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Orchestra of St. Luke’s

Gemma New, conductor / Karen Gomyo, violin

Sunday July 17, 2022 at 4:00pm

Adults / $40, $55, $70, $85, $100
Children / 50% Off Select Tickets
Garden Listening / $20, Free for Members & Children

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Sunday July 17, 2022 at 4:00pm

3:00pm / Join us for a conversation with Gemma New. 

New Zealand-born conductor Gemma New makes her Caramoor debut in this program including Jessie Montgomery’s Strum, which draws on American folk idioms and the spirit of dance and movement, Mozart’s “Haffner” Symphony, and Brahms’ epic Violin Concerto with violinist Karen Gomyo, an alumna of our Evnin Rising Stars program and deemed by The Chicago Tribune as a “first-rate artist of real musical command, vitality, brilliance and intensity.” 

For those who prefer a more casual concert environment, Garden Listening tickets are $20, and are free for Members and children under 18 years old. Listen to the concert broadcast onto Friends Field (audio only) while enjoying a picnic, admiring a starry sky, or relaxing with the family. We recommend you bring your own seating for Garden Listening.

“One of the brightest rising stars in the conducting firmament.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch 


Jessie Montgomery: Strum  
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 35 in D Major, K. 385 (“Haffner”)  
Johannes Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 77 

About the Artists

Gemma New, conductor 

Sought after for her insightful interpretations and dynamic presence, New Zealand-born Gemma New is the newly appointed Principal Conductor of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, as well as Music Director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. New is the recipient of the prestigious 2021 Sir George Solti Conducting Award.  

In Summer 2021, New lead the New York Philharmonic’s 29th Annual Memorial Day Concert at St. John the Divine in a free performance livestreamed to the public. She made debuts at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and at the Aspen Music Festival and Grand Teton Music Festival. In Australasia, she debuted with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and lead the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s Winter Festival. 

New’s 2021 – 22 season includes subscription appearances with National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Baltimore Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and Kansas City Symphony. New makes debuts with WDR Sinfonieorchester, BBC Philharmonic, Hallé Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, and Orchestre National d’Ile de France. She will debut with the Los Angeles Opera for the West Coast Premiere of Kevin Puts’s The Brightness of Light with soprano Renée Fleming and baritone Rod Gilfry. 

2021 – 22 marks Gemma New’s third season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. She leads three subscription programs plus a New Year’s Eve concert in Dallas. 

New recently completed a four-year position as Resident Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. In her final season, she led the 2019 – 20 season-opening concerts of the St. Louis Symphony and conducted a concert broadcast live with Chris Thile on the nationally syndicated variety show Live From Here

A former Dudamel Conducting Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New served previously as Associate Conductor of New Jersey Symphony and was a 2018 Conducting Fellow at Tanglewood Music Center. She holds a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, where she studied with Gustav Meier and Markand Thakar. She graduated with honors from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand with a Bachelor of Music in violin performance. 

To learn more about Gemma New, please visit her website

Karen Gomyo, violin

Violinist Karen Gomyo has captivated audiences in North America, Europe, and Australasia with her musical integrity, technical assurance, and compelling interpretations. 

She has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, and the Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Houston, and Vancouver symphonies, among many others. Internationally, Gomyo has appeared with the Philharmonia in London, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, Bamberg Symphony, Danish National Symphony, Deutsches Symphony Orchestra Berlin, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, and the Polish National Radio Orchestra in Europe; and in Australasia with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmania and West Australia (Perth) symphonies, and on tour with the New Zealand Symphony. She has also worked with such eminent conductors as Sir Andrew Davis, Jaap van Zweden, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leonard Slatkin, Neeme Järvi, David Robertson, David Zinman, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin, among others. 

Strongly committed to contemporary works, in May 2018, Gomyo performed the world premiere of Samuel Adams’ Chamber Concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen to great critical acclaim. The work was written for her and commissioned by the CSO to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its MusicNow series. She also performed the North American premiere of Matthias Pintscher’s Concerto No. 2 “Mar’eh” with the composer conducting the National Symphony Orchestra.  

Gomyo is deeply interested in the Nuevo Tango music of Astor Piazzolla, and she collaborates with Piazzolla’s longtime pianist and tango legend Pablo Ziegler. She also performs regularly with the Finnish guitarist Ismo Eskelinen, with whom she has appeared at the Dresden and Mainz Festivals in Germany, as well as in recitals in Helsinki and New York. 

Born in Tokyo, Gomyo studied in Montreal and in New York at The Juilliard School with famed violin pedagogue Dorothy DeLay. She is also an alum of Caramoor’s 2005 Evnin Rising Stars mentoring program. She plays on the “Aurora, exFoulis” Stradivarius violin of 1703 that was bought for her exclusive use by a private sponsor. 

To learn more about Karen Gomyo, please visit her website

Orchestra of St. Luke’s 

Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL), Caramoor’s orchestra-in-residence, grew from a group of virtuoso musicians performing chamber music concerts at Greenwich Village’s Church of St. Luke in the Fields in 1974. Regular seasons see OSL perform in diverse musical genres at New York’s major concert venues, drawing on an expanded roster for large-scale works, and collaborating with artists ranging from Joshua Bell and Renée Fleming to Bono and Metallica. The orchestra has commissioned more than 50 new works and has given more than 175 world, U.S., and New York City premieres, while also participating in 118 recordings, four of which have been recognized with Grammy Awards.

Internationally celebrated for his expertise in 18th-century music, Bernard Labadie was appointed as OSL’s Principal Conductor in 2018, continuing the orchestra’s long tradition of working with proponents of historical performance practice. Built and operated by OSL, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music opened in 2011. New York City’s only rehearsal, recording, education and performance space expressly dedicated to classical music, it serves more than 500 ensembles and 30,000 musicians each year.

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