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
A bite (and sip) of comfort
While we are unable to welcome you into our home to enjoy an Afternoon Tea, we invite you to re-create the experience in your home! Put on your kettle, try out recipes from our caterer, Word of Mouth, put on a playlist of artists who have performed at Caramoor, and dive into the story of our founders, Walter and Lucie Rosen (afternoon tea enthusiasts).
From artists’ homes to yours
Last month I had the pleasure of helping my friends Jan Vogler and Eric Jacobsen produce “Music Never Sleeps NYC” a 24-hour livestreamed music video marathon of original content performed by NYC musicians from their homes. This project was a labor of love and ended up receiving an incredible response, with over 40,000 views worldwide. It also received a 5-star review from Richard Morrison in the London Times!
March 18th, 2020
You never know which concert is going to become the year’s Big Event. I approach every project as if the fate of the world hung on my getting it just right. This season we revived two important, long-forgotten music theater pieces in November (Weill’s Silverlake and Blitzstein’s No For an Answer), gave Harlem’s gay subculture center stage in December, and rocked the Juilliard theater with Cuban songs in January. All of them struck me as sexy ideas for press coverage—and indeed, they each received a certain amount of notice.
March 15th, 2020
Today wasn’t just our dress rehearsal, it was our Dress Rehearsal. The concert at Caramoor usually feels like a final run before the New York show on Tuesday, but this year it’s different. For one thing, there is no New York show because of the #$%^#&@*@ corona virus. And there will be only a tiny, silent live audience tomorrow at Caramoor. But there will be cameras and microphones for a live stream, which we hope to show again Tuesday as a substitute for the Merkin Hall concert.