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Our Wednesday Morning Concert Series includes an exceptional 45-minute concert in the majestic Music Room of the Rosen House followed by a docent-led tour of the Mediterranean-style mansion and the vast collection of fine and decorative art amassed by our founders, Walter and Lucie Rosen.

22 years old Israeli-born pianist Guy Mintus is a recent recipient of the Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award  by ASCAP and of multiple Down Beat Magazine Student Awards for Outstanding Jazz Performance and Arrangement. Mintus currently resides in New York City, studying at the Manhattan School of Music on a full scholarship and performing at major venues such as the Kennedy Center (DC), Apollo Theater, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Symphony Space, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola – Jazz At Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, Birdland, and more. As an artist, composer, and arranger, Mintus’ strong natural curiosity and privilege to interact with the best mentors has led him to become invested in a variety of musical styles. With creativity as his leading force, he is fully dedicated to the exploration and stretch of boundaries between  musical traditions and various art disciplines.

“…an idiosyncratic, fearlessly emotive baritone.” –The New York Times

Join us for Cabaret in the Music Room, a Benefit Event in its 21st year, with award-winning vocalist, director, and Broadway actor Eric Michael Gillett. Stay with us after the performance for a champagne and dessert reception with Mr. Gillett. Festive attire is encouraged!

Gillett (TheFrogs, Sweet Smell of Success, and Kiss Me, Kate) uses the wit and wisdom of Lorenz Hart to remind us all that, while love can be experienced with abandon, carelessness of the heart can make for a messy sort of romance. Hart, a wildly gifted lyricist responsible for tunes such as “Blue Moon,” “Manhattan,” “My Funny Valentine,” and “Isn’t it Romantic?,” inspired generations of lovers through his words. Gillett brings new life to these ballads of luck in love to craft “an intimate self-portrait of a man in the thrall of show business dreams, for whom popular standards are platforms for unguarded confessions.” (The New York Times)

Mr. Gillett is the winner of the 2015
Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) Award for Best Director.

All but $30 of each benefit ticket is tax-deductible, as provided by law. For more information please contact our Special Events office at events@caramoor.org or 914.232.1492.

 

A compilation by Eric Michael Gillett

Eric Michael Gillett singing Little Girl Blue

Eric Michael Gillett singing Separate Lives

Our Wednesday Morning Concert Series includes an exceptional 45-minute concert in the majestic Music Room of the Rosen House followed by a docent-led tour of the Mediterranean-style mansion and the vast collection of fine and decorative art amassed by our founders, Walter and Lucie Rosen. Let music lift your day with Giuseppe Fusco, a young professional woodwind player who is dedicated to quality music performance and performance-based education.

Matt Castle, piano
Giuseppe Fusco, flute

The string quintet lends itself to camaraderie, and with this theme of friendship, Edward Arron brings together alumni of Caramoor’s Rising Stars mentoring program and Artistic Director Pamela Frank for an evening of inspiring chamber music in the historic Rosen House.

Arron designed this program to warm us up from the winter with festive compositions considered to be string quintet masterpieces. Mozart contributes a unique voice, being an expert of both violin and viola, to create rich textures in his first quintet piece, String Quintet No. 1 in B-flat major, K. 174, which opens the concert. Dohnanyi then offers his innovative Serenade, Op. 10, which at once looks forward with modernism and back with lush romanticism. Having been alive throughout most of the 20th century, Dohnanyi also provides us with a direct link to Brahms, who recognized Dohnanyi’s talent and is largely responsible for his reputation. Brahms lets the evening conclude on a satisfying note with his mirthful String Quintet No. 1 in F major, Op. 88.

Join us on this night with friends of your own!

Pamela Frank, violin
Arnaud Sussmann, violin
Toby Appel, viola
Mark Holloway, viola
Edward Arron,celloMozart  String Quintet No. 1 in B-flat major, K. 174
Dohnanyi Serenade, Op. 10
Brahms  String Quintet No. 1 in F major, Op. 88

“My goal as a programmer is to create interesting contexts with musical treasures both old and new, combining the familiar with the unfamiliar, in order to provide an experience that is completely unique to the time and space that our live performance inhabits.”

– Edward Arron

Juilliard-trained concert pianist and Harvard-educated psychiatrist Dr. Richard Kogan will give a lecture/concert that explores the psychological forces that influenced the creative output of the great Polish composer Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849).  Special focus will be placed on Chopin’s exile from his beloved homeland and his fascinating relationship with the writer George Sand. The discussion will be illuminated by performances of Chopin masterpieces including ballades, polonaises and mazurkas.

Enjoy pre-lecture refreshments in the Summer Dining Room.

Give Mom (or Grandma) a special treat for Mother’s Day. Take a tour of the extraordinary Rosen House, a Mediterranean-style villa, and be inspired by the fine and decorative arts the Rosens amassed throughout their lives for their beloved country home, Caramoor. After the tour, join us for a mini concert in the Music Room with mezzo-soprano Kristin Gornstein and pianist Paul Vasile. Then, enjoy the Afternoon Tea with a delicious assortment of tea sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and preserves, mouthwatering desserts and a variety of aromatic teas, elegantly served in the charming Summer Dining Room. Hurry and reserve your place now as this special tea musicale always sells out!

Widely considered an ‘American Songster’ for the modern age, Dom Flemons delights with tunes crossing regions, instruments, and centuries. Calling on traditional southern folk riffs, ragtime, blues, jugband music, and a fair dose of humor, Flemons harkens back to a time when ‘roots’ meant wherever one planted his or her feet, and plays with storytelling and traditional musical forms to create new soundscapes suitable for the 21st century American roots listener. As a founding and former member of GRAMMY-winning string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dom has performed at a variety of festivals and venues such as Newport Folk, Bonnaroo, and the Grand Ole Opry.

The harmony-rich duo Kristin Andreassen & Jefferson Hamer will open for Dom.

“One of the most enjoyable and enlightened concerts of the year.”

–Clive Davis, The Times (UK)

Dom Flemons performing I Can’t Do It Anymore

Dom Flemons performing But They Got It Fixed Right On for Folk Alley Sessions

Dom Flemons demonstrating how to play the bones

Kristin Andreassen performing The New Ground (with Jefferson Hamer on guitar)

When the members of the Horszowski Trio – Jesse Mills, Raman Ramakrishnan, and Rieko Aizawa – played together for the first time, they immediately felt the spark of a unique connection. Many years of close friendship had created a deep trust between the players, which in turn led to exhilarating expressive freedom.

Two-time Grammy-nominated violinist Jesse Mills first performed with Raman Ramakrishnan, founding cellist of the prize-winning Daedalus Quartet, at the Kinhaven Music School over twenty years ago, when they were children. In New York City, they met pianist Rieko Aizawa, who, upon being discovered by the late violinist and conductor Alexander Schneider, had made her U.S. debuts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Their musical bonds were strengthened at various schools and festivals around the world, including the Juilliard School and the Marlboro Festival.

Ms. Aizawa was the last pupil of the legendary pianist, Mieczysław Horszowski (1892-1993), at the Curtis Institute. The Trio takes inspiration from Horszowski’s musicianship, integrity, and humanity. Like Horszowski, the Trio presents repertoire spanning the traditional and the contemporary. In addition, they seek to perform works from the trove of composers with whom Horszowski had personal contact, such as Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Martinu, Villa-Lobos, and Granados. Based in New York City, the members of the Horszowski Trio teach at Columbia University and the Longy School of Music of Bard College.

Grammy award-winning composer Joan Tower, one of the most important living American composers of today, will make a special appearance to discuss her piece, “For Daniel.” Tower’s career spans more than 50 years and her works have been performed by the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony, Chicago Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and others.

Faure Trio in D minor, Op. 120
– Live introduction by composer Joan Tower –
Tower “For Daniel”
– Intermission –
Schubert Trio No. 2 in E-flat major, Op. 100

“Destined for great things.” – The New Yorker 

Horszowski Trio plays Schubert Trio No. 2 in E-flat, Op. 100, D. 929

Horszowski Trio plays Brahms Trio No. 3 in C Minor Op. 101 (Allegro Energico)

 

Horszowski Trio plays Dvorak’s Trio in F Minor Op.65 (Poco Adagio)

Let four young voices take you on an exploration of Italian song from the lyricism of the Romantic era to the drama of the verismo operatic tradition, paired with songs by Italian-Americans. Songs, arias, and ensemble pieces all by Italian composers including Verdi, Pizzetti, Musto, Corigliano, Argento, Busoni, and Harry Warren (the composer of 42nd Street, born Salvatore Guaragna).

Artistic Director Steven Blier selects four promising singers for a week-long residency that includes daily coaching, rehearsals, and workshops, culminating in a performance in the Music Room. Assisted by Michael Barrett, Associate Artistic Director of the New York Festival of Song (NYFOS), and developed in conjunction with NYFOS, this program focuses on art song interpretation and has a lasting impact on the growth, development, and professional practices of young artists.

Since its inception in 2009, the Schwab Vocal Rising Stars have received vital funding from the Terrance W. Schwab Endowment Fund for Young Vocal Artists. Created in memory of former Caramoor Trustee Terrance W. Schwab by his family, the fund is designed to nurture and support the artistic development and careers of young vocalists.

2015 Vocal Rising Stars: 

Chelsea Morris, soprano
Julia Dawson, mezzo-soprano
Alec Carlson, tenor
Shea Owens, baritone
Chris Reynolds, pianoWith Distinguished Artists:

Steven Blier, Artistic Director, coach and piano
Michael Barret, coach and piano
Giuseppe Mentuccia, guest coach and piano
Karen Holvik, guest coachProgram: Catalani In riva al mare
Verdi  Brindisi (2nd version)
Bellini  La ricordanza
Rossini  Bolero (“Mi lagneró tacendo”)
Donaudy  Vaghissima sembianza
Donizetti  A consolarmi affrettisi from Linda di ChamounixAlfano  Non nascondere il segreto
Pizzetti  I pastori
Busoni  Wer hat das erste Lied erdacht?
Tedesco  Ulai laze yihie li ometz
Refice  Ombra di nube
Leoncavallo  Sérénade napolitaine
– Short Pause –Argento  Spring
Joio  There is a lady sweet and kind
Musto  Penelope’s Song
Musto  Some Last Words
Corigliano  Irreverent Heart
Corigliano  As summer brings a wistful breeze from The Ghosts of VersaillesAdamo  This Much is New
Warren  I Only Have Eyes for You
Warren  The Girlfriend of the Whirling Dervish

The Calidore String Quartet continues its year-long residency at Caramoor with a program that recalls a period in time that transformed the world. The quartet writes:

One hundred years ago the “Great War” consumed Europe. World War I had a profound impact on all forms of art, especially music, and this program explores how composers expressed themselves amidst mass devastation. Darius Milhaud’s Fourth String Quartet brings the audience to a simpler time, incorporating popular tunes in a simple and clear texture. In contrast, Bela Bartok’s Second Quartet contains beginnings of Bartok’s revolutionary tonal language, as he explores rustic Eastern European folk idioms while reacting to the desolation of the war. This program also includes Ravel’s masterwork, his Quartet in F major, though it predates the war era. Ravel contributed to the war effort as a truck driver on the Verdun Front. The elegance of this quartet captures and exalts a national style, yet it was this same nationalistic fervor that sparked the “Great War.”

One extremely promising string quartet is chosen each year to complete a year-long residency at Caramoor. The quartet-in-residence lends their time and talents to Caramoor’s Student Strings program in the secondary schools with a classroom-based program of concerts, conversations, and performance clinics. The Ernst Stiefel Quartet-in-Residence performs at Caramoor throughout their residency, enabling the public to experience these exciting, young players in an intimate setting.  The Calidore Quartet is the 15th Ernst Stiefel 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.


Program:Milhaud  Quartet No. 4, Op. 46
Bartók  Quartet No. 2, Op. 17
– Intermission –
Ravel Quartet in F major  

 

Listen to the Calidore String Quartet perform works from programs earlier in their year as the Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence:

 

Calidore String Quartet, Hindemith Quartet No. 4

 

Calidore String Quartet, Beethoven Quartet in e (Allegro)

 

Calidore String Quartet, Schubert on a Helipad