by equally accomplished pianists, complete the cycle of these masterworks begun in the 2012 Festival.

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Week Three (July 4th – 7th)
July 4 Pops, Patriots & Fireworks – SOLD OUT!
The A Train to Harlem
Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and the Harlem Jazz Craze
Thursday, 8:00pm / Venetian Theater

Janis Siegel, vocalist; Darius de Haas, vocalist; Jamie Bernstein, narrator; Westchester Jazz Orchestra;
Michael Barrett, conductor

Fireworks Display to Follow the Concert

Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn were joined at the musical hip, (and oh were they “hip”) producing great tunes for the Duke Ellington big band at the Cotton Club. Ellington expert Darius de Haas and Manhattan Transfer’s Janis Siegel sing and scat their way through the Ellington Songbook. Jamie Bernstein fills in the historical background with little-known stories about Harlem’s golden age of jazz.

July 5 Vienna Piano Trio
Friday, 8:00pm / Spanish Courtyard

Beethoven / Piano Trio in G, Op. 121a (Kakadu Variations)
Saint-Saëns / Piano Trio No. 1 in F, Op. 18
Schubert / Piano Trio No. 2 in E-flat, D 929

The internationally acclaimed Vienna Piano Trio makes its Caramoor debut with a program featuring one of the greatest master works of the genre (Schubert’s E-flat Trio), and Saint- Saëns’ lovely and lyrical trio in F. Beethoven, one of the supreme masters of the variation form, is represented by Kakadu, the Tailor.

July 6 Les vêpres siciliennes by Giuseppe Verdi
Verdi in Paris
Saturday, 7:30pm / Venetian Theater

Angela Meade, soprano; John Osborn, tenor; Marco Nisticò, baritone; Burak Bilgili, bass
Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Bel Canto Young Artists
Will Crutchfield, conductor and Director of Opera

Bel Canto at Caramoor and Maestro Will Crutchfield present an uncut production of Verdi’s Les vêpres siciliennes, sung in French. Returning artists Angela Meade and John Osborn head the cast. This semi-staged concert performance will be preceded by lectures and recitals in the Spanish Courtyard.

Pre-Opera Events: Free for ticket holders

2:30pm Le chant héroïque (Heroic French Singing)
Will Crutchfield presents a selection of rare recordings illustrating the vocalism that made Verdi and French a natural fit, including the voices of twelve singers who collaborated personally with the composer in Paris. When we think of French singing in the abstract, we probably think of elegance and finesse more than of heroic force and brilliance. But all those things coexisted in a style that survived for generations, only to disappear in the mid-20th century.

3:30pm Les italiens à Paris (The Italians in Paris)
The Caramoor Bel Canto Young Artists sketch this history in a recital of music written for Paris by Piccini, Sacchini, Cherubini, Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti, Mercadante, Verdi and others. French opera has had some Italian DNA at least since 1672, when Louis XIV put a Florentine, Giovanni Battista Lulli, in charge of it. About a century later, the prosperity and variety of Paris’s operatic life became a steady magnet for composers from opera’s homeland.

4:30pm L’Opêra (The Paris Opera)
The second Young Artist recital of the afternoon explores Verdi’s presentation of Les vêpres siciliennes in 1855 when he was writing to a tradition of grand opéra at its grandest. The style was developed in the 1830s and 40s by Halévy, Auber and Meyerbeer, whose works will be heard in this program.

6:30pm Pre-Opera Lecture: Steven Tharp, lecturer and dramatic coach

July 7 Brooklyn Rider
A Walking Fire
Sunday, 4:30pm / Venetian Theater

Mozart / String Quartet No. 15 in d, K. 421
Colin Jacobsen / Three Persian Miniatures
Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin / Budget Bulgar
Bartók / String Quartet No. 2
Colin Jacobsen / Brooklesca

The adventurous, genre-defying string quartet Brooklyn Rider, brings its high-wire virtuosity back to Caramoor to introduce music from their new recording, A Walking Fire. Take an unforgettable journey through multiple sound-worlds and traditions, ending with violinist/composer Jacobsen’s Brooklesca –a romp through Brooklyn and its melting pot of culture and style.

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Week Four (July 10th – 14th)
July 10 Salsa Night with The Funky Guajiros
Dancing at Dusk
Wednesday, 5:00pm on Friends Field

Funky Guajiros has a sound unmistakable and unique; their music transcends the stock music of Salsa pick-up bands. Sweet Son Montuno blends with the modern funk of Timba and goes straight to your soul. A show for the whole family dedicated to a deep love for Cuban music and dance that is not to be missed!

July 11 Ana Vidovic
Guitar in the Garden
Thursday, 6:00pm / Sunken Garden
(One Hour Concert. No Intermission)

Joaquín Turina / Sonata for Guitar, Op. 61
Fernando Sor / Introduction and Variations on a Theme by Mozart
Toro Takemitsu / Yesterday from 12 Songs for Guitar
Francisco Tárrega / Recuerdos de la Alhambra
Isaac Albéniz / Granada
/ Asturias
Johann Sebastian Bach / Prelude, Fugue and Allegro, BWV 998
(Edited for Guitar by Frank Koonce)
Agustín Barrios / Mangoré La Catedral

Guitar in the Garden, with its exquisite blend of setting, sound and serenity, has become a Caramoor Festival highlight. Discover the enchanting Sunken Garden and the vastly talented young guitarist, Ana Vidovic.

Post-Concert: Please join us for a glass of wine after the show (free)

July 12 Jonathan Biss, piano
Friday, 8:00pm / Spanish Courtyard

Beethoven /Sonata No. 15 in D, Op. 28 Pastorale
Beethoven / Sonata No. 16 in G, Op. 31, No. 1
Beethoven / Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp, Op. 78 À Thérèse
Beethoven / Sonata No. 21 in C, Op. 53 Waldstein

Jonathan Biss, a former Caramoor Rising Star whom The New Yorker describes as playing with “unerring sophistication,” returns for his first solo concert in the intimate Spanish Courtyard with a program of Beethoven sonatas. These works exemplify Beethoven’s complete control of his materials, his mastery of large forms and the new power of expression made possible by his unique technical skills. Hear for yourself why Biss has won international recognition for his artistry, musical intelligence and deeply felt interpretations.

July 13 Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
Saturday, 8:00pm / Venetian Theater
Special Guest: The Devil Makes Three

Longtime friends Emmylou Harris, (12-time Grammy® winner, Billboard Century Award recipient and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee) and Rodney Crowell (multi-Grammy winner and Songwriters Hall of Fame member) join forces for a powerful show in celebration of their newly released collaborative album Old Yellow Moon.

In a review of their Boston performance, the Boston Globe says: “Old Yellow Moon collects songs old and new, cutting across honky-tonk, classic country, ballads, and hell-raisers.” The artists “sound inspired by their recent reunion, and their chemistry shows … [T]heir voices meshed seamlessly at the Orpheum, his a rangy croon, hers as ethereal as smoke rings.”

July 14 Symphonic Spectacular: Yefim Bronfman, Peter Oundjian,  Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Sunday, 4:30pm / Venetian Theater

Verdi / Overture to La forza del destino
Beethoven / Piano Concerto No. 4 in G, Op. 58
Tchaikovsky / Symphony No. 5 in e, Op. 64

Acclaimed pianist Yefim Bronfman and Peter Oundjian make their long-anticipated return to Caramoor with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s for the symphonic highlight of the season. The Verdi-year celebration continues with the Overture to “Forza,” followed by Beethoven’s intimate and lyrical fourth piano concerto. The Orchestra of St Luke’s displays its virtuosity in Tchaikovsky’s superbly-crafted, storm-driven fifth symphony.

Week Five (July 18th – 21st)
July 18 Introductions: Karen Ouzounian, cello
Thursday, 6:00pm / Spanish Courtyard
(One Hour Concert. No Intermission)
Karen Ouzounian, cello; Ieva Jokubaviciute, piano

Debussy / Sonata for Cello and Piano
Janacek / Pohádka (Fairy Tale) for Cello and Piano
Beethoven / Cello Sonata No. 3 in A, Op. 69

Evnin Rising Star Karen Ouzounian partners with returning pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute in Debussy’s lively, graceful Sonata, Janacek’s brisk Pohádka (Fairy Tale) and Beethoven’s masterful Sonata.

July 19 Amphion String Quartet
2012-2013 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence
Friday, 8:00pm / Spanish Courtyard

Schubert / Quartet in g, D 173
Yevgeniy Sharlat / Quartet No. 2 (World premiere of Volume XIV of Caramoor’s Commissioning project: A String Quartet Library for the 21st Century.)
Beethoven / Quartet in a, Op. 132

Celebrate with the Amphion Quartet as they bring their Stiefel Quartet residency to a climax with the World Premiere of Yevgeniy Sharlat’s Quartet No. 2. Their program will also feature Schubert’s early, innovative g-minor quartet D. 173 and Beethoven’s deeply spiritual and almost time-stopping late quartet.

July 20 Don Carlos by Giuseppe Verdi
Verdi in Paris
Saturday, 7:30pm / Venetian Theater

Jennifer Check, soprano; Jennifer Larmore, mezzo-soprano; James Valenti, tenor; Stephen Powell, baritone; Christophoros Stamboglis, bass; Mikhail Svetlov, bass

Orchestra of St. Luke’s; Bel Canto Young Artists; Will Crutchfield, conductor and Director of Opera
Bel Canto at Caramoor and Maestro Will Crutchfield present Verdi’s Don Carlos in an uncut performance of the four-act version, sung in French. Renowned mezzo Jennifer Larmore sings her first-ever Eboli. This semi-staged concert performance will be preceded by lectures and recitals in the Spanish Courtyard.

Pre-Opera Events: Free for ticket holders

2:30pm En decouvrant Don Carlos (Discovering Don Carlos)
One of the most dramatic events in the history of operatic scholarship was Andrew Porter’s discovery, in 1967, that dozens of pages of unknown music by the mature Verdi could be recovered from orchestral parts preserved at the Paris Opera. Mr. Porter returns to Caramoor to tell the story of this adventure in a panel discussion on the rediscovery of Don Carlos with Philip Gossett and Will Crutchfield.

3:30pm Pages inconnues (Unknown Pages)
Andrew Porter introduces the Caramoor Bel Canto Young Artists as they sing excerpts from the Don Carlos music Verdi later cut or revised – including some passages never before performed in public, such as a version of the last act that begins with Don Carlos (not Élisabeth) waiting alone at the Monastery of Yuste.

4:30pm Schiller dans la musique (Schiller in Music)
Friedrich Schiller was the dramatist to whom Verdi turned to more often than any other for operatic subjects, and his visionary idealism inspired dozens of other composers as well. Caramoor delved into this body of works in 2011 (when another Schiller opera, Guillaume Tell, was on the bill). This performance returns to that theme with a fresh program, this time emphasizing the Verdian connection.

5:30pm Dinner Break

6:30pm Pre-opera lecture: Andrew Porter introduces Don Carlos

July 21 Emerson String Quartet
Sunday, 4:30pm / Venetian Theater

Beethoven / String Quartet No. 8 in e, Op. 59, No. 2 “Razumovsky
Britten / String Quartet No. 3, Op. 94
Beethoven / String Quartet No. 9 in C, Op. 59, No. 3 “Razumovsky”

The iconic Emerson Quartet returns to Caramoor for their American debut appearance with new cellist, Paul Watkins. Watkins, a much-lauded cellist, as well as Music Director of the English Chamber Orchestra, replaces David Finckel, who left after thirty-four years with the group. Hailed by The New York Times as a “superb ensemble: technically resourceful, musically insightful, cohesive, full of character and always interesting,” this much-acclaimed group will perform two of Beethoven’s peerless “middle period” quartets (opus 59, no.2 and no.3,) dedicated to Beethoven’s patron, Prince Razumovsky. From Benjamin Britten, the great and dramatic composer of operas, Emerson String Quartet will present one of his most personal statements – his intimate, serene Quartet No. 3.

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Week Six (July 24th – 28th)
July 24 Dancing Under The Tree Of Life with the Életfa Hungarian Folk Band
Dancing at Dusk
Wednesday, 5:00pm / Friends Field
Életfa, which means the Tree of Life, symbolizes the core mission and passion of the band, which is to preserve the past while passing it on to the next generation. Join us for Caramoor’s version of a Táncház (a Hungarian folk dance party) and experience the joy of authentic Hungarian folk music, song and dance from the villages of present day and historic Hungary.

July 25 Verdi: The Complete Songs for Voice & Piano
Verdi in Paris
Thursday, 6:00pm / Spanish Courtyard
(One Hour Concert. No Intermission)
Bel Canto Young Artists
This piano-accompanied song, or “Romanza,” in Verdi’s Italy, was basically an opera aria without orchestra. Since Verdi composed most of the world’s favorite arias, it is no surprise that his songs are a treasury of inspired melody and dramatic variety. Only about half of them have even been readily available in print. This program presents the entire series, supervised and introduced by Philip Gossett, editor-in-chief of the Ricordi complete edition of Verdi’s works.

20th Anniversary Jazz Festival
Since 1993 the Caramoor Jazz Festival has presented hundreds of the finest jazz musicians from superstars to emerging artists, from big bands to solo pianists, in an eclectic mix featuring unique combinations of artists in true Festival style. At twenty, we pose the question “What is the Universal Golden Key for jazz musicians?” It is experiencing and expressing – in the present moment – an urgent, spiritual purpose and freedom, and sharing it with you, the appreciative listener. During the Jazz Festival, we proudly present musicians that possess that Golden Key: Souza, Marsalis, Carter, Tolliver, Iyer, Loueke, and Makowicz, to name a few. And we revisit the tremendous work of Charles Mingus 50 years ago – in 1963 – when he was in top creative form as composer, musician and bandleader.

July 26 20th Anniversary Jazz Festival – Friday
Celebration. The Foundation of Jazz

Friday, 8:00pm / Spanish Courtyard
Luciana Souza: The Book of Chet and Brazilian Duos; Introducing: Luis Perdomo

July 27 20th Anniversary Jazz Festival – Saturday
Expression. The Language of Virtuosity.
Saturday, 2:00pm / Venetian Theater

2:00pm Adam Makowicz Trio
3:15pm Charles Tolliver Big Band
5:00pm Vijay Iyer
8:00pm Benito Gonzalez
8:30pm Delfeayo Marsalis presents the Uptown Jazz Orchestra

July 28 20th Anniversary Jazz Festival – Sunday
Freedom. The Lifeblood of Jazz.
Sunday, 2:00pm / Venetian Theater

2:00pm Elio Villafranca & The Jass Syncopators
3:00pm Lionel Loueke Trio
4:00pm Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet
5:00pm James Carter Organ Trio
6:00pm The Genius of Mingus 1963: 50th Anniversary Concert
Mingus Big Band plays
Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus
The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
Mingus Plays Piano

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Week Seven (August 1st – 4th)
August 1 Introductions: Andrew Tyson, piano
Thursday, 6:00pm / Spanish Courtyard
(One Hour Concert. No Intermission)

Frederic Chopin /
Prelude in c-sharp, Op. 45
Mazurka in c-sharp, Op. 50
Mazurka in B, Op. 56, No. 1
Mazurkas in f-sharp, Op. 59, No. 3
Impromptu No. 3 in G-flat, Op. 51
Scherzo No. 4 in E, Op. 54
Sonata No. 3 in b, Op. 58

International prize winner, International Chopin Piano Competition semifinalist, and former Caramoor Rising Star, Andrew Tyson, makes his Caramoor Festival debut with these powerful keyboard classics. This All Chopin program (revised from the originally advertised one) is an hour-long recital.

August 2 Suzanne Vega – SOLD OUT!
Friday, 8:00pm / Spanish Courtyard

Suzanne Vega, vocals and guitar

Grammy®-nominated, masterful singer-songwriter whose songs focus on life, ordinary people and real world subjects. Many of her songs (Tom’s Diner, Luka, Marlene on the Wall, Solitude Standing) have become touchstones of the contemporary folk vernacular. An intimate solo performance.

August 3 Audra McDonald In Concert – SOLD OUT!
Saturday, 8:00pm / Venetian Theater

Winner of five Tony Awards®, Broadway legend Audra McDonald returns to the concert stage. Joined by a jazz ensemble, the two-time Grammy® Award-winner will perform an intimate evening of favorite show tunes, classic songs from the movies, and original pieces written expressly for this extraordinary artist. “Ravishing of voice and Olympian of stature, she’s an overwhelming presence.” (New York Times)

August 4 Festival Finale: St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble
Sunday, 4:30pm / Venetian Theater

Natasha Paremski, piano

Dohnányi / Sextet for piano, violin, viola, cello, clarinet & horn in C, Op. 37
Beethoven / Septet in E Flat, Op. 20

Celebrate with the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble as they enjoy a romp through Beethoven’s supremely joyful and youthful masterpiece, the Septet. Joining the Ensemble for the rarely performed Dohnányi Sextet, from 1935, with its unusual instrumental combination and echoes of Brahms, Strauss and early jazz, is pianist Natasha Paremski, last heard at Caramoor in a memorable performance on Opening Night 2007.

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Fall 2013

September 25 Hurray for Wednesday!
Wednesday Morning Concerts
Rosen House Music Room / 11:00am

*Tobias Greenhalgh, baritone; Brent Funderburk, piano
*Mr. Greenhalgh was a 2013 Schwab Vocal Rising Star!

Beethoven / An die ferne Geliebte (To the distant beloved), Op. 98
Poulenc / Chansons gaillardes
Handel / Revenge, Timotheus cries (from Alexander’s Feast)
Rodgers/Hammerstein / Soliloquy (from Carousel)

October 2 Mediterranean Celebration
Wednesday Morning Concerts
Rosen House Music Room / 11:00am

Carolyn Enger, piano

Robert Starer / Three Israeli Sketches
Pastorale / Little White Sheep / Dance
Haim Alexander / Four Pieces from “Six Israeli Dances”
Pastoral / Shepherd’s Round / Farmer’s Dance / Reaper’s Dance
Felix Mendelssohn / Venetianisches Gondollied, Op. 30, No. 6
Avner Dorman / Prelude No. 1
Ned Rorem / Selected pieces from “Piano Album 1”
Paul Ben-Haim / Five Pieces for Piano, Op. 34
Pastoral / Intermezzo / Capriccio Agitato / Canzonetta / Toccata

FALL FESTIVAL / October 4 – 5
October 4 Jazz in the Courtyard
Sonidos Latinos
Chuchito Valdés Trio
Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Edmar Castañeda Duo
Friday, 8:00pm / Venetian Theater

Chuchito Valdés Trio:  Chuchito Valdés, piano; Rafael Monteagudo, drums; Jason W. Marshall, clarinet

Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Edmar Casteñeda Duo: Gonzalo Rubalcaba, piano; Edmar Castañeda, Colombian harp

A hot Havana night in October! Colombian harpist, Edmar Castañeda, returns to Caramoor in a rare concert with Cuban pianist, Gonzalo Rubalcaba – a Grammy Award-winning master with “almost supernatural abilities” (The New York Times). With its unusual blend of electric harp and acoustic grand piano, this percussive duo delivers a new wave of latin colors. The special double-bill evening begins with the Chuchito Valdés Trio. Another returning favorite, Jesus “Chuchito” Valdés has built a name for himself grounded in heat, force, and explosive Cuban musical traditions. Join us in the Spanish Courtyard as these giants of Latin Jazz reach new heights of virtuosity and dynamism.

October 5 The Knights
Saturday, 8:00pm / Venetian Theater

The Knights Featuring: Siamak Aghaei, santur; Colin Jacobsen, violin; Johnny Gandelsman, violin; Adam Hollander, oboe; Ariana Kim, violin; Guillaume Pirard, violin

Reich / Duet for Two Violins and String Ensemble
J.S. Bach / Concerto for Violin and Oboe in c, BWV 1060
Haydn / Symphony No. 8 in G (Le Soir)
Stravinsky / Concerto in E-flat (Dumbarton Oaks)
Jacobsen/Aghaei / Concerto for Santur, Violin, and Orchestra (New York Premiere)*
The Knights …the ground beneath our feet

*Commissioned by the Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College

The Knights are an orchestral collective, flexible in size and repertory, dedicated to transforming the concert experience. Members of the New York-based ensemble are soloists, composers, improvisers, arrangers, and, above all, collaborators. Together, they create music that transcends boundaries. This program revisits the concept of the concerto grosso, from the elegant counterpoint of J.S. Bach to the New York Premiere by violinist/composer Colin Jacobsen and Silk Road virtuoso Siamak Aghaei (who together composed Ascending Bird, performed by the YouTube Symphony for millions of listeners worldwide). The program concludes with …the ground beneath our feet, an unforgettable new work created by members of The Knights.

Pre-concert Q&A
Ticket holders are invited to a special 20-minute pre-concert Q&A with Eric & Colin Jacobsen of The Knights and guest artist/composer, Siamak Aghaei, beginning at 7:00pm in the Venetian Theater. Come be inspired and enlightened by our good friends as they field questions about their repertoire, instruments, ambitions and what it’s like to lead a fleet of innovators and collaborators into the next generation of music-making.

Make it an extra special night! Come to the…
Harvest Dinner
Saturday, October 5 at 5:30pm
Honorary Chair Richard Gere

Richard Gere and Caramoor invite you to join them at the Harvest Dinner; a benefit for music and culture. Begin your evening at Caramoor with a special dinner prepared by Bedford Post’s Executive Chef Jeremy McMillan, followed by a performance by the acclaimed NYC orchestral collective, The Knights.

October 9 Autumn is for Color
Wednesday Morning Concerts
Rosen House Music Room / 11:00am

David Southorn, violin*; Terence J. Flanagan, piano

*Mr. Southorn is a member of the Amphion Quartet, our 2012-13 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet in Residence! We hope you will come out and hear yet another side of this versatile artist.

Bach / Violin Concerto in a, BWV 1041
Mozart / Violin Concerto in A, K. 219

October 12 The Milk Carton Kids
Roots Music in the Music Room
Saturday, 8:00pm / Music Room

The Milk Carton Kids are California singer-songwriters, Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan who create harmony rich folk music with just their voices and acoustic guitars. Their songs are intimate, powerful, and inspiring. Eschewing pop trends and digital enhancement, this duo creates sophisticated and “gorgeous contemporary folk” (NPR). Hear them in the acoustically rich Music Room for an exceptional listening experience.

“A sweetly dazzling variation on close-harmony vocals, part Simon and Garfunkel and part Everly Brothers…” (The New York Times)

October 16 From the Rosen House with Love
Wednesday Morning Concerts
Rosen House Music Room / 11:00am
Marnie Hauschildt, piano; Patrick Laird, cello

Chopin / Sonata for Cello and Piano in G, Op. 65
Chopin / Introduction and Polonaise brillante in C, Op. 3
Brahms / Adagio affettuoso from Sonata for Piano and Cello in F, Op. 99

Cello and Piano duos from the Romantic period

October 27 The Miró Quartet
2000-01 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence
Sunday, 4:00pm / Music Room

Schubert / String Quartet No. 12 in c, D. 703, Quartettsatz
Schubert / String Quartet No. 11 in E, Op. 125, No. 2, D. 353
Schubert / String Quartet No. 14 in d, D. 810, Der Tod und das Mädchen (Death and the Maiden)

With nearly twenty years of virtuosic prowess, the Miro Quartet continues to inspire awe in audiences at home and abroad while maintaining a strong dedication to mentoring the next generation of great chamber artists. Said to possess “explosive vigor and technical finesse” by the New York Times, the Miro Quartet joins us in the Music Room for one of our most dynamic and moving performances of the year!

October 30 Spooky Tales
Story Hour to Celebrate Halloween
Wednesday, 3:30pm / Music Room

Halloween Tales (but not too scary) / Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi, storyteller

Spooky and Ghostly tales for youngsters by a master storyteller. At the end of the performance, a special brew (cider) will be served in the Summer Dining Room, along with creepy cookies. Costumes are encouraged, and prizes will be given to the winners (all!). Ages 2 to 8

November 2 Evnin Rising Stars I
Saturday, 8:00pm / Music Room
Dvořák / Mozart

November 3 Evnin Rising Stars II
Sunday, 4:00pm / Music Room
Haydn / Shostakovich / Brahms

Distinguished Artists
Pamela Frank, Artistic Director and violin; Arnold Steinhardt, violin; Atar Arad, viola

Rising Stars
Nigel Armstrong, Yoo Jin Jang, Alexi Kenney, violins; Ayane Kozasa, Vicki Powell, viola;
SuJin Lee, Karen Ouzounian, cellos

One week. Two public performances. Three distinguished artist/mentors. Seven young virtuosos. This is the 22nd year of the Evnin Rising Stars Program at Caramoor – an artist residency that pushes the next generation of chamber musicians to a new level of collaboration and musical discovery. The program involves an intense week of master classes, rehearsals and coaching (and maybe a little fun on the side!), ending with two masterful chamber recitals by the young artists alongside their acclaimed mentors. Artistic Director of Evnin Rising Stars, Pamela Frank (violin), continues this Caramoor tradition with returning mentor Atar Arad (viola) and the master violinist, Arnold Steinhardt. Expect to hear works by Mozart, Brahms, Shostakovich, Dvorak and more, performed with an invigorating freshness that can only come from the special Rising Stars blend of hard work and harder play.

November 17 The Dover Quartet
2013-14 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence
Sunday, 4:00pm / Music Room

Joel Link and Bryan Lee, violins; Milena Pajaro-van de Stadt, viola; Camden Shaw, cello

Barber / String Quartet in b, Op. 11
Mendelssohn / String Quartet No. 4 in e, Op. 44, No. 2
Beethoven / String Quartet No. 16 in F, Op. 135

In 1999, Caramoor established the annual String Quartet-in-Residence program supported by major endowment gifts from The Ernst C.Stiefel Foundation. It is Caramoor’s goal to use the residency format to integrate a quartet into the life of the institution and the community. The Dover Quartet is the fourteenth Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence at Caramoor. They will be visiting schools in the Fall and Spring and performing concerts at Caramoor in the Fall, Spring and Summer.

November 30 Krakauer Acoustic Klezmer Quartet
Saturday, 8:00pm / Music Room

Famed clarinetist David Krakauer returns to Caramoor to present works in the Ashkenazic folk tradition he and his quartet are so familiar with. Known for his interpretation of Klezmer in a modern context, Krakauer brings relevance and new light to a facet of dated cultural heritage shared by many. Join us for a unique fusion of old and new in the acoustically impressive Music Room.

Holiday Musicales
Music Room / 2:00pm

A unique holiday experience is available at Caramoor this season. Each concert of holiday music includes an audience sing-along – fun for the entire family!

Wednesday, Dec. 4 / Kimberly Hawkey, vocalist; Assaf Gleizner, pianist
Thursday, Dec. 5 / Jonathan Estabrooks, baritone; Dan Kurland, pianist
Friday, Dec. 6 / Jonathan Estabrooks, baritone; Dan Kurland, pianist
Saturday, Dec. 7 / Jonathan Estabrooks, baritone; Dan Kurland, pianist
Sunday, Dec. 8 / Kimberly Hawkey, vocalist; Assaf Gleizner, pianist

Wednesday, Dec. 11 / Kirstin Gornstein, mezzo soprano; Ronald F. Land, pianist
Thursday, Dec. 12 / Kirstin Gornstein, mezzo soprano; Ronald F. Land, pianist
Friday, Dec. 13 / Charis Chamber Voices

Tuesday, Dec. 17 / Jonathan Estabrooks, baritone; Dan Kurland, pianist
Wednesday, Dec. 18 / Kirstin Gornstein, mezzo soprano; Ronald F. Land, pianist
Thursday, Dec. 19 / Kimberly Hawkey, vocalist; Assaf Gleizner, pianist

December 14 Pastorale: Christmas Concerti / CANCELLED
with the REBEL Ensemble

Sherezade Panthaki, soprano;
Matthias Maute and Sophie Larivière, recorders and traverso
Jörg-Michael Schwarz and Karen Marie Marmer, violins and directors;
David Miller, viola; John Moran, violincello;
John Feeney, double bass; Dongsok Shin, harpsichord & organ

Festive Music and Carols for soprano, recorders, flutes and strings by Handel, J.S. Bach, Vivaldi, Torelli, Pez, Quantz, and de Lalande.

REBEL Ensemble takes a break from the European Classical circuit to enchant and inspire with its provocative approach to Baroque and Classical works. Following their long term residency at the historic Trinity Church in New York City, REBEL remains one of the preeminent classical ensembles in the world. We hope you’ll join us for this festive and virtuosic evening of music-making in the Music Room.