Review: Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Caramoor in Coleman, Copland, Tower, Vaughan Williams

Posted on: June 30, 2021

“Before a concert by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s on a steamy Sunday afternoon here at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, a jubilant James Roe, the ensemble’s executive director, told the audience [of 400 people] that these musicians had not presented a live, in-person performance in 472 days,” writes Anthony Tommasini in Tuesday’s (6/29) New York Times. “Caramoor … has planned an adventurous summer season, running through Aug. 8. This Orchestra of St. Luke’s program was conducted by [Phoenix Symphony Music Director] Tito Muñoz … and offered works that spoke to the larger social issues of the past year. The afternoon began with the premiere of Valerie Coleman’s ‘Fanfare for Uncommon Times’ … a piece that grappled not just with the pandemic, but the tumultuous ‘political landscape,’ as she put it…. This 75-minute program … ended with Copland’s [‘Fanfare for the Common Man’] and included … Joan Tower’s plucky ‘Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman’ (1987)…. Muñoz … led an elegant account of Copland’s ‘Appalachian Spring’ Suite…. And Copland’s fanfare on this day proved the fitting conclusion.” The concert also included Vaughan Williams’s The Lark Ascending, with violinist Tai Murray.