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Orchestra of St. Luke’s
& Hélène Grimaud

Yue Bao, conductor

Sunday July 16, 2023 at 4:00pm

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Sunday July 16, 2023 at 4:00pm

We welcome back one of classical music’s most passionate and committed artists, pianist Hélène Grimaud, as she takes on Ravel’s jaunty and virtuosic Piano Concerto in G Major. In this summer concert in the Venetian Theater, conductor Yue Bao leads Orchestra of St. Luke’s in a program that also includes works by Gabriela Lena Frank, Ravel, and Brahms.

3:00pm / Join us for a conversation with Yue Bao.

Garden Listening / 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.

Hélène Grimaud, piano
Yue Bao, conductor
Orchestra of St. Luke’s

Gabriela Lena Frank: Elegía Andina
Maurice Ravel: Piano Concerto in G Major
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73

Learn More About the Artists

Hélène Grimaud, piano

Renaissance woman Hélène Grimaud is a deeply passionate and committed musical artist. Born in 1969 in Aix-en-Provence, Grimaud was accepted into the Paris Conservatoire at age 13. In 1987, renowned conductor Daniel Barenboim invited her to perform with the Orchestre de Paris; this marked the launch of her musical career, characterized ever since by concerts with most of the world’s major orchestras and many celebrated conductors. 

Between her debut in 1995 with the Berliner Philharmoniker and her first performance with the New York Philharmonic in 1999 — just two of many notable musical milestones — Grimaud made a wholly different kind of debut: she established the Wolf Conservation Center in New York. She also forged a writing career and published three books. 

It is, however, through her music-making that Grimaud most deeply touches the emotions of audiences. Her prodigious contribution to and impact on the world of classical music were recognized by the French government when she was admitted into the Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur (France’s highest decoration) at the rank of Chevalier (knight). 

Grimaud has been an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist since 2002. Her recordings have been awarded numerous accolades, among them the Cannes Classical Recording of the Year, Choc du Monde de la musique, and the Echo Klassik Award. 

Her recent recordings include Water (2016), a live recording of performances from tears become… streams become…, the critically-acclaimed large-scale immersive installation at New York’s Park Avenue Armory created by Turner Prize-winning artist Douglas Gordon in collaboration with Grimaud. Grimaud’s 2018 album, Memory, comprises a selection of evanescent miniatures by Chopin, Debussy, Satie, and Valentin Silvestrov. The Messenger (2020) includes Mozart’s Piano Concerto K466 performed with the Camerata Salzburg.  

Grimaud began the 2022-23 season with a recital of her Memory recording in Santa Fe’s Lensic Performing Arts Center. Her season includes performances of Brahms’s Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Fabio Luisi, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Otto Tausk, and St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Stephane Deneve; Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Louis Langree; and a recital at Carnegie Hall. In February, she toured with Camerata Salzburg in Ludwigshafen, Salzburg, and Turin, followed by recitals in Vienna, Luxembourg, Munich, Berlin, and London, among others. 

To learn more about Hélène Grimaud, please visit her website (helenegrimaud.com). 

Yue Bao, conductor

Conductor Yue Bao serves as the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation Assistant Conductor of the Houston Symphony.  

Bao made her subscription debut with the Houston Symphony on their opening night concert of the 20/21 season, and has led the orchestra at their Summer concert series at the Miller Theater in 2021 and in 2022. She made her Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut at the 2021 Ravinia Festival and has since debuted with the San Francisco Symphony, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Minnesota Orchestra.  

This season, Bao makes debuts with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, and the Calgary Philharmonic.  

Bao was the Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation Conducting Fellow at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. In 2018, she served as the David Effron Conducting Fellow at the Chautauqua Music Festival, where she returned as a guest conductor in the 2022 season.  

She has worked extensively in the United States and abroad. Equally at home with both symphonic and operatic repertoire, she has conducted Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, Bizet’s Carmen, Kurt Weill’s Mahagonny: Ein Songspiel, and Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Medium

Along with her Artist Diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music, where she was the Rita E Hauser Conducting Fellow and studied with Yannick Nezet-Sèguin, Bao holds  Bachelors of Music degrees in orchestral conducting and opera accompanying from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and a Master of Music degree in orchestral conducting from the Mannes School of Music. 

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. 

This concert is made possible, in part, through the generous support of the Susan and John Freund Piano Fund and Susan and Peter Gottsegen.

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This concert is made possible, in part, through the generous support of the Susan and John Freund Piano Fund and Susan and Peter Gottsegen.

Caramoor is proud to be a grantee of ArtsWestchester with funding made possible by Westchester County government with the support of County Executive George Latimer.
All concerts made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.