VIRTUAL EVENT: Caramoor Presents: Summer 20/2.0- 7 pm EDT
Over the course of Summer 20/2.0, Caramoor aims to stream seven new performances from the Music Room of the Rosen House, known for its historic furnishings and intimate acoustics. Professionally produced for the occasion, these new video streams will feature such world-class artists as and repertoire ranging from Mozart and Tchaikovsky to excerpts from Shirley Graham Du Bois’ opera Tom-Tom, a children’s program, and the world premieres of new works by Christopher Cerrone and Anna Clyne. Each streamed performance will be accompanied by additional content including talks with the artists and closer looks at the Westchester house and grounds (July 2–Aug 6).
Later in the summer, Caramoor plans to host four live, public, open-air concerts on Friends Field. Suitable for small, well-spaced audiences, these will feature multiple genres: American Roots, mariachi, jazz and swing (Saturdays, July 18–Aug 8, with rain dates on the following Sundays).
In addition, Caramoor hopes to open its outdoor spaces to the public, beginning in mid-July. Visitors will be able to enjoy its landscaped Italianate and woodland gardens, interacting with nature, architecture and history on socially distant picnics and walks, as well as exploring the superlative site-specific sound art installations of Sonic Innovations (Thurs through Sun, from July 16).
Finally, a variety of outdoor pop-up events may also be added to the lineup, with appearances around the grounds by artists including a brass ensemble from Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Caramoor’s orchestra-in-residence for the past 41 years.
When it comes to public safety, Caramoor is serious about taking precautions. The 20/2.0 plan incorporates the recommended health and safety guidelines. The upcoming broadcasts are designed with home audiences in mind, and the spacious Music Room provides a safe recording environment for soloists and small groups. Many health officials consider outdoor spaces low-risk for virus transmission in summer, so, by increasing public access, Caramoor hopes to be of valuable service to the local community. For Friends Field events, capacity would be strictly limited and performances amplified for guests to enjoy from a safe distance, sitting on their own chairs or blankets while social-distancing from each other. More details will follow in early July.
These adaptable plans are in keeping with Caramoor’s nimble response to the pandemic. Since closing its doors to staff and public on March 13, the organization has deftly negotiated the transition to working from home, successfully producing three internet-streamed performances this spring, providing online music education for local music students, scheduling makeup dates for the majority of live events, and setting up the Caramoor Artist Fund to compensate artists whose Caramoor performances were cancelled and not able to be rescheduled.
Most of the artists currently scheduled to perform during this new 20/2.0 program were also part of the original 2020 lineup. Full details of 20/2.0’s planned programming are provided below.
Livestreams and broadcasts from the Music Room (July 2–Aug 6)
July 2, Inon Barnatan / Chosen as one of WQXR’s “19 for 19” influential musicians to watch last year, is “one of the most admired pianists of his generation” (New York Times). Known for his thoughtful and inventive programming, as well as “a breathtaking charisma that comes from gorgeously turned out technique, a masterly sense of color, and an expressiveness that can question, weep, or shout joy from the rooftops” (Philadelphia Inquirer), the Israeli pianist launches Caramoor’s 20/2.0 season with a recital in the Music Room.
July 9, Listening to Tom-Tom / Explore the 1932 opera by Shirley Graham Du Bois, the composer, playwright, and activist who in later life married W.E.B. Du Bois. Soprano Candice Hoyes, baritone Markel Reed and pianist Kyle Walker perform excerpts from the opera, while Harvard lecturer Lucy Caplan and Caroline Jackson Smith, Professor of Theater and Africana Studies at Oberlin College, consider its complex representations of race, gender, and history in a supplementary panel discussion.
July 12, Family Concert: Decoda / Classical collective Decoda returns to Caramoor with “The Composer’s Toolbox.” An exclusive recorded broadcast for children aged five and above, this concert offers its young audience insights into the composer’s mind through selections by Nielsen, Schulhoff, and Brad Balliett.
July 16, Calidore String Quartet / The Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence is one of the mentoring programs through which Caramoor supports emerging young artists. The Calidore String Quartet, a program alum known for its “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct” (The New York Times), gives the New York premiere of Breathing Statues by Grammy-nominated English composer Anna Clyne, alongside selections from Bach’s Art of the Fugue and two related late quartets by Beethoven: the Grosse Fuge and the work for which it was originally written, No. 13 in B-flat.
July 23, Musicians from the Knights / Hailed as “dazzlingly inventive” by Time Out New York, Anna Clyne’s music is also featured in the next livestream, when Musicians from The Knights, “an adventurous young orchestra that has established a strong reputation for polished performances and imaginative programming” (The New York Times), pair the world premiere performance of her new work, Shorthand, with Brahms’s Second String Sextet.
July 30, 4th Annual Chamber Feast / Another of Caramoor’s young-artist mentoring programs is Evnin Rising Stars. A sextet comprised entirely of program alums – violinists Tessa Lark and Paul Huang, violists Nicholas Cords and Zoë Martin-Doike, and cellists Edward Arron and Alexander Hersh – performs Mozart’s K. 406 String Quintet in C minor, Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence and Shulamit Ran’s Lyre of Orpheus.
August 6, Sandbox Percussion / This group is “revitalizing the world of contemporary music” (Washington Post). In the final broadcast from the Music Room, the virtuosic percussion quartet joins forces with pianist Conor Hanick, whose “technical refinement, color, crispness and wondrous variety of articulation … would benefit works by any master” (The New York Times), for the world premiere of a new concerto by Pulitzer Prize finalist Christopher Cerrone. Scored for solo prepared piano and percussion quartet, this crowns an all-contemporary program of music by steel pan specialist Andy Akiho, Guggenheim fellow Juri Seo, longtime Sandbox collaborator David Crowell, and Amy Beth Kirsten, whom BBC Music considers “one of America’s most innovative and visionary composers.”
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