Caramoor Festival's Opening Night: Beethoven and Theofanidis
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Listen to the archived broadcast of the opening night of the 70th season of the Caramoor Festival, recorded live on June 20 in Katonah, NY.
The New York-based Orchestra of St. Luke’s performs two pieces — one new and one old. They begin with the world premiere of Chris Theofanidis’s composition Making Up for Lost Time, followed by Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, with the Collegiate Chorale, led by Ted Sperling.
Peter Oundjian, music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (and Caramoor artistic director from 1997-2003), conducts the performance. Below he talks about the program and the joys and challenges of performing outdoors:
Christopher Theofanidis describes Making Up for Lost Time as, “an upbeat 12-minute piece in three short movements, each of which focuses on an internal struggle for establishing primacy of a felt sense of time.” The work is dedicated to the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and represents Caramoor’s longstanding collaboration with orchestra.
The compositions of Theofanidis (born 1967) have been performed by over 100 orchestras internationally including the London Symphony and the New York Philharmonic. He is the recipient of several prizes including Guggenheim and Fulbright fellowships and a Grammy nomination for The Here and Now, an orchestral-choral work based on the poetry of Rumi. He currently teaches at Yale University and the Juilliard School.
Naomi Lewin hosts the broadcast.
Theofanidis: Making Up for Lost Time (world premiere)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125
Rebecca Nash, soprano (replacing Jennifer Check who cancelled due to illness)
Jennifer Feinstein, mezzo-soprano
Noah Baetge, tenor
Jeffrey Beruan, bass
Peter Oundjian, conductor
Orchestra of St. Luke’s
The Collegiate Chorale
Ted Sperling, artistic director