Caramoor 2023 Summer Season Brochure

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June 4 –

August 16


Welcome to Caramoor’s 2023 Summer Season!

An exciting array of events have been curated for you to experience the transformative power of live music performance — from orchestral and chamber music to opera, jazz, American songbook, American roots, and international sounds from regions near and far. While we invite you to enjoy and celebrate the artists and genres you already love, we also encourage you to explore and discover those that are not on your playlist … yet!

Music has a unique ability to bring people together in a shared moving experience. Whether the concerts you select take place in our spacious, open-air Venetian Theater, grassy and picnic-ready

Friends Field, intimate Spanish Courtyard, or lush Sunken Garden (there’s a venue here for every vibe!), you’ll be sure to experience compelling performances that resonate deep within.

In a world challenged with conflict and division, Caramoor remains a special place, a haven where you can gather outdoors with friends and family to celebrate and be renewed by the dynamic power of music and the arts. As the George Gershwin song goes, Summertime, and the livin’ is easy ... We look forward to seeing you this summer!


series to Explore!

Music & Meditation in the Garden

Caramoor’s lush Sunken Garden provides a fitting setting to experience sound and silence as you learn to listen mindfully to music and nature. Each program begins with a meditation guided by Jennifer Llewellyn (of Majestic Hudson, Katonah), and continues with live music performed by the next generation of classical music stars.

Join us these Saturday mornings at 11:00am:

July 1 Tessa Lark, violin Michael Thurber, double bass

July 15 Maeve Gilchrist, Celtic harp

July 29 Harlem Chamber Players


Concerts for Little Ones

Movement and musical discovery take flight in this new series for the littlest Caramoor attendees. Located in our flexible and accessible Education Center, this program geared for children ages 2–6 (and their caregivers) brings in world-class artists who will invite children to sing, wiggle, and dance to diverse styles of music.

Join us these Friday mornings at 11:00am:

July 7 Musiquita

July 14 Alexander Davis, bassoon & Friends

July 21 Alphonso Horne, trumpet & Friends

NEW! Recitals in the Music Room

This new series of Saturday lateafternoon hour-long classical recitals is designed with our avid chamber music devotees in mind. Each program features alumni of Caramoor’s mentoring programs. Please stay to say hello to the artists after the recital!

Join us these Saturday afternoons at 5:00pm:

July 8 Alexander Hersh, cello Christopher Goodpasture, piano

August 5 Zhu Wang, piano

Concerts on the Lawn

We invite you to Friends Field — the perfect spot for a date night, a family outing, or just another starry evening at Caramoor.

June 22 The Harlem Gospel Travelers

July 1 Plena Libre

July 14 DakhaBrakha

July 29 Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer, Shahzad Ismaily

August 4 Samara Joy

August 11 Balún

August 16 Michael Olatuja:  Lagos Pepper Soup

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Sunday, June 4


12:00pm–4:00pm / Caramoor Grounds

Jonny Allen, percussion

Conor Hanick, piano

Dorit Chrysler, theremin

Trimpin, Mendi & Keith Obadike, Walter Kitundu, Ranjit Bhatnagar, Annea Lockwood & Bob Bielecki, Taylor Deupree, and Liz Phillips, sound artists

Our grounds are open! Open your ears and discover a world of fascinating sounds through our  Sonic Innovations  exhibition and live performances. Thereminist Dorit Chrysler performs and leads workshops on the world’s oldest electronic instrument.

Jonny Allen interprets Iannis Xenakis’ multipercussion piece  Rebonds , as well as plays and jogs between nine suspended bells in excerpts of Tom Johnson’s Nine Bells. Be enthralled as pianist Conor Hanick “prepares” a grand piano by inserting bolts, screws, bits of rubber, and other items between the strings for John Cage’s complete Sonatas and Interludes Meet the sound artists while you explore our innovative sound art collection and enjoy a deep sensory experience for the whole family.

This event is FREE.

Saturday, June 17

Opening Night Gala Benefit

5:30pm / Friends Field Tent

Show your enthusiasm for Caramoor and enjoy what makes it unique: exceptional live music with an equally exceptional culinary experience, all in our stunning gardens and grounds. After a pre-performance cocktail party, you’ll make your way into the Venetian Theater for an Opening Night Concert featuring the unparalleled Broadway and operatic sensation Audra McDonald. With Great American Songbook melodies still cascading through your ears, you’ll continue on to a seasonallyselected dinner paired with fine wines and dessert.

Individual and table options are available. A portion of each ticket is tax deductible.

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Dorit Chrysler

Saturday, June 17

Opening Night Concert: Audra McDonald

7:00pm / Venetian Theater

Andy Einhorn, conductor Orchestra of St. Luke’s Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Award–winning singer and actor Audra McDonald launches Caramoor’s 2023 Summer Season in a dazzling performance of beloved classics from the Great American Songbook. Blessed with a luminous soprano and an incomparable gift for dramatic truth-telling, McDonald is one of the most adored singers of her generation and perhaps the most astounding performer of our lifetimes — a once-in-a-century artist with a miraculously expressive and lyric voice.

Talent this manifold is too miraculous to deconstruct, but there is at the heart of McDonald’s art a moral radiance, a desire to align beauty with truth and justice.

— Los Angeles Times

Sunday, June 18

Family Concert: Gotta Swing!

Eyal Vilner Swing Band

1:30pm / Friends Field Tent

Gaby Cook, Nathan Bugh, Jennifer Jones, Ray Davis, dancers Swing is an energetic, rhythmic dance that originated in Harlem in the 1920s. Bring the kids and join the Eyal Vilner Swing Band and dancers for a fun show that will explore the rich history of this uniquely American art form. By late afternoon, everyone will fully understand why it’s called swing ... when the musicians play (or sing), they “swing the beat,” meaning they play the notes late and then catch up in the next beat. Gotta swing, baby!

Hot Jazz Age Frolic

Eyal Vilner Big Band

4:00pm / Friends Field Tent

Imani Rousselle, guest vocalist

Nathan Bugh and Gaby Cook, dance instructors

Slip on your shiny dancing shoes and get swept away by the irresistible rhythms of swingin’ jazz at Caramoor’s second Hot Jazz Age Frolic! This high-energy event takes place under an airy tent turned into a hot-to-trot dance club plucked right out of 1920s Harlem. Join us on the dance floor for a lesson, then be unabashed and strut your stuff. Or just sit back at a table with your two left feet, a cocktail in hand, and enjoy the live music by the critically acclaimed Eyal Vilner Big Band, a 17-piece musical tour de force. Feel free to sport your favorite swing-era vintage look!


Thursday, June 22

The Harlem Gospel Travelers

Presented in Collaboration with City Winery concert on the lawn

7:00pm / Friends Field

Amidst socio-political unrest and lingering pandemic unease, The Harlem Gospel Travelers sing about hope and resiliency in a style that draws on the gospel quartet tradition of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Their debut LP, He’s on Time, landed a spot on the 2019 Billboard charts. While the album could be classified as “retro” or “vintage,” the truth is that The Harlem Gospel Travelers aren’t just reviving sounds from the past, they’re revitalizing them for the present and reminding us just how relevant this music is (and always has been) in times of hardship and uncertainty. Continue your celebration of Juneteenth at this joyous show.

Friday, June 23

Brooklyn Rider

8:00pm / Spanish Courtyard


Suite of American Folk Songs, collected / transcribed by Ruth Crawford Seeger, arranged by Colin Jacobsen

Andreia Pinto-Correia: Aere senza stelle (NY premiere)

Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, Op. 110 Osvaldo Golijov: Tenebrae

With the energy of four young rock stars, Brooklyn Rider performs a program that explores the four elements (earth, air, water, and fire) as a metaphor for the complex inner world of the string quartet and the current health of planet Earth. You’ll hear music created within the last century of accelerated and unprecedented climate change, including pieces commissioned by the Quartet, by composers whose works reflect current realities and serve as a musical call to action. Will you heed the call?

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Celebrate Juneteenth!

Saturday, June 24

American Roots Music Festival

Presented in collaboration with City Winery

1:00pm / Caramoor Grounds

Evening performance by Brandy Clark

Daytime performers include:

Sunny War

Miko Marks

Mike Block Trio

More artists to be announced!

Caramoor’s annual American Roots Music Festival is back with a day overflowing with spectacular music performed throughout our grounds spanning the genres of blues, Americana, folk, and bluegrass. Spend the day in the gardens and discover the next artist you’ll add to your playlist.

This day features multiple bands and ends with acclaimed singersongwriter / ten-time Grammy-nominee Brandy Clark.

Even as her world expands, and her style shifts along with it, Brandy Clark keeps her feet grounded in the here and now. Her songwriting is only getting better.

— American Songwriter

Sunday, June 25

Francesca Caccini’s Alcina

4:00pm / Venetian Theater

Boston Early Music Festival

Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, Musical Co-Directors

Gilbert Blin, Stage Director

Mireille Lebel, mezzo-soprano (Alcina)

Colin Balzer, tenor (Ruggiero)

Virginia Warnken Kelsey, mezzo-soprano (Melissa)

Spend a late afternoon on a magical island with a beautiful enchantress, a vengeful sorceress, a valiant knight, and an eager lover who gets seduced, then cursed and turned into a rock. This passionate paradise awaits you in the tent of Caramoor’s Venetian Theater. Full of wit, drama, and melodious arias, this first opera by a female composer will cast its spell as Caramoor’s gardens are transformed through song, people shapeshift into trees, and true love prevails.

3:00pm / Join us for a conversation with Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs.

3:00pm / Toast Pride Month with LGBTQ+ friends, family, and allies at our annual Pride and Prosecco reception!

Brandy Clark Mike Block Trio Miko Marks Sunny War

Thursday, June 29

Ivalas Quartet

2022-23 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence

7:00pm / Spanish Courtyard

Jessie Montgomery: Strum

Carlos Simon: Warmth from Other Suns

Eleanor Alberga: String Quartet No. 2

Derrick Skye: New work (World Premiere, Commissioned by Caramoor)

As part of our mission to nurture and present the next generation of artists, Caramoor’s 2022-2023 Ernst String Quartet-in-Residence, the Ivalas Quartet — one of the brightest rising string quartets today — caps off its yearlong residency of community engagement and concerts with a performance in our jewel-like Spanish Courtyard. Representative of their celebration of diverse voices and spotlighting of Black and indigenous composers, their program includes a world premiere by Derrick Skye, a composer with Ghanian, Nigerian, Native American, and British/Irish ancestry who believes music is a doorway into understanding other cultures.

Wielding lightning-fast syncopated stickwork, Sandbox Percussion created a hypersonic morse code … — Musical America

Friday, June 30

Sandbox Percussion

8:00pm / Venetian Theater

Andy Akiho: Seven Pillars

Described as “exhilarating” (The New York Times), and “virtuosic and utterly mesmerizing” (The Guardian), Brooklyn’s Sandbox Percussion is one of today’s leading percussion ensembles. Seven Pillars, nominated for a Grammy in 2021, is the jaw-dropping result of a years-long collaboration with trailblazing composer Andy Akiho. The boldly genre-defying collaboration consists of seven ensemble movements and one solo movement for each member of Sandbox. With a striking lighting scheme by Michael Joseph McQuilken, the 80-minute, 11-part work is the largest-scale chamber music work that Akiho has written and that Sandbox has commissioned, with their collaboration spanning the past eight years.

7:00pm / Join us for a conversation with members of Sandbox Percussion.

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Saturday, July 1

Tessa Lark, violin

Michael Thurber, double bass music & meditation in the garden

11:00am / Sunken Garden

Jennifer Llewellyn, Meditation Coach

Caramoor’s lush Sunken Garden provides the perfect environment to experience both sound and silence as you learn to listen mindfully to music and nature.

Violinist Tessa Lark (Evnin Rising Stars alumna) and double bassist Michael Thurber blend their bluegrass and jazz backgrounds for this meditative event.

Saturday, July 1

Plena Libre

concert on the lawn

8:00pm / Friends Field

The trailblazing Plena Libre has been thrilling international audiences for nearly three decades. Masters of the traditional Puerto Rican plena and bomba styles, Plena Libre fuses well-loved traditions with modern Afro-Caribbean influences, putting a new and always electrifying spin on this scintillating music. With mesmerizing hand drumming, raucous horns, and soaring three-part vocal harmonies, this multi-Grammy Award–nominated band always brings the heat.

Sunday, July 2

Pops & Patriots

4:00pm / Venetian Theater

Westchester Symphonic Winds

Curt Ebersole, conductor

Nicoletta Berry, soprano

Terrence Chin-Loy, tenor

Celebrate Independence Day at Caramoor!

The Westchester Symphonic Winds join us for their annual tribute to America’s independence with a program that includes The Star-Spangled Banner, Sousa’s The Stars and Stripes Forever, and a Broadway medley performed by alumni of our Schwab Vocal Rising Stars program.

Terrence Chin-Loy Nicoletta Berry

Thursday, July 6

Miró Quartet

7:00pm / Spanish Courtyard

Robert Schumann:

String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 41, No. 1: II. Scherzo

Caroline Shaw: Microfictions

George T. Walker: Lyric for Strings

Johannes Brahms: String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 51, No. 1

One of Caramoor’s earliest quartets-in-residence, the internationally acclaimed Miró Quartet returns to the Spanish Courtyard to perform masterpieces from Brahms and Schumann, as well as contemporary works by two Pulitzer Prize-winning composers.

Caroline Shaw’s Microfictions is a set of six miniatures inspired by the surreal paintings of Joan Miró, the quartet’s namesake, and George T. Walker’s Lyric for Strings is an elegy to the composer’s grandmother, who suffered and escaped slavery.

“The ensemble played with lithe tempos and lean textures, beautifully balancing cool refinement and intense expressivity.” — The New York Times

Friday, July 7


featuring Emi Ferguson, flute and Rachell Ellen Wong, violin

8:00pm / Spanish Courtyard


Ruckus is a shapeshifting, collaborative Baroque band with a visceral and playful approach to early music. ARCADIAN VISIONS features Ruckus with soloists Emi Ferguson and Rachell Ellen Wong in joyful dialogue with the rustic pastoral traditions of 18th century London and New England. Featuring trio sonatas by George Frideric Handel and Thomas Arne, country dances from Ignacio Sancho, instrumental hymns from William Billings and Daniel Read, and a new work from Celeste Oram.

“Ruckus brought continuo playing to not simply a new level, but a revelatory new dimension of dynamism altogether ... Wit, panache, and the jubilant, virtuosic verve of a bebop-Baroque jam session.”

— Boston Musical Intelligencer

Saturday, July 8

Alexander Hersh, cello

Christopher Goodpasture, piano

5:00pm / Music Room

Claude Debussy: Sonata for Cello and Piano

Paul Wiancko: Microsuite for Solo Cello

Anton Webern: 2 Pieces for Cello and Piano

Felix Mendelssohn: Cello Sonata No. 2 in D Major, Op. 58

Giovanni Sollima: Lamentatio for Solo Cello

This intimate Music Room recital, performed by Evnin

Rising Star alumnus Alexander Hersh, traverses five distinct sound worlds with the cello as a guide. Invoking ancient instruments while breathing life into music of our time, the program probes sonic possibilities, both familiar and fantastical. Please stay afterwards to meet the artists, and enjoy a refreshing beverage!

Ruckus Rachell Ellen Wong Emi Ferguson
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Alexander Hersh

America’s most astonishing choir … The Crossing, led by Donald Nally, combines an embrace of the new, a social conscience, and fearless technique.

— The New York Times

Sunday, July 9


Performed by The Crossing

Donald Nally, conductor Ashley Tata, director

4:00pm / Sunken Garden

Ted Hearne: Farming (NY premiere)

Saturday, July 8

Over the Rainbow:

The Songs of Harold Arlen

8:00pm / Venetian Theater

Ted Sperling, Music Director and Host

Aisha de Haas

Mikaela Bennett

Nicholas Ward

It’s time for you to “Get Happy” and travel “Over the Rainbow,” no matter the “Stormy Weather” in July, to immerse yourself in an evening celebrating the unique American legend Harold Arlen, one of the most prolific composers for the stage and screen. Tony Awardwinner Ted Sperling is Music Director and host, along with celebrated Broadway artists

Mikaela Bennett (The Golden Apple),

Aisha de Haas (Disney’s Newsies), and Nicholas Ward (The Music Man). True, there’s no place like home … except for the Venetian Theater at Caramoor!

FARMING, a stirring new oratorio by Ted Hearne written for The Crossing choir, grapples with the current impact of our agricultural history and asks what it would take to reconnect us with the people who produce our food — and what forces are keeping us apart. Scored for 24 vocalists with guitars, keyboards, and percussion, the performance will be set near Caramoor’s pastoral Sunken Garden, allowing the audience to explore and listen to this explosive work as it unfolds.

3:00pm / Join us for a conversation with Ted Hearne, Donald Nally, and Ashley Tata

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Thursday, July 13

Davóne Tines, bass-baritone

Adam Nielsen, piano

7:00pm / Spanish Courtyard


Heralded as a “singer of immense power and fervor” and “[one] of the most powerful voices of our time”

(Los Angeles Times), Davóne Tines brings to the intimate Spanish Courtyard a program of spiritual and intellectual exploration that he entitles Recital No 1: Mass. Tines envisions his work as stretching the boundaries of what classical music can be — and what impact it can have on an audience. Featuring works by Caroline Shaw, J.S. Bach, Tyshawn Sorey, Margaret Bonds, and Julius Eastman, and using the framework of the Catholic Mass, Tines interweaves his own lived experience to bring audiences through themes of spirituality, justice, and identity.

“Davóne Tines is changing what it means to be a classical singer.” — The New Yorker

Post-Concert / Talkback with Davóne Tines

Friday, July 14


concert on the lawn

8:00pm / Friends Field

With roots in Ukrainian folklore and music filtered through modern rhythms and instruments based in punk, cabaret, rock, and hip-hop, DakhaBrakha is an award-winning ensemble from Kyiv with astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range. They will bring their thunderous and theatrical energy to our Friends Field stage for an evening of “ethno-chaos” and national pride.

Saturday, July 15

Maeve Gilchrist, Celtic harp music & meditation in the garden

11:00am / Sunken Garden

Jennifer Llewellyn, Meditation Coach

Described by one critic as “a phenomenal harp player who can make her instrument ring with unparalleled purity,” Maeve Gilchrist has taken the Celtic harp to new levels. Caramoor’s lush Sunken Garden provides the perfect setting to meditate and then luxuriate in the sounds of harp strings as they mingle with nature.

Davóne Tines

Saturday, July 15

Oumou Sangaré

8:00pm / Venetian Theater

Global superstar and Grammy Award-winner

Oumou Sangaré catapults

Westchester to West Africa! Renowned worldwide for her vibrant and powerful music, the Malian “songbird of Wassoulou” infuses her music with traditional African percussion, distinctive vocals, and progressive social criticism, creating a unique sound that has propelled her onto the international stage. Her return to Caramoor after 12 years will feature music that spans traditional Wassoulou music to contemporary sounds coming out of Africa, as well as songs from her recent critically acclaimed album, Timbuktu.

Percussive, danceable, and haunting, the singer’s visionary mix is the primary reason that her voice has come to carry as much respect as Aretha Franklin’s.

— The New Yorker

Sunday, July 16

Orchestra of St. Luke’s & Hélène Grimaud

4:00pm / Venetian Theater

Lina González-Granados, conductor Hélène Grimaud, piano

Gabriela Lena Frank: Elegía Andina

Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2

Praised for her “rich, heartfelt orchestral sound” (Chicago Sun-Times) and “raw power” (Los Angeles Times), Colombian-American conductor Lina González-Granados leads Orchestra of St. Luke’s in a program that includes works by Gabriela Lena Frank, Ravel, and Brahms. One of classical music’s most passionate and committed artists, pianist Hélène Grimaud takes on Ravel’s jaunty and virtuosic Piano Concerto in G Major.

“When González-Granados conducts, it’s as if the music is alive inside her body, flowing through her arms, dancing with all the right steps.” — Los Angeles Times

3:00pm / Join us for a conversation with Lina González-Granados.

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Thursday, July 20

Conrad Tao, piano

Caleb Teicher, dancer

7:00pm / Venetian Theater


This dynamic interplay of piano and tap dance features pianist-composer Conrad Tao, who has been dubbed “the kind of musician who is shaping the future of classical music” by New York Magazine, and choreographer-dancer Caleb Teicher, about whom

The New Yorker says: “mixing super-charged energy with tossed-off charm, Teicher is among the more promising figures in tap dance.” The pair come from two art forms, each with their own traditions and practices, but their collaboration explores the connections between them and the different ways the percussion of piano and tap relate to one another.

Their program includes works by J.S. Bach, Johannes Brahms, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, George Gershwin, Maurice Ravel, and more.

Friday, July 21

Dover Quartet

Steven Banks, alto saxophone

8:00pm / Spanish Courtyard

Joseph Haydn:

String Quartet in E-flat Major, H.III: 38 (“The Joke”)

William Grant Still: Lyric String Quartette

Steven Banks: Cries, Sighs, and Dreams

Antonín Dvořák: String Quartet No. 10 in E-flat Major, Op. 51

The Dover Quartet returns to Caramoor with charismatic classical saxophonist, composer, and 2022 Avery Fisher Career Grant winner Steven Banks. In addition to Banks’ recent quintet, the program includes string quartets by Haydn, known as the “Father” of the form, William Grant Still, one of the foremost African American composers of the 20th century, and Dvořák, noted for employing the idioms of the folk music of Moravia and his native Bohemia in his works.

“Banks has the potential to be one of the transformational artists of the 21st century.”

— Seen and Heard International

7:00pm / Join us for a conversation with Steven Banks.

Conrad Tao Caleb Teicher

Saturday, July 22 Jazz Festival

Presented in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center

1:00pm / Caramoor Grounds

Evening performance by Cécile McLorin Salvant

Daytime performers include:  Anthony Hervey Quintet Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Summer Jazz Academy Big Band with special guests

New Jazz Underground featuring Abdias Armenteros, Sebastian Rios, and TJ Reddick

Christie Dashiell

More artists to be announced!

Caramoor’s Jazz Festival is back! This highly anticipated annual event of the summer is filled with the many facets of the jazz genre performed by phenomenal talent, amid lush gardens and distinctive venues throughout Caramoor’s expansive grounds. Bring the family for the day, and treat yourself to the headlining evening performance — three-time Grammy Award-winner and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Cécile McLorin Salvant, a singer with, as the late Jessye Norman described her, “a voice supported by an intelligence and full-fledged musicality, which light up every note she sings.”

Sunday, July 23

Handel’s Acis and Galatea

4:00pm / Venetian Theater

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

Richard Egarr, conductor

Nicholas Mulroy, tenor (Acis)

Hera Hyesang Park, soprano (Galatea)

Isaiah Bell, tenor (Damon)

Dashon Burton, bass-baritone (Polyphemus)

Aria Umezawa, director

We’ve all been there … you (Galatea) are madly in love (with that hottie, Acis), when a jealous monster destroys your relationship with one smash of a boulder. Rather than mope about it, you use your magic powers to transform your (now deceased) lover into a beautiful fountain that flows eternally! This pastoral opera premiered in 1718 and remains one of Handel’s most popular dramatic works. Join Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra — recognized as “America’s leading historically informed ensemble” (The New York Times) — and some of opera’s most revered voices in this fully costumed presentation, surrounded by Caramoor’s serene gardens.

3:00pm / Join us for a lecture with MIT professor emeritus and Handel scholar Ellen T. Harris.

Members are invited to a pre-concert Friends Garden Party and will enjoy a 20% discount on tickets to this performance.

Isaiah Bell Nicholas Mulroy Dashon Burton Hera Hyesang Park Cécile McLorin Salvant Anthony Hervey Quintet Jazz at Lincoln Center's Summer Jazz Academy Big Bands New Jazz Underground Christie Dashiell

Thursday, July 27

Pekka Kuusisto, violin

Nico Muhly, piano

7:00pm / Spanish Courtyard

Two leading voices on today’s music scene, Finnish violinist, conductor, and composer Pekka Kuusisto and celebrated American composer and pianist Nico Muhly, team up for an evening of unexpected musical connections. Among their explorations will be works by Muhly himself, Glass, Pärt, and other contemporaries. You won’t have to lean in far to hear what made The Globe and Mail, Toronto call this violinist “one-of-akind” and The Telegraph, London to identify his musicmaking as “the most personal sound of any classical violinist now alive.”

Friday, July 28

The Knights with Pekka Kuusisto

8:00pm / Venetian Theater

Eric Jacobsen, conductor

Pekka Kuusisto, violin

Felix Mendelssohn: Sinfonia No. 10 in B Minor

Nico Muhly: Shrink (NY Premiere)

Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring

Colin Jacobsen: A Shadow Under Every Light

The Knights are dedicated to transforming the orchestral experience and eliminating barriers between audience and music. The New York Times has described them as “an adventurous young orchestra that has established a strong reputation for polished performances and imaginative programming.” The ensemble performs the New York premiere of Nico Muhly’s Shrink with Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto, described as “one-ofa-kind” by Toronto’s The Globe and Mail and renowned for his fresh approach to repertoire.

“Muhly’s Shrink, a glittering, jittery, mischievous violin concerto written for Kuusisto … The work reflects its title, contracting and intensifying as it progresses, a perfect mirror of the word “shrink” and a platform for Kuusisto in hyperactive, virtuosic mode …” — The Guardian

7:00pm / Join us for a conversation with Eric Jacobsen, Pekka Kuusisto, and Nico Muhly.

Pekka Kuusisto … surely has the most personal sound of any classical violinist now alive.

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Saturday, July 29

Harlem Chamber Players

music & meditation in the garden

11:00am / Sunken Garden

Jennifer Llewellyn, Meditation Coach

The Harlem Chamber Players is an ethnically diverse collective of professional musicians dedicated to bringing high-caliber, affordable, and accessible live classical music to people in the Harlem community and beyond. Our Sunken Garden is an ideal spot for you to spend a Saturday morning meditating amidst a gentle summer breeze, followed by the music-making of these gifted artists.

Saturday, July 29

Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer, Shahzad Ismaily concert on the lawn

8:00pm / Friends Field


In 2022, Brooklyn-based singer and composer Arooj Aftab became the first Pakistani woman to win a Grammy, for her album Vulture Prince. Love in Exile is a new project featuring two of her most trusted collaborators, pianist Vijay Iyer and multiinstrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily, who together transform voice and electronic sound into melodic sculpture. Their performances are largely improvised, which allows the music endless options. Aftab’s mesmerizing vocals are sure to cast a spell under the summer night stars.

“Her voice is contemplative, breathy and relaxed, with the intimacy of indie-pop and jazz though she occasionally uses the microtonal embellishments of classical South Asian singing.” — The New York Times

Sunday, July 30

Garrick Ohlsson, piano

4:00pm / Venetian Theater

All-Chopin Program

Nocturne in F Major, Op. 15, No. 1

Nocturne in B Major, Op. 9, No. 3

Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60

Fantasie in F Minor, Op. 49

Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 39

Impromptu in F-sharp Major, Op. 36

Piano Sonata in B Minor, Op. 58

Since his triumph as winner of the 1970 Chopin International Piano Competition (still the single American to have done so), pianist Garrick Ohlsson has established himself worldwide as a musician of magisterial interpretive and technical prowess. Ohlsson has long been regarded as one of the world’s leading exponents of the music of Frédéric Chopin, and has been hailed by The Seattle Times as having “incredible technique with razor-sharp accuracy, producing a sound so lush it almost glistens.”

“I know of few performers who resist so well this literature’s temptations toward self-aggrandizement and yet emerge with such a vibrant sense of identity.”

— The New York Times

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Thursday, August 3

Tengyue Zhang, guitar

guitar in the garden

7:00pm / Sunken Garden

There is no venue more fitting for a classical guitar concert than Caramoor’s treasure of a garden. Guitarist Tengyue Zhang — who received First Prize in the 2017 Guitar Foundation of American (GFA) International Concert Artists Competition, known as the most prestigious guitar contest in the world — brings his brilliant talent and musicality to this tranquil, flowering outdoor space. His program includes work by J.S. Bach, Domenico Scarlatti, Isaac Albéniz, Jean-Philippe Rameau, and more.

Join us! / Stay after the performance for an All-Audience Afterglow Reception in the garden, weather permitting.

Friday, August 4

Samara Joy

Presented in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center concert on the lawn

8:00pm / Friends Field

With her newly released Verve Records debut, Linger Awhile, 23-year-old and twice-Grammy-nominated Samara Joy makes her case to join the likes of Sarah, Ella, and Billie as the next mononymous jazz singing sensation recorded by the venerable label. Her rich and velvety yet precociously refined voice has perhaps cemented her status as the first Gen-Z jazz singing star. Joy’s Caramoor debut will introduce the audience to a slew of classic standards several times older than she is through her timeless, irresistible sound.

Saturday, August 5

Zhu Wang, piano

5:00pm / Music Room

Robert Schumann: Arabesque, Op. 18

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1

Zhang Zhao: Pi Huang (Moments from Beijing Opera)

William Grant Still: Summerland from Three Visions

Igor Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite (arr. Agosti)

China-born Zhu Wang, an alumnus of Caramoor’s Evnin Rising Stars mentoring program and winner of the 2020 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, has been praised by The New York Times as “especially impressive” and “a thoughtful, sensitive performer” who balances “lyrical warmth and crisp clarity.” His intimate recital bridges piano literature from Germany, China, and America, from the realms of opera, ballet, and the afterlife.

Please stay afterwards to meet the artist, and enjoy a refreshing beverage!

Saturday, August 5

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Presented in collaboration with City Winery

7:30pm / Venetian Theater

Some of us (not all!) are old enough to remember the tug of our heartstrings when we first heard Mary Chapin Carpenter’s “Passionate Kisses,” “I Feel Lucky,” and “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her,” among her countless other country / folk / rock hits from the ‘80s and ‘90s. Having since won five Grammy and two CMA awards and sold over 15 million albums, this acclaimed mega singer / songwriter continues to awe fans around the world. With her full band in tow, she brings her emotional, empowering, and inspiring artistry to Caramoor’s Venetian Theater. Come be star-struck with us!


Sunday, August 6

Orchestra of St. Luke’s & Alisa Weilerstein

4:00pm / Venetian Theater

Roderick Cox, Alisa Weilerstein, George T. Walker: Dmitri Shostakovich: Ludwig van Beethoven:

Before the summer season wanes, join maestro Roderick Cox — who has been praised as a conductor “paving the way” ( as he leads Orchestra of St. Luke’s in a program that features cellist, MacArthur Genius Grant winner, and Evnin Rising Star alumna Alisa Weilerstein, who will entrance with her fearless rendition of Shostakovich’s profoundly complex and strikingly haunting first cello concerto. 3:00pm / Join us for a conversation with Roderick Cox and Alisa Weilerstein.

As always, her playing was technically flawless and deeply expressive: her vibrato saturated with meaning, her lyricism slinking and menacingly enigmatic.

— The New York Times

Alisa Weilerstein Roderick Cox

More Concerts on the Lawn!

Concerts for Little Ones / Ages 2– 6

Friday, July 7


concerts for little ones

11:00am / Diane Moss Education Center

Friday, August 11 Balún

concert on the lawn

7:00pm / Friends Field

Fusing Caribbean rhythms, Dembow (aka old school reggaeton), intelligent dance music (IDM), and dreamy dance pop tunes with the traditional sounds of their Puerto Rican homeland, the Brooklyn-based electronic indie band Balún brings its mesmerizing sound to Friends Field. Lead singer Angélica Negrón describes it as “music that you can sleep to while dancing.”

Join husband and wife duo Blanca Cecilia González and Jesse Elder for a playful exploration of Spanish and English music and song. This program combines music, language, and culture into a joyful celebration.

Friday, July 14

Alexander Davis and Friends concerts for little ones

11:00am / Diane Moss Education Center

Bassoonist Alexander Davis, one of Caramoor’s teaching artists, introduces our smallest audience members to his colorful, beautiful woodwind instrument. Alexander brings along his friends as they explore the many facets of the world of music!

Wednesday, August 16

Michael Olatuja: Lagos Pepper Soup concert on the lawn

7:00pm / Friends Field

Just like the pepper soup from his hometown of Lagos, Nigeria, Michael Olatuja’s most recent album Lagos Pepper Soup is packed with a rich array of tantalizing flavors. The composer, bandleader, and bassist blends the sounds of Lagos, London (his birthplace), and New York (his current home) into what he describes as a “cinematic Afrobeat.” Join him and his band for a high-energy evening of hard-hitting Afrobeat, jazz, and fun. Yeah, we know, it’s August … but it’s never too hot out for a soup this good!

“A sonic experience of epic proportions.” — NPR

Friday, July 21

Alphonso Horne, trumpet concerts for little ones

11:00am / Diane Moss Education Center

Introduce your littlest music lovers to the story of jazz as two-time Grammynominated trumpeter Alphonso Horne transports them to New Orleans and back! After they jam out and boogey all morning long, nap-time will be a breeze.


Experience Sonic Innovations, Caramoor’s annual campus-wide exhibition of sound art, curated by artist, composer, and Northwestern University professor Stephan Moore. These nine diverse sound installations aim to reinterpret the Caramoor grounds and inspire alternative ways of listening. Learn more about Caramoor’s Sonic Innovations exhibition at

Explore Caramoor’s Grounds & Gardens for FREE!

Thursday–Sunday / 10:00am–4:00pm / and two hours before concerts

New Work for 2023

Dyning in the Dovecote by Liz Phillips

Returning Works

in“C” by Trimpin

Timbre and Frequency by Mendi + Keith Obadike

Nafasi Yako ni ya Kijani (Your Place is Green) by Walter Kitundu

t(ch)ime by Taylor Deupree

Stone Song by Ranjit Bhatnagar

Wild Energy by Annea Lockwood and Bob Bielecki

Piano Garden by Annea Lockwood


Sunday, June 4

Caramoor Grounds / 12:00-4:00pm

Our grounds are open! Come open your ears at Caramoor’s Soundscapes, an interactive day where you’ll discover a world of fascinating sounds. Try your hand at the theremin during workshops with The New York Theremin Society, and hear Dorit Chrysler perform works for the world's first electronic instrument. Watch as percussionist Jonny Allen interprets Iannis Xenakis’ multi-percussion piece Rebonds, as well as plays and jogs between nine suspended bells in excerpts of Tom Johnson’s Nine Bells. Be enthralled as pianist Conor Hanick “prepares” a grand piano by inserting bolts, screws, bits of rubber and other items between the strings for John Cage’s complete Sonatas and Interludes. Wander through our lush, enchanted gardens with your ears awakened anew. While you explore Caramoor’s innovative sound art collection, our distinguished sound artists will be on hand to share their creations for a deep sensory experience the whole family will relish.

This event is FREE.

“Open your ears and your mind will follow.”

— Trimpin / 914.232.1252
Trimpin and young visitors interact with In"C"

Tour the rosen house

Select Dates / June 4–August 19

Discover the eclectic home that Caramoor founders Lucie and Walter Rosen built for music! Explore select rooms for free during one of our Open House sessions (10:00am–1:00pm, Friday–Sunday and two hours before Saturday night concerts), or schedule a docent-guided tour. Book guided tours online at; by emailing; or by calling 914.232.1252.

Open Houses are FREE.

Docent-Guided Tour Tickets are $15; Children and Members are FREE. Advanced Registration Required.

Rosen House Tour Schedule:




Explore Caramoor’s Grounds & Gardens for FREE! Thursday–Sunday / 10:00am–4:00pm / and two hours before concerts

Spanish Alcove
The Music Room Formal Dining Room
La Loggia Bedroom

afternoon teas

Select Fridays and Sundays, June 9–August 18 / 1:00pm / Music Room

Adult $50 / Child (suitable for ages 4–12) $25

Afternoon Tea was one of the English traditions Lucie Rosen, founder of Caramoor, enjoyed during her time living in England in the early 1910s. She kept up the practice of inviting friends and guests to tea for many years, using the time for conversation and for planning concerts and other social events.

Tea is served in the Music Room, a unique opportunity for you to relax with friends and family in a breathtaking historic setting, in a breathtaking historic setting featuring a large portrait of Lucie herself. The service includes a variety of tea sandwiches, scones with créme fraiche and preserves, delicious desserts, and a selection of fragrant teas.

Following the tea, you will also have a chance to visit select rooms of the Rosen House until 3:30pm. The rooms showcase fine examples of decorative arts from Europe and China including jade, porcelain, and textiles that the Rosens admired and collected. Additionally, prior to tea, guided tours are available for purchase in advance.

The Music Room

How to buy Eat, drink & listen


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Venue Box Offices open two hours before performances.


We offer picnic tables and plenty of space on our multiple grassy lawns for you to spread out and indulge in these treats!


Enjoy a daily selection of seasonal salads, sandwiches, or something hot off the grill. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options are always available! Snacks and sundries are on hand to supplement your picnic, and a variety of ice cream, alcoholic, and non-alcoholic beverages are stocked to keep you cool. Open 2 hours before every afternoon and evening concert.

Members receive 10% off on-site concessions!


Venetian Theater

Group rates and service options are available for select performances. For a group of 10 or more guests, please call the Box Office at 914.232.1252 or email


Our ‘Child’ ticket is intended for children 18 and under. Most concerts have tickets available at a discounted rate up to 50%. Visit or call the Box Office to learn more.


For questions regarding the accessibility of the grounds, venues, Rosen House, or any event, please call the Box Office or visit

NEW this year in the Venetian Theater: Increased Legroom • Added Aisles Better Sight Lines

Let us pack your picnic for you! Skip the lines and pre-order a special picnic box from our caterer, Great Performances, for an easy and delicious dining option. You can pre-order online or by calling the Box Office.

Spanish Courtyard Music Room

How to Get Here

ADDRESS: 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah, New York 10536

Take the FREE shuttle from Metro North’s Katonah station to and from Caramoor! The shuttle runs before and after every afternoon and evening concert.

Parking is always free.

Find detailed driving directions at

Caramoor appreciates the generous support of our sponsors:

All sales are final — there are no refunds or exchanges. If you cannot use your tickets, they may be donated back to Caramoor as a taxdeductible contribution. Please call the Box Office up to four hours prior to the concert.

All ticket prices are subject to change without notice — any prices listed in this brochure reflect the prices when events were put on sale.

All artists, programs, and Membership events are subject to change without notice.

We’re covered — since Caramoor has multiple venues, we do not cancel because of rain.

Caramoor will continue to monitor local COVID-19 trends and enforce protocols mandated by local governments. By purchasing tickets to this event, unless prohibited by law, you agree to abide by the health and safety measures in effect at the time of the event, which may include, but not be limited to, wearing masks, providing proof of vaccination status and/or providing proof of negative COVID-19 test. Check often for updates as guidelines are subject to change.

Photo credits:

Audra McDonald © Allison Michael Orenstein / Harlem Gospel Travelers © Rosie Cohe / Brooklyn Rider, The Knights

© Shervin Lainez / Miko Marks © Amanda Lopez / Mike Block Trio © Courtesy of Artist / Sunny War © Joshua Black / Brandy Clark

© Courtesy of Artist / BEMF © Kathy Wittman / Ivalas Quartet © Caitlin Louisa Eddolls / Sandbox Percussion © Carlin Ma / Tessa Lark & Michael Thurber © Lauren Desberg / Plena Libre © Gina Principe / Terrence Chin-Loy © Jiyang Chen / Nicoletta Berry

© Courtesy of Artist / Miró Quartet © Jeff Wilson / Ruckus © Anthony Dean / Emi Ferguson © Courtesy of Artist / Rachell Ellen Wong © Lucien Knuteson / Alexander Hersh, Eric Jacobsen, Garrick Ohlsson © Dario Acosta / Nicholas Ward

© Courtesy of Artist / Aisha de Haas © Courtesy of Artist / Mikaela Bennett © Danny Kornfeld / The Crossing © John C. Hawthorne / Donald Nally © Becky Oehlers / Davóne Tines © Jenna Pinkard / DakhaBrakha © Olga Zakrevska / Maeve Gilchrist

© Courtesy of Artist / Oumou Sangare © Holly Whittaker / Lina González-Granados © Mariangela Quiroga-Cantillo / Hélène Grimaud

© Mat Hennek / Conrad Tao © Brantley Gutierrez / Caleb Teicher © Hillary Rees / Dover Quartet © Jesse Holland / Steven Banks

© Chris Lee / Anthony Hervey © Erik Bardin / New Jazz Underground © Peter Lueders / Cecile McLorin Salvant

© Shawn Michael Jones / Nicholas Mulroy © Raphaelle Photography / Hera Hyesang Park © Chunyoungsang / Isaiah Bell © Lia Crowe / Dashon Burton © Tatiana Daubek / Nico Muhly © Heidi Solander / Pekka Kuusisto © Felix Broede / Pekka Kuusisto © Maija Tammi / Harlem Chamber Players © Helane Blumfield / Love in Exile © Ebru Yildiz / Tengyue Zhang © Courtesy of Artist / Samara Joy © Meredith Truax / Zhu Wang © Kevin Condon / Mary Chapin Carpenter © Aaron Farrington / Alisa Weilerstein © Paul Stuart / Roderick Cox © Susie Knoll / Balún © Féliz de Portu / Michael Olatuja © Deneka Peniston / Musiquita © Martina DaSilva / Alexander Davis © Sophie Sahara / Alphonso Horne © Courtesy of Artist

Photos from past performances at Caramoor are by Gabe Palacio Photography.

Brochure design by Adam Neumann /

The Summer Season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
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Music Matters — Play Your Part

Music inspires, uplifts, and builds community. Caramoor combines the excitement and joy of live music in an extraordinary natural setting. Our year-round programming includes free community events celebrating rich cultural traditions, innovative education programs that connect school-age children with music, nature and art, and mentoring opportunities to nurture the next generation of emerging musicians. You can partner with Caramoor to bring music to our community by making a gift today. Every donor who contributes $100 or more is considered a Caramoor member. Advance ticket sales and special celebrations are just some of the ways we recognize our supporters each year. Your gift makes a difference and ensures a bright future for Caramoor.

Garden Listening

For those who prefer a more casual concert environment, Caramoor offers Garden Listening as an option for selected concerts that take place in the Venetian Theater. Listen to the concert broadcast onto Friends Field (audio only) while enjoying a picnic and relaxing with the family.

Tickets / $20 and FREE for Members and children under 18 years old.

Five premier arts organizations — Jacob Burns Film Center, Storm King Art Center, Historic Hudson Valley, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, and Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival — have joined together to create a unique New York experience: the Hudson Valley Summer Arts Pass. With an abundance of offerings across the five partner organizations, the Pass helps consumers plan a vibrant and diversified season of arts and culture — all within a short drive. Customize your summer the way you want it with this amazing discounted bundle of tickets!

More information and details at


Season at a glance

Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

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6.4 12:00pm: Soundscapes

11:00am: Musiquita

8:00pm: Ruckus

5:00pm: Alexander Hersh, cello Christopher Goodpasture, piano

7:00pm: Miró Quartet 4:00pm: FARMING

8:00pm: Over the Rainbow: The Songs of Harold Arlen

Performed by The Crossing Donald Nally, conductor Ashley Tata, director

7:00pm: Conrad Tao, piano Caleb Teicher, dancer 4:00pm: Handel’s Acis and Galatea

More Concerts on the Lawn!

11:00am: Alphonso Horne, trumpet

8:00pm: Dover Quartet Steven Banks, saxophone

Jazz Festival: Cécile McLorin Salvant, and more! 7:00pm: Pekka Kuusisto, violin & Nico Muhly, piano

The Knights with Pekka Kuusisto, violin 11:00am: Harlem Chamber Players

8:00pm: Arooj

Garrick Ohlsson, piano

Friday, 8.11 / 7:00pm: Balún

Wednesday, 8.16 / 7:00pm: Michael Olatuja: Lagos Pepper Soup

7.6 7.7
7.22 7.23
7.27 7.28 7.29 7.30
Aftab, Vijay Iyer, Shahzad Ismaily 7:00pm: Tengyue Zhang Guitar in the Garden 4:00pm: Orchestra of St. Luke’s with Alisa Weilerstein, cello 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8:00pm: Samara Joy 5:00pm: Zhu Wang, piano 7:30pm: Mary Chapin Carpenter 6.17 5:30pm: Opening Night Gala
Opening Night Concert: Audra McDonald 6.18 1:30pm: Family Concert: Gotta Swing! 4:00pm: Hot Jazz Age Frolic 7:00pm: The Harlem Gospel Travelers 4:00pm: Francesca Caccini’s Alcina 6.22 6.23 8:00pm: Brooklyn Rider American Roots Music Festival: Brandy Clark, and more! 6.24 6.25 7:00pm: Davóne Tines, bass-baritone Adam Nielsen, piano 4:00pm: Orchestra of St. Luke’s with Hélène Grimaud, piano 11:00am: Alexander Davis and Friends 8:00pm: DakhaBrakha 11:00am: Maeve Gilchrist, Celtic harp 8:00pm: Oumou Sangaré 7.13 7.14 7.15 7.16
7:00pm: Ivalas Quartet 6.29 6.30 7.1 8:00pm: Sandbox Percussion 11:00am: Tessa Lark, violin & Michael Thurber, double bass 8:00pm: Plena Libre 7.2 4:00pm: Pops & Patriots 27 / 914.232.1252
Afternoon Teas select Fridays and Sundays


a Trio of Concerts and Save!

Purchase tickets to three or more and get 15% off at checkout, by using promo code: TRIO15

Members’ Pre-Sale: March 7–13 / General Public Sale: March 14

Take the FREE shuttle from Metro North’s Katonah train station to and from Caramoor! The shuttle runs before and after every afternoon and evening concert.

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