Pablo Heras-Casado, announced as principal conductor of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in December 2011, will make his debut in that role at the Caramoor International Music Festival in Katonah, New York this summer. Heras-Casado will conduct the orchestra’s July 15 program of Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin (Ravel orch. 1919), Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, and Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, with soloist Emanuel Ax. With the July 15 concert, the Granada, Spain native begins his four-year term with St. Luke’s, which will include regular concerts at Carnegie Hall, the orchestra’s New York venue. At Caramoor this summer, St. Luke’s will also perform two other programs: an all-Mendelssohn concert under conductor Roberto Abbado, and a July 4 Gershwin program under conductor Michael Barrett, followed by fireworks. The Orchestra of St. Luke’s has been the resident orchestra at Caramoor since the festival’s formation in 1979. They also perform in Caramoor’s annual Bel Canto opera series under conductor Will Crutchfield; this summer’s operas are Rossini’s Ciro in Babilonia, with contralto Ewa Podleś in the title role, and Bellini’s I Capuleti ed i Montecchi, featuring soprano Eglise Gutierrez (Giulietta) and mezzo Kate Aldrich (Romeo).
Posted March 21, 2012