Caramoor Festival Announces 2005 Season Plans

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The Caramoor Summer Festival's 2005 season will include two operas, a series of Bach concerts, and a two-day jazz mini-festival, director Michael Barrett announced.

The season, which runs from June 25 through August 13, marks the 60th anniversary of the Katonah, New York, festival.

Caramoor's Bel Canto opera program, directed by musicologist Will Crutchfield, will present semi-staged versions of Bellini's La sonnambula and Verdi's La traviata. La sonnambula will be directed by Ira Siff, once best known as Madame Vera Galupe-Borszkh, the prima donna of the drag troupe La Gran Scena Opera Company; soprano Sumi Jo stars. Chuck Hudson directs La traviata; Crutchfield conducts both productions.

Other highlights include a three-concert look at the "private, religious, and public sides" of Bach; a performance of contemporary music by the chamber group Ethel; and the annual jazz festival, directed by saxophonist Joe Lovano and featuring Michael Brecker, Tom Harrell, and Charles McPherson,

The festival opens on June 25 with a gala concert featuring Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. Caramoor artistic advisor and principal conductor Peter Oundjian leads the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the festival's resident orchestra; Robert Bass's Collegiate Chorale; and soprano Janice Chandler-Eteme, mezzo-soprano Mary Phillips, tenor Simon O'Neill, and bass-baritone Philip Cutlip.

The season finale, on August 13, will feaure Miklos R‹zsa's Spellbound Concerto for Theremin and Orchestra, a nod to Caramoor founder Lucie Rosen, a theremin performer and advocate of the instrument. The concert will also include soprano Audra McDonald singing works by George Gershwin.


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