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This Saturday, June 18, Yo-Yo Ma & The Knights Kick Off Full Summer at Caramoor; Other Highlights Include Bill Barclay’s The Chevalier, J’Nai Bridges, Stephanie Blythe, Caroline Shaw, Silkroad Ensemble with Rhiannon Giddens, William Christie and Much More (June 18–Aug 19)

Clockwise from top left: J’Nai Bridges, Yo-Yo Ma, Matthew Whitaker, Kronos Quartet, Shemekia Copeland, Angelique Kidjo, Silkroad Ensemble, Dawn Upshaw

(June 2022)— Caramoor’s 2022 summer season kicks off this Saturday, June 18 with an Opening Night Gala featuring incomparable cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his frequent collaborators The Knights, the trailblazing, Grammy-nominated orchestral collective conducted by Eric Jacobsen. Marking the cellist’s first return to Caramoor since 2016, the concert showcases Ma and violinist Colin Jacobsen in Brahms’s Concerto for Violin and Cello, alongside music by Bernstein, Kodály and Joplin, as well as an arrangement of the big band-era classic The Big Noise From Winnetka. This launches a full summer of world-class music that spans a broad spectrum of genres (June 18–Aug 19). With performers and composers representing a vast array of backgrounds and lived experiences, Caramoor’s summer spotlights many whom systemic forces have historically suppressed, and focuses on music as a collective cultural heritage for the entire world. Read Caramoor’s full season announcement here.

All concerts are held safely outdoors on the cultural arts destination’s idyllic 80-acre Westchester campus in accordance with local and federal COVID-19 protocols.

Opening Week: Juneteenth, Chamber Feast and more

After Ma and The Knights’s gala performance, Caramoor’s opening week celebrates Juneteenth – the commemoration of African American freedom and achievement that has become known as the country’s second Independence Day – this Sunday, June 19. Presented in collaboration with the Town of Bedford, this free performance by internationally recognized recording artist, vocal coach, and songwriter Jeremiah Abiah will be accompanied by family activities and will commemorate the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, honoring their families, heritage, and resilience. Next, fusing spoken word and folk music with traditional Afro-Mexican music and dance, the Chicano band Las Cafeteras from East L.A. performs in Caramoor’s “Concerts on the Lawn” series on Thursday, June 23. Closing out the week on Friday, June 24, Caramoor’s Chamber Feast presents alumni of the Evnin Rising Stars mentoring program – joined by New York Philharmonic Principal Clarinet Anthony McGill – performing works by Dvořák and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, an English composer born in 1875 to an English mother and a Sierra Leonean father, who achieved international fame in his time but remains unfamiliar to today’s audiences. McGill, a champion of the clarinet quintet that Coleridge-Taylor composed in his early 20s, explains:

“Not only is [Coleridge-Taylor’s music] luscious – it has that romantic feel – it has sounds I can relate to as well. It sounds like the experience of someone I can identify with, someone who’s a Black man. Those melodies are singing to you directly, whoever you are.”

Other upcoming highlights: The Chevalier, J’Nai Bridges, Marc-André Hamelin and more

The abundance of world-class music filling the season includes pianist Lara Downes’s American Tapestry program; a recital by mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges; The Chevalier, a concert theater work by Bill Barclay about Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges; the world premiere of Michael Gordon’s site-specific Field of Vision for 40 percussionists; the Silkroad Ensemble and its new Artistic Director Rhiannon Giddens’s Phoenix Rising program, including four new commissions; Dawn Upshaw’s “Dido Reimagined” with the Brentano String Quartet; an evening with composer/performers Caroline Shaw, Angélica Negrón, and Raquel Acevedo Klein; A Night at the Opera with Stephanie Blythe and Laquita Mitchell; Handel’s Theodora featuring Marie-Eve Munger, Anthony Roth Costanzo, and The Trinity Baroque Orchestra; and a Beethoven season finale with Orchestra of St. Luke’s joined by soloist Marc-André Hamelin. The annual Jazz Festival is headlined by Camille Thurman and the Darrell Green Quartet; the American Roots Music Festival features headliner Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway; and the Sonic Innovations sound art installation features two new pieces by Mendi + Keith Obadike. Several concerts feature pre-concert conversations with the artists, and radio personality Helga Davis hosts a series of post-concert talkbacks on selected Thursdays.

Getting to Caramoor

Getting to Caramoor is simple by car 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. A FREE shuttle from Metro North’s Katonah station to and from Caramoor runs before and after every concert.

About Caramoor

Caramoor is a cultural arts destination located on a unique 80-plus-acre estate with Italianate architecture and gardens in Northern Westchester County, NY. Its beautiful grounds include the historic Rosen House, a stunning mansion listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Besides enriching the lives of its audiences through innovative and diverse musical performances of the highest quality, Caramoor mentors young professional musicians and provides music-centered educational programs for young children.

Click here to download high-resolution photos, and here to download Caramoor’s summer brochure.

Caramoor: 2022 summer season

All artists and dates are subject to change.

Sat, June 18
Gala Tent

Sat, June 18 at 7pm
Venetian Theater
Opening Night Concert: Yo-Yo Ma & The Knights
The Knights
Eric Jacobsen, conductor
Colin Jacobsen, violin
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Leonard BERNSTEIN: Overture to Candide
Scott JOPLIN (arr. The Knights): Rags
Johannes BRAHMS: Hungarian Dance No. 1
Zoltan KODÁLY: Dances of Galánta
Johannes BRAHMS: Concerto for Violin and Cello
Bob HAGGART / Ray BAUDUC (arr. Conley): The Big Noise from Winnetka

Sun, June 19 at 4pm
Friends Field Tent
Celebrate Juneteenth: A Day to Energize and Recognize!
Presented in collaboration with the Town of Bedford
Jeremiah Abiah

Thurs, June 23 at 7pm
Friends Field
Las Cafeteras
Concert on the Lawn

Fri, June 24 at 8pm
Spanish Courtyard
Chamber Feast
Anthony McGill, clarinet
Lucille Chung, piano
Maria Ioudenitch, violin
Rubén Rengel, violin
Ayane Kozasa, viola
Alexander Hersh, cello
Samuel COLERIDGE-TAYLOR: Quintet in F-sharp minor for Clarinet and Strings, Op. 10
Antonín DVOŘÁK: Piano Quintet in A, Op. 8

Sat, June 25 at 1pm
Caramoor Grounds
American Roots Music Festival
Presented in collaboration with City Winery
Evening performance by Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway
Daytime performers include:
Kevin Burt
Black Opry Revue featuring Tae Lewis, Leon Timbo, Nikki Morgan, and Nashon Holloway
Kittel & Co.
Rebecca Haviland & Whiskey Heart
The Suitcase Junket
Sonia De Los Santos

Sun, June 26 at 4pm
Venetian Theater
Inon Barnatan, piano
Johann Sebastian BACH: Toccata in E minor, BWV 914
George Frideric HANDEL: Allemande from Suite for Harpsichord in E, HWV 430
Jean-Philippe RAMEAU: Courante from Suite in A minor
François COUPERIN: L’Atalante
Maurice RAVEL: Rigaudon from Le Tombeau de Couperin
Thomas ADÈS: Blanca Variations
Coleridge-Taylor PERKINSON: Toccata
Samuel BARBER: Fuga: Allegro con spirito from Piano Sonata in E-flat minor, Op. 26
Johannes BRAHMS: Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24
3pm Pride and Prosecco reception

Thurs, June 30 at 7pm
Spanish Courtyard
Lara Downes, piano
Morton GOULD: American Caprice
Dana SUESSE: American Nocturne
Florence PRICE: Fantasie Nègre No. 1
Nathaniel DETT: The Place Where the Rainbow Ends from Magnolia Suite
Margaret BONDS: Troubled Water
Scott JOPLIN: Weeping Willow; Peacherine Rag; Solace; Maple Leaf Rag
George GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue
Talkback with Helga Davis and Lara Downes immediately following the concert

Fri, July 1 at 8pm
Friends Field
Pedrito Martinez
Concert on the Lawn
Presented in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center

Sat, July 2 at 4pm
Venetian Theater
Pops & Patriots
Westchester Symphonic Winds
Curt Ebersole, conductor
Christine Taylor Price, soprano
Thomas West, baritone
John Stafford SMITH (arr. Green): The Star-Spangled Banner
Cole PORTER (arr. Green): Selections from Kiss Me, Kate
Omar THOMAS: Shenandoah
Morton GOULD (arr. Lang): American Salute
Edwin Franko GOLDMAN: On the Mall
Stephen SONDHEIM (arr. Green): Being Alive
Stephen SONDHEIM (arr. Green): Send in the Clowns
Stephen SONDHEIM (arr. Green): You’re Gonna Love Tomorrow/Love will See Us Through
Leonard BERNSTEIN (arr. Grundman): Make Our Garden Grow
(arr. Lowden): Armed Forces Salute
John Philip SOUSA (arr. Brion/Schissel): The Stars and Stripes Forever

Thurs, July 7 at 7pm
Spanish Courtyard
J’Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano
Bradley Moore, piano
Albert Hay MALOTTE: The Lord’s Prayer
Maurice RAVEL: Shéhérazade
Franz SCHUBERT: An die Musik
Johannes BRAHMS: Die Mainacht, Von ewiger Liebe
Margaret BONDS: Minstrel Man
Carlos SIMON: Prayer
Shawn OKPEBHOLO: Oh Glory
John CARTER: Cantata
Talkback with Helga Davis and J’Nai Bridges immediately following the concert

Fri, July 8 at 8pm
Friends Field
Kronos Quartet
Concert on the Lawn
Peni Candra RINI (arr. Jacob Garchik): Maduswara
JLIN (arr. Jacob Garchik): Little Black Book
Hawa Kassé Mady DIABATÉ (arr. Jacob Garchik): Tegere Tulon: I. Funtukuru
inti FIGGIS-VIZUETA: branching patterns
Terry RILEY: Movement 3 from This Assortment Atoms — One Time Only!
Tanya TAGAQ (arr. Jacob Garchik): Excerpt from Sivunittinni
Angélique KIDJO (arr. Jacob Garchik): YanYanKliYan Senamido #2
Missy MAZZOLI: Enthusiasm Strategies
Nicole LIZÉE: Another Living Soul
Aruna NARAYAN (arr. Reena Esmail): Mishra Pilu

Sat, July 9 at 11am
Sunken Garden
Coleman Itzkoff, cello
Music & Meditation in the Garden

Sat, July 9 at 8pm
Venetian Theater
Brian Stokes Mitchell

Sun, July 10 at 4pm
Venetian Theater
The Chevalier
A Concert Theater Work About Joseph Bologne
Written and directed by Bill Barclay
Brendon Elliott, violin
Harlem Chamber Players
RJ Foster (Joseph Bologne)
Sarah Baskin (Marie Antoinette)
David Joseph (Mozart)
Bill Barclay (Pierre Choderlos de Laclos)
3pm conversation with Bill Barclay

Thurs, July 14 at 7pm
Spanish Courtyard
Imani Winds
Mongo SANTAMARÍA (arr. V. Coleman): Afro Blue
Nathalie JOACHIM: Seen
Reena ESMAIL: The Light is the Same
Valerie COLEMAN: Afro-Cuban Concerto
Talkback with Helga Davis and Imani Winds immediately following the concert

Fri, July 15 at 8pm
Spanish Courtyard
Brentano String Quartet
Dawn Upshaw, soprano
Henry PURCELL: Oh, let me weep; Fantasias Nos. 5 and 7
Matthew LOCKE: Suite No. 2
John DOWLAND: Come again, sweet love doth now invite; Can she excuse my wrongs; Weep you no more, sad fountains
Thomas TOMKINS: Alman
William BYRD: Though Amaryllis Dance in Green
Robert JOHNSON: The Witty Wanton
Henry PURCELL: When I am laid in earth (Dido’s lament)
Melinda WAGNER: Dido Reimagined
7pm conversation with Brentano violinist Mark Steinberg and composer Melinda Wagner

Sat, July 16 at 11am
Sunken Garden
Emi Ferguson, flute
Ashley Jackson, harp
Music & Meditation in the Garden

Sat, July 16 at 8pm
Venetian Theater
Silkroad Ensemble with Rhiannon Giddens
Featuring Silkroad artists:
Jeffrey Beecher, bass
Sandeep Das, tabla
Haruka Fujii, percussion
Rhiannon Giddens, banjo & voice
Maeve Gilchrist, Celtic harp
Mario Gotoh, viola
Joseph Gramley, percussion
Shaw Pong Liu, violin & erhu
Wu Man, pipa
Danny Mekonnen, tenor & soprano saxophones
Karen Ouzounian, cello
Michi Wiancko, violin
Kaoru Watanabe, Japanese flute & percussion
Reylon Yount, yangqin

Sun, July 17 at 4pm
Venetian Theater
Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Gemma New, conductor
Karen Gomyo, violin
Jessie MONTGOMERY: Strum
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART: Symphony No. 35 in D, K. 385 (“Haffner”)
Johannes BRAHMS: Violin Concerto in D, Op. 77
3pm conversation with Gemma New

Thurs, July 21 at 7pm
Spanish Courtyard
Caroline Shaw, Angélica Negrón, and Raquel Acevedo Klein
Talkback with Helga Davis, Caroline Shaw, Angélica Negrón, and Raquel Acevedo Klein immediately following the concert

Fri, July 22 at 8pm
Venetian Theater
A Night at the Opera with Stephanie Blythe & Laquita Mitchell
Produced in collaboration with On Site Opera
Stephanie Blythe, mezzo-soprano (Alice Tommasso/Don José)
Laquita Mitchell, soprano (Robinetta/Micaëla)
Maya Lahyani, mezzo-soprano (Carmen)
Candace Chien, piano
Eric Einhorn, director
Junghyun Georgia Lee, costume & prop designer
Rachel J. PETERS: Lesson Plan (based on Telemann’s Der Schulmeister)
Georges BIZET: Excerpts from Carmen
7pm conversation with Eric Einhorn and Rachel J. Peters

Sat, July 23 at 8pm
Friends Field
Rachael & Vilray
Concert on the Lawn
Presented in collaboration with City Winery

Sun, July 24 at 4pm
Sunken Garden
Michael Gordon’s Field of Vision (world premiere)
University of Michigan Percussion Ensemble & Guests of the Sō Percussion Summer Institute
Doug Perkins, music director
3pm conversation with Michael Gordon

Thurs, July 28 at 7pm
Spanish Courtyard
Thalea String Quartet
Daniel Bernard ROUMAIN: “I made up my mind not to move” and “Isorhythmiclationistic” from String Quartet No. 5 (“Rosa Parks”)
Gabriella SMITH: Carrot Revolution
Alex VITTAL: The B-Side
Antonín DVOŘÁK: String Quartet No. 12 in F, Op. 96, “American”
Talkback with Helga Davis and Thalea String Quartet immediately following the concert

Fri, July 29 at 8pm
Friends Field
Shemekia Copeland
Concert on the Lawn
Presented in collaboration with City Winery

Sat, July 30
Caramoor Grounds
Jazz Festival
Presented in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center
Evening performance by Camille Thurman with the Darrell Green Quartet: Burt Bacharach Reimagined
Daytime performers include:
The Chick Corea Afro-Caribbean Experience with Elio Villafranca and Friends
George Coleman Quartet
Candice Hoyes & Damien Sneed: Duke Ellington’s On a Turquoise Cloud
Benny Benack III Quartet
Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Summer Jazz Academy Big Bands with Special Guests
Summer Camargo Quintet
More to be announced

Sun, July 31 at 4pm
Venetian Theater
Handel’s Theodora
Marie-Eve Munger, soprano (Theodora)
Anthony Roth Costanzo, countertenor (Didymus)
Daniela Mack, mezzo-soprano (Irene)
Alek Shrader, tenor (Septimius)
Tyler Duncan, baritone (Valens)
Trinity Baroque Orchestra
Choir of Trinity Wall Street
Avi Stein, conductor
3pm conversation with MIT professor emeritus and Handel scholar Ellen T. Harris

Thurs, Aug 4 at 7pm
Spanish Courtyard

Fri, Aug 5 at 8pm
Spanish Courtyard
Les Arts Florissants Trio
Lea Desandre, mezzo-soprano
Thomas Dunford, lute
William Christie, harpsichord

Sat, Aug 6 at 11am
Sunken Garden
Boyd Meets Girl
Rupert Boyd, guitar
Laura Metcalf, cello
Music & Meditation in the Garden

Sat, Aug 6 at 8pm
Venetian Theater
Angélique Kidjo

Sun, Aug 7 at 4pm
Venetian Theater
Summer Season Finale: Beethoven with Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Bernard Labadie, Principal Conductor
Marc-André Hamelin, piano
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat, Op. 73, “Emperor”
3pm Conversation with Bernard Labadie

Fri, Aug 12 at 7pm
Friends Field
Concert on the Lawn

Wed, Aug 17 at 7pm
Friends Field
Concert on the Lawn
Presented in collaboration with City Winery

Fri, Aug 19 at 7pm
Friends Field
Matthew Whitaker Quintet
Concert on the Lawn
Presented in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center

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