Caramoor Has Something For Everyone With This Summer’s Multi-Faceted Festival Lineup
ZEALnyc, June 15, 2017
As we move into summer, we begin the transition from our standard concert hall settings and begin enjoying music and theatrical presentations in the more natural surroundings of, well, nature. Summer festivals are a hallmark of the season (Tanglewood, Wolf Trap, Ravinia, Aspen), and while some of the most famous and longstanding ones are located a bit too far from NYC for a day trip, we actually have a wonderful option right here, almost in our own backyard—Caramoor!
Caramoor is a performing arts center located on a unique 90-acre setting of Italianate architecture and gardens in Westchester County, NY, a mere 40 miles north of NYC and accessible by car, train, and the occasional dedicated shuttle bus. The programming covers a wide range of musical tastes, from opera to chamber music, as well as pop and jazz, providing a myriad of musical options for the discerning concertgoer, while also providing access to some of the most beautifully landscaped grounds in the area. Caramoor’s gardens 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.
Audience members are invited to come early to explore the grounds and tour the historic Rosen House prior to the concerts. On select Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, visitors can enjoy a delicious Afternoon Tea or unwind with a pre-concert picnic, and discover beautiful music in the relaxed settings of the acoustically superb Venetian Theater, which seats approximately 1,500, and the more intimate, romantic Spanish Courtyard, which seats around 470.
The Orchestra of St. Luke’s is the festival’s resident classical ensemble (their concert schedule is below) and it kicks off the opening night festivities featuring Metropolitan opera soprano Angela Meade with a night of operatic selections this Saturday night (June 17). Throughout June and July there is a wonderfully diverse group of concerts and events planned to suit every musical taste. From an American Roots Music Festival featuring Rhiannon Giddens and Sarah Jarosz (June 24) to a Jazz Festival (July 15), concerts by Emmylou Harris (July 22) and Broadway star Sutton Foster (July 29), as well as an All-American Pops concert complete with fireworks on July 1st—there is truly something for everyone.
If you have never attended a concert at Caramoor, you truly owe it to yourself to make the effort. It is accessible by car, Metro North trains (with a short cab or shuttle ride to the venue), and on “opera” nights there is a special round trip Coach Bus available from Grand Central, so getting there has never been easier. Make your plans now.
For more information on all the concerts, events, and logistics of getting there click here.
Opening Night: Celebrating 20 years of Bel Canto at Caramoor with A Night of Italian Opera
In celebration of Bel Canto’s 20th and final season at Caramoor, the Orchestra joins Bel Canto Young Artists, soprano Angela Meade and tenor Santiago Ballerini under the direction of Will Crutchfield in a program of Italian overtures, arias, duets, and choral numbers.
Saturday June 17, 2017 at 8:30 pm
Will Crutchfield, Conductor
Angela Meade, Soprano
Santiago Ballerini, Tenor
Harold Wilson, Bass
Bel Canto Young Artists
Schubert and Gopnik: A Musical Dialogue
Between movements of Schubert’s Octet, New Yorker’s famed writer and essayist Adam Gopnik reads his original narrative about the intersection of music and life, which was commissioned by Orchestra of St. Luke’s.
Sunday June 18, 2017 at 4 pm
Adam Gopnik, Reader
St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble
Schubert: Octet with Readings by Adam Gopnik
As one of the world’s leading Baroque and Classical-period conductors, Principal Conductor Designate Bernard Labadie fittingly leads his first public performance with the Orchestra in an all-Mozart program including three early Mozart symphonies and the flute and harp concerto featuring the Orchestra’s principal flutist Elizabeth Mann, and the principal harp of the MET Orchestra, Emmanuel Ceysson.
Sunday July 2, 2017 at 4 pm
Bernard Labadie, Conductor
Elizabeth Mann, Flute
Emmanuel Ceysson, Harp
Bellini’s Il pirata
Soprano Angela Meade stars in the semi-staged performance of Il pirata (The Pirate) by Vincenzo Bellini alongside tenor Santiago Ballerini and bass Harold Wilson. Often considered the first truly Romantic Italian opera, Il pirata features a shipwreck and a love triangle with the local duke that turns violent.
Saturday July 8, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Will Crutchfield, Conductor
Angela Meade, Soprano (Imogene)
Santiago Ballerini, Tenor (Gualtiero)
Harold Wilson, Bass (Ernesto; debut)
Bel Canto Young Artists
Vivaldi and Piazzolla
Guitarist Jason Vieaux leads the Orchestra in Vivaldi’s Guitar Concerto in D Major and teams up with bandoneon player Julien Labro in Labro’s orchestral arrangement of Piazzolla’s set of four tangos, Quatro Estaciones Porteñas (The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires). Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons then provides the perfect juxtaposition to Piazzolla’s musical interpretation of the seasons, and features St. Luke’s concertmaster Krista Bennion Feeney.
Sunday July 16, 2017 at 4 pm
Jason Vieaux, Guitar
Julien Labro, Bandoneon
Krista Bennion Feeney, Violin
Liszt and Schumann
Orchestra of St. Luke’s Principal Conductor Pablo Heras-Casado brings the season to a triumphant close with Liszt’s Les Préludes in addition to his second piano concerto played by world-renowned pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Schumann’s second symphony.
Sunday July 30, 2017 at 4 pm
Pablo Heras-Casado, Principal Conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano
Cover: Soprano Angela Meade in concert at Caramoor; photo: Gabe Palacio.