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Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts presents
Jonathan Biss in recital
Friday, July 12 at 8:00pm in the Spanish Courtyard
Katonah, NY – Jonathan Biss, a former Caramoor Rising Star, returns to Caramoor on Friday, July 12 at 8:00pm for his first solo concert in the intimate Spanish Courtyard with a program of Beethoven sonatas. Hailed by The New Yorker as playing with “unerring sophistication,” the recital is a chance to hear why Biss has won international recognition for his artistry, musical intelligence and deeply felt interpretations.
Tickets for Jonathan Biss are $20.00, $30.00 and $40.00. To order tickets, call the Box Office at 914.232.1252 or visit www.caramoor.org. Groups of 16 or more may purchase discounted tickets by contacting Matthew Scarella at 914.232.5035 ext. 252 or [email protected]
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Friday, July 12
8:00pm in the Spanish Courtyard
Tickets: $20.00, $30.00, $40.00
Jonathan Biss, piano
Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 15 in D, Op. 28 Pastoral
Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 16 in G, Op. 31 No. 1
Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 24 in F-sharp, Op. 78, À Thérèse
Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 21 in C, Op.53 Waldstein
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jonathan Biss has appeared with the foremost orchestras of North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Widely regarded not only for his artistry and poetic interpretations but also for his deep musical curiosity, Biss performs a diverse repertoire ranging from Mozart and Beethoven, through the Romantics to Janáček and Schoenberg as well as works by contemporary composers such as Gyorgy Kurtág and including commissions from Leon Kirchner, Lewis Spratian and Bernard Rands. Biss has recently embarked on a new project exploring Robert Schumann’s role in musical history entitled Schumann: Under the Influence. The initiative will feature Biss and several collaborators around the world performing Schumann’s work, music by his notable influences such as Beethoven, Schubert, and Purcell, and selections from his long list of successors ranging from Berg and Janáček to Timothy Andres. Biss also has an extensive recording career. His recordings include an album of Schubert sonatas and two short Kurtág pieces that was named by NPR Music as one of the best albums of the year. His recent albums for EMI won a Diapason d’Or de l’année award and an Edison Award. In January 2012, Onyx Classics released the first CD in a nine-year, nine-disc recording cycle of Beethoven’s complete sonatas. His most recent CD, of Schumann and Dvořák Piano Quintets, was made with Elias String Quartet. Biss studied at Indiana University and at The Curtis Institute of Music, where he was appointed to the piano faculty in 2010.
“We built a home, my husband and I, not to be old or new, just to be beautiful. And we built it for music.” ~ Lucie Rosen
Caramoor, the country estate of Walter and Lucie Rosen, was where they built their home and filled it with treasures. Enjoying the pleasure their friends took in the beauty of Caramoor with its art collection, gardens, and musical programs, in 1946 the Rosens established a public trust to open Caramoor to the community. Their musical evenings were the inspiration for the Caramoor Summer Music Festival, now in its sixty-eighth year, and the ongoing Music in the Rosen House series.
Since its founding, Caramoor has gained international renown as a cultural institution, presenting music of all types and inspiring artists and audiences alike.
Caramoor enriches the lives of its audiences through intimate, innovative and diverse musical performances of the highest quality. Education is a valued component of Caramoor’s mission, and Caramoor offers programs for the mentoring of young professional musicians as well as curriculum-based programs for school children emphasizing music, history and visual and decorative arts. Caramoor is often described as “a Garden of Great Music,” where audiences are invited to explore the beautiful grounds and gardens, discover the fascinating collection of period rooms and antiquities in the Rosen House, and enjoy beautiful music in the Music Room, Spanish Courtyard and Venetian theater.
Concert Venues and Gardens
Summer concerts take place in two outdoor theaters: the 1,714-seat, acoustically superb Venetian Theater and the more intimate, romantic 558-seat Spanish Courtyard. In the fall and winter all concerts are presented in the magnificent Music Room in the Rosen House. Caramoor’s gardens, also used for concerts, are also well worth the
visit and include nine unique perennial gardens. Among them are a Sense Circle for the visually handicapped, the Sunken Garden, a Butterfly Garden, the Tapestry Hedge, and the Iris and Peony Garden.
GETTING TO CARAMOOR
By car from the West Side of Manhattan and New Jersey, take the Saw Mill River Parkway north to Katonah. Exit at Route 35/Cross River. Turn right and, at the first traffic light, make a right turn onto Route 22 south. Travel 1.9 miles to the junction of Girdle Ridge Road. Follow the signs to Caramoor. (For detailed directions call 914.232.5035 and press 2, or online at www.caramoor.org). Parking at Caramoor is free.
By train, take the Harlem Division of the Metro-North Railroad to Katonah, New York. Taxi service from the station to Caramoor (5 minutes away) is available.
Performances are made possible, in part, by ArtsWestchester
with funds from Westchester County Government.
Performances are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts
with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
The 2013 International Music Festival is supported in part
by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
CARAMOOR CENTER FOR MUSIC AND THE ARTS IS LOCATED AT
149 GIRDLE RIDGE ROAD, KATONAH, NEW YORK 10536.
ALL PROGRAMS AND ARTISTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE