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Caramoor’s 70th Anniversary Summer Season Opens this Saturday, June 20, with Concert by Resident Orchestra of St. Luke’s

Now celebrating its 70th anniversary season, Caramoor offers a cornucopia of music and more this summer, with seven weeks of orchestral, chamber, jazz, American roots, and family concerts, as well as opera, multiethnic dance, young artist showcases, and sound art (June 20–Aug 2). This Saturday (June 20), the resident Orchestra of St. Luke’s launches the 2015 summer season in style, with an Anniversary Celebration led by former Artistic Director Peter Oundjian. The program features the world premiere of a new commission from American composer Christopher Theofanidis (b. 1967), one of three major premieres at Caramoor this summer. A six-time ASCAP award winner, Theofanidis describes his new work, titled Making Up for Lost Time, as “an upbeat twelve-minute piece in three short movements, each of which focuses on an internal struggle for establishing primacy of a felt sense of time.” Paired with the new piece is Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, its rousing final movement featuring the Collegiate Chorale and a stellar quartet of vocal soloists: Jennifer Check, Jennifer Feinstein, Noah Baetge, and Jeffrey Beruan. Before and after the performance, Caramoor holds its Opening Night Gala, which includes a celebratory pre-performance cocktail reception and dinner followed by a post-concert dessert. Indeed, arriving early and staying late is an integral part of the Caramoor experience, offering the opportunity to picnic and explore the historic Caramoor estate: 90 acres of picturesque Italianate architecture and gardens in Katonah, Westchester, just one hour’s drive from Manhattan.

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About Caramoor
Caramoor is a performing arts center located on a unique 90-acre setting of Italianate architecture and gardens in Westchester County, NY. It enriches the lives of its audiences through innovative and diverse musical performances of the highest quality. Its mission also includes mentoring young professional musicians and providing educational programs for young children centered on music. Audiences are invited to come early to explore the beautiful grounds, tour the historic Rosen House and on special Sundays enjoy a delicious Afternoon Tea or unwind with a pre-concert picnic, and discover beautiful music in the relaxed settings of the Venetian Theater, Spanish Courtyard, Music Room of the Rosen House, and the magnificent gardens. Summer concerts take place in two outdoor theaters: the 1,508-seat, acoustically superb Venetian Theater and the more intimate, romantic 470-seat Spanish Courtyard. In the fall and winter all concerts are presented in the magnificent Music Room in the Rosen House. Caramoor’s gardens, also used for concerts and the In the Garden of Sonic Delights sound exhibition, are well worth the visit and include nine unique perennial gardens. Among them are a Sense Circle for the visually impaired, the Sunken Garden, a Butterfly Garden, the Tapestry Hedge, and the Iris and Peony Garden.

Getting to Caramoor
By car from the West Side of Manhattan and New Jersey, take the Saw Mill River Parkway north to Katonah. Exit at Route 35/Cross River. Turn right and, at the first traffic light, make a right turn onto Route 22 south. Travel 1.9 miles to the junction of Girdle Ridge Road. Follow the signs to Caramoor. (For detailed directions call 914-232-5035 and press 4, or visit Parking at Caramoor is free.

By train, take the Harlem Division of the Metro-North Railroad to Katonah, New York. Taxi service from the station to Caramoor (just five minutes away) is available.

Caramoor: 70th anniversary summer line-up

June 20
Opening Night – Anniversary Celebration
Orchestra of St. Luke’s / Peter Oundjian
Jennifer Check, soprano; Jennifer Feinstein, mezzo-soprano; Noah Baetge, tenor; Jeffrey Beruan, bass
The Collegiate Chorale
Christopher Theofanidis: Making Up for Lost Time (world premiere)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

June 20
Opening Night Gala
Pre-concert dinner and reception
Post concert dessert and “After Dark” reception

June 21
Ana Vidovic, guitar
Guitar in the Garden
Sor: Introduction and Variations on a Theme by Mozart, Op. 9
Torroba: Sonatina
Mangoré: Una Limosna por el Amor de Dios
Albeniz: Granada, Asturias
Bach (arr. for guitar by Frank Koonce): Prelude, Fugue and Allegro, BWV 998
Takemitsu: “Yesterday,” from 12 Songs for Guitar
Mangoré: La Catedral
Lauro: El Marabino, Vals Venezolano No. 2, Vals Venezolano No. 3

June 24
Spuyten Duyvil

June 25
Anonymous in Love
Bel Canto Young Artists

June 26
Edward Arron & Friends
Edward Arron, Artistic Director, cello
With Jeewon Park, piano; Arnaud Sussmann & Tessa Lark, violins; Nicholas Cords & Mark Holloway, viola; Alice Yoo, cello
Hummel: Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Op. 87
Strauss:  Metamorphosen (version for String Septet)
Beethoven:  Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55, “Eroica” (arranged for Piano Quartet by Ferdinand Ries)

June 27
American Roots Music Festival
Lucinda Williams
Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
Kristin Andreassen Band
Jessy Carolina & the Hot Mess
Mason Porter
Spuyten Duyvil
Matt Turk & more

June 28
Jasper Quartet
Beethoven: Quartet Op. 18, No. 2
Kernis: String Quartet No. 3 (world premiere)
Debussy: String Quartet

July 1
Dancing At Dusk: Israeli Folk Dancing with Danny Pollock and Tavche Gravche

July 2
Rossini: William Tell
Mingus: Fables of Faubus
J.S. Bach / Jethro Tull: Bouree
Beethoven (arr. PROJECT Trio): Fifth Symphony Jam
Prokofiev (arr. PROJECT Trio): Peter and the Wolf … now set in Brooklyn!
Also originals, encompassing classical, jazz, rock, hip-hop, salsa, and everything in between

July 4
Pops, Patriots and Fireworks
Westchester Symphonic Winds / Curt Ebersole
Ryan Silverman, baritone
Christian Carbone, tuba
Smith: Star Spangled Banner
Porter: Highlights from Anything Goes
Ives: Variations on “America”
Goldman: On the Mall
Baadsvik: Fnugg
Gould: American Salute
Vocal selections
Williams: Castle Gap March
Tchaikovsky: Overture, Op. 49, “1812 Overture”
Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever

July 5
Ariel Quartet and Dover Quartet
Schubert: Quartettsatz
Shostakovich: Two Pieces for String Octet, Op. 11
Schumann: Quartet No. 1 in A minor, Op. 41, No. 1
Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20

July 8
Dancing at Dusk: Italian Folk Dancing with Alessandra Belloni and I Giullari di Piazza

July 9
Alexi Kenney, violin
Renana Gutman, piano
Westhoff: Suite No. 2 in A major for solo violin
Bach: Sonata for violin and keyboard No. 3 in E major, BWV 1016
Poulenc:  “C” (transcribed for violin and piano by Alexi Kenney)
Enescu: Sonata No. 3, Op. 25

July 10
Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan
“I’m With Her Tour”

July 11
Donizetti: La Favorite
Bel Canto at Caramoor
Orchestra of St. Luke’s / Will Crutchfield
Clémentine Margaine, mezzo-soprano; Santiago Ballerini, tenor; Stephen Powell, baritone; Daniel Mobbs, bass-baritone

July 12
“Out of Thin Air: Real and Surreal”
Music from Copland House with Carolina Eyck, theremin
Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano
Copland: Sextet for clarinet, piano and string quartet
Martinu: Fantasia for theremin, oboe, piano and string quartet, H. 301
Rózsa: Spellbound Concerto
Shostakovich: Piano Trio No. 2

July 15
The SwingAroos

July 16
The Amazing Scarlattis
Bel Canto Young Artists

July 17
Calidore String Quartet
(2014–15 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence)
Mozart: Divertimento in F major, K. 138/125c
Harlin: World Premiere Commission
Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 6, Op. 80

July 18
Caramoor Jazz Festival
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra featuring Wynton Marsalis (trumpet) and Cécile McLorin Salvant (vocals)
Cécile McLorin Salvant, with Adam Birnbaum, piano; Yasushi Nakamura, bass; Pete Van Nostrand, drums
Orrin Evans Quartet, with Orrin Evans, piano; Tim Warfield, sax; Alex Claffy, bass; Byron Landrum, drums
Joey Alexander Trio, with Joey Alexander, piano; Russell Hall, bass; Sammy Miller, drums
Sammy Miller & the Congregation, with Sammy Miller, drums; Alphonso Horne, trumpet; Ben Flocks, saxophone; Patrick Sargent, saxophone; Ibanda Ruhumbika, tuba; David Linard, piano
Bryan Carter Quintet Plays Ray Charles, with Bryan Carter, drums; Chris Pattishall, piano; Marquis Hill, trumpet; Lucas Pino, tenor saxophone; Russell Hall, bass
Jazz for Young People on Tour – “Let Freedom Swing” featuring the Jerome Jennings Sextet, with Jerome Jennings, drums; Kenyatta Beasley, trumpet; Jorge Castro, saxophone/flute; James Burton III, trombone; Chris Pattishall, piano; Leon Boykins, bass
Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra featuring Joey Alexander
The Amigos Band, with Justin Poindexter (vocal, acoustic guitar) and Sam Reider (vocal, accordion)
Jake Hertzog, guitar

July 19
Orchestra of St. Luke’s / Jennifer Koh, violin / Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Mozart: Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K. 183
Schubert: Symphony in B minor, D. 759, “Unfinished”
Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61 (with Jennifer Koh, violin)

July 22
Dancing at Dusk: Middle Eastern Belly Dancing with Carmine and Friends and Kaeshi Chai

July 23
Lukasz Kuropaczewski
Guitar in the Garden
S. Bach: Cello Suite No. 1
Tansman: Prélude et Interlude
Penderecki: Aria and Cadenza
Meyer: Sonata (dedicated to L. Kuropaczewski)

July 24
Jon Batiste and Quartet

July 25
Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites
Bel Canto at Caramoor
Orchestra of St. Luke’s / Will Crutchfield
Jennifer Check, soprano; Hei-Kyung Hong, soprano; Alisa Jordheim, soprano; Jennifer Larmore, mezzo soprano; Noah Baetge, tenor; Daniel Mobbs, bass-baritone

July 26
Eroica Trio
Bach (arr. for Eroica Trio by Anne Dudley): Chaconne
Suk: Elegy
Schoenfield: Café Music
Brahms: Trio in C, Op. 87

July 29
Dancing at Dusk: Greek Dancing with Ethos and Kostas Psarros

July 30
Gabriel Kahane + Rob Moose: The Ambassador and more
Gabriel Kahane, piano, guitars, banjo, and vocals
Rob Moose, violin and guitars
Songs by Gabriel Kahane, Schubert, Britten, Kern, and John Adams

July 31
Hélène Grimaud (2015 Artist-in-Residence)
Berio: Wasserklavier
Takemitsu: Rain Tree Sketch II
Fauré: Barcarolle 5
Ravel: Jeux d’eau
Albéniz: Almeria
Liszt: Les jeux d’eaux à la Villa d’Este
Janácek: In the mists I
Debussy: La cathédrale engloutie
Brahms: Piano Sonata No. 2

Aug 2
Festival Finale
Orchestra of St. Luke’s / Hélène Grimaud, 2015 Artist-in-Residence, piano/Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 13, “Winter Dreams”


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All concerts  made possible, in part, by ArtsWestchester with funds from the Westchester County Government.



All concerts made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature

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