Sunday, July 10, 2016
Artist-in-Residence Jonathan Biss joins Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the superb young conductor Joshua Weilerstein for a program of musical responses and reactions. Asked to respond to Beethoven’s Concerto No. 2 for the first commission of Biss’ multi-yearBeethoven/5* project, composer Timo Andres says of The Blind Banister, presented here in its New York premiere, “I started writing my own cadenza to Beethoven’s concert, and ended up devouring it from the inside out.” Juxtaposed with Martinu’s Sinfonietta La Jolla, a reaction to the work of Franz Joseph Haydn, suffused with charm in neo-classical style and Haydn’s Symphony No. 98, written in response to the death of Mozart, Andres’ concerto joins a centuries-long conversation of classical reference, reaction, and response.
“With this grand commissioning project,” writes Andres, “Jonathan is demonstrating that it’s possible to think about Beethoven a lot, and simultaneously be a musical instigator of the present day. I think we’re similar in that way—it’s the reason there are few musicians I trust as implicitly as Jonathan. I’m thrilled to be writing my third and largest piano concerto for him, which will be our second collaboration.”
Though some may recall Joshua Weilerstein’s first turn at Caramoor’s podium in 2011 – just 23 and in his first week as Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic when he hastily stepped in for Maestro Alan Gilbert, delayed in transit on a flooded parkway – the young conductor makes his first official debut at this performance. Brother of Caramoor’s 2013 Artist-in-Residence, cellist Alisa Weilerstein, Joshua Weilerstein is quickly making a name for himself as one of the symphonic world’s most sought-after young conductors.
Event Location and Ticket Information
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
149 Girdle Ridge Road
Katonah, New York 10536
Handicap Accessible? Yes
Date: Sunday, July 10, 2016
Times: 4:30 pm