Caramoor Festival: Opening Night with Joshua Bell

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Violinist Joshua Bell performs Sibelius's Violin Concerto with the Orchestra of St. Luke's under the direction of Cristian Macelaru at the Caramoor Festival.

Opening night of the Caramoor Festival in Katonah, NY was recorded June 21, 2014. The program features Orchestra of St. Luke's with Joshua Bell as the soloist in Sibelius's Violin Concerto. The audio is no longer available for streaming on-demand.

Cristian Macelaru, the Romanian-born associate conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, leads the concert from the Venetian Theater. The program begins with the Concert Românesc (1951), a colorful early work of György Ligeti that pulses with Romanian folk sounds. The rhapsodic, sweeping Sibelius Concerto, long a calling card for Bell, follows. To conclude, Macelaru conducts Georges Bizet's Symphony in C, written when the composer was just 17.

Elliott Forrest hosts our broadcast.

Joshua Bell on Playing the Sibelius Concerto ("It's a little bit of a dance to get what you want from the conductor and orchestra and yet be respectful"):


Macelaru on what to listen for in this program:

 

Program:

Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Cristian Macelaru, conductor
Joshua Bell, violin

Ligeti: Concert Românesc
Sibelius: Violin Concerto in d, Op. 47
Bizet: Symphony in C

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Joshua Bell performs with the Orchestra of St. Luke's at the Caramoor Festival
Joshua Bell performs with the Orchestra of St. Luke's at the Caramoor Festival ( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )
Caramoor patrons enjoy a picnic before the concert on the festival grounds.
Caramoor patrons enjoy a picnic before the concert on the festival grounds. ( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )
Cristian Macelaru conducts the Orchestra of St. Luke's at the Caramoor Festival
Cristian Macelaru conducts the Orchestra of St. Luke's at the Caramoor Festival ( Kim Nowacki/WQXR )
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