Our Artistic Director and Cellist Edward Arron has performed at Caramoor flawlessly, rain or shine over 50 times (in fact 2012 was the first time in many years in which it did not rain throughout the performance!) No matter the weather, it never stops Mr. Arron from entertaining a crowd of chamber music lovers. His astounding knowledge and love for music is evident every time he appears on stage. Arron has been studying music since the young age of 7 and has taken his talents through a whirlwind of performances. The New Yorker states that, “Edward Arron is not only one of New York’s most exciting young cellists but also an inventive impresario.”
When not at Caramoor, Eddie (as we call him here at Caramoor) is also the artistic director of the critically acclaimed Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert, a chamber music series created in 2003 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Museum’s concerts and lectures series. He has filled some of the most prestigious venues in Manhattan with his elegant music, including Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Halls, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls, New York’s Town Hall and the 92nd Street Y. He also frequently performs at Bargemusic, a floating concert hall at the foot of the Brooklyn Bridge. Arron is recognized worldwide, appearing in recital, as a soloist with orchestra, and as a chamber musician throughout the US, Europe and Asia, including numerous summer festival appearances. This summer we are looking forward to Mr. Arron’s performances on June 27and 28.
Two-time Grammy nominated violinist Jesse Mills has been part of the Caramoor family since 2000, beginning as a Rising Star, and now as a member of the Caramoor Virtuosi. Not only is Jesse Mills a multifaceted performer, but he is also a composer and an improviser. With a passion for performing all genres of music, varying from classical to contemporary, it is easy to say that Jesse Mills is an artist. He has been playing violin since the age of three, and continued to pursue his talent through his studies at The Julliard School. In addition to playing as a soloist in the Julliard Chamber Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony, and the Denver Philharmonic, Jesse is involved in international music festivals spanning from Argentina to Aspen. With so much experience, it is no surprise that Jesse Mills is also the co-founder of Horszwoski Trio and Duo Prism with Reiko Aizawa. This violin-piano duo won the 1st place prize at the Zinetti International Competition in Italy, and later became co-directors of the Alpenglow Chamber Music Festival. Jesse Mills is so musically talented that he is successful in composing, directing and performing. The only thing we can really wonder is what can’t this two-time Grammy nominated musician do?
Violinist Jennifer Frautschi is rapidly gaining attention as an adventurous chamber and solo performer. How can we be surprised with her outstanding educational background – Colburn School for the Performing Arts in Los Angeles, Harvard, the New England Conservatory of Music and The Julliard School. Frautschi is familiar with classic repertoire as well as twentieth and twenty-first century works, making her technique known for its purity, focus and solidarity despite the style of music she is performing. She is the inspiration for James Stephenson’s Violin Concerto, a piece explicitly written for her, which she performed with the Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä. We are honored to have Frautschi perform annually at Caramoor since the age of 18, after an initial invite from Andre Previn. This summer, we will be lucky enough to watch her perform again on June 28 and 30!
Laura Frautschi is very successful violinist – and has been since the age of 15! She was recruited by Jorge Mester to be a member of the Pasadena Symphony Orchestra at age 15 and within seven months she was promoted to the first violin section over 14 more experienced artists. Not only is she a graduate of the Julliard School, Frautschi attended Harvard and graduated with a degree in applied mathematics! Frautschi’s varied musicality touches upon both classical and twentieth-century chamber works. Her extensive discography ranges from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Festival Strings Lucerne to works by Bernard Rands, Chen Yi and Margaret Brouwer. If that’s not impressive enough, she has played with many Northeastern Orchestras, including the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the New York City Opera Orchestra and the New Haven Sympony Orchestra. Caramoor is happy to include our festival as one of her performance locations, as she plays with the Caramoor Virtuosi on June 28 and June 30. And yes, Laura and Jennifer are sisters!
Sophie Shao has been noted to have “eloquent, powerful” (New York Times) interpretations of repertoire ranging from Bach and Beethoven to Crumb. She began playing the cello at the age of six, in her hometown of Houston, Texas, where she learned from musician Shirley Trepel – the former principal cellist of the Houston Symphony. By age 11, Sophie left Texas to go to Philadelphia and study at the Curtis Institute of Music. She then moved farther north to study at Yale University, graduated with both a B.S. in Religious Studies and an M.M. from the Yale School of Music. Presently, she is on the faculty at Vassar College and Bard Conservatory of Music, but still makes time to travel up the east coast and perform her powerful interpretations. Sophie has been a part of the Caramoor family since 1992, beginning as a Rising Star and then joining the Virtuosi. We are always honored to welcome her back to our stage and are looking forward to her performance on June 28!
Canadian violist Max Mandel really knows how to keep himself busy. In addition to being a dedicated member of the Caramoor Virtuosi, he is a member of a number of chamber groups including the Silk Road Project, the FLUX Quartet, the Knights and many more. He is a graduate from the University of Toronto and the Julliard School. As one of the most acclaimed and active chamber musicians of his generation, Mandel is comfortable playing many styles and genres of music, stemming from his passion of listening to a broad spectrum of music – You can find Mandel listening to anything from Mozart to Feldman to Ghostface! We can’t wait to hear him as part of the Caramoor Virtuosi on June 28.
In 1983 Carole Demas and Stuart Allyn approached the Caramoor administration with a unique request: could they get married on the Caramoor grounds? Thirty years later what once was out of the ordinary and a do-it-yourself adventure is now an endearing off-season tradition and a smooth as silk operation, with a catering company and other vendors available to help occasions run effortlessly.
Ms. Demas and Mr. Allyn met on the set of The Magic Garden, a children’s show broadcast on WPIX from 1972 to 1984. Ms. Demas hosted the show along with Paula Janis and a few puppet friends, while Mr. Allyn, a Broadway sound designer, worked behind the scenes. Because they met in one “magic garden,” they wanted to celebrate their wedding in a real-life magic garden – the flowers and greenery of Caramoor’s enchanted landscape. Read more
Using a Venn diagram may seem like a strange way to plan the Evnin Rising Stars mentoring program, but it’s exactly what Pamela Frank relies on each summer to guide her through the planning process.
As artistic director, its Ms. Frank’s job to select the repertoire, mentors, and students for the annual program, which began as a series of master classes with André Previn in 1992. Over the years, the program’s structure evolved into its current format – six to eight young musicians come to Caramoor each fall for a weeklong residency led by Ms. Frank and two distinguished artists. After spending the week Read more
Violist Nicholas Cords has performed with the Caramoor Virtuosi nearly every year for the past fifteen years or so. Beyond his remarkable performances with the Virtuosi, Nicholas Cords is known for having an open mind with a unique appreciation for the music of non-Western cultures. In order to maintain his exposure to worldwide music, Cords is a member of Yo Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, a musical collective that metaphorically uses the historic Silk Road trading route to demonstrate musical exchange and creativity in the present. In addition to performing with the ensemble, he has taken a role in the organization and development of new creative projects, programming for concerts and museum residencies and as an active part of two long-term residencies with the group. His worldly musical experience and extensive travels with Silk Road have made him “a more empathetic and flexible musician,” he self-claims. Cords’ ability to admire and respect the works of other musicians has also helped him develop as a solo artist. He is a founding member of Brooklyn Rider, an innovative string quartet that is making their encore performance at Caramoor this summer – you may remember their impressive performance at last year’s summer festival! According to NPR, the quartet is “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st century ensemble.” This summer, we will be lucky enough to hear Nicholas Cords with the Caramoor Virtuosi on June 27 and 28 and on July 7 with Brooklyn Rider!
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