Due to the extension of New York on PAUSE, no work on the campus renovation projects were undertaken at Caramoor until the end of May 2020. However, this provides us with an opportunity to let you know about the exciting work that had been taking place off-campus on a key new piece of the Friends Field and Venetian Theater entrance landscape — a signature piece of sound art by Trimpin, in“C”.
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From the Archives
by Christopher Thomas, Archive Coordinator
Caramoor’s Archive Coordinator, Christopher Thomas, dug deeper into his research on Walter Rosen and shares a fascinating new account of Walter’s family.
The Thalea String Quartet Returns to Caramoor.
By Chris Witley, violinist of the Thalea String Quartet
By mid-March, with engagements postponed, flights cancelled, and forecasts for the future of live performance ranging from a bump in the road to something resembling a zombie apocalypse, the Thalea String Quartet faced the same uncertainty as every musician, ensemble, and arts organization in the world. When will we next see the inside of a concert hall? When will people feel safe enough to come to a live performance? How will we reach people with our art when we can’t even leave our own homes?
After 11 long weeks of sheltering-at-home, Westchester County finally began Phase One of reopening last Tuesday. Hopefully, this means that we can start dreaming about live concerts soon. (Caramoor would love to welcome you later in July!) So, we’ll wrap up our review of home performances by Caramoor artists from the “Music Never Sleeps NYC” livestreamed marathon with these four contributions.
Thalea inspires despite unique obstacles
Caramoor’s Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence program is a one-year residency designed to both advance the reputation and career of a young quartet and enhance the life of the Caramoor community. In addition to presenting multiple performances at Caramoor throughout the year, the quartet also provides educational outreach to young string players, both in public and private schools, through a program called Student Strings. This year’s String Quartet-in-Residence is the Thalea String Quartet, which began its residency at Caramoor in the fall of 2019. Over the course of eight days, they visited eight local high schools and middle schools, and presented a full-length concert at Caramoor. As part of its school outreach, the Thalea performed for over 300 students and gave sectionals and in-class workshops for student orchestras and ensembles.
We’re now beginning week 8 of sheltering-at-home. I don’t know about you, but for me this is getting old! One of the few things that keeps me going right now is music. And even though we can’t go to live concerts right now, we can still listen to our favorite recordings, and with technology’s help we can enjoy many wonderful “home performances” from artists we love. They’re stuck at home, just like us. Here are a few more videos from Caramoor artists who participated in the “Music Never Sleeps NYC” livestreamed marathon in March.
Enjoy Caramoor from your home
During this brief time away from Caramoor, we are delighted to offer these seven backgrounds for your use in Zoom, (or for any other video chat service you may be using at the moment). The staff here at Caramoor looks forward to greeting you (at a safe distance!) in the near future.
As our shelter-at-home days continue on, I’m pleased to share another set of videos from the “Music Never Sleeps NYC” livestreamed marathon, which featured many Caramoor artists.
2020 has been quite the year – not only for Caramoor, but for the world. During these times, when the Caramoor staff is working from home like so many of you, we are building the Caramoor community in new and exciting ways and taking comfort from the words of our founders Walter and Lucie Rosen.
“We built a home, my husband and I, not to be old or new, just to be beautiful. And we built it for music.” – Lucie Bigelow Rosen