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Award-Winning Audra McDonald Launches Summer Season Which Also
Features New York Premiere of Matthew Aucoin's Evidence;  
Principal Conductor Designate Bernard Labadie Leads Caramoor
Summer Season Finale Featuring Mezzo-soprano Susan Graham

The Orchestra of St. Luke's, one of America's most versatile and distinguished orchestras, returns to its summer home at Caramoor to perform three diverse programs ranging from Baroque to Broadway show tunes.
This June and July, the 39th year of Orchestra of St. Luke's summer residency at Caramoor will showcase the Ensemble in the season opening and closing concerts, along with a mid-season performance. Founded in 1945, the beloved summer concert series brings thousands of music lovers to its bucolic Westchester setting to hear world-renowned artists and ensembles. To kick off the season on June 16, OSL is joined by award-winning singer-actress Audra McDonald for a program of Broadway standards and more-recent works, led by music director Andy Einhorn. On June 30, making his OSL and Caramoor debut, Ludovic Morlot leads a program of works by Tchaikovsky and Smetana, featuring violinist Benjamin Beilman and the New York premiere of Matthew Aucoin's Evidence. And closing out the 2018 Caramoor season on July 29, Bernard Labadie conducts a program of works by Mozart and Handel with mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, one of today's leading interpreters of this repertoire. Mozart's Symphony No. 36 in C, "Linz" highlights the program.

Effervescent singer-actor Audra McDonald - record-breaking winner of six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and an Emmy Award - gets Caramoor's 73rd season off to a dazzling start sharing opening night with Caramoor orchestra-in-residence Orchestra of St. Luke's. The concert will feature standards from the American Songbook, Broadway tunes, and newer pieces. McDonald's long-time pianist and music director, Andy Einhorn, currently music supervisor and music director for the Broadway revival of Hello Dolly!, directs what is sure to be a thrilling evening.
SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2018, 8:00 PM
Pre-concert talk at 7:00 pm with Ludovic Morlot and Benjamin Beilman
Morlot Conducts Tchaikovsky and Smetana
Venetian Theater
Orchestra of St. Luke's
Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Benjamin Beilman, violin
SMETANA Dance of the Comedians, from The Bartered Bride
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35 
MATTHEW AUCOIN Evidence (New York premiere)
TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture

French Conductor Ludovic Morlot makes his OSL and Caramoor debuts with this concert. He has been Music Director of the Seattle Symphony since 2011, leading the orchestra in two Grammy Award-winning performances. The New York Times wrote of their 2014 Carnegie Hall appearance, "The performance Mr. Morlot coaxed from his players was rich with shimmering colors and tremulous energy." Highlighting the evening is the New York premiere of Matthew Aucoin's Evidence. Aucoin, who is Artist in Residence at Los Angeles Opera, composed the dramatic oratorio The Orphic Moment that OSL performed as part of an innovative production with MasterVoices May 6 and 7 at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Theater. The "poised and monstrously talented" (Philadelphia Inquirer) young violinist Benjamin Beilman will perform the tuneful and virtuosic Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D. Rounding out the program are the playful Dance of the Comedians, from Smetana's The Bartered Bride and Tchaikovsky's lushly romantic Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture.
SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2018, 4:00 PM
Pre-concert talk at 3:00 PM with Bernard Labadie
Graham Sings Handel and Mozart
Venetian Theater

Orchestra of St. Luke's
Bernard Labadie, Principal Conductor Designate
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano
HANDEL Overture from Ariodante
HANDEL "Dopo notte" from Ariodante
HANDEL "Scherza infida" from Ariodante
HANDEL Overture from Alcina
HANDEL "Stà nell'Ircana pietrosa tana" from Alcina
MOZART Overture from The Marriage of Figaro
MOZART "Non so più cosa son" from The Marriage of Figaro
MOZART "Voi che sapete" from The Marriage of Figaro
MOZART Symphony No. 36 in C, K. 425, "Linz"
MOZART Deh per questo istante" from La Clemenza di Tito
Caramoor's 2018 Summer Season comes to a close with a focus on two composers close to the hearts - and central to the careers - of incoming OSL Principal Conductor Bernard Labadie and celebrated mezzo-soprano Susan Graham. The program features selections from operatic roles that have brought Graham great acclaim. The first half of the program includes selections from Handel's Ariodante and Alcina, the second half, Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro and La Clemenza di Tito. Maestro Labadie leads the Orchestra in a performance of the joyous Mozart "Linz" Symphony.

Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts is a former estate near Katonah, New York United States, approximately 50 miles north of New York City.




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