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Caramoor Center For Music & The Arts Hosts Its Opening Night

Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts hosted its opening night with a concert performance by violinist Joshua Bell and Orchestra of St. Luke's.
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts hosted its opening night with a concert performance by violinist Joshua Bell and Orchestra of St. Luke's. Photo Credit: Gabe Palacio Photography
Sandra Joys, trustee and executive committee member; Judy Evnin,  chairman emerita (trustee) and executive committee member; 
Effie Fribourg, advisory council member and Bim Kendall, honoree  at Opening Night Gala.
Sandra Joys, trustee and executive committee member; Judy Evnin, chairman emerita (trustee) and executive committee member; Effie Fribourg, advisory council member and Bim Kendall, honoree at Opening Night Gala. Photo Credit: Gabe Palacio Photography
Vioinlist Joshua Bell performs at the concert in the Venetian Theater.
Vioinlist Joshua Bell performs at the concert in the Venetian Theater. Photo Credit: Gabe Palacio Photography
The Orchestra of St. Luke’s was led by Romanian conductor Cristian Macelaru.
The Orchestra of St. Luke’s was led by Romanian conductor Cristian Macelaru. Photo Credit: Gabe Palacio Photography
Joshua Bell and Orchestra of St. Luke's perform at the Venetian Theater.
Joshua Bell and Orchestra of St. Luke's perform at the Venetian Theater. Photo Credit: Gabe Palacio Photography
Joshua Bell and board chairman Jim Attwood pose at the after-dark party.
Joshua Bell and board chairman Jim Attwood pose at the after-dark party. Photo Credit: Gabe Palacio Photography
Joshua Bell, Cristian Macelaru and IMG Artists Staff pose at the after-dark party.
Joshua Bell, Cristian Macelaru and IMG Artists Staff pose at the after-dark party. Photo Credit: Gabe Palacio Photography

KATONAH, N.Y. -- Caramoor’s Summer Music Festival began this year with an Opening Night Concert featuring Joshua Bell and a celebratory gala honoring Bim and Don Kendall.

Guests were welcomed into a festive, ornately decorated tent to begin the celebration. Once guests took their seats for dinner, speeches began. 

Caramoor’s CEO Jeff Haydon took the podium to welcome the guests. Chairman of the Board Jim Attwood then spoke of the unbridled support Bim and Don Kendall have given to the community and to Caramoor over the years. Attwood also brought to the stage board member Effie Fribourg, who introduced Bim Kendall.

Bim Kendall's speech affirmed her love for the arts and appreciation of her colleagues.

The final speaker David Joys praised Don Kendall for his dedication and commitment to being a leader and a patron of the arts. He closed his remarks by promising “many more opening nights and years of inspiring music to come.”

As the speeches and meals came to a close, guests filed out and began to fill Caramoor’s Venetian Theater in time to accommodate the live broadcast by WQXR.

The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, led by Romanian conductor Cristian Macelaru, began the concert with a performance of Gyögy Ligeti's "Concert Românesc." The piece started with a romantic whisper and built up through passionate swells, preparing the audience for what came next.

Bell took on the Jean Sibelius Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 commanding the attention of the audience with every carefully placed note. After intermission, the concert was brought to a close with Macelaru leading OSL in Georges Bizet's Symphony No. 1 in C major.

Attendees of the Gala were invited to close out the night with an after-dark celebration full of dancing and mingling with Bell.

 

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