A festival returns

6408Joshua Bell high res portrait by Lisa Marie Mazzucco

Violinist Joshua Bell – known for both his expressivity and virtuosity – will be in the spotlight June 21 as the Caramoor International Music Festival returns to Katonah.

Bell will team with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, under the baton of Cristian Macelaru, for the Sibelius Violin Concerto. The orchestra will also perform György Ligeti’s “Concert Românesc,” which has been popular with programmers recently. (It closed the Westchester Philharmonic’s season on Father’s Day.)

The evening concludes with Georges Bizet’s sparkling “Symphony in C,” well-known to balletomanes as the music for one of George Balanchine’s most celebratory works.

Tickets for the Venetian Theater performance range from $20 to $105.

If you’ve never attended the festival, it’s great fun with tea concerts, jazz, Fourth of July fireworks (and vocal pyrotechnics courtesy of semi-stage bel canto operas) – all set amid a palazzo, gardens and woodlands that once made up the estate of financier Walter T. Rosen and his wife, the former Lucie Bigelow Dodge. For more on the season, visit caramoor.org.

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