Caramoor's 2006 summer season will feature a diverse lineup, from bel canto opera with Ewa Podles to jazz with the Ravi Coltrane Quartet. Caramoor organizers, including chief executive and general director Michael Barrett, discussed details of the season at a press lunch yesterday at the Kosciuszko Foundation.
The festival runs June 24-August 12 at the Caramoor Center, a converted country estate in Katonah, New York.
The opening night gala benefit on June 24 will feature artistic advisor and principal conductor Peter Oundjian leading the Orchestra of St. Luke's in Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor, with Joshua Bell as soloist. Also on the program are Beethoven's Symphony No. 8 and the Overture to Pope Joan, by John Musto, Caramoor's 2005-06 composer-in-residence.
Caramoor Jazz Festival artistic director Joe Lovano highlighted the two-day jazz lineup, which features tributes to tenor sax player Joe Henderson and gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. The Rodney Kendrick Trio will launch the festival on July 29 with a program of swing, stride, and bebop. The Ravi Coltrane Quartet will be led by saxophone player Ravi Coltrane, son of the jazz legend John Coltrane.
One particular highlight of Bel Canto at Caramoor, the opera mini-festival led by Will Crutchfield, will be cult contralto Ewa Podles making her festival debut in Rossini's Tancredi. Soprano Sumi Jo will return to the festival to sing in Bellini's I Puritani.
The festival has programmed two world premieres from Musto: his String Quartet, which will be performed by the Jupiter String Quartet, and his Piano Concerto No. 1, with the composer at the piano.
Some lighthearted fun will be provided by Professor Peter Schickele in P.D.Q. Bach: His Life, Legacy, and Leftovers. Also scheduled are the Manhattan Brass Ensemble, David Krakauer's Klezmer Madness, and the New York Festival of Song, with Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell.