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This Saturday (June 18), Broadway’s Kelli O’Hara and Resident Orchestra of St. Luke’s Launch Caramoor’s Summer Season with “A Starlit Evening”

From world premieres to classical masterworks, from Tahitian dance to Independence Day fireworks, from first-timers to festival favorites, and from today’s legends to tomorrow’s stars, Caramoor celebrates musical and artistic diversity this summer, with eight weeks of orchestral, chamber, jazz, and roots concerts, plus opera, multiethnic dance, and young artist showcases (June 18–Aug 7). This Saturday (June 18), Broadway sensation Kelli O’Hara ­– hot off her Tony Award-winning turn in Lincoln Center Theater’s The King and I – joins the resident Orchestra of St. Luke’s to kick off the 71st summer season with “A Starlit Evening.” This high-wattage Opening Night Gala features a festive program of Broadway showstoppers and favorites from the Great American Songbook, under the leadership of Lucille Lortel Award-winning conductor Rob Fisher. Recognizing Caramoor’s exceptional commitment to nurturing young talent, the gala pays tribute to its Young Artist Programs, many of whose alumni are now leaders in their field. This summer’s returning alumni include 2016 Artist-in-Residence Jonathan Biss; Andrew Owens, star of Aureliano in Palmira; Edward Arron, whose annual chamber collaborations are a Caramoor favorite; members of the Aizuri Quartet, this year’s Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence; and the Grammy Award-winning Pacifica Quartet. “A Starlit Evening” includes a celebratory pre-concert cocktail reception and dinner, premium concert seating in the Venetian Theater, and an “After Dark” party for post-concert drinking, dancing, and desserts, all on the historic Caramoor estate: 90 acres of picturesque Italianate architecture and gardens in Katonah, Westchester, just one hour’s drive from Manhattan. The concert will also be broadcast live on WQXR, New York City’s only dedicated classical station.

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About Caramoor

For more than 70 years, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts has been a leading destination for music lovers. Comprising a Mediterranean revival villa on 90 acres of gardens and serene woodlands in Westchester County, NY, the estate is just 40 miles north of Manhattan. 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 – as well as in the picturesque gardens, which include a Sense Circle for the visually impaired, Sunken Garden, Butterfly Garden, Tapestry Hedge, and Iris and Peony Garden. Audiences are invited to come early to explore the grounds, tour the historic Rosen House, enjoy a relaxing Sunday afternoon tea, or unwind with a pre-concert picnic. In addition to the summer season, Caramoor presents concerts all year round in the magnificent Rosen House Music Room. Through an impressive range of education programs, Caramoor serves more than 6,000 students in the New York metropolitan area, besides boasting an array of highly successful mentorship programs designed for young professionals who have completed their conservatory training. Over the past 20 years, alumni from these programs have become leaders of the next classical generation, whose accomplishments include winning a MacArthur Fellowship, becoming first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet, and appointment as the Concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic.

Getting to Caramoor

Getting to Caramoor is simple by car, train or public transportation. All parking is free and close to the performance areas. Handicapped parking is also free and readily available.

By car from New York City, take the Henry Hudson Parkway north to the Saw Mill River Parkway north to I-684 north to Exit 6. Go east on Route 35 to the traffic light (0.3 miles). Turn right onto Route 22 south, and travel 1.9 miles to the junction of Girdle Ridge Road where there is a green Caramoor sign. At the junction, veer left and make a quick right onto Girdle Ridge Road. Continue on Girdle Ridge Road 0.5 miles to the Caramoor gates on the right. Approximate drive time is one hour.

By train from Grand Central Station, take the Harlem Division Line of the Metro North Railroad heading to Southeast, and exit at Katonah. Caramoor is a 3.5-mile drive from the Katonah station, where taxi service is always available and free shuttle service is available for every event Thursdays through Sundays. For current information, check the Metro North schedule.

For the opera performances, Caramoor offers ticketed, round-trip transportation from NYC on the Caramoor Coach, a luxury air-conditioned coach traveling from Grand Central/Lexington Ave to Caramoor’s front door and back. To learn more, contact the Box Office.

Caramoor: 71st summer music season


Week 1

June 18
Venetian Theater
Symphonic: Opening Night (with pre-concert gala)
Broadway showstoppers; favorites from the Great American Songbook
(Orchestra of St. Luke’s / Rob Fisher; Kelli O’Hara, soprano)

June 19
Venetian Theater
Chamber: For My Father / Dedicated to Claude Frank
Schubert: Trio in B-flat for violin, viola and cello, D. 471
Mozart: Piano Quartet in G minor, K. 478
Schumann: Piano Quartet in E-flat, Op. 47
(Pamela Frank, host; Benjamin Beilman, violin; Ayane Kozasa, viola; Peter Wiley, cello; Andrew Tyson, piano)

Week 2

June 23
Spanish Courtyard
Chamber: Akropolis Reed Quintet
Gershwin: Three Preludes (arrangement by Ryan Reynolds)
Debussy: Children’s Corner Suite (arrangement by Raaf Hekkema)
John Steinmetz: Sorrow and Celebration
Ton ter Doest: Circusmuziek
(Matt Landry, saxophone; Kari Dion, clarinet; Tim Gocklin, oboe; Ryan Reynolds, bassoon; Andrew Koeppe, bass clarinet)

June 24
Spanish Courtyard
Chamber: Edward Arron & Friends
Barrière: Sonata in G for Two Cellos
Korngold: String Sextet in D, 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)

June 25
Multiple Locations / Venetian Theater
American Roots: American Roots Music Festival
Artists include: Hurray for the Riff Raff, John Fullbright, Sara Watkins, Man About A Horse, Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Esprit Creole, The Lowest Pair, Silver City Bound, Spuyten Duyvil, and more

June 26
Venetian Theater
Chamber: Wu Han, piano; Philip Setzer, violin; David Finckel, cello
Beethoven: Trio in G, Op. 1, No. 2
Beethoven: Trio in E-flat, Op. 70, No. 2
Beethoven: Trio in B-flat, Op. 97 (“Archduke”)

Week 3

June 29
Friends Field
Dancing at Dusk I: Tahiti & Hawaii, with Lei Pasifika

June 30
Spanish Courtyard
Chamber: Evnin Rising Stars Showcase
Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 8 in G, Op. 30, No. 3
Brahms: Sonata, Op. 120, No. 1
Mozart: Kegelstatt Trio, K. 498 (arr. for violin, viola and piano)
(Paul Huang, violin; Matthew Lipman, viola; Michael Brown, piano)

July 1
Spanish Courtyard
American Roots: Richard Thompson

July 2
Venetian Theater
Pops, Patriots, Fireworks
An Independence Day Celebration
(Westchester Symphonic Winds; Curt Ebersole, conductor; Robert Sherman, host; Ryan Silverman, vocalist; John Palatucci, euphonium)

Week 4

July 6
Friends Field
Dancing at Dusk II: Music from the Pacific Rim with Cumbia River Band
(Martin Vejarano, clarinet and vocals; Mary Knapp, accordion and vocals; Andrew Madej, tuba; Cristian Rodriguez, percussion and vocals; Juan Montoya, drums)

July 7
Spanish Courtyard
Opera: The Intimate Rossini: Ensembles & Choruses
Bel Canto Young Artists

July 8
Spanish Courtyard
Chamber: Aizuri Quartet (2015-16 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence)
Paul Wiancko: LIFT for String Quartet (world premiere)
Beethoven: String Quartet Op. 130 & Grosse Fuge

July 9
Spanish Courtyard
Fred Hersch & Friends
Presented in Collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center
(Fred Hersch, piano; Chris Potter, saxophone; Kate McGarry, vocals)

July 10
Venetian Theater
Symphonic: Artist-in-Residence Jonathan Biss, piano, with Orchestra of St Luke’s / Joshua Weilerstein
“Beethoven/5 Project”
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2
Timo Andres: The Blind Banister, Concerto No. 3 (New York premiere of Caramoor co-commission)
Martinů: La Jolla Sinfonietta for Piano and Chamber Orchestra
Haydn: Symphony No. 98

Week 5

July 13
Friends Field
Dancing at Dusk III: Filipino Music & Dance, with Kinding Sindaw Melayu Heritage

July 14
Spanish Courtyard
Chamber: Stamford Piano Trio
Celebrating Bastille Day
Lili Boulanger: “D’un matin de printemps”
Fauré: Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 120
Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor (1914)
(Erica Kiesewetter, violin; Caroline Stinson, cello; Molly Morkoski, piano)

July 15
Venetian Theater
American Roots: Ben Folds & yMusic

July 16
Venetian Theater
Opera: Rossini: Aureliano in Palmira
Bel Canto at Caramoor
Orchestra of St. Luke’s / Will Crutchfield
Aureliano: Andrew Owens, tenor
Zenobia: Georgia Jarman, soprano
Arsace: Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano

July 17
Venetian Theater
Chamber: Pacifica Quartet
Beethoven: Quartet in C minor, Op. 18, No. 4
Shulamit Ran: Glitter, Doom, Shards, Memory
BeethovenQuartet in F, Op. 59, No. 1

Week 6

July 21
Spanish Courtyard
Opera: Beethoven in Song
Bel Canto Young Artists

July 22
Spanish Courtyard
Chamber: Songs America Loves to Sing
Music from Copland House
(James Martin, baritone; Carol Wincenc, flute; Meighan Stoops, clarinet; Gary Levinson, violin; Alexis Pia Gerlach, cello; Michael Boriskin, piano)

July 23
Multiple locations; Venetian Theater
Jazz Festival, presented in Collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center
Daytime Artists: Etienne Charles, Jazzmeia Horn, Gotham Kings, Bria Skonberg, and more
Venetian Theater Daytime Artists: Ladies Sing the Blues featuring Catherine Russell, Brianna Thomas, and Charenée Wade;
Evan Sherman Big Band
Venetian Theater Evening Artist: Chick Corea Trio (Chick Corea, Christian McBride, Brian Blade)

July 24
Venetian Theater
Chamber: Jeremy Denk, piano

Week 7

July 27
Friends Field
Dancing at Dusk IV: An Evening of Chinese Dance & Music with Ling Tang & Ba Ban
(Zhou Yi, pipa; Yimin Miao, dizi)

July 28
Sunken Garden
Chamber: Guitar in the Garden: Meng Su, guitar
Bach: Lute Suite No. 4 in E major, BWV1006a
Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Sonata “Omaggio a Boccherini,” Op. 77
John Williams: Rounds
Sergio Assad: Aquarelle

July 29
Spanish Courtyard
Chamber: Danish String Quartet
Janácek: String Quartet No. 2, “Intimate Letters”
Folk music from the Nordic countries
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 12, Op. 127

July 30
Spanish Courtyard
American Roots: Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams
With special guest Marco Benevento

July 31
Venetian Theater
Opera: Beethoven: Fidelio
Bel Canto Young Artists
Orchestra of St. Luke’s / Pablo Heras-Casado
Leonore: Elza van den Heever, soprano
Florestan: Paul Groves, tenor
Marzelline: Georgia Jarman, soprano
Rocco: Kristinn Sigmundsson, bass
Jaquino: Andrew Owens, tenor
Don Pizarro: Alfred Walker, bass-baritone

Week 8

Aug 4
Spanish Courtyard
Chamber: Artist-in-Residence Jonathan Biss, piano, with Miriam Fried, violin; Hsin-Yun Huang, viola; Marcy Rosen, cello
Janácek: Sonata for violin and piano
Brahms: Piano Quartet in A, Op. 26

Aug 5
Spanish Courtyard
Solo recital: Artist-in-Residence Jonathan Biss, piano
Beethoven: Sonata in E-flat, Op. 7
Beethoven: Sonata in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2 (“Tempest”)
Beethoven: Sonata in G, Op. 79
Beethoven: Sonata in F minor, Op. 57 (“Appassionata”)

Aug 6
Venetian Theater
Jazz: Cécile McLorin Salvant Quartet
Presented in Collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center

Aug 7
Venetian Theater
Symphonic: Summer Season Finale
Brahms: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77
Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 73
(Orchestra of St. Luke’s / Pablo Heras-Casado; Gil Shaham, violin)


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



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


The 2016 Summer Music Festival is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.




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