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Caramoor@KMA is a unique collaboration between two of the region’s most vital cultural resources that showcases early- to mid-career artists in a variety of genres. This series of performances takes place in the Katonah Museum of Art’s beautiful outdoor Sculpture Garden – a brief two-mile trek from Caramoor – and are an ideal early-evening experience for families, picnickers, and adventurous music lovers. Complimentary wine and beer will be available.

The Harlem Chamber Players is an ethnically diverse collective of professional musicians dedicated to bringing high-caliber, affordable and accessible live classical music to people in the Harlem community and beyond. They not only bring live chamber music to underserved neighborhoods in the Harlem community, but also create opportunities for classically trained minority musicians. This performance features a string trio from the broader Harlem Chamber Players group.

Beethoven  Serenade in D Major, Op. 8
Dohnányi Serenade in C Major, Op. 10
Schnittke String Trio
Perkinson Movement for String Trio

All seating is available on a “first come, first served” basis, so claim your domain early! In the event of rain, this performance will be held at Caramoor in our covered Reception Tent. For more information, please contact Katonah Museum of Art at 914.232.9555.

Loved Dvořák’s stunning Symphony No. 8 at the close of last year’s Festival? You won’t want to miss 2015 Artist-in-Residence Hélène Grimaud and Orchestra of St. Luke’s sweeping, thunderous approach to Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 and Tchaikovsky’s “Winter Dreams.” This may prove to be our most powerful Finale yet.

Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13 “Winter Dreams”

“Under the leadership of its firebrand music director, Pablo Heras-Casado, this is an ensemble to watch … the orchestra is brimming with enthusiasm” –The New York Times 

Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1 in G, Op. 13 as performed by Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Riding the wave of her wildly innovative tears become… streams become… at the Park Avenue Armory and subsequent world tour, 2015 Artist-in-Residence Hélène Grimaud brings a hauntingly powerful program of eau-themed favorites to our warm summer stage.

“This selection of music is not meant to be a bibliographical juxtaposition of all pieces for piano ever to bear a title having to do with the theme of water,” said Grimaud. “Were that to be the case, I would of course present quite a few additional works by Liszt, Ravel and Debussy to name only the most obvious. Most of the 20th century pieces seem to focus more on the colourful, decorative, atmospheric and poetic nature of water. To complete the range of expressive possibilities, a return to the source (no pun intended) seemed inevitable.”

Berio Wasserklavier
Takemitsu Rain Tree Sketch II
Fauré Barcarolle No. 5, Op. 66
Ravel Jeux d’eau
Albéniz Almeria
Liszt Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este
Janáçek In the mists
Debussy  La cathédrale engloutie
Brahms Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 2

Grimaud shares her thoughts on Brahms

Fresh off of a triumphant run at BAM’s Harvey Theater in the New York premiere of his acclaimed staged song cycle The Ambassador, Gabriel Kahane, with his longtime collaborator Rob Moose, offers an evening of tender and intimate song. With one foot in the tradition of chamber music, and the other firmly planted in forward-looking folk tinged with a daring harmonic sensibility and mordant lyricism, the two will offer up a dozen of Kahane’s songs interspersed with works by Franz Schubert, Benjamin Britten, Jerome Kern, and John Adams in a performance that may be a blueprint for the 21st century recital.

Gabriel Kahane, piano, guitars, banjo, and vocals
Rob Moose, violin and guitars

The Ambassador is a handsomely crafted album that makes an even better show.”
— New York Magazine

“What mattered most… was the sense that a solitary voice had fostered an original world.” — The New Yorker

Gabriel Kahane performing Ambassador Hotel Live on Soundcheck

 

Gabriel Kahane – Bradbury (304 Broadway)

Explore rebetiko (Greek blues) as well as other styles and regional genres of Greek music hailing from the islands to the mountains. Learn the variety of Greek musical structure using straight and odd meters, and try moving to them! Don’t worry, dance instructor Maria Sopasis will show you how.

Vicky Palma, vocals
Kostas Psarros-bouzouki, vocals
Glafkos Kontemeniotis, keyboards
Richard Kouzami, percussion
Maria Sopasis, guest dance instructor

Dancing at Dusk is a Caramoor summer tradition, enjoyed by families and those who simply like to experience joyful sounds. Held on the spacious lawn of Friends Field, D@D offers you a chance to learn about and dance to music from around the globe.

“The Trio plays with technical flair, raw driven energy and high spirits.”
– The Wall Street Journal

Thrilled to be returning to Caramoor, Eroica Trio has put together a signature program for Caramoor audiences that offers a wide range of repertoire.  From some of the great masterpieces of the Western World to custom pieces arranged for and by Eroica, this performance is incredibly diverse offering something for everyone. 

The Grammy nominated Eroica Trio enraptures audiences with flawless technical virtuosity, irresistible enthusiasm and sensual elegance. The three women who make up this celebrated ensemble electrify the concert stage with their passionate performances. One of the most sought after trio in the world, Eroica Trio has played concerts on six continents and with countless orchestras around the globe.

“There is an edge of the seat intensity to every note they produce.” – The New York Times

Program: 

Bach Chaconne from Partita in D minor

Described as huge and lush, this piece was arranged for Eroica Trio by Anne Dudley (Founding member of the Art Of Noise and critically acclaimed composer, producer and arranger) and was featured on their  ground-breaking “Baroque” album for EMI. 

Suk  Elegie Op. 23

Wanting to play a contrasting piece between Bach and Schoenfield, Eroica selected a rarely played piece by the lengendary violinist,  Joseph Suk, who studied composition with Antonin Dvořák.  Reminiscent of Richard Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, it evokes a story of love; the music moves the audience between the emotions of anguish and contentment.   

Schoenfield  Café Music (1986)

One of their most requested pieces, Café Music is an ingenious combination of American genres from Ragtime to African American spirituals to Broadway show tunes.  This trio was written by Paul Schoenfield to be intimate enough for a café setting but also work within a concert hall.  Brought to audiences by Eroica Trio, they recorded this piece on their debut CD with EMI. 

Brahms Piano Trio No. 2 in C major, Op. 87

Ending the program with one of the greatest masterworks of all time, Eroica Trio brings this heartbreaking and utterly romantic piece to life.  There is such personal connection to this music as quoted by Eroica pianist Erika Nickrenz, “You can hear Brahms (unrequited) love for Clara Schumann in his music.  It’s an incredible experience to perform it- I feel like I’m not even playing the piano.  I feel like I’m an entire orchestra.”

 

Suk Elegy – Eroica Trio

Café Music by Paul Schoefield – Eroica Trio

Will Crutchfield, Caramoor’s Director of Opera, comments:

An excursion from Bel Canto: With Dialogues of the Carmelites, Caramoor branches out from its core repertory of “bel canto” opera to present a 20th-century masterpiece – precisely the opera that has, more than any other written after World War Two, attracted the great singing actresses of the standard repertory.  From the very beginning (1957) the work was interpreted by singers like Leontyne Price, Joan Sutherland, Anneliese Rothenberger, Régine Crespin, Virginia Zeani, and Fiorenza Cossotto.  Caramoor is proud to welcome the radiant Hei-Kyung Hong as the New Prioress, Jennifer Larmore (who triumphed here in 2013 with her first Eboli in Don Carlos) as Mère Marie, and – in a rare and much-anticipated New York appearance – Deborah Polaski, Bayreuth’s leading Brünnhilde in two historic “Ring” cycles, as the Old Prioress.

Blanche Jennifer Check, soprano
Constance  Alisa Jordheim, soprano
Croissy  Deborah Polaski, soprano
Lidoine  Hei-Kyung Hong, soprano
Marie  Jennifer Larmore, mezzo-soprano
Chevalier de la Force  Noah Baetge, tenor
Marquis de la Force  Daniel Mobbs, bass-baritone
Will Crutchfield, conductor
Victoria Crutchfield, stage director
Orchestra of St. Luke’s

Widely considered one of the most exciting and progressive new crossover talents on the scene today, Jon Batiste infuses his own brand of contemporary jazz with soul, blues, hip-hop, and a touch of New Orleans-style groove. With a voice and piano chops as soulful as they are virtuosic – and a dapper sense of style to boot – this young phenom is reinventing what artistry means through “Social Music”, his uniquely new approach to performance and the title of his latest full-length album.

A descendent of New Orleans’ music royalty whose deep musical heritage helped to inspire HBO’s hit series, Treme, Batiste is both a fearless artist and a committed scholar. Before moving to New York to pursue a Masters in Music from Juilliard, this young star attended the prestigious New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. He is a Movado Future Legend award winner and recipient of Best New Artist at the Montreaux Jazz Festival, and has collaborated extensively with the likes of Caramoor Jazz Festival’s Wynton Marsalis, Prince, Lauryn Hill, Spike Lee, Jimmy Buffet, Lenny Kravitz, and others.

Join this breakout talent and Stay Human as they light up Caramoor’s Spanish Courtyard with a fresh approach to “the people’s music.”

“Jazz is like the universe: it’s been expanding since its creation and it’s connected to everything.” – Jon Batiste

[video_embed url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gwg8jwST1go” caption=”Jon Batiste backstage at Newport Jazz Festival”]

It’s a warm July evening. Lush, tranquil gardens embrace a stone relic of generations past, the Medieval Mount, as a light breeze filters through a tall stand of cedars beyond, hovering briefly among the greenery. You’ve entered the Sunken Garden, a placid retreat at the southeast corner of this Italianate campus and the setting for Guitar in the Garden, a serene and intimate listening experience offered each summer at Caramoor.

Łukasz Kuropaczewski returns to Caramoor for his second Guitar in the Garden appearance with favorites of the Classical Guitar repertoire, including Giuliani and Albeniz. Kuropaczewski will also pay homage to his Polish heritage with pieces by three legendary Polish composers, Alexandre Tansman, Kryzysztof Penderecki, and Kryzysztof Meyer.

Giuliani  Rossiniana No. 3
Tansman  Prelude et Interlude
Penderecki Aria and Cadenza
Anonymous Romance d’Amore
Meyer  Sonata
Albeniz Asturias

Audiences relish the free-flowing synergy with artists this peaceful outdoor series allows, as well as the post-concert Afterglow reception and artist meet-and-greet. Experience pastoral listening at its finest with us.

 

New York City-based Carmine and Friends will be playing songs from the Middle East: the music of Turkey, Egypt and more! Dance with your little ones to gorgeous melodies played on the oud (middle eastern style lute) and violin as well as percussion on the doumbek and riq. This show features the bellydance artistry of Kaeshi Chai.

Dancing at Dusk is a Caramoor summer tradition, enjoyed by families and those who simply like to experience joyful sounds. Held on the spacious lawn of Friends Field, D@D offers you a chance to learn about and dance to music from around the globe.