Caramoor Summer Music Festival



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Country and Region United StatesNew York
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Katonah, New York USA
Festival Contact Information

Mailing address:
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
P. O. Box 816
Katonah, NY 10536 USA

Physical address:
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
149 Girdle Ridge Road
Katonah, NY 10536
Phone: +01 914-232-1252
Fax: +01 914-232-5521
Email: info@caramoor.org

Festival Description

The Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts presents the annual Caramoor Summer Music Festival at the Center’s distinguished 90-acre garden estate in Katonah, New York. The summer festival program offers a broad range of artists and repertoire from the worlds of classical, jazz, Latin, opera, bluegrass, and pop music.

For additional information about Caramoor’s other festival please visit the following profile pages at KadmusArts:
Caramoor Fall Festival
http://kadmusarts.com/festivals/6298.html
Caramoor Jazz Festival
http://kadmusarts.com/festivals/1655.html

Festival Dates June 22 - August 7, 2013
Festival Links http://www.caramoor.org

Festival Story:

Caramoor is the legacy of Walter and Lucie Rosen, who built their summer home — now known as the historic Rosen House at Caramoor – and filled it with their treasures. Walter Rosen was the master planner for the Caramoor estate, bringing to reality his dream of creating a place to entertain friends from around the world. Their musical evenings were the seeds of today’s Caramoor International Music Festival. Realizing the pleasure their friends took in the beauty of Caramoor – the house with its art collection, the gardens, and the musical programs on summer evenings – in 1946 the Rosens established a public charity to open Caramoor to the community. Lucie Rosen survived her husband by seventeen years. During those years, she expanded the Music Festival: the Spanish Courtyard was used as a setting for musical events, as it is today, and, under her direction, the great stage of the Venetian Theater was built.

Caramoor is a performing arts center located on a unique 90-acre setting of Italianate architecture and gardens in Westchester County, NY. It enriches the lives of its audiences through innovative and diverse musical performances of the highest quality. Its mission also includes mentoring young professional musicians and providing educational programs for young children centered around music. It is often described as “a Garden of Great Music”, where audiences are invited to come early, explore the beautiful grounds, enjoy a pre-concert picnic, and discover beautiful music in the relaxed settings of the Venetian Theater, Spanish Courtyard, Music Room of the Rosen House, and the magnificent gardens.

With its unique heritage, Caramoor remains a place where magical summer days and nights are shared and enjoyed by thousands. “Caramoor is the loveliest Festival of them all.” - The New York Times

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Festival Events:

BROADWAY COMES TO CARAMOOR 2013:
  • CARAMOOR KICKS OFF THE 68th ANNUAL SUMMER FESTIVAL WITH ITS FIRST BROADWAY SHOW, SHE LOVES ME
    • Caramoor celebrates the 50th anniversary of the award-winning and rarely performed musical with a score by legendary duo JERRY BOCK and SHELDON HARNICK and a book by JOE MASTEROFF starring critically acclaimed actress ALEXANDRA SILBER, Drama Desk Award-winner SANTINO FONTANA, Tony® Award-winner JOHN CULLUM, and Tony-nominated and Drama Desk Award-winner MONTEGO GLOVER, JUNE 22 and 23. TED SPERLING will lead ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE’S and direct the semi-staged production
17th ANNUAL BEL CANTO AT CARAMOOR SERIES CELEBRATES VERDI’S BICENTENNIAL 2013:
  • One of Caramoor’s more ambitious projects to date, VERDI IN PARIS, presents both of the composer’s French grand operas – LES VÊPRES SICILIENNES and DON CARLOS – in the French language. Director of Opera WILL CRUTCHFIELD will lead ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE’S
    • LES VÊPRES SICILIENNES features soprano ANGELA MEADE, tenor JOHN OSBORN, baritone MARCO NISTICÓ, and bass BURAK BILGILI, JULY 6
    • The cast of DON CARLOS includes soprano JENNIFER CHECK, mezzo-soprano JENNIFER LARMORE, tenor ARNOLD RUTKOWSKI, baritone STEPHEN POWELL, bass CHRISTOPHOROS STAMBOGLIS, and bass SAMUEL RAMEY, JULY 20
    • VERDI IN PARIS is framed by two special concerts: THE INTIMATE VERDI: CHAMBER MUSIC AND VOCAL ENSEMBLES and VERDI: THE COMPLETE SONGS FOR VOICE AND PIANO, JUNE 27 and JULY 25
AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL 2013:
  • World premiere of “DEL MCCOURY SINGS WOODY GUTHRIE,” – a collection of never-before-heard writings from Woody Guthrie (from the Guthrie Archives) set to original music by nine-time International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year and Grammy award winner DEL McCOURY and THE DEL McCOURY BAND. The performance includes a multi-media show featuring archival materials, JUNE 29
  • Performers include indie folk band DAVID WAX MUSEUM, traditional folk icon and Grammy nominee JOHN MCCUTCHEON, Grammy nominees the HERITAGE BLUES QUARTET, rising young string band THE STRAY BIRDS, Nashville’s country duo DOUG & TELISHA, alt folk band SPUYTEN DUYVIL and folk mainstays THE WALKABOUT CLEARWATER CHORUS, JUNE 29
  • The family-friendly festival takes place in several locations on grounds of Caramoor and provides a day of live music, picnicking and activities for adults and kids
4th OF JULY CELEBRATION, FOLK, AND BROADWAY 2013:
  • MICHAEL BARRETT takes the podium with ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE’S for the POPS, PATRIOTS & FIREWORKS concert celebrating the music of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and the Harlem Jazz Craze, JULY 4
  • Neo-folk trailblazer and Grammy nominee SUZANNE VEGA performs an intimate acoustic show in the Spanish Courtyard, AUGUST 2
  • Five-time Tony Award-winner and two-time Grammy Award-winner AUDRA MCDONALD in concert, AUGUST 3
ORCHESTRA OF ST. LUKE’S 2013:
  • World-renowned pianist YEFIM BRONFMAN joins the orchestra and conductor PETER OUNDJIAN for a program of Verdi, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky, JULY 14
  • The ST. LUKE’S CHAMBER ENSEMBLE, joined by pianist NATASHA PAREMSKI, delight with the Beethoven Septet and the rarely performed Dohnányi Sextet, AUGUST 4
RECITAL AND CHAMBER MUSIC HIGHLIGHTS 2013:
  • Lauded cellist PAUL WATKINS makes his AMERICAN DEBUT as the newest member of the iconic EMERSON STRING QUARTET, JULY 21
  • Genre-defying string quartet BROOKLYN RIDER returns to Caramoor, JULY 7
  • The 2012-13 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence, AMPHION STRING QUARTET, performs a WORLD PREMIERE by YEVGENIY SHARLAT| JULY 19
  • Pianist JONATHAN BISS gives an intimate all-Beethoven recital in the Spanish Courtyard, JULY 12
20th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE JAZZ FESTIVAL 2013:
OPENING WEEKEND FEATURES THE CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED BROADWAY SHOW, SHE LOVES ME:
  • Caramoor will open its summer festival with its first Broadway show, She Loves Me. The 50th anniversary of the award-winning and rarely performed musical will star critically-acclaimed actress Alexandra Silber, Drama Desk Award-winner Santino Fontana, and Tony-nominated and Drama Desk Award-winner Montego Glover. Ted Sperling will lead Orchestra of St. Luke’s and will direct the semi-staged production in the Venetian Theater. With a score by legendary duo Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof) and a book by Joe Masteroff (Cabaret), She Loves Me was first seen on Broadway in 1963 (June 22 and 23).
FAMILY FUN 2013:
  • Caramoor offers fun activities for the entire family. Bring a picnic, spread out a blanket, and enjoy great music together. Children of all ages will have the opportunity to dance to live music, interact with the musicians, get to know their instruments, and ask questions. This is a wonderful way to have children introduced to music in a relaxed and joyful way. Activities will be designed for toddlers as well as pre-teens.
  • Family-friendly offerings this summer include Dancing at Dusk, a series that offers families an opportunity to experience the traditional music and learn the dances of the 1930’s and ‘40’s Big Band Era of Jazz (June 26), Hungary (July 24), Cuba (July 10), and the Caribbean (August 7).

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Practical Info:

Concert Venues and Gardens:
  • Concerts take place in two outdoor theaters: the 1714-seat, acoustically superb Venetian Theater and the more intimate, romantic Spanish Courtyard. Caramoor’s gardens are also well worth the visit and include nine unique perennial gardens. Among them are a Sense Circle for the visually handicapped, a Butterfly Garden, Tapestry Hedge, and Iris and Peony Garden, which may be enjoyed on one’s own or seen on a guided tour.
Getting to Caramoor:
  • By car from the West Side of Manhattan and New Jersey, take the Saw Mill River Parkway north to Katonah. Exit at Route 35/Cross River. Turn right and, at the first traffic light, make a right turn onto Route 22 south. Travel 1.9 miles to the junction of Girdle Ridge Road. Follow the signs to Caramoor. (For detailed directions call 914-232-5035 and press 2, or online at http://www.caramoor.org. Parking at Caramoor is free.
  • By train, take the Harlem Division of the Metro-North Railroad to Katonah, New York. Taxi service from the station to Caramoor (5 minutes away) is available.
  • From Manhattan, take the Caramoor Caravan to Bel Canto at Caramoor opera performances and ride comfortably in a luxurious, air-conditioned coach. For information and reservations, call the Caramoor Box Office at 914-232-1252.

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