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CARAMOOR INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL PRESENTS
A DAY IN THE RENAISSANCE
WITH KATIE KRESEK AND KALEIDOSCOPE, JULY 22
KATONAH, NY – On Sunday, July 22, Caramoor presents A Day in the Renaissance, an interactive program led by Caramoor’s Family Program Designer Katie Kresek and the young dynamic group Kaleidoscope. The day will take families back to sixteenth century Italy and England, complete with authentic Southern Italian folk songs and dances performed by I Giullari di Piazza, street theater, music, falcons, masks and banners, and a few words from William Shakespeare. Picnics are welcome and both children and adults are encouraged to come in costume.
Tickets for A Day in the Renaissance are $10 for adults, $5 for children. To order tickets, call the Box Office at 914.232.1252 or visit www.caramoor.org. Groups of 16 or more may purchase discounted tickets by contacting Matthew Scarella at 914.232.5035 ext. 252 or [email protected]
For press tickets, images, artist information or interviews, contact Brittnee Walker at 412.601.2474 [email protected]
SUNDAY, JULY 22
A DAY IN THE RENAISSANCE
$10 adults, $5 children
12:30pm – 5pm (Picnic Lawns/Venetian Theater)
I Giullari di Piazza
Kaleidoscope with Katie Kresek, Family Program Designer
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Katie Kresek has been the Family Program Designer at the Caramoor Center for Music and The Arts since 2009, where she curates and hosts the Dancing at Dusk series in addition to creating family programs for the festival. As a violinist, she made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2002 and has since performed in venues all around New York City. As an orchestral musician, Ms. Kresek frequently performs with the Harrisburg, Albany, and Princeton Symphony Orchestras, among others. She also performs in the Broadway productions of The Lion King and The Phantom of the Opera, and has performed in the past productions of American Idiot, A Minister’s Wife, andFollies. She has collaborated with Adele, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, and Kanye West, among others, and has performed on The Today Show, The View, Saturday Night Live, and the 51st Annual Grammy® Awards.
I Giullari de Piazza is devoted to presenting authentic Southern Italian music/dance/theater dating back to the 13th century. The ensemble creates new musical and theatrical works based on folk music and dance, ritual theater, and commedia dell’ arte. The group’s founders, Alessandra Belloni and John La Barbera, spent many years researching the songs, dances and ritual chants of southern Italy. The ensemble spent ten years in residence at the Center for Italian Studies at New York University, and has been artist-in-residence for 15 years at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. The company has toured Italy and the US, and was featured on the 2002 albumTarantata: The Dance of the Ancient Spider (Sounds True), which was named one of the best world music CDs of the year in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.
Kaleidoscope is an ensemble from the Teaching Artists of the New York Philharmonic, dedicated to creating and performing interactive concerts for schools participating in the Philharmonic’s School Partnership Program. The ensemble also performs abroad, sharing the Philharmonic’s distinctive educational approach with musicians and educators around the world. Kaleidoscope concerts combine musical concepts with inspiring performance, in a style that makes every audience member an active participant. The New York Philharmonic’s education programs open doors to symphonic music for over 55,000 young people, families, teachers, and music professionals each year through live concerts and workshops, and hundreds of thousands more through online resources.
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, realizing his dream of creating a place to entertain friends from around the world. Their musical evenings planted the seeds for today’s Caramoor International Music Festival. Witnessing 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 –the Rosens established a public trust to open Caramoor to the community in 1946. 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 on 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
Concert Venues and Gardens
Concerts take place in two outdoor theaters: the 1,714-seat, acoustically superb Venetian Theater and the more intimate, romantic 558-seat 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.
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 4, or online at 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.
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.
The 2012 International Music Festival is supported in part by
an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
CARAMOOR CENTER FOR MUSIC AND THE ARTS IS LOCATED AT
149 GIRDLE RIDGE ROAD, KATONAH, NEW YORK.
ALL PROGRAMS AND ARTISTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
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