“Change is in the air at Caramoor, the summer music festival in Westchester, which said on Monday that its coming season would [give] new prominence to 21st-century composers while replacing its respected bel canto opera offerings with earlier operas from the Classical and Baroque periods,” writes Michael Cooper in Monday’s (2/5) New York Times. “This summer’s offerings will feature music by 22 living composers; the Caramoor debuts of new music ensembles including the Kronos Quartet and So Percussion; and a free outdoor performance of John Luther Adams’s ‘Inuksuit.’ It is the first Caramoor summer programmed by Kathy Schuman, the festival’s new vice president for artistic programming and a former artistic administrator at Carnegie Hall…. This summer Caramoor will present … Handel’s ‘Atalanta’ will feature Nicholas McGegan conducting the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra of San Francisco. And Mozart’s ‘La Finta Giardiniera’ will be performed by On Site Opera, a New York company that specializes in site-specific performances…. [Resident ensemble] Orchestra of St. Luke’s will open the festival … with a concert featuring Audra McDonald, and close it … with Bernard Labadie, its principal conductor designate, leading the mezzo-soprano Susan Graham in Handel and Mozart.”

Posted February 7, 2018