Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts presents Family-Friendly Programming at the 2014 Summer Music Festival



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Lois Cohn, 917.733.8252,

Katonah, NY– Caramoor Center for Music and the Artsoffers fun activities for the entire family! Designed to create exciting, enriching experiences for the whole family, Caramoor’s family music programs aim to deepen a child’s knowledge of and passion for music by presenting high quality concerts in a unique, arts-rich setting. These concerts present music for toddlers and teens, to their families.

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 introduce children to music in a relaxed and joyful way. Activities will be designed for toddlers as well as pre-teens.

Wednesday, June 25: Balkan Hopping with Ivan Milev Band
Hailed as the “real deal of Eastern European virtuosity,” accordion player Ivan Milev has been described as someone who “shreds like a rock god.” Joined by violinist Entcho Todorov and percussionist Seido Salifoski, Milev’s band will dazzle with its dizzying rhythms and high-energy performing style. Their songs vary from tense, raga-like pulses to frenzied, dueling solos that have charmed audiences all over the world.

Wednesday, July 9: Hammerstep
After their performance on America’s Got Talent, the New York-based Hammerstep was told “your skill level is so high you’re impossible to ignore.” Founded by two-time solo World Champion Irish dancer Garrett Coleman and former lead of Riverdance Jason Oremus, Hammerstep is forever changing the face of dance. Hammerstep’s raw and percussion-driven approach draws from various historically rebellious dance forms, including Irish, tap, hip hop, African stepping, and more.Wednesday, July 23: Afrika Wonba with Wassa Pan Afrika Ensemble
Founded in 1998 by Nana Anim, Wassa Pan Afrika Dance Ensemble is known as the most renowned traditional African Dance and Drum performance group throughout Ghana. Afrika Wonba is a celebration of the cultural heritage of Africa filled with music, dance, stories and songs.

Wednesday, August 6: A Highland Fling! with Paul Woodiel and the Stormy Heather Band
Friends Field will be transformed into the highlands of Scotland where multi-instrumentalist Paul Woodiel will be joined by cellist and dance teacher Mairi Dorman Phaneuf and piper Chris Layer presenting an upbeat mix of traditional Airs, Reels, Jigs and Strathspeys!

Introduce your family to Caramoor and enjoy the sounds of various performances from the Picnic Lawns during Al Fresco Sunday’s.

Sunday, June 29: Juilliard String Quartet
The world-renowned Juilliard String Quartet will delight the audience with a wide variety of chamber music, from Bach’s Art of the Fugue to Alban Berg’s haunting Lyric Suite to Beethoven’s classic Op. 59, No. 3 (Razumovsky).

Sunday, July 6: Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Jeffrey Kahane
Famed pianist and conductor Jeffrey Kahane joins the Orchestra of St. Luke’s for a concert featuring Copland’s brilliant Appalachian Spring, as originally scored for 13 instruments, and Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony in D Major, Op. 83a. Kahane doubles as soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 to bring this wide-ranging program to a close.Sunday, July 13: Igudesman & Joo
Violinist Aleksey Igudesman and pianist Hyung-Ki Joo, two classical musicians who have taken the world by storm with their unique and hilarious theatrical shows, present their two-man “Classical Comedy” act, A Little NIGHTMARE Music, which combines comedy with classical music and popular culture.

Sunday, August 3: Festival Finale – Alisa Weilerstein, Pablo Heras-Casado, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s
Acclaimed cellist Alisa Weilerstein will join Orchestra of St. Luke’s and principal conductor, Pablo Heras-Casado, in closing the festival with Wagner’s Prelude to Act III from Lohengrin, Elgar’s Cello Concerto and Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8, in G.

The American Roots Music Festival, a daylong celebration of folk, string band, country, blues, gospel, and bluegrass music, returns to Caramooron Saturday, June 28. There will be performances and activities throughout the grounds from noon to 6pm, with music from bluegrass and traditional masters Bruce Molsky, Tony Trischka & Michael Daves; husband and wife duo Kim & Reggie Harris, Miss Tess & the Talkbacks – whoplay in a style reminiscent of saloon jazz, country swing, early rockabilly and New Orleans second line; story telling singer songwriter Joe Crookston & the Bluebird Jubilee with Peter Glanville; Brooklyn-based 5-piece string band Cricket Tell the Weather; festival favorite Americana roots band Spuyten Duyvil, and the late Pete Seeger’s folk collective the Walkabout Clearwater Chorus.

At 7:30pm, up-and-coming trio The Lone Bellow plays a set for the Venetian Theater crowd. The group released their self-titled debut album in January 2013 and has since been taking the American Roots world by storm. Their passionate performances are based in folk, country and gospel traditions, complete with enveloping three-part harmonies and raw, inspiring songwriting.

American Roots Music Festival headliner Rosanne Cash takes the stage at 8:30pm. As the daughter of folk legend Johnny Cash, not only has she been around country and folk music her whole life, but she has also been fully immersed in its evolution through the past few decades. With her husband and musical partner John Leventhal and their band, she will grace the Venetian Theatre audience with works from her new critically-acclaimed album, The River & The Thread, recently nominated for several prestigious awards by the Americana Music Association and lauded as “a timeless work” by NPR’s Fresh Air.

Celebrate Independence Day as Curt Ebersole conducts the Westchester Symphonic Winds with Broadway’s Ryan Silverman and alto saxophone soloist, Lois Hicks-Wozniak. Join Caramoor for a patriotic evening of music, picnics on the lawn, and fireworks. Listen as the Westchester Symphonic Winds, a 60-piece wind and percussion ensemble, perform classics such as Tchaikovsky’s Overture, “1812”, Sousa Marches including The Stars & Stripes Forever  and the overture from Funny Girl. Broadway’s Ryan Silverman — who returns to Caramoor after last year’s notable performance in She Loves Me — will sing selections from Oklahoma! And The Music Man and more! Families will be treated to a dazzling fireworks display after the concert!

TICKETS Dancing At Dusk:              Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children

Al Fresco Sunday’s                              Tickets for Sunday, June 29: Juilliard String Quartet are $15.00, $20.00, $25.00, $30.00, $35.00, and $45.00

Tickets for Sunday, July 6: Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Jeffrey Kahane are $15.00, $35.00, $45.00, $55.00, and $70.00

Tickets for Sunday, July 13: Igudesman & Joo are $15.00, $20.00, $25.00, $30.00, $35.00, and $45.00

Tickets for Sunday,August 3: Festival Finale – Alisa Weilerstein, Pablo Heras-Casado, and Orchestra of St. Luke’s are $15.00, $35.00, $45.00, $55.00, and $70.00American Roots Music Festival:     Tickets for the Full Day Festival are $70.00, $55.00, $45.00, $35.00 and $15.00 (children half price). Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount.

Day Only tickets (does not include the evening concert) are $25.00 (children half price). Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount.

Pops, Patriots and Fireworks:      Tickets are $15.00, $30.00, $40.00, $50.00, $60.00, $70.00 and $80.00. Children under 18 half price.

To order tickets, call the Box Office at 914.232.1252 or visit Groups of 16 or more may purchase discounted tickets by contacting Sal Vaccaro at 914-232-1252 from 10am – 4pm Monday through Friday or email

For press tickets, images, artist information or interviews, contact: Lois Cohn at 917.733.8252/212.874.7624 or

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. Audiences are invited to come early to explore the beautiful grounds, tour the historic Rosen House, 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. To learn more, visit

Summer concerts take place in two outdoor theaters: the 1,714-seat, acoustically superb Venetian Theater and the more intimate, romantic 558-seat Spanish Courtyard.  In the fall and winter all concerts are presented in the magnificent Music Room in the Rosen House. Caramoor’s gardens, also used for concerts, are also well worth the visit and include nine unique perennial gardens.  Among them are a Sense Circle for the visually handicapped, the Sunken Garden, a Butterfly Garden, the Tapestry Hedge, and the Iris and Peony Garden.

“In the Garden of Sonic Delights” (Sonic Delights) is a major open-air sound art exhibition presented by Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. Opening June 7, and continuing through the fall season, the exhibition, led by Curator and Artistic Director Stephan Moore, will include fifteen site-specific sound artworks.  Caramoor commissioned sixteen established and emerging sound artists to choose distinctive locations at Caramoor and five partner organizations throughout Westchester County.  In the Garden of Sonic Delights at Caramoor will be open Thursday-Sunday, 10AM-3PM. Admission is $10.00 (children 12 and under are free), including all-day access to the Caramoor grounds for the exhibit, picnics, and walks.

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 4, or online at 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.

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The 2014 Summer Music Festival is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Performances are made possible, in part, by ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government.
Performances are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts is located at 149 Girdle Ridge RD, Katonah, NY

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