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Due to predicted severe weather, this performance has moved from the Spanish Courtyard to the Venetian Theater.

Introduced to us by way of two of its members – Ayane Kozasa and Karen Ouzounian, alumnae of our Evnin Rising Stars program – the Aizuri Quartet makes its fourth concert appearance as Caramoor’s 2015-16 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence. Recently in residence at the Curtis Institute of Music and Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute, they’ve also been planting a stake in the Philadelphia music scene through appearances at the Barnes Foundation, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, World Cafe Live, and on WRTI’s musician-hosted radio special “Philadelphia Music Makers.”

As part of their year-long residency at Caramoor, which also includes lending their time to classroom-based instruction, concerts, conversations, and performance clinics, the Aizuri Quartet has chosen emerging composer Paul Wiancko to develop a new work for Caramoor’s ongoing “A String Quartet Library for the 21st Century” commissioning project. Join the Aizuri and Wiancko as they take aim at a deeper echelon of human emotion in LIFT, a multiple-movement piece exploring the intricate rhythms of joy and sorrow, paired with Beethoven’s controversial String Quartet Op. 130 & Grosse Fuge.

Wiancko  LIFT for String Quartet (world premiere)
Beethoven  String Quartet Op. 130 & Grosse Fuge

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Due to predicted severe weather, this performance has moved from the Spanish Courtyard to the Venetian Theater.

Gioachino Rossini retired from opera in 1829, but decades later his creativity erupted in a dizzying array of chamber works he called “sins of old age.” These miniatures, by turns deliciously lyrical, hauntingly spiritual, and raucously funny, serve as a showcase for Caramoor’s Bel Canto Young Artists led by Derrick Goff, and as a perfect amuse-bouche for those planning to hear Aureliano in Palmira on July 16.

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Artist-in-Residence Jonathan Biss joins Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the superb young conductor Joshua Weilerstein for a program of musical responses and reactions. Asked to respond to Beethoven’s Concerto No. 2 for the first commission of Biss’ multi-year Beethoven/5* project, composer Timo Andres says of The Blind Banister, presented here in its New York premiere, “I started writing my own cadenza to Beethoven’s concert, and ended up devouring it from the inside out.” Juxtaposed with Martinu’s Sinfonietta La Jolla, a reaction to the work of Franz Joseph Haydn, suffused with charm in neo-classical style and Haydn’s Symphony No. 98, written in response to the death of Mozart, Andres’ concerto joins a centuries-long conversation of classical reference, reaction, and response.

“With this grand commissioning project,” writes Andres, “Jonathan is demonstrating that it’s possible to think about Beethoven a lot, and simultaneously be a musical instigator of the present day. I think we’re similar in that way—it’s the reason there are few musicians I trust as implicitly as Jonathan. I’m thrilled to be writing my third and largest piano concerto for him, which will be our second collaboration.”

Though some may recall Joshua Weilerstein’s first turn at Caramoor’s podium in 2011 – just 23 and in his first week as Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic when he hastily stepped in for Maestro Alan Gilbert, delayed in transit on a flooded parkway – the young conductor makes his first official debut at this performance. Brother of Caramoor’s 2013 Artist-in-Residence, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, Joshua Weilerstein is quickly making a name for himself as one of the symphonic world’s most sought-after young conductors.

“[The Blind Banister is] a captivating work, one that goes from haunting and hopeful to an eventual explosion of energy.” – Pioneer Press

*Beethoven/5 is a series of new works commissioned for Jonathan Biss by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Caramoor and Orchestra of St. Luke’s are co-commissioners of The Blind Banister.

Beethoven  Piano Concerto No.2, Op. 19
Andres  The Blind Banister, Concerto No. 3 (New York premiere)
– Intermission –Martinu  Sinfonietta La Jolla for Piano and Chamber Orchestra
Haydn  Symphony No. 98 in B-flat Major

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“Every so often it occurs to me how much freedom I have,” Folds says. “In this case, it was, ‘Oh. I can write pop songs for what’s in essence a small orchestra.’”

Dynamic pianist, bandleader, arranger, producer, composer, stadium-filler, and televised vocal judicator: Ben Folds isn’t a traditional pop headliner. His latest album, So There, is a refreshing release succinctly divided between eight “chamber rock” tunes – written and arranged with alt-chamber instigators yMusic – and Folds’ original 21-minute “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra,” co-commissioned by the Nashville Ballet and the Minnesota Orchestra.

No stranger to collaborations with eccentric, creative powerhouses, the New York-based 6-piece yMusic’s “flexibility … puts them at the forefront of a rapidly changing performance culture. The group has set the bar high” (New York Times). Audience-goers may recognize floutist Alex Sopp, also of The Knights, and violinist Rob Moose, who joined Gabriel Kahane last summer in Caramoor’s Venetian Theater and has performed with Orchestra of St. Luke’s.

“For Folds, who constantly hones his craft by taking unexpected paths, [So There] extends a career-long flirtation with modern orchestral composition to its logical next step.” – NPR

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Now in its 23rd year, this annual day-long festival is a celebration for jazz enthusiasts of all ages and includes performances set throughout our picturesque gardens and grounds, fun activities for little ones, tours of the historic Rosen House at Caramoor, extensive food and beverage options, and more. A summer day well spent with your friends, on your own, or with the whole family!

Curated by Jazz at Lincoln Center and headlined by the celebrated CHICK COREA TRIO, the 2016 Caramoor Jazz Festival brings an eclectic mix of established jazz legends, future phenoms, big bands, and solo performers together for one-of-a-kind artistic collaboration and new jazz synergies. In recent years, Caramoor’s exquisite setting and laid-back charm – just an hour’s drive from Manhattan – have attracted such performers as Wynton Marsalis, Bill Frisell, Jason Moran, McCoy Tyner, Roy Haynes, Vijay Iyer, Dr. John, Christian McBride, Robert Glasper, Paquito D’Rivera, and more.

Members’ Jazz Lounge for all membership levels.

“You really couldn’t come up with a prettier setting for a jazz festival … Caramoor is a perfect day trip for city slickers who want to hear some of the most prominent jazz artists of the day without going very far to do so.” – Jazz Times

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CHICK COREA TRIO

 

“I never wanted to sound clean and pretty. In jazz, I felt I could sing these deep, husky lows if I want, and then these really tiny, laser highs if I want, as well.” – Cécile McLorin Salvant

Winner of Best Jazz Vocal Album in this year’s crop of Grammy hopefuls for her second major release, For One To Love, Cécile McLorin Salvant continues to steal headlines and hearts. Returning for a third consecutive year to Caramoor’s summer stages, Salvant is a vocal force of nature à la Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, or Ella Fitzgerald, having co-headlined stages with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and commanded audiences at the Newport Jazz Festival and beyond. Drawing on a wide array of influences – her Miami upbringing, her father’s Haitian origins, classical voice and piano training, taboo subjects in traditional jazz music – Salvant’s “aesthetic idiosyncrasies immediately mark her apart” (NPR) and make for intimate, powerful performances.

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This year’s Summer Season Finale continues the tradition of concluding with Orchestra of St. Luke’s and its principal conductor Pablo Heras-Casado delivering a powerful, resounding performance– this time with two monumental works by Brahms. Virtuoso violinist Gil Shaham, noted for his fearless technical virtuosity and peerless lyrical expressiveness, returns to Caramoor for this sensational closing concert.

“one of today’s preeminent violinists.” – New York Times

Brahms  Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77
– Intermission –Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73

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This concert will be broadcast live on Classical 105.9 WQXR and Classical 90.3 FM Ossining and streamed at www.wqxr.org.

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Gil Shaham performs Johannes Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77 with the Berliner Philharmoniker under the direction of Claudio Abbado at a live performance from the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Sicily in 2002.

In his annual summer appearance, renowned cellist Edward Arron offers up a sweeping sextet written by a prodigal pre-war teen, a display of French Baroque virtuosity and warm camaraderie, and a familiar symphonic work injected into the realm of intimate chamber music. Joined by a host of Caramoor regulars – all former Rising Stars – Arron explores complex musical conversations spanning several centuries.

Barrière’s Sonata for Two Cellos, notable for its emotional reserve and technical polish, stands in stark contrast with the fluid, expressive depth of the String Sextet in D Major by the Viennese-American Korngold, lauded as a founder of 20th-century ‘film music.’ The last piece, Mozart’s beloved Sinfonia Concertante, is considered his most successful realization in this cross-over genre between symphony and concerto.

Barriere  Sonata in G major for Two Cellos
Korngold  String Sextet in D major, Op. 10
Mozart  Grande Sestetto Concertante (arrangement of Sinfonia Concertante, K. 364)

Tessa Lark, violin
Jesse Mills, violin
Mark Holloway, viola
Max Mandel, viola
Alice Yoo, cello
Edward Arron, cello

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True musical mavericks, the Akropolis Reed Quintet pioneers innovative repertoire with unparalleled energy and precision. The first-ever group to release a complete album of works specifically composed for reed quintet – an ensemble of saxophone, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, and bass clarinet – Akropolis continues to explore this relatively unusual format through extensive commissioning, youth education programs, and a newly-formed reed quintet consortium. Taking a Fischoff Gold Medal in 2014 and several other top prizes in its young history, the Akropolis turns popular concepts of reed instrumentation on their head, fearlessly delivering accessible, contemporary sound while respecting and reimagining classical traditions.

The Akropolis Reed Quintet shows their “imagination, infallible musicality, and huge vitality” (Fanfare Magazine) in a program of familiar classics by George Gershwin and Claude Debussy, and explorations including Ton ter Doest’s Circusmuziek and John Steinmetz’s Sorrow and Celebration, a 2015 Akropolis commission.

“Their ensemble was tight and their sound alluring.” – OregonLive

Gershwin  3 Preludes (arrangement by Ryan Reynolds)
Debussy  Children’s Corner Suite (arrangement by Raaf Hekkema)
Steinmetz  Sorrow and CelebrationDoest Circusmuziek

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Usher in a summer of exceptional music with this annual benefit event, celebrating Caramoor’s Young Artist Programs and recognizing the generous donors who have endowed them. This year’s Gala festivities include a pre-performance cocktail reception and dinner, premium concert seating in the Venetian Theater, and an After Dark post-performance party with desserts, specialty cocktails, and dancing.

Contact our Special Events office for information and reservations: events@caramoor.org / 914.232.1492

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